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Slovakia

0

vs.

2

Paraguay

MotM = Enrique VERA (PAR)

Enrique VERA 27’

Cristian RIVEROS 86’

Group F

Ref = Eddy MAILLET (SEY)

Mangaung / Bloemfontein

PARAGUAY thoroughly deserved their 2-0 victory, along with almost certain qualification to the last 16. Slovakia on the other hand never looked like scoring, and now must beat defending champions Italy to have any hope of advancing to the knock-out stage.

Zakumi: “Yet another strong performance by a South American team there.”

P92: “It saddens me to say this but it really does look like the trophy is going to the southern hemisphere again.”

 

 

Italy

1

vs.

1

New Zealand

Vincenzo IAQUINTA 29P’

MotM = Daniele DE ROSSI (ITA)

Shane SMELTZ 7’

Group F

Ref = Carlos BATRES (GUA)

Nelspruit

IF you thought New Zealand drawing against Slovakia was a big shock, well take a look at this! The All Whites drew against and led the reigning World Champions Italy. Smeltz’s early goal looked offside, and it wasn’t clear to me looking at the replays if the ball hit an Italian defender or not. But the goal stood. Italy went on the attack for the rest of the game and hit the post soon after they went behind. They did try to get Rory Fallon sent off midway through the first half and their penalty was not a penalty in my eyes, so one iffy goal each evened it up. New Zealand had the world on edge late in the second half when they almost won the game, but the remarkable thing is, is that after two games each in this group New Zealand can still go through and Italy can still go out.  

Zakumi: “Yet another shock! What is going wrong with the big European teams?”

P92: “If I knew that I’d tell you.”

 

 

Brazil

3

vs.

1

Côte d’Ivoire

LUÍS FABIANO 25’ 50’

ELANO 62’

MotM = LUÍS FABIANO (BRA)

Didier DROGBA 79’

Group G

Ref = Stéphane LANNOY (FRA)

Johannesburg – JSC

BRAZIL’S first goal really opened up what was turning into a rather dull game. LUÍS FABIANO scored the goal from a tight angle leaving the Côte d’Ivoire keeper stunned. I though his second goal was good enough to be compared to Pelé’s iconic goal in the 1958 final. But the replays showed me that he handled the ball twice. Just call him Henry. After ELANO scored Brazil’s third goal the game seemed over, but the Ivorian icon that is Didier Drogba scored a bullet header to make it 3-1. The game had been blighted by players pretending to be injured, and this came to a head right at the end. Kaká had been booked a few minutes earlier, and he and Kader Keita accidently collided. Keita then went down like he’d been shot and Kaká was ridiculously sent off for violent conduct.

Zakumi: “FIFA have got to stop players acting like this.”

P92: “I know. It makes me sick seeing top level footballers cheating like they did in this game.”    

Tomorrow’s games are:

  • Portugal vs. North Korea, BBC 1 12:30 (A repeat of one of the best games in 1966)
  • Chile vs. Switzerland, BBC 1 15:00
  • Spain vs. Honduras, ITV 19:30
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