I’ve got a day off here today,
|Also feeling the love, so we gave Chris the day off.|
Thursday’s games (will be updated)
Ecuador 3, Costa Rica 0. So Ecuador and Germany are into the second round, and their final group game head to head (on Tuesday) will determine winner of the group, Ecuador ahead on goal differential (+5 to Germany’s +3) so if they draw the South Americans finish on top -- not bad for a team that was 3-to-1 odds to get out of the group. First time Ecuador has ever made the second round. This is turning into a good tournament for South America, with Argentina looking good, Brazil being Brazil and could Paraguay be in for an upset tonight?
England 2, Trinidad & Tobago 0. Rooney not in the starting lineup, Carragher in for Neville. English look utterly bereft of ideas for an hour and not even their vaunted deadball game does anything. Rooney goes in just before the hour and they gradually take charge, Ashley Cole pushing up on left side and sub Aaron Lennon showing some life down the right against a determined T&T side, who got a good game out of Birchall. Goals by Crouch and Gerrard in final seven minutes as Shaka Hislop’s clean sheet here ends. Not an impressive show for England, and Rooney didn’t do much, but they’ll no doubt prattle on about being unbeaten and going into knockout stage with their best yet to come – and they couldn’t be any worse than they were for the first half of this one.
Sweden 1, Paraguay 0. Late goal by Ljungberg ends drought for Swedes, but they still have a must-win against England if they want to win this group.
Argentina vs Serbia & Montenegro. Argentina looked real good in opener, S & M did not and they really take a hit here with Vidic out. I fear this is it for Serbia & Montenegro, but I figure they won’t go down without a fight. This is a must-see. Argentina 2, Serbia & Montenegro 1.
Netherlands vs Ivory Coast. I’ll be at this one in Stuttgart, and it should be another Group of Death cracker. Dutch defence face a much better attacking team than in their opener, and their defence will be put to the test. Netherlands 2, Ivory Coast 2.
Mexico vs Angola. Off the emotional high of their 1-0 loss to Portugal, it will be interesting to see how the hardworking Palancas Negras react – I’m thinking they’ll relax some and do okay. Mexico’s 3-1 scoreline in their opener was a little flattering, I thought, and they’re missing Borgetti now for at least their next two games. Calling an upset draw here. Mexico 1, Angola 1.