Enyeama played very well.
Nigeria’s goalie looked pretty good, considering. Oh well.
I missed the Argentina- Nigeria (and most of the SKorea-Greece), but heard quite a bit on radio. I was gonna say all hail to the prophet Blue K, but the scoreline prediction wasn’t quite right. Greece were as sluggish as Korea were dynamic, swarming over the poor victims like wasps- one of their best world cup performances, certainly away from home (and Italy were robbed in 02, though not as much as Spain). Park is a very industrious player who’s never let Man U down. Greece, oh dear, some major transformation needed asap. This won’t have lifted the mood of the nation. Now much as it was godo to see an underdog springing the big surprise in Euro 04, why couldn’t they have played like that v Portugal in the final then?
Argentina- great attacking flair, as we all know, must watch out for being undone by defensive frailties, should have won more comfortably. I’m now wanting Maradona to do well; he had a terrible record with his first spell as manager years back and then the struggles in qualifying, but it may be a case of he who laughs last. It isn’t the team who impresses most in qualifying or the early stages that matters, but who does enough to get through then springs into life like Italy in 82.
For this evening, i guess i’ll have to root without much enthusiasm for USA,
North Korea will win this tournament by default.
ARG have good players but silly Coachous!
Anyone know where to watch England – USA for free? Online, I mean. I only find these greedy fuckers charging dollars and pounds.
you can try that. :)
I’m watching it live on SBS in Australia.
I think a handicap monkey could have stopped that shot…
Robert the Green: a new Scottish hero!
USA has to just keep hitting junk shots at Green now. Never mind curling it upper 90. The more bounces and bobbles, the better.
I think we can forget about England becoming world champion now with a goalie like that.
His legacy: Green who wore green and was too green on the green.
Still hope England wins, though.
Frank- better a mistake now than in a 1/4 final or semi v a top team. And he’s hardly been the clear #1 goalie, but hasn’t let England down before. David James has made his share of errors too (mixed with great saves). Back in 1970 Peter Bonetti had his worst ever match v W.Germany in the 1/4 finals, then there was the usually very sound David Seaman being beaten by Ronaldinho’s freak/brilliant free kick, also in the 1/4 final
Another fine save. With his hands, chest and head all at once this time. I think the goalkeeper is the most important person in the field and a good reason why Holland and England probably won’t win the world cup. Just look at the teams that won the title the last couple of times, they all had great goalies.
I only wish for England to win against the US, don’t think they will make it to the semi… I’m a Germany supporter myself. haha
We’ll take the point and the goal, thank you very much. NEXT!!
interesting…i knew U.S.A. would impress but i didn’t expect the English to be so predictable…great stuff from Altidore but i’m not convinced by Bradley junior. Lennon from England was the best, sharp and fast with the ball. fair score in my opinion.
go U.S.A. and Algeria!
So much miscommunication (or lack of) on the America side. They definitely need to patch things up including their shotty defense and lack of aggressiveness on offense. Shame that shot had to go off the post.
Yeah of course the goalie is really important but who’s to say England’s goalies, whoever they pick next, won’t play well? England have tended to perform best in world cups, football or Rugby, after disappointing starts. In 82 they got off to a flier v France then it was gradually downhill. What matters is getting through to the next round, then hitting form. I was surprised by England’s team selection, but they have time to get things right- they seem to depend for their best shape on the hardly fantastic Barry, who’s been injured. Rio Ferdinand at his best made an excellent central defence with Terry and so may be missed but i wouldn’t read too much into one match yet. Now, if they can’t beat Algeria and Slovenia, well that would be feeble!
i’d love to see England out (although Rooney and Lampard might have some aces in the hole we haven’t seen yet) and i wouldn’t count Algeria to be an easy opponent either. (i’d have wanted Egypt though)
Slovenia is far worse than Greece in the Balkan territory and overall the worst of the cup (based on player quality) but i may be wrong, first rounds are usually unpredictable but i’ll especially lobby against the biggies, haha.
Don’t count Slovenia out, Kenji. They did after all knock out Russia.
Can somebody tell me what the Argentina-Nigeria score was.
I should have watched that last one in the pub, it’d be the only time in the tournament I’d have cheered with the crowd. As it was only tuned in for the last 20 minutes and thought England deserved better than they got.
Not that I’d mind seeing England out (but not if the US go through!), but Dimitris, I’m sorry, I wanted to cheer for Greece but they played like Greek statues – fine physical specimens that couldn’t be bothered moving.
yes, even worse than statues :P
at one point i was rooting for S. Korea for a third, haha. we have a lousy basic first 11, only 2-3 are worthy of their quality and the best are on the bench…goes to show our coach’s passion…what can you expect, he’s German :P
Ah yes, Matti, good point, and after all Russia knocked out Wales, but England should still expect to go through, but they can’t afford a slip up and underpar performance. i think one main problem is 2 of their best players, Gerrard and Lampard, are used to playing similar roles in central midlfield, dominating and getting forward. Some think Gerrard should play further up with Rooney. Crouch of course has a much better scoring record than Heskey
My, does the British keeper always look like Julio Lugo on a clutch slow ground ball?
when gerrard and lampard both play central midfield and neither are designated a holding defensive role someone like dempsey can exploit that as he shook off gerrard 2 easily 4 the shot
Thanks for sucking so badly today England, it made us look not quite as retarded as we are! Think about it! Our team doesn’t even LIKE soccer and we still pulled a draw! Our team isn’t even composed of pros, just some American guys looking for a job! Meanwhile your country is obsessed with this shit! Just imagine if we were lame enough to try at soccer! JUST IMAGINE!
USA! USA! USA! USA!
John P- many of the U.S team play professionally and are handsomely paid, especially those that are in the English Premiership, so much of your post is uttterly misinformed and inaccurate, based on outdated stereotypes and typically narrowminded Yankocentric view points. The U.S.A are ranked 14th in the world, which is respectable and have beaten the favourites, Spain, last year and did well against another favourite, Brazil.
We’re obsessed by it because it’s our national game, which we invented- we think you North Americans being obsesssd with Baseball, American Football and Basketball are quite barmy, but that’s the way it is.
The U.S does like soccer, just not as much as the rest of the world does, which when you think about it, is truly a World Cup, not the World Series.
Yes, we messed up today, but a draw isn’t a disaster. Probably because there’s not bimbetic cheerleaders on the side, muscle-bound thick-as-planks halfwit jocks on the field, a higher score than 1-1 and a game of two halves that means you have to concentrate for more than 5 minutes at a time, means soccer is probably not for you. But truly, for the rest of the world, it is.
But, please, do some research regarding your players. Just because you didn’t invent it and the jigoistic nonsense disguised as national pride seeps out regarding a sport you don’t get, doesn’t mean it’s not a passionate game enjoyed by millions everywhere else. The world is truly bigger than the great U.S of A.
Before anyone accuses me of having an anti U.S rant. I was educated at NYU and my dad, who is British lives in Pasadena and whilst, in the main, it’s a wonderful country, it would be great if some of its residents could be a little more self-critical.