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Netherlands

0

vs.(AET)

1

Spain

MotM = Andrés INIESTA (ESP)

Andrés INIESTA 116’

Final

Ref = Howard WEBB (ENG)

Johannesburg – JSC

SPAIN won their first World Cup last night with a 1-0 extra-time win over the Netherlands, who taste bitter defeat in the Final for a third time.

The Spanish exploded out of the starting blocks as they went for an early goal. Sergio Ramos had a close-range header saved less than five minutes in and David Villa hit the side netting soon after.

Dutch number eight Nigel de Jong was lucky not to have been sent-off when he kicked XABI ALONSO in the chest. Mark van Bommel (Netherlands) was also lucky to still be on the pitch in the first half.

Netherlands finished the first 45 minutes the stronger side, and continued with that momentum when the game restarted. Spain did up their game, but had captain Iker Casillas to thank when he saved a shot from Arjen Robben with his leg after the Dutchman and he went one-on-one.

It was now Spain’s turn to have the most of the game. Villa saw his close-range effort cleared away from goal and Ramos this time headed over when he should’ve scored. Robben then tried his luck again at the other end of the pitch, and again Casillas got in his way.

The second half also saw both number sixes, van Bommel and Andrés Iniesta nearly have a fight, but I’d call it handbags at ten paces.

With the score at 0-0 after 90 minutes, we went into extra-time.

Cesc Fábregas had two great chances to give Spain the lead, but one was saved by Dutch keeper Maarten Stekelenburg and the other went wide. Team-mate Jesús Navas almost scored in the first period of extra-time as well but his shot was deflected into the side netting by Dutch captain Giovanni van Bronckhorst in his last ever game.

In the second period of extra-time both sides well and truly went for it. Nobody wanted penalties like the 2006 Final. What was already a bad tempered game boiled over when English ref Howard Webb gave a second yellow card to Dutchman John Heitinga.

With just four minutes left, Spain tore into the Dutch half of the pitch, and Iniesta smashed the ball into the goal from the resulting attack. Spain held on for the last few minutes to become World Champions for the very first time.

This was a brutal game of football, but wasn’t the classic I was expecting it to be. The Dutch seemed to think that they could literally break Spain down. Neither side gave English ref Howard Webb an easy game, but he did the very best job he could under the circumstances. All in all, the best (and right) team won.

This Final saw a number of firsts for the World Cup, and here they are:

  • The first Final since 1978 (Argentina vs. Netherlands) with two teams who had never previously won the title.
  • The first ever Final not to have either: Brazil, Italy, Germany or Argentina in it.
  • Spain becomes the first European side to win the World Cup outside of Europe.
  • The first time that two different European sides have won the World Cup consecutively: (Italy 2006, Spain 2010). The previous occasion Europe won the World Cup back-to-back was with Italy in 1934 and 1938.
  • Spain also becomes the first team to have lost their opening game (0-1 to Switzerland) and then go on to win the World Cup.

Some other notable records are:

  • This was the first World Cup that saw both of the previous finalists (Italy and France) eliminated in the groups. They both finished bottom of their groups.
  • The Final saw a record 14 yellow cards with one red.
  • Spain scored the fewest ever amount of goals by the Champions with just eight. They only let in two, tying with France in 1998 and Italy in 2006.

Zakumi: “Congratulations Spain on winning your first ever World Cup.”

P92: “I echo that. Tomorrow you will be able to see the FIFA awards for players and teams, and my own special awards along with them.”

Zakumi: “I can’t wait for that.”

P92: “Me neither.”

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Uruguay

2

vs.

3

Germany

Edinson CAVANI 28’

Diego FORLÁN 51’

MotM = Thomas MÜLLER (GER)

Thomas MÜLLER 19’

Marcell JANSEN 56’

Sami KHEDIRA 82’

Match for Third Place

Ref = Benito ARCHUNDIA (MEX)

Nelson Mandela Bay / Port Elizabeth

GERMANY won the bronze medal last night after beating Uruguay in another epic Match for Third Place in the World Cup.

Thomas Müller opened the scoring after pouncing on Bastian Schweinsteiger’s spilled long range shot just before the 20 minute mark. Schweinsteiger was at fault for Uruguay’s equaliser though. He was dispossessed on the half way line, and Edinson Cavani scored from the counter attack just nine minutes later.

Uruguay made it 2-1 in their favour when Diego Forlán volleyed the ball into the ground with enough power to send it into the goal from just outside the penalty area. But Germany levelled the game at 2-2 just five minutes later through Marcell Jansen. The Uruguay keeper missed the ball from a cross and all Jansen had to do was be brave and get his head on the ball, which he did.

Germany won the game in the 82nd minute when the Uruguayan defence failed to clear a corner, allowing Sami Khedira to head home.

But the drama wasn’t over yet. Right at the end of injury-time Uruguay were awarded a free-kick deep in Germany’s half. Forlán took the free-kick but hit the bar with what turned out to be the very last kick of the match.

Zakumi: “It’s the big one today. Do you have your preview ready?”

P92: “Yes, and it is just this. The Netherlands and Spain have never won the World Cup before. They have never played each other before in a World Cup finals match or European Championship finals match. It will be the first time that a European team have won the World Cup outside of Europe. Also it is the first Final without either: Brazil, Italy, Germany or Argentina in it.”

Zakumi: “Not to mention England’s Howard Webb refereeing the match.”

P92: “Hold onto your seats world. This should be a classic.”

Today’s game is:

The 2010 World Cup Final. Netherlands vs. Spain, BBC 1 and ITV. Kick-off at 19:30.

 

 

Uruguay

2

vs.

3

Netherlands

Diego FORLÁN 41’

Maximiliano PEREIRA 90+2’

MotM = Wesley SNEIJDER (NED)

Giovanni VAN BRONCKHORST 18’

Wesley SNEIJDER 70’

Arjen ROBBEN 73’*

Semi-Finals

Ref = Ravshan IRMATOV (UZB)

Cape Town

THE NETHERLANDS was painted orange last night as the Dutch football team progressed to its third World Cup Final and first since 1978 in a match that swung one way and then the other.

The opening minutes were quite tense as neither side wanted to make a mistake. So Netherlands captain Giovanni van Bronckhorst decided to smash the ball from long range to score a monster of a goal on 18 minutes.

It took Uruguay a little while to sort themselves out after this. They were given a few minutes thinking time when the Netherlands’ Demy De Zeeuw was kicked in the face whilst trying to prevent an over-head kick. Luckily it was the sponge they used to clean him up that came off the worst.

But this stoppage gave Uruguay some of the momentum back and as half-time neared, stand-in captain Diego Forlán scored the second long range goal of the game.

Uruguay continued to cause the Dutch problems in the early stages of the second half and looked the more likely to score. But in the 70th minute the Dutch took a 2-1 lead thanks to Wesley Sneijder. His seemingly limp shot on the edge of the Uruguay box took a deflection on its way and was almost touched by his team-mate Robin van Persie (who some people would say was just offside). If he had of touched the ball the goal wouldn’t have stood.

Karma is a bitch isn’t it Uruguay?

Just three minutes later Arjen Robben headed home to make it 3-1 Netherlands and crush Uruguay’s hopes. They did score in injury-time through Maxi Pereira but time was against them.

*The 2,200th World Cup finals goal.

Zakumi: “Now with the Netherlands in the Final and Germany or Spain to meet them in it, a European team will win the World Cup outside Europe for the very first time.”

P92: “Based on current form, Germany will beat the Dutch in the Final, but Netherlands vs. Spain would be epic. Neither side has won the World Cup before.”

Today’s game is:

  • Germany vs. Spain, BBC 1 19:30

SO here they are, by hook or by crock, the last four countries in this World Cup.

Uruguay

vs.

Netherlands

Germany

vs.

Spain

Uruguay and the Netherlands have only met once before in the World Cup finals back in 1974. The Dutch ran out 2-0 winners.

Germany will be looking to get revenge on Spain after they lost the Euro 2008 Final to them. They have played three World Cup finals matches. West Germany won 2-1 in 1966 and 1982, and unified Germany drew with Spain 1-1 in 1994.

Zakumi: “It’s hard to pick a winner out of these four.”

P92: “I don’t think Uruguay will win, and I reckon the Final will be Netherlands vs. Germany.”

Zakumi: “So a replay of 1974 them.”

P92: “Yep.”

Today’s game is:

  • Uruguay vs. Netherlands, ITV 19:30
 

 

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 

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
 

 

Netherlands

2

vs.

1

Slovakia

Arjen ROBBEN 18’

Wesley SNEIJDER 84’

MotM = Arjen ROBBEN (NED)

Róbert VITTEK 90+4P’

Last 16

Ref = Alberto UNDIANO (ESP)

Durban

BOTH sides started this game quickly and had a couple of good scoring chances between them in the opening quarter of an hour.

But Arjen Robben (who came back from injury against Cameroon) scored a brilliant solo goal to put the Dutch 1-0 up.

However, Slovakia showed the kind of determination that led them to victory over now outgoing World Champions Italy. They pressurised the Dutch and kept them honest throughout the match.

With the scores still at 1-0 Netherlands, both keepers made excellent saves to deny a bigger lead and a level score line. Slovak keeper Ján Mucha blocked a close range shot with his nose to keep his side in the game.

Unfortunately he was at fault for the Netherlands’ second goal. He came to the edge of this area to punch the ball away after a quick Dutch free kick, but the Netherland’s Dirk Kuyt beat him to the ball and squared it to Wesley Sneijder who side footed the ball home for 2-0.

Slovakia won a penalty in the last minute, and the man who scored two goals against Italy, Róbert Vittek, converted the spot kick with the very last kick of the game.

Zakumi: “Slovakia have done really well in their first World Cup as an independent nation, and should make it into Euro 2012.”

P92: “But the Netherlands still look as if they haven’t got into top gear yet.”

Zakumi: “They are not the finished article at the moment.”

P92: “At the moment, you’re right.”

 

 

Brazil

3

vs.

0

Chile

JUAN 35’

LUÍS FABIANO 38’

ROBINHO 59’

MotM = ROBINHO (BRA)

Last 16

Ref = Howard WEBB (ENG)

Johannesburg – JEP

THE first half an hour saw Brazil and Chile cancel each others’ chances out in what was a really entertaining and intriguing match.

Brazil’s first goal came from a very British football league corner. The big defender JUAN out jumped everyone around him and directed a bullet header into the roof of the Chilean net.

Brazil’s second goal came just three minutes later and the game seemed over. LUÍS FABIANO did well to keep his head as he took the ball past the keeper and rolled the ball into the goal. The game was all but confirmed as a Brazil win when ROBINHO made it 3-0 just around the hour mark. But Chile went down fighting, trying to score right up until the final whistle.

The English officials: Howard Webb (ref), Mike Mullarkey and Darren Cann (linesmen) had a third brilliant game, and must surely be the hot tip to referee the final.

Zakumi: “Brazil into the last eight again.”

P92: “They could play Ghana in the semis if they both win their quarter-finals.”

Zakumi: “Oh I’d love to see that.”

P92: “So would everybody else accept the Dutch and Uruguay.”

Today’s games are:

  • Paraguay vs. Japan, ITV 15:00
  • Spain vs. Portugal, BBC 1 19:30
 

 

Germany

4

vs.

1

England

Miroslav KLOSE 20’

Lukas PODOLSKI 32’

Thomas MÜLLER 67’ 70’

MotM = Thomas MÜLLER (GER)

Matt UPSON 37’

Last 16

Ref = Jorge LARRIONDA (URU)

Mangaung / Bloemfontein

GERMANY destroyed England to book their place in the quarter-finals of the World Cup. 😦

England’s defence was annihilated in the run up to all four of Germany’s goals as they inflicted our worst ever World Cup finals defeat. Klose’s goal was a route one as it comes. The German keeper booted the ball down field, every English player missed it can Klose put the ball in with one touch. England’s defence went AWOL 12 minutes later and despite a poor first touch Podolski made it 2-0 to Germany. 

England did pull one goal back to make it 1-2, and less than a minute later Frank Lampard smashed the ball against the cross bar. The ball bounced over the line and the score was 2-2. But the referee and linesmen didn’t give what was such a clear goal everybody in the crowd could see it. FIFA president Sepp Blatter ruled out any chance of technology being used in this World Cup earlier this year. He was at this game and hopefully saw that this was a missive mistake. ‘Dopey’ just doesn’t seem to realise that football is still in the dark ages, and that: Tennis, Rugby and Cricket all get along just fine with technology.

But that doesn’t distract from the England football team humiliating the country that made the sport what it is today.

After Frank Lampard hit a free kick into the German wall they went straight up the other end and Müller made it 3-1. His second and their forth came just three minutes later and England were finished.

So that’s it, it is official, England are now the top international underachievers in world football. The so called ‘Golden Generation’ has failed to win anything (We haven’t been in a semi-final since Euro ’96).

I could go on about what needs to be done, but people who have a far greater knowledge of the game than me will tell you as well, and in much more detail over the coming days and weeks.

What I will do however is give you a list of (clean) words and phrases that describes the England football team in my eyes.

Over-paid, over-rated, spoilt, have a lack of passion, live off of their names, would rather be playing for their clubs in the UEFA Champions League, are false idols to little kids who play football…the list goes on.

And by the way, did we actually take Wayne Rooney to the World Cup or not? If you ask me he should take that groundsmans job he had in that Nike advert.

Zakumi: “Oh well, easy come easy go.”

P92: “We should have made it to the last four at the very least.”

Zakumi: “Well if you had beaten Algeria you would have won the group and played Ghana.”

P92: “They would have beaten us as well.”

 

 

Argentina

3

vs.

1

Mexico

Carlos TÉVEZ 26’ 52’

Gonzalo HIGUAÍN 33’

MotM = Carlos TÉVEZ (ARG)

Javier HERNÁNDEZ 71’

Last 16

Ref = Roberto ROSETTI (ITA)

Johannesburg – JSC

ARGENTINA set up a quarter-final rematch with Germany after they sent Mexico home in yet more controversial circumstances.

With the score at 0-0 Mexico had the best of the chances. They hit the bar early on and seemed to have taken their ‘A’ game to the South Americans. But Carlos Tévez headed the 1978 and 1986 World Champions into the lead.

However, replays showed him to be about 2yds offside and the goal should never have stood. This was shown on the giant TVs in the stadium, and all: the players, the managers, officials, reporters, commentators and 84,000 fans saw that the decision to award the goal was wrong. The Mexicans went mad and took their eye of the ball.

Mexico’s Ricardo Osorio gave the ball away right on the edge of his own penalty area and into the path of Gonzalo Higuaín, who promptly made it 2-0.

As the players walked off for half-time the Mexican players surrounded the Argentina staff and a fight looked certain, but thankfully one never happened.

There was no doubt about Tévez’s second goal, which was an absolute beauty. He shot from outside the area and the ball hit the top left corner of the net.

But Mexico pulled a goal back with just under 20 minutes left and had a good go at making a game of it, but Argentina held on to win.

Zakumi: “Great game, but what a balls-up from the linesman…again!”

P92: “FIFA! FOOTBALL MUST HAVE SOME SORT OF GOAL MOUTH TECHNOLOGY TO PREVENT THESE EMBARRASSING SCENARIOS HAPPENING AGAIN!”

Tomorrow’s games are:

  • Netherlands vs. Slovakia, BBC 1 15:00
  • Brazil vs. Chile, ITV 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
 

 

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