Saturday, June 28, 2014

Portugal Exit WC

On Thursday, Germany produced a 1-0 victory over USA and qualified as winners of Group G – both these two teams have reached the last sixteen at the World Cup.

Thomas Muller scored the goal in the fifty-fifth minute at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil – his ninth WC goal in as many games. The rate at which the Bayern Munich forward is scoring in World Cup games is matched only by Brazil legend Pele, who also found the net nine times in his first nine matches in the tournament. 

Meanwhile, Portugal carved a 2-1 victory over Ghana, but both teams were eliminated. The former finished level on four points with the USA but the Americans advance because of superior goal difference. 

South Korea needed a win but ten-man Belgium prevailed over the former with a 1-0 scoreline. South Korea will return home and Belgium having topped their World Cup group will meet USA in a last-16 tie. 

With this outcome, none of the Asian teams have made it to the knockout stage. A sorry state of affairs for Asian football.

On Tuesday, I was at the Taman Indrahana Toastmasters meeting and this time around, I was the Table Topics Evaluator. Generally-speaking, it was a good meeting and I will readily admit that it was time well-spent. My score for this meeting is a 7.5 over 10.


Given that this was the very last meeting of the current 2013-2014 term, the club recognized members who had contributed DCP points. I was one of them and I received two lapel pins for my one-and-a-half points – see photo below:


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