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Day 3 Recap - Review of Sunday Games

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Day 3 is complete!

A bit better timing today for this post.  Story of the day was Germany, and red cards.......all 3 games had a red card issued during a critical part of the game.  Lack of composure and poor decisions were the difference for Algeria, Serbia, and Australia today as all 3 teams had red cards and all 3 ended up losing their opening match of the 2010 World Cup today. Oh yeah, and Germany was the best team that has played to date.

Slovenia 1, Algeria 0
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Group C driver seat belongs to Slovenia for now.  Poor goalkeeping changed the result of yet another Group C game as the Algerian GK struggled to make a routine save to far post. Slovenia made the most of their man advantage in second half.  Game overall was average at best and both sides showed vulnerability and athletic limitations.  The US and England should be able to match up well with both teams but with Slovenia already on 3 points, each game becomes a must win for the favorites.  US really needs to win both games and beat England in goal differential to win the group mainly because who would want to play Germany in the second round with as well as they are playing right now.  Can't wait to see how Group C plays out.  Stay tuned.

Ghana 1, Serbia 0
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First penalty kick of the 2010 World Cup proves to be an important one as Ghana surges past a talented Serbian side.  Ghana becomes first African nation to win a game on the African continent.  There is no question that the most athletic footballers come from Africa, lots of players with pace and skill.  Serbian players lost some composure midway through the second half and it resulted in a second yellow and a hand ball in their own box.  Serbia had several quality chances that they missed or had saved by Ghana's GK who did well.  Look for Ghana to run past Australia and into the second round.  Ghana vs. Germany will be a treat as well.  Serbia will need to regroup and get some help in order to advance.....stranger things have happened.  They are good enough to win their remaining 2 games but likely to drop points somewhere.

Germany 4, Australia 0

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Watching Germany in the opening round of the World Cup is like seeing a rerun of your favorite movie in which you already know the ending.  The Germans consistently start very fast and score a lot of goals in their opening game.  Today they scored 4 but could have had 6 - 8 against a struggling Australia side who was nowhere close to the 2006 World Cup quarterfinalist team we saw last tournament.  Seeing Klose header for second goal was just like the 5 header goals he scored in the 2006 World Cup at home........Podolski netting the first goal was just like how he finished his last tournament as well.  Germany was so convincing today that I would argue that they are the best team we have seen so far.  They moved well on and off the ball, they used the whole field, they ran behind the Soccer Roos at will and also showed their finishing prowess.  New favorite player = Mezut Ozil #8 ACM for Germany (his movement and creativity on the ball has the Aussies spinning all day!).  So, Germany and Ghana in good positions to advance from Group D but much soccer still to be played.  I really suggest that you watch Group D games closely moving forward as the potential USA opponent in the second round will be either first or second from this group.  Germans will most likely win Group D, so the USA could get a rematch of their 2006 group game with Ghana if they can find away to win Group C outright.  Go USA!  Aussies future in tourney even dimmer with F Tim Cahill's straight red card as he will miss both remaining group games......uh, note to self, bring more than 3 forwards on your 23 man roster to the World Cup....you never know when your gonna need one.  Klose now with 11 World Cup goals, 3 more ties the German record, 4 more tied the World Cup record, 5 more.........get on your golden boots!

Games to see on Monday!

Netherlands vs. Denmark at 7:00 AM (Group E game)
Japan vs. Cameroon at 10 AM (Group E game)
Italy vs. Paraguay at 2:30 PM (Group F game)

Thanks for reading.  Some of the future's great players are emerging in these games.  Let us know who your favorites are when you get a chance.

UC Soccer Staff

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