So England are finally out officially and let the scapegoating begin. Our tip is Rooney will be an immediate victim, along with Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard, followed a year later by Roy Hodgson who will eventually wear out the patience of English fans.
What more could you ask for from 6 games of World Cup football? Games with plenty of goals, check. Refer to 5-2 France victory over the Swiss. France look very good and thrashed the highly ranked and rated Swiss. A late couple of goals flatter the Swiss, France even scoring a few seconds after the full time whistle. They look like yet another Dark Horse for the final.
Ghana v Germany produced plenty of goals as well, with Ghana not far off a surprise victory drawing 2-2 with perennial achievers Germany. The result doubles for our other qualification to weekend goodness – the upset.
Another upset from Saturday morning was Costa Rica’s defeat of Italy which elevated them into achievers and the second round, and mathematically consigned England to the dumpster. They are top of Group D and can remain there with a draw against England.
We’ve also waived goodbye to Bosnia and after their second losses of the Cup. Honduras will struggle after their 0-2 start also.
Argentina won, which is no surprise, nor was the Messi screamer, however the late 1-0 margin leaves the casual and informed observer wondering if they are genuine title threats considering their easyish group.
Tomorrow morning’s games top off the second lot of games for all teams in the first round. All games from here on in during the first round will played at the same time, producing more football than one knows what to do with.
Here’s more tips, with a score coming once all the teams have played two.
BELGIUM v RUSSIA – Monday 2am
THEYDON BOIS: Belgium 2-0
HATTON CROSS: Draw 2-2
KIDD ERMINSTER: Draw 2-2
HARLAND BULWER: Belgium 2-1
SOUTH KOREA v ALGERIA – Monday 5am
THEYDON BOIS: Sth Korea 1-0
HATTON CROSS: Sth Korea 1-0
KIDD ERMINSTER: Sth Korea 2-1
HARLAND BULWER: Draw 1-1
USA v PORTUGAL – Monday 8am
THEYDON BOIS: USA 3-1
HATTON CROSS: Portugal 4-1
KIDD ERMINSTER: Portugal 2-1
HARLAND BULWER: Portugal 2-0