Once again, a team has failed because of the lack of proficiency at penalty kicks. This time it was the German men, who managed to stave off a dominant Brazilian team by tying the game 1-1 in regulation time, but then losing on penalty kicks 5-4. What’s worse is that at least two and maybe even three of the German kicks were quite good since they landed in the (inside) side netting. And of those three, two went in even though the goalie guessed right (which simply goes to prove what I have been saying, that accuracy in taking the shot means you don’t have to use guile to get it in). The Brazilian shots were not as good, but they were good enough to go in.
So, Brazil won the Olympic gold medal, but it was not a brilliant game for them. The German goal was the result of a stupid pass by Brazil, and there were other stupidities, too. For example, at least twice I noticed that as time ran out, the Brazilians had the ball in the midfield area but did nothing to advance it towards the goal for one last shot. Did they not know how little time was left? Shouldn’t someone on the sidelines have shouted this out to them? Look, if there’s fifteen seconds left, then why not send it long into the penalty area? Everyone does this, as far as I know, because you might get lucky and it costs nothing. Also, Germany were unlucky since they did have some excellent chances that they simply couldn’t put away.
But, at least the Brazilians can say that their one goal, by Neymar, was a beauty. It was on a free kick, and it curled up over the German wall into the corner. So, why can’t someone who can shot that accurately not have a perfect penalty kick? Neymar’s kick, the last Brazilian kick which won the game, was not a bit impressive. Sheesh.