Three words for today, folks…
My goodness, what a day it has been … I don’t think there wasn’t a SINGLE bad game today (6/23). If you missed any of them, you’ve got to watch them all… all of them were amazing (I know, I keep saying this a lot for a lot of games we discuss here, but they are! haha). I would say this was the most fun day in the World Cup this year so far! We were all at the edge of our seats, especially in that Germany vs Sweden match in which I’ll get to later.
Also, it turns out that I also predicted everything today accurately and correctly lol! I could have bet on something today, but that’s okay. Oh well, hahaha.
So anyway, let’s talk about the results. Belgium pretty much tore Tunisia apart, yeah? I still need to go back and watch some parts as I woke up a slightly late in the game. But they won 5-2. I’m placing Belgium in the same category as Senegal, France, Mexico, and Croatia who have that ‘team factor’ and also have the most potential to win this World Cup and shouldn’t be underestimated… I still can’t predict a winner right now, but those are the teams that have caught my eye and impressed.
And South Korea vs Mexico… this game ended in a 1-2 defeat for South Korea, but did you guys see how good Mexico is at blocking? It’s almost like they know exactly what their opponents are going to do next and can pinpoint where they’re gonna be. They have such good timing. As the commentator said, they had ‘possession with a purpose’ when they passed the ball to each other. Sure, they lost one goal to South Korea towards the end, but another spectacular display of teamwork and defense from Mexico. I’ll give South Korea some credit for some of those near goals, though. They really tried; they learned a bit from Germany’s mistake, though… Anyway, fun match… and congratulations to Mexico once again!
Now, let’s talk about what everyone’s been talking about all afternoon… Germany vs Sweden.
This game felt like the finals. It almost seemed like Germany was going to suffer from the World Cup Champion’s curse this year… As said before, such an important game for both, but for Germany especially. I predicted that either it would end in a draw (which it almost did), or Germany would take the victory by getting their A-game on which is exactly what happened. In the beginning, you can tell Germany wasn’t playing around this time. They kept going for the goal and the same strategy until Sweden’s first goal, which almost seemed driven by luck, and from the minor mistake by the goalkeeper, Neuer. But he sure didn’t make the same mistake again. At some point in the game, Germany almost made a goal - almost centimeters away from one. Germany had possession during most of the match, but Sweden did their fair share to try and secure a victory.
And let’s not forget about this controversy…
What is up with some referees not using the VAR? What is the point of the technology if they aren’t going to use it? That definitely should have been a penalty kick for Sweden. It was clear as day that Boateng pushed/tackled Berg. Pretty much the only problem I had from today, though.
Anyways… the finish…
Click Here to see some Alternate Angles @0:51
Ah man, such a thing of beauty. Impressive last minute/split-second goal by Toni Kroos. I can go back and replay that thing over and over and never get tired of it lol, love everything about it - the way it was set up, the anticipation at the final minute just seconds away from the game ending, the curve the ball went as it went into the goal… everyone was at the edge of their seats, man. Probably my favorite goal and moment in the World Cup so far, lol. It was too brilliant … those Real Madrid players are pulling off some insane stuff in this World Cup.
And here’s something interesting maybe you guys should know about… since Germany is leading as a potential runner-up of Group F and Brazil is leading as the potential winner of Group E… guess what? That’s right, we could possibly be getting a Brazil vs Germany rematch from the last World Cup as one of the first matches in the Round of 16… that’ll definitely be interesting if that happens. Brazil’s chance to redeem themselves and get their revenge from that shocking loss 4 years ago, and Germany’s chance to continue their track record of always making to the Quarter Finals since 1954… that’s gonna be something if it gets to that.
Okay, those are my thoughts for today. Sorry for these long posts lol, I just love soccer and the World Cup a lot.
EDIT: For some reason, you cannot play these videos in full screen… I’m not sure why it’s doing that, I tried to fix it but I couldn’t. But they’re still playable without full screen!