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Jun 24, 2010

England's Jermain Defoe scores a goal during the 2010 World Cup Group C soccer match against Slovenia in Port Elizabeth June 23, 2010.    REUTERS/Dylan Martinez (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP)

Many say this has been a very dull World Cup, get a grip guys. I mean, look almost all groups are in tantrum until the last day. Group C and D were decided yesterday. USA and England joined Germany and Ghana in the round of 16. Ghana most probably will be the only African team left once the group stage ends. England who produced a much more enterprising performance last night secured a 1-0 victory courtesy of a first half goal from Defoe. The victory had its fair share of nervous moments, but nothing compared to the USA - Algeria match. United States of America left it pretty late to secure qualification. Donavan scored in the 91st minute to slash the Slovenian hopes. When the Slovenia vs England match ended both the teams were supposed to proceed but that changed in the very next minute.



A Frustrated Wayne Rooney after missed chance England World Cup 2010 Slovenia V England (0-1) 23/06/10 Group C at the Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth Stadium FIFA World Cup 2010 Photo Robin Parker Fotosports International Photo via Newscom

Slovenia have no one else to blame but themselves. They had enough chances to drew the match and send England packing. But it looks like they have left that job to Germany. Germany topped their group with a 1-0 win over Ghana, who also qualified courtesy of a late ridiculous miss by a Serbian player. Had that shot went in Ghana would have made the exit. So much action and thrill, I feel like to kick the guys who still claim this World Cup as a boring. It is the best since 1986, atleast for me. Wqayne Rooney, who was supposed to take England all the way through is going through a very bad patch. His form has been appalling but he has to get his act together, otherwise the Germans will be a handful. Germans still remains one of the most organised teams in the World Cup and to make matters worse - with every game Mezut Ozil seems to improve by miles. Already we have four cracking Group of 16 matches on our hand and the only though in my mind is how to skip office.

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