Plonker Poulsen grinned af­ter his mis­take

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - World Cup -

THERE is noth­ing wrong with wear­ing a broad smile if you have just won the Lot­tery. Crack open the cham­pers and say cheese.

You can get also away with it if you have just man­aged to pull that fit bird you thought was out of your league for so long. Or if you’re Ian Hol­loway.

But it is prob­a­bly best not to break into a gi­gan­tic grin in the mo­ments im­me­di­ately af­ter scor­ing an own goal at the World Cup.

But that was the un­be­liev­able re­ac­tion of dither­ing Dan­ish de­fender Simon Poulsen as he set his side on the way to Group E de­feat at the hands of Hol­land.

The lanky left-back dis­played the sense of di­rec­tion of a woman driver when head­ing a harm­less cross against the back of his team-mate Daniel Ag­ger be­fore it flew into his own net.

Ap­par­ently Poulsen has been linked with Glas­gow Rangers in the past. On this ev­i­dence he looks per­fect for Scot­tish foot­ball.

To be hon­est he did well just to find some­thing to smile about. Four days in to South Africa 2010 and I’m think­ing of of­fer­ing my Sky+ plan­ner to in­som­ni­acs.

Yes­ter­day’s of­fer­ings were like a meal that got worse with each course.

Wes­ley ‘I’ll shoot from any­where in the op­po­si­tion half’ Snei­jder and the rest of the Dutch needed that afore­men­tioned help­ing head to get them on their way against the Danes.

The Lego nation are the low­es­tranked Euro­pean side out in South Africa and they played like it, al­though they were only re­ally put out of their mis­ery five min­utes from time by ‘Ugly Dutch­ling’ Dirk Kuyt.

Af­ter wash­ing that lot down with an early af­ter­noon bev­er­age, I was ready to be ex­cited. Ja­pan and Cameroon clearly weren’t ready to ex­cite me though.

Thirty-seven painful, teeth-pullingly dull min­utes passed with­out in­ci­dent be­fore Cameroon fi­nally had a shot. Ja­pan re­sponded with a goal from Honda af­ter ex­cel­lent work from Toy­ota, Nis­san and Mazda. And that was that. Game over. I couldn’t back Cameroon (a team that seem in­tent on ig­nor­ing their one world-class player, Sa­muel Eto’o) or Ja­pan to win League Two, let alone the World Cup. They’d come un­stuck at Torquay on a Tues­day night.

Two cour­ses down and one to go, Italy OAPs against Paraguay. A quick glimpse at the high­lights re­vealed I missed an­other stinker.

Sadly that’s been the story of the tour­na­ment so far. With one no­table ex­cep­tion . . . the Ger­mans. It didn’t take them long to nail their tow­els to the sun-loungers did it?

Joachim Loew’s lads pro­vided the finest dis­play of the tour­na­ment to date when tear­ing Aus­tralia apart late on Sun­day.

They were helped by the harsh dis­missal of Tim Cahill (shame we didn’t get to see the silly corner flag­punch­ing cel­e­bra­tion), but Podol­ski, Klose and co look pretty handy.

That’s more than can be said for the match­ing wardrobe of their man­age­ment team. Tight-fit­ting t-shirts un­der blaz­ers? Come on chaps, it’s 2010. Get a col­lar!

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