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Old 07-12-2014, 07:19 PM   #241
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Holland were good value for their 3-0 win today against Brazil, Bronze medal, and their manager's next job will be in charge of Manchester United. What a year he is having!!
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Close game. It could have went either way. I'm glad it didn't go to penalty kicks.
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Close game. It could have went either way. I'm glad it didn't go to penalty kicks.
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I hate to see games decided on penalty kicks.
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It was a much more enjoyable game to watch than Brazil's pathetic performance in the semifinal. The teams were well matched, there was an exciting finish, and the better team won (IMHO).
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Messi's Free Kick

I didn't see whatever it was that led to Messi getting that free kick late in the OT. (The one that he skied) What was the reason for this kick?

I am inexperienced at watching soccer football, but I though Germany was magnificent in this game. They totally dominated, even though this was not really reflected in the score.

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thoroughly enjoyed watching the WC... still don't know 1/2 the rules, but for some reason we were caught up in all the hoopla... what passionate fans this game has worldwide...
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I didn't see whatever it was that led to Messi getting that free kick late in the OT. (The one that he skied) What was the reason for this kick?

I am inexperienced at watching soccer football, but I though Germany was magnificent in this game. They totally dominated, even though this was not really reflected in the score.

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Slide tackle from the side but missed the ball, contacted and brought down Messi, so definitely a foul and free kick.

I also thought Germany deserved to win, not just on the day's performance but for their performance throughout the tournament. By far the biggest scorers overall although the 'Golden Boot' was won by a Columbian player, because Germany's many goals came from a lot of players, exactly what a coach likes to see.
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Slide tackle from the side but missed the ball, contacted and brought down Messi, so definitely a foul and free kick.

I also thought Germany deserved to win, not just on the day's performance but for their performance throughout the tournament. By far the biggest scorers overall although the 'Golden Boot' was won by a Columbian player, because Germany's many goals came from a lot of players, exactly what a coach likes to see.
Thanks Alan. It seemed to me that there were fouls aplenty, mostly elbow administered. But coming in low and taking someone down can injure knees, so I suppose that refs have to be alert to that.

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Thanks Alan. It seemed to me that there were fouls aplenty, mostly elbow administered. But coming in low and taking someone down can injure knees, so I suppose that refs have to be alert to that.

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Exactly. If that particular tackle had taken the ball first and then contacted Messi to bring him down it would not have been a foul since the feet of the slider were down and not dangerous (no cleats showing). As it was it was just simply a slightly mis-timed, otherwise legal, tackle. A tackle or foul (could be a hand-ball) that is not dangerous but done deliberately to stop a player or break up play will result in a caution (yellow card) and if if it stops a clear goal scoring opportunity then it will result in a sending off (red card).

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In the last World Cup Ghana v Uruguay in a quarter final game Ghana would have scored a goal in the last minute but for a hand ball save on the line worthy of a goalkeeper by Louis Suarez. He was sent off, Ghana missed the penalty, the game went to a penalty shoot out and Uruguay won.
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I mostly liked watching the Italian ref in that last game.

Roommate is Argentina fan, but fortunately wasn't quite as sad as Messi was at the end of the game.
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