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June 17, 2010 at 4:26 PM

World Cup group-stage reviews after two games: Group B

Team-by-team breakdown

Argentina (2-0-0, 6 pts.) — Struggled in qualifying but haven’t shown it so far in the finals. Messi hasn’t scored but is seemingly unstoppable in the attack. Defense looks very shaky, however, after Samuel injury.

South Korea (1-1-0, 3 pts.) — Looked surprisingly good in beating Greece and not as bad against Argentina as the 4-1 scoreline shows. Will need to put together one more result to advance.

Greece (1-1-0, 3 pts.) — Found new life after a sorry opener with a big win over the shorthanded African side. Also scored a W.C. goal for the first time in 400+ minutes.

Nigeria (0-2-0, 0 pts.) — Didn’t deserve anything against the group favorite, but were on their way to a result against Greece before a dumb red-card foul was committed by Kaita.

What stands out so far

1. Maradona’s guys — Showing the form of a contender with that offense (e.g. Higuain hat-trick).

2. Nigeria disappoints — Many figured they’d compete for second, but they haven’t so far. Not even close.

3. Still wide-open — No team is out of it yet and a three-way tie in points for second is very possible.

Three stars

1. F Lionel Messi, Argentina

2. GK Vincent Enyeama, Nigeria

3. F Gonzalo Higuain, Argentina

Look ahead

Argentina looks unbeatable by this level of competition and should win the group comfortably with one last result against the Greeks. Nigeria could advance with a win over South Korea, but the Super Eagles haven’t shown anything to think that will happen. Park Ji-Sung’s team, however, could be one of the surprise teams in the field and would just need a draw to move on.

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