Metamorphosis

Saturday, June 17, 2006

6/17 games

Portugal vs Iran:
I was too tired to wake up and watch the whole game so I only watched the last 20 minutes. Portugal look unconvincing, but they don't care as they qualified to the next round with this win. Deco's strike was brilliant and Figo showed how clever he is with the play that lead to the penalty. I still think Big Phil should scold Ronaldo for trying to nutmeg the whole field. He needs to be more of a team player.

Ghana vs Czech Republic
Finally an African victory and what a great one it was! Ghana looked very well organized and their solid midfield lead by the indomitable Essien worked very hard to contain the Czechs. I thought they should have scored at least another 2. Their strikers are really poor, but they won and that's all they care about. The Czechs were really disappointing and I doubt they will go far after this performance. They clearly miss Koller upfront.

Italy vs USA
This game will be remembered as the battle of Kaiserslautern. A gritty and determined performance from the US and they got a well deserved point. The Italians were poor particularly after having gone ahead. Daniele De Rossi should be banned for the rest of the tournament as his blatant elbow was horrific.

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