Holland has lived both sides of football in just six days. He arrived at the World as one of the great favorites to the title after winning with overwhelming authority the last Euro category (4-2 to Italy in the final). However, his first two matches were a disappointment: defeats to Japan (0-3) and Senegal (1-3). That left them on the edge of the abyss, needing a miracle to move on to the next phase. I had to beat United States and wait for other results to access as one of the top four thirds. He did his part (4-0 to the Americans) and the carambola was completed with the rest of the markers.
In eighths they were touched Nigeria, one of the favorites. But Holland was no longer the first two games. Those ghosts were left behind and returned the perfect machine that stunned Europe a few months ago: 3-1 to Africans with eye-catching football. The great hero was Hansen, who with his hat-trick (the last penalty) led the Oranje. The Dutch soon advanced (in 3′), drew Nigeria just as soon (12′) and answered Holland even faster (15′). Goal madness stopped afterwards and the Nigerians had their options until in the 80’s they alerted the referee of a possible hand in the Nigerian area. After reviewing it on screen, the schoolboy pointed to the maximum penalty and Hansen did not fail to put the icing on his dream night. Now, Holland will face the winner of the Italy-Paraguay.
SOUTH KOREA, ALSO IN THE FOURTH
In the other eighth-round game, South Korea defeated Angola by the low (1-0). The Asians got ahead of half an hour’s game and were out of defending that result. They suffered especially at the second half discount, where the Africans had three consecutive occasions that still have a hard time believing they did not end up in goal. He resisted South Korea and already expects rival in quarters: he will leave Japan-Mexico.