This week's 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ qualifiers generated huge interest. This can still be felt onFIFA.com, where fans continue to discuss the developments. Here are some of the many comments posted about Wednesday's matches.
Mexicans voiced their disappointment in red-carded captain Rafael Marquez and coach Sven-Goran Eriksson following the loss in Columbus, while the Americans were delighted with victory.
The hot topic:Mexico's unusual dip in form. * The big question:* Are Eriksson's tactics the right ones for Mexico?
What the fans say:
MarkusMerk summed up the Mexican fans' frustrations: "The coaches change, the players change, the tactics change, the strategy changes, the formation changes.....but the result stays the same!"
While Mexico fans were seething, USA fans expressed their elation: "Being an American it is completely exciting to actually feel like you can expect something out of your national team now," said CFC_AL (USA).
The rest of North, Central America and the Caribbean
El Salvador and Trinidad and Tobago supporters remain optimistic. Costa Ricans, meanwhile, are tired of being considered underdogs. Getting these passionate fans to concur on who will qualify is impossible, but one thing a majority agree on is that this group will go down to the wire.
The hot topic:With most fans still expecting USA and Mexico to qualify, who will claim the coveted third place?* The big question:Will scoring points in away fixtures be the secret ingredient for success? What the fans say:*
"Bottom line: home games are meant to be won by the host with everything in favour: crowd, weather, etc. The battle will be in the outing games; even a draw will equal a big plus for everyone," omarsergio (USA).
"It's really funny how everyone still keeps underestimating Costa Rica, even though we are the only ones to have accompanied the two "giants", USA and Mexico, to the past 2 World Cups," ghetus (Costa Rica).
"HA HA! All the talk about Honduras being so good, where are you guys now?? At least we came out with a point, what about you guys?? Sitting comfortably at the bottom of the table!" ahknow (Trinidad and Tobago).
Despite claiming an away point, Australians expected more from the team than just another clean sheet.
The hot topic: Australia's lack of fire-power on attack.* The big question:*Who should be playing up front for Australia?
What the fans say:
"We didn't deserve to win. I knew this at half time. The Japanese are tighter, faster, more accurate and eternally observant. It is absolutely infuriating to be an Australian watching his country play so loosely. Especially in matches that matter," cainemac (Australia).
"I know 1 point was important in the overall context of qualifying for World Cup for Australia, but very disappointing that we refuse to play an attacking game or team. .... Come on Pim let them play and see what we have got, we want to watch the beautiful game a lot more, rather than these boring draws," FIGJAMS (Australia).
A Park Ji-Sung header late in the game secured a valuable point for Korea Republic in Iran, and ensured the Asian qualification debate stayed wide open.
The hot topic: Park Ji-Sung's point-saving contribution.
The big question: With Saudi Arabia going down in Korea DPR, has the balance of power shifted from west to east Asia?
What the fans say:
"Ok so in the rain Iran goes up 1-0 and defends for 20 minunites. Park Ji-Sung gets lucky and heads home when the Iranian keeper should have caught the ball in the first place. First 20 Min. was IRAN all the way .... South Korea is a very respected team but IRAN will be the best in the World Cup," *Esteghlali (Iran).
"Iran and Korea both have gotten new players and new coaches; they've matured rather quickly to cope with the challenges, and despite what the ranks/results may suggest, these two teams are going to be the biggest sides to represent Asia in the World Cup," hansaram (USA).
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