Rosey’s World Cup Round-up day 5

by Ashleigh Rose

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Minnow’s have something to shout about

Day five of the World Cup may have brought more bad weather and more mediocre football but it was at least a day for some of the minnows competing in South Africa. The day’s early kick-off was probably one of least desirable games on paper of the group stage, and although the game itself wasn’t exactly a classic what it did bring was a memorable moment for New Zealand football. Winston Reid’s 93rd minute equaliser gave the Kiwi’s their first ever World Cup point and gave themselves and Slovakia a fighting chance in Group F where all four teams currently level on points.

The smile and good feeling of seeing a goal mean so much too a team was quickly wiped away by another game that will quickly be forgotten. The best thing about the opening week to a World Cup, is the pure ecstasy of having three football games a day to watch, but the standard of some games has been so bad it’s made actually wish they didn’t bother. After the thrill-a-minute rides of Algeria and Slovenia, and Japan and Cameroon came today’s clash between Portugal and Ivory Coast. No quality, no fluency, no tempo and  no goals. To me this game was even worse because then it’s predecessors because  this was a game from the so-called group of death, this was a game that featured some truly world class players including former World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo. But bar a blistering shot that cannoned off the post, there was nothing but mediocrity from the Real Madrid star along with his Portuguese team-mates. The over-reliance on Ronaldo is rather alarming and one that could see Portugal struggle to get out of the group.  Either way both teams will need to up the ante in their next matches.

The evening’s events saw Brazil take on North Korea, in a match that many predicted would see the South Americans steamroll their opponents. With no disrespect to the Koreans the World Cup could do with a good thrashing (that’s not German) or at least a few more goals but it wasn’t to be. Before the game, the emotion got too much for one Korean player, who was in floods of tears during the anthem line-ups, in a image that will no doubt be included in every round-up montage used by the BBC at the end of the tournament. Brazil were far from brilliant, and were stifled for the first fifty minutes until Maicon’s strike and the excellently constructed Elano goal. But the day belonged to North Korea and Yun-nam Ji, who’s consolation goal against the five-time World Champions will rank alongside 1966 in Korean World Cup folklore. One question I raised from the game though is what has happened to Kaka? I know the Madrid midfielder is not completely match-fit but he looks a shell of the player who ran the Milan midfield a year or so ago. Maybe like the rest of the so-called mega-stars in South Africa he’s biding his time to make his mark on this summers tournament. Maybe Torres and co will buck the trend tomorrow.

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  • stevie

    that Brazil goal was a total fluke yet Talk Sport are banging big ones out over it. If Korea would have scored it nothing would have been said. Band and Wagon springs to mind

  • Darren

    Slightly off topic but this made me laugh

    Defender Matthew Upson says England will ignore German legend Franz Beckenbauer’s criticism and adopt the tactics needed to win games.

    Beckenbauer derided England’s “kick and rush” approach, claiming they have gone backwards under manager Fabio Capello.

    I totally agree with Beckenbauer, we haven’t progressed one bit. 4 years on and we haven’t improved one bit.

    I’ve said this time and time again but until we have a fully functional academy funded by those twats at the FA then we will be going round in circles year in year out.

    We need to aim for 2022, get the academy up and running then aim to win the 2022 world cup

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