Netherlands 1, Serbia & Montenegro 0. Arjen Robben, best on the field by a mile, gets the only goal, catching Europe’s best defence (in qualifying, anyway) ranging too far upfield. S & M, picked by me to reach the final four, won’t reach the final 16 off this punchless display. If Robben and Didier Drogba played in the Premiership like they did the last couple days here, Chelsea might be actually watchable.
|Didn't see much of the Mexico-Iran game. Maybe that's a good thing.|
Portugal 1, Angola 0. Does this sound familiar? Goal in the first five minutes of play then a slow fade. Yeah, and the common denominator is I've been at both of them. Angola aren't in Portugal’s class, but they gave a good accounting. Good for them and all that, but really, I'd just like to see a game that keeps me awake.
Australia vs Japan. The two lesser sides in Brazil’s group square off in a key opener for both of them, the loser almost guaranteed to go out. I really have no idea how this one’s going to go, except Hiddink is a fine manager, witness his work with South Korea in 2002, and Japan can’t score, so I’ll guess: Australia 1, Japan 0.
United States vs Czech Republic. I’ll be at this one, in nearby Gelsenkirchen, so it'll probably be rubbish. But I dunno. Is the USA for real? Are the Czechs too old? And is Timo right – I know nothing about sports, as he suggested in the comments the other day? Yes, yes and yes – but ignorance is bliss, I’ve found out. U.S. 2, Czech Republic 2.
Italy vs Ghana. Before they even played a game I received an email accusing me of anti-Italy bias. That’s a new World Cup record. Italy 1, Ghana 0.
Quote of the day
"Next game is six o'clock and Sweden is nine o'clock. That's very good for us." Sven-Goran Eriksson, teasing the press about his master plan, Wayne Rooney's possible return and happy hour.