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Saturday, June 17

And the rest of the teams

Obviously America V Italy had quite the drama tonight, or trauma depending on your perspective. Much better from the Yanks today who need a win over Ghana and the Czechs to lose to Italy if they have a realistic chance to get through. For my money, all 3 reds were fair.

All teams here can still qualify and i fancy Ghana and probably Italy who dare not lose to the Czechs or they are done. Argentina are who everyone now favours after they demolished Serbia and scored some great goals - Serbia barely touched the ball all game and were atrocious. Argentina likely will eliminate Mexico in the next round and should have Germany or Sweden in the Quarter.

Brazil so far disappointing and have a fat tub of Ronaldo to carry and that will hurt them as everyone knows he isnt good enough at this level - if he plays on, Brazil wont retain, if they play a runner like Robinho they will go much further.

Germany are good and fun to watch which is unusual - at home they could go as far as the final in this form and Spain too are off to a great start. All in all its a great tournament with all the minnows getting knocked out early , the later rounds will produce some mouth watering matchups.


  • I think the straight red against Mastraeoni was a yellow. Not going to go into the game any further other than to state that Bruce Arena needs to be sacked. Despite being a man down they were still attacking and should have used their final sub. Italy had already used theirs and fresh legs may have made a difference in the last 15 minutes. It's inexplicable.

    The second half of Ghana - Czech was a joy to watch. Despite a few Ghanian suspensions, the US will be up against it.

    By Blogger Chris P, at 9:16 PM  

  • Langers drunk right now and headin out to complete the job but will be back later. Well done to the yanks today though. You won't get out of your group I think but that was some serious balls you showed today and well done.

    By Blogger TheBusbyBoy, at 9:48 PM  

  • Actually Chris you are right, I didnt realise that till now but he did only use 2 subs. Thats Sven level of coaching that!
    How did the American commentators make it all sound - unhappy with the reds, unhappy with the disallowed goal, felt that yo udeserved to win?

    I think Mastroeni should be shot - his challenge was a 2 foot studs upper, and utterly needless, as Italy weret going anywhere so he had no need to go to ground. FIFA have told refs players that go to ground and dont take football are going to walk, Kezman went for something similar.

    By Blogger Simon Burke, at 5:45 AM  

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