Prior to today, I had watched all fifty-six games contested in their entirety. Unfortunately time constraints prevented me from watching any of the Japan v Paraguay game. Having followed it on The Guardian, it doesn’t appear I missed much. Please feel free to tell me what, if anything, I missed.
Regardless of how one feels about Portugal, it must be tough for Eduardo, their goalkeeper: he surrendered one goal in four games and is out of the World Cup.
I don’t know if they use the same term in Portugal, but in Brazil, they would refer to Cristiano Ronaldo today as um fogo de palha (flash in the pan).
Man of the match IMHO: Héctor Baldassi, the Argentine referee, who refused to indulge Cristiano Ronaldo’s dives and kept the game under control.
Yes, Ricardo Costa deserved the card. He looked to see where Joan Capdevila was, then threw an elbow into his face. What did he think would happen?
Fernando Llorente’s performance is going to present Vicente del Bosque with some tough decisions. Iker Casillas’s should as well, in my opinion.
As the starting lineups were being presented I turned to Mercia and pointed out to her that six of the players play for Barcelona (I’m including David Villa now) and three for Real Madrid. Is there any other team in the World Cup that has that much talent concentrated on two teams?
Hugo Almeida may be a forward, but he plays like a holding midfielder who gets in on the attack once in a while.
Sergio Busquets had a great game: he completed 97 of his 102 passes.
I’m back on Thursday. No football for two days.Don’t go into withdrawal.