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Friday, July 9, 2010

Puyol Makes Paul The Octopus’s Dream Come True

A bullet header from Spanish and Barcelona veteran defender Carles Puyol was enough to finally squeeze flair out of the Germans and send Vicente del Bosque González’s side into the finals of the 2010 FIFA World Cup for the first time in history.

The European Champions dominated the game from the referee’s kickoff whistle with exquisite passing and telepathic understanding from defence to the frontline. Barcelona pair, Pique and Puyol marshaled the defence, Xavi, Xabi and Iniesta orchestrated the midfield while David Villa’s presence in attack kept the Germans vigilant. Even the ever forward roaming Philip Lahm was restricted to his own half as Del Bosque’s men bossed the game.

The Germans always came close especially on counter attacks but with San Iker Casillas guarding the goal post avariciously, the Die Mannschaft needed to do more than just shoot on target. It was on the 72nd minute that Puyol rose unmarked and thumped in a bullet header off Xavi’s corner kick sending the La Roja nation into a frenzy.

The Germans pushed for an equalizer but their efforts never materialized. I got to record some of the best moments of the game at Hotel Intercontinental in Nairobi and you can watch the video below or on You Tube.