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World Cup GIF: Javier Mascherano’s Perfect Sliding Tackle To Deny Arjen Robben At The Death

By Chris Wright

Brazil Soccer WCup Netherlands Argentina

In a game of very few memorable moments came a sliding tackle so beautiful, so pristine, so timed-to-poetic-perfection that it almost – almost! – made up for the proceeding 90 minutes of nothing.

With seconds of normal time left to play, the scores dead-locked at zippo and Arjen Robben about to pull the trigger to send Argentina out, Javier Mascherano made up several metres on his man and slammed the door shut…

Oh yes. That’s some good ju-ju.

While we’re on the subject of pristine sliding tackles, it’d perhaps be remiss of us not to give Ron Vlaar a gold star for his excellent challenge to snub Lionel Messi as he attempted to move up through the gears…


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By Chris on July 10th, 2014 in GIFs, Hardmen, Newsnow, Skills, World Cup. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

6 Responses to “World Cup GIF: Javier Mascherano’s Perfect Sliding Tackle To Deny Arjen Robben At The Death”

  1. Drags says:

    2nd touch should have been a shot… Credit to mascherano though, top quality stop.

  2. Adrien says:

    Pies, you might enjoy how Mascherano described the tackle to Argentine media after the match: he said it “opened his anus” (!!) but that “you have to suffer to reach a World Cup Final”

  3. Fnarf says:

    He didn’t “open” it, he tore it. “Rasguei” = “tore”. Ouch.

  4. thomess says:

    I’m sure Arjen’s torn many a man’s anus in his time. Flop it out, flop it in, let Arjen begin. Notorious B.I.G Floppa!

  5. John TERRY says:


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