The match that nobody wants to take part in… because they’d rather be on a beach, forgetting that 3 days ago they just lost the most important game of their lives.
Luckily for neutrals, we have the most goal-laden team in the tournament in a no pressure situation. In theory that should make for an open, attacking game. But, as their toothless display against Spain suggested, Germany are a team who react to the deficiencies of their opponents. Against Argentina and England those weaknesses were abundant – as both sides gifted Germany the first goal and allowed themselves to be picked off while they desperately and naively threw men forward in search of parity.
Uruguay, to a lesser extent, are a very similar team. Unless either side partakes in a change of mentality, this could be a game where neither side is willing to take the initiative. La Celeste also line up with the same two men holding midfield shape which the Germans struggled to counteract against Spain.
These games, however, are usually viewed with a sense of perspective, and each side could look to be more expansive with the pressure off. As such matches afford the opportunity for squad rotation, it’s hard to second guess the potential line-up, and, hence, the result.
Miroslav Klose (Germany) – Should he be afforded a starting berth, Klose will be attempting to enhance his chances of securing the Golden Boot.
Luis Suarez (Uruguay) – Might be spared the scrutiny for diplomatic reasons, but pre ‘Actual Hand of God’-gate, he was one of the hottest properties in the tournament. He’ll be hoping to add to his reputation and secure a lucrative move.