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Germany provides goal fix; Ghana wins for Africa
by Mike Woitalla, June 14th, 2010 2:06AM

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[GROUP D] In a tournament desperate for goals, Germany continued its recent history of goalfest openers with a 4-0 win over Australia. Thanks to a late penalty kick, Ghana beat Serbia, 1-0, to become the first African nation to notch a win. Here's what we liked and didn't like about the opening Group D games ...

What we liked ...

-- Germany started its 2002 World Cup campaign with a 8-0 win over Saudi Arabia and four years ago came out of the gate with a 4-2 win over Costa Rica. On Sunday, the Germans thumped Australia, 4-0

-- Coach Joachim Loew kept his faith in the striker duo of Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski even though they managed just three and two goals, respectively, last season for their Bundesliga clubs. They scored Germany’s first two goals against Australia.

-- The first Africa-hosted World Cup has six entrants from the continent. After a South Africa tie and losses by Nigeria and Algeria, Ghana became the first African team to celebrate a win, downing Serbia, 1-0, thanks to a penalty kick by Asamoah Gyan.

What we didn't like ...

-- For a brutal foul from behind on Bastian Schweinsteiger, Australia’s Tim Cahill received the tournament’s first straight red card (and was the fourth player ejected in the first 10 games). Australia’s 19 fouls in the game are second only to France’s 20 in its tie with Uruguay.

-- Serbia lost all three games at the 2006 World Cup and extended that losing streak to on Sunday.

-- The crowd of 38,833 at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria for the Ghana-Serbia game was 4,000 short of capacity. Most of the empty seats were in the executive boxes.



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  1. Mike Gaynes
    commented on: June 14, 2010 at 11:02 a.m.
    Mike, did you even see Cahill's foul? You're the only observer I've seen who has characterized it as "brutal"... the replay showed that he pulled his legs in, shortening up on the challenge, and the game and studio commentators were unanimous in the opinion that the red card was extremely harsh.

  1. Ric Fonseca
    commented on: June 14, 2010 at 1:16 p.m.
    Mike Gaynes comment does not give "justice" to the referee's instructions to immediately punish what can be a potentially serious injury especially fouls from behind. There were others I noted and players were correctly booked. By and large viewers will always see things different and have the benefit of tv repalys from various angles, especially those who have never donned a referee uniform and called a game at any level. That Mike Woitalla called it a brutal foul, any studs up tackle is and can be considered "brutal," despite what Gaynes says that the player pulled his legs before the foul. And, could you consider Tim Howard's foul not a dangerous play or another "studs up" foul? Did the Brit player "puul" his legs before making contact with Howard? That the studio commentators were "unanimous" in opining that the red card was extremely harsh, well, look who is calling the kettle black? British-accented guys, who've probably played or know Cahill from his experience in the EPL... PLAY ON!!!


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