YOOOAdrian’s 2010 World Cup Recap- 6/18 Day 8

GROUP D

GERMANY VS SERBIA (Ser- 1-0)

  • It’s simple, when there’s no criticism of the officials, you know they’re doing a good job.  When you see more analysis of the officiating rather than the game itself, well; that’s when Bob Knight gets pissed and decides to throw a chair across the basketball court.  That’s when you see pitchers lose perfect games.  That’s when you see football teams get 5 downs instead of 4.  That’s when you see this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kf9E1zhnFec) and this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrkR7ih6f3M&feature=related).  OH, AND I HAVEN’T GOTTEN TO THE UNITED STATES GAME YET.
  • You hate to see officiating decide outcomes of games, but that’s what happened in this encounter.  Spanish referee Alberto Undiano got card happy, handing out a total of 9 cards, the 6th most ever in World Cup history.  One of Germany’s key players, Miroslav Klose was sent off in the 36th minute after 2 questionable yellow cards.  Just two minutes later Serbia got the one goal they needed.  Milan Jovanovic volleyed in a ball from 5 yards away.
  • Even with 10 men, Germany kept plucking away at the Serbian defense.  They still outshot Serbia 16-10, and held onto the ball 58% of the time.
  • In the 60th minute, Germany got the break they needed.  Serbian defender Nemanja Vidic decided to have a Serbian handball sequel.  In case you didn’t know, Serbia lost their 1st game to Ghana because of a handball inside the penalty area.  The drama mounted as Lukas Podolski stepped up to take the kick.  No way was he going to miss, I mean, Germany had missed just one single PK before in World Cup history.  That tally is now at 2.  After a poor PK taken by Podolski, Vidic was safe to go back to Serbia.
  • Quick Facts- Germany had not lost a group game since 1986 when they fell to Denmark, 2-0.
  • Men of the Match
  • Germany- Sami Khedira
  • Serbia- Milos Krasic   
  • GAME RATING- 3*     

Serbia goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic walks off the pitch after the World Cup group D soccer match between Germany and Serbia at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, Friday, June 18, 2010. Serbia won 1-0. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

(Serbia GK Vladimir Stojkovic literally eats up Podolski’s PK)

GROUP D STANDINGS

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

GROUP C

USA VS SLOVENIA (2-2)

  • Referee Koman Coulibaly is rumored to be a graduate of ex-NBA referee Tim Donaghy’s school of Game Fixing.  His officiating today was disgraceful, and it wasn’t just on the Maurice Edu decision.  All game long, one blown call after another.  The way the game was officiated it felt like either 1. Nobody wants the bloody yanks in the World Cup or 2. Coulibaly needed a little extra cash in his pocket.
  • As a completely biased US fan, I’ve never felt so mad, excited and confused about a futbol match ever.
  • To be fair, the United States played abysmally in the 1st half.  They came out as anxious as a bunch of chain-smokers having to take a cross trip across the United States.  The back four came out a house of stinkage.
  • After being down 2-0 at half, Landon Donovan showed his leadership.  He put the US on his back in the 2nd-half.  First, he put in a bullet in the 48th minute to get the comeback started.  The GK Handanovic cleverly hid behind the post because he surely would have had facial fractures.  Donovan has come a long way over the years since his Backstreet Boys days seen below.
  • Michael Bradley equalized in the 82nd minute when he put in a bouncing ball approximately 8 yards away from goal.  Who’s calling him Daddy’s Boy now!
  • Alexi Lalas is the man!  His expressions and analysis after the game for ESPN was the epitome of awesomeness.  He came on beet red, gripping the microphone as tightly as he would have Coulibaly’s neck.  Yelling into the microphone, he said the officiating was a disgrace and thanked Jozy Altidore for finally using his size and posting up.
  • Why does Slovenia think it’s cool to install lightbulbs during their goal celebrations?
  • Quick Facts- The USA is the largest populated country in the tournament at 300 million, while Slovenia’s total population is just a measly 2 million.
  • Men of the Match   
  • USA- Landon Donovan
  • Slovenia- Valter Birsa
  • GAME RATING- 3 1/4*

(Thank God for United States Soccer, the Backstreet Boys wanted just 5 members in their band, not 6)

ENGLAND VS ALGERIA (0-0)

  • After England got their Group C draw, the English papers came out with this headline.  The group was supposed to be a cakewalk.
  • England
  • Algeria
  • Slovenia
  • Yanks
  • I have to see what their headline will be tomorrow?
  • There is no team chemistry whatsoever for England.
  • Quick Facts- 1990 was the last time England got 2 draws in their first 2 games.  They went all the way to the semifinals that year.
  • Men of the Match
  • England- Ashley Cole
  • Algeria- Madjid Bougherra
  • GAME RATING- 0*

England's Frank Lampard, bottom, and England's Wayne Rooney walk off the pitch at the end of the World Cup group C soccer match between England and Algeria in Cape Town, Friday, June 18, 2010. The game ended 0-0.  (AP Photo/Roberto Candia)

(They don’t look happy)

GROUP C STANDINGS

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

Tomorrow’s Schedule

  • (7:30 est) Netherlands vs Japan
  • (10:00 est) Ghana vs Australia
  • (2:30) Cameroon vs Denmark
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