Tag Archives: Group F

World Cup results – June 24

24 Jun

Of course the biggest news of the day is Slovakia’s win over Italy which knocked the defending champs out of the World Cup.  I blogged about that game earlier, so I won’t repeat myself.  Viva Slovakia.

Paraguay won the group with five points after a 0-0 draw with New Zealand.  Paraguay was kind of a surprise group winner, but a deserved one.  New Zealand also had a successful campaign despite going out of the tournament  Going unbeaten in a group that included the defending champs has to be considered a success by Kiwi standards.

In group E, the Netherlands left no doubt as to who was top, winning all three games.  Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored the winner in a 2-1 win over Cameroon to close out group play.  Japan took second in the group with a 3-1 win over Denmark.  Japan scored two first half goals off some rather gorgeous free kicks.  Keisuke Honda had the first and Yasuhito Endo had the second.  Denmark pulled within one on a Jon Dahl Tomasson goal, but Japan put the game out of reach in the 87th minute.

Group E results
Denmark 1 (Tomasson 81)
Japan 3 (Honda 17, Endo 30, Okazaki 87)

Cameroon 1 (Eto’o 65 – pen)
Netherlands 2 (Van Persie 36, Huntelaar 83)

Group F results
Slovakia 3 (Vittek 25, 73, Kopenek 89)
Italy 2 (Di Natale 81, Quagliarella 90)

Paraguay 0
New Zealand 0

Group E final standings
Netherlands 9 (+4)
Japan 6 (+2)
Denmark 3 (-3)
Cameroon 0 (-3)

Group F final standings
Paraguay 5 (+2)
Slovakia 4 (-1)
New Zealand 3 (0)
Italy 2 (-1) – HAHA

Round of 16 matchups
Paraguay vs. Japan
Netherlands vs. Slovakia

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Defending champs out

24 Jun

For the first time ever, both the defending champion and the runner-up have been dumped out of the World Cup in the group stage.  Slovakia’s stunning 3-2 win over Italy ensured that the Azzurri finished bottom of the group and out of the tournament.  Slovakia jumped out to a 2-0 lead behind goals from Robert Vittek, but Italy struck back in the 81st minute.  A third goal from Slovakia seemed to put the game out of reach with mere minutes to play, but Italy wasn’t done yet.  A goal from Fabio Quagliarella ensured a frantic final minutes as Italy searched for an equalizer that would send them through.  No such luck (thankfully).  Paraguay advanced with a 0-0 draw against plucky New Zealand and Slovakia took second in group F.

Italy fully deserved to bow out in the group stage.  They never showed the urgency needed to put teams away, especially in the first two games.  With 10 minutes left in the final group game is the wrong time to start playing with urgency.  The team lacked the chemistry of the 2006 squad with the old and new players struggling to get on the same page.  I’m trying to be objective here, but I really can’t hide how happy I am that Italy is out of the tournament.  A World Cup without such theatrical divers and cheaters is a much better World Cup in my opinion.

World Cup results – June 15

15 Jun

New Zealand, of all teams, provided the most drama of the day. Slovakia had a 1-0 lead, thanks to a 50th minute Robert Vittek goal. In the waning seconds of stoppage time, Winston Reid headed in the tying goal for New Zealand. The day’s second game was billed as the battle between Ronaldo and Drogba. The end result? A drab 0-0 tie and a late substitute appearance from Drogba. Not exactly the stuff of legend. In the group G finale, Brazil notched a 2-1 win over North Korea. It took Brazil a while to break down the tough North Korean defense. Brazil’s breakthrough came on a stellar Maicon shot from the end line. Elano added a second less than 15 minutes later. North Korea then became the first losing team to notch a goal with a Ji Yun-Nam strike in the 89th minute.

Group F Results
New Zealand 1 (Reid 90+3)
Slovakia 1 (Vittek 50)

Group G Results
Ivory Coast 0
Portugal 0

Brazil 2 (Maicon 55, Elano 72)
North Korea 1 (Ji 89)

Group F Standings
New Zealand – 1
Slovakia – 1
Italy – 1
Paraguay – 1

Group G Standings
Brazil – 3
Ivory Coast – 1
Portugal – 1
North Korea – 0

World Cup results – June 14

14 Jun

Today’s games were definitely less than impressive. The Netherlands defeated Denmark in the group E opener, 2-0, thanks to an own goal from the Danes and a late strike from Dirk Kuyt. In the group’s second game, Japan’s Keisuke Honda’s first half goal stood up as the game-winner against a lackluster Cameroon. Defending champ Italy took on Paraguay in the day’s finale. The Italians put Paraguay on its heels early, but the South American side struck first with a header from Antolin Alcaraz. Italian midfielder Daniele De Rossi notched the equalizer in the 63rd minute.

Group E Results
Netherlands 2 (Agger 46 – O.G., Kuyt 85)
Denmark 0

Japan 1 (Honda 39)
Cameroon 0

Group F Results
Italy 1 (De Rossi 63)
Paraguay 1 (Alcaraz 39)

Group E Standings
Netherlands – 3
Japan – 3
Cameroon – 0
Denmark – 0

Group F preview

8 Jun

Group F
Italy
New Zealand
Paraguay
Slovakia

Oh Italy, how I loathe you. It’s no secret that I hate Italy. Or more specifically, Italian soccer. (I’m looking at you, Daniele de Rossi and your flailing elbow to Brian McBride. Oh yeah, and the excessive, dramatic diving. Hate.) Anyways, the Italians are the defending World Cup champions. Although this tournament’s squad is not as young or strong as the 2006 edition, it still has the ability to make a decent run. This time around though, the age of the squad is more of a worry as there are concerns about being able to keep up with the speed of some of the younger players on opposing squads. Antonio Di Natale has the potential to make some waves after leading Serie A in goals with 29.

No one expects much from New Zealand. This is only the team’s second World Cup appearance with the first coming in 1982, so it’s an accomplishment for them to even be here. The squad will come into South Africa with confidence though as they defeated fellow Cup participant Serbia, 1-0, in a riot-sparking friendly. Center back Ryan Nelsen (former DC United player!) is the leader of the team and the squad’s performance will be greatly influenced by his presence (he might miss a game or two for the birth of his first child).

Paraguay tied for second in South American qualification, tying with Chile and only a point back from Brazil. The team returns a solid core of players from the 2006 squad that failed to get past the group stage. The biggest name for Paraguay is Roque Santa Cruz, who made a big $$$ move to Manchester City last summer, but he had a rather crappy season and has been hampered by injury. Paraguay will turn to more than capable duo Nelson Haedo Valdez and Oscar Cardozo for goal production. The back line and goalkeeping are both solid.

Welcome to the World Cup, Slovakia! 2010 will be Slovakia’s first trip to the tournament as an independent nation (previous trips have been as Czechoslovakia). Liverpool’s Martin Skrtel suffered an ankle injury in a friendly win over Costa Rica, but he should be fit in time for the team’s opening game against New Zealand. Skrtel will help anchor the team’s stingy defense. Slovakia also has a potent offense, scoring 22 goals in 10 qualifying games. Stanislav Sestak was the team’s leading scorer through qualification.

The Soccer Wall’s picks to advance: Paraguay, Slovakia