World Cup Day 7

There were some very good matches on tap for today, and they mostly lived up to their expectation. They might need to change the FFF to the FFFF (Failing French Football Federation) because of their horrendous play in the opening two games, and Argentina looked as good as anyone so far this tournament.

The opening game of the day pinned South Korea against the might Argentinians. South Korea really fears nobody anymore on the international stage so this had a good vibe about it. Argentina really got on the front foot, controlling the bulk of possession in the first half with Messi leading the way. An unfortunate own-goal for the Koreans got the scoring started in the 16′ minute. Higuaín would add to the total with his first of the game in the 33′. But a miscue by Demichells allowed Lee Chung-Yong to bring South Korea within a goal heading into halftime. But after halftime it was all Argentina with Higuaín leading the way getting two more goals in the 76′ and 80′ minutes to finish the game with a hat-trick and a 4-1 win. Two teams who struggled in their first matches followed with Greece taking on Nigeria. After scoring in the 16′ minute, Nigeria was struck a blow in the 33′ as Sani Kaita was sent off for violent conduct, which in my opinion, is arguable. Greece would even the score line in 44′ to head in the locker room even at one. In the 71′ Vasilis Torosidis gave the Greeks a 2-1 lead and their first win in 4 previous matches (including 1994). The highly anticipated match between France and Mexico really didn’t live up to its billing, at least from a French perspective. Mexico was always in control of a match they eventually won 2-0 and really set France back in the tournament. Young superstar Javier Hernández made a superb run through the center of the French defense and cooly slid around French keeper Hugo Lloris to gain a 1-0 lead. Mexican legend Blanco would seal it in the 79′ from the penalty spot, which now almost secures the Mexicans a spot in the second round.

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