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What It Takes to Score In the 2010 World Cup – SportsUntapped.com
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Added June 20th, 2010 by Steve

What It Takes to Score In the 2010 World Cup
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Scoring has, so far, been few and far between at this years World Cup. Teams step on to the pitch with a specific game plan in mind and as seen by these first 29 games, often times those plans quickly fall apart. Teams with immense offensive firepower are failing to find the net and teams that were viewed as done and dusted even before their first game are shocking the world.

England, for example, has scored one goal in 2 games and are visibly frustrated with that stat, whereas Slovenia who many had picked to finish last in Group C have netted 3 goals in 2 games and have looked a strong side in the early parts of this year’s cup.

Pre-World Cup all-stars are nothing but faces in the crowd (Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Nicolas Anelka) and players who were more or less unknown are making a name for themselves and their countries (Asamoah Gyan, Winston Reid, and Valter Birsa).

The key to scoring, from my observation, is counter attacking football along with a little luck. Look at Switzerland in their monstrous defeat of Spain, one goal off a long goal kick and a combination of goalkeeping and defensive errors. Another example was in the opening game with South Africa opening the scoring against Mexico on a lightning fast break and beautiful strike, and another time late in the game on the break only to be denied by the post.

At this stage, scoring doesn’t have to look good or even be 100 percent intentional but you can’t win if you don’t score, and you can’t score if you don’t shoot. These are concepts that haven’t quite reached the French, English, or Spanish camps.

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One Response to “What It Takes to Score In the 2010 World Cup”

  1. John says:

    I think what we need to see in order to get more goal scored in this World Cup is that the players stop treating this like a one month holiday and start focusing on playing the games. In many of the games it just seems like the big players like Drogba, Torres and Villa just don’t have enough national pride to be a 100% focused on the games.

    Maybe it’s the tight schedule in the club level football or maybe they don’t feel they get paid enough in the national team.

    On the other hand it has been a joy watching a team like Chile proving to the World that with a lot of heart you can get a long way. And you can be sure that Sanchez of Chile is going to pop up in one of the top teams next season if he continues to perform as he was doing in the opening game.

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