July 4, 2007

U-20 World Cup - Day 4 - Independence Day, French-Canadian style

USA 6-1 Poland - My oh my, how things can change in 90 minutes. This CAN'T be the same team that looked so bad against South Korea. And this CERTAINLY can't be the same Freddy Adu who's looked terrible against, well, every team in MLS this season. I certainly wasn't expecting this, not against this Polish team that beat Brazil 1-0. And where did the goal-scoring machine known as Danny Szetela come from? I'm watching the replay of the game right now because we had a game tonight, but I was shocked when I saw the scoreline and HAD to watch it. Props are also in order for Sal Zizzo, who created the third goal through sheer hard work and determination. For those who didn't see Adu's first, it's a thing of beauty. Watch it below.

Brazil 3-2 South Korea - I caught the tail end of this match, and I must say that it was quite entertaining. Brazil jumped out to a 3-0 lead thanks to two from big shot Alexandre Pato, but the Koreans scored two late goals to make things interesting. Hey, it helps the USA with their goal differential now. And this result also puts the Barras y Estrellas in first place in the group on 4 points. Brazil and Poland have 3, while South Korea has one. A nice problem for the USA to have, leading the group with Brazil left.

Argentina 6-0 Panama - I told you Kun Aguero was good. Stupid Atletico Madrid fans. But this was total domination. Four goals in eight minutes midway through the first half and it was over. I can't recall seeing anything like that on a soccer field before. Well, maybe during that Motril 16-0 Basto I was in attendance for. But not at this level. The defending champs put themselves in good position to go through.

Czech Republic 2-2 North Korea - Wow, a total of 10 goals scored in the two games in Group E. That's a total of hmmmmmmmmmm..............10 MORE than in Sunday's two games. The Czechs fought back from an early 1-0 deficit to take a 2-1 lead but Jon Kwang Ik's 89th minute goal left both teams with two points from two games. This draw leaves both of these teams in control of their own destinies with one game left to play. That's not good for North Korea, who have to play Argentina.

Wednesday's games

Four more, two in Burnaby and two in Victoria.

Burnaby - Group B

Uruguay vs. Jordan - 5 p.m. EST
Zambia vs. Spain - 7:45 p.m. EST

Victoria - Group F

Costa Rica vs. Japan - 5 p.m. EST
Scotland vs. Nigeria - 7:45 p.m. EST

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