Monday, July 14, 2014
Germany 1-0 Argentina, or, the Masochism of the World Cup
Germany attacked doggedly for the whole game and made several chances for themselves, but except for one missed header (hit the post, one of those maddening soccer moments that promises a relief from tension for about a second before dashing your hopes again) their chances were not great and any goal would have been an amazing one. When they finally did score it was an amazing goal, as you knew it had to be to break Argentina's wall. At this level of soccer, scoring goals is just very, very hard; unless the defense breaks down, everything has to be perfect, and even the best teams can only do it once or twice a game. As the Scottish commentator said, "All it takes is one brilliant finish." Gee, that's all.
I think maybe I'll skip the next Cup. Watching mediocre teams in the North American or English league is just a lot more fun.