I didn’t get up at 4AM to watch Algeria-Slovenia but I guess I’m happy because I’ve been to Slovenia but not Algeria.
Sebia 0 Ghana 1 · I really couldn’t figure this game out. The Ghanaians totally sliced up the Serbian mid-field, time and again, quality moves all over the place, then failed to penetrate the penalty area. The Serbians looked clumsy and unpolished but actually had, on balance, more scoring chances. That handball? More clumsiness. I suppose Ghana deserved the win.
Germany 4 Australia 0 · Just a few minutes into the match, I tweeted “The Germans are scary good. Ouf” and, well, yeah. The Aussie defence didn’t seem that weak, which speaks volumes, probably unnecessary, to Germany’s lethal combination of precision passing and individual excellence up front.
On the other hand, the Aussie attackers did seem pretty hapless, which suggests a more capable opponent could give Germany real trouble at the back. It looks on balance like they and the Ghanaians should waltz out of Group D without breathing too hard.