World Cup Day 7: Your Running Commentary

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After the 5-1 thrashing at the hands of the Netherlands last week, today is do-or-die for the defending world champions.

Spain faces a must-win situation when they take on South American powerhouse Chile today, as anything less than a win will all but confirm a group stage exit for the 2010 champions. For their part, Alexis Sanchez and Chile are coming off a 3-1 victory over Australia and any sort of result should make them emerge from Group B into the knockout stages.

In Group A action, Croatia will look to bounce back from a controversial loss to Brazil on Thursday when they take on Cameroon. Tuesday’s draw between Brazil and Mexico means that the Croatians will need to pick up at least a point to essentially make their third and final group stage matchup with Mexico an elimination game.

Finally, Spain’s tormentors, the Netherlands, is also back in action today when it takes on Australia. The Dutch have become heavy favorites in group B, but the Australians will pose questions of their own via the always-threatening head of Tim Cahill.

If you will be watching today’s matches, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (TV listings after the jump):

TODAY’S WORLD CUP SOCCER ON TV

12 p.m. – Australia vs. Netherlands – ESPN

3 p.m. – Spain vs. Chile – ESPN

6 p.m. – Cameroon vs. Croatia – ESPN

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152 Responses to World Cup Day 7: Your Running Commentary

  1. Gordoninho says:

    Chile and USA are in nearly identical positrons after the first match, so it will be interesting to see how they approach the game.

    • William the Terror says:

      “Positrons?” Let’s not start bringing fancy ideas from quantum physics into a football discussion.

  2. William the Terror says:

    About 20 minutes in, the Socceroos will be in position to firm up their return travel itinerary.

  3. usaalltheway says:

    So, are we all betting Holland takes it up at least 6 goals?

    • William the Terror says:

      I’m thinking 3-1, maybe 4-1.

      • usaalltheway says:

        Okay. Seems a little low, don’t you think?

        Who scores for Australia? Cahill?

        I am beating Holland is going to kill it again. They must be on the biggest high right now. They again, it is a crazy sport. Things do happen.

  4. NC Jeff says:

    Appears the Aussies have 10 available subs. to the Dutch 12 … injuries or just a technical issue?

  5. Matt in Bk says:

    Reason to watch Australia: Cahill. Yeah, baby!

  6. USAmr says:

    FIFA has decided today that goals from Arjen Robben will only count if scored with the right foot.

  7. Fredo says:

    Cahill tells Robben, “I can do better than that.”

    • Ian says:

      Best goal since van Persie’s, in my opinion.

      • usaalltheway says:

        Better than Dempsey’s or Messi’s?

        It was a great goal, no doubt.

        We should all start our our personal favorites list!!

        • Ian says:

          I think so. Cahill volleys a cross from 35 yards and sneaks it just beneath the crossbar. Beautiful. Of course, Dempsey’s was beautiful on its own merits, being that it put us ahead of Ghana. Messi’s was just alright by Messi standards.

          • Ian says:

            I should clarify for those who didn’t see it: It was a cross from 35 yards. The goal was within the 18.

  8. usaalltheway says:

    I was just about to write what the Brazilian announcer said about Robben, I get up to throw out some trash and Cahill ties it up for Australia!

    I LOVE THIS CUP!

    BTW, the Brazilian announcer said, “Look at that bald man run really fast!”. haha

  9. Ian says:

    ROBBEN!…. (30 seconds later)… CAHILL!!

  10. War Elephant says:

    Nice strike from Cahill. Was really hoping for Australia to be humiliated today but they came to play.

  11. inagine money says:

    Wait im at work. how did Cahill score

    5 world cup goals in just 8 matches. Wow Legend

    • Ian says:

      With a wonderstrike volley.

    • Mason says:

      He got on the end of a long (35-40 yards) diagonal cross from the right flank into the penalty area. The strike was a volley from about 11 yards that beat the keeper almost directly over his head. The crossbar is probably still ringing.

  12. NC Jeff says:

    Just noticed that American ref., Mark Geiger, is getting another game today in the Spain vs. Chile game (he also had the Columbia vs. Greece game). I gotta believe it is, but I hope his Espanol es muy bueno.

  13. usaalltheway says:

    Thus far, it’s going to real hard for the rest of the world to ignore how much the MLS is affecting the world of football (soccer).

    Not only are MLS boys scoring, but they are doing it in BIG WAYS.

    • Gordoninho says:

      Is that 3 goals (two for Cahill and one for Clint) and an assist (Zusi) so far from MLS players?

      • usaalltheway says:

        I think there were more…

        A little help guys?

        • Increase says:

          Would have to check the Costa Rican Roster for assists I think…. Martins should be there too. Nigeria could use the man.

          Looks like mostly defenders for CR.
          Saborío would have scored I bet. Shame he is injured.

  14. Older & Wiser says:

    I thought Geiger was a bright spot in the refereeing in this Cup. Jersey boy — what else did I expect. . .

  15. Pauly G says:

    Good to see this is not a massacre… Nice dejonging of Martens by Cahill, btw.

  16. bryan says:

    WHOA:

    roger bennett ‏@rogbennett 6m
    Eye on this US fans @EwanMacKenna Rumours – unconfirmed I add – here in press centres in Brazil Cristiano Ronaldo is out of the World Cup

  17. smartestonthepitch says:

    two accumulated yellows and you are out of the next game. Who has yellows for the US? Germany?

  18. Mason says:

    That’s a really harsh PK.

  19. Nate Dollars says:

    that is the worst kind of call.

    • Nate Dollars says:

      for those who can’t watch:

      an australian tries to cross it in the box, it hits a dutch hand (very clearly unintentional, and in a completely natural position), and whistled a handball.

      • Nate Dollars says:

        2-1 australia

      • USAmr says:

        Unintentional, but far enough away from the body to interfere with the play. I don’t think it is uncommon to see that given as a PK.

        • Nate Dollars says:

          nowhere do the rules say that hands cannot ‘interfere with the play’.

          if it’s not uncommon to call that, it should be. it completely ignores the spirit of the rule, which is that you can’t use your hands (or arms) to play the ball. not that HANDS ARE HOT LAVA CAN’T TOUCH.

          • Jim says:

            True. Laws of the Game specifically say that body position doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a pk. It has to be a “deliberate” action. The standard is movement of the hand towards the ball, or if there was time to react.

        • Mason says:

          The discussion on the LOTG specifically state that the movement of the ball toward the hand and the distance between the ball and the opponent (unexpected ball) should be considered.

  20. The Garrincha says:

    Let’s go Socceroos!, Can they pull off the upset?.
    Would be good to see Brazil V. Holland in the round of 16.

  21. DB says:

    So, if the Dutch don’t equalize here, it stands to reason they might be going home early. Unreal. Gets real tough with RvP out vs. Chile.

    I feel like I was the only one who thought Australia showed very well vs. Chile, controlling big parts of the game. This team is very solid.

  22. usaalltheway says:

    The Dutch just have too many weapons.

    Australia is making a game of it though.

    I bet NO ONE saw this game playing out as it has thus far.

  23. DB says:

    Scratch all that. RvP equalizes.

  24. Nate Dollars says:

    both teams going tit-for-tit

  25. usaalltheway says:

    Guys, is Ronaldo out of the Cup?

    Can that be true???

  26. Pauly G says:

    they should create an “orange” card for dejonging. I hate that guy!

  27. Mikebsiu says:

    Oh my word, how did leckie not score?

  28. Fredo says:

    Damn

  29. Mikebsiu says:

    Bad goalkeeping, have to save that

  30. DB says:

    Moments after Leckie heads point blank at Cilissen, Memphis Depay hits a swerving shot from outside the box that Maty Ryan gets his fingertips on but could not keep out. 3-2 Holland, 70′.

  31. The Garrincha says:

    Guess the Roos, are far outclassed, it looks like the Dutch are playing a little game of cat and mouse?.
    Memphis is calling.

  32. DB says:

    The replay showed that the cross to Leckie was low and the ball actually came off his chest…thus explaining the miss.

  33. JayAre says:

    If Australia can play proactive soccer so can we. when we score one we need to play like we can score 5.

    • MemRook says:

      Maybe BUT Australia are losing right now. Doubt that gives coaches confidence to go all out with a lead.

      • usaalltheway says:

        If they tie, there exists hope. If not, they are out.

        They have 15 minutes plus to make it happen.

        If I were on the team, I would say….ATTACK!! There is NO tomorrow.

    • usaalltheway says:

      +1

      Honestly, the “weak” teams I have seen thus far in this Cup are Nigeria and the US. Every other team has played well or semi-well. The best teams or course are Holland and Germany.

      Australia is better than I thought. I better most people thought poorly of them as well.

      • Nate Dollars says:

        eh, if you’re going by how teams have actually played so far, i’d go ahead and list spain, cameroon, ghana, and portugal as well.

        • usaalltheway says:

          Man, I totally forgot Portugal!!!

          Spain too. Ghana was actually pretty good and Cameroon wasn’t horrible.

          • Nate Dollars says:

            cameroon *was* horrible; they should’ve lost 3-0.

            and ghana was awful. we basically let them have the ball, and they couldn’t do anything with it.

            • Mason says:

              Do you think he realizes that GHA and USA got 8 and 7 shots on goal, respectively? When you consider the possession difference, the US was much more dangerous with the ball. Most of GHA’s shots were weak, off-target, challenged headers or shots from 20+ yards. That’s a waste of posession.

              • beachbum says:

                many teams have deployed the organized D tactic with some form of bunkering or bus parking an then countering, done well with it, classic World Cup tactic and corresponding results. the USMNT has done it forever basically, our Costa Rica friends did it beautifully, and so did Mexico vs. Brazil. not easy to crack those Ds even with a team of familiar players that have played together for years. get a lot of these tactics early in the tournament…unless it’s Chile vs. Spain, that was a full court press all game

      • bryan says:

        i think that is harsh on the USA. also, Cameroon, Iran, and South Korea all looked weak too. especially Cameroon.

        • usaalltheway says:

          South Korea looked weak?

          I can’t agree. They didn’t finish well, but apart from that they looked sharp.

          Iran looked like what I expected. Cameroon wasn’t great but they were okay.

          The USA was terrible guys. I bet though, that will change.

          • bryan says:

            fair enough, probably a bit harsh on them. but come on. Cameroon?! they are arguably the worse team so far. completely gutless out there against Mexico. we’ll see how they play today.

            the US was not great, but you don’t win 2-1 against Ghana if you are terrible. sure, our possession was terrible and we gave them too many opportunities, but defensively we played strong as a whole. no doubt we HAVE to improve and certainly weren’t impressive, but i’m not sure i’d rate us as one of the worse teams yet.

    • MemRook says:

      That said, if anything this World Cup has already shown that gameplans and formulas don’t mean much! Which I think is a good thing for the USA, a little luck here, some major heart and effort there, and I think we will find success.

    • Fredo says:

      Open yourself up against a class team and you will get burned. Gotta be smart.

  34. inagine money says:

    Kewell who? Hes overrated.

    Cahill runs Australia. their best ever player

  35. RB says:

    Roben can be so great to watch. And ten he goes and pulls crap like that. Smh.

  36. Ah says:

    Soft third goal let in by Australian keeper. Can’t happen when you’re a big underdog. Good fight though from the Aussies.

  37. Fredo says:

    Sure, Cahill is “a former Everton man,” but where does he play NOW?!

    • Nate Dollars says:

      does it really matter if it’s not in england?

    • blokhin says:

      CONCACAF and MLS haters where you at? 3-1-1 and Cahill (2)+Dempsey is a damn good showing…

      • Increase says:

        I think its easy to hate Concacaf. I mean… We play in it. It’s a horrible evil grind. That doesn’t mean I don’t respect the teams in it for making it a horrible evil grind.

        Also the MLS gets flack for being relatively technical and physical.

        I didn’t want to watch it 6 years ago but It’s improved a lot in the last 3 or so years. I think its most likely that the MLS is actually certain to exist in 20 years. This draws in most talent from both domestically and abroad.

    • RB says:

      Good point

  38. JayAre says:

    Go Mark Grieger and Spain please don’t embarrass yourselves

  39. Jack says:

    I have a feeling this Spain match doesn’t start at 3

  40. Dinho says:

    No Pique or Xavi in Spain’s lineup…..

  41. Mason says:

    Good luck, Geiger!

  42. Philadelphia Collins says:

    ¡Vamos Arturo “El Guerrero” Vidal y Chile! Best box-box midfielder on the planet

  43. JayAre says:

    The fact that Casillas is still starting just makes me think their WC is over! There’s no way he can be better than Pepe Reina and De Gea

  44. The Garrincha says:

    Somebody mentioned Mark W. Geiger?.
    Agree he did do a good job officiating the Greece, Colombia, game.
    Now he’s doing the Maracana,
    it’s worth noting even the German pundits are expressing their surprise pleasure
    regarding his officiating acumen.
    Geiger, gets a St. Ives award today, and maybe some knockout matches later.

    GO-GO-GO CHI-CHI-CHI GO-CHILE!

  45. JayAre says:

    I called it!!! Spain is really embarrassing themselves. Stupid a$$ goalie!!!!!

  46. JayAre says:

    Mark Geiger for the WC final or is it too early for that?

  47. JayAre says:

    link to instagram.com

    What got into the Chilean fans?

  48. JayAre says:

    This is getting comical. Come on Xabi get a red card!!!! Golazo!!!!

    • Increase says:

      He is trying sooo hard to get a red. Geiger isn’t being super nice but he is trying to give the man a chance to stay on.

  49. Rowsdower says:

    Wow.. this is pretty amazing

  50. William the Terror says:

    I can only hope we are witnessing the slow, agonizing death of Spanish football. The only thing that would improve on their elimination from the a World Cup would be to see Torres crap his shorts trying to chase down a ball.

  51. Barrett says:

    Somebody explain to me why Sergio Busquets and Xabi Alonso are both still on the field. 2 D-Mids on a team that’s given up 7 goals in a game and a half and has scored exactly 0 goals from the run of play. Have the hutzpah to bench one of those two for an attack-minded player, it’s not like they’re helping the defense here.

  52. Older & Wiser says:

    If Spain lose, what’s the betting line on Del Bosque — does he resign w/i 24 hrs. or is he fired w/i 24 hrs.?

  53. RB says:

    They really should get that particular “because futbol” ad off the air…

  54. JayAre says:

    Why did Spain take Xabi out? sheesh I had a 5$ bet on the red card going!

  55. Francois says:

    Wow, Sergio Busquets is horrible. I’m glad he missed, can’t stand his flopping and dirty play.

  56. Increase says:

    Sooo another free kick and Ramos again?

    It was decent but I don’t get this trend. Its like when David Luiz takes them for Brazil….

    Let Neymar or Iniesta take it…

  57. Diego's Maradoughnuts says:

    Wow.

    Spain just look bad.

    Credit to Chile though… they look stylish today. Very impressive.

  58. JayAre says:

    Casillas single handedly cost Spain this tournament. You’re lying to me if there aren’t 3 keepers better than Casillas in Spain

    • away goals says:

      Their 0 goals from open play probably contributes a little. Though I guess you could argue casillas is responsible for that too?

    • William the Terror says:

      Cost them the tournament? He stinks. No doubt. But they have zero goals from the run of play. Plenty of blame to go around. Not that I’m blaming anyone, mind you. I’m enjoying watching the implosion.

  59. RB says:

    Friends in Spain sending me memes of things like Nadal in a Spain kit saying, disgusted, “Am I going to have to go to Brazil or what?!?”

    • Increase says:

      Haha, He certainly couldn’t do worse.

      I’m kinda glad Nadal is healthy. He is amazing except his body can’t quite take his playing style.

  60. RB says:

    Imagine being there and having paid good money for Spain v Australia…

    • Benjamin C. says:

      The Aussie fans will likely get drunk, have a great time, and be extremely vociferous. Their team has played bravely in both losses and had no huge expectations to begin with; it would be huge for a young squad like Australia to claim a scalp as big as Spain, no matter what the stakes.

  61. Atletico Man says:

    Well, now the US has to go through, because now I have no fallback team.

  62. JBMDC says:

    USA has already scored as many 2nd game goals as Brazil and Spain combined.

  63. beachbum says:

    have to mention in here on how Chile did it to Spain

    high line of 3 on D pressuring everything in Spain’s defensive 3rd supported by 2 high midfileders beneath them, caused all kinds of problems. Changed all to an up tempo game and Spain had no time on the ball and turned it over a lot vs. sitting back and giving them tiki taki. Also Costa had a stinker and looked to have no explosion at all (still hamstrung imo)

    but that D pressure, made Spain look old and tired, or at least very disjointed…probably al 3 considering the lineup del Bosque threw out there. And poor Iker, another clear mistake, feel for the guy

    • beachbum says:

      another thought in the beauty of hindsight

      del Bosque played right into Sampaoli’s tactical hand when he deployed Costa who was slow out there, to be kind

  64. Increase says:

    Song just threw an elbow and the game for…. who knows what reasons.

  65. Benjamin C. says:

    African squads not finding much joy so far in Brazil. Cote d’Ivoire might have to carry the torch for the continent this go round.

    • Increase says:

      Yep, Concacaf may not have the players with the fame of Afcon but atleast were not doing our best not to implode.

      Algeria has a chance to play spoiler anyway though.

  66. Benjamin C. says:

    Cameroon having an embarrassing World Cup thus far. The Mexico-Croatia matchup is looking sumptuous at the moment.

  67. Increase says:

    Mandzukic’s 2nd: He wasn’t sure if he was offside or not… that was like the most casual goal ever.

    He also maybe gets fouled in the box but can’t even be bothered to act like it might be a pen.