I've been away for a bit, but I'm back. Sorry for the lack of posts. There has been a rise in the number of derogatory comments directed towards individuals, so from now on, any mean-spirited comment directed towards a specific individual will be deleted.
Now, instead of recapping all the games of the last 4 days, I'll provide an overview of each pool. Recaps will continue tomorrow.
This pool is pretty much wrapped up. Norway closes out against Poland, and no matter the result, they will finish at the top of the group. Chile will finish in second. This pool went pretty much as predicted. Norway and Chile proved to be the best teams in the pool, but they were given a couple scares. Italy should have tied Norway at the very end of their game, Austria put a real scare into Chile, only losing 3-2. Austria, Poland and Italy all played very good soccer. All the games between those three teams have been one-goal games, so they've been very exciting. They worked hard and put on a very good show. This pool closes out tomorrow with Norway taking on Poland at 7:30.
Ireland dominated their fairly easy pool. The only real battle was for second, when Serbia battled Germany. Germany won 4-3 in a very exciting game in the last minute to virtually lock up the second spot. Serbia played very well in tournament and improved substantially this year. Botswana played with their usual hustle this tournament, making every game they played exciting to watch. Nigeria fell from their status last year, but were still fun to watch. They played to a 3-3 draw with Botswana, in possibly the best game of the group next to the Germany-Serbia game.
In what has been the most exciting pool, Group C is still wide open, pending the results of tonight's games. There are so many scenarios that can happen that I won't bother stating them on here. The main thing is that EVERY TEAM can still go through. I, nor anyone else, would have never expected the group to turn out like this. This is the tournament at it's best. Scotland tied Ukraine by scoring in the last minutes once again, making it the 3rd straight game Ukraine has lost/tied because of a goal in the last two minutes. It doesn't get any more exciting than that. Games tonight will decide the group.
Another pool that is turning out to be very exciting is Group D. Greece tied a strong Laos team, which makes tomorrow night's game the deciding game in who will go through in second. Greece will have to win to go through, England needs a tie or a win to go through. Both teams are very strong and this battle will be an epic one.