The World Cup 2010 scores may be as expected so far. Through four games, the World Cup scores have only had five goals combined. Low scores are a fact of life in soccer most of the time, which may be a reason why America hasn’t fallen for the game. 1-0, 2-1, and even 0-0 outcomes are more likely than a shootout, even in championship matches. However, the 2010 World Cup scores could have been bigger, but several teams missed a share of opportunities and let opponents hang around.
The trend started in the opening game yesterday, as Mexico jumped out early against host South Africa. However, the Mexicans had a goal disallowed due to an offside call, and missed a few more chances to get the first goal. This allowed South Africa to get the first World Cup 2010 score, as Mexico had to scramble to salvage a 1-1 tie.
But the South Africans also missed opportunities to win in the second half, and even hit the post in the final minute. Both teams could have gotten a win, but had to settle for a 1-1 tie. Since France and Uruguay had a 0-0 tie later on, the first of the World Cup 2010 scores was a missed chance for South Africa and Mexico to jump ahead in Group A.
Today’s action has had more goals, although South Korea and Argentina could have had more. Both Group C teams got an early strike in the first few minutes, yet could not keep it up. It wasn’t a problem for South Korea, as their 2-0 win over Greece was the most lopsided of the Word Cup 2010 scores thus far. But since they dominated Greece, it could have been far worse.
For Argentina, their goal came five minutes in, yet they could not capitalize for the next 85 minutes. As such, they only got a 1-0 win over Nigeria, although Diego Maradona did get his first World Cup win as coach. Yet since this World Cup 2010 score was only 1-0, the Argentinians trail South Korea in Group C for the moment.
Low World Cup scores are not surprising, yet they could be costly later on. Goals and margins of victory are big World Cup tiebreakers, as they could mean the difference between a 1 and 2 seed from the group – or the difference between moving on and getting eliminated. For teams that want an easier road in the knockout stages, and those who just need to get there, they must take advantage of their chances.
The World Cup 2010 scores are just getting started, but nations like Mexico, Argentina, France and South Africa could live to regret these first games later on. If they are knocked out, or if they get a hard path in the knockout round, their missed chances in the opening matches could be a big reason.
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