When you need 2 and play to score 0, you might be Greece.
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.