South Africa 1 – 1 Mexico Yay!
France 0 – 0 Uruguay Merde!
South Korea 2 – 0 Greece Confident!
Argentina 1 – 0 Nigeria Shaky!
England 1 – 1 United States Haha!
Slovenia 1 – 0 Algeria Boring!
Ghana 1 – 0 Serbia Handball!
Germany 4 – 0 Australia Crikey!
Netherlands 2 – 0 Denmark Meh!
Japan 1 – 0 Cameroon Slow!
Italy 1 – 1 Paraguay Tight!
Slovakia 1 – 1 New Zealand Kiwis!
Ivory Coast 0 – 0 Portugal Dull!
Brazil 2 – 1 North Korea Fun!
It’s a good thing there haven’t been more games because I was starting to run out of synonyms for “boring.” There’s been a distinct lack of class in this World Cup. South Korea, Ghana, Germany and Brazil have been the most promising sides, the South Koreans taking apart a dull Greek team who are a shadow of their tactically great, technically solid Euro 2004 winners. The Germans were also quite good, but I find it hard to believe that Mesut Özil will be allowed the same kind of freedom to operate by the powerful, intelligent Ghanaians (or any other team, really, now that he’s shown what he can do). The best game of the tournament was Brazil against North Korea, which speaks volumes about the quality. Also saying it all, that a 2-1 game is the second highest number of goals in a match. Let’s hope things start picking up.
Photo by Bob the Lomond