Last night Germany took Australia apart to win 4-0.
In terms of goals, the World Cup hasn't got off to a flyer: Australia vs Germany was the first match this tournament to see more than two goals.
Considering that it was the eighth match of the tournament, this is surprising. In 2002 there was an 8-0 within the first eight matches whilst in 2006 the opening match finished 4-2.
So far there have been 1.6 goals per game. In 2002, the average was 2.5 whilst in 2006 it was 2.3.
It isn't that the teams are more evenly matched, rather that there have been some poor performances and some poor finishing.
This was the case in the opening match. South Africa vs Mexico, the hosts were outplayed and were lucky to come away with a draw after some poor finishing.
Uruguay vs France was a bad match. Both teams seemed to lack form and the 0-0 draw made South Africa vs Mexico look a lot better in comparison.
The second day saw a 2-0 victory for South Korea against Greece. South Korea cruised home, hardly threatened by Greece, who have never scored in a World Cup. Korea could easily have added more to their tally.
Similarly, Argentina waltzed home against Nigeria, winning 1-0. The result flatters Nigeria, they could've conceded six.
England vs USA was certainly full of drama. There was an early goal, as well as a horrible blunder from Robert Green.
The second half saw England waste several chances as the game ended in stalemate.
Slovenia beat Algeria 1-0 in a dismal affair. Alan Hansen even said "I shouldn't be exposed to such pain on my birthday!"
Serbia lost 1-0 to Ghana. Serbia couldn't contain Ghana and they should've scored more than they did.
So, will Germany's win get things started?
Today, Denmark vs Holland could be a good match as Holland like to attack. Italy vs Paraguay could also be a good match between two fairly well matched sides.
Japan vs Cameroon could be interesting with the scoring prowess of Eto'o on show (as long as he isn't still sulking) coupled with the defensive lapses of Cameroon. This could create chances for both teams to score.
At this early stage, it is obviously too early to judge the World Cup. However, unless things start to pick up, any claims that it's been boring will have much more validity.
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