Yesterday's action started with a rather drab affair between RVP's Netherlands and Japan, which the Netherlands won 1-0. This means the Netherlands are the first team definitely through to the last 16, with Cameroon to come in their last match. In the late game yesterday, Denmark came from behind to beat Cameroon 2-1 and it put Cameroon out of the tournament, which means Alex Song can now plan his summer holidays.
In that later game, we had our first Arsenal goal of the tournament as Nicklas Bendtner scored Denmark's equaliser. I watched most of the game before going out, and I was happy to see the Spud left full back for Cameroon getting taken apart for both goals. Some things never change, thankfully.
In between both of those games, Ghana came from behind to draw 1-1 with Australia, after Harry Kewell had been sent off for a deliberate handball to stop a goal. Ghana scored the penalty, and Australia did very well to play more than half of the game a man down and still get a draw. Any of the four teams can still qualify for the next phase, although Australia's qualification is out of their own hands.
As I write this, today's first game is nearing its end, and at the moment, Paraguay hold a 1-0 lead over Slovakia. In the afternoon game Italy take on New Zealand, and despite being a fairly average Italian team, they should have too much for New Zealand and I expect them to win.
Tonight we will get to see Brazil again as they take on an Ivory Coast team that should include Emmanuel Eboue in it. It will be interesting to see how well Brazil can play, as I wasn't overly impressed with them against North Korea. For me, Kaka looks like he's past his best and they would do well to replace him. When was the last time he actually played well? If he gets any worse he will probably get sold to Chelsea.
So to Arsenal news: We are said today to be interested in Stephen Ireland of Man City and Madjid Bougherra of Rangers and Algeria. I hope that we aren't interested in Ireland, as he has got problems and we don't need a player like that in the club. I also don't think he would improve our team and that's a very good reason not to sign him. Bougherra has played well for Algeria so far, and with us needing centre backs, I'll have to watch him more closely in their last game against the USA.
Another player's name that is doing the rounds yet again is Neven Subotic of Borussia Dortmund and Serbia, and as he's a centre back, the chances are we are looking at him. His name has come up before and it probably will again, but I'd be surprised if it's anything more than idle talk.
There's more inane jabber from Barcelona about Cesc, and Clichy's name is getting mentioned too. But I can't see us selling either player, and certainly not to the team that are fast becoming the most hated by Arsenal fans. I won't bother repeating their comments here as we've heard it all before and we'll hear it all again ad nauseum, too.
That's it for today. Here's brief highlights of Denmark's win and Bendtner's goal.
See You Tomorrow.