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Simon POULSEN 46og’

Dirk KUYT 85’

MotM = Wesley SNEIJDER (NED)  

Group E

Ref = Stéphane LANNOY (FRA)

Johannesburg – JSC

 THE NETHERLANDS didn’t explode out of the starting blocks like their rivals Germany did last night, but a win is a win. Denmark could and probably should have taken the lead in a pretty even first half chance wise. But all of the Danes previous good work was undone by Simon Poulsen less than a minute into the second 45. He headed the ball against team-mate Daniel Agger’s back and into his own net. Dirk Kuyt reacted first to the ball when it rebounded off the post and scored a tap in late on.

Zakumi: “Netherland’s could’ve scored a third but Poulsen cleared the ball off the line.”

P92: “Still doesn’t make up for the own goal though.”

Zakumi: “True.”








Keisuke HONDA 39’

MotM = Keisuke HONDA (JAP)  

Group E

Ref = Olegário BENQUERENÇA (POR)

Mangaung / Bloemfontein

THE first half an hour of this game was a great advert for sleeping pills, but after Japan rather unexpectedly took the lead Cameroon tried hard to get back level. The African side had some good goal scoring opportunities, but not enough for the law of averages to enforce itself. Second place in this group is also wide open now.

Zakumi: “The less said the better about this game really.”

P92: “Hmm. Netherlands had an easy route to the finals, and looking at this game they have an easy group.”

Zakumi: “But too many easy games can make you slip up against stronger teams. Just look at Germany in the 2002 finals.”








Daniele DE ROSSI 63’

MotM = Antolín ALCARAZ (PAR)

Antolín ALCARAZ 39’

Group F

Ref = Benito ARCHUNDIA (MEX)

Cape Town

 DEFENDING World Champions Italy got their title defence off to a shaky start against Paraguay in today’s last game. Not much happened in the first 30-odd minutes until Paraguay unexpectedly took the lead through Antolín Alcaraz. Italy woke up in the second half and levelled the match with just less than half an hour left. But neither side could find the winning goal and they shared the spoils of what was a very rainy game in Cape Town.

Zakumi: “Italy won’t make it five wins playing like this.”

P92: “They started slowly in 2006 and ended up winning.”

Zakumi: “Yes but that was in Europe and four years ago.”

Tomorrows games are:

  • New Zealand vs. Slovakia, BBC 1 12:30
  • Côte d’Ivoire vs. Portugal, ITV 15:00
  • Five times Champions Brazil vs. North Korea, ITV 19:30

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