Some First Round Thoughts

Best game so far: Chile 3-2 Ecuador. This had a bit of everything and see-sawed all the way to its last gasp conclusion. Ecuador went ahead twice but Chile kept fighting back and grabbed a late winner from a fantastic free kick curled over the wall.

Biggest surprise: Mexico beat Brazil, fair enough. But it is a Brazil without its main stars and Mexico have done this a few times recently. But few saw Peru doing anything in this Copa so deep is the slump into which its football has fallen. Great things were not expected of Uruguay either but the 14-times Copa champions kicked off the tournament as joint third favourites. So Peru’s 3-0 victory in the opening game over the Charruas was pretty much out of the blue.

Biggest disappointment: Brazil. They dominated the opening of their game against Mexico but once they fell behind their heads went down in a way that will have alarmed Dunga. His substitutions provided some renewed impetus after half time and they had their chances. But once luck and some resolute defending denied them their heads went down again and they faded away and Mexico looked more likely to add a third as the game came to an end.

Team in the biggest hole: Colombia. Hammered 5-0 by Paraguay they now face the impressive Argentina in their next game.

Team to put your money on: Argentina. Looked full of the patience and confidence of favourites and showed their strength in depth by calling Aimar and Tevez off the bench.

Outside bet: Chile. Why not? They have a tank of a striker who looks full of confidence in Humberto Suazo, quality sprinkled around the park and showed spirit in twice coming from behind to beat Ecuador.

Best goal: Castillo versus Brazil

Worst miss: Castillo versus Brazil

Picks of the next round: Brazil attempt to recuperate against a buoyant Chile on Sunday while on Monday Colombia try to do the same against Argentina. With the two best third placed teams also qualifying these are not quite win or die games for Brazil or Colombia. But it will feel like it for their players and fans.

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2 responses to “Some First Round Thoughts

  1. el linea

    seems nery castillo took the day off after scoring and missing those goals

  2. Marty

    Not a single mention for Paraguay or Santa Cruz’s fantastic finishing? Colombia didn’t put five own goals in against themselves.

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