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World Cup Round Up
The August internationals gave coaches an opportunity to run the rule over their squad and presented players with the last chance to stake their claim for a spot in the tournament squad.
Here’s our exclusive round-up of the matches featuring the cream of PUMA Rugby stars!
The world's best national team is finally the champion of the world. What better way to summarize the final? They might not have played their best football the entire time (first game against Switzerland) but they have constantly pulled themselves together and improved, stepped up when needed (game against Germany). They conceded only two goals, and Casillas was deservedly rewarded the Golden Glove. On top of this Spain won the FIFA Fair Play Award, as they only got eight yellow cards through the tournament. Holland got nine in just the final against Spain, and helped making this final the historic for most yellow cards ever: 14!
Who knows what would have happened if Diego Forlan's last-breath effort had dived an inch, half a nano-second earlier?
Holland maintains their very-impressive 100% winning-streak in this World Cup, as they beat Uruguay 3-2.
So eventually it came: the mandatory World Cup penalty shoot-out. What players and teams fear the most in a knockout game. Doesn't matter from then who played the best football over 90 minutes, who had the best chances, most chances, who should have won and ultimately who deserved to win. From there on, football is at its most chance-moment ever. Anything can happen, and it usually does.
It was the battle of Europe. Two of the best teams in the world that just happened to be neighboring countries met in the Iberian Derby, the game deciding who snitches the last spot for the quarterfinals. Some of the best players on the planet knew that a loss meant packing your bags and go home, regardless how talented you are.
Brazil picked it up and showed that they're real contenders for the title. Facing Chile, who has impressed the most of us, we hoped for an even game with two attacking sides going non-stop. And we kind of got one. It was two attacking sides but it wasn't all that even. Like Spain, Brazil is the perhaps worst team Chile could meet- they're simply too good and won't get surprised by the quick Chileans because they simply out-quick them and dictate the pace themselves.
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