Here’s a quick recap of the big stories from Day’s 9 to 11 of the World Cup:
– Italy continued their slow start in this World Cup and played to a 1 – 1 draw with New Zealand. The brave All Whites had a 1-nil lead and could have easily won the match, but the Italians clawed back a goal and kept their dreams of progression alive.
– In a match that had been highly touted, Brazil easily outclassed a determined Cote D’Ivoire side led by injured Didier Drogba and the final score finished 3-1.
– It pains me to say, but on Day 11 Portugal produced one of the most brilliant displays of football I have ever seen. They took a 1-nil lead into the second half over the North Korea but exploded with a six goal effort, led by Princess Cristiano Ronaldo. It was brilliant to see Ronaldo play maturely and stay on his feet, and if the 7-0 result is any indication of how ruthless they can be in front of net, the Portuguese have a real chance to go far in this tournament.
– In fantastic news, it seems that the French National side may be the first team in the World Cup history to actually surrender from a tournament. Embroiled in in-team fighting and battles with the Manager, the team appears in disarray and has refused to train. Thanks goes out to France, proving once and for all that if you put your mind to it, you can indeed give up on your childhood dreams.
– Former England Captain John Terry seems to be in some hot water with England manager Fabio Capello, after he came out and publically criticised the manager’s tactical decisions in their first two matches. Rightly so, in my opinion, how can you justify playing Shaun Wright-Phillips over Joe Cole? Much more of a crime indeed.
That’s the quick update!
Will be posting Days 12, 13 and 14 within an hour or so!
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