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No one will care about this, but:

HAH! The US completely beat England today! Yes, it was 1-1, but given that England came in thinking it would breeze through and the US came in knees a-quaking, it's a US win. England made a quick goal in the 4th min (seriously, US, really?), but after that the US started waking up. As the game progressed, they got better and better at being where the ball was and at keeping England from their goal.

England will go down in history for the goal that happened at 40 min. The US player may have kicked the ball towards the goal, but the sheer incompetence of the goalie is what made it a score. It was IN HIS ARMS and it bounced out again. Just...ouch.

After that, England got vicious and even more aggressive than before - which is difficult, because boy, were they aggressive to start with. But they managed it. Unfortunately, coupled with some good saves by the US team (mostly last-ditch effort saves, but hey, they worked) and an increasing English inability to handle the ball properly, in the second half (while mostly in England's offense) it was the US's attempts that were dangerous and actually looked like they'd work. So yeah, US win. It's all about expectations. : )

Best of all, I made a bet with my dad that it would be 1-1 and I won. Go me!

...and yes, to those who didn't know, I am obsessively, if unskillfully, watching the World Cup. Even while on vacation. Even though I have to watch it with German commentators (I"m in Munich) instead of English ones...actually, given the quality of US sports announcers, that might not be so bad...

Date: 2010-06-13 07:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lacommunarde.livejournal.com
That goal around at 40min needs to go down in history (and has already) as something you don't do. Ever. (The only thing worse that I can think of would have been if the ball had rolled between his legs.) All I can say is poor Green.

Howard (I think that's how you spell it), on the other hand, was incredible in the second half, wasn't he? It's like that injury he took (feet straight in the chest) woke him up and reminded him, "Oh right. I am a goalkeeper. There's no way I'm getting out of here without a million bruises and scrapes anyway, so I might as well play (because my defenders sure aren't doing it)!" or something.

Also, that was an apt comment you made about England thinking they were playing rugby with the number of yellow cards they were getting earlier. They replayed a few afterwards, and there were a lot of really violent ones!

Date: 2010-06-13 09:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nirejseki.livejournal.com
Absolutely needs to go down in history. And yes, Howard finally woke up - I saw somewhere that he made 6 saves in the second half? Most without any player to defend him.

Really? Ouch. England is known for being aggressive normally, they picked an unusually aggressive team this year, and then they got angry - bad combination. I'm suprised no one got a red; probably because they made sure to split the attacks between the various players...

Date: 2010-06-13 03:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lacommunarde.livejournal.com
Usually they give second yellow cards first. I think they were about to give someone one, but he was replaced in the game.

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