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Jun 18, 2010

June 17, 2010 - 06049106 date 17 06 2010 Copyright imago Sven Simon Lionel Messi ARG in Duel against 5 Korean Players Action shot Fight Group H Argntinien ARG South Korea KOR at 17 06 2010 in Johannesburg Football Weltmeistschaft 2010 in of 11 06 11 07 2010 men Football World Cup international match National team Johannesburg Action shot Vdig 2010 horizontal premiumd.
After a dull first phase of World cup, the tournament has come to life with some splendid goal scoring in the second phase of group clashes. As more and more teams are forced to drop their defensive attitude, more goals should follow. There have been four second phase matches so far and those have already produced 11 goals. Argentina were rather wasteful in their first match against Nigeria. But against South Korea they took their chances and brought out the performance of the tournament so far. Lionel Messi would consider himself unlucky for not scoring goals in these two matches, but boy oh boy, he was involved in everything. Argentina won't mind him not scoring goals as far as he creates these many for his team mates. I have earlier written in my Argentina world cup preview, that it is essential for Maradona to play three of his best players upfront and also the necessity to play Messi behind the other two. It looks like he has done all those, but the selection of Guiterrez as right back could come to haunt him.

There is no doubt about the fact that the world cup is doing well with it's greatest poster boy, Maradona back on the sideline. Actually he looks more passionate than anyone in and around the pitch. It is a treat to watch him celebrate every moment, may be a bit childish but still a treat for the eyes.




June 16, 2010 - Durban, South Africa - epa02205373 Switzerland's Stephan Lichtsteiner (L) and Spain's Andres Iniesta (R) during the FIFA World Cup 2010 group H preliminary round match between Spain and Switzerland at the Durban stadium in Durban, South Africa, 16 June 2010.


Last two days have been the days of upset in this edition of World Cup. First it was an absolutely unexpected Spanish defeat against Switzerland and followed by yesterday's defeat of France to Mexico. The latter doesn't surprise me as I have predicted a chance of the same in World Cup Preview. Meanwhile Group G has gone from bad to worse with suddenly North Korea showing that they are not any push overs. Cristiano Ronaldo criticized the defensive attitude of Ivory Coast, quite surprising that he will be playing under Jose Mourinho next season. Germany has been the delight of the tournament playing "Total Football", due to the simple fact that they are more comfortable with the Jabulani than anyone else. Let's hope with the second week the tournament opens up a bit. But one thing is for sure that the knockout stages will be ultra-defensive this time around, there are too many Jose Mourinho's in the competition.

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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Don't you think Argentina should use Diego Milito more? He only played 10 minutes in the first game and zero in second. He scored 2 goals in Champions League final and is a great passer/team player imo.

Bibin said...

With the formation they are playing, Higuain looks to be a better choice. If they plan to play with a single man upfront then Milito would be the best. Having said that may be against Hard defending side, Milito could be a good choice.

Paul said...

Anfield is already full of day trippers,it has no passion and Arsenal will wallop them.From one who has attended the nou camp.
Visca Barca!Visca Everton FC.- The Peoples Club

Paul

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