Another important day of World Cup action and the end of the first round of group games. Now you could say this is where it starts to get interesting. Group H ended with a flourish after starting with a whimper through late goals in each game; turning around the result for Belgium v Algeria and subsequently rescuing one for Russia v South Korea.
Group A moved into the second round of games and after a somewhat tepid first half, Brazil v Mexico turned into an entertaining draw. Brazil didn’t perform well though and the crowd were audibly unhappy with the host nation's performance.
Mexico showed some guts to take the game to Brazil and arguably deserved to win the game after peppering Julio Cesar with long-range efforts for most of the second-half. 35 year-old skipper Rafael Marquez enabling his experience and know how to control the Mexican tempo throughout the game.
However, it was the goalkeeper, Guillermo Ochoa who caught the attention of everyone in the stadium and watching on TV with a serious of wonderful instinctive saves to prevent an undeserved defeat for the Mexico and an unjust win for the hosts.
Igor, Igor, Igor…what were you thinking? Talk about keepers saving their team, and then you come across Igor Akinfeev! Poor Igor managed to somehow throw a South Korean pot shot into his own net after a rather dull encounter played in stifling heat.
However, it wasn’t merely a mistake on Akinfeev’s part as he had been threatening to ‘let slip’ all night, eventually he did and Russia had to battle to salvage the draw.
Fellani’s goal for Belgium v Algeria has to be the choice here, although Belgium’s second runs it close. Fellaini got across his man to beat the defender to a well executed floated cross to flick a wonderful header into the net via the underside of the bar. Get in!
A serious gripe this, a really serious gripe. Is Fred really the best that Brazil has to offer up front? I mean REALLY? The striker may as well have been a mannequin as he had all the movement of one throughout his 68 minutes on the pitch and it’s a wonder he managed to complete that. For a striker who has quite a decent scoring record, it makes you wonder how on Earth he managed to accomplish it!Categories: world cup