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Game 4 Group B – Greece versus Nigeria

For more on Georgios Samaras and the Greek team at Euro 2012, click here.

Samaras could do with a shave and a haircut but his inclusion midway through the first half sparked the Greeks to life

PEEEEEEP PEEEEP PEEP. Greek get their first win in world cup football. They’re tied for second in the group with South Korea. The third round games in Group B will be HELLA exciting!

93:00 – Nigerian defense fell asleep and Eneyama has to make a diving save to keep the score line 2-1.

92:00 – WOW…one of the Nigerian coaches is sleeping in the background…YOU KIDDING ME!

91:00 – Kudos to Matt B for giving us the breakdown of the group and a couple what if scenarios in the comment section.

4 minutes of extra time.

89:00 – Greece have impressed today I feel. They came out of their defensive shell to really put the sword to the Nigerians.

88:00 – Cousin It (Samaras) gets a yellow card for a dangerous challenge.

83:00 – Uche tries his luck from afar. It’s a good shot but always wide.

79:00 – Ninis on Gekas off (so nice to have to type simple names😉 )

77:00 – If Eneyama has an chinks in his armor it’s the fact that he parries back into the middle of the pitch when he saves. He does it again but this time Nigeria clear for a corner.

76:00 – Greece full of confidence now as Karagounis has at it from afar but just wide. Yakubu counters with a similar shot on the other end.

75:00 – Echiejile know walking around with a limp.

74:00 – Nigeria still have a slim chance of going through even if they lose. The would have to beat Korea by 3 I believe.

71:00 – GOOOOOOOAAAAAL – TORISIDIS. Eneyama makes his first mistake as he parries a shot in front of him and Torosidis comes in and smashes the rebound into the back of the net. Nigeria 1 – Greece 2

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Group B Match 1 – South Korea V. Greece

The Man United work horse is running things in Port Elizabeth

PEEEEEEP PEEEP and that’s the first win of the world cup. After two draws, South Korea notch up the first 3 points. Join me in 40 for Nigeria versus Argentina.

89:00 – Game is dying down as Greece seem to resign themselves to the defeat.

86:00 – S. Korea capitalize on some slack defending and charge into the box but a great last second tackle pushes the ball out to another korean winger who fires but is well saved by the Greek keeper.

81:00 – Great one handed save by Sung-Ryong Jung as Gekas traps the ball outside the box, spins and sends a cannon goal bound.

79:00 – The Greek side have really picked up their game. Its really too late but they’re now beginning to trouble the South Korean defense somewhat. They’re still leaving big gaps in their back line that S. Korea are exposing but at least Greece are pressing the Korean defense back.

76:00 – Greece send in a cross which ricochets around the box and is volleyed hard but right into a defenders side. Greece appeal for handball (it wasn’t) but the offside flag was up.

74:00 – Kim Nam-Il on for Ki Sung Yueng who set up the first goal. Apparently this is a defensive move for South Korea.

73:00 – Greece are getting balls in the box but their control is failing them. They win a corner but they should be doing better.

70:00 – The Greeks showing some more attacking intent here but the score remains the same. Meanwhile on a completely different note Vegan food I had last night (rehearsal dinner I was at) 2 – Me 0

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Recap Day 1 – June 12th Preview

Soccer City

The sound of the vuvuzela could be heard as early as 5am as South Africa woke up in anticipation for the first ever world cup to be held on African soil.

Tragically Nelson Mandela’s great granddaughter, Zenani Mandela was killed in a drunk driving accident after coming from the welcoming concert so the great leader could not be present at the first game.

Sepp lead things off with a standard speech and not long after that, the game was under way. South Africa were very nervy in the opening minutes and almost conceded an early goal.

Mexico maintained an early dominance in the game but couldn’t break through. As the half progressed, the Bafana Bafana began to gain composure but still El Tri attacked. Dos Santos was the main culprit and looked dangerous every time he had the ball.

Twice in the first half Franco could have put the Mexicans ahead with unchallenged opportunities with a free header, but he put them over both times.

In the 36th minute, the ball was in the back of the South African net but the goal was correctly ruled offside.  As the half died down, South Africa pressured the Mexican goal but both teams went into the dressing rooms goalless.

He unleashed an stoppable shot for the Cups first goal

The second half was a different story as Bafana Bafana showed an attacking intent and spurned on by the crowd started to play with more confidence. One could clearly see the beautiful and effective Brazilian playing style installed into the South African players by coach Carlos Alberto Parreira. A great through ball released Tshabalala and he sent an unstoppable shot into the top right corner of the net.

It was a tremendous goal and one that deserved a great dance celebration from Desmond Tutu. South Africa continued to attack and was pressing for more, but a basic defensive error of a corner in the 79th minute gifted Marquez the ball and he calmly shot the ball past Khune.

South Africa had a chance to win it in extra time but Mphela’s shot hit the outside of the post.

A couple of hours later in Cape Town, France met Uruguay. I thought this would be an attacking game with lots of goals as the quality of attack minded players possessed by both nations was very high.

From the outset though, it was obvious that Uruguay were going to play for the draw. Domenech got his tactics wrong or just didn’t care and left two of his most creative players on the bench.

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