You wanna bet . . . some in­ter­est­ing wa­gers

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - World Cup -

WATCH and learn Eng­land - this is how you play the beau­ti­ful game.

The real Spain showed up last night and put on an ex­hi­bi­tion of foot­balling bril­liance (well, apart from David Villa’s dodgy penalty) as they teased and pleased against the min­nows of Hon­duras.

Vi­cente Del Bosque’s boys showed why they are favourites for World Cup glory by open­ing their ac­count in smash­ing style. Their foot­ball was noth­ing short of di­vine as they erased the me­mory of their Swiss set­back last week.

One and two-touch foot­ball played with style and swag­ger. They mix tremen­dous pass­ing and fluid move­ment with an end prod­uct.

Villa showed his class with two fine strikes ahead of his spot-kick faux pas and they could have had many, many more.

The Spa­niards are ev­ery­thing you could pos­si­bly want from a foot­ball team. The only glum face be­longed to their coach who looks like a cross be­tween Manuel and Ted Glen from Post­man Pat.

Dur­ing the past cou­ple of days Eng­land play­ers have been at pains to in­sist they are all sing­ing from the same hymn­sheet.

Grab­bing a copy of Spain’s script would be a good move. Get it right and Slove­nia will be beaten out of sight. DE­CI­SIONS, de­ci­sions, de­ci­sions. It’s si­mul­ta­ne­ous matches from now un­til Fri­day as the group stages of the World Cup come to a close.

To­day’s choices are sim­ple. Watch France fall apart at 3pm and then check out the Ar­gies as they have a smash­ing time against Greece at 7.30pm.

SPARE a thought for North Korea.

They had one hell of a rough ride on their way to the World Cup and then re­ceived one hell of a good hid­ing yes­ter­day.

The Kore­ans have been struck down by food poi­son­ing in Oman, been caught in an earth­quake in Chile and lost their bags in Venezuela.

Then they were pul­verised 7-0 by Por­tu­gal in the first-ever match to be shown live in their coun­try.

I SEE we have two more fully paidup mem­bers of the Steven Tay­lor Am­a­teur Dra­mat­ics Club.

Ivory Coast man Kader Keita shame­fully earned Kaka a send­ing off on Sun­day night with his dis­grace­ful fak­ing of in­jury.

Keita should never be al­lowed to for­get his pa­thetic be­hav­iour and if Sven-Go­ran Eriks­son had an ounce of de­cency, he would pack him off home.

Even by to­day’s low stan­dards of on-pitch con­duct, that was de­spi- cable - right up there with Slaven Bilic’s scan­dalous play-act­ing at France ’98 which cost Lau­rent Blanc a place in the fi­nal.

And Chile’s Jean Bease­jour soon fol­lowed him into the club yes­ter­day af­ter slump­ing to the deck like he had been on the re­ceiv­ing end of a Stone Cold Stun­ner.

Bease­jour had ac­tu­ally been caught by the back of Swiss ace Valon Behrami’s arm when in the process of at­tempt­ing to un­dress him.

But whereas Kaka will rightly be feel­ing ag­grieved – Behrami can have few com­plaints how­ever hard the con­tact might have been.

Keep your arms down, son and you don’t have a prob­lem.

That piece of ex­ag­ger­a­tion aside I did en­joy the en­gross­ing Group H bat­tle be­tween the ir­re­sistible force (the Chile at­tack) and the im­mov­able ob­ject (the Swiss de­fence).

Those two in­gre­di­ents made for a crack­ing recipe but the dish was in dan­ger of be­ing de­stroyed by its Delia – Saudi of­fi­cial Khalil Al Ghamdi, who dished out nine yel­low cards in ad­di­tion to Behrami’s red.

In the end a soli­tary goal from one­time rub­bish Liver­pool winger Mark Gon­za­lez did the trick to leave Chile on the verge of the last 16.

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