09 June 2012

Matches 3 & 4

This is about what I expected from the first matches in the Group of Death: cagey, cautious, feeling each other out. The two 1-0 wins were not surprising. What was, of course, was that Holland was on the losing end. Coming into this tournament as one of the favorites, maybe we all expected too much from the Dutch. It's not all over for them by any stretch of the imagination - remember what Spain did after they lost their first game of the World Cup in 2010? - but we'll definitely need to see more from them if they even want to make it out of the group now. And after two 1-0 victories you can bet that the next two rounds in this group are going to be something special.

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