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Three days gone

Three days have come and gone and its been an interesting World Cup so far. I thought a draw would have been a fair result in the Paraguay/England and Ivory Coast/Argentina matches. Ivory Coast more than impressed me but the million dollar question is can they repeat their performance against Argentina in their next match against Holland. On England, their display against Paraguay means they still have a lot of work to do if they still want to win the World Cup. With Wayne Rooney playing in the later games maybe that will give them more options.
Interestingly, there have been some real nervous starts especially for Paraguay and Angola. In the Angola/Portugal match I was about to reach for my abacus but then Angola settled well and gave Portugal a run of their money in a display that would have made every Angolan proud.
Tonight its the turn for the Socceroos. As said before the Japan game is a must win match for the Socceroos as even a draw may not be good enough with the Brazil and Croatia in such a group. I will wait and see.

The main disease in African soccer is the wastefulness in front of goal. Look at Drogba and Essien (to some extent). The number of shots they wasted were just too many. Ivory Coast could have won if they converted most of their chances. The same applies to Ghana. I wouldn't be surprised if Ghana loses to the USA. Anyway lets hope they will learn from their mistakes and start scoring in their next matches. As for England they proved beyond any shadow of doubt that they are just an average team.
I am tipping either Germany or Argentina to lift the trophy.

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