Feature Editor, Dominic Hanley’s (@dominiho7) World Cup chitter-chatter
A quick round-up of recent goings on in Brazil.
I’ll hold my hands up I was wrong about the England – Italy match, both teams came out to attack and provided fans with a great game to watch. It was by far England’s best performance for a long time, it’s just a shame they weren’t able to register any points. They face Uruguay this Thursday and both sides are in dire need of a result. I personally think the criticism of Rooney is unfair and that he’s been made a scapegoat for England’s loss. I’ll back Rooney to score against Uruguay, if Hodgson starts him and that will remind all his critics of what he is capable of. I just hope come Friday morning I do not feel utter dejection as the realism sinks in that England actually lost to Uruguay and that we will not be making the second round.
I doubt anyone could have predicted The Netherlands demolition of Spain. I’ll put my neck out here and say you won’t see a more surprising match in the rest of this World Cup, and I certainly wouldn’t be surprised to see Chile dispatch of Spain in their next match. MUFC fans must be delighted, for it was Van Gaal whose team outclassed the World and Double European Champions. The 5-3-2 formation was a tactical master class and contrary to belief of what Mark Lawrenson said on BBC Friday night, “Van Gaal played a major risk tonight”, the Dutchman actually perfected this formation before so knew exactly what he was doing, alas, no risk whatsoever. Robben’s second goal has also set a new record making the player the faster of all time over 100 metres.
Let’s focus on Clarke Carlisle’s major gaff from Sunday’s game between Switzerland and Ecuador. For those of you who don’t know who Mr Carlisle is I’ll give you a quick run down. Britain’s Most Brainy footballer, An Ambassador for the Kick It Out Charity and Chairman of the PFA. Now, his glaring error from this past Sunday has not gone unnoticed as he claimed that “Ecuador are that good of a side that Porto striker Jackson Martinez is unable to get into the starting XI”…. I’ll answer you on this one Clarke, Martinez is Colombian and that might just be the reason he struggles to play for Ecuador.
What a tournament it has been already; every game bar one, (Mexico vs. Cameroon,) has had more than 2.5 goals scored and for the neutrals it has been a thrill to watch. Respect also to anyone that managed to see some of the Japan vs. Ivory Coast game at 2 in the morning, that’s some real dedication there. I’ll leave you with our World Cup fun-fact of the day.
DID YOU KNOW?
This is the first World Cup since 1950, which was also held in Brazil, that we haven’t seen a draw at this stage of the tournament. That’s our World Cup fun fact of the day!