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2014-07-11 09:07:56 AM  
1. Goal (Mueller)
2. Goal (Khedira)
3. Goal (Kroos)
4. Goal (Mueller)
5. Goal (Özil)
 
2014-07-11 09:24:48 AM  

Langston: 1. Goal (Mueller)
2. Goal (Khedira)
3. Goal (Kroos)
4. Goal (Mueller)
5. Goal (Özil)


I'm pretty much in agreement, except I think number 5 should be either Schurrle or Mueller again. Ozil hasn't exactly been full of goals: he missed a wide open tap-in that should have been the eighth against Brazil, and there have been a few too many cases of getting too easily dispossessed in the final third in this cup. Maybe he'll finally break his funk.
 
2014-07-11 10:45:14 AM  

Soon Right Away: Langston: 1. Goal (Mueller)
2. Goal (Khedira)
3. Goal (Kroos)
4. Goal (Mueller)
5. Goal (Özil)

I'm pretty much in agreement, except I think number 5 should be either Schurrle or Mueller again. Ozil hasn't exactly been full of goals: he missed a wide open tap-in that should have been the eighth against Brazil, and there have been a few too many cases of getting too easily dispossessed in the final third in this cup. Maybe he'll finally break his funk.


Yeh go with Klose instead of Oezil
 
2014-07-11 10:56:34 AM  
I'm a big Messi fan, but I think Germany's going to be too much for Argentina to handle.
 
2014-07-11 01:00:45 PM  

Langston: 1. Goal (Mueller)
2. Goal (Khedira)
3. Goal (Kroos)
4. Goal (Mueller)
5. Goal (Özil)


Argentina /= Brazil.  I'm gonna say a repeat of the 2010 final: tight, maybe goes to ET.
 
2014-07-11 01:23:31 PM  
I put Germany's setting on the same it was during the Brazil match, and made sure I "2nd defender"ed Messi when he got the ball.

i.imgur.com
 
2014-07-11 01:25:11 PM  
 
2014-07-11 02:58:59 PM  

Soon Right Away: Langston: 1. Goal (Mueller)
2. Goal (Khedira)
3. Goal (Kroos)
4. Goal (Mueller)
5. Goal (Özil)

I'm pretty much in agreement, except I think number 5 should be either Schurrle or Mueller again. Ozil hasn't exactly been full of goals: he missed a wide open tap-in that should have been the eighth against Brazil, and there have been a few too many cases of getting too easily dispossessed in the final third in this cup. Maybe he'll finally break his funk.


ummm a break-away and a tap-in are not the same thing, and it was hardly wide open as there was a big goallie standing in the way...
 
2014-07-11 03:05:53 PM  
Quality officiating?
 
2014-07-11 04:00:51 PM  
5 Reasons why Americans don't care about soccer .....

1. You can have a man advantage and lose
2. You can have a man advantage and settle for a tie
3. You can lose and still advance in the Playoffs
4. You can win a game with penalty kicks while having no shots on goal
5. It's more rigged than the NBA
 
2014-07-11 05:01:42 PM  

Mr. Lickalickalicka: 5 Reasons why Americans don't care about soccer .....

1. You can have a man advantage and lose
2. You can have a man advantage and settle for a tie
3. You can lose and still advance in the Playoffs
4. You can win a game with penalty kicks while having no shots on goal
5. It's more rigged than the NBA


If you're situation's good enough in the standings in baseball, you could lose nine of your final ten games (Atlanta could have done this) or all ten of your last ten games (the LA Dodgers could have done this) and still have won their divisions, never mind qualified for the post-season as a Wild Card. The Dodgers could have lost 11 more games and still beaten out the Reds for a post-season spot.

Losing a game but still progressing is hardly new to American fans. People that use it as an excuse to not like soccer probably don't know much about sports in general, methinks.
 
2014-07-11 05:02:27 PM  
...I should add, those examples were for last year's run to the World Series.
 
2014-07-11 05:25:05 PM  

Sachbash: Soon Right Away: Langston: 1. Goal (Mueller)
2. Goal (Khedira)
3. Goal (Kroos)
4. Goal (Mueller)
5. Goal (Özil)

I'm pretty much in agreement, except I think number 5 should be either Schurrle or Mueller again. Ozil hasn't exactly been full of goals: he missed a wide open tap-in that should have been the eighth against Brazil, and there have been a few too many cases of getting too easily dispossessed in the final third in this cup. Maybe he'll finally break his funk.

ummm a break-away and a tap-in are not the same thing, and it was hardly wide open as there was a big goallie standing in the way...


He broke away, the keeper over-committed to Ozil's left, then Ozil missed a basically open net. He could've just tapped the ball by Cesar's feet, by which I basically mean a pass, and instead he pushed it right. If you have an overhead view of the miss that shows Cesar more in the way than the televised side angle I'll happily concede the point, but it certainly looked more straightforward than he made it.

I'm not trying to bag on the guy, I think he's awesome. Again, just in a funk. He's looked a little like the entire Spanish side in the match with the Dutch, where you can tell there's quality there but everything is just slightly off and no matter how good the chance on goal the ball will somehow find a way to miss the netting.
 
2014-07-11 05:31:11 PM  

Soon Right Away: Sachbash: Soon Right Away: Langston: 1. Goal (Mueller)
2. Goal (Khedira)
3. Goal (Kroos)
4. Goal (Mueller)
5. Goal (Özil)

I'm pretty much in agreement, except I think number 5 should be either Schurrle or Mueller again. Ozil hasn't exactly been full of goals: he missed a wide open tap-in that should have been the eighth against Brazil, and there have been a few too many cases of getting too easily dispossessed in the final third in this cup. Maybe he'll finally break his funk.

ummm a break-away and a tap-in are not the same thing, and it was hardly wide open as there was a big goallie standing in the way...

He broke away, the keeper over-committed to Ozil's left, then Ozil missed a basically open net. He could've just tapped the ball by Cesar's feet, by which I basically mean a pass, and instead he pushed it right. If you have an overhead view of the miss that shows Cesar more in the way than the televised side angle I'll happily concede the point, but it certainly looked more straightforward than he made it.

I'm not trying to bag on the guy, I think he's awesome. Again, just in a funk. He's looked a little like the entire Spanish side in the match with the Dutch, where you can tell there's quality there but everything is just slightly off and no matter how good the chance on goal the ball will somehow find a way to miss the netting.


I thought he missed on purpose, to not run up the score any more.
 
2014-07-11 06:05:38 PM  

Pope Larry II: Soon Right Away: Sachbash: Soon Right Away: Langston: 1. Goal (Mueller)
2. Goal (Khedira)
3. Goal (Kroos)
4. Goal (Mueller)
5. Goal (Özil)

I'm pretty much in agreement, except I think number 5 should be either Schurrle or Mueller again. Ozil hasn't exactly been full of goals: he missed a wide open tap-in that should have been the eighth against Brazil, and there have been a few too many cases of getting too easily dispossessed in the final third in this cup. Maybe he'll finally break his funk.

ummm a break-away and a tap-in are not the same thing, and it was hardly wide open as there was a big goallie standing in the way...

He broke away, the keeper over-committed to Ozil's left, then Ozil missed a basically open net. He could've just tapped the ball by Cesar's feet, by which I basically mean a pass, and instead he pushed it right. If you have an overhead view of the miss that shows Cesar more in the way than the televised side angle I'll happily concede the point, but it certainly looked more straightforward than he made it.

I'm not trying to bag on the guy, I think he's awesome. Again, just in a funk. He's looked a little like the entire Spanish side in the match with the Dutch, where you can tell there's quality there but everything is just slightly off and no matter how good the chance on goal the ball will somehow find a way to miss the netting.

I thought he missed on purpose, to not run up the score any more.


I'm not sure about that. He seemed down after it, and then he got yelled at for the rest of the game by his teammates for not putting it in. If he had wanted to not score, he could have taken the ball and dribbled to a flag, passed it back towards midfield, kicked it across one of the side touchlines for a Brazil throw-in... I mean, any number of things except, really, take a shot on goal.
 
2014-07-11 06:09:43 PM  

Soon Right Away: Sachbash: Soon Right Away: Langston: 1. Goal (Mueller)
2. Goal (Khedira)
3. Goal (Kroos)
4. Goal (Mueller)
5. Goal (Özil)

I'm pretty much in agreement, except I think number 5 should be either Schurrle or Mueller again. Ozil hasn't exactly been full of goals: he missed a wide open tap-in that should have been the eighth against Brazil, and there have been a few too many cases of getting too easily dispossessed in the final third in this cup. Maybe he'll finally break his funk.

ummm a break-away and a tap-in are not the same thing, and it was hardly wide open as there was a big goallie standing in the way...

He broke away, the keeper over-committed to Ozil's left, then Ozil missed a basically open net. He could've just tapped the ball by Cesar's feet, by which I basically mean a pass, and instead he pushed it right. If you have an overhead view of the miss that shows Cesar more in the way than the televised side angle I'll happily concede the point, but it certainly looked more straightforward than he made it.

I'm not trying to bag on the guy, I think he's awesome. Again, just in a funk. He's looked a little like the entire Spanish side in the match with the Dutch, where you can tell there's quality there but everything is just slightly off and no matter how good the chance on goal the ball will somehow find a way to miss the netting.


Well maybe i'm just being pedantic, but a shot from the edge of the box is hardley a tap-in, and there is no way that Cesar was so far overcommited as to give him the open net. I agree that a player of his calibre should be finishing that opportunity though, but the words "tap-in" and "wide-open net" are not applicable. I agree Ozils tournament has been a little dissapointing, but i'd lay more blame on Loews tactics.
 
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