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Pop World Cup 2010: Group H – Chile 0 Spain 0

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Group H is here, and today’s games mark the end of the popglut which has been this last set of games in the last qualifying round. This game features Alberto’s Spain side, six points out of six and qualification in the bag, against JEL’s Chile side with one point so far – Chile can progress, but they need a win and they need a favourable result in the Honduras game.

This match closes at midnight on Wednesday 21st April

CHILE: Nicole – “Hoy” The Manager Says: “The mood in the camp has been excellent, and I can’t really fault the players, results just haven’t gone our way. Perhaps our tactics have been a little naive at times, and I take some of the blame for that. Anyway, here’s a jolly little tune, with just a touch of sadness…”

SPAIN: Estopa – “Vino Tinto” The Manager Says: “After securing qualification into the knockout stages, Spain were tempted to field a B-team, bit instead the manager has told the lads, ten year veterans Estopa, to go out and enjoy themselves on the pitch with their guitars while drinking some Vino Tinto.”

Group H Match 5: Which of these tracks do you prefer?

  • CHILE: Nicole 56%
  • SPAIN: Estopa 44%

Total Voters: 48

Poll closes: 21 Apr 2010 @ 23:59

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Commentary Box Analysis It’s no surprise that the Spanish manager, euphoric after qualifying for the next round, should press the fun button in this game. It’s more of a surprise to see the Chileans play with such freedom. Not, perhaps, a game which will be recalled as a PWC classic, but good fun all the same.

Results! Ghana 3 -Germany 1; Serbia 1 – Australia 1. Ben’s Ghana side power to a 100% record by sticking fairly firmly to the home ground which has served them so well. There is no shame for Germany in losing to this Ghana side, who look like strong tips to go all the way. Serbia and Australia’s very different approaches seemed eventually to cancel each other out in a game which was enjoyable enough but one which never looked like producing a winner.

Coming up Our  last group game of the tournament, Carsmile Steve’s Honduras facing up to Greg F’s Switzerland. Either side could progress!

Comments

  1. 1
    lonepilgrim on 15 Apr 2010 #

    Chile’s playing style reflects a lust for life which has the crowd on the feet. The striker has bags of confidence and flair and is supported by solid team work in all areas throughout the match. Spain are entertaining as well but their moves are a little reminiscent of Ricky Martin and begin to draw jeers from the crowd. There are gaps in their defence that the confident Chilean team should exploit for a clear win.

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    Tracer Hand on 15 Apr 2010 #

    Er where did my comment go? Anyway this is a good match, and the more I listen the more I like Chile’s effort here. I mean, Don’t Get Me Wrong, I like “Vino Tinto” too – the Spanish striker expresses himself with variety, weaving nimbly around the pitch – but frankly it’s a little hubristic to field a side called “Red Wine” against the undisputed heavyweights of the New World wine producers. That aside, in the end I feel Chile’s patience and precision are just too much for a Spanish team that’s already a bit drunk in celebration of their group win.

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    Tom on 15 Apr 2010 #

    This is the kind of play the Chilean Pop Association must have been hoping for when they hired this manager: a solidly traditional backline with plenty of attacking firepower. Good stuff and they may just have given Chile a chance of qualifying, especially as Spain are playing with an uncharacteristic sloppiness here.

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    FC Ljubljana but logged out innit on 15 Apr 2010 #

    Chile get my vote here in a close match – their striker is more er, striking, while Spain’s effort reminds me of my difficult tenure as Spanish manager way back in 2006 (ie after I’d given up on Las Ketchup returning to full fitness I found there was a lot of snot-rock to content with).

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    Cristina on 15 Apr 2010 #

    Spain seem to suffer a rocky start here in the comments. The manager will be hoping that, like a good Rioja (talking abour heavyweight wine producers!) , these will get better with time. No doubt the Chilean strategy is an upbeat one, creating lots of high quality chances, but I actually enjoyed the way the Spanish team returns to their tiki-taka roots with a rumba undertone to their rock formation.

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    Matt DC on 15 Apr 2010 #

    It’s very difficult to go wrong with a back line aping the Can’t Hurry Love rhythm, there’s a real sense of momentum that propels this Chilean side effortlessly past a surprisingly sloppy Spanish team.

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    World Cup number one fan on 16 Apr 2010 #

    You really cant look much further than Spain for this game, the quality the Spanish side have in their squad is immense and i fancy them to go all the way this summer.

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    koganbot on 16 Apr 2010 #

    I like the powerful running from Chile, what we called “new wave” before that term came to mean “new pop.” But their striker runs out of steam in that ’00s way, and personally I’m quite happy with Spain fucking around and scoring goals at random. Spain for me.

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    Ben on 17 Apr 2010 #

    Woo-hoo, Ghana go through, with a 100% record! But Slovenia is a really tough draw in Round 2, one of the few teams we really fear.

    These sides play a similar sort of game, which is unsurprising given their shared history. Both sides play at the same rhythm, but Chile have a more melancholy, languid build up, whereas the Spaniards are showing off their flair, all fancy flicks and stepovers. There’s no draw button, but I wouldn’t be surprised by that outcome. The Spanish look like one of the favourites heading into Round 2, but Chile have performed well and it would be sad to see them head home from South Africa so early.

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    Alberto on 22 Apr 2010 #

    Seems Spain only just managed to hold on to a draw to secure top spot in the group and avoid in form Portugal in the round of sixteen.

    We’ll need a better performance against CIV to reach the quarter finals though.

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    Steve Mannion on 22 Apr 2010 #

    Heartbreak for Chile who came very close to a win but a remarkable Honduras victory over the Swiss makes the result here immaterial.

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    jel on 22 Apr 2010 #

    That Spanish lad should have got a straight red for that challenge, and where did the ref come up with all that injury time from? We’ve got several players in tears over this gross injustice.

    I’ve told the team that they go home with their heads held high, we can take pride in what were essentially two moral victories in the last two games.

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