Thursday, June 17, 2010

Spotlight on Spidermag: Argentina v South Korea

Our man in South Africa was on duty again today and, true to form, Maradona once again decided that he should again play at right back.

Unlike in his first match of the competition, and despite pre-match predictions from Gareth Southgate and others on ITV, the South Koreans didn't really manage to target our man's lack of positional sense in the round hole in which Maradona has crammed this particular square peg.

Despite clear superiority, Argentina only led 2-1 at the break, after a shocking piece of defending by Dimichelis. However, with Gonzalo Higuain and Lionel Messi in stunning form, Argentina eventually cruised to a 4-1 win.

Our man's only notable contribution was to pick up his second booking of the competition, for a combination of a foul and slightly petulant reaction when it was given. That yellow card rules him out of Argentina's final group game against Greece next Tuesday - though the win means he's likely to get at least one more run-out in the tournament, in the second round.

In the other game in Group B, old boy Obafemi Martins failed to make it off the bench as Nigeria were beaten 2-1 by Greece - largely because the not-so-Super Eagles were down to ten men and on the back foot for nearly an hour of the game.


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