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Brazil v. Colombia – match notes #BRAvCOL

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7′ – Fred is awful, but Thiago Silva isn’t!

The other takeaway of the first half is the lack of law enforcement. A tremendous number of fouls, but the Spanish referee, Velasco, kept his cards in his pocket.

In the second half, things got stupid. Brazil’s diving led to Neymar just getting creamed. Colombia makes up for Marcelo’s horrible tackles when Cuadrado gets his revenge on Neymar. If you’re going to get back at Brazil for Marcelo, take down Neymar, who left the game injured. Not sure if it’s something he can shake off by the semi-final.

64′ Thiago Silva is stupid, taking down Ospina as the Colombian keeper started to punt out. Now Silva misses the Germany match.

66′ It’s not just the referee, as the AR on the side of the Brazil goal makes the first of three horrible offside calls. Should be a goal for Colombia, but still 1-nil.

69′ Can’t argue with David Luiz’s goal, but it should be 2-1, not 2-nil.

78′ Any other referee would have sent Julio Cesar off, rather than just a yellow. At least Rodriguez scores on the penalty kick, 2-1. That has incredible significance beyond the match, since no Julio Cesar agains Germany would have been a catastrophe.

Still, Colombia had several opportunities and they failed to convert them. Hard to say they were robbed, even though there’s a stain on the match.

 

Disappointment for the Bit O’Red in Lithuania

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Sligo Rovers drew FC Banga, nil-nil, in Gargždai, Lithuania, yesterday, in the first round of Europa League play. While not as bad a result as a loss, a scoreless draw means Rovers must win the home leg of the round. An away goal would’ve been nice!

Match report here.

 

Happy July 4th!

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YatSoccer returns to active duty today! This was the plan for several months now, but the hope was that Team USA (known by the hashtag #USMNT for US Men’s National Team) would still be playing in Brazil. Soccer goes on outside of Brazil, of course, with Europa League already under way, and the top-flight leagues in Europe not far behind. Major League Soccer (MLS) here in the US never stopped.

Our local side here in New Orleans, the New Orleans Jesters, just wrapped up their season, but you’ll see us sharing club news until the Jesters return next summer. Same goes for #USMNT and American Outlaws.

In terms of other content, you’ll find I’ll be talking about MLS in the US, the Barcalay’s Premier League in England, Airtricity League (Ireland), the UEFA Champions League, and the UEFA Europa League.

My teams: Arsenal, San Jose Earthquakes, and Sligo Rovers (FAI). Want more? Contact me, I’ll fix you up so you can write about your team(s).

So, Germany have just advanced to the semi finals. Let’s see if Brazil can do the same.