Category: Soccer-Football

World Cup 2010 Day 12, A Brief Recap

Mexico 0-1 Uruguay Luis Suarez (43′) Fears of a convenient draw, one which would guarantee both teams’ qualification to the first knockout round at the expense of South Africa and France seemed unfounded. Not only the starting 11s seemed offensive but the early exchanges showed intent to play the game. Mexico enjoyed better possession but not better chances. Cuauhtemoc Blanco...

World Cup 2010 Day 11, A Brief Recap

Portugal 7-0 North Korea Raul Meireles (29′) Simao (53′) Hugo Almeida (56′) Tiago (60′, 89′) Liedson (81′) Cristiano Ronaldo (87′) A Carvalho early header hit the post. Not too long after a Tiago pass opened it for Meireles to score. North Korea were on the brink of losing it in many early exchanges though it wasn’t a total loss. On...

World Cup 2010 Day 10, A Brief Recap

Slovakia 0-2 Paraguay Enrique Vera (27′) Cristian Riveros (86′) This game should be most remembered for the tame effort by Slovakia, the disappointment of losing the three points at the last minute in their first game against New Zealand must have weighed heavily on the players. Vladimir Weiss, Marek Hamsik, and Robert Vittek very rarely featured and nothing was created...

World Cup 2010 Day 9, A Brief Recap

Holland 1-0 Japan Wesley Sneijder (53′) The first half was fortress Japan as the Asians defended well and didn’t let the Europeans do much at all. The second half necessitated a more open match because Sneijder scored early. He shot hard from the edge of the box, his shot was not properly handled by Japan goalie, Eiji Kawashima, as the...

World Cup 2010 Day 8, A Brief Recap

Germany 0-1 Serbia Milan Jovanovic (38′) The game started with a torrent of yellow cards. Germans and equally the Serbians and there neutrals were entitled to question the consistency if not the legitimacy of some of the cards shown. This soon led to a second yellow for Klose inside 40 minutes and before any player could compose himself Serbia went...

World Cup 2010 Day 7, A Brief Recap

Argentina 4-1 South Korea Park Chu-Young (og 16′) Gonzalo Higuain (33′ 76′ 80′) Lee Chung-Yong (45′) An unfortunate own goal off a freekick and off the foot of Park Chu-Young, who didn’t really know much about it, was an early omen for the Koreans. Argentina controlled and managed the ball better and showed some of the best attacking plays of...

World Cup 2010 Day 6, A Brief Recap

Chile 1-0 Honduras Jean Beausejour (34′) Honduras’ squad, for the first time at a World Cup, featured 3 brothers. Wilson Palacios in the starting line-up with Johnny and Jerry on the bench. Chile missing Humberto Suazo to injury and therefore less of an scoring threat, Honduras missing a good scoring chunk as well with Carlos Costly and David Suazo missing....

World Cup 2010 Day 5, A Brief Recap

New Zealand 1-1 Slovakia Winston Reid (90′) Robert Vittek (50′) The pattern of timid matches continued with neither team dominating. Slovakia showed glimmers of better technic but Hamsik and others were rarely dangerous. The game didn’t change much as it went on but Vittek managed to score on one of the few real forays into any of the penalty boxes....

World Cup 2010 Day 4, A Brief Recap

Holland 2-0 Denmark Daniel Agger (og 46′) Dirk Kuyt (85′) Holland, as expected, were fluid at times but Denmark, also as expected, held their own. Denmark however lacked the skills shown by their opponents and were undone by the own goal. The Second Dutch goal exemplified at least one case of enthusiasm and work rate difference when after the ball...

World Cup 2010 Day 3, A Brief Recap

Algeria 0-1 Slovenia Robert Koren (79′) The first half featured a bevy of giveaways that suggested two nervous and/or weak teams. The second half was slightly better but seemed to be going nowhere. It featured the Algerian Ghezzal being sent off after a second yellow. Just as the earlier feeling of the game ending as a tie was about to...