June 19, 2006

World Cup Catch–Up

Ok, I have been away this weekend, so its time to catch up with the world cup action….

Ecuador3-0Costa Rica
Well done to Ecuador again! They are looking like the surprise team of the cup so far – lets just hope they don't have to play England in the next round, for their sake.. although they could still do us some damage if we don't improve by then.

England2-0Trinidad & Tobago
82 Minutes before we scored a goal against Trinidad & Tobago???!! Our tactics were wrong – too many long balls up to Crouch when their defenders get that in the lower english leagues all the time, we missed Gary Neville – Carragher was good, but in this game we needed a good crosser in Neville as he never had too much defending to do. Terry had to clear that shot off the line, John got some decent chances. England will look at Argentina's performance and see what should have hapenned. We just need to learn to play possession football sometimes. Owen shouldn't have come off – but then Crouch did score so fair enough.

I didn't see this game, but the result was to be expected. Sweden will still feel they need to get their world cup campaign moving soon… and their next game is England.

I was away while the rest of the games were played so I won't comment on them too much, except…
–wow Argentina are good! that's how to play against a much weaker team. England should learn from them, but they won't. I suspect Argentina's style of play wouldn't necessarily improve for bigger sides though, whereas we know England's should.
–Brasil are slowly improving but need to do it quickly, same as England. At least Ronaldo showed a bit more of what he can do against Australia.
–Good luck to Ivory Coast for next time. They had such a tough group – in many of the other groups they could have finished first but cam up against Argentina & Holland, both united teams & on form.
–What's going on in Italy's group?! After USA being awful against Czech Republic, they held Italy! and then Ghana beat the Czechs!! the last day should be interesting in this group

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