Wednesday, 25 June 2014
A date which will live in Footballing infamy and a look ahead to today
Today sees the concluding matches in Groups E and F and there is nothing on offer to really set the pulses racing. I will give a brief preview and then review yesterday's events, the good, the bad and the ugly.
The action starts today at 16.00 GMT when Argentina who have already qualified for the next stage take on Nigeria who need a draw to go through. Argentina have disappointed so far scraping through both their games with narrow victories due to Leo Messi scoring 2 fantastic goals. The Nigerian goalkeeper could be their star player Enyema
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpiDf53RcgU (Arabic commentary is great)
World Cup history is littered with teams who started slowly, did what they needed to get through the first round and then made a strong run.
A draw is the most likely result here.
The second game features Iran, (who were unlucky to lose to the aforementioned piece of Messi genius in injury time) against Bosnia who are already out. No-one outside of those 2 nations cares what happens here, although there is a remote chance that, if Iran win and Nigeria lose, then Iran could advance. Dzeko and Dejagah. are the 2 to look out for here
Bosnia to salvage some pride with a win
The 2nd set of games (20.00 GMT) features games between Ecuador and France and Switzerland against Honduras.
Free-scoring France have all but sealed qualification and top spot - they would have to lose heavily to Ecuador, and the Swiss record a huge win over Honduras. Ecuador are in second spot on goal difference only. It promises to be a cracking conclusion to the group stage.
We have to find something negative to say about the French, so how about this for a double miss.
France and Switzerland to win and both progress to the last 16.
So to yesterday, a day which had the Good, Greece fighting to the end and winning (a somewhat dubious penalty if truth be told) in injury time to progress,
the Bad, the match between Italy and Uruguay which would not have been out of place in an ultimate fighting cage
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKZdlKKTk_A the red card to Italy
and the Ugly, the disgraceful act by Luis Suarez as he sunk his teeth into the shoulder of Chiellini(no angel himself).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ot9Vh2XDNZU the latest bite
I wrote yesterday, that some of the Italian tactics would put the Mafia to shame, and so it proved yesterday until Suarez's moment of madness. Don Corleone, is going to make him an offer he can't refuse.
Now the world waits to see how the governing body FIFA is going to deal with something which could overshadow what has been a very good tournament so far.