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FIFA World Cup 2010 Group Play in Full Gear

Germany crushed Australia in their opening 2010 World Cup match Germany crushed Australia in their opening 2010 World Cup match

Groups B, C, and D gave the world their first look on Days Two and Three of the FIFA World Cup 2010. South Korea and Germany came through with big wins in the world’s grandest soccer tournament. Meanwhile, England and the USA each had to settle for a tie in their opening match in South Africa.

South Korea looked impressive in their 2-0 defeat of a lackluster Greek squad. Lee Jung-Soo and Manchester United’s Park Ji-Sung scored the game’s goals, putting Greece in the line of fire in just their second ever World Cup appearance.

Former world champions Argentina took down Nigeria by a score of 1-0 in the other Group B game. Led by the legendary Diego Maradona, who is coaching, the Argentines got out to a quick start on a goal from Gabriel Heinze. FIFA World Player of the Year Lionel Messi failed to score.

England scored just three minutes into their match with the USA, but the lead didn’t hold up. The Americans came back to earn a 1-1 draw on a goal from Clint Dempsey at the 40 minute mark. Steven Gerrard scored the English goal, beating U.S. goalkeeper, Tim Howard, from close range.

On Sunday, Slovenia and Algeria opened the action and rounded out the first results for Group C. Slovenia notched the 1-0 victory on a goal from Robert Koren, who also led his team in touches and completed passes. With a population of two million, Slovenia is the smallest country in this year’s World Cup.

Ghana became the first of this year’s African teams to record a victory when they defeated Serbia 1-0. Asamoah Gyan stunned the Serbs by scoring in the 84th minute on a penalty kick. It was a disappointing day for Serbia, who made their debut World Cup appearance as an independent country.

And in the final game on Sunday, Germany showed itself to be a powerhouse by beating up Australia 4-0. Lukas Podolski, Miroslav Klose, Thomas Müller, and Cacau scored Germany’s goals, and helped put their team in excellent shape for advancement after just one outing.

The world is watching FIFA World Cup 2010 very closely. There are several darkhorse countries this year, and even some of the biggest soccer nations are ripe for an upset. Germany and South Korea were the only teams to really assert themselves after three days of play. Meanwhile, England, Argentina, and France are past champions who will need to put together better performances to be in the hunt this year.

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