Thursday, 11 March 2010

Top 5 games of World Cup 2006:

In my opinion, in no order, here are my favourite games of the last World Cup:

1) Germany 4-2 Costa Rica, Group stage:

A brilliant opening game, full of great goals and poor defending. From as early as the sixth minute the goals flew in. Thanks to poor defending Philipp Lahm was allwoed to cut inside onto his right foot and score a cracking opening goal of the tournament. From there most would have expected a comprehensive victory for the hosts but Costa Rica came back into the game thanks to a Paulo Wanchope goal. Within minutes however Miroslav Klose's tap-in restored the lead and in the second-half he increased the margin with another tap-in. Wanchope again punished a poor back-line to bring Costa Rica back into the game once more, however Fring's drive settled it although started a debate as to who had scored the better goal, his or Lahm's.

A game which demonstrated Germany's attacking superiority which continued throughout the tournament. Whereas Wanchope provided a reminder of his goal scoring ability.

2) Germany 0-2 Italy AET, Semi-final:

Many peoples best game of the tournament, both teams played out an attacking treat as Italy eventually prevailed. From slow build-up to counter-attacking this game had various types of attacks which made it so exciting. The need for a goal was even greater in extra time as Italy knew they couldn't go against the Germans in a shoot-out, they were simply never going to win.

3) France 3-1 Spain, Second-round:

A game in which France were transformed after three tepid performances in the group-stages. David Villa's penalty was overturned by Ribery when clear to finish. Then in the second-half a galvanised France improved and went ahead thanks to Viera's header and fittingly Zidane finished the Spanish off with a clever finish. A game which surprised most as Spain had been devastating up until this and favourites to go to the final. France though seemed to be heading home early yet again but instead found a performance that no-one expected.

4) Argentina 2-1 Mexico AET, Second-round:

A game which started brightly with Mexico scoring before Argentina equalised with an own-goal. The game then had chances for both before being decided by a magnificent goal.

5) Czech Republic 0-2 Ghana, Group stage:

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