This may have been one of the most anticipated days in World Cup history. Two of the most popular nations faced off, and the best player in the world, Leo Messi took the field coming off a brilliant club season.
A game that almost went unnoticed in the early morning on day 2 was between South Korea and Greece. Many people slept in and missed this one but they should be regretting that decision. South Korea was tremendous, yes Greece wasn’t very good, but hats off to the Koreans. Not only were that moving quick (as usual), they were moving the ball at lightning speed. Y.P. Lee and J.S. Park specifically looked brilliant and really set the tone early. We put Greece getting out of the group but regret that already, I do’t see anyway that Korea doesn’t advance after their first performance. Goals in this match came from Lee Jung-Soo in the 7′ minute and then a great goal on a giveaway scored by Park Ji-Sung in the 51′. Leo Messi made his highly anticipated 2010 World Cup debut after the Korea game. Diego Maradona and Argentina took on Nigeria in their first match. To be honest this was the worst match of the day, not that it was bad but Argentina scored rather early in the 5′ minute off a Veron corner kick in which Gabriel Heinze scored a brilliant header from around the penalty spot. Nigeria had a fair amount of good chances but never really threatened. Messi had a handful of great chances in which you would have expected him to score. The game ended 1-0 and a win is still a win for the South Americans. The day ended with the most anticipated match in US soccer since the took on Portugal in 2002. The game got off to a shaky start from the kick off and only 3′ minutes in England captain Steven Gerrard put the English up 1-0. The goal came as a result a poor team defending and just pure laziness. The US would come back however with goalkeeper Robert Green providing an absolute gaff off Clint Dempsey’s long-range strike. The goal came in the 40′ when Dempsey hit one from about 25 yards out and Green pushed it into his own net more or less. The next best chance came when Jozy Altidore got sent through and hit the post on a play that ended with a poor strike and a poor save into the post. Demerit and Gooch really played well in the back and kept Wayne Rooney very quiet for the most part. A fair result for both sides, and now they await the second result from the group between Slovenia and Algeria.