Best of Day 4
Sky Sports takes a look at all the drama of day four of the World Cup in South Africa.
Last Updated: 14/06/10 9:59pm
Every day during the World Cup, Sky Sports will take a detailed look at all the drama and key incidents in South Africa.
Matt Briggs looks at all the main moments as champions Italy opened up with a draw, whilst Holland sealed a win.
Save of the Day: Not so much a save, but more spectacular goalline clearance of the day. Having already contributed to their downfall with a woeful header which flew in off team-mate Daniel Agger's back, Denmark's Simon Poulsen could have been forgiven for thinking it just wasn't his day.
And with his side 2-0 down in the brilliantly-titled Soccer City, it could have been worse when late on, Ibrahim Afellay's goalbound effort was spectacularly cleared off the goalline by Poulsen. Fabulous stuff!
Clown of the Day: The BBC does things so much better than ITV (case proven when the latter's HD channel missed Gerrard's goal on Saturday evening) but the Beeb's choice of Emmanuel Adebayor as a pundit seems to be one that has backfired.
After bumbling his way through his 'debut' in the France v Uruguay game on Friday night, Adebayor blotted his copybook even further when, live on air, he not once, but twice received a text message to interrupt his flow mid-sentence when talking with host Gary Lineker. Schoolboy error!
Unconvincing Explanation of the Day: North Korea coach Kim Jong-hun, when asked about the strange case of Kim Myong-won (FIFA insisted that the player, who is normally a striker for his club Amrokgang, would have to be listed as a goalkeeper after Kim Jong-hun named only two goalkeepers instead of three).
Coach Kim 'explained': "Kim Myong-won was a striker and now he is registered as a goalkeeper (for the World Cup). He began as a goalkeeper.
"He really is a goalkeeper but he is very fast so we switched him to a striker, but we felt for this World Cup he wanted to be a goalkeeper again, so that is what we did for him."
So he's the North Korean answer to Jorge Campos? Let's hope he plays against Brazil.
Drone of the Day: No, not the vuvuzelas, but the incessant monotone of BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson moaning throughout Japan v Cameroon. He'd decided even before kick-off that it would be rubbish but even though he was proved correct, his whiney voice made those plastic trumpets sound like a symphony orchestra.
Jabulani Barmy: They said these balls would bend all over the show, but they don't appear to be doing much in the air thus far. However, catch them sweetly and they will ping like a bullet - as Cameroon's Stephane Mbia confirmed with a late piledriver that clattered off the Japan crossbar in Bloemfontein.
Howler of the day
No it wasn't Clark Kent in goal for Paraguay - although it looked like it as Justo Villar came Superman-like to punch an Italy corner. He completely missed it though and left Daniele De Rossi with a simply close-range finish -another goalkeeper left with a red face. Before that it looked like Italy would be beaten at their own game by a resilient Paraguay side, but we should have known the Italians always get themselves out of jail.
Instantly forgettable day for the greatest show on earth. Three games and none of them will live long in the memory. I expected more form the Dutch - they got the job done against Denmark but needed a helping hand via an own goal to put them on their way. There was no fluid passing though or mesmerising movement.
Japan v Cameroon was woeful and only got going in the final few minutes when a lethargic Cameroon realised they were 1-0 down. And finally what more did we expect from Italy?
They were dogged and after conceding a shock goal, they fought back for an unspectacular draw - some things never change.