Argentina 4 South Korea 1: For the first time since 2002 we have ourselves a World Cup hat-trick. Gonzalo Higuain bagged three for his country while Park Chu-Young scored an own goal to give Argentina a comfortable victory. South Korea had a chance to come back when a horrible giveaway by Martin Dimichelis sent Lee Chung-Young clear towards goal to make a 2-0 game just 2-1. Higuain made certain that there would be no rally and that Maradona’s side are in a comfortable position to quality for the 2nd round.
Greece 2 Nigeria 1: Sani Kaita may be one of the goats of the tournament if Nigeria suffers an early exit. His mindless red card in which he kicked at the thigh of Vasileios Torosidis when the ball was out of play completely changed the scope of the game. At the time, Nigeria was up 1-0 on a Kalu Uche free-kick which managed to elude everyone in the penalty area and the GK. By halftime it was 1-1 when Dimitrios Salpingidis’ shot took a wicked deflection into the net for the first ever World Cup goal for Greece. The winner came in the 71st minute after Vincent Enyeama spilled a long-range effort from Alexandros Tziolis right into the path of Torosidis, who slotted the ball home. Greece earns 3 points while Nigeria have nothing. Thanks to a South Korea defeat however the Golden Eagles are not eliminated from the competition but have to beat the Koreans and hope Argentina beats Greece. Even then it would come down to goal differential, and South Korea stands at -1, Greece also at -1, and Nigeria is at -2.
Mexico 2 France 0: The French are toast. A brilliant 2nd half performance by Mexico was rewarded with a goal from Javier Hernandez in the 64th minute and then finished with a Cuathemoc Blanco penalty in the 79th. France looked dreadful yet again and lacked any team chemistry. They also had no willingness to attack even when a goal behind. Mexico and Uruguay play each other next Tuesday and a draw would see both of them through and eliminate South Africa and France regardless of what happens in their match.
You wanted goals, you got 10 of them today. The play is getting better and the goals are coming in. Tomorrow the US plays Slovenia, Germany plays Serbia, and England takes on Algeria. I’m calling for a 2-0 US win, a 3-0 for Germany, and 4-0 for England. Watch all of them end up incorrect.