Well! That was quite an opening weekend and just like the opening day, the football did not disappoint. The colour on show and the atmosphere at the stadiums across the country has been impressive and also the counter-attacking, free-flowing style that has been on show (apart from Greece!) has been a breath of fresh air.
We also had the first England outing, and while it was visibly an improvement on the Euro 2012 match-up, it still ended up with the same result: an English defeat. However, there are certain reasons to be optimistic if you’re Roy Hodgson.
This was a close call but this award has to go to the Flying Dutchman. His first goal on the eve of half time in a closely fought first-half of the opening Group B game was nothing short of technical brilliance.
Van Persie and Arjen Robben quite frankly made mugs out of the world-class Spanish defensive trio of Iker Casillas, Gerard Pique and Sergio Ramos all match and van Persie began that 'mugging' with an audacious attempt from the perfect pass by Daley Blind to execute the perfect finish and score possibly one of the greatest World Cup goals we’ve seen in modern times.
There were some individuals who could have been awarded the Nuts Award, some officials, others players but I’ve selected Honduras because quite simply they never looked like playing any sort of football!
In their Group E game vs. France, Honduras resorted to anything from petty fouls to potential leg breakers in their attempt to rile the French. Thankfully, there were no such incidents and football was the winner (who’d have thought we’d be cheering on the French?).
Seeing as each one was brilliant in it’s own right, how can we possibly pick one over the other in this case?
1. Robin van Persie (1st goal) v Spain
2. Arjen Robben (2nd goal) v Spain
3. Lionel Messi v Bosnia & Herzegovina
The subject of goal-line technology reared its ugly head again. Only this time it appeared for working correctly!
BBC commentator Jonathan Pearce appeared angry at an incident where Benzema hit the post before the ball rolled across the line and was knocked over it by the Honduran keeper
That’s ok but it wasn’t the ball hitting the post they were concentrating on Jonathan. The keeper knocked it over the line with his hand, stop panicking. Mind you, why show two replays? It appeared to be unnecessary icing on the cake.Categories: world cup