Saturday, June 10, 2006

World Cup Post #1

The hosts get the party rolling

CURRENTLY in transit at Hong Kong International Airport, awaiting connection to Frankfurt. Before leaving I had time to sample a terrific opening encounter, as well as snippets from the Ecuador win over Poland while waiting to board at Sydney.

The Germans were ultra impressive going forward and started in their usual up-tempo manner, pressing Costa Rica all over th pitch. It was Germany doing what they do best, using their physical strength to over-power a weaker opponent, but they did it with exellent technique and a couple of absolute bombs from Lahm and Frings, the two best players on the pitch.

Right and left backs Lahm and Freidrich pressed forward from the opening whistle, pinning Costa Rica back, while Frings bossed the midfield, creating room for the likes of Scweinsteiger, Borowski and Schneider to bring Podolski and Klose into the game.

Costa Rica didnt do themselves any favours, defending too deep and inviting Germany forward.

It was dominant stuff from the Germans, but defensively there were some real concerns for Klinsmann, his defence getting caught square too often. Defending high up the field, there was little cover whenever Costa Rica managed to string a few passes together, Wanchope exposing a lack of pace and cover in the central area.

Overall however, an impressive way for the Germans to kick-off the tournament, more enterprsing then we've grown accustomed to seeing, long may it continue.

From what I did catch of the Ecuador victory over Poland, it was the Ecuadoran back four which laid the platform for there success, a crucial win which places them in pole position for a second round birth. Poland huffed and puffed but didnt appear to have the quality to break them down. Ecuador are gifted on the ball, well organised at the back and counter-attacked well, a deserved win.

Onwards to Frankfurt.


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