Btw, some people here think I am making excuses because I support Italians. This is nonsense. I am generally an England supporter, and in this game I am supporting USA, both by adoption, and because they’re the underdogs.
Great save by Keller there. And Donovan looks OK too.
Why wasn’t this game a good advert for the sport? I thought it was very very exciting.
This was a magnificent performance by the USA. The Italians were very poor, but the Americans still had to hang in there, down a man, and they did it. More about team spirit and fitness than skill, but it’s all good.
And I believe they can beat Ghana. Ghana have big weaknesses at the back, particularly from set pieces. The USA should have nothing to fear.
Can’t believe no-one’s commented on today’s games yet.
The first match was incredible. Japan and Croatia both showed incredible fitness and heart to keep going like that in sweltering conditions. Croatia were playing a 3-5-2 and their wing-backs must have covered a ridiculous amount of ground. For Japan, Nakata and Alex in particular were phenomenal. Miyamoto was terrible in defense, though. Most exciting 0-0 draw you’re ever likely to see.
Brazil have just scored an undeserved, but rather inevitable, goal against Australia. If they want to come back they need infinitely more from Mark Viduka. Both number 9s in this match look, fat, lazy and disinterested.