What was Greece thinking? What was their grand plan to get through? Samaras had maybe two decent opportunities, one due to Argentina’s Dimichelis whiffing on a slide, but that was it. A draw would’ve been as helpful as a loss, yet the Greeks looked set to play for 0-0 from the start of their game against the Leo Messi All-Stars. Shameful. To top it all off, they still coughed up 2 goals to Argentina, one rocket off the head of Demichelis, another off the foot of Palermo. And Messi himself came close a few times but still couldn’t get his first of the tourney.
The South Korea-Nigeria game was memorable for two second-half errors. The first came courtesy of Yakubu, who had the ball about 2 yards from goal, perfectly still, with the keeper entirely out of the picture. Missing a penalty wide left is embarrassing, but doing the same with the Oxford English definition of a sitter is humiliating. Yakubu did precisely that before being given a reprieve via a stupid leg assault in the box by South Korea. Yakubu stepped up and redeemed himself with a clinical penalty that sent the keeper the wrong way. But it wasn’t enough to prevent Nigeria’s demise, and the 2-2 draw sent South Korea through to the round of 16.
It’ll be Uruguay v South Korea and Mexico v Argentina in a few days. Both favorites will like their chances.