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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Germany in Euro 08 - Semi Final Analysis


What a drama!! The last 12 minutes of the match is the drama of the match! The Germans finally prevail in the end with Philipp Lahm's 90th minute goal and win against Turkey 3-2! This is what the semi final match means!! However it's a bit shame for the fans around the world that the transmission has lost for about 10-15 minutes in 2nd half in total so except the fans in the stadium, no one in front of TV can watch the goal of 2-1 and 2-2 live. OK, here's my analysis for this match:



Defence: Comparing with last match, the German defence is very inconsistent this time. It is a bit unfair to score Per Mertesacker and Christoph Metzelder such a low score from the German newspaper Bild, I think the Turkish give even heavier pressure than Portugal and make the German defence have errors. Both 2 conceded goals are directly related to Jens Lehmann, he is very inconsistent in the entire tournament, and he is the weakest link of the defence to be frank. However, I still stress to start him becoz he has already communicated with the back 4 so they know how they play. If the Germans put another goalie in this moment, it will be very unwise coz both parties need to communicate again and may make a further trouble. Philipp Lahm has a fair game, but his winning goal is too important to leave out so he is the man of the match. I think so far he is the best defender in the German team. Marks: 70/100.


Midfield: Simon Rolfes is very nervous this game. Maybe he does not have experience to play in a such important game. His miss tackles brings him down during the match. So he is substituted in the halftime by Torsten Frings. Frings does a great job for controlling the midfield and makes the Germans start to control the match. His strength and stamina are very important for the Germans now, epsecially when the match comes in the final third period, his stamina will make the difference. Michael Ballack has a quiet game, maybe the Turkish midfield defense are very tight that Ballack can make any breakthroughs. Ballack's long shot and header is one of the best in the world, but his weakness is he does not run a lot, so when the space is limited for him, his performance is limited for him. Marks: 70/100.


Attack: The attack is not bad this match, at least scoring 3 goals from the limited shooting. Miroslav Klose is Mr. Big Match this time, he is very quiet this match but he can take the rare mistake from the Turkish so he can score the leading goal. This is very important from the Germans coz before the goal, both teams are in the deadlock. Klose breaks the deadlock and make the match wild open and make the Germans cruise to the final. Lahm's winning goal is the sensational individual effort, he deserves that goal. The German fullbacks this match are pushing forward in the final third of the match so it brings pressure to the Turkish. So I think besides their defense, their attacks are pretty good. Marks: 80/100.


Overall: It's all about fighting spirit. Being in this stage of the match it's all about it. Without fighting spirit, no matter how good the team is, they will lose game. Both teams have fought hard during the match and they do not give up and give in until the end of the match. The Germans only do a little bit harder and better in the last 4 minutes of the match. Here I give a round of applaud to the Turkish, they are troopers. It's a bit shame that there's only 1 winner so, I can only say winner takes all. Overall mark: 75/100.

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