Ivory Coast vs Japan (2-1)
This one I didn’t expect as I know the Ivory Coast is good but their golden generation of stars are knocking on now.
This said, when the ‘Drog’ gets mad he delivers. Drogba has terrorised the premier league for years and although he was hardly on the pitch for long he showed his class.
Japan had some excellent passing and it really caused problems for the African team. Kagawa, Honda and Okazaki really are elegant players and Honda took his chance on the 16th minute, oddly unmarked at the edge of the box.
Ivory Coast have some big powerful players though with Wilfried Bony being one of a number. Salomon Kalou had a good game also (unusually for him as he never quite looked good enough for Chelsea in my view).
Then Drogba came on as the Ivory Coast Elephants began to trample. Bony heading home a great cross on the 64th minute to level the game up.
The Asian champions will come again when they take on Greece and I suspect they will still get out of the group.
Ivory Coast win 2-1 vs Japan
England vs Italy (1-2)
I think we can take something passable out of this game. We all know England lost 2-1 to Italy and to be honest I suspected us to lose to them as Italy are the sort of team we don’t do well against. They pass and control the ball.
In the past England used to do a lot of long balls up to Crouch, Heskey and others. Now we have opted to give it to the fast players and let them run at the opposition. A good tactic but if you don’t have the ball and don’t press then you might lose – we did.
England started brightly with a lot of breaks into the box and we had half chances. Then Italy got the ball and kept it. Eventually the ball was dummied and Marchisio struck from 25 yards out through a lot of England players and then we were a goal down.
Trying to get Italy to come out and play was hard work as they took the sting out of the game. It was also odd how only our players had cramp in the first 65 mins. It is because Italy used the ball well and made it do all the work. We just ran full pelt as soon as we got it back, no pressing at all..
It’s hard to beat Italy, it is hard to rattle them but we did in spells. Eventually Rooney put in a killer ball which Sturridge finished putting the score level. Italy then wobbled a bit.
As a result we huffed and puffed – got 5 minutes of injury time also but just couldn’t get through. A legit penalty was denied and as a result we ended up losing.
Mistakes made were made but the young players of England showed real promise. It was nice as for the most part we matched Italy and really went at them. Sadly though they have an amazing defence, reading of the game and passing range. Pirlo and DeRossi really showing up Henderson and Gerrard. This said Uruguay lost so we are STILL IN IT.
We hope to see you all for the 2nd game also. Come on England – and Ipswich, come to Isaacs!
Uruguay vs Costa Rica
Well this wasn’t in the script. Most people (me included) had Uruguay getting a win against Costa Rica but that wasn’t how it went down.
Uruguay were shown to be lax or just not that special without the deadly Luis Suarez. Either way Costa Rica blasted 3 past Uruguay and put themselves in with a chance of advancing out of the group stage.
We can’t take anything away from Costa Rica as they were simply outstanding against Uruguay scoring some good goals and growing into the game. Also they did England a favour as Maxi Pereira will be missing as he was eventually sent off.
It was a train wreck of a game for Uruguay but Costa Rica will now be noticed. Oddly the young Joel Campbell has form for scoring against big name teams…
The media in Uruguay are saying Suarez is fit but is he really?
The game finished Uruguay vs Costa Rica (1-3).
Colombia vs Greece
There are some cracking teams in South America – Colombia isn’t really one of them. This said Greece are nowhere near the European Champions that they once were.
Without Radamel Falcao basically Colombia are missing their one hope for greatness. But they did manage to score 3 goals against the Greeks.
It was a comfortable win for the Colombians with Armero scoring in the 5th minute, Gutierrez in the 58th and a late 3rd goal was taken well by James Rodriguez putting the Greeks to the sword.
Theofanis Gekas missed from a couple of yards out which didn’t help the Greeks and Vasilis Torosidis hit the bar in the second half. In truth though they were well beaten.
It finished Colombia vs Greece (3-0).
Chile vs Australia
It was fairly obvious that Chile would win this. The Socceroo’s haven’t had a decent run in international football in my lifetime and I can’t see this being their tournament either.
Within 12 minutes the outstanding Alexis Sanchez started Chile off with Jorge Valdivia getting a second 2 minutes later. Australia had their moments giving the Chilean players something to think about as Tim Cahill got one back in the 35th minute.
It was a case of possession football winning though as Chile kept the ball well and kept the pressure up. Eventually Jean Beausejour putting it beyond doubt in the dying embers of the game.
The funny thing is as good as Spain are, when they face Chile the Spanish could come unstuck. Just think of the outcry from the Spanish media if that happened – ouch!
Chile 3 Australia 1 – no surprise really.
A crackers game Holland vs Spain was excellent
Ok every tournament has a game that sparks things and it’s great to get them so early. I fancied Holland to win this as their midfield and attackers are top quality. Still, not even I saw them winning 5-1….!
The Spanish Manager Del Bosque will be spitting into his impressive moustache as his team didn’t fall apart but they were outdone by a master class of finishing.
Robin Van Persie played like the old RVP in this game, not the one David Moyes endured for Manchester United. His dive was nothing short of excellent, if not audacious.
Arjen Robben looked outstanding as his turn of pace and fast, close control was a real event in its own right. Spain as expected went a goal ahead with, for me, a suspect penalty. Diego Costa was on target when he took it. The fact that he wasn’t sent off for a later butting of the heads was a surprise and he has to face a retrospective ban for that. Costa in the early part looked a strong player for Spain but very soon it all came unstuck. Spain, as expected did the usual falling over a fair bit but the ref actually stood strong on this.
Then a player I know little about, Daley Blind (left back), hit a perfect cross from miles away and possibly the most clinical striker around was on the end of it. Seeing the goal I was stunned, RVP headed from some way out, up and over the stranded Iker Casillas. It was a real Kodak moment. Like a seal he dived and hit it perfectly.
At half time the score was even but not for long in the restart.
On the 53rd minute Blind again set up Robben for the 2nd Dutch goal. Stefan de Vrij knocked the ball over the line for a surprising 3rd. Then Casillas was at fault for the 4th goal as he had the ball taken from his feet and RVP poked the 4th of the night. Sadly for the Spanish that wasn’t the end of it. Personally I would expect David de Gea to be called in now as Casillas must be rocked by this beating.
The 5th goal was again more mistakes from the Spanish. Robben chased a ball and ended up in a flat race with Sergio Ramos and guess what – he finished it! Also he hit a hell of a volley after this which pulled a quality save out to deny him his hat trick and a wonder goal.
All in all Spain looked like Barcelona, some way off the pace and their morale will be hurting today. I fear whoever plays Spain next as they may get a thrashing OR a gift.
Unbelievably Holland vs Spain ended 5-1
It’s on – Mexico vs Cameroon
Very simply Mexico should get to the knock out stages. Yes, they will have some resistance from Croatia but they are a cracking team, as Cameroon found out.
Cameroon have a couple of big names and as good as Samuel Eto’o is he isn’t the force he used to be. Mexico looked very sharp indeed and Marquez, Herrera, Giovani, Peralta and Hernandez will cause problems for anyone who faces them.
In heavy rain, Dos Santos scored a great volley from a cross on the 11th minute mark to have it incorrectly ruled out. He didn’t fare any better in the second half as he scored from a flicked on corner and was deemed offside again! The linesman should have got both of these right and given that Mexico were running the game anything less than a win would have been robbery.
To their credit though they just got on with it.
Cameroon had a couple of chances but you could see Samuel Eto’o was left on his own with no support. Also ex Arsenal player Alex Song let himself down. He seemed to have picked up the falling over and play acting well from Barcelona.
Finally they scored and were able to keep their goal. Peralta started ahead of Javier Hernandez and got the winner justifying the manager’s call. He showed great composure to score a sweet left footed shot to give Mexico the win they totally deserved.
Hernandez also got 20 minutes in the game and was unlucky not to score with some good attempts. In short Mexico won 1-0 but it should have been more.
Brazil vs Croatia (3-1)
We had another good night at Isaacs as the World Cup finally kicked off. It was good as we had 4 goals scored. A 5th if you count the Croatian goal that was incorrectly disallowed.
Brazil, as hosts, kicked us off the opening game in group A. Their opponents Croatia worked very hard and were unlucky not to get a point out of the game. In honesty, a lot of the Brazilian players were a little below par as was the Croatian goalkeeper who made some good saves at times. Sadly though he let in some sloppy goals.
The game ended 3-1 to Brazil with a truck load of luck for the hosts and really poor decisions against plucky Croatia spoiling the opening spectacle a little.
An own goal on the 11th minute put the Croatians ahead as Brazil made a terrible clearance under pressure causing Marcelo to score against his own team. Croatia then did well for a period of time. The big Brazilian hope Neymar had a mixed game, yes, he scored twice, and on a normal day that’s great.
The first was a weak shot that just about made it in, and the 2nd was a suspect penalty won by Fred but badly awarded by the Japanese ref. More to the point in my view Neymar should probably have been sent off for a red card. The challenge itself wasn’t that bad, a forearm to the face so it wasn’t just a mistimed tackle. The main reason is, he took a good look at the player before making it.
Many players would have gone off for that, then he scored twice!
The penalty was in the 2nd half and with Brazil 2-1 up they still looked vulnerable. Croatia then scored a good goal but it wasn’t given, oddly. Either way, it was soft work by the match officials and Croatia were rightly livid at the call.
It was a good strike if not a little cheeky.
The result – Brazil vs Croatia ended 3-1 – Brazil were fortunate and Croatia very unlucky!
At Isaacs we will be featuring all of the games and running some special promotions too, for the best experience of the World Cup in Ipswich, come to us!
We like to invite as many people to Isaacs as possible to all share in the passion of the World Cup and the Isaacs community. We will be doing great food and really getting into World Cup fever. Our mission is to make Isaacs the best place to watch the World Cup in Ipswich. We have a fantastic TV set up here and at our other venues as we look forward to seeing how well every nation does.
Watch the World Cup in Ipswich with us!
We can’t wait to see if Italy will rise to the top, can Spain hold on or will Brazil win it on home turf. Don’t rule out the Dutch either, they are long overdue a win. Whatever you do, whoever you support we welcome you to Isaacs, the place to watch the World Cup in Ipswich. It is once every four years so treat yourselves and your friends. We can’t get you to Brazil but we will bring all the World Cup action to Ipswich.
Brazil kick off with the opening game against Croatia, 9pm kick off 12th of June!