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FIFA World Cup 2010: Day 4 and 5

Brazil beat North Korea by a modest 2-1 margin Brazil beat North Korea by a modest 2-1 margin

It was draws all around in Group F, while Japan and the Netherlands put their stamp on Group E. Brazil also stepped up in group play at the 2010 FIFA World Cup on Days 4 and 5 of the tournament celebrating the beautiful game. Soccer fans all around the world are keeping their eyes trained on the action as competition continues.

The Netherlands has one of the world’s most potent offensive attacks, but it took a Danish own goal to get the Dutch squad on the board. The orange team from Holland didn’t score for themselves until the 85th minute, when Dirk Kuyt kicked in a rebound off the post. Denmark did a good job of holding off the Dutch, but didn’t have what it took to get the win in their first match.

Despite the loss, Denmark stands a decent chance of advancing following Cameroon’s loss to Japan the same day. Japan’s Keisuke Honda scored the match’s lone goal to give his team a 1-0 lead and eventual win in the 39th minute. The teams struggled to find their game in the tournament's most poorly played game so far.

Paraguay could not sustain a one-goal lead as Italy roared back to tie the match and earn a 1-1 draw in Group F’s opening match. Paraguay’s Antolin Alcaraz scored on a header in the 39th minute to give his country the lead over the defending World Cup champs. But Italy’s Daniele De Rossi capitalized on a mistake by Paraguayan goalkeeper Justo Villar near the 63-minute mark to earn the draw.

New Zealand snuck out a 1-1 draw against Slovakia with a goal in injury time. Slovakia’s Robert Vittek opened the scoring with a strike in the 50th minute. That goal looked like it would hold up, but three minutes past the 90-minute mark, Winston Reid guided the ball into the Slovakian net.

The Ivory Coast failed to score despite outplaying a star-studded Portuguese team. The match ended in 0-0, but Cristiano Ronaldo rang a shot off the post that could have changed things. Didier Drogba was also unable to help Portugal earn a win.

Soccer powerhouse and past champions Brazil defeated North Korea, the tournament’s lowest-ranked team, by a modest 2-1 margin on goals from Maicon and Elano. Ji Yun Nam scored the lone North Korean goal in the 89th minute.

The excitement continues to build in group play at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Soccer has drawn the gaze of the world once again in the beautiful game’s signature tournament. Brazil and Holland put themselves in the win column, as did Japan, who got their first ever road win in the World Cup. South Africa is the place to be for football fans as the action continues.

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Happy is a regular contributor to RosebudMag.com and has written for various other publications, including Black Belt, Inside Hockey, and FoxSports.com. He transitioned to life as a writer following a decade-long career as a touring musician. He lives with his son in Vancouver, British Columbia

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