Greece may very well go through another World Cup without scoring a goal. That shouldn’t surprise anyone who saw yesterday’s game. Nor should it surprise anyone who followed them at the 2004 European Championship, which they won by scoring more than one goal only once – and that was a penalty that beat Portugal 2-1.
The USA-England match suggests three possibilities, none of which offer any comfort to England and at least one of which has to be true: Fabio Capello’s tactical decisions were not good in that game, England has precious little speed in defense and will be vulnerable against teams that can maintain possession and has attackers with good pace (i.e. Brazil or Spain) and/or their midfield is in trouble, especially if they can’t maintain possession against a team like the USA..
Peter Crouch still fails to impress me. His wife is quite lovely.
David (Calamity) James must be wondering what nickname they will give Robert Green.
The critical match in Group B will be Nigeria v South Korea. Argentina will feast on South Korea’s back line and everyone will feast on Greece.
Memo to Leo Messi and Gonzalo Higuain: you have to finish those chances. the next round isn’t going to be any easier.
Memo to South Korea’s defense: if you offer subsequent teams as much space offered the mediocre Greek attack at the end of the game, your speediest attackers won’t be able to make up the difference in goals scored.
This may be the best analysis of the US-England game.