34 responses

  1. kevin
    June 27, 2013

    Spain looked very vulnerable, makes the final more interesting.

    • SanFran415
      June 27, 2013

      If only conceding 3 shots on goal in 120 minutes is “vulnerable” than nobody should bother showing up to any tournament Spain plays in because… jeez.

      • slyboy
        June 27, 2013

        DUDE!…We get it, you love Spain. They are GODS!. Refs are in collusion to undue them, or so you seem to think.

        Spain looked vulnerable, kevin is not the only one saying or thinking…Jeez!

      • Paul Miller
        June 27, 2013

        Italy easily could have been up a goal (or four) after 20 minutes. First half, Italy was better. Second half was fairly even. Spain didn’t look dominating until extra time.

        That was a game that easily could have gone either way. I don’t think Spain has looked as sharp as they did in 2008 and 2010 for a long time. Maybe people are figuring out how to play against possession better.

      • Paul Miller
        June 27, 2013

        By the way, I say that with a lot more affinity for Spain than Italy. I like defensive teams, so that bit of history I enjoy. There’s just something about those guys I don’t like (maybe the diving?). Love their keeper. The ten in front of him, not so much.

      • EspinDOHla
        June 27, 2013

        Agreed.
        De Rossi’s elbow to McBribe’s face (well, that entire game actually) has just made me always root against Italy.

        One thing I think is cool is that whether or not you like this current Spain side, it’s awesome that we have a chance to watch them play live (or at least live on TV). They will go down in history as one of the best teams ever and it’s cool to watch it happen. Maybe their star is waning but to witness one of the greatest national teams ever is pretty cool.

      • Becks
        June 28, 2013

        First of all, that stat is wrong. Italy out shot Spain 9 to 2 in the first hall alone. Italy owned that game. Bossed Spain on both sides of the ball.

    • MLSsnob
      June 28, 2013

      I’d be surprised if brazil didn’t walk away with the cup. 120 minutes of action and home crowd, seems everything’s coming up brazil.

  2. Old School
    June 27, 2013

    These celebrations are embarrassing.

    • Chupacabra
      June 28, 2013

      Agreed. Whoopee! You scored a penalty kick! What next? Beating up a five-year old?

  3. Adrian
    June 27, 2013

    Spain is still at the highest of levels, this tourney is no cake walk. Italy with the exception of Pirlo and Buffon bore me . I can only hope Spain have enough in the tank to put on a good show on Suday.

    • Becks
      June 28, 2013

      Not sure what game you were watching but Italy was anything but boring. They absolutely crushed Spain in the first half and should have been up 3/4-0. To Paul Miller (above) the most blatant dive of the game goes to Iniesta top of the box second half, (not even touched) who was really the only Spaniard showing any signs of life.

      That being said penalties are not futbol. It’s almost like a completely different game. 1 player from each team should be pulled off every couple of minutes in extra time, until there is a goal. 10 on 10, 9 on 9, 8 on 8 so forth. And the 3 sub only rule is absolutely ridiculous.

      • Brett
        June 28, 2013

        When I played I always wanted to go straight to the shootout with no overtime period.

  4. Bean
    June 27, 2013

    Brazil has a bit of advantage in fitness, but Spain knows how to win these tournaments. Vincent del Bosque will have a couple of changes to make though. On the Brazil side, I’m curious if Dante will get the start over Luiz.

  5. Dan
    June 27, 2013

    Can someone tell me what the whole thumb-sucking-to-celebrate-a-goal thing is all about? Serious question

    • Eric
      June 28, 2013

      We they expectin a baby

    • Brett
      June 28, 2013

      Yes. Usually related to a baby. You’ll see it along with the “rock-a-bye” celebration sometimes.

    • Bean
      June 28, 2013

      It’s a figure of speech–”putting that baby to bed”

  6. dan
    June 28, 2013

    USA going out this early is pathetic

    • EspinDOHla
      June 28, 2013

      I’ve never seen a US team get so physically dominated as these guys did….

      • Eric
        June 28, 2013

        I don’t know. It seemed to me, the difference was the USA coudln’t finish in the final third. They had their chances but couldnt convert. Ghana did.

      • Brett
        June 28, 2013

        I counted five golden chances and only one converted.

        They were simply outmatched and outplayed by a bigger, faster, stronger, and more experienced team. They had at least two players who had played with the full national team. USA had 0 unless Gil snuck a cap in somewhere and I missed it.

        I’m also not convinced that all of those players were teenagers. Africa and hospital or government records aren’t exactly a great partnership. Ghana also got a two gift goals and that changed the complexion of the game. Goals change games and things might have been different if that first Ghana goal had been correctly called offside.

  7. biff
    June 28, 2013

    Great match between Spain-Italy, two of my favorite teams. I understand the antipathy mentioned above about Italy and De Rossi’s elbow to McBride, but all forgiven when Italy brought down Germany in 2006 in one of the most dramatic moments in soccer history.

    link to youtube.com

    Spain is still great, but Italy is showing that they are back and I personally do not think Spain will be able to win the WC next summer in Brazil. Tell me: Have you ever seen Del Bosque looking as worried as he looked yesterday during the penalty shoot-out? I think he knows that something is not clicking right with the team and next summer will be tough.

    I think Brazil and Italy now have to be among the the favorites to win WC 2014, along with the USMNT. (Yep, I really do believe this.) And I predict right now that neither Spain nor Germany make it past the semi-finals.

    • Michael
      June 28, 2013

      Agreed that USMNT are favorites, if the ‘U’ stands for ‘Uruguay’ and the ‘S’ stands for ‘Spain.’

    • Brett
      June 28, 2013

      Italy continues to show why tactical football can keep any team in any game. Italy is not a good litmus test for great teams. They can play with their competition based on tactical discipline and fundamentals, but they’re just as likely to beat a team like Spain as they are to lose to a team like Scotland. Every team has a weakness and Italy is a team that more often than not knows how to exploit those weaknesses.

      Spain will be fine and to my mind are still the favorites now and next summer barring some very questionable officiating (home cooking) for Brazil. Spain just oozes quality and can beat any team in the world on their best day. The same can be said for Brazil, but I think Spain simply has the better players inside and out.

      Favoring the USA to win it all can only be explained by extreme optimism bordering on what we call “homerism”, but I’ll be rooting for them to pull it off. I can still look at it rationally today, and for me I would be ecstatic if we made it to the QF (which means my prediction is that we advance from the group but get knocked out in the next game)

      • biff
        June 28, 2013

        I think two factors possibly helping the USMNT are 1) great fitness and being able to handle the heat better than European teams and 2) playing in the basically the same time zone. A European team has never won in South America.

      • ld
        June 28, 2013

        Atleast half of the USA team lives in Europe…

      • biff
        June 28, 2013

        yeah, but they got American blood that has American time zone properties that do not go away when living in Europe.

    • ld
      June 28, 2013

      I predict right now that the USA will not progress out of the group stage (Yep, I really do believe this)

      • biff
        June 28, 2013

        ha-ha. good one.

  8. Ivan
    June 28, 2013

    If US was qualifying out of Conmebol , US would get lucky to participate in 1 out of 3 World Cups…same if part of the European qualifying cycle…come on, guys, Panama and Jamaica are quite mediocre teams, as tricky as it is to play away games there…

    To call US a favorite in the World Cup is delusional…US is still a second rate side, capable of the occasional good game and an upset every once in a while…the talent is still not there.

    And looking at the U17 and U 20 performances this summer, the talent won’t be there for at least another decade…

  9. DC Josh
    June 28, 2013

    Penalty kicks need to be banned at the next FIFA Congress. Seriously, they might as well flip a coin after extra time to decide the winner. They could allow one sub per 15 min. period of extra time and keep playing until someone scores, or just go back to golden goal.

  10. beachbum
    June 28, 2013

    Italy out-Spained Spain for much of this contest, and showed more than just the classic Italian tactical football. they broke out early and often attacking and missed great chances to take the lead, then possessed the ball beautifully for many stretches in the game. I still believe they miss Puyol and in this game it showed, even without Balotelli out there

    looking forward to the final, should be awesome. does Brazil show up feeling the pressure of the home crowd or seize the moment with all that energy?

    • beachbum
      June 28, 2013

      Italy out-Spained Spain for much of this contest, and showed more than just the cla$$ic Italian tactical football. they broke out early and often attacking and missed great chances to take the lead, then possessed the ball beautifully for many stretches in the game. I still believe Spain miss Puyol and in this game it showed, even without Balotelli out there

      looking forward to the final, should be awesome. does Brazil show up feeling the pressure of the home crowd or seize the moment with all that energy?

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