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World Cup Roundup for June 27, 2010

June 27, 2010 By Brian Moore
Today’s Round of 16 matches were glamour games both, with England and Germany facing off earlier in the day and Argentina and Mexico meeting each other later in the day.

England captain Bobby Moore hoists the Jules Rimet trophy follwoing England's win over West Germany in 1966Both of today’s encounters were much anticipated as all four countries are bastions of footballing fervor, whose teams were eager to prove they had the talent to go far in this year’s World Cup.

The England-Germany rivalry is much documented, its apex being England’s controversial 4-2 victory over West Germany in the World Cup final at Wembley Stadium in 1966.

The Argentina-Mexico match was seen as an opportunity for an exciting young Mexican team—said to be the best Mexican side in a generation—to take on an Argentina side who, with all respect to South Korea, Greece, and Nigeria, were yet to prove themselves against a team of true quality.

Unfortunately, despite the prospect of a wonderful day of football, the refereeing once again took center stage.

Germany-England

The English met with early disappointment as the German side jumped out to a lead through a somewhat uncommon goal. German keeper Manuel Neuer earned himself an assist when he pumped the ball up field and over the head of England central defender John Terry.

Striker Miroslav Klose got hold of it and out-muscled Matt Upson to poke the ball past ‘keeper David James.

Podolski scored next for Germany and England were on the ropes. The English pulled one back through a header by Upson but then the talking point of the day took place.

Frank Lampard’s shot came off the crossbar and landed a good yard inside the German goal. But then it bounced out and of all the people watching around the world only the referee and his two accomplices missed what was clearly an England goal.

Certainly the tactics would have differed had the goal stood, but at the end of the day England were unworthy of a place on the field with Germany, who went on to win the match 4-1 on two additional goals by Muller. It was a deserved win for Germany, but the English should at least have had a second goal.

Argentina-Mexico

Mexico have a history of losing out to Argentina in recent World Cups and they were determined toArgentina striker Carlos Tevez scored two against Mexico today prove their mettle against their South American opponents today.

But Argentina took control of the match with the help of blind refereeing. Tevez first goal was yards offside. The Mexicans protested to no avail.

Everyone in the stadium must have seen the replay on the big screen, including the ref no doubt. But he had no choice but to let the goal stand for Argentina.

Higuaín and Tevez got Argentina’s other goals, the former taking advantage of a calamitous error by Mexican defender Osorio, while Tevez’s second was a thing of beauty.

Mexico got one back through Manchester United-bound Javier Hernandez, but at the end of the day Argentina was simply too good for Mexico.

FIFA and technology

OK,…so two big games today were dominated by bad officiating. Video replays or other technologies such as electronic chips in the ball are available, yet FIFA’s position on using these tools for the benefit of the game is clear; they say no.

Why not? Is it because Sepp Blatter is a luddite?

 

 

 


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Group A
Jun 14 11:00amMoscow
Russia vs Saudi Arabia
Jun 15 8:00amYekaterinburg
Egypt vs Uruguay
Jun 19 2:00pmSaint Petersburg
Russia vs Egypt
Jun 20 11:00amRostov-on-Don
Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia
Jun 25 10:00amVolgograd
Saudi Arabia vs Egypt
Jun 25 10:00amSamara
Uruguay vs Russia
Group B
Jun 15 11:00amSaint Petersburg
Morocco vs Iran
Jun 15 2:00pmSochi
Portugal vs Spain
Jun 20 8:00amMoscow
Portugal vs Morocco
Jun 20 2:00pmKazan
Iran vs Spain
Jun 25 2:00pmSaransk
Iran vs Portugal
Jun 25 2:00pmKaliningrad
Spain vs Morocco
Group C
Jun 16 6:00amKazan
France vs Australia
Jun 16 12:00pmSaransk
Peru vs Denmark
Jun 21 8:00amSamara
Denmark vs Australia
Jun 21 11:00amYekaterinburg
France vs Peru
Jun 26 10:00amSochi
Australia vs Peru
Jun 26 10:00amMoscow
Denmark vs France
Group D
Jun 16 9:00amMoscow
Argentina vs Iceland
Jun 16 3:00pmKaliningrad
Croatia vs Nigeria
Jun 21 2:00pmNizhny Novgorod
Argentina vs Croatia
Jun 22 11:00amVolgograd
Nigeria vs Iceland
Jun 26 2:00pmRostov-on-Don
Iceland vs Croatia
Jun 26 2:00pmSaint Petersburg
Nigeria vs Argentina
Group E
Jun 17 8:00amSamara
Costa Rica vs Serbia
Jun 17 2:00pmRostov-on-Don
Brazil vs Switzerland
Jun 22 8:00amSaint Petersburg
Brazil vs Costa Rica
Jun 22 2:00pmKaliningrad
Serbia vs Switzerland
Jun 27 2:00pmMoscow
Serbia vs Brazil
Jun 27 2:00pmNizhny Novgorod
Switzerland vs Costa Rica
Group F
Jun 17 11:00amMoscow
Germany vs Mexico
Jun 18 8:00amNizhny Novgorod
Sweden vs Korea Republic
Jun 23 11:00amRostov-on-Don
Korea Republic vs Mexico
Jun 23 2:00pmSochi
Germany vs Sweden
Jun 27 10:00amKazan
Korea Republic vs Germany
Jun 27 10:00amYekaterinburg
Mexico vs Sweden
Group G
Jun 18 11:00amSochi
Belgium vs Panama
Jun 18 2:00pmVolgograd
Tunisia vs England
Jun 23 8:00amMoscow
Belgium vs Tunisia
Jun 24 8:00amNizhny Novgorod
England vs Panama
Jun 28 2:00pmKaliningrad
England vs Belgium
Jun 28 2:00pmSaransk
Panama vs Tunisia
Group H
Jun 19 8:00amSaransk
Colombia vs Japan
Jun 19 11:00amMoscow
Poland vs Senegal
Jun 24 11:00amYekaterinburg
Japan vs Senegal
Jun 24 2:00pmKazan
Poland vs Colombia
Jun 28 10:00amVolgograd
Japan vs Poland
Jun 28 10:00amSamara
Senegal vs Colombia
Knockout Stage

Round of 16
Jun 30 10:00amKazan
[1C] vs [2D]
Jun 30 2:00pmSochi
[1A] vs [2B]
Jul 1 10:00amMoscow
[1B] vs [2A]
Jul 1 2:00pmNizhny Novgorod
[1D] vs [2C]
Round of 16
Jul 2 10:00amSamara
[1E] vs [2F]
Jul 2 2:00pmRostov-on-Don
[1G] vs [2H]
Jul 3 10:00amSaint Petersburg
[1F] vs [2E]
Jul 3 2:00pmMoscow
[1H] vs [2G]
Quarter Final
Jul 6 10:00amNizhny Novgorod
[W49] vs [W50]
Jul 6 2:00pmKazan
[W53] vs [W54]
Jul 7 10:00amSamara
[W55] vs [W56]
Jul 7 2:00pmSochi
[W51] vs [W52]
Semi-final
Jul 10 2:00pmSaint Petersburg
[W57] vs [W58]
Jul 11 2:00pmMoscow
[W59] vs [W60]
Third place match
Jul 14 10:00amSaint Petersburg
[L61] vs [L62]
Final
Jul 15 11:00amMoscow
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