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Mexico v S. Africa – in game comment

That was offsides – commentators don’t know the rule obviously.

Mexico needs to bring on Javier Hernandez for Franco.  Too many chances wasted by Franco.  Chicarito will get it done.  S. Africa needs to open it up and get more bodies forward at speed.

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Spain v Russia – half time comments

A few things to watch for in the second half

The rain.  Someone’s going to make a mistake.  Both goalies are good, but it’s tough in these conditions.  Good thing both teams like playing on the ground.  The ball’s going to move faster.  Expect the pace of the game to increase in the second half.

Zhirkov.  He’s going to get a breakaway a few times with Ramos caught upfield.  Will be interesting to see how Puyol deals with him.

Torres.  Ignashevich is having a hard time staying with him.

Iniesta.  He needs to come off.  Cesc is on, and should have been on for him instead of Villa (hope the injury is not bad), and these weather conditions are ideal for him – he’s used to playing in rain in England.  Bring on Guiza – his height is going to bother the Russian central pairing.

Arshavin.  He hasn’t expended much energy or seen enough of the ball.  Look for him to get more going in the second half.

Pavlyuchenko.  The stage is set for him to tuck one away after getting in between Puyol and Marchena.

Both teams look like they could win the game…

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Spain v Sweden – half time

CH12 looks to have cleaned away some of the grime on the crystal ball. The game is even and Ibrahimovic and Torres have scored, as predicted, with great individual skill. It was a great angled ball to Silva that set up the cross for Torres to score from – the defender was fooled into believing the ball was going back to the corner taker and that gave Silva the time to pick out Torres. Ramos is a great player but he was caught slacking on the cross to Ibrahimovic. Zlatan is a big, strong guy and he basically took Ramos’ lash on his left leg, blocked it, and then turned for the finish. Spain may actually benefit from Albiol coming in for Puyol and were unlucky not to get a penalty for Elmander’s clumsy challenge on Silva.

This game is a toss up, but Sweden looks stronger going into the second half. Villa has been very quiet and Iniesta and Silva haven’t really done anything. Silva, in particular, is a bit of a luxury IMO. He is not showing the pace and wing magic that they need in order to give Torres and Villa more space in the box. As a result, it almost feels like Ramos has to come up the right wing more often to deliver crosses. Which puts him out of position when the other team comes back on a quick counter attack. Aragones – bring in Cesc for Iniesta and Sergio Garcia for Silva. I bet you regret leaving Capel, Joaquin and Tamudo behind.

Update – Ibrahimovic substituted at the half due to injury…

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