Cristiano Ronaldo's fabulous goal added a little bit of flavour to a Portugal's 7-0 crushing of everyone's favourite Communist country, North Korea; Spain slapped Honduras 2-0 in a game that the World Cup favourites should have won by the Portugese scoreline; and Chile beat Switzerland 1-0 in fairly dull game.
Anyway, here's our run-down of today's performances:
1) Portugal (Grade:A)
7-0 scoreline by six different scorelines outlines how dangerous this Portugese team when they play well. Cristiano Ronaldo evidently pulls the strings on this team, who looked quick and decisive going forward. Defensively, they look a little suspect (North Korea could easily have taken the lead or equalised in the first half), but this sets up a monster Brazil vs Portugal clash. Sadly, though, it'll probably be full of diving...
2) Spain (B+)
David Villa had an eventful night: he scored two lovely goals, should have been sent off for raising hands to a Honduran defender (there is truly no consistency with these FIFA referees!), and obviously took some lessons from Frank Lampard on how to take a penalty, because it was rubbish and skidded by the most. A big shout also goes out to Fernando Torres, who's finishing exploits could easily see him have two of the 'misses of the tournament'. I shouldn't laugh though—Rooney has been worse.
3) North Korea (E)
We loved the fact that they could have equalised against Portugal before their version of the Berlin Defensive Wall got disembowelled, but they must reorganise and get back to better defensive duties against the Ivory Coast. If there's anything the North Korean's have had—which puts them against England—is a bit of pride in their country. And they aren't overpaid, are they?
4) Switzerland (C-)
Disgusting (on reflection) decision to send off Switzerland's Valon Behrami for a scuffle on the sidelines, when he was being pushed by two Chilean players, but Switzerland, who have been one of the most negative team of this tournament thus far, didn't win ugly this time.
5) Chile (B-)
There's something beautiful about the constant pass-and-move of the Chilean game: it's one that every school team and a certain team that plays in all-white should aspire to play. However, the diving around, like their Latin American counterparts in yellow on Sunday night, is enough to make you ill. Having said that, we look forward to the Spain clash—should be a blinder.
6) Honduras (D)
They aren't that good and they should have been beaten comfortably (like 5-0) by Spain, but we'll make an early prediction that they will make their Spanish speaking cousins day by scraping a draw with (yawn) Switzerland.
And in other news:
Nicolas Anelka is kicking more balls in this advert than he will in the rest of World Cup 2010....
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