15.6.10

world cup 2010 – day 3: narrow wins for slovenia & ghana, goals galore from the germans

1243051_full-lnd The day started with the remaining match for Group C, when Slovenia met Algeria in Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwani. After England and USA drew 1-1 last night, the motivation is simple, win and lead the group. It was a close and cagey affair to be honest, with both teams carving out limited chances in front of the goalmouths. The turning point came though in the 73rd minute, when Algeria was reduced to ten men. Abdelkader Ghezzal, who had just come on for 15 minutes, was sent-off after he handled the ball inside Slovenia’s penalty area, for a second bookable offence. 6 minutes later, Slovenia’s captain Robert Koren, scored after Algeria’s goalkeeper Faouzi Chaouchi’s blunder (yes, take heart Robert Green! :P) allowed his shot to trickle into the net, thus enabling Slovenia to secure their first win in their first World Cup.

The second match took place in the Durban Stadium where Ghana and Serbia did the battle in Group D. Ghana, being the 4th African representative to take the field, were carrying the heavy burden to become the first to win, after South Africa, Nigeria and Algeria all failed prior. Both teams showed the determination to take pole position in Group D, with chances created at both ends, but it remained goalless at half-time. Ghana seemed more determined in the second, with more and more chances created in front of the Serbian goal. With 16 minutes remaining however, Aleksandar Lukovic was shown the second yellow card, hence a red card, the second of such of the day, for holding back Ghanaian striker Asamoah Gyan. This numerical advantage was used wisely by Ghana, when in the 85th minute, Zdravko Kuzmanovic unexpectedly handled the ball inside his penalty area, earning Ghana a penalty, which Gyan duly converted. The score remained until the final whistle, thus Ghana became the first African team to win in this year’s tournament.

klose-miroslav100613getty After France, England, and Argentina, all failed to live up to stamp their reputation as the so-called favourites’ of this year’s World Cup, it was Germany’s turn to take on the field, facing Australia in Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria. The Germans’ did not disappoint like the others however, showcasing effective football throughout, in the end demolishing the Australians 4-0, who had Tim Cahill sent-off in the 56th minute. Lukas Podolski (8’), Miroslav Klose (26’), Thomas Mueller (68’) and Cacau (70’) provided the goals, making the match the highest scoring match so far, and taking the lead in Group D. After only 1 match played, the Germans certainly have the essence to become world champions by this showing. Come 11 July, we will find out. Winking

Mini Statistics for Day 3
3 players sent-off, 1 player for each match
6 goals scored, avg 2 goals per game
Mos goals scored by a team – 4 (Germany)

June 13
Group C
SLV 1 ALG 1

Group D
GHA 1 SRB 0
GER 4 AUS 0

Group C Standings

Pld W D L F A Pts
Slovenia 1 1 0 0 1 0 3
England 1 0 1 0 1 1 1
USA 1 0 1 0 1 1 1
Algeria 1 0 0 1 0 1 0

Group D Standings

Pld W D L F A Pts
Germany 1 1 0 0 4 0 3
Ghana 1 1 0 0 1 0 3
Serbia 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
Australia 1 0 0 1 0 0 0

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