USA vs Spain – 24 June 2009

by Gerhard

The USA win Spain 2-0 in the 2009 Confederations Cup Semi Final in Bloemfontein on 24 June. This was a big surprise for everyone and specially for the Spain players. The defenders of the USA did really well to cut of Xavi from his strikers, Torres and David Villa and couldn’t find any gaps through the middle where they like to play. The result was that they had to come in from the side which didn’t worked for them.  The coach of the USA, Bob Bradley, did  well to sort out this tactic and it payed of in the end.

The next image is of Spain walking onto the field. Nikon SA had a service stall in the media building and lend me a Nikon D3 fitted with a 14-24 mm f2.8 lens to test it. I got some nice shots and is impress with the sharpness right through the focal lenght. The handling of the lens is fantastic. My favorite focal lenght is on the 14mm setting. Well for those of you who know me that won’t come as a surprise. “Go in tight and shoot wide” as Joe McNally would say. Hendri and Lourens from Nikon SA and Paul Lewis from Nikon Europe did a great job with the service they gave us.

Spian on Field

Jozy Altidore got the first goal for the USA with a brilliant header. Photo taken with a Nikon D3 and Nikon 400mm F2.8 lens.

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