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Saturday, June 26, 2010

World Cup 2010 - Day 16

South Korea 1 Uruguay 2 (Round of 16)

Knockout stages up and running,
South Korea full of cunning
But it was the Uruguayans
Who broke with uncommon speed.
Foran’s ball across the area
Should have made the keeper warier,
Defenders thought it had malaria.
Luis Suarez did proceed
To slot it home with calm intent
And give the U’s an early lead.

Korea though did not surrender.
From centre forward to defender
They worked hard to push and harry,
Making chances crisp and bright.
The Uruguayans had no answer,
Park Chu-Young was free to dance a-
Round and help his team advance a-
Long the flanks both left and right.
Shortly after, Chung-Yong’s header
Set the rain-drenched ground alight.

Another Asian goal then beckoned,
Chung-Yong nearly notched a second,
But it was that man Suarez
Who rewrote the alphabet.
Just as people were assuming
Extra time would soon be looming,
He curled a shot both loud and booming
To the corner of the net.
The match had been a minor classic,
The goal a deadly exocet.

Ghana 2 USA 1 (aet) (Round of 16)

We like to play ‘gainst America,
Home and away ‘gainst America,
No need to pray ‘gainst America,
We’re on our way ‘gainst America.

In Germany we beat the Yankees,
Made them all cry in their hankies.
Now in a match watched by millions,
They’d sooner have met the Brazilians.
They thought they were going to lord it,
Till Kevin Prince Boateng scored it.
He struck like a deadly piranha
One nil to the Black Stars of Ghana.

Everything clicks ‘gainst America,
Practising flicks ‘gainst America,
2006 ‘gainst America,
Getting our kicks ‘gainst America.

The match became tense and then tenser
When Dempsey was clattered by Mensah.
Donovan knocked home the penno,
Reliable as an old Renault.
Kingson was playing a blinder,
What a fantastic net-minder.
We collect Americana,
Sell it on eBay in Ghana.

Going on a spree ‘gainst America,
Could have scored three ‘gainst America,
Good referee ‘gainst America
Happy are we ‘gainst America.

Extra time came, they were tiring,
We on all cylinders firing.
Gyan was hustle and bustle,
Showed he had far too much muscle.
Unleashed a screamer that powered
Straight past their keeper Tim Howard.
Africa enters Nirvana,
Everyone following Ghana.

Putting it in ‘gainst America,
Great discipline ‘gainst America,
Lips bitten thin ‘gainst America
Yet one more win ’gainst America.

1 comment:

  1. Great stuff, Peter! Did you see the Ghana victory-dance?