Ah, the last few days have been one to laugh off shaking your head. First, the US did best they could against Italy only for an Italian-American, Giuseppe Rossi score Italy's two of three second-half goals. Then an absolute shocker to Brazil. It would've taken a miracle for the US to get through to the Confederations Cup semi on a terrible goals difference where winning against Egypt was likely to have meant f all to any chance of their advancing. What do you know, Italy get thrashed by Brazil, 3-0 and US beat Egypt 3-0 to overwrite the six-goal difference (an Egypt side that played well against Brazil/Italy but didn't show up at all vs. US). Guess what, US advance because of the higher goals scored count. Incredible.
Then, fast forward today, goodness I had a good hard laugh with this one.
I think it would be a different game if they had Marcos Senna in the center of the park; he was their most important player for Spain to win Euro 2008 in snuffing out most threats and winning the ball over. They also missed David Silva on the wing and of course, "lo p**o crack" Andres Iniesta as an extra retention-intensive mid to play in concert with Xavi. However, without Senna, that midfield loses much of their strength and composure. Hence, why you had seen the US being able to counterattack and even though they're not a counterattacking team by nature, when a team loses their steel at the heart of the park, such chances can be available.
I phoned my Dad during the game after US went up and basically said "lo p**o nada" Sergio Ramos is the most overrated defender ever and I've said this over and over again, he doesn't deserve a spot on La Furia. I can understand that he provides an attacking spark on the flank, but it's times like these where I see he's practically a winger who gets too far up the pitch and can't track back for his life to save him. He was also the goat on Clint Dempsey's goal to make it 2-nil.
I give credit to the US though. They were shaky for my liking in the first half, but they were better organized within their own box in the second. Not impressed much by the Yanks' attack and if Brazil advance, they should hope that they lay a massive egg like Spain did today.