Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Round three

So here we are, round three of the group stages. Not many of the 16 teams that will be in the next round currently know their fate, which makes it more interesting – although caginess still seems to be the watchword of this world cup.

 

I’ll be doing short team reviews after these rounds, but for now here are my picks for today’s four (yes four!) matches:

 

Group A

MEX 1 v 1 URU – (Forlan)

FRA 0 v 1 RSA – (Mphela)

 

Mexico and Uruguay only need a draw to progress, however the runner up will book a spot against Argentina in the next round, which I’m sure neither wants – especially as Argentina seem to be over their qualification troubles. France have managed to make every other team look like a happy, well organised world beater with their terrible in-and-out fighting and way below par performances. South Africa has the home support, but must still be stinging from their defeat to Uruguay, and will have one eye on results in that game. If Uruguay beat Mexico by more than one clear goal, and South Africa beat France by more than 3 clear goals, things will go the Bafana Bafana’s way... but, even with the no-show France, that’s a pretty big if...

 

Group B

Nigeria 0 v 2 Korea – (Park Ji Sung)

Greece 0 v 3 Argentina (Messi)

 

Argentina are through, but I don’t expect them to take the game lightly. Greece have been average at best at the world cup, and their win against Nigeria was flattering and aided by the sending off. Nigeria have imploded and look disorganised compared to the team that held Argentina to only one goal, but a goalkeeper cannot hide the failings of a team all the time, and Korea have been incredibly well organised, and know that a win will see them through to the next round.

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