It’s time for tactlessness: Some of these teams shouldn’t be here.
Switzerland 2 Ecuador 1 · Didn’t catch it. One of these guys might even make it out of group phase; then they’ll get mangled instantly and unemorably. So, why are they here? I’m not sure what the right number of teams for the World Cup tournament is, but the quality of some of these matches is evidence that 32 is too high.
France 3 Honduras 0 · I watched some but then wandered off. Neither side was putting a world-class show, which is what the World Cup is supposed to be about. I saw no evidence to affect my opinion of France’s chances, either way.
Argentina 2 Bosnia and Herzegovina 1 · Messi may be ultrawonderful, but when he’s standing still surrounded by three defenders he’s just a guy who’s about to lose the ball. Yeah, that was a fine run&goal, but what about the other 88 minutes?
Also, if Argentina lets a world-class offense wander up and down the right offensive margin, after letting it drift forward over center unchallenged, the way they let the Bosnians do today, they’ll be getting some nasty surprises.
Here’s how this game was: If both keepers had brought mattresses and taken the opportunity for an extended nap, it’s not clear the score would have changed.
Time to turn up the heat.