Well, if I am being honest, a bit of a disappointing start to the World Cup so far. The opening game saw a contender for goal of the Tournament when Hosts South Africa took the lead via a cracker from Tshabalala, followed by a celebration worthy of any West End stage!
That has been the highlight for me so far, although even that was soon subdued when Mexico equalized for a well deserved draw on the night. The hosts avoided defeat by a side some 50 places above them in the FIFA rankings, which would have pleased the fans, but you can’t help think what could have been should they have taken all three points.
And now with 5 games out of the way and a mere 7 goals scored, the new lively ‘ball’ is not living up to expectation! I was expecting some big score lines and for the big contenders to have laid down the gauntlet with a statement to the rest of the teams. With Argentina taking a 1-0 victory over Nigeria and England
only managing a draw against an impressive USA, Spain
and Brazil will hardly be quaking in their boots!
As for France, is justice finally catching up with them following the ‘hand of Henry’ that so cruely ended Ireland’s dream of a place in the finals. A scoreless draw against Uruguay was not how they would have liked to start their campaign.
As for today’s games, the only big gun on show is Germany
, who take on Australia, which should be an interesting game which I expect Germany to win with ease. I will stick by my high scoring predictions and my money is on a 3-0 win for Germany. With Brazil and Spain playing on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively, who is going to demonstrate they are here to win it?
Goal of the tournament so far goes to Tshabalala, blunder of the tournament has to be Englans Rob Green who’s butter fingers cost England dear. And as for the World Cup being available to all in HD, it was disspointing to hear that on Englands opening game the HD signal was not available from half time due to 'technical difficulties'....oh dear!
Algeria 1 - 2 Slovenia
Serbia 0 - 2 Ghana
Germany 3 - 0 Australia