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Netherlands

2

vs.

1

Brazil

Wesley SNEIJDER 53′ 68’

MotM = Wesley SNEIJDER (NED)

ROBINHO 10’

Quarter-Finals

Ref = Yuichi NISHIMURA (JAP)

Nelson Mandela Bay / Port Elizabeth

 THE NETHERLANDS made it into their first World Cup Semi-Final since 1998 after coming from behind to beat five-times World Champions Brazil.

Brazil raced out of the starting blocks and cut the Dutch open. They had a goal disallowed after eight minutes, but just two minutes later ROBINHO ran through a gap in the Dutch defence and scored. KAKÁ almost made it 2-0 after 30 minutes, but a monster save from Maarten Stekelenburg kept his side in the game.

The Dutch came alive in the second half (once again) thanks to the efforts of ‘Man of the Match’ Wesley Sneijder. He put a long ball into the Brazilian box and keeper JÚLIO CÉSAR missed the ball as it came off of FELIPE MELO’s head. Sneijder was given the goal by F.I.F.A.

Sneijder scored his second goal 15 minutes later. Dirk Kuyt flicked the ball on from an Arjen Robben corner and Sneijder headed home to put the Netherlands 2-1 up with just over 20 minutes to play.

Brazil’s fight back had the wind taken out of it when FELIPE MELO stamped on Arjen Robben and was sent straight off.

More chances came to either side but none were taken, and Port Elizabeth is being painted orange as you read this.

Zakumi: “Brazil will now have to wait until they host the 2014 tournament for their next finals match.”

P92: “It is still possible to have a Netherlands vs. Germany final. They hate each other.”

Zakumi: “The exact same thing can be said for Uruguay and Argentina.”

P92: “At the moment yes.”

 

 

Uruguay

1

vs.(AET)

1

Ghana

Diego FORLÁN 55’

MotM = Diego FORLÁN (URU)

Sulley MUNTARI 45+2’

Quarter-Finals

Ref = Olegário BENQUERENÇA (POR)

Johannesburg – JSC

FORMER double World Champions Uruguay made it into their first World Cup Semi-Final since 1970 after they beat the last remaining African team, Ghana, in a highly eventful match.

Uruguay dominated the first 30 minutes of the match, and it was only then that Ghana decided to wake up. They created some good chances for themselves, but in injury time at the end of the first half it looked like it would be 0-0.

Until Sulley Muntari unleashed a curling 35yd strike which found the back of the Uruguayan net.

The South American side started the second half like a wounded animal. Just ten minutes after the restart Diego Forlán smashed his free kick straight into the Ghana goal. 1-1.

Uruguay continued to have all of the best of the second half chances but they failed to take any of them, so we went to extra-time.

The first 20 minutes of extra-time went by with no real chances that stick in the mind, but from then on Ghana suddenly found another gear and went for the win.

In the very last minute of extra-time Ghana took a free kick on the edge of the box. Stephen Appiah’s shot was blocked by Luis Suárez on the line, and then he blocked Dominic Adiyiah’s shot with his hands when he could easily have used his head. He was sent straight off.

The resulting penalty was taken by twice spot-kick scorer in this World Cup, Asamoah Gyan. It was the 121st minute of the match and would be the last kick of the match. He could send an African team into the last four of a World Cup for the first time, and on African soil as well. But he went for power instead of placement and hit the bar. And we went to penalties.

Uruguay

4

P.S.O.

2

Ghana

Diego FORLÁN

1

Asamoah GYAN

Mauricio VICTORINO

2

Stephen APPIAH

Andrés SCOTTI

3

X

John MENSAH

Maximiliano PEREIRA

X

4

X

Dominic ADIYIAH

Sebastián ABREU

5

ASAMOAH GYAN showed great courage by taking Ghana’s first penalty and scoring it to level the shootout at 1-1. John Mensah saw his penalty saved, Maximiliano Pereira blasted his over, and Dominic Adiyiah had his vital penalty saved.

Sebastián Abreu won the match with a cheeky chip, and Uruguay set up a Semi-Final with the Netherlands.

Zakumi: “Fantastic game, but why did Gyan go for power!”

P92: “Heat of the moment.”

Today’s games are:

  • Argentina vs. Germany, BBC 1 15:00
  • Paraguay vs. Spain, BBC 1 19:30 
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THIS is how the line-up for the Quarter-Finals of the 2010 World Cup.

Netherlands

vs.

Brazil

Uruguay

vs.

Ghana

Argentina

vs.

Germany

Paraguay

vs.

Spain

 

Netherlands and Brazil have played each other three times in the World Cup. The Dutch won 2-0 in 1974, Brazil won 3-2 in 1994, and again 4:2 on penalties after the scores were level at 1-1 A.E.T. in 1998.

Uruguay have never played Ghana in the World Cup finals. In fact they have never ever met in an international match.

Argentina and Germany have played five games against one another at the World Cup finals. In 1958 West Germany won 3-1 and in 1966 they played out a 0-0 draw. In 1986 and 1990 they contested the Final itself. Argentina won in ’86 3-2, while West Germany took the ’90 title with a 1-0 win. The latter final saw the first two Final red cards (both for Argentina) in what is regarded as the worst-ever final. A unified Germany beat Argentina 4:2 on penalties (1-1 A.E.T.) four years ago in Berlin. The game finished in a riot and saw unused Argentine substitute Leandro Cufré sent off after the match was over.

Paraguay and Spain have met twice before. In 1998 they played out a 0-0 draw, and in 2002 Spain won 3-1.

Zakumi: “Argentina vs. Germany is defiantly tie of the round.”

P92: “Hopefully everything that matters will be done on the pitch this time, and we’ll have no bad decisions as well.”

Tomorrow’s games are:

  • Netherlands vs. Brazil, ITV 15:00
  • Uruguay vs. Ghana, ITV 19:30
 

 

Uruguay

2

vs.

1

South Korea

Luis SUÁREZ 8’ 80’

MotM = Luis SUÁREZ (URU)

LEE Chung-Yong 68’

Last 16

Ref = Wolfgang STARK (GER)

Nelson Mandela Bay / Port Elizabeth

URUGUAY advance to their first World Cup quarter finals match since 1970 after they snatched victory away from South Korea.

The first five minutes saw South Korea hit the post with a free kick, as they tried to do as their Asian counterparts Japan did earlier against Denmark. But a poor defensive and goalkeeping display saw Uruguay take the lead through Luis Suárez after just eight minutes. South Korea never really looked like scoring in the first half.

In the second however the South Koreans were a totally different side. They pressed and pressed the Uruguay defence until they finally got their much deserved goal after another goalkeeping error through Lee Chung-Yong.

With extra time looking certain, Suárez decided that he didn’t want to spend any more time in the pouring than he had to. He bent the ball from the right-hand edge of the penalty area and into the net off the post. South Korea almost equalised in the last few minutes, but unfortunately for them lady luck was smiling on the previous double World Champions.

Zakumi: “The best team won, but South Korea asked Uruguay questions that they may not be able to answer against a bigger team.”

P92: “It’s just like old times seeing Uruguay in the last eight again.”

Zakumi: “Put the history book down. It’s now that matters.”

P92: “You can only appreciate what you have now if you know what happened in the past.”

 

 

U.S.A.

1

vs.(AET)

2

Ghana

Landon DONOVAN 62P’

MotM = André AYEW (GHA)

Kevin-Prince BOATENG 5’

Asamoah GYAN 93’

Last 16

Ref = Viktor KASSAI (HUN)

Rustenburg

GHANA stunned the United States with another early (and brilliant) goal at Rustenburg’s Royal Bafokeng Stadium (England’s Steven Gerrard scored early against America in their opening game).

U.S.A. didn’t get into gear until the second half when it looked as if both sides had swapped talent and ability. Landon Donovan converted a spot kick just after the hour to pull America level. He put the ball so far to his right that it almost came back off the post.

After this, both sides seemed to except that extra-time was coming.

Ghana scored after only three minutes of extra-time leaving America permanently shell-shocked. As time wore on both Ghana and the U.S. seemed to be running on empty, and the Black Stars held on to become only the third African side to reach the last eight of a World Cup.

Zakumi: “They join the Cameroon 1990 team and the 2002 Senegal team.”

P92: “So, Africa still has a chance to produce a World Champion.”

Zakumi: “GO BLACK STARS!!”

P92: “What he means is ‘yes’ and that he thinks Ghana can still win. They will now play Uruguay.”

Today’s games are:

  • Germany vs. ENGLAND, BBC 1 15:00
  • Argentina vs. Mexico, BBC 1 19:30

HERE we have the matches for the Last 16 round of the 2010 World Cup

Uruguay

vs.

South Korea

U.S.A.

vs.

Ghana

Germany

vs.

ENGLAND

Argentina

vs.

Mexico

Netherlands

vs.

Slovakia

Brazil

vs.

Chile

Paraguay

vs.

Japan

Spain

vs.

Portugal

Spain vs. Portugal and Brazil vs. Chile are the big derby matches.

Argentina vs. Mexico is a grudge match from four years ago. Argentina won 2-1 AET.

Germany vs. England…well need I explain?

Zakumi: “Here we go. Knock-out football.”

P92: “Oh yes. And remember, from now on if you lose…you go out.”

Today’s games are:

  • Uruguay vs. South Korea, ITV 15:00
  • U.S.A. vs. Ghana, ITV 19:30
 

 

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
 

 

Netherlands

1

vs.

0

Japan

Wesley SNEIJDER 53’

MotM = Wesley SNEIJDER (NED)

Group E

Ref = Héctor BALDASSI (ARG)

Durban

THE Dutch were frustrated by Japan in a rather boring first half. It was almost like watching England. But two different teams came back out for the second half. The Netherlands took the lead after just eight second half minutes thanks to a combination of a powerful Wesley Sneijder shot and a goalkeeping blunder from Eiji Kawashima. This woke Japan up even more so and both teams had numerous chances to score. But the men in orange hung on for their second win of the tournament.

Zakumi: “A tip for any teams playing the Netherlands later in the competition. Hit them hard in the first 15 minutes to wake them up and or shock them.”

P92: “Sound advice.”

 

 

Ghana

1

vs.

1

Australia

Asamoah GYAN 25P’

MotM = Asamoah GYAN (GHA)

Brett HOLMAN 11’

Group D

Ref = Roberto ROSETTI (ITA)

Rustenburg

AUSTRALIA started the match the stronger team and took the lead after Brett Holman was the first player to react to the Ghanaian keeper, Richard Kingson spilling the ball from a free kick. However they lost their momentum after Harry Kewell was sent straight off for handballing on the line, preventing a certain Ghana goal. For the second game running, Asamoah Gyan converted the resultant spot kick. Now you’d expect Ghana to press for the win because of their man advantage plus the fact that Germany lost to Serbia, but you’d be wrong. It was Australia who dominated the chances in the second half, playing with real guts and determination. John Pantsil of Ghana received a nasty looking blood injury after his head collided with two other players’ heads – one Australian and one Ghanaian. That was in the very last minute of added on time and the last action of the match. Both sides begrudgingly settling for a draw in the end.

Zakumi: “The African teams in this World Cup need to improve. Who knows when it will come back to Africa?”

P92: “You think African sides have pressure in 2010. I feel sorry for the South American sides in 2014 when Brazil of all countries hosts the World Cup.”

 

 

Cameroon

1

vs.

2

Denmark

Samuel ETO’O 10’

MotM = Daniel AGGER (DEN)

Nicklas BENDTNER 33’

Dennis ROMMEDAHL 61’

Group E

Ref = Jorge LARRIONDA (URU)

Tshwane / Pretoria

THIS was another great game of football to watch. The first two goals of the match were the result of one team cutting the other open. Cameroon passed the ball well and quickly after a Danish defensive mistake, whereas the Danes used a long ball to undo the African outfit. Dennis Rommedahl’s winning goal was an individual master class. The skill of the teams and most of the players ranged from world class to school boy, making it a fantastic Saturday night in front of the TV.

Zakumi: “This result means that Cameroon are the first team to go out.”

P92: “The Netherlands are also the first team to advance to the last 16.”

Tomorrow’s games are:

  • Slovakia vs. Paraguay, BBC 1 12:30
  • Italy vs. New Zealand, ITV 15:00
  • Brazil vs. Côte d’Ivoire, BBC 1 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
 

 

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
 

 

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