Pierre Boisrond has followed soccer and the World Cup
closely for many years and also writes for other websites. We at PWC are proud to have him as
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Portugal Demolished North Korea; Chile Exploited Hole in Swiss Defense; Spaniards Back on Winning Track
The Portuguese Internationals were very focused today because they knew they had to obtain a great result which could help them pass to the round of 16. First, the Portuguese must take care their business. And that business was to demolish the North Koreans.
Despite losing 2-1 in their first match against Brazil, the North Koreans had faith in themselves that they could step it up to the highest level with Portugal. The North Koreans were able to keep the score clean for most of the first half until they succumbed to the fantastic goal of Raul Meireles. Suddenly, The North Koreans found themselves down 0-1. The first half ended 1-0 in favor of Portugal.
The Portuguese internationals had a great strategy. Their strategies were to score many goals so they could give themselves a chance to go to the round of 16. In the second half, the Players of Portugal put a show on by scoring a festival of goals that shook the confidence of the North Koreans. In the 53rd minute, Simao scored the second goal of Portugal. Three minutes later, Hugo Almeida scored a 3rd goal for Portugal. It seems the North Koreans did not know what to do because the Portuguese are on a mission which is to get those 3 points that will put them on the road to the round of 16.
Being up 3-0, The Portuguese kept attacking the North Koreans in the aim to score more goals. Surely, it was a festival of goals for the Portuguese. In the 60th minute, Tiago scored the 4th goal of Portugal. In the 81st minute, Liedson augmented the score for Portugal. As you know the world has been waiting for Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal, well he finally scored that goal in the 87th minute to give Portugal 6-0 advantage. When everyone thought there won’t be any more goal, Tiago gave the coup de grace to the North Koreans to make it 7-0 in favor of Portugal. The Portuguese have played a beautiful football and definitely that will give them some confidence in the later rounds. The Portugal have given a lesson of football to the North Koreans. It was a shocking result, 7-0, in favor of Portugal.
Nobody expected North Korea to lose by such a large margin after only losing 2-1 to Brazil. The Portuguese did what they needed to do to guarantee a place in the 2nd round. They scored 7 goals and they obtained 3 points. The Group G now has Brazil in 1st place with 6points with a goal differential (GD) of 3. Portugal is in 2nd place with 4 points with a GD of 7. Ivory Coast is in 3rd place with 1 point with GD (-2). Lastly is North Korea with 0 points with a GD (-8). The final games in Group G will be: Ivory Coast vs. North Korea and Brazil vs. Portugal. Definitely, it seems that Ivory Coast won’t make it to the second round.
In group H, Chile and Switzerland were fighting to earn 3 valuable points. It was great attacking football and both teams were playing well. The Swiss were mostly concerned with defense, but they did attack when they needed to. The Chileans seem they were attacking with 11 and defending with 11. This is the type of technique that the Chilean Coach, Marcelo Bielsa, likes his team to play. Chile had missed several opportunities in the first half and also had a 1-man advantage over Switzerland. And one could only hope that the gods of football would prevent the Chileans from losing this game. The first half ended 0-0.
In the second half, both teams kept playing their games. As usual, Chile was relentless in their attacks. They did not give the Swiss any breathing room because the men orchestrated by Marcelo Bielsa knew that they want to control their own destiny and their main objective was to pierce the Swiss defense. Finally, in a beautiful attack that confused the Swiss defense, Mark Gonzalez scored for Chile in the 75th minute and put Chile up 1-0. The game was very entertaining with both sides wanted to win. Chile kept missing scoring opportunities and Switzerland had almost equalized the match at the end of regulation. It was a fantastic game and Chile deserved to earn those 3 points because they were very aggressive. The game ended 1-0 in favor of Chile.
The Second game of the day in Group H was Spain vs Honduras. It was a game that Spain badly needed to overcome the lost to Switzerland. Most pundits knew that Honduras would lose the game but they did not really know what the score sheet will be. The Spaniards played beautiful football, however they have missed so many great scoring opportunities. It was David Villa who scored two goals for Spain in the 17th minute ( a beautiful goal) and in the 51st minute to give Spain a 2-0 advantage. It could have been 3-0, had Villa been able to bury the penalty kick. The most important aspect for the Spaniards was to get their 3 points and they had done so. However, I am a bit concerned for Spain because they seemed to miss a lot of scoring opportunities. They have missed a lot of scoring opportunities in front of Switzerland and today in front of Honduras. The Spaniards are still a contender since they do play a marvelous football.
Concerning Honduras, we have to give them credit for never giving up during the whole game. The Players of Honduras did give their best on the field. Unfortunately for Honduras, the Spaniards were playing at a different level and their players can decide a game at anytime. Spain’s objective was to earn 3 points, they have done so, but I know the fans of Spain were not too happy with a final score of 2-0.
In Group H, we have Chile 1st with 6 points and a GD of +2. Spain is 2nd with 3 points with a GD +1. Switzerland is in 3rd with 3 points with a GD of 0 and Honduras in 4th with 0 point with a GD (-3). The final games in this group will be: Switzerland vs. Honduras and Chile vs Spain.
Later on today: There will be important games in Group A and Group B. In Group A we will have Mexico vs Uruguay and France vs South Africa. In Group B, Argentina will face Greece and Nigeria will face South Korea.
Please continue to enjoy the games… It will be very exciting as the tournament goes to the next round.
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