World Cup’10 – Day 2: REVIEW

DAY-2 RESULTS: Korea Rep 2-0 Greece, Argentina 1-0 Nigeria, England 1-1 USA
 
 
After the opening day when the players had to struggle a lot to get “Jabulani” past the keeper, Day 2 was all about early goals. All three matches saw goals in the first 10 minutes and in fact all the goals scored on Day 2 were scored in the first hour of the matches. The games bought the freshness of football’s greatest spectacle back alive after the relatively dull games played on the opening day.
 

Korea Republic 2-0  Greece

 South Koreans started the campaign with signs of determination to prove the critics wrong – who called their 2002 WC run into the semis a fluke. Greece, on the other hand, continued their consistent record of never scoring in the World Cup finals from 1994. Back then, the Greeks let Argentina score just two minutes into the opening game. The Greeks improved this time around — by five minutes. The gritty play of the South Koreans proved too much for the Greek players who seemed dazed and confused probably after looking at this banner from their fans’ stand.
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Well, The Oldest Coach in the World Cup certainly deserves a place at Mount Olympus!

The Greeks were completely outperformed by the Tigers of Asia and it was in the sixth minute when they were awarded a free kick near the corner kick spot. A curling Ki Sung-Yueng delivery got deflected inside the box, which allowed defender Lee Jung-Soo to send it straight into the back of the net. Korea Republic’s Captain Park Ji-Sung doubled the scoreline with an awesome  solo goal in the 52nd minute.

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Ji Sung Park: Glory Glory Korea Republic!

Argentina 1-0 Nigeria

Argentina's coach Diego Maradona ccelebrates his team's win over Nigeria with Lionel Messi after the 2010 World Cup Group B soccer match at Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg June 12, 2010.  REUTERS/Jerry Lampen (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP)

The second game of the day featured arguably the greatest players from past and present, both in the same team – Diego Maradona on the sidelines as a coach and Lionel Messi on the field with an aim to prove his might on the international scene. Everyone in the stadium expected fireworks from the strong Argentinian team who were clearly favorites against a relatively inexperienced and weak Nigerian team.

Gabriel Heinze’s early goal did provide Argentina the dream start they were looking for and the Argentines attacked and attacked and attacked but there stood a man between La Albiceleste and further glory to Heinze’s 6th minute bullet like header, and that man was Vincent Enyeama, the Nigerian goalkeeper who left Maradona’s free flowing attackers shocked with the stops he made. He denied Messi alone in each of his 5 lethal drives that he made towards the Nigerian custody.

However, the Super Eagles did manage some attacking runs amidst the brilliance of Argentine midfield but couldn’t really capitalize in any of their moves.

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It would be my best personal performance playing against the best player in the world. For now you cannot take that away from me.
-Vincent Enyeama

England 1-1 USA

60 years ago, the two nations met for the first time and the only time before this game in the World Cup finals. That game is immortalized as the “Miracle on Grass” as a team of semi-professional Americans won it 1-0 to the then “Kings of Football”.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8y03T94Trs

60 years later, England were stunned again and that too in one of the most bizarre way when the English keeper Robert Green brought the worst nightmare of any keeper true by letting one of the most gentle shots by Clint Dempsey of USA through his butterfingers into the goal. England took the lead in the fourth minute, courtesy Steven Gerrard, who latched on to a brilliant through ball by Emile Heskey.

The drama involved after the goal by USA had almost every emotion of empathy and can only be described by these images…

England's Robert Green in action..FIFA World Cup 2010 Group C..England v USA..12th June, 2010.

Robert Green: I’m forever blowing bubbles, Pretty bubbles in the air.
They fly so high, Nearly reach the sky, Then like my dreams, They fade and die.

Clint Dempsey Celebrates Scoring Equalising Goal USA World Cup 2010 England V USA (1-1) Group C 12/06/10 at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium FIFA World Cup 2010 Photo Robin Parker Fotosports International Photo via Newscom
Clint Dempsey and USA: In God and Green we trust!

June 12, 2010 - South Africa - Football - England v United States of America FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010 - Group C - Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg, South Africa - 12/6/10..England manager Fabio Capello.
Fabio Capello: Where did it all go wrong?

Day 2 was surely an action packed day in the World Cup 2010 and here’s hoping that it would only get more interesting from here on.

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  1. Anurag says:

    Brilliant Read.