Gonzalo Higuain celebrates a goal against South Korea.
With the World Cup well into its second week, there has been a lot of talk about the sub par play of some of the traditional superpowers, such as England, Italy, Spain and France. However, another interesting story is unfolding, the superb play of the South American teams. After Paraguay’s 2-0 victory over Slovakia this morning, and with Brazil’s tantalizing clash with the Ivory Coast still due up today, the South American teams remain unbeaten with a record of 6-0-2.
Paraguay looked solid in holding the defending champions, Italy, to an opening match 1-1 draw (with New Zealand shockingly duplicating the feat
today), while Chile were ferocious in dismantling Honduras. Brazil patiently waited to take their chances against a surprisingly stingy North Korean side, putting them in control of their group, while Uruguay are in pole position in Group A, at the expense of the hapless French. As for Argentina, if Leo Messi’s form holds, I don’t think anyone will fancy a go at Maradona’s boys. It’s still early, mind you, and the rest of the nations have plenty of time to improve, but for now it’s the South Americans who are stealing the show in South Africa.