And yet, so appropriate.
Football is a simple game, 22 men chase the ball for 82 minutes and the Germans get a player sent off so 21 men chase the ball for 13 minutes and at the end the Germans somehow fucking win.
In fairness, the Germans deserved to win. Sweden simply didn’t take control of the game when they had a man advantage, but continued to sit in their defensive shell and allowed the 10-man Germans to dictate the action. Sweden also made the mistake of putting in their half-Arab, whose lack of Swedish discipline led to two unnecessary fouls, the second of which cost them the game.
Mexico is still looking formidable, as is Belgium. Both are very aggressive on the counterattack, but Belgium’s attacks are considerably more efficient, as Mexico doesn’t always make the final pass that is required for the optimal shot.