YOOOAdrian’s 2010 World Cup Recap- 6/13 Day 3

GROUP C

SLOVENIA VS ALGERIA (Slo- 1-0)

  • Thank god for the invention of the DVR.  There’s no way I’d get up at 7:30 est to watch this one live.  On paper, this match-up is as ugly as watching Rosie O’Donell and Ellen DeGeneres duking it out in an Algerian Death Match.  On the pitch, this game was terribly played.  You had 2 counter-attacking teams that had no idea how to create their own offense.  For example, it’s like when you see a really hot girl in a bar.  You’re not going to pick her up unless you take the initiative; she’s not going to come to you.
  • Slovenia picked up the full 3-points and a 1-0 win after Robert Koren scored in the 79th minute.  He took a long shot from outside the corner of the left box.  The ball skipped on the artificial surface and went in the goal.  Algeria’s goalie Fawzi Chaouchi’s bad technique and misjudgment of the ball allowed it to tickle the twine past the line.
  • Slovenia’s back line did look well-organized although Algeria did ok attacking the flanks.  The first half was horrible.  Both teams couldn’t connect with passes or crosses.
  • Algeria’s chance came in the 77th minute when Marko Suler fell asleep on a pass from the goaltender.  Karim Ziani came up and stole the ball, but couldn’t finish for the goal.
  • With Slovenia sitting atop the group with 3 points, it will be interesting to see how they approach the next two games.  Will they go defensive and try to squeek out draws and advance, or go for it and try to win the group.
  • This was the 1st World Cup game to be played on an artificial surface.  This is where I get to displeasure my feelings.  I hate artificial surfaces, I think it takes away from the game, and it’s not just football.  There’s nothing like the scene of a rainy day on the pitch, mud all over the face.  Now, we have to settle for rubber pellets.
  • Quick Facts- Slovenia is the smallest country in the World Cup with a population of approximately 2 million.  Slovenia was 0-19 on crosses. 
  • Men of the Match
  • Slovenia- Robert Koren
  • Algeria– Nadir Bellhadj  
  • GAME RATING- 1 1/4*

Slovenia 1, Algeria 0

(GK Handanovic)

GROUP C STANDINGS

  1. Slovenia (3 pts)
  2. England (1 pt)
  3. USA (1 pt)
  4. Algeria (0 pts)

GROUP D

SERBIA VS GHANA (Gha- 1-0)

  • The tiny country of Ghana will always have the dubious distinction of being the 1st African team to win a World Cup game in Africa.  They won 1-0 after Ghana scored on a Asamoah Gyan penalty kick in the 84th minute.  The penalty was given after Zdravko Kuzmanovic’s dumb handball in the box.  He looked like he was trying to catch a touchdown pass from Peyton Manning.
  • Both teams played hard and well, the defenses played hard defensively and both teams kept on trading scoring chances throughout the game.
  • Ghana, like South Africa played poorly in the 1st-half, but rebounded in the 2nd-half.
  • Serbia’s Aleksander Lukovic got sent off in the 74th minute after his 2nd yellow card.  This seemed to inspire Serbia, as it looked like they played better in the final minutes with just 10 men.
  • This is a huge result for Ghana.  With Australia now without Cahill, the knockout stage is very well in sight. 
  • Quick Facts- Neither of Serbia’s strikers had a shot on goal.  This was Serbia’s cup debut as a n independent nation.
  • Men of the Match
  • Ghana- Asamoah Gyan
  • Serbia- Milos Krasic
  • GAME RATING- 3*

Ghana's Asamoah Gyan, right, scores on a penalty kick, during the World Cup group D soccer match between Serbia and Ghana at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria, Sunday, June 13, 2010.  (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

(Gyan scores on penalty kick)

GERMANY VS AUSTRALIA (Ger- 4-0)

  • Germany fans were a bit worried.  The press described this being a bit of a transition year in the World Cup for Germany futbol.  Germany looked hungry in their opener against Australia.  They looked as hungry as Glen “Big Baby” Davis at brunch on a Sunday morning at the Old Country Buffet.
  • Germany played with style and flair.  Their passing was pin point, sharp and accurate. 
  • Australia looked very old and sluggish.  They simply couldn’t keep up with the speed and precision of Germany.
  • Australian’s best player Tim Cahill picked up a straight red card after a dangerous tackle from behind on Bastian Scwheinsteiger.  It looks like the end of the road for Cahill in the World Cup.
  • We’re halfway through the 1st games in the group stages, Germany by far looks like the most impressive team so far.
  • Quick Facts- Germany’s passing % was the 4th highest in the history of the World Cup.  This is the 6th straight win for Germany to open the World Cup.
  • Men of the Match
  • Germany- Lukas Podolski
  • Australia- Nobody
  • GAME RATING- 1/2*

Germany's Marko Marin runs away from Australia's Luke Wilkshire during the World Cup group D soccer match between Germany and Australia at the stadium in Durban, Sunday, June 13, 2010.  (AP Photo/Roberto Candia)

(What it looked like for Australia all game)

GROUP D STANDINGS

  1. Germany (3 pts)
  2. Ghana (3 pts)
  3. Serbia (0 pts)
  4. Australia (0 pts)

Tomorrow’s Schedule

  • Group E- (7:30 est) Netherlands vs Denmark
  • Group E– (10:00 est) Cameroon vs Japan
  • Group F– (2:30 est) Italy vs Paraguay 
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