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Algeria

0

vs.

1

Slovenia

MotM = Robert KOREN (SLV)  

Robert KOREN 79’

Group C

Ref = Carlos BATRES (GUA)  

Polokwane

THIS was Slovenia’s first win at a major international tournament. It was a dull game to watch with not much that sticks in the memory. There were a few exceptions mind you. Algerian substitute Abdelkader Ghezzal got himself sent off when he stupidly handballed in the penalty area. The Algerian goalkeeper Faouzi Chaouchi was the reason for Slovenia’s goal. He totally missed the ball and joins Robert Green in his country’s dog house.

Zakumi: “For me the best part of the game was seeing that Algerian fan sitting on top of the floodlights.”

P92: “How do you think he got down?”

Zakumi: “I’m not sure, but like Ghezzal I wouldn’t think he’ll be involved in Algeria’s next game.”  

 

 

Serbia

0

vs.

1

Ghana

MotM = Asamoah GYAN (GHA)

Asamoah GYAN 85P’

Group D

Ref = Héctor BALDASSI (ARG)

Tshwane / Pretoria

BOTH sides had chances to win this game. Serbia’s Aleksandar Luković was sent off 15 minutes from the end handing Ghana the initiative to take the game. Their efforts were rewarded when they were given the first penalty of the World Cup. Asamoah Gyan converted the spot kick and his side held on for three points.

Zakumi: “It’s about time an African side won, and with Germany in this group that win could be vital.”

P92: “Second place in Group D has probably been decided by this game, but let’s see how the other game goes before we can draw any conclusions.” 

 

 

Germany

4

vs.

0

Australia

Lukas PODOLSKI 8’

Miroslav KLOSE 26’

Thomas MÜLLER 68’

CACAU 70’

MotM = Lukas PODOLSKI (GER)

Group D

Ref = Marco RODRÍGUEZ (MEX)

Durban

GERMANY gave by far the best performance of any team in the top half of the draw with this trashing of Australia. The Aussies did have chances throughout the match, but the triple World Champions just blew them away. Australia’s Tim Cahill was in my opinion harshly sent straight off when his side were 0-2 down, and after that any hope of a comeback was dead. Lukas Podolski’s opening goal was clocked by the BBC at 82 mph.

Zakumi: “I wouldn’t want to play Germany at all with them in this sort of form.”

P92: “Well if they win this group – which they must surely do – and England finish second in theirs we’ll be up against them in the last 16.”

Zakumi: “England had better win their group then.”

Today’s games are:

  • Netherlands vs. Denmark, ITV 12:30
  • Japan vs. Cameroon, BBC 1 15:00
  • Italy vs. Paraguay, BBC 1 19:30
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