YOOOAdrian’s 2010 World Cup Recap- 6/15 Day 5

GROUP F

NEW ZEALAND VS SLOVAKIA (1-1)

  • If Algeria vs Slovenia was like watching Rosie vs Ellen in an Algerian Death Match; this was Bill Nye “The Science Guy” vs Steve Urkel in a cage match.  The play wasn’t great, but the teams were evenly matched. 
  • New Zealand call themselves the “All-Whites.”  All I have to say about that is, thank god this isn’t an NBA team.
  • We had some late drama when New Zealand equalized in stoppage time to garner their 1st point in World Cup history.  Shane Smeltz sent in a desperation cross headed in by Winston Reid.  It’s Reid’s 1st international goal ever, not bad lad.
  • For the 1st time this World Cup, we had a nomination for the World Cup Wall of Hair.  Receiving the honor is Slovakian midfielder Marek Hamsik.  He is pictured below, I guess you can call it a Guido-hawk.   There is more to come when it comes to the Wall of Hair when I get to Ivory Coast.  He joins the ranks of Carlos Valderamma, Rudi Voeller, Roberto Baggio, Taribo, and Trifon Ivanov. 
  • I was very impressed with the young talent of Hamsik and Weiss for Slovakia.  Hamsik is the captain at just 22, while Weiss, the coach’s son is only 20.
  • Quick Facts- 1st World Cup points ever for New Zealand
  • Men of the Match
  • New Zealand– Simon Elliot
  • Slovakia– Vladimir Weiss
  • GAME RATING- 1 1/4*

 

 

(Guido-Hawk?)

GROUP F STANDINGS

  1. Italy (1 pt)
  2. Paraguay (1 pt)
  3. Slovakia (1 pt)
  4. New Zealand (1 pt)

GROUP G

PORTUGAL VS IVORY COAST (0-0)

  • Wow, how disappointing was this crap.  This was the game I was looking forward to the most out of the 1st wave of games.  What did we get? Utter, complete failure.  A stinking DUD!  Yes, both defenses were well organized, but at some point, somebody has to go get it! 
  • If Brazil beats both of these teams, basically the team that advances will be the team that beats up on North Korea more.  Shit, from what I saw today, I hope North can shove it to one of these teams.  And why would you want to finish 2nd in the group?  Most likely your going to get knocked out by Spain anyway. 
  • I will give Ivory Coast some due because their star Drogba was hurt.  All-in-all, they were the better side today.
  • Here was Christiano Ronaldo’s game sequence today- dive, dive, dive, boink off post from 35 yards, dive, dive, shimmy, dive, dive, pass, dive, shot, dive, dive, dive, dive, dive.  Oh, what a diva.
  • We got a nice World Cup moment when Drogba came into the fray in the 65th minute.  If he could have just put that one in with the left in stoppage time.  What a story that would have been.
  • I have another nominee for the Hall of Hair, Gervinho has a stylish look with the parted locks to go with the headband.  Shake them dreads!  I forgot to mention, but Cameroon’s Rigobert Song may trump them all this year.  Gervinho had a nice game today. 

South Africa WCup Cameroon Soccer 

(Rigobert Song)

  • Quick Facts- Ronaldo had no touches inside the box.  Only 3 total shots on goal.
  • Men of the Match
  • Ivory Coast- Gervinho
  • Portugal- Raul Meireles
  • GAME RATING- 1/2*

Ivory Coast's Didier Drogba, bottom, and Portugal's Bruno Alves, top, compete for the ball during the World Cup group G soccer match between Ivory Coast and Portugal at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, Tuesday, June 15, 2010.  (AP Photo/Roberto Candia)

(Drogba is back)

BRAZIL VS NORTH KOREA (Bra- 2-1)

  • In the NCAA Tournament, this is your traditional 1 vs 16 seed matchup.  Sometimes, those 16 seeds can hang for a half of basketball.  Then, the 2nd-half starts and the nuclear bomb fell on North Korea, Game Over.  North Korea teased us today.  For 45 minutes, they defensively frustrated a team that never has problems offensively. Then fatigue set in for North Korea.  Brazil’s talent took over.
  • First, it was Maicon who scored from one of the tightest angles I’ve ever seen.  Was it a goalkeeper error?  Was it a shot, or a cross from Maicon?  I’ll let you decide that.
  • The 2nd goal was patented Brazil magic.  Robinho’s vision on the through ball to Elano was incredible. 
  • North Korea made it interesting when they scored late, but it was just a tad late.
  • Brazil simply had the wrong mindset entering the game.  They underestimated North Korea, who seemed to play a 10-0-0 formation.
  • There’s speculation that the supporters in the stands cheering for North Korea were paid actors.  Oh, the mystery.
  • Quick Facts- Brazil 72%-28% in possession.  I forget the temperature, but it was the coldest World Cup game ever played.
  • Men of the Match
  • Brazil- Robinho
  • North Korea- Jong Tae-Se
  • GAME RATING- 1*

Supporters of the North Korea team cheer during the World Cup group G soccer match between Brazil and North Korea at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, Tuesday, June 15, 2010.  (AP Photo/Tom Curley)

(Paid Chineese Actors)

GROUP G STANDINGS

  1. Brazil (3 pts)
  2. Portugal (1 pt)
  3. Ivory Coast (1 pt)
  4. North Korea (0 pts)

Tommorow’s Schedule

  • (7:30 est) Chile vs Honduras
  • (10:00 est) Spain vs Switzerland
  • (2:30 est) Uruguay vs South Africa

 

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