World Cup: Day 3

With yesterday’s horror gone from memory and the sun in fact rising a day after England drew with the USA, there were matches to watch.

Germany got their campaign underway against the Socceroos from down under and then there is the ever so exciting match between Group C opponents Algeria and Slovenia.

With so many draws in the first two days, would Day Three provide more of the same?

Slovenia 1 – 0 Algeria

This Group C matchup wasn’t just painful to watch because of the lack of quality football but the Slovenian shirts looked like something out of a horror movie.

The first half gave a display of weak offence and some goalkeeping highlights, but the match was nothing to write home about.

In the second half, halftime substitute Abdelkader Ghezzal was given a second yellow and sent off, much to the delight of Egyptian fans everywhere, and then just a few minutes later Slovenia scored.  Robert Koren took a shot and it was the Algerian goalie making a gaffe of a save that let the game slip away and hand Slovenia its first every win at a World Cup.

Man Of the Match: Samir Handanovic (Slovenia, GK)

Ghana 1 – 0 Serbia

This was a match that I was excited to watch, Ghana being an exciting African side and Serbia being much underrated heading into the tournament. Without Captain Michael Essien many had written off Ghana’s chances in this group but that’s why they play the matches.

Ghana looked dangerous all day and the Serbian midfield seemed content to sit back and wait for counterattacking chances until the 74th minute saw Aleksandar Lukovic sent off. Ghana stepped up the pressure and after countless chances they were awarded a penalty in the 85th minute after Zdravko Kuzmanovic handballed a cross in the box.

This led to Asamoah Gyan stepping up and putting away a neat penalty, lifting the African side to an important 1-0 win over Serbia.

Gyan looked dangerous in the closing moments again after breaking out down the wing, but after beating the keeper he was stopped by the woodwork.

Man Of the Match: Asamoah Gyan

Germany 4 – 0 Australia

Germany came into the World Cup complaining they didn’t have a strong team and many fans worried about the manager’s choice to name the youngest German team since the 1934 World Cup. Without Captain Michael Ballack, it would be up to the new generation of German players to beat a resilient and dangerous Aussie side led by Everton’s Tim Cahill.

After an opening chance by Australia, Lukas Podolski opened up the scoring early in the 8th minute with a thunderous strike and then veteran striker Miroslav Klose followed up in the 25th minute to double the lead with a trademark header.

The Australians were still in it until disaster struck in the 55th minute when influential striker Tim Cahill saw a straight red card for a hard tackle from behind on Bastian Schweinsteiger. That was all the Germans needed as they added two more goals from Thomas Müller and Cacau as they cruised to a 4-0 victory in their opening match.

Man Of The Match: Lukas Podolski

Daily Roundup

-Starting off where he finished at the last World Cup, Lukas Podolski scored a shot that a brick wall wouldn’t have been able to stop. The World Cup Top Young Player looked dangerous and could have added three goals more to his account.

– With Ghana’s win over Serbia, the side became the first African team to win in the 2010 World Cup, and the win will have united the continent behind the side. They looked like they hardly missed Captain Michael Essien in midfield and are now in great position to move forward.

– The British Media ripped apart Robert Green in today’s headlines, including my favourite, “Hand of Clod.”

– Before the game Joachim Loew had asked his side to be ruthless and destroy opponents in the tournament, however even after his side’s 4-0 victory, the German Manager said there was still room for improvement and that he would be asking for more from his players.

Injury Report – Tim Howard could be out of the USA’s matchup with Slovenia on June 18th after possibly suffering broken rips after a heavy collision with Emile Heskey during the draw with England yesterday.

Henry Whitfield is an avid sports fan who covers everything and anything in the sports world, while focusing on hockey and football. Follow him on twitter @HenryWhitfield.


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