Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Day 5

Game: New Zealand – Slovakia

Final: New Zealand 1 – 1 Slovakia
Referee: Jerome Damon (South Africa)        
Attendance: 23,871

@50'    [0 - 1] R. Vittek
@90'    W. Reid           [1 - 1] 

Game Stats:
 Shots on target : 2 - 2
 Shots off target : 6 - 9           
 Possession (%) : 52 - 48        
 Corner kicks : 3 - 10  
 Offsides : 0 - 2          
 Fouls : 19 - 13           
 Yellow cards : 2 - 1   
 Red cards : 0 - 0        

New Zealand
Coach: Ricki Herbert

Mark Paston
Winston Reid
Ryan Nelsen
Ivan Vicelich [Sub: Jeremy Christie]
Tommy Smith
Leo Bertos
Simon Elliott
Tony Lochhead
Rory Fallon
Shane Smeltz
Chris Killen [Sub: Chris Wood]


Coach: Vladimír Weiss

Jan Mucha
Radoslav Zabavnik
Martin Skrtel
Jan Durica
Marek Cech
Zdeno Strba
Vladimir Weiss [Sub: Juraj Kucka]
Stanislav Sestak [Sub: Filip Holosko]
Marek Hamsik
Robert Vittek [Sub: Miroslav Stoch]
Erik Jendrisek

Comments: Again, I slept in, but, Group F is now all tied up. In other words, New Zealand is just as good as the current World Cup Champions. The ball is round.

Game: Ivory Coast – Portugal

Final: Ivory Coast 0 – 0 Portugal
Referee: Jorge Larrionda (Uruguay)
Attendance: 37,034

Game Stats:
 Shots on target: 1 - 1 
 Shots off target: 6 - 5
 Possession (%): 51 - 49         
 Corner kicks: 6 - 4     
 Offsides: 2 - 1           
 Fouls: 17 - 14
 Yellow cards: 2 - 1    
 Red cards: 0 - 0         

Ivory Coast
Coach: Sven Göran Eriksson

Boubacar Barry
Guy Demel
Kolo Touré
Didier Zokora
Siaka Tiéné
Cheik Tioté
Yaya Touré
Emmanuel Eboué [Sub: Romaric]
Gervinho [Sub: Abdulkader Keita]
Aruna Dindane
Salomon Kalou [Sub: Didier Drogba]

Obviously, my favourite mural.


Coach: Carlos Queiroz

Paulo Ferreira
Bruno Alves
Ricardo Carvalho
Fabio Coentrao
Deco [Sub: Tiago]
Pedro Mendes
Raul Meireles [Sub: Ruben Amorim]
Cristiano Ronaldo
Danny [Sub: Simao]

Comments: This was, by far, the best game I have seen so far. Ivory Coast was completely matched with Portugal and I really hope that they will go far in the tournament. After watching the Brazil – North Korea game, I really think that the Ivory Coast can easily take the group, if they  learn to not waste corners. However, to quote Jason on Drogba’s sub in, “this has been the only time the crowd has drowned out the vuvuzelas.”  Oh, and Cristiano Ronaldo is a dick.

Game: Brazil – North Korea

Final: Brazil 2 – 1 North Korea
Referee: Viktor Kassai (Hungary)
Attendance: 54,331

@ 55' Maicon [1 - 0]  
@ 72' Elano [2 - 0]     
@ 89' [2 - 1] Y. Ji

Game Stats:
 Shots on target :         11 - 3  
 Shots off target :        9 - 6    
 Possession (%) :         63 - 37
 Corner kicks :             7 - 3    
 Offsides :       3 - 0    
 Fouls :            9 - 9    
 Yellow cards :            1 - 0    
 Red cards :     0 - 0    

Coach: Dunga

Julio César
Michel Bastos
Elano [Sub: Daniel Alves]
Gilberto Silva
Felipe Melo [Sub: Ramires]
Kaka [Sub: Nilmar]
Luis Fabiano


North Korea
Coach: Kim Jong-Hun

Myong-Guk Ri
Jong-Hyok Cha
Chol-Jin Pak
Nam-Chol Pak
Kwang-Chon Ri
In-Guk Mun [Sub: Kum-Il Kim]
Jun-Il Ri
Yun-Nam Ji
Yong-Hak An
Yong-Jo Hong
Tea-Se Jong

Comments: So there was a fire in Jason’s building today forcing me to miss the first part of the game (don’t worry, it was small and everyone was fine, I’m not a total dick). When we were finally allowed back in, and after climbing 10 flights of stairs, I expected the score to be 500 – 0, as Brazil is currently ranked number 1, compared to North Korea’s ranking of 105 (the lowest in the tournament). I’m glad the North Koreas did well to be honest, I like the underdog, even if I am kind of (though very ignorantly so) scared of that underdog.  

But who cares about all that? The real game is tomorrow. Now, I am not delusional, I know the Swiss stand no chance. But, be that as it may, I will still be watching the game in my Alexander Frei jersey, with a (PROPER) Swiss flag wrapped around my shoulders, a Swiss scarf wrapped around my neck, another (improper) flag in my hands, a Barnetta Bar in my mouth (I wish!) and tears in my eyes. The Second Coming of Jesus Christ could be happening and even He couldn’t get me away from the tv.



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