Was yesterday the best day at World Cup 2010 so far?
Yesterday, as the first round of World Cup group games drew to a close and the second began, there was a change in the air in South Africa. Teams started playing entertaining football.
Driven by the urgency of simply needing to get some points on the board, Diego Forlan (“he’s not the player he was eight years ago, you know” – ad infinitum (c) Mark Lawrenson, 2010) dragged Uruguay to victory over a lacklustre South Africa side. Switzerland shocked kitchen-sink-lobbing Spain by defending resolutely and then nicking one on the break. And a surprisingly slick Chile side (or so we’ve been told, The Spoiler hasn’t actually seen the game yet) jinked their way to a 1-0 win over Honduras.
On to the major talking points, then.
Should the Swiss get credit (a-ha!) for successfully using so-called “anti-football” tactics to nick 3 points against the best team in the world? Will we all inevitably end up falling in love, then very quickly falling back out of love, with Ottmar Hitzfeld’s brilliantly organised side, a la Greece c. 2004?
Secondly, with the majority of strikers apparently having the summer off, is Pichichi-addict Diego Forlan a good outside bet to grab the Golden Boot? And finally, do you reckon that impressive Chile side could actually sneak Group H? (Also, was Mat Fernandez as good as he is on Football Manager?)
Highlights of all three of the games – and the chance to leave your thoughts on day six of World Cup 2010 – after the jump.
South Africa vs Uruguay
Spain vs Switzerland
Chile vs Honduras
[highlights via 101GG]