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Slovenia

0

vs.

1

England

MotM = Jermain DEFOE (ENG)

Jermain DEFOE 23’

Group C

Ref = Wolfgang STARK (GER)

Nelson Mandela Bay / Port Elizabeth

 

 

 

U.S.A.

1

vs.

0

Algeria

Landon DONOVAN 90+1’

MotM = Landon DONOVAN (USA)

Group C

Ref = Frank DE BLEECKERE (BEL)

Tshwane / Pretoria

 

Group C

Pos.

Team

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

+/-

PTS

1

U.S.A.

3

1

2

0

4

3

+1

5

2

England

3

1

2

0

2

1

+1

5

3

Slovenia

3

1

1

1

3

3

0

4

4

Algeria

3

0

1

2

0

2

-2

1

I PREDICTED that England would win this group with seven or nine points to our name. How wrong was I? The United States top the group – deservedly – on the number of goals they scored. The States were admittedly the best team over the course of the whole group.

England played so much better against Slovenia than they did against the U.S.A. and Algeria, but a last minute goal for America against Algeria means that we finished second, and will play the winner of Group D.

Its heart break for little Slovenia however. They would have gone through with England if not for that very late America goal. They stunned America in their game against them, but luck wasn’t on their side.

Algeria fizzle out of the World Cup without scoring a goal and had their captain sent off in their last game. But they did deserve to be in South Africa. They beat thrice in a row African Champions Egypt in a one match play-off to earn their place.

Zakumi: “Well at least one of us got into the last 16.”

P92: “England nearly gave me a heart attack…again.”

Zakumi: “If it was 2-0 England it would have been a lot more comfortable to watch.”

P92: “That readers is coming from a South African.”

Zakumi: “Since I’m doing this with you, England are my second team.”

P92: “Great to hear that.”

 

 

Ghana

0

vs.

1

Germany

MotM = Mesut ÖZIL (GER)

Mesut ÖZIL 60’

Group D

Ref = Carlos SIMON (BRA)

Johannesburg – JSC

 

 

 

Australia

2

vs.

1

Serbia

Tim CAHILL 69’

Brett HOLMAN 73’

MotM = Tim CAHILL (AUS)

Marko PANTELIĆ 84’

Group D

Ref = Jorge LARRIONDA (URU)

Nelspruit

 

Group D

Pos.

Team

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

+/-

PTS

1

Germany

3

2

0

1

5

1

+4

6

2

Ghana

3

1

1

1

2

2

0

4

3

Australia

3

1

1

1

3

6

-3

4

4

Serbia

3

1

0

2

2

3

-1

3

  

GERMANY advance as group winners and will now play England at Mangaung / Bloemfontein on June 27.

The Germans did well in this group, but their loss to Serbia who finished forth really stands out. This and their 4-0 mauling of Australia. It looks like England need to catch Germany on a bad day like they had against Serbia.

Ghana need to be able to score in open play if they want to beat the U.S.A. in their last 16 game. Both of their goals came from the penalty spot, and when they played against Australia when the Aussies had ten men they didn’t impress me.

Australia and Serbia never really (to me) looked like they would get out of this group. But if Australia didn’t have a man sent off against Ghana and Serbia scored more against Germany it may have been very different.

Zakumi: “So, England will play Germany again.”

P92: “They’re just another team we must beat. Just because it’s Germany everyone gets all jumpy.”

Zakumi: “Germany’s big rivals are in fact the Dutch, and as a result the Germans don’t care about the 1966 final.”

P92: “Nope. Their big win was against the Netherlands in the 1974 final.”

Tomorrow’s games are:

  • Paraguay vs. New Zealand, ITV 1 or 4 15:00
  • Slovakia vs. Italy, ITV 1 or 4 15:00
  • Cameroon vs. Netherlands, BBC 1 19:30
  • Denmark vs. Japan, BBC 3 19:30 

 

 

 

 

 

Mexico

0

vs.

1

Uruguay

MotM = Luis SUÁREZ (URU)

Luis SUÁREZ 43’

Group A

Ref = Viktor KASSAI (HUN)

Rustenburg

 

 

 

France

1

vs.

2

South Africa

Florent MALOUDA 70’

MotM = Katlego MPHELA (RSA)

Bongani KHUMALO 20’

Katlego MPHELA 37’

Group A

Ref = Óscar RUIZ (COL)

Mangaung / Bloemfontein

 

Group A

Pos.

Team

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

+/-

PTS

1

Uruguay

3

2

1

0

4

0

+4

7

2

Mexico

3

1

1

1

3

2

+1

4

3

South Africa

3

1

1

1

3

5

-2

4

4

France

3

0

1

2

1

4

-3

1

URUGUAY and Mexico march on into the last 16, whilst hosts South Africa and France go out.

We all know that France shouldn’t have even been in this World Cup because they cheated against the Republic of Ireland, so I am so glad that they are out. They have also had an abysmal tournament. Their manager (now ex-manager) was clueless, one of their star players was sent home, and the rest of the squad refused to train at a public session. They even listened to music and chewed gum when they let the stadium after they lost to South Africa. They couldn’t care less. In my eyes the French have brought this World Cup almost to the point of disrepute and can only say again just how happy I am to see them out.

South Africa on the other hand can be proud of what they have done. Yes they have just become the first host nation to fall at the group stage, but they have shown real grit and determination. I had totally written them off before a ball was even kicked and expected them to receive three hidings. However the spirit the players and fans have shown made me will them on, and as an Englishman I found them beating France to be absolutely top draw. I wish Bafana Bafana well in all their future tournaments.

Uruguay and Mexico were by far the best teams of the group and deserved to go into the knock-out stage of the tournament.

Zakumi: “We only needed a few more goals.”

P92: “Bafana Bafana played like heroes and no football loving South African should be disappointed.”

Zakumi: “Thanks. The plus side of us going out is that we took France out with us.”

P92: “Now you’re talking!”

 

 

Nigeria

2

vs.

2

South Korea

Kalu UCHE 12’

Yakubu AYEGBENI 69P’

MotM = PARK Ji Sung (SKO)

LEE Jung-Soo 38’

PARK Chu-Young 49’

Group B

Ref = Olegário BENQUERENÇA (POR)

Durban

 

 

 

 

Greece

0

vs.

2

Argentina

MotM = Lionel MESSI (ARG)

Martín DEMICHELIS 77’

Martín PALERMO 89’

Group B

Ref = Ravshan IRMATOV (UZB)

Polokwane

 

Group B

Pos.

Team

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

+/-

PTS

1

Argentina

3

3

0

0

7

1

+6

9

2

South Korea

3

1

1

1

5

6

-1

4

3

Greece

3

1

0

2

2

5

-3

3

4

Nigeria

3

0

1

2

3

5

-2

1

ARGENTINA played brilliantly in all of their three group games and won the group at a canter. The only problem I can see them having in the later stages is with their defence. If they don’t improve it one of the bigger teams will tear it open.

As for the other three teams in this group, I pleasantly surprised to see South Korea going through. I reckoned that it would be Nigeria who advanced with South Korea third and Greece forth. But Nigeria just didn’t play well enough and have their keeper to thank for keeping their goals against tally at just five. Greece were just boring to watch but at least they actually scored a few goals.  

Zakumi: “And another African teams goes out, sigh.”

P92: “What’s your prediction for the England game?”

Zakumi: “You should win, but based on tournament form…”

P92: “Just stop there.”

Today’s games are:

  • Slovenia vs. ENGLAND, BBC 1 15:00
  • U.S.A. vs. Algeria, BBC Red Button 15:00
  • Australia vs. Serbia, ITV 1 or 4 19:30
  • Ghana vs. Germany, ITV 1 or 4 19:30
 

 

Germany

0

vs.

1

Serbia

MotM = Vladimir STOJKOVIĆ (SER)

Milan JOVANOVIĆ 38’

Group D

Ref = Alberto UNDIANO (ESP)

Nelson Mandela Bay / Port Elizabeth

SERBIA scored straight after Germany’s star striker Miroslav Klose was extremely harshly sent off by an over exuberant card brandishing ref. Ten man Germany hit the bar not long after. Lukas Podolski had his penalty saved by Serbian goalkeeper Stojković midway through the second half. The spot kick was given away after Nemanja Vidić stupidly handled the ball while pretending to be Superman. This is exactly how his team-mate Aleksandar Luković was sent off against Ghana. But Vidić was only booked. Serbia hit the post in search of a second goal, but held on for another shock win in this World Cup.

Zakumi: “I wasn’t expecting that result.”

P92: “No neither was I, but the ref ruined the game by sending Klose off for not a lot really.”

Zakumi: “Yeah, and this result blows Group D wide open.”

 

 

Slovenia

2

vs.

2

U.S.A.

Valter BIRSA 13’

Zlatan LJUBIJANKIČ 42’

MotM = Landon DONOVAN (USA)

Landon DONOVAN 48’

Michael BRADLEY 82’

Group C

Ref = Koman COULIBALY (MLI)

Johannesburg – JEP

WHAT a game! Slovenia knew that a win would take them into the last 16, so they dutifully raced into a 2-0 half-time lead leaving the Americans stunned. But led by Landon Donovan – who smashed home a close range shot from an almost impossible angle early in the second half – the U.S.A. played like a team possessed. They scored their second late on, and did get the ball in the net for a third time with just a few minutes left. But the goal was ruled out wrongly in my opinion, and the United States can count themselves rather unlucky.

Zakumi: “I think that’s game of the tournament so far.”

P92: “Oh by a mile. It was really on the edge of your seat stuff.”

 

 

England

0

vs.

0

Algeria

MotM = Ashley COLE (ENG)

Group C

Ref = Ravshan IRMATOV (UZB)

Cape Town

THE England football team have once again destroyed the hopes and dreams of the nation who made the sport what it is today. The players looked as if they just didn’t want to be out there playing for the country. I think they would have preferred to be playing for their clubs in the UEFA Champions League and getting paid over £120,000 per week. No wait, they most likely would prefer right now to be on holiday in South Africa instead of playing. The fans booed the players at the final whistle after England’s worst display in years. Then Wayne Rooney has the BALLS to say to a camera: “It’s nice to see your own fans booing you.” ROONEY THEY HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO BOO YOU! THEY FOLLOWED YOU ALL THE WAY TO #@!%ING CAPE TOWN TO SEE YOU WIN THE WORLD CUP, AND NOT TO SEE YOU PLAY LIKE A LEAGUE TWO SIDE AGAINST A TEAM WE SHOULD HAVE HAMMERED!!!!! One fan broke into the England dressing room after the match and gave them hell. I want to buy this man a drink for being the voice of 50 million disillusioned Englishmen and women.

Zakumi: “Are you okay now?”

P92: “Yes…I’m fine.”

Today’s games are:

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

 

Argentina

4

vs.

1

South Korea

PARK Chu Young 17og’

Gonzalo HIGUAÍN 33’ 76’ 80’

MotM = Gonzalo HIGUAÍN (ARG)

LEE Chung-Young 45+1’

Group B

Ref = Frank DE BLEECKERE (BEL)

Johannesburg – JSC

ARGENTINA dominated the first half, racing into a 2-0 lead in just over half an hour. But a defensive lash up in injury time let South Korea back in the game. The first 20 minutes of the second half could’ve and should’ve seen both sides score, but it was Argentina who got their vital third goal. Higuaín scored his third and Argentina’s fourth soon after.

Zakumi: “Higuaín is the first player to score a World Cup finals hat-trick since Pauleta for Portugal in 2002.”

P92: “You know your stuff don’t you.”

Zakumi: “Actually I read your notes.”

P92: “Did you.”

 

 

Greece

2

vs.

1

Nigeria

Dimitrios SALPINGIDIS 44’

Vasileios TOROSIDIS 71’

MotM = Vincent ENYEAMA (NIG)

Kalu UCHE 16’

Group B

Ref = Óscar RUIZ (COL)

Mangaung / Bloemfontein

NIGERIA seemed to be strolling to victory until Sani Kaita saw the red mist and stupidly kicked an opponent. Think David Beckham in 1998. After seeing the red mist, he saw the red card and only then did what he had done sink in. Greece rallied and scored their first ever World Cup finals goal just before half-time. Both sides went for the win in the second half, but it was Greece who took the lead – and in the end their first ever finals win – thanks to a goalkeeping error by Vincent Enyeama in the Nigerian goal. The fact he won ‘Man of the Match’ again shows how much better than the Nigerian outfield he is.

Zakumi: “Is it me or can Greece only play against ten men?”

P92: “You may be right. When they had the man advantage they were a totally new team.”

 

 

France

0

vs.

2

Mexico

MotM = Javier HERNÁNDEZ (MEX)

Javier HERNÁNDEZ 64’*

Cuauhtémoc BLANCO 79P’

Group A

Ref = Khalil AL GHAMDI (KSA)

Polokwane

THE first half was pretty even with not much to separate the two teams. But as the second half progressed, either Mexico got better or France got worse. A 2-0 was what Mexico deserved, and France are now in huge danger of going out in the group stage without scoring a goal for the second World Cup out of three.

*The 2,100th World Cup finals goal.

Zakumi: “Well I think France and Bafana Bafana are both stuffed.”

P92: “Just do the world and especially the Republic of Ireland a favour and beat them.”

Zakumi: “That sounds like a plan.”

Today’s games are:

  • Germany vs. Serbia, BBC 1 12:30
  • Slovenia vs. U.S.A., BBC 1 15:00
  • ENGLAND vs. Algeria, ITV 19:30
 

 

South Korea

2

vs.

0

Greece

LEE Jung-Soo 7’

PARK Ji-Sung 52’

MotM = PARK Ji Sung (SKR)

Group B

Ref = Michael HESTER (NZL)

Nelson Mandela Bay / Port Elizabeth

SOUTH KOREA made a statement of intent about getting out of Group B. They tore Greece apart and should have scored four at the very least. Greece were poor (putting it kindly) and seemed resigned to defeat after just eight minutes of the match.

Zakumi: “Shall I book their flight back to Athens now?”

P92: “You might as well mate. Only a miracle will see Greece into the last 16 after this match.”

Zakumi: “You mean like when they won Euro 2004?”

P92: “Lightning doesn’t strike twice.”

 

 

Argentina

1

vs.

0

Nigeria

Gabriel HEINZE 6’

MotM = Vincent ENYEAMA (NIG)

Group B

Ref = Wolfgang STARK (GER)

Johannesburg – JEP

DOUBLE World Champions Argentina should have scored at hatful in this match and look deadly when attacking. However they do look vulnerable in defence. Nigeria have their keeper and man of the match Vincent Enyeama to thank for preventing a national embarrassment. He produced some top class saves to mean the score stayed 0-1. The Nigerian outfield must improve.  

Zakumi: “Could easily have been a rout if it wasn’t for Enyeama.”

P92: “I totally agree with you on that one.”  

 

 

England

1

vs.

1

U.S.A.

Steven GERRARD 4’

MotM = Tim HOWARD (USA)

Clint DEMPSEY 40’

Group C

Ref = Carlos SIMON (BRA)

Rustenburg

STEVEN GERRARD gave England the lead early on. I missed the goal because ITV HD cut to an advert break right before the England captain scored. This is the THIRD time they have done this during a live sports broadcast. My woes continued when Robert Green spilled Clint Dempsey’s innocuous looking shot into his own net. The curse of the England keeper strikes again. England tried to take the lead back in the second half, but alas to no avail.

Zakumi: “It’s not all bad. England drew 0-0 with Uruguay in their opening game in 1966 and look what happened.”

P92: “Cheers. I needed that.”

Zakumi: “Bad luck about the advert by the way.”

P92: “The BBC have BBC 1 and BBC 2, why can’t they be the two channels showing the World Cup?”

Tomorrows games are:

  • Algeria vs. Slovenia, BBC 1 12:30
  • Serbia vs. Ghana, ITV 15:00
  • Germany vs. Australia ITV 19:30
  

South Africa

1

vs.

1

Mexico

Siphiwe TSHABALALA 55’

MotM = Siphiwe TSHABALALA (RSA)

Rafael MÁRQUEZ 79’

Group A

Ref = Ravshan IRMATOV (UZB)

Johannesburg – JSC

 WHAT a way to open the World Cup. The noise of the crowd was awesome and the play was nonstop. Tshabalala’s goal was excellent, but South Africa’s defence let the side down when Mexico equalised. South Africa hit the post late on, but they have impressed the world and shouldn’t be overlooked on their home turf.

Zakumi: “Oh but for the width of a post.”

P92: “You guys did much better than I thought, and what a goal to open the tournament with.”

Zakumi: “Bring on the rest!”  

 

Uruguay

0

vs.

0

France

MotM = Diego FORLÁN (URU)

Group A

Ref = Yuichi NISHIMURA (JPN)

Cape Town

 NOT a great game to watch, but both sides did create chances. Nicolás Lodeiro was sent off after a poor tackle on Bacary Sagna with ten minutes to go. Both sides must up their game if they wish to have any impact on the knock-out stages.

Zakumi: “We can have these two judging by this game.”

P92: “Don’t get too confident mate, but I can see your point.”

Tomorrows games are:

  • South Korea vs. Greece, ITV 12:30
  • Argentina vs. Nigeria, BBC 1 15:00
  • ENGLAND vs. U.S.A., ITV 19:30

ENGLAND has been struck a blow before the World Cup has even kicked-off.

Captain Rio Ferdinand has been ruled out after suffering ligament damage to his left knee during England’s first training session in Rustenburg.

He was taken to Fearncrest Hospital after what coach Fabio Capello described as: “a nothing tackle” with striker Emile Heskey.  

Uncapped Tottenham defender Michael Dawson, 26, will replace Ferdinand in England’s 23 man squad and take the No. 5 shirt, with Steven Gerrard takes on the role of England captain.

IS this the squad that joins the immortals of ’66?

No.

Pos.

Player

Age

Caps

Club

1

GK

David James

39

50

Portsmouth

2

DF

Glen Johnson

25

20

Liverpool

3

DF

Ashley Cole

29

77

Chelsea

4

MF

Steven Gerrard

30

78

Liverpool

5

DF

Rio Ferdinand (c)

31

76

Man Utd

6

DF

John Terry

29

59

Chelsea

7

MF

Aaron Lennon

23

15

Tottenham

8

MF

Frank Lampard

31

77

Chelsea

9

FW

Peter Crouch

29

37

Tottenham

10

FW

Wayne Rooney

24

58

Man Utd

11

MF

Joe Cole

28

53

Chelsea

12

GK

Robert Green

30

9

West Ham

13

DF

Stephen Warnock

28

1

Aston Villa

14

MF

Gareth Barry

29

36

Man City

15

DF

Matthew Upson

31

19

West Ham

16

MF

James Milner

24

7

Aston Villa

17

MF

Shaun Wright-Philips

28

30

Man City

18

DF

Jamie Carragher

32

34

Liverpool

19

FW

Jermain Defoe

27

39

Tottenham

20

DF

Ledley King

29

19

Tottenham

21

FW

Emile Heskey

32

57

Aston Villa

22

MF

Michael Carrick

28

21

Man Utd

23

GK

Joe Hart

23

1

Man City

 

Can they and Fabio Capello write their own chapter in English football history? Only time and seven matches will tell.

It is nice to see all of the players in our squad play their club football in England. The only other countries to share this distinction in this World Cup are Germany and Italy.

Note: The above is correct at time of publication.

ENGLAND beat Mexico 3-1 last night at Wembley in their first warm up game before heading off to South Africa for the World Cup next month.

The match swung to and fro for the whole 90 minutes, and Mexico certainly deserved more than they got out of the game.

They were actually looking more likely to open the scoring until Ledley King scored a close-range header on 17 minutes.

The man who set King’s goal up – Peter Crouch – scored himself (rather dubiously I must admit) on 35 minutes. Mexican keeper Perez tipped the ball onto the crossbar and the ball shot straight up into the air. But Crouch saw that the ball wasn’t going out of play and placed his 6’ 7” self underneath it and knocked it in. But the goal shouldn’t have stood. He was standing in an offside position as the original shot was taken and the ball did appear to roll down his arm and off his hand, but the goal was awarded and England went 2-0 up.

Mexico did manage to scrabble a goal back when Franco scored in first-half stoppage time. This was a shame for England’s first-half keeper Robert Green who had produced two fantastic saves to keep Mexico at bay. England still have much work to do defensively before South Africa.

The highlight of the game came when Glen Johnson scored a beautiful goal after an astounding run through the Mexican team on 47 minutes. I don’t think he’ll score a better goal in his international career.

Both sides continued to create chances but England held on to win their last home game before the World Cup.

Overall, I was happy with England’s performance, but as I’ve written earlier the team must work on their defence. If we give teams like Argentina or Spain chances like we gave Mexico we will get smashed.

Other warm up results:

Argentina 5 – 0 Canada

Australia 2 – 1 New Zealand

Japan 0 – 2 South Korea

Portugal 0 – 0 Cape Verde Islands

South Africa 1 – 1 Bulgaria

I kid you not. A full strength Portugal side containing Nani, Christiano Ronaldo and Pedro Mendes (currently ranked world number 3), couldn’t score at home against a side ranked world 117! Portugal have North Korea in their group who are ranked world 106, so don’t write them off producing another World Cup shock.  Note: World Rankings accurate at time of publishing.

England’s next game is on Sunday in Graz, Austria against Japan who are currently hitting the self-destruct button. After their 0-2 home loss to local rivals South Korea their coach Takeshi Okada offered his resignation to the JFA president. The president refused to accept Okada’s notice so he will carry on as Japan’s head coach.

STEFAN GP has not been included in the official entry list which was published today for the 2010 F1 World Championship. US F1 failed to be ready in time and reset their sights on 2011, and are also not included. Stefan, with the leftovers of the old Toyota team had hoped to be on the grid in Bahrain on the 14th with 1997 World Champion Jacques Villeneuve driving for them.

But the FIA issued a statement saying: “It is not possible for a replacement team to be entered for the championship at this late stage.”

So let me get this straight. The FIA wait and wait and wait for a team that by the sound of it had no hope of getting to the first race and ignore a team with all the right kit. Then when the first team fails and the other is ready step in, the FIA slam the door in their face. I don’t know about you but does that really seem fair?

Campos are now called Hispania and have signed Indian driver Karun Chandhok. He will partner fellow F1 rookie Bruno Senna.

In football, England beat 2006, 2008 and 2010 African champions Egypt 3-1. We were nowhere in the first half-hour and even went 0-1 down. But we were a completely different team in the second half, and two goals from Peter Crouch and one from Shaun Wright-Phillips saw England to their 500th win. 

Other games of note last night included:

  • Northern Ireland  0-1 Albania
  • Algeria 0-3 Serbia
  • France 0-2 Spain
  • Germany 0-1 Argentina
  • Italy 0-0 Cameroon
  • Netherlands 2-1 U.S.A.
  • Portugal 2-0 China
  • Scotland 1-0 Czech Republic
  • Slovenia 4-1 Qatar
  • South Africa 1-1 Namibia
  • Wales 0-1 Sweden