Semi-final prediction: Argentina and Uruguay?

Tomorrow, semi-final matches of South Africa 2010 World Cup will be kicking off. Here, I review some of the anticipation and reality of those upcoming matches. 

ARGENTINA   vs    GERMANY

ANTICIPATION:
For me Argentina has many excellent players but yet fail to impress at the previous World Cup. However this time, with Lionel Messi who announced as 2009 FIFA best player together with Gonzalo Higuan and Carlos Tevez which both scored 6 out of 10 goals for Argentina so far, could possibly beat Germany tomorrow.

REALITY:
Before this World Cup campaign begins, Diego Maradona (Argentina's coach) received massive critics due to poor performance during their qualifying stage. Argentina ends up at the 4th place behind Brazil (1st), Chile (2nd) and Paraguay (3rd). But Maradona's side had successfully provided a stunning performance and impresses those detractors by winning all 4 matches of this World Cup campaign with a deficit of 10-2 goals!

Germany on the other hand, topped their qualifying group without losing. But they lost to Serbia during their 2nd match at South Africa. Serbia even failed to advance to round of 16. However, a marvelous goal record of 9-2 needed to be bear in mind for Maradona's side.

PREVIOUS RECORD:
Argentina and Germany historically are rivalry. Their records are:
Argentina(0) vs Germany(1)                      -- Final World Cup 1990
Argentina(1)(Penalty:loss)vs Germany(1)   -- Quarter Final World Cup 2006
Argentina(1) vs Germany(0)                      -- Friendly 2010

URUGUAY    vs    GHANA


ANTICIPATION:
Ghana, the Black Stars could be the first African country to reach World Cup semi-finals. Cameroon (African team which reach quarter final the most) and Senegal (World Cup 2002) failed to do so before. Meanwhile, Uruguay could also advance to semi-final after 40 years of waiting. What I like about both teams is Ghana is the only African team survives and strong Uruguay could even make all the way to the final! Just wait and see.

REALITY:
Ghana has the youngest squad among of 31 other in South Africa (average of 24.1 year olds). Their World Cup campaign this time shows a-not-really-impressive goal deficit which is 4-3. Asamoah Gyan is their target man as he scored 3 goals so far. Uruguay on the other side only manage to clinch their 2010 World Cup place after beating Costa Rica 2-1 at the play-off. They were 5th at their continent’s qualifying stage behind Argentina. However they manage to impress by reaching quarter final this time with no loss and let go only 1 goal. But reaching this far had make Deigo Godin, the Uruguayan defender, which provides the sturdy defense to miss the match against Ghana due to injury. This could be a troublesome. Uruguay goal deficit record is 6-1 which Diego Forlan netted 2 and Luiz Suarez netted 3.

2 comments:

jfook said...

I wish Germany would win.But looks like Argentina is a strong team as well.

::aMaD:: said...

As u can c, Spain will win!!