On Sunday the German Women's football team beat Brazil 2-0 in the World Cup final to become the first team to successfully defend the title. It was an exciting game with the Brazilians dominating possession for large parts of the game. The German defence managed to absorb the intense pressure from the opposition and then scored goals from Birgit Prinz and Simone Laudehr when they had the chance. In the second half Brazil were awarded a penalty which the German keeper Nadine Angerer (photo credit to FIFA) saved superbly. In fact she made several fine saves, which meant that Germany conceded not a single goal in the whole tournament (a record feat).
Personally I was not taken with the samba magic of the Brazilian team. Sure they can play beautiful football, but they dived too easily, fouled too often and seemed to lack a sense of fair play. In the semi final they celebrated when a USA player was sent off, and that is not sporting.
It was a good football weekend for the Haddock household as Werder Bremen also won. They beat Arminia Bielefeld 8-1 on Saturday setting a new Bundesliga record for the highest win.
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