Englands second game today :D
Going on the performances in the opening games, Ecuador should win this easily. In reality, it will be harder. Both teams have a latin american style, and while Ecuador are better, part of the reason they did so well against Poland was that their style beat Poland's dour but well organised build up play. Against Costa Rica, who will also try to play in a fluid counter attacking system, they may struggle a little. However, looking at each team's defences makes Ecuador the clear winner. I'd originally predicted 3–1 to Costa Rica before the tournament began… but now i'll reverse that to 2–1 Ecuador win.
Sweden will have to win this but could have doubts in their own ability after the daw with Trinidad. Paraguay also have to win, but I'm not sure they're really good enough to. If Sweden's character is strong enough, they should easily get a win, 2–0 or something like that. If they remain nervous as they still have to get an opening win, and fail to supply Larsson & Ibrahimovic, Paraguay could get a result.
England-Trinidad & Tobago
Come On England! Yes, Trinidad have Dwight Yorke and the almighty (!) Shaka Hislop. Yes, they battled to a goalless draw with Sweden superbly. But… yes, England have the best midfield at this world cup, and there is a reason half of Trinidad's players play for the likes of Port Vale, Coventry and Scottish sides. England should win this hands down but we'll see how professional they can be. I wouldn't be surprised if trinidad score but I suspect England will get at least a couple of goals.
This was the first game in this world cup that no–one was immediately in front of the TV for in our common room! But once the second half got going and goals began to come, more people arrived. And then Sami Al–Jaber went and scored – what a legend! Great goal for Tunisia in the first half too, and they'll be relieved to have scored a final equaliser, but Lemerre (Tunisia's french coach) has every right to be annoyed. Tunisia really should have finished this game off but lapses of concentration in defence allowed the Saudis back in. Now Ukraine will feel they can still qualify even after their shocker against Spain.
Flippin' Germans! All the way through the game, 0–0. Then Neuville right at the end with a goal. grrrrrrrr!!!! Jelen had a great game for Poland, and Germany looked as lucklustre as before – but against a frankly uninspiring Poland side. Not more to be said really.
Trinidad & Tobago
–this country is an ethnically diverse one, with a lot of Muslims, Christians and Hindus. Pray they would all be able to co–exist peacefully, that the Christians and the churches would be able to reach out lovingly to the others, not aggressively but as Christ did.
–nearly half the population is under 20, so pray for outreach in schools. Especially that religion would not become taboo in school like it is here in the name of 'tolerance' in a multi–cultural society.
–pray that churches would unite for the good of the nation
–that God's Spirit would keep the Church of England true to Bible principles, rather than being split apart by political strife.
–pray for your local town! :D
–pray for continued passion amongst young christians in sweden. (see link above)
–Though most of the population was born "Christian", 95% seldom or never attend church… pray for committed christians there, that a spirit of urgency would raised, in order to spread the gospel message to those that see it as irrelevent.
–OM Sweden is starting up a Mission Training School equipping people to reach immigrants and secular Europeans.
–pray for political stability
–pray that protestant churches would get more involved in their communities (they are currently isolated in European/Korean communities from the majority of the population), to help the poor and be witness for Christ