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THE 11th edition of the CONCACAF Gold Cup was held in the United States of America from 5-25 June 2011. This was the 21st overall championships in the North and Central American and Caribbean confederation, which was also celebrating its Golden anniversary.

The 12 teams taking part in the competition where: hosts America, reigning champions Mexico and fellow automatic qualifier Canada, who are the only other nation to have won a Gold Cup besides Mexico and America.

Jamaica, non-FIFA member Guadeloupe, Cuba and Grenada qualified by finishing in the top four in the 2010 Caribbean Championship; while: Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, El Salvador and Guatemala qualified courtesy of finishing in the top five of the 2011 Copa Centroamericana.

The tournament kicked-off with Group A games Costa Rica vs. Cuba and Mexico vs. El Salvador. Both matches were played in Cowboys Stadium, Arlington (Texas) and were both won 5-0 by Costa Rica and Mexico respectively. Man Utd’s Javier Hernández scored a second-half Hat-Trick for Mexico, who were soon involved in a drugs scandal.

Five Mexico squad members had tested positive for the banned substance Clenbuterol prior to the start of the tournament and were suspended. The Mexican FA said that the players had eaten contaminated meat but accepted the suspensions. CONCACAF allowed Mexico to replace the players, who’s ‘B’ samples all came back negative.

Mexico didn’t let their off-field problems affect them on the pitch and duly beat Cuba 5-0 and Costa Rica 4-1 to win the group with nine points and 14 goals to their name. Costa Rica just went though as group runners-up ahead of El Salvador on goal difference. El Salvador now had to wait to see if they were one of the two best third-placed teams. Cuba crashed out with a 1-6 defeat by El Salvador, having let in 16 goals and only scored one in their three defeats.

Group B was won by Jamaica who scored seven goals without reply in their three matches which all ended in victory for the Reggae Boyz. Last year’s World Cup participants Honduras finished second in the group on the same amount of points (four) as third placed Guatemala. Grenada proved to be the whipping boys of the group, only scoring once and conceding 15 times as they also lost all three games. They were smashed 1-7 by Honduras in their second game after going 1-0 up.

Hosts America opened with a 2-0 victory over northern neighbours Canada after Panama edged Guadeloupe 3-2 in the opening round of Group C games. The United States were stunned by Panama who beat them 1-2 in their second match, but beat Guadeloupe 1-0 in their last group game to advance in second place behind Panama. Canada were beating Panama 1-0 in their last game and this would have seen Canada into the Quarter-Finals as one of the two best third-placed teams. But Panama equalised in the first minute of stoppage-time through Luis Tejada to knock Canada out.

Guatemala, El Salvador and Canada all finished third in their groups with four points. But Guatemala had a goal difference of +2, El Salvador’s goal difference was zero, whereas Canada’s was -1.

This meant the Quarter-Final line up looked like this: Costa Rica vs. Honduras, Mexico vs. Guatemala, Jamaica vs. U.S.A. and Panama vs. El Salvador.

Costa Rica and Honduras played out a 1-1 draw after extra-time in the first knock-out match. Honduras held their nerve and won the penalty-shoot out 4-2, scoring all of their spot-kicks.

Mexico went behind early against Guatemala thanks to a Carlos Ruiz goal five minutes in. They held on until just after half-time when Aldo de Nigris equalised for the defending champions. Mexico’s winner came from Javier Hernández in the 66th minute.

The United States beat Jamaica 2-0 win in Washington D.C. to book their place in the last four.

Panama again left it late to equalise in their match against El Salvador, who had taken the lead from the penalty spot with only 12 minutes to go. But Tejada scored in the last minute to take the match into extra-time, in which there were no more goals. Dennis Alas missed El Salvador’s first penalty in the shoot-out. This proved to be the only miss of the shoot-out that was won by Panama 5-3. That man Tejada scoring the winner.

The Semi-Finals would see America taking on Panama (who had beaten America in their group match remember) while Honduras had to face Mexico.

Fulham’s Clint Dempsey scored America’s winner against Panama in the 76th minute of their Semi, while Mexico were taken to extra-time by Honduras before de Nigris and Hernández scored in the 93rd and 99th minute respectively to see Mexico into the Final with a 2-0 win.

The Final would see the two highest ranked CONCACAF teams – America and Mexico – taking part in the championship deciding match for the third straight tournament. America won the 2007 Final (2-1) while Mexico won the last Final in 2009 (5-0). This was the fifth time the two would meet in the Final, with Mexico 3-1 up in the head-to-head battle. This would also be America’s eighth Gold Cup Final while this was Mexico’s seventh.

America raced into a 2-0 lead thanks to a an eighth minute header by Aston Villa load signing Michael Bradley (son of the head coach Bob) and a 23rd minute goal by all-time leading U.S. goal scorer Landon Donovan. The crowd of 93,420 inside the Rose Bowl, Pasadena (California) could sense a U.S. victory.

But Mexico had other ideas.

Pablo Barrera got one back for Mexico just before the half-hour. Andrés Guardado equalised on 36 minutes and Barrera scored his second and Mexico’s third five minutes after half-time to give Mexico a 3-2 lead! Mexico’s fourth came after a stunning piece of skill from 22-year-old Giovani dos Santos with 14 minutes left. He dribbled inside the box against five U.S. defenders (including the goalkeeper) before chipping the ball into the top-left corner of the goal over the head of Eric Lichaj. This was later named goal of the tournament, and was the last goal of the tournament as well, as Mexico won the Final 4-2.

 

So, Mexico are champions of the North and Central America and Caribbean zone for the ninth time. This was their sixth Gold Cup and second consecutive title. They won all six of their matches, scored 22 goals and conceded just four (half of these in the Final itself).

Mexico have now moved up 19 places to ninth in the FIFA World Rankings.

The tournaments’ 25 matches saw 80 goals scored at an average of 3.2 per match. The total attendance was 1,125,120, an average gate of 45,005 per match.

Mexico’s Javier Hernández ‘The Little Pea‘ finished as top goal scorer with seven goals to his name, and was also named player of the tournament.

The Little Pea.

Honduras’s goalkeeper Noel Valladares was named the best goalkeeper of the tournament. Mexico also collected the Fair Play Award for receiving the least amount of cards.

Mexico have now qualified for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil as the CONCACAF representative. They join hosts Brazil, World (and current European champions) Spain and Asian champions Japan.

El Tricolor will now travel to Argentina to take part in the Copa América as one of two invitee teams (the other being Costa Rica). Could Mexico become champions of all the Americas? We’ll find out by 24 July.

 

 

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
 

 

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