With heat at approximately 88F, and feeling like 97F, the Netherlands was at a huge disadvantage. And then when the first substitute was brought in at about 8.5 minutes b/c de Jong unexpectantly left play, it was not a good sign. But don’t let that worry you too much.. Holland is the superior team. And for the first time in World Cup play, two regulated “Cooling Breaks’ at the thirty minute point in play were given to all players, refs and officials.
The first half, the Dutch team did what they are known for, they handled the ball, with lots of great passing. But… that’s pretty much all they did. They weren’t aggressive in their attempts to score. Until in the four minutes of extra time, when two Mexican players took out Arjen Robben in the box, which should have resulted in a penalty kick for Robben. The Ref didn’t call it. Not impressed.
Half time.. scoreless..
Second half, Mexico scores fairly quickly.. what should have been an equalizer, but b/c of the bad call, or should I say ‘lack of call’ by the Ref in the first half, the score is now 1-0 Mexico.
With only about two minutes left to regular time, and Wesley Sneijder scores Holland’s first goal.
With about two minutes into extra play, Arjen Robbens is fouled, and a penalty shot is awarded. Substitute Huntelaar (who came in for Van Persie) took the shot.. and goal!!
Final score: The Netherlands 2-1 Mexico… and they advance to the Quarterfinals! Yahoo! 🙂
Side note: What was with the Mexican coach being such a sore loser? Scolding the Ref after the game, and then pushing Van Persie. Yikes!
First half was explosive excitement. Fast play, fancy controlled footwork, and both teams working hard to score. Yet, it is important to note that the Netherlands needs a win or draw to win the group. Chile needs a win to be deemed the leaders of the group.
There were a few misses with passing on the part of Holland. That was disappointing. Disappointment shown on Robben’s face. There were some definite dives by the Chilean players, but nothing that the Ref wasn’t aware of, including the 2 huge dives in front of the net, one that resulted in an argument, and exchanging of words between the two teams. Robben was so close to scoring… poor guy. Too bad Van Persie wasn’t playing today to help relieve the pressure and to work with Robben. Van Persie was sitting out due to having yellow cards.
Half Time… scoreless…
Second half.. Too many Chilean players faking big drama-filled dives and falls, even when they are not even near a Dutch player. So frustrating to watch. Ref gives yellow card to Daley Blind.. Fair? No.
Finally a goal (a beautiful header) by a Dutch player at his first appearance at an International match – Leroy Fer. Yay! 🙂
Goal #2 – Memphis Depay assisted by Robben… in the three minutes of extra time. 🙂
Final score: The Netherlands 2-0 Chile. Holland wins Group B.
My only question.. Where were all the oranje shirts in the crowd?? How unusual for a Nederlands voetbal match!
My pizza adventures continue with The Vesuvian – Italian Chicken with Potatoes, Asiago, and Olives.
I placed the boneless, skinless chicken in a medium bowl and added Italian dressing. I coated the chicken with the dressing and marinated it (preferably) overnight.. though if time is limited, marinate for at least one hour. I did it overnight.
I then grilled the chicken breast over medium-hot heat. Turn it once or twice. Do not overcook or the breast will dry out.
Preheat oven to 400F (200C). I placed thinly sliced small potato rounds on a oiled (or sprayed) baking sheet, that have been cut a 1/4-inch thick. I drizzled them with one tablespoon of my Herbed Grill Oil and seasoned with salt and pepper. I baked them for about 20 minutes until browned.
I spread out my pizza dough, and brushed with the Herbed Grill Oil and dusted with Parmesan. I sprinkled with mozzarella and then topped with diced red onions, diced tomato, finely chopped olives, and Asiago. I then added the potato rounds and chicken in an alternating pattern. I then drizzled the remaining two tablespoons of Italian dressing over the entire pizza.
I cooked the pizza, then garnished it with fresh Italian parsley leaves, before serving.
In the match between the Netherlands and Australia today, I found myself not cheering in the first half, but telling them to wake up. They looked like they were taking a nap.
What should have been a `no brainer`game against the Australians, proved to be surprisingly strenuous for the Dutch team. Too much time was spent in the Dutch end defending off the Australian attackers, not b/c they were better ball players, but b/c the Netherlands hadn’t decided to really join the game yet. That should not have happened for the much more skilled Dutch team
Yes.. The Netherlands scored first by Robbens. But, only a moment passed (70 seconds) before the game was tied 1-1. Umm.. Hello? Wakey wakey Holland!
The score of 1-1 remained unchanged until the Half Time…
Second half.. Australia kicks a ball against a Dutch players hand. The Dutch player was just running, his arm and hand behind him in neutral position. It just happened to hit his hand. The result? A free kick on the goal. 2-1 Australia. What a load of crap! That should not have ruled a hand ball.
Thank goodness for Van Persie a few minutes later.. he scored the second goal for the Netherlands!
At this point I must say that the ref’s calls were totally absurd. Dutch players being called for doing nothing.. Australia being awarded free kicks for no reason or deliberate dives by their players. Utterly painful to watch, and absolutely ridiculous!
Finally.. where it should be.. Van Persie scores .. again.. Third goal for the Netherlands.
The game became more and more frustrating to watch as Australian player after Australian player continued to take over exaggerated dive after dive. Obviously, the Netherlands are much better ball handlers. That is evident. But when you are out matched, please have some self respect and play with dignity. Yes.. I’m speaking to you Team Australia! We can all see that you are desperate, but continually faking dives to get free kicks, just make you look pathetic!
The 63rd Miss USA was crowned on June 8, 2014 at the Baton Rouge Civic Center in Louisiana.
Miss Nevada Nia Sanchez, a fourth-degree black belt in the Korean martial art of taekwondo, was crowned winner. Sanchez will go on to represent the U.S. at the Miss Universe competition later this year.
1st Runner-up: Miss North Dakota USA, Audra Mari
2nd Runner-up: Miss Georgia USA, Tiana Griggs
3rd Runner-up: Miss Louisiana USA, Brittany Alyson Guidry
4th Runner-Up: Miss Florida USA, Brittany Oldehoff
5th Runner-up: Miss Iowa USA, Carlyn Bradarich
Miss California USA, Cassandra Kunze
Miss Maryland USA, Taylor Burton
Miss Wisconsin USA, Bishara Dorre
Miss South Carolina USA, Christina Isabelle Zapolski
Miss Virginia USA, Arielle Saige Rosmarino
Miss Indiana USA, Mekayla Diehl
Miss Tennessee USA, Kristy Landers Niedenfuer
Miss Alabama USA, Jesica Warren Ahlberg
Miss Arizona USA, Jordan Alyssa Wessel
Miss Minnesota USA, Haley O’Brien
Miss Oklahoma USA, Brooklynne Young
Miss New Jersey USA, Emily Shah
Miss Nebraska USA, Amanda Marie Soltero
Miss Pennsylvania USA, Valerie Gatto
MISS PHOTOGENIC USA™ Award: Miss California USA, Cassandra Kunze.
MISS CONGENIALITY USA™ Award: Miss Rhode Island USA, Christina Palavra.