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TALKING WORLD CUP

Posted on 9 June 2002  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

As the USA prepare to go head-to-head with co-hosts South Korea, David Pleat reflects on the shock of the tournament so far.

THE BIGGEST SHOCK so far was the USA's victory over Portugal - who could have dreamt of such a result.

Everything went in the USA's favour in that first half. The poor attempt at a save by Baia that fell at O'Brien's feet, the lucky deflection off Costa that put them 2-0 up and, thirdly, the fine header where Couto was caught in no man's land when McBride headed in.

We all sat an waited expecting a Portuguese backlash, but it was never really convincing. The own goal from Argoos will probably emerge as the OG of the tournament but, in the end, Friedel kept a sound goal and the USA celebrated.

It is a shame that the merit of the achievement probably wasn't recognised in their home country as much as it deserved.

Incredibly, the USA and Korea sit with three points. I think Korea have a great chance of the quarter-finals, stirred by the passion of the people.

Whether the USA has had its day of glory - one suspects they might have.

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