Only because of the appearance of Brazil, who beat North Korea 2-1 in the final game of the day. It wasn’t vintage Brazil, far from it, but at least they played attacking football which is more than can be said about most of the teams we have seen so far.
North Korea far from disgraced themselves at Ellis Park, in fact they looked a half decent side who showed the world that they aren’t just in South Africa to be the group whipping boys.
Brazil got the job done, but you didn’t get the feeling you where definately watching the next world champions, I expect we’ll see a lot more from them as the tournament progresses.
In the days first two games the negative lets not lose our first game policy prevailed with, first New Zeland holding Slovakia to a 1-1 draw, and then Portugal and Ivory Coast playing out a 0-0 bore draw.
Slovakia payed the price for been too negative against the Kiwis when Winston Reid headed a 93rd minute equaliser. If Slovakia had shown any attacking intent after going 1-0 up (they didn’t show much beforehand either) they surely could have put the game to bed, instead they got what they deserved for sitting back and going totally defensive after scoring.
After that Sven Goran Eriksson showed every England fan just what they are missing by sending his Ivory Coast team out to play for a 0-0, while hoping to sneak one on the break.
After getting clearance for Didier Drogba’s arm cast he then remarkably decided to leave him on the bench until the 65 minute, while putting 10 men behind the ball for 90 minutes.
It’s nothing we haven’t seen from him before, afterall any seasoned football follower knows that teams like Ivory Coast and England’s main strength is in their defence, don’t we Sven!!
And as a result of his stupid tactics he still can’t beat them, is it any real surprise?
His tactics did seem to work in dragging Portugal down to the same level in what was one of the worst games of the tournament so far, and there has been some bad ones.
Lets hope tomorrow brings an improvement.