World Cup 2010 Day 23, A Brief Recap

Germany 4-0 Argentina Thomas Muller (3′) Miroslav Klose (68′, 89′) Arne Friedrich (74′) Germany exposed the defensive frailties of Argentina and at the same time managed to frustrate the South Americans to shots straight into the hands of Manuel Neuer. A defense still featuring Nicolas Burdisso and Martin Demichelis in the center and Nicolas Otamendi… Continue reading World Cup 2010 Day 23, A Brief Recap

World Cup 2010 Day 19, A Brief Recap

A distraught Yuichi Komano after the final whistle

Paraguay 0(5)-(3)0 Japan This was one of the quieter matches of the World Cup with chances and moments of magic or skill sparse. Paraguay had the edge in possession in the first half but Daisuke Matsui probably had the best chance when he collected the ball and hit the crossbar. Eiji Kawashima and Justo Villar… Continue reading World Cup 2010 Day 19, A Brief Recap

World Cup 2010 Day 14, A Brief Recap

Slovakia 3 – 2 Italy Robert Vittek (25′ 73′) Kamil Kopunek (89′) Antonio Di Natale (81′) Fabio Quagliarella (90′) Italy crashed out of the World Cup making it the second time a reigning champion has gone at the group stage after France suffered the same fate in 2002. Slovakia came into the match having disappointed… Continue reading World Cup 2010 Day 14, A Brief Recap

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… Continue reading World Cup 2010 Day 10, A Brief Recap

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… Continue reading World Cup 2010 Day 4, A Brief Recap