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2010 FIFA World CupWe’re back in South Africa with another three group stage games!
June 19th: South Africa 1-0 Paraguay
Well, I didn’t think that the host nation would pick up a point at this World Cup, never mind three. The match was fairly equal, perhaps edged by Paraguay, but South Africa managed to win it despite being a man down for half of it. It was level at half time, but in minute 53, Nasief Morris received a straight red card for hacking down Salvador Cabañas with both feet. But it was Paraguay’s foul that had a bigger effect on the result: Raúl Santa Cruz tripped Steven Pienaar in the box, although the penalty was dubious. Fulham’s Aaron Mokoena stepped up to take it, putting it to the right, beyond the reach of Nery Fernández even though the Paraguayan dived the right way. In the other match, Turkey beat Mexico 2-0, qualifying them for the next round.
Man of the Match: Quinton Fortune, MC, South Africa (7.4)Code:Group D # Nation P W D L F A GD Pts 1 Turkey 2 2 0 0 3 0 +3 6 Q 2 South Africa 2 1 0 1 1 1 0 3 3 Mexico 2 1 0 1 3 4 -1 3 4 Paraguay 2 0 0 2 2 4 -2 0 –
June 20th: Cameroon 1-2 England
Here’s the game you’ve all been waiting for! Liam Ferguson may have been torn between wanting a win for his Cameroon side or wanting one for his home nation, one which would eliminate his team from the World Cup. In the end, it was England who got the victory, and Cameroon did well to keep them to two goals. Achille Emana put Cameroon ahead in the 15th minute, flashing the ball past Chris Kirkland after playing a one-two with the free kick he had just taken. But Michael Carrick pegged England’s opponents back before half time, scoring a header from Ashley Young’s free kick in the 36th minute. Steven Gerrard gave England the win in the 52nd minute, with Young once again the provider. This time it was a corner, and Gerrard saw the ball fall to his feet rather than on his head. Not wishing to squander possession as the ball rolled away from him when he had his back to goal, he chased it down, turned, fired home and put England 2-1 up.
Man of the Match: Carlos Kameni, GK, Cameroon (7.6)Code:Group G # Nation P W D L F A GD Pts 1 England 2 1 1 0 2 1 +1 4 2 Iran 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3 3 Spain 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 4 Cameroon 2 0 0 2 1 3 -2 0 –
June 21st: Senegal 1-0 Ireland
Demba Ba got his second goal of the tournament to give Senegal are very handy win. Dead on the half hour mark, the 25–year-old happily took Malick Feye’s through ball, shooting past his marker Richard Dunne to give Senegal the lead, a lead that they would retain for the entire remaining 60 minutes. In the other match, the Netherlands beat South Korea 1-0 to seal their own qualification from the group; Senegal’s fate is now entirely in their own hands with their final match coming against the Koreans.
Man of the Match: Demba Ba, FW, Senegal (7.5)Code:Group H # Nation P W D L F A GD Pts 1 Netherlands 2 2 0 0 3 1 +2 6 Q 2 Senegal 2 1 0 1 2 2 0 3 3 Ireland 2 0 1 1 1 2 -1 1 South Korea 2 0 1 1 1 2 -1 1
So with three teams already in the next round, one of them African, the World Cup is really shaping up! Next, Tunisia take on Uruguay, where they’ll be hoping for a massive win and or a miracle to progress. Mali take on Germany, where they’ll be trying to secure their own qualification from the group while engineering Germany’s elimination. And Mexico take on South Africa for the right to qualify from Group D.