This World Cup has been topsy-turvy. Big name countries haven’t been doing so well while countries who you would already expect to be down and out for the count are progressing fundamentally well. If you missed Sunday’s match up with Portugal clashing against the USA, you missed the game that illustrates why there has been such a big flip in strength in World Cup 2014.
Everyone expected Cristiano Ronaldo to punish the USA very easily with his blazing fast speed and well precised kicks, but on Sunday, Ronaldo’s speed acted as a doubled edged sword. Ronaldo often found him self offside. He had 3-4 offsides in the second half of the game alone and in the last 20 seconds of the game and USA up 2-1 after trailing 1-0 going into the half, Ronaldo’s contribution to the team was no where to be found.
Like any hard working athlete, Cristiano Ronaldo’s determination did not falter. As time slithered away, Portugal pushed and pushed as hard as that could since a lost to USA would cause Portugal to face elimination. What happens next was simply amazing.
While it wasn’t Cristiano Ronaldo who scored the goal, it did set up the play very well. The setup is by far Ronaldo’s greatest contribution to his team since the World Cup stated. Hopefully this game will cause him to wake up and be the team leader that his team needs.
With a Portugal, team USA will face off against group leader Germany. In order to advance to the next round, the USA will either need to tie with Germany or beat them outright. If Germany ties with team USA, both Germany and the USA will be able to make it through to the next round. In the last 2 would cups, Germany has always made it to at least the semi-finals. Team USA is in need of some big plays.