Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Day 4

Game: Japan – Cameroon

Final: Japan 1 – 0 Cameroon
 Referee: Olegario Benquerenca (Portugal)
 Attendance: 30,620

 @39' K. Honda [1 - 0]          
Game Stats:
 Shots on target :         3 - 3    
 Shots off target :        0 - 4    
 Possession (%) :         45 - 55
 Corner kicks :             0 - 3    
 Offsides :       5 - 2    
 Fouls :            18 - 28
 Yellow cards :            1 - 1    
 Red cards :     0 - 0    

Coach: Takeshi Okada

Eiji Kawashima
Yuto Nagatomo
Yuji Nakazawa
TulioYuichi Komano
Yuki Abe
69' Daisuke Matsui [Sub: Shinji Okazaki]
Keisuke Honda
88'  Makoto Hasebe [Sub: Junichi Inamoto]
Yasuhito Endo
81' Yoshito Okubo [Sub: Kisho Yano]


Coach: Paul Le Guen

Soleymanou Hamidou
Stéphane M´Bia
Nicolas N´Koulou
Sébastien Bassong
Benoit Assou-Ekotto
Joel Matip [Sub: Achille Emana]
Jean Makoun [Sub: Geremi]
Eyong Enoh
Samuel Eto´o
Pierre Webo
            Eric Choupo-Moting  [Sub: Mohamadou Idrissou]

Comments: I spent this game sleeping off the Dutch – Dane game (because it was so boring) and showering (because I hadn’t showered in 2 days). Jason seems to think it was okay. I’ll trust that.

Game: Holland – Denmark

Final: Holland 2 – 0 Denmark
Referee: Stéphane Lannoy (France)
Attendance: 83,465

@ 46' D. Agger (o/g) [1 - 0]  
@ 85' D. Kuyt [2 - 0] 

Game Stats:
 Shots on target: 5 - 3 
 Shots off target: 10 - 4          
 Possession (%): 56 - 44         
 Corner kicks: 6 - 2     
 Offsides: 4 - 2           
 Fouls: 13 - 20
 Yellow cards: 2 - 1    
 Red cards: 0 - 0         

Coach: Bert van Marwijk

Maarten Stekelenburg
Gregory van der Wiel
Johnny Heitinga
Joris Mathijsen
Giovanni v. Bronckhorst
Nigel de Jong [Sub: Demy de Zeeuw]
Mark van Bommel
Dirk Kuyt
Wesley Sneijder
Rafael van der Vaart [Sub: Eljero Elia]
Robin van Persie [Sub: Ibrahim Afellay]


Coach: Morten Olsen

Thomas Sørensen
Lars Jacobsen
Daniel Agger
Simon Kjær
Simon Poulsen
Christian Poulsen
Thomas Kahlenberg [Sub: Christian Eriksen]
Martin Jørgensen
Dennis Rommedahl
Nicklas Bendtner [Sub: Mikkel Beckmann]
Thomas Enevoldsen [Sub: Jesper Grønkjær]

Comments: I was up bright and early for this one folks. Clearly, for Erik’s sake (as in, Thomsen, not Missio, because that would be weird and illogical) and clearly because of my hatred of the Dutch, I was cheering on Denmark. Unfortunately, their players were clearly not doing the same. However, I really believe that the Danish played better than the Dutch, all things considering. I think the lesson to be learned here is that the Dutch are awful. Also, Bendtner and I have the same shoes, but his has spikes and mine have heels.

Game: Italy – Paraguay

Final: Italy 1 – 1 Paraguay
Referee : Benito Archundia (Mexico)
Attendance: 65,000

 @39' [0 - 1] A. Alcaraz
 @63'   D.D. Rossi [1 - 1]       
Game Stats:
 Shots on target: 5 - 1 
 Shots off target: 1 - 6
 Possession (%): 52 - 48         
 Corner kicks: 8 - 4    
 Offsides: 3 - 4           
            fouls : 15 - 14
            yellow cards : 1 - 1    
            red cards :       0 - 0    

Coach: Marcello Lippi

Gianluigi Buffon [Sub: Federico Marchetti]
Gianluca Zambrotta
Fabio Cannavaro
Giorgio Chiellini
Domenico Criscito
Riccardo Montolivo
Daniele De Rossi
Simone Pepe
Claudio Marchisio [Sub: Mauro Camoranesi]
Vincenzo Iaquinta
Alberto Gilardino [Sub: Antonio Di Natale]


Coach: Gerardo Martino

Justo Villar
Carlos Bonet
Antolin Alcaraz
Paulo da Silva
Claudio Morel
Enrique Vera
Victor Caceres
Cristian Riveros
Aureliano Torres [Sub: Jonathan Santana]
Nelson Haedo Valdez [Sub: Roque Santa Cruz]
Lucas Barrios [Sub: Oscar Cardozo]

Comments: Let me say this right off the bat, I want Italy to come in second in their group. While I am not too concerned with the Group of 16, in the Quarter Finals (if all goes to plan) Italy will either meet Spain if they come in first in the Group Stage, or Brazil if they come in second. Personally, I think they have a better chance of beating Brazil, so they should play their cards right. Anyway, I miss a lot of this game due to class (despite running to the bar at break and watching parts of the first online), so I don’t know if it should have been a red card, for someone, or something? What I do know is that the Italians were actually playing to win (and not just settling for the draw), with a late appearance by Di Natale. Who did nothing but get a hand ball. It’s cool, they’re fine. Other observations: 

1.From far away/on a shitty online CBC feed, I can’t tell the difference
between Chiellini and Materazzi and it always gives me a heartattack.
2. De Rossi needs a haircut. Badly.

3. Um, I hope Gianluigi gets better. Soon? Please? For the love of God?

Okay I need to get to bed for the Group of Death (pretend that’s in a scary font which I could not figure out how to do).


Post script: That whole not showering thing is not some sort of World Cup ritual. I’m just gross.

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