Tuesday, 15 June 2010

FIFA WORLD CUP 2010: Round One Match Round Up


15th June
Group E
New Zealand vs. Slovakia - 5:00pm (India Time)

Group F
Côte d’Ivoire vs. Portugal - 7:30pm (India Time)

16th June
Brazil vs. North Korea - 12:00am (India Time)

Let's look at the results and standings of all the weekend matches. Goal keeping errors are proving costly as England and Algeria found out.
GROUP C, June 12
England vs USA: 1:1
Algeria vs Slovenia: 0:1

Slovenia find themselves at the top of the table after the first bout of matches. England losing their lead to a goal keeper's error and not finding it again. Slovenia also benefited from lopsided goalkeeping to register their first ever win in a FIFA World Cup. 

GROUP D, June 13
Ghana vs Serbia: 1:0
Germany vs Australia: 4:0

Ghana won a penalty in a listless match to get through, while Germany sparkled with brilliant short passes to find the net four times, Australia had no answer to such brilliance.   

GROUP E, June 14
Netherlands vs Denmark: 2-0  
Japan vs Cameroon: 1-0

The 'group of death' saw emphatic victories been scored, now it is up to Denmark and Cameroon to make it tighter for the top teams. 

GROUP E, June 14
Italy vs Paraguay: 1:1 

In the most enthralling encounter of the World Cup so far, Paraguay might well have stunned the defending champions if not for (yet another!)  a goalie error that allowed Italy to level in the second half. Both teams kept at each other till the final whistle, the passing - quick, the pace, electric.    

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