YOOOAdrian’s 2010 World Cup Recap 6/11 Day 1

GROUP A

SOUTH AFRICA VS MEXICO (1-1)

  • It was an exciting opener but both teams feel a tad disappointed as either side could have easily gotten the full 3 points.  In the first 15 minutes you could really see the nervousness on the South African side.  Mexico had chance after chance after chance.  If Mexico went up say 2-0 in the 1st 30 minutes, this one would have been in the bag.  Late in the 2nd half, South Africa squandered some golden opportunities.  Mphela had the win on his foot in the 89th minute, but he clanked it off the post.
  • How about that goal from Tshabalala in the 55th minute. After a wonderfully played through-ball on the South African counter-attack, Tshbalala gave the ball a little twirl in the top right corner to send the country into complete, euphoric chaos.  The post-celebration macarena dance was excellently choreographed as well.
  • Mexico tied the score in the 78th minute as Rafael Marquez inexplicably got free.  It was terrible defense from the South African side, but Mexico will take it. 
  • An underrated performer in today’s contest was the South African goalkeeper Khune.  He had some spectacular saves, especially the one on Giovani Dos Santos’s attempt in the 60th minute.  His kicks were right on point as he set up some real nice chances for South Africa.
  • Some quick facts, the host nation is now 14-0-6 in openers.  Mexico dominated possession 65%-35%.
  • Please, can someone put a ban on those stupid freaking horns.  Aren’t they made of plastic?  I’m glad I’m not there live or my head would god-damn explode.  The horns sound like those horns when you sing a happy birthday to a little kid at Chuck-e-Cheese.
  • The funny thing is the Europeans are complaining.  These are the same people whose fans sing the racist chants in the world along with firing up flares into the sky.  Stay classy Europe, please.
  • Men of the Match
  • South Africa- Siphiwe Tshabalala
  • Mexico- Giovani Dos Santos
  • GAME RATING- 3*

 (I want to go play skee-ball at Chuck-E-Cheese so I can win 500 tickets.  Then I can get one of these horns.  These would do wonders at a Temple football game.)

FRANCE vs URUGUAY (0-0)

  • It felt like I took 5 extra strength Melatonin sleeping pills watching this one.  Then, Henry came in and suddenly I was energised like I drank a red-bull.  The final 15 minutes saved this match for me.
  • Uruguay’s defense was stout, but I simply don’t understand why France kept lashing shots from way outside the box.  You don’t get 3 points for a goal, unlike basketball.  It felt like they were just going through the motions.  There was no sense of urgency until the final 10 minutes when the Frogs had several chances after Urugauy’s Lodeiro was sent off in the 81st minute.
  • Now I know why nobody loves Raymond, why were Malouda and Henry brought in so late in the game?  It was ironic to see Henry complaining of a hand ball.
  • Uruguay had its chances too.  Diego Forlan had a great chance in the 73rd minute, but mistruck the ball on the shot.  Earlier on in the game, he had a nice shot on goal from the left corner of the box.  
  • Quick facts- Henry has now appeared in 4 World Cups, only 25% of the French shots were put on goal, France was held scoreless for their 3rd straight World Cup opener.
  • Men of the Match
  • France- Abou Diaby
  • Uruguay- Diego Forlan
  • Game Rating- 1 1/4*

Thierry Henry and Franck Ribery of France walk off the pitch after a draw in their 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group A match between Uruguay and France at Green Point Stadium on June 11, 2010 in Cape Town, South Africa.

(Henry and Ribery)

GROUP A STANDINGS

  1. South Africa (1 pt)
  2. Mexico (1 pt
  3. France (1 pt)
  4. Uruguay (1 pt)

Tomorrow’s Schedule

  • Group B- (7:30 est) Greece vs South Korea
  • Group B- (10:00 est) Argentina vs Nigeria
  • Group C- (2:30 est) England vs USA
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