the game seemingly went on forever. 8 players on the netherland side picked up 9 yellow cards and 1 got sent off with a red card during extra time. in the end spain prevailed. thomas mueller, the 20 year old from germany who only started playing with the germany national team in march, scored the golden boot for the tournament. diego forlan got the ‘man of the tournament/best player of the tournament‘ award and nelson mandela made an appearance at the game.
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according to the new york times, nelsen mandela spent 18 of his 27 years imprisoned on robben island. so we’re sorta wondering what he and saint bono are thinking about while watching the netherland’s key striker arjen robben as he plays during the first world cup in africa. the csmonitor notes that the south africans who speak afrikaans, a dutch dialect left over from colonialism, are giddy with delight that the oranje might win their first world cup. since being in south africa, the dutch team has donated a football pitch to the city of johannesburg.
everyone seems to have forgotten that uruguay has won 2 world cups. mind you the last one was in 1950. but the team, which looks to face the u.s.a. or ghana in the quarter finals, is one of the few teams during the 2010 world cup which is playing in top form. uruguay won 2:1 against brazil. luis suarez scored both goals.
hitzfeld, former coach of bayern muenchen, coached switzerland to a 1:0 defeat of world cup favorites spain. uruguay squeezed out 2 beautiful goals and 1 penalty kick against world cup hosts south africa. earlier in the day chile won 1:0 against honduras. 20minuten.ch calls the switzerland – spain game: ‘Das erste grosse intensive Spiel dieser Weltmeisterschaft.’ (the world cups’ first really big, intense match).