Good Morning People – It’s Day 10 of the World Cup. Wasn’t yesterday’s action brilliant? I may be slightly biased however, because we went to watch the Danish game at an outdoor stadium – where the atmosphere was brilliant! So many people went to see it, all dressed in red and white with flags, horns, beach balls and LOADS OF NOISE!!!

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Credit: RubberGoat

As the game started I felt Denmark were scared of the Cameroons – they were very jittery and nervous. But we couldn’t believe our eyes when Cameroon scored first – not only was the goal caused by a horrible defensive mistake, it was almost an exact copy of the mistake Denmark made which led to them being knocked out of the 1986 World Cup. All the noise in the crowd subsided and we all kept shaking our heads. How could they be this bad? They beat Portugal and Sweden to qualify!

And then… WE SCORED!!!

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Nicklas ‘Pink Boots’ Bendtner scored a great goal and the game completely changed. Denmark were very lucky as they were outplayed, yet scored again and held on to win. Sadly, this means that the wonderful Cameroon are out … bittersweet because we all want to see the African teams do well. But the crowd we were in were too busy celebrating!

The atmosphere was brilliant and Copenhagen was full of singing and dancing – a great night out and a great way to watch football. If any of you get a chance to watch it this way, I highly recommend it!

Today’s games

So, today we have some mega games in store for you today. Here’s the Schedule:

Slovakia vs. Paraguay (12:30 GMT+1)

Slovakia will be disappointed not to have beaten NZ as we all expected them to be easy points for the other three teams. Realistically they must beat Paraguay, who managed a great score draw with Italy, so can afford to not win this and hopefully for them, beat New Zealand. F1Wolf is a Slovakia supporter, so if you need a reason to back a team, that’s good enough for me ;)

Italy vs. New Zealand (15:00 GMT+1)

Now… This game is the big one for me. I have a few different teams in this World Cup – my Dad is English and my Mum is Italian, but I grew up in NZ and I live in Denmark with a Danish wife. Normally this doesn’t pose a problem – I often only have to support England and Italy, who hardly ever meet at the World Cup.

This time, it’s very, very different. New Zealand and Italy are in the same group – which means that two of my teams collide. My family have already been ribbing each other about this one – and it could cause arguments depending on what happens today. Now, New Zealand played awesome against Slovakia in the last game – coming from behind with a last minute goal from a player who ironically lives and plays in Denmark!

Italy struggled against Paraguay in their first game, which gives me some hope that something might happen. You may scoff at the suggestion, but a lot of games have not gone the way we thought they would. This game sums up what I love about football so much – you never know what is going to happen until the final whistle blows.

So I urge you all to support the underdog and cheer on New Zealand – the plucky amateurs who may have qualified in an easy group, but have shown that they deserve their place amongst the world’s best.

GO THE ALL WHITES!

Brazil vs. Ivory Coast (19:30 GMT+1)

Finally the game many will look forward to – the clash between two mighty teams in the Group of Death. Brazil beat North Korea, but disappointed many as they were expected to pummel them – yet only scored twice and North Korea got one past them too.

Meanwhile Ivory Coast suffered a ‘bore draw’ with Portugal in the first game, neither team looking very convincing. I think Brazil should win this – but if Didier Drogba manages a better game (with a broken arm, in fairness) then there could be a surprise in store.

So, we are in for another great day of football. It’s all about the fun and the passion, which I think we will see plenty of today. I hope you enjoy the games and see you in the comments ;)

437 responses

  • Christine20/06/2010 at 10:28

    Great post, and great pictures!!

  • RubberGoat20/06/2010 at 10:29

    Great post, and great pictures!!

    Thanks Christine! I posted some more here: http://twitpic.com/photos/RubberGoat and I already linked to the TwitVids ;)

  • Lukeh20/06/2010 at 11:26

    And now for some football :)

  • Alison20/06/2010 at 11:27

    Awww I like it when the whole team sing properly :) Much better than awkward mumbling

  • Lukeh20/06/2010 at 11:27

    My god, that is one empty stadium...

  • RubberGoat20/06/2010 at 11:27

    Awww I like it when the whole team sing properly :) Much better than awkward mumbling

    Yeah - dodgy singing by footballers is always awesome ;)

  • RubberGoat20/06/2010 at 11:27

    Come on Slovakia!

  • Lukeh20/06/2010 at 11:28

    I wish Chilavert still played for Paraguay - he was their goalkeeper and took their freekicks

  • Alison20/06/2010 at 11:29

    My god, that is one empty stadium...

    I had a long argument with Nick about this. I think the idea of having the seats sitting empty is ridiculous!! They need to fill them up at whatever price. If the support isn't there with the local population then why are they holding the world cup there at all?

  • Lukeh20/06/2010 at 11:30

    I had a long argument with Nick about this. I think the idea of having the seats sitting empty is ridiculous!! They need to fill them up at whatever price. If the support isn't there with the local population then why are they holding the world cup there at all?

    Makes the World cup look very bad having empty seats at the biggest tournament in the sport, especially in the game on now. I'd agree with your view point there.

  • RubberGoat20/06/2010 at 11:31

    My god, that is one empty stadium...

    I had a long argument with Nick about this. I think the idea of having the seats sitting empty is ridiculous!! They need to fill them up at whatever price. If the support isn't there with the local population then why are they holding the world cup there at all?

    Because tickets are £130, or if you decided to go from the UK, expect to pay up to £5000 for the trip.

    Ridiculous prices IMO!

  • Amy20/06/2010 at 11:32

    they're using the same excuse the French Open used "oh all the tickets are sold, some people just haven't shown up"

  • Leigh O'Gorman20/06/2010 at 11:34

    Hi everyone,

  • Alison20/06/2010 at 11:34

    I can't see the pictures in this thread. Is it just my computer being stupid?

  • Lady Snowcat20/06/2010 at 11:35

    they're using the same excuse the French Open used "oh all the tickets are sold, some people just haven't shown up"

    Montreal was sold out but a few people didn't turn up in our row which was quite good as we could spread out with our camera stuff...

  • Leigh O'Gorman20/06/2010 at 11:35

    must concur with the point earlier - that is one empty stadium

  • Leigh O'Gorman20/06/2010 at 11:36

    Montreal was sold out but a few people didn't turn up in our row which was quite good as we could spread out with our camera stuff...

    but surely not to the extent that half the crowd didn't show surely?

  • RubberGoat20/06/2010 at 11:36

    Montreal was sold out but a few people didn't turn up in our row which was quite good as we could spread out with our camera stuff...

    Have you uploaded any pics?

  • RubberGoat20/06/2010 at 11:57

    GOAL!

  • Lukeh20/06/2010 at 11:57

    Paraguay goooooooooal!

  • Amy20/06/2010 at 12:03

    how do they decide who is the home team and who is the away team?

  • RubberGoat20/06/2010 at 12:05

    Well, Twitpic is rubbish for linking to images - they don't work now so I uploaded them to Flickr and changed the links ... hope that is OK?

  • Alison20/06/2010 at 12:12

    Well, Twitpic is rubbish for linking to images - they don't work now so I uploaded them to Flickr and changed the links ... hope that is OK?

    Yeah it's working now :)

  • RubberGoat20/06/2010 at 12:12

    Well, Twitpic is rubbish for linking to images - they don't work now so I uploaded them to Flickr and changed the links ... hope that is OK?

    Yeah it's working now :)

    Cool!

  • Amy20/06/2010 at 12:16

    my commentator just said germany lost to switzerland.

  • RubberGoat20/06/2010 at 12:26

    I have never seen anything other than the final in colour for '66...

  • RubberGoat20/06/2010 at 12:38

    The bees are out today, aren't they?

  • Lukeh20/06/2010 at 13:12

    Oooh 2-0. Good strike.

  • Leigh O'Gorman20/06/2010 at 13:12

    2-0

  • Alison20/06/2010 at 13:13

    How embarrassing! They didn't even send anyone up for the free kick and still scored.

  • Leigh O'Gorman20/06/2010 at 13:13

    i've got paraguay in my sweepstakes - this is nice

    :)

  • RubberGoat20/06/2010 at 13:13

    Oooh 2-0. Good strike.

    Italy have to beat NZ now. Bugger!

  • Lukeh20/06/2010 at 13:14

    How embarrassing! They didn't even send anyone up for the free kick and still scored.

    Not to mention two payers getting in each others way and still paraguay had the time to score :)

  • Alison20/06/2010 at 13:16

    So would this put Paraguay through? How did they do in their first match?

  • Leigh O'Gorman20/06/2010 at 13:17

    draw wasn't it?

  • Alison20/06/2010 at 13:17

    So would this put Paraguay through? How did they do in their first match?

    Oh wait I see in the amazing post that they drew with Italy ;)

  • Lukeh20/06/2010 at 13:17

    So would this put Paraguay through? How did they do in their first match?

    Drew 1-1 with Italy

  • RubberGoat20/06/2010 at 13:17

    So would this put Paraguay through? How did they do in their first match?

    Probably. Slovenia would have to beat Italy while Paraguay lose to NZ...

  • RubberGoat20/06/2010 at 13:18

    So would this put Paraguay through? How did they do in their first match?

    Probably. Slovenia would have to beat Italy while Paraguay lose to NZ...

    Slovakia #NamesTooSimilar

  • Amy20/06/2010 at 13:19

    I tried to nap during the end of this match, didn't happen :(

  • Alison20/06/2010 at 13:19

    Good save goalie man. I'm surprised he hadn't gone to sleep.

  • Leigh O'Gorman20/06/2010 at 13:21

    so basically paraguay are through bar insane tornado hitting the world cup?

  • Lukeh20/06/2010 at 13:22

    so basically paraguay are through bar insane tornado hitting the world cup?

    They just need a draw against NZ

  • Leigh O'Gorman20/06/2010 at 13:23

    They just need a draw against NZ

    hmmm... can't imagine new zealand being a real threat tbh

  • Alison20/06/2010 at 13:24

    hmmm... can't imagine new zealand being a real threat tbh

    #sorrygavin

  • Leigh O'Gorman20/06/2010 at 13:25

    good golly, when mick mccarthy speaks, a nation falls asleep

  • Lukeh20/06/2010 at 13:29

    And now for Italia vs New Zealand :)

  • RubberGoat20/06/2010 at 13:29

    hmmm... can't imagine new zealand being a real threat tbh

    #sorrygavin

    And you think I reckon NZ will win? ;)

  • Leigh O'Gorman20/06/2010 at 13:32

    And now for Italia vs New Zealand :)

    sadly will have to split before half time

    :/

  • Alison20/06/2010 at 13:33

    And you think I reckon NZ will win? ;)

    Errrrrrm *runs*

  • Lukeh20/06/2010 at 13:47

    Marcelo Lippi = paul o'grady

  • Lukeh20/06/2010 at 13:49

    Marcelo Lippi = paul o'grady

    http://distillatoricollepassesi.files.wordpress.com/2009/11/marcello20lippi.jpg

    http://img.thesun.co.uk/multimedia/archive/00474/Paul-O-Grady_280_474471a.jpg

  • Leigh O'Gorman20/06/2010 at 13:50

    cue irritating Pop Noodles advert

    :o

  • Lukeh20/06/2010 at 13:50

    cue irritating Pop Noodles advert

    :o

    Hate it, just as rubbish at pot noodles themself

  • Leigh O'Gorman20/06/2010 at 13:54

    This, however, is quite cool

    http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2010/06/opening_weekend_-_2010_world_c.html

  • Lukeh20/06/2010 at 13:55

    I love the italian anthem :)

  • Amy20/06/2010 at 13:56

    I love the italian anthem :)

    I sing along every single time. Because I know all the words 'do do do do do do doooo'

  • Leigh O'Gorman20/06/2010 at 13:56

    I love the italian anthem :)

    I've heard it far too often in the last decade

  • Lukeh20/06/2010 at 13:57

    I sing along every single time. Because I know all the words 'do do do do do do doooo'

    Italiaaa, italiaaa, it's a countryyyy, near espanyaaaa

  • Amy20/06/2010 at 13:57

    everytime I hear my anthem I sing the Maori version since it's always sung first. So I get confused when I hear the players singing the English one.

  • Amy20/06/2010 at 14:03

    who died in italy?

  • Alison20/06/2010 at 14:03

    who died in italy?

    I don't know. I did notice the bands too.

  • Amy20/06/2010 at 14:03

    ah, roberto rosato.

  • Lukeh20/06/2010 at 14:06

    NEW ZEALAND!

  • Amy20/06/2010 at 14:07

    OH MY GOD

  • Alison20/06/2010 at 14:07

    Oh my word!!!!!!

  • Leigh O'Gorman20/06/2010 at 14:07

    i don't believe it

  • Amy20/06/2010 at 14:08

    that was pretty much an own goal, the kiwi guy barely touched it :D

  • Alison20/06/2010 at 14:08

    No-one looked more surprised than the NZ manager :D

    That was surely a handball in the box there? Do they just ignore it because they scored?

  • Lukeh20/06/2010 at 14:09

    Good save!

  • Amy20/06/2010 at 14:10

    all this being near the Italian goal makes me nervous.

  • Alison20/06/2010 at 14:11

    My tv is being useless.... I've not used an actual television to watch things in a long time and this is not a good advert. The picture keeps cutting out.

  • Amy20/06/2010 at 14:15

    New Zealand now has more goals than England. Hooray!

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 14:16

    Hi guys! Came back in time to realise I just missed a NZ goal. What happened?

  • Amy20/06/2010 at 14:16

    Hi guys! Came back in time to realise I just missed a NZ goal. What happened?

    apparently one of them was offside but shhhh

  • Lukeh20/06/2010 at 14:16

    Hi guys! Came back in time to realise I just missed a NZ goal. What happened?

    New Zealand scored :) it may have been offside but shhhh!

  • Lukeh20/06/2010 at 14:17

    apparently one of them was offside but shhhh

    #sameperson

  • Amy20/06/2010 at 14:17

    #sameperson

    scary.

  • Leigh O'Gorman20/06/2010 at 14:17

    well i'm frightened

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 14:18

    apparently one of them was offside but shhhh

    oooh. How fun! Am checking my recording now to watch it and laugh at Italy. :P

  • Alison20/06/2010 at 14:19

    My tv is actually flashing between a black screen and picture maybe every 5 seconds. All the other channels are fine #itvfail

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 14:20

    Just saw the goal. I don't think it was offside since it came off Cannavaro. Which means NZ really scored a goal that should stand up to scrutiny against Italy. :D

  • Adie20/06/2010 at 14:20

    My tv is actually flashing between a black screen and picture maybe every 5 seconds. All the other channels are fine #itvfail

    #ITVFAIL again? They've been terrible recently.

  • Lukeh20/06/2010 at 14:21

    My tv is actually flashing between a black screen and picture maybe every 5 seconds. All the other channels are fine #itvfail

    Just don't go doing a Mr Bean on yourself trying to get signal!

  • Adie20/06/2010 at 14:22

    Just don't go doing a Mr Bean on yourself trying to get signal!

    :D

  • Leigh O'Gorman20/06/2010 at 14:23

    #ITVFAIL again? They've been terrible recently.

    Recently???

  • Lukeh20/06/2010 at 14:25

    I like this NZ goalkeeper

  • Amy20/06/2010 at 14:25

    I like this NZ goalkeeper

    I think we should end this match now, just to be on the safe side. Who wants to phone in a bomb threat?

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 14:26

    I like this NZ goalkeeper

    Commanding in the 18 yard box. :D

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 14:26

    I think we should end this match now, just to be on the safe side. Who wants to phone in a bomb threat?

    :D That desperate? NZ aren't doing that bad...

  • Amy20/06/2010 at 14:26

    oooooh that was CLOSE

  • Lukeh20/06/2010 at 14:26

    Oooooooh Montilivo hit the post...

  • Alison20/06/2010 at 14:26

    Aaaaargh scary! Did that come off the post???

  • Journeyer20/06/2010 at 14:26

    I like this NZ goalkeeper

    Commanding in the 18 yard box. :D

    you ALMOST jinxed him! :P

  • Lukeh20/06/2010 at 14:27

    Oooooooh Montilivo hit the post...

    Oops

    #Pirlowouldvescoredit

  • Journeyer20/06/2010 at 14:27

    Aaaaargh scary! Did that come off the post???

    Yep.

  • Amy20/06/2010 at 14:27

    :D That desperate? NZ aren't doing that bad...

    its like when Roger is winning 6-0 6-0 5-0 40-30. I still get nervous.

  • Leigh O'Gorman20/06/2010 at 14:27

    Right folks, I'm off - back tonight

    :)

  • Lukeh20/06/2010 at 14:27

    Right folks, I'm off - back tonight

    :)

    Bye leigh

  • Lukeh20/06/2010 at 14:28

    Penalty to italty!!

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 14:28

    On not penalty! :(

  • Alison20/06/2010 at 14:28

    Penalty to italty!!

    Wha? :cry:

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 14:28

    Cheaters. :( I shall support NZ just for today.

  • Lukeh20/06/2010 at 14:28

    Mmmm... definite shirt pulling but typical Italian dive to make sure of it

  • Lukeh20/06/2010 at 14:29

    1-1

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 14:29

    :( 1-1

  • Amy20/06/2010 at 14:30

    Mmmm... definite shirt pulling but typical Italian dive to make sure of it

    the diving in football puts me off the game soo much

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 14:31

    the diving in football puts me off the game soo much

    So far only 1 referee has penalized players for 'simulation' (in the Ger-Aus match). The rest ought to learn from him.

  • Adie20/06/2010 at 14:32

    Cheaters. :( I shall support NZ just for today.

    It's what the Italians do best

  • Alison20/06/2010 at 14:32

    So far only 1 referee has penalized players for 'simulation' (in the Ger-Aus match). The rest ought to learn from him.

    It's daft to pull shirts like that in the box though. There's no need for that either. You're encouraging them to drop like a stone.

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 14:33

    It's daft to pull shirts like that in the box though. There's no need for that either. You're encouraging them to drop like a stone.

    Before every single corner, everyone does that. And I do mean virtually EVERYONE. It is far too common to root out of the game.

  • Alison20/06/2010 at 14:36

    Ouch.

  • Amy20/06/2010 at 14:37

    oh wow, for a moment there the ball was actually near our goal. that's rare.

  • Adie20/06/2010 at 14:40

    Who'd have thought asking if there were biscuits would cause so much bedlam?!

  • Amy20/06/2010 at 14:41

    Italy really should have more to show for the fact they seem to have possession of the ball all. the. time.

  • me20/06/2010 at 14:42

    Italy really should have more to show for the fact they seem to have possession of the ball all. the. time.

    :0

  • Amy20/06/2010 at 14:43

    :0

    I'm getting very very bored by this match :(

  • me20/06/2010 at 14:43

    I'm getting very very bored by this match

    but it was going so well.

  • Nick20/06/2010 at 14:43

    I am in a pub cheering on the Kiwi fruits

    #OfficePoolLoyalties

  • Amy20/06/2010 at 14:44

    but it was going so well.

    I don't think we've actually touched the ball since we scored. Italians don't share very well :(

  • me20/06/2010 at 14:45

    I don't think we've actually touched the ball since we scored. Italians don't share very well

    hehehehe hee

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 14:45

    I don't think we've actually touched the ball since we scored. Italians don't share very well :(

    :D

    But take hope. The last 2 'favourites' who had major possession of the ball in a match lost it. (Spain and Germany)

  • Nick20/06/2010 at 14:46

    There was a big cher when NZ scored, silence when italy did.

    I hope they know Dubai is behind them

  • Amy20/06/2010 at 14:46

    But take hope. The last 2 'favourites' who had major possession of the ball in a match lost it. (Spain and Germany)

    I guess possession means nothing if you never get a goal but it's sooooo boring.

  • Alison20/06/2010 at 14:46

    They're not going to get so far if the goalie keeps dropping the ball after he's caught it.

  • Nick20/06/2010 at 14:47

    They're not going to get so far if the goalie keeps dropping the ball after he's caught it.

    Could It lead to a Drop Goal? :P

  • Lukeh20/06/2010 at 14:47

    Apparently the french team are refusing to train

  • me20/06/2010 at 14:48

    Apparently the french team are refusing to train

    duvet day?

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 14:48

    Apparently the french team are refusing to train

    Why bother? They're going out anyway. ;)

  • Nick20/06/2010 at 14:48

    Apparently the french team are refusing to train

    They want to take the coach?

  • Alison20/06/2010 at 14:48

    duvet day?

    They're French, they like to go on strike.... :P

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 14:49

    They want to take the coach?

    :D

    More like get him run over by a train.

  • Lukeh20/06/2010 at 14:49

    They want to take the coach?

    If anything I;d have thought their least favourite mode of transport was the coach considering they hate their coach ;)

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 14:51

    Woot! News says Drogba will start for the Brazil-Ivory Coast match. Hopefully he can make the match interesting...

  • Amy20/06/2010 at 14:53

    Why bother? They're going out anyway. ;)

    cheese eating surrender monkeys

  • Amy20/06/2010 at 14:54

    Woot! News says Drogba will start for the Brazil-Ivory Coast match. Hopefully he can make the match interesting...

    If I don't see di Grassi in the crowd I'll cry. Not that I'll see him anyway because I'll be zzz during that match.

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 14:54

    cheese eating surrender monkeys

    They were doomed from the minute Zizou condemned them (and when Domenech left Samir and Karim out of the squad.) :P

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 14:55

    If I don't see di Grassi in the crowd I'll cry. Not that I'll see him anyway because I'll be zzz during that match.

    I'll watch out for him for you. ;)

    Or even if I didn't I bet plenty others here would.

  • Nick20/06/2010 at 14:55

    Im in the pub solo ,i need the loo...

    Do i risk leaving the laptop on the table?

  • Alison20/06/2010 at 14:55

    Im in the pub solo ,i need the loo...

    Do i risk leaving the laptop on the table?

    NO!?!?!

  • Lukeh20/06/2010 at 14:56

    They were doomed from the minute Zizou condemned them (and when Domenech left Samir and Karim out of the squad.) :P

    I reckon FIFA should ban them from the next world cup - they got lucky to be there, and they're just shambolic in being unable to even be a team of players in so many different ways. If you can't even be a team then you don't deserve the opportunity to be at the world cup.

  • Nick20/06/2010 at 14:56

    NO!?!?!

    I leave my phone on the table though

  • Alison20/06/2010 at 14:57

    I leave my phone on the table though

    Then you're an idiot. Why would you do that?

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 14:58

    I reckon FIFA should ban them from the next world cup - they got lucky to be there, and they're just shambolic in being unable to even be a team of players in so many different ways. If you can't even be a team then you don't deserve the opportunity to be at the world cup.

    I don't think you should punish the whole country just because they have a incompetent football federation and a crazy coach. :P

  • Amy20/06/2010 at 14:58

    I don't think you should punish the whole country just because they have a incompetent football federation and a crazy coach. :P

    punish the whole country for having a tennis museum that's closed on mondays and tuesdays.

  • Nick20/06/2010 at 14:58

    Then you're an idiot. Why would you do that?

    You might phone while im in there!

  • Lukeh20/06/2010 at 14:58

    punish the whole country for having a tennis museum that's closed on mondays and tuesdays.

    Amy's got the idea

  • Alison20/06/2010 at 15:00

    You might phone while im in there!

    I'm sure we've been over this before. Ignoring the phone is not a crime :P

  • Nick20/06/2010 at 15:00

    Im in the pub solo ,i need the loo...

    Do i risk leaving the laptop on the table?

    Phew... #safecountry

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 15:03

    Phew... #safecountry

    Tempting fate aren't you? One day... :P

  • Nick20/06/2010 at 15:05

    Tempting fate aren't you? One day... :P

    I got back, and its still here!

  • Alison20/06/2010 at 15:05

    Phew... #safecountry

    Tempting fate aren't you? One day... :P

    I think I'm more likely to kill him first.

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 15:26

    Amazing save! GO NZ!

  • Amy20/06/2010 at 15:26

    phew

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 15:29

    Last ditch there. Well done captain.

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 15:39

    NZ goes sooooo close!

  • Lukeh20/06/2010 at 15:39

    OMG.. NZ nearly scored!

  • Amy20/06/2010 at 15:39

    NZ goes sooooo close!

    that would have been so epic. But I will be happy enough if we stop them scoring for another 7 minutes or so.

  • Amy20/06/2010 at 15:42

    i pray there isn't much injury time this half. END GAME, END NOW.

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 15:44

    Paston is NZ's hero!

  • Amy20/06/2010 at 15:45

    Paston is NZ's hero!

    he can't seem to stay on his feet, but it seems to work so thats ok.

  • Amy20/06/2010 at 15:47

    FOUR MINUTES, NOOOOOO

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 15:47

    FOUR MINUTES, NOOOOOO

    +1

  • Alison20/06/2010 at 15:47

    Hang on NZ :(

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 15:48

    Paston is NZ's hero!

    he can't seem to stay on his feet, but it seems to work so thats ok.

    Man of the match, definitely.

    Arsene Wengerl, are you watching?

  • Amy20/06/2010 at 15:48

    +1

    this is aging me something fierce. I am going to wake up a 40 year old.

  • Amy20/06/2010 at 15:49

    are we subbing just to waste time? i like this tactic.

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 15:49

    this is aging me something fierce. I am going to wake up a 40 year old.

    I am just enjoying a certain team's downfall. ;)

  • Alison20/06/2010 at 15:49

    It's alright they're wasting the time with a substitution. Although perhaps there will be another minute added on to make up for it. Depends how cruel the referee is.

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 15:49

    are we subbing just to waste time? i like this tactic.

    Yup. Common tactic.

  • Amy20/06/2010 at 15:50

    i have muted giggles for the end of this :D #sorrygiggles

  • Lukeh20/06/2010 at 15:51

    what a result for NZ!!!

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 15:51

    FULL TIME! New Zealand 1 Italy 1

  • Amy20/06/2010 at 15:51

    woooooo!

  • Alison20/06/2010 at 15:51

    Well done :D :D :D

    It's a shame they didn't win. Stupid penalty. Never thought I'd be saying that....

  • Amy20/06/2010 at 15:53

    I wonder if people have stopped saying we don't deserve to be there yet :D

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 15:58

    I wonder if people have stopped saying we don't deserve to be there yet :D

    Well, you deserve it more than Australia. ;)

  • Pat W20/06/2010 at 17:47

    di Grassi just tweeted this http://tweetphoto.com/28242553

  • Lukeh20/06/2010 at 18:03

    Looking forward to Brazil vs Ivory Coast :D

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 18:15

    di Grassi just tweeted this http://tweetphoto.com/28242553

    :D

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 18:16

    Looking forward to Brazil vs Ivory Coast :D

    Hopefully it won't be a bore like Ivory Coast vs Portugal.

  • Becken20/06/2010 at 18:16

    Go Brasil! ;D

  • me20/06/2010 at 18:18

    Go Brasil!

    hey becken :)

  • RG20/06/2010 at 18:23

    Woooo, football.

  • me20/06/2010 at 18:24

    i need a flag that big.

  • Lukeh20/06/2010 at 18:25

    *closes eyes and thinks of a certain driver on a podium stop step*

  • Lukeh20/06/2010 at 18:25

    *top

  • me20/06/2010 at 18:26

    *closes eyes and thinks of a certain driver on a podium stop step*

    ahh, yes. senna, right?

    :)

  • Lukeh20/06/2010 at 18:27

    ahh, yes. senna, right?

    Di grassi, of course!

  • Steven Roy20/06/2010 at 18:27

    WHen you have nothing better to do and feel like winning the world cup yourself try this little game. I have tried a few times as Brazil and can only get as far as the final. Lost on goalden goal rule

    http://www.miniclip.com/games/world-soccer-champion/en/

  • me20/06/2010 at 18:27

    hehe

  • RubberGoat20/06/2010 at 18:28

    Evening.

    What the hell just happened?

  • RG20/06/2010 at 18:29

    What the hell just happened?

    Perhaps it was the sound of my words being eaten after New Zealands draw.

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 18:29

    A single frenchman remains in South Africa - today's referee. :D

  • me20/06/2010 at 18:30

    What the hell just happened?

    erm they sung their national anthems, and then we laughed about di grassi... why?

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 18:30

    Perhaps it was the sound of my words being eaten after New Zealands draw.

    :D They did very well. Especially their goal keeper.

  • RubberGoat20/06/2010 at 18:30

    What the hell just happened?

    Perhaps it was the sound of my words being eaten after New Zealands draw.

    Still think they don't deserve to be there? ;)

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 18:30

    Kick off!

  • RG20/06/2010 at 18:30

    Still think they don't deserve to be there? ;)

    There may have to be a follow up post...

  • RubberGoat20/06/2010 at 18:31

    What the hell just happened?

    erm they sung their national anthems, and then we laughed about di grassi... why?

    I'm still buzzing about earlier mate!

  • Lukeh20/06/2010 at 18:31

    oooh!!

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 18:31

    Oooooh. This is the cursed own goal stadium.

  • Steven Roy20/06/2010 at 18:31

    That would have been a great way to start the game. Score from 30 yards

  • RubberGoat20/06/2010 at 18:31

    Still think they don't deserve to be there? ;)

    There may have to be a follow up post...

    Hey it's OK - I must honestly say I never expected NZ to do this well...

  • Lukeh20/06/2010 at 18:32

    Oooooh. This is the cursed own goal stadium.

    Nothing wrong with that, Own Goal had a good goalscoring year for Man Utd ;)

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 18:32

    Nothing wrong with that, Own Goal had a good goalscoring year for Man Utd ;)

    :D

  • Steven Roy20/06/2010 at 18:34

    How can Sepp Blatter be popular?

  • RubberGoat20/06/2010 at 18:34

    Nothing wrong with that, Own Goal had a good goalscoring year for Man Utd ;)

    I hear Benitez got fired because he told the chairmen he wanted to make an offer for 'Owen Goal'... ;)

  • Alison20/06/2010 at 18:34

    I saw sven and got very confused.

  • Steven Roy20/06/2010 at 18:35

    How can Sepp Blatter be popular?

    He is like Max was and just as popular

  • RubberGoat20/06/2010 at 18:35

    How can Sepp Blatter be popular?

    He's popular in the Max Mosley "You're with me or not in the FIA" way isn't he?

  • RubberGoat20/06/2010 at 18:35

    I saw sven and got very confused.

    Nothing new there then? Sven confuses us all...

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 18:35

    He is like Max was and just as popular

    heehee

  • Lukeh20/06/2010 at 18:35

    I saw sven and got very confused.

    Sven sven sven goran eriksson!

    Dunno how I remember that song...

  • Steven Roy20/06/2010 at 18:36

    I saw sven and got very confused.

    He must be loving this tournament. All the grief he got and England are worse than when he was in charge

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 18:36

    Nothing new there then? Sven confuses us all...

    He isn't that bad really. Just a little stoned. :P

  • Steven Roy20/06/2010 at 18:37

    He is popular in SA for taking the world cup to Africa according to the BBC. He is not remotely popular anywhere else

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 18:37

    He must be loving this tournament. All the grief he got and England are worse than when he was in charge

    +1

    Me thinks WAGs are better for england rather than being detrimental. At least they could have detracted from their disastrous results. ;)

  • Lukeh20/06/2010 at 18:55

    Braziiiiiiiiiiil!

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 18:55

    Brazil scores!

  • Steven Roy20/06/2010 at 18:55

    Great shot GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLL

  • RG20/06/2010 at 18:55

    Gooooooooooooooooooooal Brazilia

  • Steven Roy20/06/2010 at 18:55

    Great shot GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLL

    THat was not a headping for a goal. Can we headping goals?

  • RubberGoat20/06/2010 at 18:55

    Great shot GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLL

    Radio 5 were really ripping into that one - the goal has shut him up!

  • RubberGoat20/06/2010 at 18:57

    Has anyone here noticed something weird about HDTV - I was watching TV with radio commentary and we noticed that as the game got on, the video feed fell further and further behind the audio?

  • Steven Roy20/06/2010 at 18:58

    Has anyone here noticed something weird about HDTV - I was watching TV with radio commentary and we noticed that as the game got on, the video feed fell further and further behind the audio?

    So HDTV only works in slow motion?

  • RubberGoat20/06/2010 at 18:58

    Has anyone here noticed something weird about HDTV - I was watching TV with radio commentary and we noticed that as the game got on, the video feed fell further and further behind the audio?

    So HDTV only works in slow motion?

    It's like it's very slightly slower than full speed...

  • Lukeh20/06/2010 at 18:59

    Has anyone here noticed something weird about HDTV - I was watching TV with radio commentary and we noticed that as the game got on, the video feed fell further and further behind the audio?

    Never had that problem

  • RubberGoat20/06/2010 at 18:59

    I've never seen anyone hop and dive at the same time before...

  • RubberGoat20/06/2010 at 19:00

    Has anyone here noticed something weird about HDTV - I was watching TV with radio commentary and we noticed that as the game got on, the video feed fell further and further behind the audio?

    Never had that problem

    You would never notice it - it's only a few seconds... but we did because of the radio commentary...

  • Steven Roy20/06/2010 at 19:01

    I love Dunga getting upset about the foul. He never did anything like that. ;)

  • Lukeh20/06/2010 at 19:04

    *falls asleep*

  • Steven Roy20/06/2010 at 19:05

    Great pass wide and the guy was asleep

  • RubberGoat20/06/2010 at 19:05

    *falls asleep*

    Listen to The Guardian's World Cup Daily Podcast from yesterday: http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/audio/2010/jun/20/world-cup-daily-podcast-holland-cameroon

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 19:06

    *falls asleep*

    :D

    It really isn't pretty football. I miss the old netherlands and brazil.

  • Steven Roy20/06/2010 at 19:06

    *falls asleep*

    Watch the IRL cars running 195 consecutive yellow flag laps for no obvious reason

    http://racecontrol.indycar.com/player.php?type=true&u=U3RldmVuIFJveQ==

  • Lukeh20/06/2010 at 19:07

    :D

    It really isn't pretty football. I miss the old netherlands and brazil.

    This is still total football, just a new variation - totally boring football. ;)

  • Steven Roy20/06/2010 at 19:08

    :D

    It really isn't pretty football. I miss the old netherlands and brazil.

    Seems odd Brazil went the Dunga way. It's not like they were unsuccessfuk playing the old way

  • Steven Roy20/06/2010 at 19:08

    Seems odd Brazil went the Dunga way. It's not like they were unsuccessfuk playing the old way

    unsuccessful

  • RubberGoat20/06/2010 at 19:08

    :D

    It really isn't pretty football. I miss the old netherlands and brazil.

    This is still total football, just a new variation - totally boring football. ;)

    The 16:00 game is always the best one!

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 19:08

    This is still total football, just a new variation - totally boring football. ;)

    Bah. Total football was Germany versus Australia. This is total boredom.

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 19:09

    The 16:00 game is always the best one!

    +1 (so far)

  • RG20/06/2010 at 19:09

    The 16:00 game is always the best one!

    Will change come Wednesday... England arrive at that time.

  • RubberGoat20/06/2010 at 19:10

    The 16:00 game is always the best one!

    Will change come Wednesday... England arrive at that time.

    Says the man who thought NZ would be rubbish ;)

  • Lukeh20/06/2010 at 19:11

    Oh Elano is playing. Couldve fooled me.

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 19:11

    Will change come Wednesday... England arrive at that time.

    Maybe Slovenia will have a blinder and score 4 past Dawson. :D

  • RubberGoat20/06/2010 at 19:12

    Oh Elano is playing. Couldve fooled me.

    I switched to BBC1 commentary because 5Live were being too ranty...

  • RG20/06/2010 at 19:12

    Maybe Slovenia will have a blinder and score 4 past Dawson. :D

    Will.Never.Ever.Ever.Ever.Ever.Happen

  • RubberGoat20/06/2010 at 19:12

    Will change come Wednesday... England arrive at that time.

    Maybe Slovenia will have a blinder and score 4 past Dawson. :D

    USA and Slovenia deserve to, and will qualify from that group...

  • Lukeh20/06/2010 at 19:12

    Will.Never.Ever.Ever.Ever.Ever.Happen

    I know, - it'll only be 3.

    ;)

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 19:12

    Will.Never.Ever.Ever.Ever.Ever.Happen

    Says the man who thought NZ would be rubbish ;)

    ref. to above. ;)

  • Steven Roy20/06/2010 at 19:13

    Will.Never.Ever.Ever.Ever.Ever.Happen

    He may pick Dawson. You never know

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 19:13

    USA and Slovenia deserve to, and will qualify from that group...

    YAY!

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 19:13

    He may pick Dawson. You never know

    :D

  • RG20/06/2010 at 19:14

    USA and Slovenia deserve to, and will qualify from that group...

    Do USA really deserve too? I don't think so.

  • RG20/06/2010 at 19:14

    He may pick Dawson. You never know

    Ha, its Upson all the way #stupidcapello

  • RubberGoat20/06/2010 at 19:15

    USA and Slovenia deserve to, and will qualify from that group...

    Do USA really deserve too? I don't think so.

    Yeah, why not? They score goals and came from behind twice.

  • Steven Roy20/06/2010 at 19:17

    Not a great half but at least Brazil have done enough to lead

  • RG20/06/2010 at 19:17

    Yeah, why not? They score goals and came from behind twice.

    I agree that they have probably been the second best team in the group, but I don't think they deserve it...

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 19:18

    Not a great half but at least Brazil have done enough to lead

    I though it was a horrid half for Brazil and Ivory Coast. This was supposed to be a cracker. :(

  • Alison20/06/2010 at 19:19

    I was busy when the first bit was on and watched the last 10 minutes and it looked good. Was it dull before then?

  • Steven Roy20/06/2010 at 19:19

    I though it was a horrid half for Brazil and Ivory Coast. This was supposed to be a cracker. :(

    I expected it to be entertaining and it wasn't. Unlike a lot of the top teams though Brazil still managed to lead despite not being good

  • RG20/06/2010 at 19:19

    I though it was a horrid half for Brazil and Ivory Coast. This was supposed to be a cracker. :(

    Disappointed by Ivory Coast so far, I expected them to do well.

  • Steven Roy20/06/2010 at 19:19

    I was busy when the first bit was on and watched the last 10 minutes and it looked good. Was it dull before then?

    It was all pretty dull.

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 19:20

    I expected it to be entertaining and it wasn't. Unlike a lot of the top teams though Brazil still managed to lead despite not being good

    Not Germany's fault. They had an idiot for a referee. :P

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 19:21

    Disappointed by Ivory Coast so far, I expected them to do well.

    Agreed. I suspect they depend far too much on Drogba, and don't work hard enough on their own.

  • Steven Roy20/06/2010 at 19:21

    Not Germany's fault. They had an idiot for a referee. :P

    What about Italy, England etc then

  • RG20/06/2010 at 19:21

    Agreed. I suspect they depend far too much on Drogba, and don't work hard enough on their own.

    Yep, and considering I think hes also trying not to aggrivate his injury again he's not at full capacity

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 19:22

    What about Italy, England etc then

    Not my favourite, so I don't care. :P

    But really, I expected France, Italy and England to do badly. The surprises were Spain and Netherlands (for not playing pretty football).

  • RG20/06/2010 at 19:24

    Netherlands (for not playing pretty football).

    The real reason they are so poor is down to the fact I predicted them to win it

  • Steven Roy20/06/2010 at 19:25

    If there is no unrest in the camp why is the captain not representing the team?

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 19:26

    The real reason they are so poor is down to the fact I predicted them to win it

    Oh you! :P

  • RG20/06/2010 at 19:27

    If there is no unrest in the camp why is the captain not representing the team?

    Don't England have a set rota on which player attends the press conferences?

  • Lukeh20/06/2010 at 19:27

    If there is no unrest in the camp why is the captain not representing the team?

    Because I can't understand Gerrard

  • Steven Roy20/06/2010 at 19:28

    Don't England have a set rota on which player attends the press conferences?

    I would have thought in this kind of situation the captain should be there.

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 19:33

    If there is no unrest in the camp why is the captain not representing the team?

    Maybe because they didn't have a translator for Scouse on that day?

  • Steven Roy20/06/2010 at 19:37

    What a goal

  • Lukeh20/06/2010 at 19:37

    2-0!

  • RG20/06/2010 at 19:37

    Gooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaallllllla Braziliiiaaa 2-0

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 19:37

    Brazil's Fabiano scores again!

  • RubberGoat20/06/2010 at 19:38

    Handball?

  • Alison20/06/2010 at 19:38

    Sweet goal

  • Alison20/06/2010 at 19:39

    Handball?

    Who cares? :P

  • Becken20/06/2010 at 19:39

    The arm of God. A shame, but Maradona will love this one...

  • RG20/06/2010 at 19:40

    Who cares? :P

    Ireland did.

  • Steven Roy20/06/2010 at 19:40

    The arm of God. A shame, but Maradona will love this one...

    It wasn't as bad as Maradona's. I still want to see it again at normal speed

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 19:40

    Ireland did.

    But Ivory Coast is no where near qualifying for the next stage right now.

  • Alison20/06/2010 at 19:41

    I don't think it was that bad at all. It looks bad from behind but meh. It didn't look intentional to me and whatever the rules might say, in my mind, that's what matters.

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 19:43

    I don't think it was that bad at all. It looks bad from behind but meh. It didn't look intentional to me and whatever the rules might say, in my mind, that's what matters.

    I do think it is the referee's mind that matters more than yours. :P

  • Jon Waldock20/06/2010 at 19:43

    I don't think it was that bad at all. It looks bad from behind but meh. It didn't look intentional to me and whatever the rules might say, in my mind, that's what matters.

    Alison has spoken. The goal is allowed.

    I shall contact FIFA

  • Alison20/06/2010 at 19:44

    Hahaha the ref saw... Stupid ref.

  • RubberGoat20/06/2010 at 19:44

    Hahaha the ref saw... Stupid ref.

    Awful refs in this tourney...

  • Steven Roy20/06/2010 at 19:44

    Someone woke up the vuvuzelas

  • Alison20/06/2010 at 19:45

    Why would you EVER think of asking a player that just scored if they played a handball???

  • Steven Roy20/06/2010 at 19:45

    Awful refs in this tourney...

    ANd the refs still argue we don't need video evidence

  • RG20/06/2010 at 19:45

    Watching Zokora play at center back just feels so wrong.

  • RG20/06/2010 at 19:46

    Why would you EVER think of asking a player that just scored if they played a handball???

    Because one of them might be hon...haha, funny thought that

  • RubberGoat20/06/2010 at 19:46

    Awful refs in this tourney...

    ANd the refs still argue we don't need video evidence

    Allows the refs to influence proceedings more ;)

  • Steven Roy20/06/2010 at 19:46

    Why would you EVER think of asking a player that just scored if they played a handball???

    Never seen that before. All footballers are cheats and I can only think of one ever who told the ref that had given him a penalty that it wasn't a penalty at all. The ref just told him to shut up and take it

  • Lukeh20/06/2010 at 19:48

    *switches to 5 live*

    Lawrenson is an idiot

  • Steven Roy20/06/2010 at 19:48

    3-0

  • Lukeh20/06/2010 at 19:48

    3-0!

  • RG20/06/2010 at 19:49

    Beautiful.

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 19:49

    THREE! Brazil!

  • Alison20/06/2010 at 19:49

    It's like when they gave Zidane that yellow card for headbutting someone. Either you saw or you didn't. If you saw, it should be red and if you didn't it shouldn't be anything.

    The ref clearly thought it was handball or he wouldn't have mentioned it.... Not brave enough to follow through.

  • Steven Roy20/06/2010 at 19:52

    Studs up. Should definitelu have been a red card

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 19:52

    OW! That must have hurt.

  • guille230620/06/2010 at 19:53

    It's like when they gave Zidane that yellow card for headbutting someone. Either you saw or you didn't. If you saw, it should be red and if you didn't it shouldn't be anything.

    at germany 2006 final? it was red, I think. the ref. was argentinean, the fourth referee told him.

  • RG20/06/2010 at 19:53

    Get some sponsors on those shinpads... perfect.

  • Steven Roy20/06/2010 at 19:56

    Sounds like the olés have started

  • Alison20/06/2010 at 20:01

    Ah I was thinking of Figo! He did headbut someone and mysteriously got a yellow card for it. When I thought headbut, I immediately thought Zidane though and got a bit confused.

  • Lukeh20/06/2010 at 20:02

    Ouch...

  • RG20/06/2010 at 20:05

    Drogba!!!!

  • Steven Roy20/06/2010 at 20:05

    3-1

  • Lukeh20/06/2010 at 20:05

    Drogbaaaaaa!

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 20:06

    YAY! Drogba gets one back. good consolation. :D

  • RG20/06/2010 at 20:06

    Neat cross, sweet finish

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 20:07

    Goodness me. 6 minutes is all that is needed to undo a previous Kaka team. Brazil better hold on (or score more).

  • Alison20/06/2010 at 20:07

    So you're better off with a 3-3 draw than a 2-2 draw in the eyes of the organisers? Seems abstract.

  • RG20/06/2010 at 20:08

    So you're better off with a 3-3 draw than a 2-2 draw in the eyes of the organisers? Seems abstract.

    You have scored more goals... so yeah.

  • Alison20/06/2010 at 20:09

    But your defence is worse too? I don't see how that makes you "better"

  • RG20/06/2010 at 20:10

    But your defence is worse too? I don't see how that makes you "better"

    Because you have shown more signs of attacking capability, which is what they want from a team.

  • Steven Roy20/06/2010 at 20:10

    But your defence is worse too? I don't see how that makes you "better"

    They have to find a way to break ties so you have the choice of rewarding attack or defence and no-one wants to watch matches where teams just defend

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 20:11

    Zizou and Figo taking their leave. :D

  • Lukeh20/06/2010 at 20:13

    The Brazilians are diving everywhere yeesh!

  • Steven Roy20/06/2010 at 20:13

    FIIIIIIIGHT

  • Alison20/06/2010 at 20:13

    fight fight fight

  • RG20/06/2010 at 20:13

    Crikey, its all kicking off

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 20:13

    FIght! :(

  • RubberGoat20/06/2010 at 20:14

    Crikey, its all kicking off

    What caused all this?

  • RG20/06/2010 at 20:14

    Oh my god, What a dive.

  • Alison20/06/2010 at 20:14

    oh WHAT? He ran into the guy then went down clutching his face??? Cheating scum

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 20:14

    What caused all this?

    Kaka. Unfortunately.

  • Lukeh20/06/2010 at 20:14

    Kaka is gone!

  • RG20/06/2010 at 20:14

    Terrible, shocking tactics by Ivory Coast.

  • Steven Roy20/06/2010 at 20:14

    What caused all this?

    Kaka put his elbow in the guys chest and he went down holding his head

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 20:15

    oh WHAT? He ran into the guy then went down clutching his face??? Cheating scum

    Zizou headbutt v.2.0

  • Lukeh20/06/2010 at 20:15

    Pathetic stuff by the Ivory Coast

  • RubberGoat20/06/2010 at 20:15

    What caused all this?

    Kaka. Unfortunately.

    That will get overturned. Nike can't afford the lost earnings and will put pressure on FIFA to repeal it.

  • Steven Roy20/06/2010 at 20:15

    You have to ask why he was running at Kaka in the first place. That was practically self defence

  • Alison20/06/2010 at 20:15

    What caused all this?

    Kaka put his elbow in the guys chest and he went down holding his head

    Kaka wasn't even lookign that way though, didn't the guy run into his arm?

  • RG20/06/2010 at 20:16

    You have to ask why he was running at Kaka in the first place. That was practically self defence

    He didn't even know he was there.

  • RG20/06/2010 at 20:16

    That will get overturned. Nike can't afford the lost earnings and will put pressure on FIFA to repeal it.

    Can't get overturned. Simple as.

  • Steven Roy20/06/2010 at 20:16

    Kaka wasn't even lookign that way though, didn't the guy run into his arm?

    Kaka aimed at him but he didn't swing the arm at him

  • guille230620/06/2010 at 20:16

    this referee won't be in a FIFA match ever again in his life...

  • RubberGoat20/06/2010 at 20:16

    That will get overturned. Nike can't afford the lost earnings and will put pressure on FIFA to repeal it.

    Can't get overturned. Simple as.

    You just wait and see.

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 20:17

    Can't get overturned. Simple as.

    The best they can do is reduce the number of matches banned.

  • Steven Roy20/06/2010 at 20:17

    Seems ridiculous Kaka is sent off while two Ivory Coast players who put their studs in people's shins are still out there

  • Alison20/06/2010 at 20:17

    It's maybe karma for Brazil. They've done similar before. That guy at the corner flag when someone passed the ball over to him to take the corner and he pretended it'd been launched at his head?

  • Lukeh20/06/2010 at 20:18

    It's maybe karma for Brazil. They've done similar before. That guy at the corner flag when someone passed the ball over to him to take the corner and he pretended it'd been launched at his head?

    Hehehe, Rivaldo. That was awful but funny :)

  • RG20/06/2010 at 20:18

    It's maybe karma for Brazil. They've done similar before. That guy at the corner flag when someone passed the ball over to him to take the corner and he pretended it'd been launched at his head?

    This? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgfRCa71Kmw

  • RG20/06/2010 at 20:19

    Good save from Cesar.

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 20:19

    Seems ridiculous Kaka is sent off while two Ivory Coast players who put their studs in people's shins are still out there

    This week has been horrid. Bad refereeing decisions, controversies where there shouldn't be, lousy playing by favourites.

    This is not how I want to remember South Africa 2010. :(

  • Alison20/06/2010 at 20:19

    Oh yeah, so so so funny :D Cheating though... :P

  • RG20/06/2010 at 20:21

    Entertaining second half.

  • RG20/06/2010 at 20:21

    And Brazil qualify to the next stages I think

  • Steven Roy20/06/2010 at 20:21

    Entertaining second half.

    Way better than the first

  • Alison20/06/2010 at 20:22

    I can't understand how you can be sent off because someone decided to run into you. I've seen decisions reversed from unfair cards at the champions league. Obviously it can't impact the played game but I'm sure there's provision to remove future bans if it's deemed unfair.

  • Christine20/06/2010 at 20:22

    Anyone up for writing the WC post for tomorrow?

  • Lukeh20/06/2010 at 20:23

    And Brazil qualify to the next stages I think

    They do

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 20:23

    I can't understand how you can be sent off because someone decided to run into you. I've seen decisions reversed from unfair cards at the champions league. Obviously it can't impact the played game but I'm sure there's provision to remove future bans if it's deemed unfair.

    But Kaka obviously lashed out. Like Beckham in 1998, no matter how small the movement, if you lash out you get sent off.

    Rules in football are really simple, unfortunately.

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 20:23

    Anyone up for writing the WC post for tomorrow?

    Anyone else? Or I can do. ;)

  • RubberGoat20/06/2010 at 20:24

    Anyone up for writing the WC post for tomorrow?

    Can I just write one that says "New Zealand: YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!"? ;)

  • Alison20/06/2010 at 20:24

    But Kaka obviously lashed out.

    I didn't see it?

  • RubberGoat20/06/2010 at 20:24

    I can't understand how you can be sent off because someone decided to run into you. I've seen decisions reversed from unfair cards at the champions league. Obviously it can't impact the played game but I'm sure there's provision to remove future bans if it's deemed unfair.

    But Kaka obviously lashed out. Like Beckham in 1998, no matter how small the movement, if you lash out you get sent off.

    Rules in football are really simple, unfortunately.

    Are you sure it wasn't just a brace?

  • Christine20/06/2010 at 20:24

    Anyone up for writing the WC post for tomorrow?

    Can I just write one that says "New Zealand: YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!"? ;)

    Hehehe. I know I said you can write what you want, but that might be pushing it :)

  • Lukeh20/06/2010 at 20:25

    But Kaka obviously lashed out. Like Beckham in 1998, no matter how small the movement, if you lash out you get sent off.

    He didn;t lash out?

  • RG20/06/2010 at 20:25

    I didn't see it?

    Am with Alison here, I'm sure he didn't see him running towards him.

  • Steven Roy20/06/2010 at 20:25

    Following on from last night's link where NASA aerodynamicists proved the ball is rubbish here's one where NASA put out a photo of each of the countries in the tournament

    http://www.nasa.gov/externalflash/worldcup2010/index.html

    Click the show info at the top right of the photo for all the info

  • Christine20/06/2010 at 20:25

    Anyone up for writing the WC post for tomorrow?

    Anyone else? Or I can do. ;)

    That would be lovely, thank you :)

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 20:26

    Are you sure it wasn't just a brace?

    Pretty sure. From most angles, it showed he knew the other guy was there, and pushed back with his elbow into the other guy's chest.

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 20:26

    That would be lovely, thank you :)

    No problem.

  • RubberGoat20/06/2010 at 20:26

    Anyone up for writing the WC post for tomorrow?

    Mrs Goat is looking over my shoulder and asked "why are they talking about toilets?" :D

  • Lukeh20/06/2010 at 20:26

    Pretty sure. From most angles, it showed he knew the other guy was there, and pushed back with his elbow into the other guy's chest.

    Sorry Marilene but I'll have to agree to disagree. He defintiely didn't lash out for me and he's not that type of player whatsoever.

  • Steven Roy20/06/2010 at 20:27

    Mrs Goat is looking over my shoulder and asked "why are they talking about toilets?" :D

    :D

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 20:27

    Am with Alison here, I'm sure he didn't see him running towards him.

    I love Kaka and all, but that was lashing out. He was probably upset at Brazilians getting pushed about and decided to push back. :(

  • RubberGoat20/06/2010 at 20:27

    Pretty sure. From most angles, it showed he knew the other guy was there, and pushed back with his elbow into the other guy's chest.

    Sorry Marilene but I'll have to agree to disagree. He defintiely didn't lash out for me and he's not that type of player whatsoever.

    I'm with you Lukeh - Marilene should know better about play-acting as he loves WWE ;)

  • Steven Roy20/06/2010 at 20:27

    Sorry Marilene but I'll have to agree to disagree. He defintiely didn't lash out for me and he's not that type of player whatsoever.

    I think he stuck his elbow out to protect himself

  • RG20/06/2010 at 20:27

    22 of 23 Brazilian players are married.

    Who isn't? He must feel left out when they start talking about families.

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 20:28

    Sorry Marilene but I'll have to agree to disagree. He defintiely didn't lash out for me and he's not that type of player whatsoever.

    Sure. He isn't the type, but everyone breaks at times.

  • Alison20/06/2010 at 20:28

    Was he given two yellows? If they thought he assaulted someone are we back at asking why it wasn't a straight red for violent conduct?

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 20:28

    Who isn't? He must feel left out when they start talking about families.

    :D

  • Becken20/06/2010 at 20:28

    Man... those gyus from Ivory Coast are real fighters. Hard win to Brasil... It was good to the team spirit.

  • RG20/06/2010 at 20:28

    Why was he running at Kaka in the first place?

  • Lukeh20/06/2010 at 20:28

    Just showed the replay and I still don't see any lashing out

  • Alison20/06/2010 at 20:28

    It certainly wasn't a hit to the face! That's for sure. That is disgusting behaviour.

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 20:28

    I'm with you Lukeh - Marilene should know better about play-acting as he loves WWE ;)

    She, mind you.

    Yes it was play-acting. Deigo Simone definitely play-acted. Doesn't stop it from working.

  • Steven Roy20/06/2010 at 20:29

    Was he given two yellows? If they thought he assaulted someone are we back at asking why it wasn't a straight red for violent conduct?

    It was two yellows

  • RubberGoat20/06/2010 at 20:29

    Sorry Marilene but I'll have to agree to disagree. He defintiely didn't lash out for me and he's not that type of player whatsoever.

    I think he stuck his elbow out to protect himself

    Same here. If you had an angry bloke run towards you, you would put your arm out to stop him injuring you...

  • Alison20/06/2010 at 20:29

    Was he given two yellows? If they thought he assaulted someone are we back at asking why it wasn't a straight red for violent conduct?

    It was two yellows

    Why? If you think I elbowed someone in the face, you don't give me a yellow card?

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 20:30

    It certainly wasn't a hit to the face! That's for sure. That is disgusting behaviour.

    It is disgusting behaviour and I am not defending it. I am saying Kaka should be above it all though.

    Being a christian, turn the other cheek and all that.

  • RubberGoat20/06/2010 at 20:30

    She, mind you.

    Oh sorry about that ;9

  • Steven Roy20/06/2010 at 20:31

    Why? If you think I elbowed someone in the face, you don't give me a yellow card?

    Only if I was a referee and you were playing football. If it was just you and Nick in a bar I saw nothin.

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 20:31

    Why? If you think I elbowed someone in the face, you don't give me a yellow card?

    Probably because, like the hand ball, the referee knew something was up. Chose the easier option, the middle ground that is a yellow card.

    Unfortunately, it was Kaka's 2nd.

  • guille230620/06/2010 at 20:32

    I think he stuck his elbow out to protect himself

    just seen the replay. he just put his arm up but he never sees the IVC player coming. and he definitely didn't lashed out

  • Alison20/06/2010 at 20:32

    Shocking referee. Shocking. Many of them have been so so bad this tournament. Almost as bad as Graham Poll....

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 20:33

    just seen the replay. he just put his arm up but he never sees the IVC player coming. and he definitely didn't lashed out

    Kaka has twitter. He'll explain himself.

  • Alison20/06/2010 at 20:33

    I think he stuck his elbow out to protect himself

    just seen the replay. he just put his arm up but he never sees the IVC player coming. and he definitely didn't lashed out

    Yeah I thought he was just wandering away? Lifted his arm to stretch or just move it or whatever and the guy launches into the side of him.

  • RG20/06/2010 at 20:33

    Kaka has twitter. He'll explain himself.

    He does?

  • Steven Roy20/06/2010 at 20:34

    Shocking referee. Shocking. Many of them have been so so bad this tournament. Almost as bad as Graham Poll....

    I had know idea you knew so much football. It's hard to be worse than Graham Poll.

  • RubberGoat20/06/2010 at 20:34

    I think he stuck his elbow out to protect himself

    just seen the replay. he just put his arm up but he never sees the IVC player coming. and he definitely didn't lashed out

    Yeah I thought he was just wandering away? Lifted his arm to stretch or just move it or whatever and the guy launches into the side of him.

    How can he send him off without seeing him though?

  • RG20/06/2010 at 20:34

    I had know idea you knew so much football. It's hard to be worse than Graham Poll.

    Mark Clattenburg? Ahh, Mr Howard Webb. He.is.terrible.

  • Steven Roy20/06/2010 at 20:35

    Mark Clattenburg? Ahh, Mr Howard Webb. He.is.terrible.

    But none of them think 3 yellows make a red

  • Alison20/06/2010 at 20:36

    Shocking referee. Shocking. Many of them have been so so bad this tournament. Almost as bad as Graham Poll....

    I had know idea you knew so much football. It's hard to be worse than Graham Poll.

    Yeah neither did I!!! I haven't watched any at all since I went away to university though. I just used to watch it with my dad and annoy him with irritating questions. I have a good memory and tend to remember the answers. I'm also quite easily outraged.

  • Lukeh20/06/2010 at 20:36

    FIFA punished Rivaldo with a 2 match ban at the time for his dive

  • Marilene Riddle20/06/2010 at 20:36

    He does?

    Yes.

  • guille230620/06/2010 at 20:36

    How can he send him off without seeing him though?

    if the fourth man or the linesmen tell him, he can send him off. but not because the players tell him...

  • RG20/06/2010 at 20:37

    But none of them think 3 yellows make a red

    Mark Clattenburg thought the goalline was 3 yards further back.

    Five years later and I still haven't forgot.

  • Alison20/06/2010 at 20:37

    How can he send him off without seeing him though?

    if the fourth man or the linesmen tell him, he can send him off. but not because the players tell him...

    I can't think that any of the officials saw it though?

  • RubberGoat20/06/2010 at 20:38

    How can he send him off without seeing him though?

    if the fourth man or the linesmen tell him, he can send him off. but not because the players tell him...

    I can't think that any of the officials saw it though?

    Seems really dodgy to me.

  • Alison20/06/2010 at 20:38

    Erm what colour is that man's hair??

  • guille230620/06/2010 at 20:39

    I can't think that any of the officials saw it though?

    which adds to the bad decision...

  • RubberGoat20/06/2010 at 21:03

    That NZ goal will be replayed in my head for years to come. So proud :)

  • RG20/06/2010 at 21:04

    That NZ goal will be replayed in my head for years to come. So proud :)

    Horrendously offside...

  • RubberGoat20/06/2010 at 21:04

    That NZ goal will be replayed in my head for years to come. So proud :)

    Horrendously offside...

    Even if it's off a defender?

  • RG20/06/2010 at 21:05

    Even if it's off a defender?

    It hit a NZ player.

  • RubberGoat20/06/2010 at 21:06

    Even if it's off a defender?

    It hit a NZ player.

    The cross came in, hit Cannavaro and then Smeltz scored it. Not sure how that works?

  • Alison20/06/2010 at 21:08

    The cross came in, hit Cannavaro and then Smeltz scored it. Not sure how that works?

    The way I understood it, he was offside as the ball came into the box and as such shouldn't have interfered with play until he'd got himself back onside which he never did.

  • RG20/06/2010 at 21:09

    The cross came in, hit Cannavaro and then Smeltz scored it. Not sure how that works?

    Am 85% sure it looks like a NZ head.

  • Lukeh20/06/2010 at 21:09

    The way I understood it, he was offside as the ball came into the box and as such shouldn't have interfered with play until he'd got himself back onside which he never did.

    Alison is a better pundit than any of them on the bbc!

  • Lukeh20/06/2010 at 21:10

    Am 85% sure it looks like a NZ head.

    I think gavin means when Cannavaro came down for it on the floor rather than the challenging header

  • RubberGoat20/06/2010 at 21:10

    The way I understood it, he was offside as the ball came into the box and as such shouldn't have interfered with play until he'd got himself back onside which he never did.

    Alison is a better pundit than any of them on the bbc!

    How the heck did the linesman not see that then?

  • RubberGoat20/06/2010 at 21:11

    Am 85% sure it looks like a NZ head.

    I think gavin means when Cannavaro came down for it on the floor rather than the challenging header

    Yeah ... but frankly (1) The refs are rubbish (2) I don't care if it was offside and (3) I waste far too much effort arguing offside with a guy at work (who thankfully didn't turn up to my house today!)

  • Alison20/06/2010 at 21:11

    Alison is a better pundit than any of them on the bbc!

    Steven's right. I know a lot more about football than I previously thought. I only really watch internationals.

  • RG20/06/2010 at 21:12

    I think gavin means when Cannavaro came down for it on the floor rather than the challenging header

    Ohhh right... in that case, carry on going totally insane.

  • RubberGoat20/06/2010 at 21:13

    I think gavin means when Cannavaro came down for it on the floor rather than the challenging header

    Ohhh right... in that case, carry on going totally insane.

    It probably is offside - but the rule is so complicated these days that it may well be onside too!

  • RubberGoat20/06/2010 at 21:21

    Wow at the French!

  • RG20/06/2010 at 21:23

    Wow at the French!

    I love the bit where the training guy throws his stopwatch (I think) away

  • Lukeh20/06/2010 at 21:23

    Wow at the French!

    It;s quite sad really, self destruction much

  • Lukeh20/06/2010 at 21:24

    I love the bit where the training guy throws his stopwatch (I think) away

    I was thinking maybe his staff pass or something? I dunno!

  • RubberGoat20/06/2010 at 21:24

    Wow at the French!

    I love the bit where the training guy throws his stopwatch (I think) away

    Apparently it was his FIFA accreditation...

  • RubberGoat20/06/2010 at 21:25

    Wow at the French!

    It;s quite sad really, self destruction much

    It is TBH. The saddest part is that they play like they don't want to be there.

  • Lukeh20/06/2010 at 21:26

    It is TBH. The saddest part is that they play like they don't want to be there.

    Bet the Irish are watching with clenched teeth - seems a waste of a place they would've made the most of

  • RubberGoat20/06/2010 at 21:26

    It is TBH. The saddest part is that they play like they don't want to be there.

    I agree.

  • RG20/06/2010 at 21:27

    Bet the Irish are watching with clenched teeth - seems a waste of a place they would've made the most of

    Totally, I was listening to a Frenchman on the way home from Croft on 606. He admitted he felt the Irish would have given it a much better attempt

  • RubberGoat20/06/2010 at 21:28

    Bet the Irish are watching with clenched teeth - seems a waste of a place they would've made the most of

    I agree.

  • RubberGoat20/06/2010 at 21:29

    Ahh Crowded House. So Proud of the boys today :D