Group B: Argentina, Nigeria, South Korea, Greece
Another difficult group to call in this World Cup. The clear favorite is Argentina, though Diego Maradona’s side had a tumultuous qualifying campaign that only saw them clinch a spot to South Africa on the final day of matches. Nigeria, South Korea, and Greece are all harboring hopes of being the second placed team in the group.
Nigeria are a physical side who can boast some top attackers though they are a team that has been inconsistent in recent years. South Korea look primed to finally make a splash at a World Cup on foreign soil, while Greece hope to recapture the spirit of 2004, when the team came out of nowhere to win the European Championship.
Group B is certainly one of the groups that could go all the way to the end of the third matchday before we see who advances. It is one of the less talked about groups, however there is certainly plenty of intrigue here.
What Should Happen
It was one of the most important El Clasico matches one could remember. The winner would undoubtedly hold a major advantage in claiming the title with only 7 matches remaining. So when Real Madrid and Barcelona battled at the Bernabeu on Saturday evening it was all set up for another classic confrontation.
In the end what we saw probably wouldn’t reach classic status yet it was an enthralling fixture complete with some back and forth football and no shortage of intensity and desire from the combatants in question.
Xavi's Brilliance Led Barcelona To Victory
Real came out of the blocks quickly perhaps to no surprise. After last season’s 6-2 embarrassment at home to Pep Guardiola’s side, the Madridistas surely wanted to exact some revenge especially in a match of such importance. And let’s be honest, in the opening exchanges it was Manuel Pellegrini’s side who looked a bit more composed and dangerous in and around goal. Continue reading
Today, I was going to do up a Big Match Report on Barcelona-Arsenal. However thanks to the brilliance of Lionel Messi, I thought that any attempt to analyze this match would be at best a futile effort. The man is quite simply a magician and at the Nou Camp last night he was amazing, his finishing and all-around play were a joy to watch.
So, instead we will focus our Big Match analysis this week on the upcoming Real Madrid-Barcelona match.
For now, here are a couple of videos of the man that someday will be known as one of football’s true legends (perhaps to many he is already!). Enjoy yesterday’s highlights of Messi’s display and some of his best ever goals.
Some of Messi’s best ever goals