Last Night’s Game

It was intense and close like semi-finals often are but that didn’t stop the goals going in. We cannot find a decent link that has highlights of the whole game so excuse the multiple links.

URU 0-1 BRA: Gol de Maicon:

URU 1-1 BRA: Gol de Forlán:

URU 1-2 BRA: Gol de Julio Baptista:

URU 2- 2 BRA: Gol de Abreu:

The Penalty Shoot-Out: Starts here……. and the ends here

(El Arbitro still feels gutted for Uruguay)



Filed under Brazil, Uruguay

16 responses to “Last Night’s Game

  1. Marty

    I’m Australian and have been adverse to Uruguay for years, but looking at Pablo Garcia’s face after he misses make me want to weep.

  2. Know exactly what you mean, especially it being García who played so well last night and against Venezuela.

    Another heartbreaker is coach Oscar Tabárez’s reaction to García’s miss:

  3. Diego has full highlights of the games immediately after–though i don’t know how long they stay up.

  4. We were too emotionally drained to think of highlights right after the game and didn’t get round to it until this morning when we had to see again just how Uruguay failed to go through.

  5. Nacho

    Are Uruguay incapable of ever winning a penalty shoot-out? Also, the Brazilian keeper clearly moved off his line for Lugano’s kick. That’s against the rules, right??? Unless the opposition is Brazilian.

  6. pondwatching

    Nacho … though I felt Uruguay probably shaded the match, and it would have been great had he made the sixth spot kick, a part of me wanted to see Brazil in the final just because of the increased hype their presence will bring to the final, whether it be against Mexico or Argentina. Purely selfish reasons in this instance.

    Like all the ‘big’ teams, they always seem to benefit !

  7. rovers

    Marty– being argentine i had historically been ‘averse’ as you say of the Charruas. But I
    too felt gutted at Garcias’ miss. I think the side’s recent efforts will win over many detractors of uruguayan football, for instance: me.

    How can you not love Seb Abreu’s tearful reaction to the equalizer and his sublime spotkick and subsequent gesture regarding his outrageous ‘courage’ ?

    ‘Fuerza, Loco, los Cuervos siempre estaremos contigo’ !

  8. andyelbolso

    Jeez – Rovers I can understand you being a bit averse to Uruguay, as it is the local derby (it goes both ways!), but Marty – what could you have against Uruguay? Is it because Australia doesn’t get a direct WC berth for beating Tonga and New Zealand? The fact that Australia is incapable of beating (without resorting to penalties) the 5th best South American team is precisely why you have to play off.

    If you don’t like them because they are dirty, then you are clinging to a tired cliche that is whipped up by an Aussie press that puts any British red-top in the shade for one-eyedness. Uruguay play hard, but the sort of stuff I read around play-off time in the likes of the Daily Telegraph in Sydney was borderline racism.

    If you think their play is unsportsmanlike, should you be throwing stones in glass houses? Aussies are famously proud of their win-at-all-costs attitude. Case in point:

    Finally, if you feel the atmosphere is unfairly / overly intimidating in Uruguay when Oz come to play, it is because football is a fundamental part of the country’s character & history, not a hobby behind cricket, rugby, rugby league, aussie rules, tennis and swimming.

    Hmm – did I just get a bit carried away? Probably. Ner mind.

  9. Alex K

    hey this a great blog! found it through your post on nytimes goal blog.

    thanks for distilling and making this list of clips of the goals!

    although the last one is wrong? it’s not uruguay’s 2nd goal but instead the earlier brazil 2nd goal

  10. Cheers Alex – glad we found each other

    Thanks for pointing out the dodgy link – have fixed it so you can see Abreu’s goal now.

  11. Marty

    To Nacho: I always thought that Uruguay always used to win shootouts, they beat Brazil in 1995 and in 1999 alone (including their World Youth Cup team)
    they won three, two against Paraguay and one against Chile. I guess things have changed.

    To Rovers: You’re right, I think the last two games are going to make us all reassess Uruguay.

    To Andyelbolso: Don’t attack Australia; I can’t help it that we’re surrounded by water and islands. If anything I’m happy we’re in Asia now because we get the chance to test ourselves more than two matches every four years (usually vs. Uruguay, as it always turned out, in both 2001 and 2005). That situation was not conductive to the development of the Australian national team. If we’re not good enough now, then we’re not good enough; but at least our entire four years no longer depend on two matches against random opposition.

    So we won on penalty kicks in 2005? So what?? Both teams gave it all. Australia and Uruguay were clearly even teams, 50-50. It’s not as if we were weaker than them and held out for 180 minutes. I suppose you’re going to attack Italy for only beating France on penalties as well. They ‘only’ won the World Cup, as you would say.

    Uruguay… mmm. Their only ‘plan’ as ever seems to be to simply wait and see how their situation will turn out and then squeeze through by the bare minimum at the end, both with weak 1-0 wins and also in the long term. Look at the results of their WC 86, 90 (when they got through the first round with a 90th minute goal no less), and if Morales’ header had gone in in 02 it would have been the same story over again; look at how they tackled a weak group A at this Copa America; their WC qualifying runs in both 01 and 05, in which they beat Colombia to fifth place by the bare minimum (despite a weaker head-to-head records in both years) by getting points in the last games vs. Argentina in order to qualify. The list is rather endless.

    Their extremely lucky run to the 2002 World Cup involved three late crunch games against Brazil (1-0 win, on a penalty), Colombia (1-1, Uruguayan penalty) and Ecuador (1-1, Uruguayan penalty). That’s three games in which they were outplayed but received 5 crucial points from three penalties without scoring a single goal themselves. Cheap.

    Look at how they played against a toothless, 10-man France at WC 2002. A disgrace. They could have wrapped up qualification then and there against a clearly shocked and reeling France after Henry was sent off only 20 minutes in but chose to postpone their efforts until their last game against Senegal.

    They prove time and time again that if their mentality wasn’t so short-sighted they can take it to anyone, vs. Senegal 2002, vs. Brazil yesterday, vs. Australia in the first half of the second game in 2001 in Montevideo. They should get it together from the start instead of waiting for miracles once the clock is almost run down.

    So no, it’s not just a one-eyed Aussie ‘thing’.

  12. andyelbolso

    That’s more like it – great blog but needs a little needle. Hope it is taken the right way.

    Marty – you’re absolutely right, Uruguay struggle these days, and have since about the semi-final of 1970. This means they often have to fight and scrape to get results, and rely a lot on their famous ‘garra’ to outmuscle opponents, which doesn’t make for pretty football. But the fact is that in all the examples you gave, Uruguay WERE THERE. They were fighting for a WC spot, or actually in the WC. You forget all the other countries they regularly have to get points off order to even be there – obvious biggies like Argentina and Brazil, and countries that you might discard but are also football nuts, and much bigger than us: Colombia, Paraguay, Ecuador, Chile, Peru, Bolivia (admittedly rubbish, but not when they play in the bloody mountains – don’t get me started…). Even Venezuela look useful these days.

    I don’t really like to use the whole “we’re only 3 million people” argument too much (NZ do pretty well at rugby), but my own view is that it is bordering on miraculous that Uruguay are there or thereabouts each time. And it is not down to sporting academies or investment in infrastructure or scholarships, because we haven’t got the money – it is down to a combination of experience, natural talent and a passion for the game. Which depresses me when people then have automatically negative attitudes about them.

    You talk about their mentality and you’re right, it is not always positive (sit back and try and nick games), but the weight of history on their shoulders is pretty heavy: it is difficult to play fast and loose when expectations are so high locally – look at England in the last WC, or most of the WC finals in the last 20 years. Uruguayans are having to live with a (footballing) past that is far superior to anything they will achieve in future.

    I’m not attacking Australia per se. The ‘attack’ was on the Australian view that they should have a direct berth to the WC. When Uruguay lobbied FIFA to ensure Oz had to carry on playing the 5th placed Latam team, this was viewed as cheating (I vividly remember it as the top reason “Why Uruguay are Cheats” in the Telegraph. There were 10 reasons). And the Aussie standpoint at that time was not that they wanted to play in the Asia qualifiers (which I think is perfectly sensible), but they wanted a direct Oceania spot (which they actually were granted for a short while). Uruguay lobbying for the contrary was ‘cheating’. What????

    This might well not be your view, but the extreme “cheats” accusations filter down into a general “they’re a bit unpleasant” when it isn’t very justified.

    Sorry if I am a bit defensive, but it is tiring for me to always see people’s first reaction to Uruguay as “Ooh, I don’t like them, they cheat don’t they?” instead of “They’ve got a footballing history that could only be matched by 3 or 4 countries in the world, and still produce some extraordinary players who punch well above their weight”. Uuuh – not literally.

  13. FrankTheTank

    I’ve been pretty restricted to seeing Uruguay at major tournaments and while it might not always be ‘attractive’ I like their footballing nous.

    Sometimes watching teams like Venezuela in this Copa or the US and Australia and most especially Japan I really miss that. There is loads of pretty triangles and well worked drills but I’m left wanting more. A player who knows what to do a bit differently to swing a game.

    For me Recoba did that against Brazil when a goal down. Smack some fast corners going straight for goal. Doni didn’t like it, it lifted Uruguay and a few minutes later a goal from another scrambled Doni clearance. Different thinking by Recoba rewarded. many other teams would have stuck to training ground drills that would have been cleaned up by Alex and Juan.

    Uruguay’s spirit is important but there is a keen footballing brain there as well and I like to see that.

  14. Marty

    Andy: you’re right, at least Uruguay don’t ever drop their heads and they keep up the battle, unlike four particular teams who exited in the quarter finals (Colombia dropped theirs too).

    I’m laughing about the Bolivia thing because I lived there for a little while, I couldn’t take three running steps in La Paz without coughing for the next half hour. Went to Bolivia-Brazil (October 2005) and don’t know how the Brazilians did it for 90 mins. I wanted Bolivia to win, it ended 1-1. Brazil lined up like this team now, without Ronaldinho and Kaka.

    Best regards,

  15. Marty

    P.S. It WAS unjust to take the half WC spot from S.Am. to give to the Pacific, however temporarily it lasted. Australia (or New Zealand, now) needs to be able to play someone good to make it there. Anyway, Blatter changed his mind as always, look at that Altitude debate. It has gone from 2500 metres to 3000 to “La Paz is exempt” etc.

  16. Thanks for the videos. That is a great collection. It was a great game though.

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