Italy mounted a fabulous late surge against Slovakia. All of a sudden, after two full matches and 80 minutes of mediocrity, the Italian game did a 180 - every cross became dangerous, every outside shot potentially lethal.
Crazy, crazy, crazy! That is the only way to describe today's game between South Africa and France. Most likely needing to win by at least three goals and for the Uruguay - Mexico game to be decided by two to three goals, it seemed South Africa had a very large mountain to climb.
France and England boast top talents in their ranks that include some of the most successful footballers at the club level, world class names who where instrumental in winning their local league this past season.‚ And yet neither side has managed to capitalize on the hype; to the contrary, each has
"¢ A great second-half performance by the U.S. after underestimating Slovenia leading up to the tournament and the game (more on that in a second).‚ You hate to blame the referee.‚ Teams should assume there will be mistakes and find a way to win despite the officials.