World Cup 2010

World Cup 2010

Serbia 0-1 Ghana: Victory handed to Ghana, but they deserved the win

June 13, 2010
Serbia 0-1 Ghana: Victory handed to Ghana, but they deserved the win

Serbian indiscipline played a large part in the scoreline, but Ghana were by far the better side and deserved their victory. Their performance was a continuation of their Africa Cup of Nations tactics – defend solidly, cautiously counter-attack, rely on Asamoah Gyan for goals.
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England 1-1 USA: England poor in possession, US get wide players forward well

June 13, 2010
England 1-1 USA: England poor in possession, US get wide players forward well

England were the better side, but struggled to make their dominance count and came close to losing the game. The USA’s 4-2-2-2 shape caused problems and prevented England’s full-backs from getting into the game.
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Argentina 1-0 Nigeria: Maradona’s men dominate but fail to convince

June 12, 2010
Argentina 1-0 Nigeria: Maradona’s men dominate but fail to convince

Eight years ago, Argentina started with a 1-0 win against Nigeria and then crashed out before the knockout stages. You wouldn’t bet on the same thing happening again, but this performance didn’t suggest that Argentina have the ruthlessness needed to win the trophy.
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Uruguay 0-0 France: no cohesion in attacking zones from either side

June 11, 2010
Uruguay 0-0 France: no cohesion in attacking zones from either side

Group A is wide open following the first round of matches, after a draw in both games. The earlier game was open and exciting throughout – this one started well but faded badly as the game went on.
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South Africa 1-1 Mexico: a fair result but neither side will be happy

June 11, 2010
South Africa 1-1 Mexico: a fair result but neither side will be happy

An entertaining game that finished with a fair result, a point apiece. Both sides will be relatively disappointed to come away from the opening game with just a draw, and the match demonstrated the faults of both sides more than it did their qualities.
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