13.6.10

world cup 2010 – day 2: good day for asians, argentina won, england failed to shine

South Korea celebrates3 matches were played in Day 2 in South Africa. The first match was in Port Elizabeth Stadium between South Korea and Greece in Group B. The Koreans dominated the match, and deservedly won the match 2-0, the first team to win a match in this year’s world cup, with Lee Jung Soo and Park Ji-Sung getting the goals, the latter a brilliant individual goal from the Korean midfielder. They could easily have won four- or five-nil, as the Greeks were unable to assert their influence in the game at all. Nevertheless, it was a good win for the Asians, and have put themselves in with a good chance to qualify for the next round. Peace Sign

Heinze scoresThe next game took place at the Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg was between Argentina and Nigeria, completing Group B. slugging it out to knock the South Koreans off their perch. It was a true one-sided match in its entirety with Argentina only to be denied more goals by Nigeria’s brilliant man-of-the-match goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama. Lionel Messi, Higuain, Tevez, Milito, Rodriguez, all failed to find a way past the goalkeeper. In the end, a solitary strike from the diving Gabriel Heinze settled matters when he converted a corner in the 6th minute. Diego Maradona’s charges certainly look good for this year’s championship, and are expected to improve as the tournament progresses.

Green howler The last game was the first match for Group C in the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, between England and the USA. This match was highly anticipated, as did with many other England games, simply because it’s England (hehehe.. Tongue). Not to forget the history part of it, when the Americans beat the English 1-0 in the 1950 World Cup in Brazil. England started well, with captain Steven Gerrard scoring after 4 minutes. USA were soon back in the game 36 minutes later when England’s goalkeeper Robert Green produced a howler Doh from Clint Dempsey’s long range effort. Both teams went into their dressing rooms a goal a piece at half-time, with Capello having much to say on England’s abject performance. The second half started at the same pace as the first, with both teams huffed and puffed to find the winner. The longer the match went, the more the English had control of the match. But man-of-the-match, American Tim Howard, another goalkeeper, produced saves after saves to deny England. In the end, the 1-1 draw was a fair result for both teams, though England will be the more frustrated of the two. Interesting to see comments from the English press tomorrow..hehehe.. Lighting

12 June 2010
Group B

KOR 2 v GRE 0
ARG 1 v NGA 0

Group C
ENG 1 v USA 1

Group B Standings

Pld W D L F A Pts
South Korea 1 1 0 0 2 0 3
Argentina 1 1 0 0 1 0 3
Nigeria 1 0 0 1 0 1 0
Greece 1 0 0 1 0 2 0

Group C Standings

Pld W D L F A Pts
England 1 0 1 0 1 1 1
USA 1 0 1 0 1 1 1
Algeria 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Slovenia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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