I could get very used to weekends like this. The beauty of having games on at 5pm and 9pm is that you can do a day of family stuff, get home, watch game one, cook dinner/do chores and then settle down for game two. The heat was always going to be the deciding factor in this game as to whether we were going to see a match of all out attack like the Brazil v Chile one, or a more tactical one like Colombia v Uurguay.
1. Holland v Netherlands – Are ITV right in referring to the Netherlands as Holland? Holland is actually a region and former province located on the western coast of the Netherlands. The name Holland is also frequently used as an informal term to refer to the whole of the country of the Netherlands. This usage is generally accepted, but some individuals, particularly from the other parts of the Netherlands, dislike the use of “Holland” as a substitute for “the Netherlands”. So it’s like New York being part of New York, right?
2. “Let the ball do the work, the chance will come” – Exactly how will this happen? Clarke Carlisle is suggesting that if the players simply play it to feet without any running then someone will get a chance? Did he not see Germany v Austria in 1982 where this was exactly what happened? Then 10 minutes later Carlisle bemoaned the Netherlands play as they did exactly what he said they should do, saying that it was “dull and defensive football”. Wisdom of a former professional player.
3. Cooling Break – Preparation for Qatar 2022? Imagine the temperature 10 degrees hotter and you will need breaks every 15 minutes. Whilst I can see the medical sense in it, who benefits the most out of that five minute break in the first half? The TV companies who can sell an additional TV advert break? Absolutely. The coaches who have a chance to alter things? Correct.
4. Girl in the crowd – Surely a record for “most number of attractive girls given a close up on TV at a football match”? There must be one cameraman whose job it is to troll the crowd looking for attractive girls to zoom in on. Hard life.
5. “Van Gaal must be dreading this going to penalties” – Another great Carlisle line. If you are trailing 2-1 in injury time do you think the Dutch manager will say..”tell you what, it is a bit hot out there. I don’t want us to equalise and take this game to extra time.” So when Snejder’s 88th minute equaliser went in, he would have been absolutely fuming. Almost as good as Glenn Hoddle’s comment that the final minute challenge on Robben was a “double penalty”.
The Beer World Cup
After a trip to the sunny Kent seaside it was a very pleasant beer match enjoying a cold Sol in the first half, with a twist of lime of course, against a chilled Amstel in the second. Tough choice and one that eventually went to penalties with a bag of Totilla chips against a chocolate pancake….close but there could only be one winner.
Netherlands 2 Mexico 2…Netherlands won 3-1 on penalties