On the board today we have Diego Maradon Argentina taking on a craft South Korea side, while Greece looks for a win against African side Nigeria.
Our other match of the day is an important one with speedy Mexico taking on a floundering France, led by a manager who apparently doesn’t realise you’re supposed to dress your best players in the World Cup in order to win.
Argentina 4 – 1 South Korea
This match gave us another look at Lionel Messi, but it was Real Madrid Gonzalo Higuain striker who stole the spotlight as he added a hat-trick of goals.
The game started predictably, with South Korea digging in and looking for counter attacking options, whilst the South American super power drove forward and barraged the South Korean goalkeeper. It was unfortunate that a game of this quality saw its first goal come through an own goal by Park Chu-young in the 16th minute.
Higuain then decided to take the game by the scruff of its neck and scored a nice individual effort in the 33rd minute, but against the tide of the match Lee Chung-yong found the back of the net in the 45th minute and the match was just 2-1 at the half.
The man with the golden boot, Higuain put away a rebound in the 77th minute before scoring his third goal of the game in the 80th minute to lead his team to a 4-1 victory. The score line may have been unfair to South Korea, but there was never a doubt that Argentina deserved to win this match.
Man Of The Match: Gonzalo Higuain
Greece 2 – 1 Nigeria
The Greeks are still living on the high from their European Cup championship title six years ago, but they were brought down a few pegs when the South Koreans beat them thoroughly in their first match.
It was disaster for Greece early with Nigeria’s Kalu Uche putting the Super Eagles ahead with a long range free-kick that flew past everyone. From that point on Nigeria took control of the game and looked assured of walking away with the three points, pinpoint passing and excellent ball control showcasing the skill of the African players.
The match was transformed when youngster Sani Kaita lashed out at Vasileios Torosidis in the 33rd minute and he was sent off in the process, giving Greece the boost they needed to get back in the game.
Normally a defensive minded squad, the Greeks pushed forward and equalised just before half time and then took a lead in the 77th minute courtesy of Torosidis, who scored a real poachers effort, pouncing on a rebound and giving the Greeks a huge win.
Man Of The Match: Vasileios Torosidis
France 0 – 2 Mexico
After lacking a true attacking presence in their first match, France chooses to still keep Thierry Henry on the bench, however, Florent Malouda was handed a start after fixing a rift with the team’s manager.
The first half offered no goals but Mexico looked the livelier of the two sides as they pushed forward and showed the creativity that had flustered both England and Italy in pre-World Cup matches. Looking for a goal, Mexico introduced new Manchester United youngster Javier Hernandez and he rewarded the faith by giving his side the lead in the 64th minute.
The ageless wonder Cuauhtemoc Blanco then sealed the affair when he converted from the penalty spot after a foul in the box. After reports of a rift in the French camp, this loss will not have helped the team and its quest to go further than the last World Cup.
Man Of The Match: Cuauhtemoc Blanco