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Gabriel Hanot: Uruguay - Germany, 03/06/1928

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Gabriel Hanot | 05/06/1928 —

Amsterdamn, June 3 (from one of our special envoys) — Uruguay, without the help of Andrade or Scarone, beat Germany this afternoon, even 4 goals to 1, in front of 45,000 spectators, half of whom were Germans who were part of the Amsterdam colony or came from the native country by special trains. Meeting which was marked from the first minutes by breaches of the rules deliberately made by the players from across the Rhine, resolved to demonstrate at the same time as their own strength, the power of their nation, because it is a battle for national supremacy which, for the Germans, took place on the stadium.
Considered in this aspect, the match could hardly remain within the limits of correct play and it quickly exceeded them through the fault of the German eleven, let us repeat it.
Two German players were sent off from the field: the centre-half Kalb, at the 37th minute, and the forward R. Hofmann, a few minutes before the end. We understand that, under these conditions, a team is dismembered and its game disunited.
The Uruguayans scored their four goals: at the 35' minute, 38' minute of the first half, at the 18' and 34' minute of the second half. Germany saved the honor with a free kick 30 minutes into the second half.
Uruguay, somewhat nervous at first, played along as their rivals, determined to prevent further action from developing, charged hard, tripped up, shattered all momentum and positive football. But they conducted their own offensives only during the first half hour. It seemed that the German footballers wanted to "scare" their opponents in order to impose their game which is far from lacking in quality.
The incidents that had erupted before the sent off of Kalb, who was the first furious, reckless to respect the rules and determined to hurt his direct opponents, then multiplied instead of disappearing. The Germans who, their habits and their game discipline lost, wandered on the field, like lost souls, forced the referee, the Egyptian Mr. Youssof, to frequent interventions. Yet the director of the game hesitated to penalize as he should have done, the excesses of these players, who had literally become mad with rage, unaware of reality and incapable of recovering the composure which would have allowed them, otherwise to win, at least to drive away the bad impression of the beginning and to end the meeting honourably.
The Uruguayan Cea was the king of the field. The centre-half Fernández, the full-backs Nasazzi, Arispe, as well as the goalkeeper Mazali were excellent.
The German team is a top class team. Unfortunately, their conception of "fair play" is quite particular.