Algeria's New Robert Green: World Cup Day 3
We've just finished the third day of the World Cup and at least there's one person to laugh at other than Robert Green: Algeria 'keeper Faouzi Chaouchi.
With 11 minutes to go in their clash with Slovenia, Robert Koren's harmless shot went through Chaouchi—who by the way, may have been sporting the worst blond haircut since the entire Romanian team's effort in 1998.
He missed it. He "Robert Greened" it—which has now become the byword for horrific goalkeeping errors.
We enjoyed it—even if the 1-0 result wasn't the sort of result that England and U.S. fans were hoping for.
1) So how good was Slovenia or Algeria?
In a word: mediocre. Both sides failed to deal with the lighter ball and warmer conditions. On paper, they'll be weaker than both England and the USA, although Slovenia looked much better defensively than Algeria. Saying that, Algeria's passing ability was better than Slovenia's even if their end product was pretty dire. Oh, and both sides partook in the worst game of the cup so far. The sooner these two go home, the better.
2) Roos Roasted
The dungaree-wearing Australians, drinking their cans of Victoria Bitter and roasting their prawns on the barbie must have said: ""Wow sport, that was quite a roasting we took out there against the Germans, wasn't it?", after seeing their side whipped 4-0 by the European mean machine. They'll point to talisman Tim Cahill's completely unjust sending off ten minutes in the second half, but let's be honest—they should have taken the lead, went up 2-0, and then could have been down by seven at half-time. Australia's "Socceroos" were taken behind the woodshed. "Soccer" is not their first sport, eh?
Ghana's players and fans were both delighted equally. Behind a constant throbbing carnival of fans and flavour, the Ghanaians beat Serbia 1-0 thanks to a second-half penalty scored by Asamoah Gyan. Truth be told, Serbia had the better chances in the second half—despite being reduced to ten men by a card-happy referee—but Ghana kept coming forward and they gave Africa a reason to celebrate. I don't fancy their chances against Germany though...
4) Deustchland, Deutschland
If the Germans were 16/1 at the start of the tournament, then they've just reduced their odds vastly after an efficient whipping of Australia—one of the dark horses in the World Cup. True, they were almost down 1-0 early on. True, they were perhaps lucky that Cahill was sent off. But here's what's also true: the Germans scored four goals from four different players, created a ton of chances, and looked like a frightening prospect for anyone who gets in their way. Ghana and Serbia might be better defensively than Australia, but against that machine?
The refs became the bastions of the red card by sending off three players in three games, dramatically altering the course of two of them. Between them, Sunday's refs issued 14 yellows and three reds in three games that certainly weren't dirty. The sending off of Australia's Tim Cahill HAS to be appealed, as it was, quite frankly, a crap decision.
Thank God the buzzing in my ears has died down... until Holland vs Denmark kicks off Day 4 tomorrow!
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