YOOOAdrian’s 2010 World Cup Recap- 6/25 Day 15

GROUP G

BRAZIL VS PORTUGAL (0-0)

  • We got a competitive 1st half, and then the 2nd half got underway and both teams seemed to be content with a draw.  Portugal took a very defensive approach, with Ronaldo playing as the lone striker.  Brazil Coach Denga wasn’t the happiest camper.  During the game, more so in the 2nd half, Denga showed his frustrations by continually jumping up and down and stomping his feet like an angry penguin.
  • With Spain being the later game, these 2 had no idea where Spain would finish within their group.  I believe if Spain had been in the earlier game, we would’ve had a good one on our hands.  There would’ve been more attacking futbol from these two teams.  Obviously, in a round of 16 game, you don’t want to draw Spain.
  • Portugal’s defense continues to play well, but their offense seems to lack creativity.  I’m sorry, I’m not counting the North Korea game.  If I remember correctly, I believe Portugal had 3 consecutive 0-0 draws during qualifying.  The offense runs through Ronaldo, and everyone seems to just stand around.  Some of that is on Ronaldo.  Too often, he tries to do too much and be the hero.  There’s only one superhero in all of sports, and that’s Dwight Howard.
  • There were essentially only 3 scoring chances in this game altogether.  Nilmar hit a post, Fabiano misjudged a header and Meireles couldn’t finish a Ronaldo cross.
  • Lucio did a great job on Ronaldo today.
  • Kaka and Robinho did not play for Brazil.  Kaka missed the game because of a red card from the Ivory Coast game, and Robinho was given the day off.
  • Quick Facts- Brazil won its 8th consecutive group in the World Cup
  • Men of the Match
  • Brazil- Lucio
  • Portugal- Raul Meireles
  • GAME RATING- 3/4*

Brazil's Lucio, left, heads the ball past Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, right, during the World Cup group G soccer match between  Portugal and Brazil at the stadium in Durban, Friday, June 25, 2010.  (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

(Lucio)

IVORY COAST VS NORTH KOREA (IVC- 3-0)

  • Ivory Coast had an insurmountable task on their hands.  Not only did they need a win, they needed a 10-0 shellackin.  Plus, Portugal had to lose.
  • The elephants gave it all they had.  They took 28 total shots, 15 on goal, but could only muster 3 goals.  Realistically, they should of had more.
  • In my opinion the order of games killed Ivory Coast.  The way Brazil played today, there’s no reason why Ivory Coast couldn’t get a draw today.  Plus, North Korea rode a huge wave of confidence after their performance against Brazil.  That hurt North Korea as they tried to push up more and got blasted.  This lead to the goal differential disadvantage for Ivory Coast.  But hey, that’s why they call it luck of the draw.
  • Quick Facts- North Korea finished with a -12 goal differential.  Hopefully the players are allowed back in the country
  • Men of the Match
  • Ivory Coast- Arthur Boka
  • North Korea- Jong Tae-Se
  • GAME RATING- 3/4*

Ivory Coast's Didier Drogba gestures to supporters at the end of the World Cup group G soccer match between North Korea and Ivory Coast at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit, Friday, June 25, 2010. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

(Drogba salutes the fans)

FINAL GROUP G STANDINGS

  1. Brazil (7 pts)
  2. Portugal (5 pts)
  3. Ivory Coast (4 pts)
  4. North Korea (0 pts)

GROUP H

SPAIN VS CHILE (Spa- 2-1)

  • Here’s a little snippet to why Spain is so freakin dirty.  They get overwhelmingly outplayed the 1st 37 minutes, but somehow hold a 2-0 lead.  This shows how creative and dangerous the offense can strike. 
  • Both goals were beauties.  After the Chile GK came out too far, David Villa guided and curled it into an open net from 45 yards away with the left, his opposite foot for the 1st goal.  The 2nd goal by Iniesta showed some more finesse as he cleverly guided it inside the right post.
  • I don’t know who the official’s name was, but he was on his period today.  Talk to the card!  He single-handidly almost cost Chile a spot in the knockout round.  His call to give a 2nd yellow card to Chile’s Estrada was horrendous.  Spain’s Fernando Torres flopped like a dead fish.
  • I found it funny that Chile still attacked with a vengeance even with 10 men.  They went with the old reliable 3-3-3 formation.  They succeeded getting an important goal, according to the goal differential, by Millar in the 47th minute.
  • Quick Facts- Chile became the 1st South American team to lost in the World Cup.  They finished group play 10-1-4.
  • Men of the Match
  • Spain- David Villa
  • Chile- Alexis Sanchez
  • GAME RATING- 1 3/4*

Spain's Fernando Torres, center, jumps over Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, left, as his shot is deflected, setting up a goal by Spain's David Villa, not visible, during the World Cup group H soccer match between Chile and Spain at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria, Friday, June 25, 2010.  (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

(I’m going to start calling Torres the feminine flamingo)

SWITZERLAND VS HONDURAS (0-0)

  • I remember getting into a debate yesterday with a friend over this game.  He basically said, Chile was screwed because he believed Switzerland would win 2-0,3-0.  I then replied, you know you can’t counter-attack a team that doesn’t attack.
  • Here’s the jist of what happened.  Switzerland really only knows one brand of futbol.  Defend with their 4-4-2, and attack on the counter.  Today, Switzerland had to change to an attacking mindset and failed.  They don’t know how to pursue and break down a defense. 
  • Against Chile and Spain, Switzerland was able to play their game.  Sit back, defend and counter.  Honduras isn’t an attacking team.
  • Why I watched this game?  I’m a moron.  I would have been better off watching a cat chase a laser pointer on the wall for 2 hours.  Cats are so dumb and awesome at the same time!
  • Quick Facts- Honduras has not won a World Cup game in their last 8 matches.  They’ve been shut-out in 7 of those 8 matches.
  • Men of the Match
  • Switzerland- Gokhan Inler
  • Honduras- Wilson Palacios
  • GAME RATING- 1/2*

From left, Switzerland's Eren Derdiyok, Hakan Yakin and Xherdan Shaqiri sit on the pitch after the World Cup group H soccer match between Switzerland and Honduras in the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein, Friday, June 25, 2010.  (AP Photo/Keystone, Peter Klaunzer)

(What could have been)

FINAL GROUP H STANDINGS

  1. Spain (6 pts)
  2. Chile (6 pts)
  3. Switzerland (4 pts)
  4. Honduras (1 pt)

Tomorrow’s Schedule

  • (10:00 est) Uruguay vs South Korea
  • (2:30 est) USA vs Ghana

 

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