It’s the end of the year and it is time to look back at the best games of 2010. Here is my top 10 of the games I watched in the past year.
- Algeria 3, Ivory Coast 2 (January 24th; Africa Cup Of Nations)
This was my first time watching the Cup Of Nations and this was the most exciting game where Algeria came back with a late goal after Ivory Coast looked set to win with a late goal of their own in the 89th minute. Algeria would then go on to score in extra time and eliminate one of the tournament favorites in the quarterfinals.
- Tottenham 1, Manchester City 0 (May 5th; English Premier League)
One of the big stories of the year was Tottenham breaking into the top four and this was the game that clinched that spot. Manchester City needed a result to stay in the race, but a late goal by Peter Crouch sealed it a top four finish for Tottenham.
- Germany 4, England 1 (June 27th; FIFA World Cup)
There was the missed call on the Frank Lampard non-goal, but Germany were ruthless as they ripped the English apart. They would do the same in the next round to Argentina, but this was the game where the German side showed they were contenders for the World Cup.
- United States 2, Slovenia 2 (June 18th; FIFA World Cup)
The United States may have only made the first knockout round, but they were entertaining throughout their run. They fought back from a 2-0 deficit at halftime before having a winning goal mysteriously ruled out for a phantom foul. It was a wild finish to a game that looked lost for the US at halftime.
- Barcelona 5, Real Madrid 0 (November 29th; Spanish Primera)
Barcelona probably put forth the best performance of the year in this game. They thrashed Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid as they were helpless to stop the Barcelona midfield. Madrid entered the game having not lost which only made Barcelona’s domination even more impressive.
- Netherlands 3, Uruguay 2 (July 6th; FIFA World Cup)
Uruguay seemed to be a team of destiny after defeating Ghana, but Netherlands proved their mettle with a 3-2 victory sending Netherlands to the final. They overcame the impressive Diego Forlan getting goals from their talisman Wesley Sneijder, Arjen Robben, and one wonder goal from van Bronckhorst.
- Manchester United 3, Bayern Munich 2 (April 7th; UEFA Champions League)
Manchester United rushed out to a 3-0 lead and looked set to advance, but Bayern Munich got a goal right before halftime. The second half was marked by a Rafael red card that gave Munich the advantage and they eventually capitalized through an Arjen Robben goal as they advanced to the semifinals of the Champions League.
- United States 1, Algeria 0 (June 23rd, 2010; FIFA World Cup)
This game was nerve-wracking. The United States had a goal incorrectly ruled offside in the first half and they seemed set to be eliminated despite not losing a game. However, Landon Donovan came through with a goal an injury time that gave the United States top spot in the group.
- Spain 1, Netherlands 0 (July 11th; FIFA World Cup)
It was more physical than some people would have hoped, but the magnitude of the World Cup final puts this game up near the top. The highlights of the game include the kung-fu kick from De Jong as well as some near misses from both teams before Iniesta won it in the 116th minute giving Spain their first title.
- Uruguay 1, Ghana 1 (July 2nd; FIFA World Cup)
The game was heartbreaking for Ghana and the entire continent of Africa. Ghana looked to have won the game in the final minute of extra time, but Asamoah Gyan missed the penalty before Uruguay went on to win in penalties. The game made Luis Suarez public enemy #1 in Africa for his handball that set up the final penalty but kept on the winning goal.