The final game of Day 5 in the World Cup was predicted to be a one sided match as World Number One’s Brazil went up against one of the tournaments outsiders North Korea; a true David and Goliath match.
I don’t think there were any pundits out there who would have predicted the outcome of this game as the first half ended 0-0. Korea defended like champions and Brazil struggled to break them down. Robinho looked promising and expressed some of the flair and skill that we have come to expect from the Brazilians, but there was little flair elsewhere. Korea even looked decent on the ball when counterattacking Brazil as David prepared his sling.
Brazil continued to press in the second half and ten minutes in Maicon smashed a shot on target from a very tight angle, swerving the ball past the ‘keeper and into the net. A strange yet fantastic strike which gave Brazil the lead, opened the game up and dampened Korean spirits. Elano added a second with twenty minutes to go when he slotted in an inch perfect pass from Robinho.
Nilmar and Melo both tested the ‘keeper from distance as Brazil looked to cruise but Korea weren’t finished and with two minutes left Ji Yun Nam took the ball down outside the Brazilian area, edged into the box and then smashed a left footed shot past Julio Cesar, a deserved goal and one which they will remember for years to come.
A great and surprising game in the end with a result that no one could have predicted. Robinho was very impressive for Brazil whilst Luis Fabiano looked sluggish up front, finding himself offside more often than anything else. But this night goes to Korea DPR who impressed from beginning to end, a memorable night for them and one can only hope that they can do the same against Portugal and Ivory Coast.
Tomorrow is another big day for the competition as favorites Spain get their campaign underway. It is also the final round of opening games. Check the Newsblaze predictions to get some tips on those three games and keep your eyes open for more predictions in an article which should be published sometime tonight. We’re looking good so far and have made a nice profit by my reckoning, and I have some tips picked out to expand that profit.