syafeerul: WC2010 Group Stage Review and Round of 16 Preview

Group A – France, Mexico, South Africa, Uruguay

my prediction was wrong all over. france had their worst world cup tourney i guess as the finished bottom of group A. south africa fought well but did not get through based on goal difference. uruguay was far better then i expected. mexico was way better than france. no doubt the two qualified.

Group B – Argentina, Greece, Nigeria, South Korea

as i predicted, argentina had no problems qualifying. greece and nigeria didn’t do enough to qualify. south korea showed some fast attacking with lots of running and they deservedly qualify as runner-up to argentina.

Group C – Algeria, England, Slovenia, United States

my choice was england but they struggled to qualify. the usa showed some good football to top group c while england was lucky to go as 2nd place.

Group D – Australia, Germany, Ghana, Serbia

as much as i predicted, the four teams fought hard to the last group game. all had their eyes on the round of 16 but germany and ghana squeezed through at the end. no shame to aussies and serbs as they played well through this group stage.

Group E – Cameroon, Denmark, Netherlands, Japan

netherlands had no resistance from their opponents as they advance as champion of group e with maximum 9 points from the three games. cameroon didn’t do well this time in comparison to the previous world cup edition. denmark played ok but japan surprised everyone with their pace and set-piece ability. japan qualified to the next round proving that asia is not that far behind in football arena.

Group F – Italy, New Zealand, Paraguay, Slovakia

no goal galore and surprisingly italy had a dismal tournament. they finished bottom with only 2 points from two draws. even new zealand was better than italy in this group. what explanation can marcello lippi do to justify this italian job? paraguay and slovakia emerge victorious from this lot..

Group G – Brazil, Ivory Coast, North Korea, Portugal

its that easy. ivory coast tried to challenge but the two nations are too powerful for them.

Group H – Chile, Honduras, Spain, Switzerland

i thought spain had an easy group here. surprisingly they lost to switzerland and had to wait on the last group game to book their spot in the next round. chile accompanied spain in 2nd spot.

ROUND of 16 Predictions

Uruguay vs South Korea
Uruguay to win this despite tough challenges by South Korea..

USA vs Ghana
balanced game although i quite like Ghana gameplay better..

Argentina vs Mexico
Mexico could attack and attack but they are vulnerable in defense. Argentina to take this…

Germany vs England
from group games, England had a bad start and Germany was somewhere in between. but im a Germany fan. so i’d go with Germany..

Netherlands vs Slovakia
Netherlands might be too strong for Slovakia..

Brazil vs Chile
Not going to be easy for Brazil but they’d get through.

Paraguay vs Japan
Paraguay seems to have slightly better chance to advance from here..

Spain vs Portugal
the game to watch in this knock-out stage. both had a good chance to move on from here.. anyhow i choose Spain.

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