Over half the world cup is done!
Great first half. Then it all began to fizzle out and without any real chances created, no goals. Argentina seemed to be the better side, but Holland contained them enough. Holland could have been better up front, but they'll be happy after seeing Argentina look so commanding over Serbia & Montengro. Both teams can go far… except Holland will hopefully get no further than the quarter finals – although I'm not sure England would beat them there on current form.
Ivory Coast3-2Serbia & Montenegro
At least the Ivory Coast got a win. Can't comment any more as the game wasn't on tv.
A good win for Portugal. Every player looked so at ease with the ball at their feet. And some of their best players (Ronaldo, Deco, Pauleta) weren't even playing. They will be a good side, one that Holland will have to be at their best to beat. Mexico should be dissappointed with their performance, but they are through anyway.
Angola went a goal up and looked like they could put Mexico out, but Iran, with all their Germany–based players, snatched a draw. Angola have shown they have improved since their Nations Cup showing, but some of the more experienced African sides not at the world cup will feel they could have done a better job. (The same applies to Togo so far) Hopefully they can build on this though and go on to become a good established, stable (?!) African side.
–90% of the population consult spiritist mediums for advice. pray for the Holy Spirit to break this apart and for new bible believing Christians to fight in this spiritual battleground.
–pray for the baptist churches of portugal, as they are beginning to adopt the cell group model. That they would be more effective in serving and witnessing to their communities.
–pray for more christians to be working and living amongst the poor in Mexico City, so they can live their lives, following Christ's example, serving those around them.
–pray for work in Mexico's universities with students.
–pray against corruption in places of power
–pray that peace would stay in Angola, and the at the country could stabilise to give it's poor a better chance.
–pray that Christians would reach out in Amsterdam, and for wisdom & protection there. Amsterdam has a 'lost generation' (see 24–7 prayer country link above) that need the gospel's hope.
–pray that the church would grow in the Netherlands, and that it would grow in commitment to God & His Word.
–pray for the latin link step team out there at the moment. see their team report here
–pray for the revival in areas of Argentina to spread to where the Holy Spirit is most needed to revitalise communities.
–pray for the current generation of students, who will play a major part in their country's restoration after years of war.
–pray for peace, especially between muslims & christians in the country.
Serbia & Montenegro
(above link is out of date)
–pray that the new independant states of Serbia and Montenegro would develop peacefully, with wisdom in government.
–pray for co–operation between ethnic groups in the states, and that churches could reach out across ethnic boundaries.