YOOOAdrian’s 2010 World Cup Recap- 6/19 Day 9

GROUP E

NETHERLANDS VS JAPAN (Ned- 1-0)

  • Usually at this point in an international tournament Holland completely obliterates teams with their flashy play.  Thus far in this World Cup, Holland has 6 points, but they haven’t looked sharp by any means.  The criticism for Holland is perhaps they show too much during group play.  I’m curious to see if the play thus far is a mirage?  Are they in fact saving it for the knockout stages?  Are they missing Robben?  We’ll find out once the knockout round begins.  Holland became the 1st team to clinch a berth into the Round of 16.
  • Like I said above, this was ugly.  Neither team showed any offensive cohesiveness or rhythm in the 1st half.  Tactically, Japan defended Holland deep, but rarely tried to push up offensively.
  • Japan played for a tie, and the way their defense played, they probably deserved the point.  Holland’s goal came on a Wesley Sneijder half volley on a loose ball in the left corner of the box.  Sneijder’s shot overpowered the Japan GK Kawashami who failed to knock it away.
  • Japan had a chance to tie late when sub Shinji Ozaki’s shot in the 90th minute skimmed the top of the bar.
  • Tactically, Japan defended Holland deep, but rarely tried to push up offensively.
  • Eljero Elia should start ahead of Rafael Van Der Vart.  Van Der Vart and Sneijder simply can’t play together.  Van Der Vart is not staying wide enough, thus Sneijder is not able to roam around in the middle.
  • Quick Facts- Holland’s 69% possession in the first half was the highest thus far in the World Cup
  • Men of the Match
  • Netherlands- Mark Van Bommel
  • Japan- Marcus Tulio Tanaka
  • GAME RATING- 1*

(Members of the Orange Army)

GROUP D

GHANA VS AUSTRALIA (1-1)

  • You all know the saying, “sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good”.  That phrase suits Ghana perfectly in this World Cup.  2 handballs, 2 total goals on penalty kicks, 4 points total.  You could say that Australia got unlucky in this one after Harry Kewell received the red card for a handball. 
  • I really have to question Ghana’s shot selection.  For 66 minutes, Australia played with a man down.  Instead of being patient with the ball, Ghana constantly kept lashing shots from 35-40 yards out. 
  • Ghana’s defense played terrible.  They kept giving the ball away like it was a hot potato, very undisciplined.
  • For Australia, it was nice to see the grit and fight from the Socceroos.  A very respectful performance playing with 10 men for virtually the entire game.  They easily could have won this game as they had some opportunities in the 2nd half.
  • Quick Facts- Ghana had 24 shots, although only 5 were on goal.
  • Men of the Match
  • Ghana- Kevin Prince-Boateng
  • Australia- Luke Wilkshire
  • GAME RATING- 2 1/4*

(Brett Holman goal)

GROUP E

DENMARK VS CAMEROON (Den- 2-1)

  • Cameroon went for it all.  They pushed, pushed and pushed some more, but fell short in a solid, open frenetic match.  Cameroon took the early advantage in the 10th minute on a Samuel Eto’o goal.  They were unable to hold on as Denmark equalized on a Bedtner goal in the 33rd minute, and took the lead in the 61st minute on a Rommedahl goal.
  • Cameroon’s lopsided 4-3-2-1 formation allowed Denmark’s Dennis Rohmeddal wide open space all game long on the right side.  He was running free like a dog without his leash.  Rommedahl crushed Cameroon’s cup hopes getting involved on both goals; scoring and passing.
  • The contest had some very solid pressuring defense, technical play and sharp passing.
  • You can really see Denmark’s tactical flexibility on both sides.  They played a good defensive game against Holland and a good offensive game against Cameroon, a very fun side to watch.  Olsen is one of the better coaches in the world.
  • My goodness, the final 30 minutes of this one was fantastic!  It had all the drama and tension that TNT covets.
  • Quick Facts- Cameroon becomes the 1st team to be officially eliminated from the World Cup.
  • Men of the Match
  • Cameroon- Samuel Eto’o
  • Denmark- Dennis Rommedahl
  • GAME RATING- 3 1/4*

(Both teams fought hard in this one)

GROUP D STANDINGS

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

GROUP E STANDINGS

  1. Netherlands (6 pts)
  2. Japan (3 pts)
  3. Denmark (3 pts)
  4. Cameroon (0 pts)

Tomorrow’s Schedule

  • (7:30 est) Paraguay vs Slovakia
  • (10:00 est) Italy vs New Zealand
  • (2:30 est) Brazil vs Ivory Coast
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