Netherlands 2 Denmark 0: The Danes have the dubious honor of scoring the first own goal of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Simon Poulsen inadvertently headed a cross right to the back of teammate Daniel Agger and the ball made its way towards goal. Eljero Elia could’ve had the 2nd goal for the Dutch when his shot smacked against the post. Luckily Dirk Kuyt of Liverpool was there to snatch the rebound and put the game out of reach.
Japan 1 Cameroon 0: Our first “shock” of the tournament came today as the Japanese won their first ever World Cup match on foreign soil. Keisuke Honda scored the only goal late in the 1st half. Cameroon’s best chance at an equalizer came when Stephane Mbia tried his luck from long range…but the crossbar denied him. This will probably go down as one of the worst games of the tournament.
Italy 1 Paraguay 1: The defending world champions sure didn’t look the part after an uninspiring draw against the Paraguayans. It was a tepid encounter until the 39th minute when defender Antolin Alcaraz scored off of a free kick, heading the ball past Gianluigi Buffon to take a shock lead. Buffon did not come out for the 2nd half after he suffered a hamstring injury. Fortunately for him (and Italy) the Paraguayans did not register a shot on goal after halftime. It would cost them when Paraguay GK Justo Villar completely missed the ball when trying to punch it out on a corner. Daniele De Rossi had the goalmouth gaping and finished calmly to square the game. Marcello Lippi’s side searched for the winner but they lacked the clear-cut chances and settled for a point.
The goals have been few, the games have hardly been entertaining, but Brazil are playing tomorrow so that must be a sign this tournament will take a turn for the better.