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Jun. 14th, 2006

Brazil vs. Croatia: Thing I must say about Crotia -- they're a solid European team. They made Brazil work for that ball, and it was their best option to play such a strongly defensive game here. With the hardest team in their group over and done with, they have a good chance at pulling a stunner and making it to the second round. (And as a kind of bonus, they have the yuppiest uniforms in the whole World Cup and the most indecipherable names next to Ukraine.) Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't flares in the audience some kind of security failure?

Brazil, as expected, were fun to watch. They were also playing slightly under their usual standard, but even Brazil under the weather is better than most. For the first time in the whole of World Cup 2006, we finally have a team with expert passes. Especially after the appalling standard of passes in the Korean match, it's good to see people with actual aim. Roberto Carlos, Ronaldinho and Kaka were amazing. Very powerful kicks, and again, something I was looking forward to, brazen attempts at the goal from across the board that just never seem to show up in other people's matches. Ronaldinho was practically a moving target for the Croatians. Poor guy almost always had at least three Croatians shadowing him, but to his credit, he did swing past four defenders in the first half with lots of style. Not sure I liked their defensive mode in the second half. That slowed the match down way too much. Brazil is the sort to depend on high aggression rather than active defense, so it wasn't a surprise to see they still have a lack of defense as in 2002. Lucio's good, but depending on one player and the goalkeeper may not work in the long run. Compared with Crotia, they need to mow down Australia. (Link at left: God, I adore this ad.)

Spain vs. Ukraine: The Ukrainians were definitely outclassed here. Spain played good and played fast. Goals from corners and free kicks may not be very glamorous, but Spain has been rather the first team this year to make good things of them. The fourth (if it'd only been the fifth) goal by Torres was great. Have got to applaud the Spanish fans for their spirit. Man, were they loud.



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Jun. 14th, 2006 04:48 pm (UTC)
Flares? LOL! I wish I had seen that.
Jun. 14th, 2006 05:12 pm (UTC)
Seriously, flares. At least two of them. There was a point in the game (second half) where everyone suddenly stopped, and I wondered if someone fell. Then the camera pans onto the upper tiers of the stadium, there's these two really bright glowing spots of magenta in the audience and they focus on the blokes waving the flares around. It looks cool, but frankly, it also looked dangerous with so many people squashed against each other. I never thought I'd see Eastern European standards of safety in a German World Cup!
Jun. 15th, 2006 12:26 am (UTC)
I HATE that ad ><
I even think it's rascist tbh and the one in the nursing home before it was even worse.
Its ironic really because reinforcing a rascist steroetype of European immigrants is axactly the opposite of what the whole WC thing might hopefully achieve.
Thank god for the mute button because they play this at least twice a break.
Jun. 15th, 2006 03:43 am (UTC)
I've seen the nursing home ad a few times, though I can't say I ever really got that one. Plus, they've edited at least the Brazil vs. Australia score bits from most of times they showed the ad by now. History has been stuffed!
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