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cbertsch
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Klose Call
Sorry, I couldn't resist. Neither Argentina nor Germany looked as fluid as they had in previous games, but I think their respective defenses had a lot to do with that. The once-maligned German backfield made many nice stops. In the end, this was more like the old-school German victories, with a few seconds of brilliance in the air -- Miroslav Klose's authoritative goal came off an excellent cross from Michael Ballack and a spot-on flick from Tim Borowski in the box -- compensating for an otherwise stolid performance. Still, it was nice to see Ballack overcome his physical ailments to make his penalty kick and nicer still to see the also-maligned Lehmann guess correctly on every Argentinian penalty kick and make two saves. Germany now has a good chance of making the final, unless Italy can beat the Ukraine and then show better form than they have so far in the World Cup.

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amackey84 From: amackey84 Date: July 1st, 2006 06:51 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Italy certainly looked the better of the two advancing teams, though Germany's consistent play matched with the amazing home advantage could prove to be advantageous. I'm just happy to see games that are decided by players and not refs.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: July 1st, 2006 07:15 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Yes, it's nice that players are deciding these matches. Italy looked great today, but the Ukraine is not Argentina. It's hard to tell whether they were better than Germany or not.
amackey84 From: amackey84 Date: July 1st, 2006 07:20 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Agreed. I'm probably pulling for Germany, just because I'm not a huge fan of Italy. Secretly have my finger's crossed for Zidane revival the likes of 1998 against Brazil tomorrow. Maybe he'll shock Brazil yet again.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: July 1st, 2006 07:23 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
If Henry can stay onsides and if Zidane will actually pass to him, then France has a chance. Ribery was might impressive against Spain. And the defense is solid.
frostedfuckhead From: frostedfuckhead Date: July 1st, 2006 11:08 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
i had the joy of watching the game on a rooftop terrace in downtown beijing. huge projection tv, a light sprinkling of rain and an assload of rowdy germans. the games here don't start till 11 pm (great for weekends, shit for weekdays)

a fantastically fun evening.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: July 2nd, 2006 04:43 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I bet. I sort of miss the all-nighters I pulled in 2002. They made the day surreal.
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