I’m not much of a soccer fan, although I did watch 5 World Cup matches … just to be part of the fuss.
But … I have to admit the sequence leading to the winning goal by Mario Götze was a real thing of beauty:
I like this version, although I’m not sure what language is being spoken (Turkish, maybe).
The replays starting at the 0:43 mark of the video show the steps it took:
- The ball at midfield, and then a forward pass (I know … rare in soccer),
- The ultimate goalscorer knows he’s offside now, so he works himself onside towards the center of the field,
- An aggressive sprint deep into the corner against loose triple coverage,
- A really good crossing pass that offered zero opportunity as it threaded loose double coverage,
- Then Götze taking control with a chest rebound with both feet in the air, and
- A strike on a ball still in mid-air.
Stop the video just after the goal (around the 0:52 mark). There’s 8 Argentinian defenders plus the goalie, all in decent positions, covering the quarter of the field shown. There’s only 3 Germans; the rest of the team is trailing the play because it usually never works out this well, so containing the action around the goal is important.
Very, very, memorable. I can’t get it out of my head.