Monthly Archive: June 2010
Your last update of the week, with the final two groups. All the fun today is going to be in Group H.
Brazil 2 2 0 0 5 2 +3 6
Portugal 2 1 1 0 7 0 +7 4
Ivory Coast 2 0 1 1 1 3 -2 1
North Korea 2 0 0 2 1 9 -8 0
If you’d told New Zealand beforehand that they’d go through the group unbeaten and finish above Italy, I daresay they’d have settled for that. And they’d be right to feel pretty pleased with themselves, but they’ll be frustrated that it wasn’t enough to get them through, and they go home as just the sixth team in World Cup history to be eliminated despite not losing a game. (Trivia time: how many of the other five can you name? Answers below.)
It’s Thursday, which means it’s time for more from the studios of Clack TV and Mungo in Africa. Today, anchorman Ron Bongo, Glasgow Paisley boss Henny Jings and Heart of Clachmaninshire’s own Mungo McCrackas get stuck in to some serious analysis of England’s progress through the group stages, with predictably insightful results.
Only the first of today’s groups has any sort of possible complications, this evening it’s straightforward. Another reminder, it’s goal difference and goals scored first, then head-to-heads and finally drawing of lots.