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Until the 1-1, the Dutch team seemed to act as if paralyzed. Was it the resting of the A team? The weight of being considered the favourites? Meeting a real challenge for the first time?

After the exit of three group winners so far, I hope Spain will break the pattern...

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Sat Jun 21st, 2008 at 05:41:54 PM EST
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In the end I think it was simple: The Russians wanted it more and they took it. Plus: the Dutch always seem to get rattled when they are a goal behind. Slips in defending did the rest.

Deserved win for Russia, can't say much else.

I bloody knew this would happen even before the game started. This tournament is becoming really unexpected. No more bets from me...

by Nomad (Bjinse) on Sat Jun 21st, 2008 at 05:57:08 PM EST
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At least you have one coach in the semis. (Before the match, he joked with journalists that he wants to be named the traitor of the year, and other sillyness, but at the end of the match, it appeared such vengeance is not the style of Oranje fans.)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sat Jun 21st, 2008 at 06:18:00 PM EST
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