A controversial World Cup run is finally over for France who finished at the bottom of group A with just one point. Luckily, the team showed up for their final match and didn’t decide to go on strike. South Africa defeated France 2-1 but neither team advanced to the next round. It’s hard to believe a team that made it to the World Cup final in 2006 has almost completely fallen apart. (Zinedine Zidane where are you?)
Uruguay defeated Mexico 1-0 to secure top spot in the group but Mexico also moved on due to goal differential. Uruguay has quietly been playing a very solid game and many people are underestimating them because of it.
Argentina dominated Group B, winning its final match 2-0 over Greece and showing no signs of slowing down. Lionel Messi keeps inching closer and closer to scoring a goal but still has nothing to show for it. His performance has been steadily improving in this tournament. Messi is always noticeable on the field for good reasons: can’t say many other players have caught my attention the same way in this World Cup.
South Korea managed a 2-2 draw against Nigeria, just edging their way into the knockout round. Next, South Korea will take on Uruguay and don’t be surprised if it’s a blow-out. Uruguay hasn’t reached its full potential yet but they will give South Korea a lot to deal with because they are a strong attacking team. Meanwhile, the powerhouse Argentinean team will battle with Mexico in what will be an entertaining match-up. Mexico will be a tougher challenge for Argentina than the teams of Group B and it will be interesting to see how they handle it.
In the end, Argentina and Uruguay will win their matches, pulling one step closer to World Cup glory.
Lesson of the day: The South American teams are a force to be reckoned with!
Day 12 Results
Uruguay 1-0 Mexico
South Africa 2-1 France
Argentina 2-0 Greece
Nigeria 2-2 South Korea