No one on Denmark’s team should whine about giving up an own goal. They usually result from pressure and that’s what Denmark experienced through much of the game.
The blame for Dirk Kuyt’s goal should rest squarely on Simon Kjaer’s shoulders. Both players were trailing the play virtually next to each other, but where Kuyt speeded up on Elia’s shot, Kjaer slowed down, leaving Kuyt free to finish off the rebound.
Eljero Elia was terrific off the bench. I don’t think that the Netherlands will have any problem going through, but if Bert van Marwijk is smart he’ll find a way to get Elia in the starting lineup in subsequent rounds.
Nigel de Jong is a red card waiting to happen.
If Denmark doesn’t win against decisively against Cameroon, they’re in deep trouble.
Nicklas Bendtner still has problems finishing his chances. Given that he’s not 100% and Morton Olsen only brought three forwards with him, Denmark’s offense has their work cut out for them.
Talk about making the most of your chances: Japan had three shots, two on goal, one of which they scored. They also had no corner kicks. That may have worked barely against Cameroon, but at the risk of belaboring the obvious, it certainly won’t work against the Dutch.
Did anyone see any organization in the Cameroon attack? I certainly didn’t.
For a tough guy Daniele de Rossi seems fragile: he tripped on what must have been a blade of grass early on and managed to fling out his arms. I guess he thought it was a team practice.
Paraguay played with a lot of heart. You have to admire that.
Notwithstanding his shot in the 83rd minute, Riccardo Montolivo did not seem to be a particularly good replacement for Andrea Pirlo.
Did Iaquinta and Gilardino play in this game? I barely saw them.
Here’s a conceivable scenario: Paraguay beats or ties Italy, Slovakia
beats New Zealand, Italy beats New Zealand, Slovakia and Paraguay tie,
Slovakia beats or ties Italy and Paraguay beats New Zealand. Who goes
through would then depend on the goal differential against New Zealand.
Pending the result of tomorrow’s first game, that seems even more conceivable.