2014 FIFA World Cup Thread - Page 60
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NotSoFastMister 2648 points 13 hours ago*
Germany, in this game:
Made themselves the top scoring team in the WC history (taking the top spot from Brazil)
Equaled Brazil's worst ever defeat (6:0, back in 1920, against Uruguay)
Achieved the biggest ever victory in WC semi-finals (last one was 6:1)
Made Klose the top scorer in WC history (taking over the top spot from Ronaldo)
Scored 4 goals in 6 minutes & 5 under 29 (credit /u/FaceTheTruthBiatch). No team has ever done that in WC.
Scored as many goals as Brazil conceded in their previous 9 World Cup final games combined
Bestowed Brazil their first official defeat at home since 1975. (credit /u/afterallhuman)
Became the team with most appearances in World Cup Finals at 8, after being tied with Brazil at 7. (credit/u/dezmodez)
dezmodez 567 points 13 hours ago
Additionally, Brazil and Germany were tied with most appearances in World Cup Finals at 7. Germany now holds the top spot at 8.
hazebuster 3257 points 13 hours ago
THE GOAL LIST WAS SCROLLING
Yes, you read that right, 7 not a 1.
For the sake of having a competitive final match, I hope the Netherlands win it. Everything Argentina does on the field revolves around Lionel Messi; if Germany is able to embarrass Portugal and Brazil teams who were also built around single playmakers (granted, when those players were injured), I don't think even a healthy Messi at his absolute best could carry his team past Germany in the final.
The Dutch don't have a player of Messi's caliber, but they do have more options. That probably would make them a better matchup.
Support anybody against Argentina, but suspect they'll win this in extra time
This ain't a great Argie team, but they press better than any of their previous teams I've seen which makes them difficult to play against as they're essentially based around getting behind the ball and closing you down quickly from ahigh line in midfield
It feels like the Dutch are biding their time right now. They have the strength in numbers, and all they need to worry about right now is keeping Messi from getting through their back line on the counter-attack.
At one moment I saw like 6 or 7 back.. Is it their style to be more of a counter attack team though? Playing for penalties might not be smart especially since messi can strike at any moment.
They wore Spain down in the first match of the tournament with this strategy. Let the Argentines do the work right now.
They play a back 3, so they defend a high line from midfield. Traditionally they've been Europe's purest footballing team, albeit of late they've been more physical and tended to betray those principles of the Cruyff, Rep, Resenbrink, Krol or Van Basten, Guillit, & Rijkaerd teams
It hasn't exactly paid off for the Dutch to play rough in the last two World Cups. There's been nothing of that sort today, thankfully.
This ain't a real neutral opinion I guess