I only watched highlights of Slovenia/Algeria and Ghana/Serbia. What a nightmare from Algeria. I feel this puts a lot of pressure on the US to win against Slovenia and we’ll see how the US responds.
In the second game of Group D, Germany broke out the whoopin stick against Australia. Once the Socceroos missed an early chance, the Germans took over and could have had even more goals if Klose had scored the easy ones. But his headed goal was brave and emphatic. Their movement and passing was outstanding and we’ll see in their next two matches whether their opening match showed how good they were or how poor Australia was.
Oezil was outstanding; Schweinsteiger was solid; the backline was decent. Going into the tournament, I was down on the Germans due to the loss of Ballack and their forwards not firing on all cylinders, but for 90 minutes they showed themselves to be contenders.
Australia were poor. The back line was unorganized and embarrassed. Thought Emerton has a good game; took people on and created space for himself. Cahill’s red was harsh. He was pulling out of the challenge and his dismissal signaled the end of Australia’s participation in the game and the tournament.
Results on Sunday probably busted my bracket. I had Serbia beating Ghana and winning the group. Not looking so good now.