Rosey’s World Cup Round-up day 4

by Ashleigh Rose

Monday, June 14th, 2010

Wake-up World Cup

I kind of want to grab this World Cup by the scruff of the neck, give a good shake and hope that some quality comes out of it as a result. Because having watched another three games today, the same words keep coming up that can describe the start to this tournament; slow, tepid, cagey, lethargic and ultimately disappointing. I know it’s still early days, and the likes of Brazil, Portugal and Spain have yet to even kick a ball but other than Germany’s impressive victory over the Aussies this first ever African World Cup really needs something to spring it into life.

Take today’s games, a win for the Netherlands that only got going after an own goal that will feature on football blooper DVD’s for years to come, a match between Cameroon and Japan that will be as quickly forgotten as Algeria Slovenia, and the reigning champions been out fought by Paraguay in 1-1 draw that only got better in the last half an hour or so. I’m not expecting every game to go down in World Cup history but here we at world football’s top table and so far the food has been far from appetising.

The Netherlands looked good in patches, more impressive when the speedy Elia came-on, who looked like Ryan Babel plus a end a product. It was no surprise that he was the one to finally give the Dutch their second goal, ultimately setting-up the now sideburn less Dirk Kuyt.

Cameroon lost their first ever opening World Cup game, and many will put it down to the having their best player strangely out of position. In what seemed a Raymond Domenech decision of epic proportion the Africans deployed Eto’o in a right sided attacking position off a front man. A position he did play on occasions for Inter last season, but with considerably better players and for his country he needs to be at the forefront of the attack where he’s most dangerous. A historic day for Japan though, their first ever World Cup win on foreign soil that will mean a right battle for second place will emerge in the next round of games.

The reigning champions Italy, struggled to get into their grove in their opening match and their lack of creative spark in the middle was for all to see without the injured Pirlo. It took a switch in formation to rescue a point for Lippi’s team against a Paraguayan side that will be tough to beat but both should progress from Group F.

Tomorrow brings some much needed  flair to the tournament when Brazil and Portugal enter the proceedings, hopefully then will see some life breathed into this slowest of slow World Cup beginnings.

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  • Mike

    It’s been frustrating so far but I like a slow- burner

  • Darren

    very slow burner, I just hope it gets better otherwise the knock out will be a penalty fest!

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