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Germany 4-0 Australia: Germany excellent, but quality exaggerated by poor Australian tactics

June 14, 2010
Germany 4-0 Australia: Germany excellent, but quality exaggerated by poor Australian tactics

We’ve now seen half of the 32 teams that will be contesting this tournament, and whilst we haven’t yet sampled the three most exciting sides – Holland, Brazil and Spain – it is undeniable that Germany have been by far the most impressive so far.
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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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