Well we may not have seen the fantastic football we were hoping for but there have been enough surprise results over the last couple of days to keep fans interested in the Football world cup 2010 in South Africa.
Who could have envisaged that minnows Switzerland would beat a Spain
side brimming with world class players (a Spain side that left Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas on the bench no less)?
Not me, that’s for sure – I predicted 4-0 to Spain! Now the tournament favourites may have to face up to the possibility of qualifying in second place and meeting Brazil in the last 16.
Last night the plot thickened further with Mexico beating France to leave the French on the brink of an early exit. For a team that has a great footballing history and quality players the likes of Patrice Evra, Florent Malouda and Nicholas Anelka, failing to qualify would be a disaster, though everyone could see that problems were coming. There seems to be disunity in the ranks including fighting between team members and France
are just not fulfilling their potential. There are also big questions about Raymond Domenech as coach, though well played Mexico who have regrouped well after some unsuccessful friendlies.
Tonight there is the potential for another big scalp. England play Algeria, and although the Algerians have been described as one of the worst teams at the world cup 2010, this will be a hard game for England. They’ll be feeling a huge amount of pressure and will have to adapt to the conditions as snow is predicted for the game! However midfielder Gareth Barry is back in the line up and should give the team some much needed stability in front of the back four.
If England fail to win then they would have to get a victory against a hard-to-beat- Slovenia side who take on the USA in Johannesburg. This is a real David and Goliath battle between the smallest team in the World Cup finals and the largest. It will also go a huge way to defining the fate of Group C.
The first match of the day is between Germany
and Serbia. Having watched all the teams play now I really do think that Germany will win the tournament as they have the right blend of youth and experience. And as former captain Lothar Matthäus said: “Football is a game where 22 men kick a ball around a field and at the end the Germans win.”
However they got an easy win against Australia and Serbia should be much more of a test for them so you never know. I think England
will have a backlash following their 1-1 draw with USA and Algeria will be on the receiving end. I can see Wayne Rooney living up to expectations of golden boot contender and a hat trick is on the cards!
Germany 3 - 0 Serbia
USA 0 - 0 Serbia
England 6 - 0 Algeria
Yesterday I got one result right with no perfect scores.