Sunday, July 4, 2010

Waka Waka - FIFA World Cup 2010...lets drool......5

What a match it was between Paraguay & Spain in the last of the quarterfinals at the World Cup....both sides matching player to player in skills & sheer grit......till the 83 minute, when Iniesta carved a magical run through the defence into the Paraguan penalty area & passed to Pedro whose shot hit the post & on the rebound, the imperious David Villa finally found the elusive goal to put Spain in the semis.....It was Spanish Armada all the way.....the team, which has always been an under achiever at the World Cup...always faltering to deceive at the knockout stages...David Villa is now the leading scorer in the tournament with 5 goals, ahead of all others for the Golden Boot award.

The Paraguans played out of their skin & were the first to find the net....but the goal was disallowed for being offside. However, their pressing football payed dividends, when one of their forwards was pulled down by Pique inside the box, & the whistle blew for a penalty. But Cardozo's shot was brilliantly saved by Casillas & within less than a  minute, Spain had earned a penalty kick at the other end. Xavi Alonso converted the kick with ease, but as he got into celebrations, the referee was already blowing the whistle for a re kick, as one of the Spanish player had moved before the shot. This time, the Paraguan goalie, Villar managed his piece to save the kick, & it was even stevens for the teams......
The match kept moving at a high pace & the ball careened from one end to the other, till Villa found the net for Spain in the 83rd minute.
Paraguans, kept pressing for an equaliser & almost managed one in the dying minutes of the game, but Casillas was impregnable today, taking his side to the first ever place in the semis.....

It will now be Spanish skills against the disciplined but hard game of Germans.......certainly a mouth watering encounter...., while in the other semis, the Dutch take on the Uruguans.....
While, three of the four Latin American teams exited in this round, three out of three European teams waltzed forward to the semis...what a turn around.....

Shakira's Waka Waka is steaming above the Vuvuzels, while we await the semifinal clashes.  

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