Game: Colombia vs Laos. Maybe not a thriller score-wise but the fans were really out for this one. Laos scored some real terrific goals which made it worthwhile too. More to come on that.
Team: Nigeria. Beat Italy in what was a must win game for them. They needed all three points to keep pace in their group and they delivered. Will need to continue this trend as their games are only going to get harder.
Player: David Brown - ROI -Actually had a to consider a few players here. Both Adam Ailsby and Bryan Murrell turned in strong games for Laos and the blond kid on Serbia managed to poach 2 goals vs Ireland but Brown managed to score 5. Very Dimitar Berbatov-esque. That seals it for me.
Goal: Adam Ailsby - Laos - I would have loved to put my free kick on here from 30 yards out but Ailsby had to go and top it. A long ball played in to Ailsby who managed to convert and outrageous back heel volley into the top corner. Great stuff.
Save: Austria's GK - Again not really a specific save but he kept Austria in the game for way longer than most thought he would. A really solid outing for the keeper. Wicked beard too!
Tackle: Italy #11 - He was out of control. Literally I am not sure he could control his body. Received a card for persistent infringement 6 minutes in. That's right 6 minutes!
Gaffe: Sean Riggs - El Salvador - Riggs made a mess of what should have been a sure goal when the ball rebounded off the goalie leaving Riggs with a tap in from 6 yards out. CLANK! Post. A little too casual.
Peeve: The non red card in our ROI game. Maybe this is only because I played in that game but red cards have to be given for obvious red card offenses. In this situation Brown was on a clear breakaway and the obvious last man just kicked out his legs. Easiest call in the book but nope yellow. I get adjusting the FIFA Law's a bit but simply saying you're going to win anyway is unacceptable. Is punching me in the face only a yellow if people know we are going to win?
Also I am having a few problems with the older comments. Working on fixing it!