The South Americans boasted four
teams in the World Cup quarter-finals but they only managed to get one into the
semis – and then Uruguay lost in the third place showdown. Now Europe can boast
it has the three best teams in the world.
The young German side was a
revelation at the World Cup and fully justified their scintillating 3-2 victory
over Uruguay at the Nelson Bay stadium in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.
Uruguay scorers were Edison Cavani
and inevitably Diego Forlan, easily their most influential player in their
tournament who is now a target for the top European clubs to prise him away
from Atletico Madrid. Germany’s scorers were the sensational Thomas Muller,
Marcell Jansen and the winner came from Sami Khedira.
It was probably the best game of
the tournament and many neutrals wanted it to go into extra time just to marvel
at the sheer open, attacking brilliance from both sides. It was a fitting send
off by Germany who were easily the most dazzling of all 32 teams in South
So much for the stereotypical
‘efficient’ Germany side of old, with little flair who always ground out
results with the only objective to get to the latter stages, almost by default.
They didn’t even miss injured captain Michael Ballack, with stand in skipper
Philip Lahm claiming he wants to keep the armband.
Who says you have to sacrifice
entertainment for results? In their six matches Germany scored a total of 16
and they only conceded five.
Luis Suarez, the Uruguay villain
from the quarter-final whose handball on the goal line outrageously helped his
side beat Ghana, was booed throughout this match.
The TV commentators said it was
unfair but Suarez would not have been rewarded by a fourth place finish had he
not blatantly cheated and denied Ghana their first ever World Cup semi-final
place. He thoroughly deserved the wrath of the fans.