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Slovakia

3

vs.

2

Italy

Róbert VITTEK 25’ 73’

Kamil KOPÚNEK 89’

MotM = Róbert VITTEK (SLK)

Antonio DI NATALE 81’

Fabio QUAGLIARELLA 90+2’

Group F

Ref = Howard WEBB (ENG)

Johannesburg – JEP

 

 

 

Paraguay

0

vs.

0

New Zealand

MotM = Roque SANTA CRUZ (PAR)

Group F

Ref = Yuichi NISHIMURA (JAP)

Polokwane

 

Group F

Pos.

Team

P

W

D

L GF

GA

+/-

PTS

1

Paraguay

3

1

2

0

3

1

+2

5

2

Slovakia

3

1

1

1

4

5

-1

4

3

New Zealand

3

0

3

0

2

2

0

3

4

Italy

3

0

2

1

4

5

-1

2

ITALY – the defending World Champions – are sent crashing out of the tournament, finishing bottom of a group I thought they would win with ease. But they played so poorly that they didn’t really deserve to have the title of reigning champions. The 2010 Italy team have become the fourth team in history to be eliminated in the group stage as World Champions. The others are: the 1950 Italy team, the 1966 Brazil team and the 2002 France team. It is also the first time that both of the previous finalists – in this case Italy and France – have been knocked out in the groups. The fact that both of these two finished bottom of their groups shows just how much has changed in four years. In France’s case their manner, in Italy’s case the age of their players.

New Zealand can go home with their heads’ held high. They stayed undefeated in the group, scored two goals and led Italy in their South African adventure. They’ve shown that at times they can play football just as well as they can play Rugby and Cricket.

I thought Paraguay would advance, but not as group winners, and that Slovakia would come third. But yet again I was wrong and we have yet another unexpected team in the last 16. Slovakia played brilliantly against Italy in their 3-2 over them, and if I were the winner of Group E I wouldn’t be expecting and easy match.

Zakumi: “Neither would I. France and Italy out as well as finishing bottom of their groups! LOL!”

P92: “Epic fail!”

 

 

Denmark

1

vs.

3

Japan

Jon Dahl TOMASSON 81’

MotM = Keisuke HONDA (JAP)

Keisuke HONDA 17’

Yasuhito ENDŌ 30’

Shinji OKAZAKI 87’

Group E

Ref = Jerome DAMON (RSA)

Rustenburg

 

 

 

 

Cameroon

1

vs.

2

Netherlands

Samuel ETO’O 65P’

MotM = Robin VAN PERSIE (NED)

Robin VAN PERSIE 36’

Klaas-Jan HUNTELAAR 83’

Group E

Ref = Pablo POZO (CHI)

Cape Town

 

Group E

Pos.

Team

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

+/-

PTS

1

Netherlands

3

3

0

0

5

1

+4

9

2

Japan

3

2

0

1

4

2

+2

6

3

Denmark

3

1

0

2

3

6

-3

3

4

Cameroon

3

0

0

3

2

5

-3

0

NO surprise to see the Dutch topping this group with ease (no disrespect to the other teams).

I was however surprised to see Japan making it into the last 16 for the first time on foreign soil. They played wonderfully against Denmark after they lucked a win against Cameroon.

Denmark looked like a good side at times. But they were totally outplayed by Japan and if they had have gotten into the last 16; I don’t think that they would have won.

Cameroon were just another team that didn’t turn up, which is a shame because that means yet another African team has fallen in round one.

Zakumi: “Japan have proved they are deadly at free kicks, so watch out Paraguay when you play them on Tuesday.”

P92: “If they play like they did against Denmark they could give the established order a real headache.”

Zakumi: “What’s ‘established order’ at this World Cup?

P92: “Touché.”

Today’s games are:

  • Portugal vs. Brazil (The game I’ve most been looking forward to), BBC 1 15:00
  • North Korea vs. Côte d’Ivoire, BBC 3 15:00
  • Chile vs. Spain, ITV 1 or 4 19:30
  • Switzerland vs. Honduras, ITV 1 or 4 19:30
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