The Ivory Coast had a hollow victory today vs. North Korea. You can check out the match recap here. Before the tournament, a tie vs. Portugal, loss to Brazil, and win against North Korea appeared the most likely and thus plausible path to advancing out of this group of death. However, the North Korean capitulation in the second half gifted the Portuguese an insurmountable goal difference. That, and Brazil played their B team against Cristiano Ronaldo and company, all but ensuring an uneventful draw.
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So, I took a day to collect my thoughts and recover from the atrocious results on Sunday. Portugal’s 7-0 demolition of North Korea and the ‘Coast’s 3-1 loss to Brazil has created a difficult situation for advancement. More alarming, the ‘Coast never looked capable of troubling the mighty Brazilians. Despite decent organization in the midfield and dedication to defense, we ... [read more]
Okay folks, let’s set a few ground rules like last time. (more…)
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Truth be told, our last liveblog spooked out a few readers. Somewhere, somehow, the Algerian commenter who wrote in all caps screams and moans in joy and confusion and agony. Behind him lurk the dead-live-blog zombies, thirsty for blog and extended soccer blog metaphors. But fear not, gentle reader, those zombies have been laid to rest. Rather, for the match ... [read more]
This, my friends, was as tightfisted a game as one can see. Both sides feared pushing numbers forward, with the result that clear cut chances failed to materialize. Still, with this gaping desert of defense as a backdrop, a few oasis of attacking prowess could be spotted, hazily fading into and out of view like a mirage. Still, a few ... [read more]
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