Heading into the Confederations Cup, I have put forward the idea of New Zealand advancing with Spain from Group A. Unfortunately everyone that answered my poll seemed to think it would be Iraq, over at the CBC they (Nigel Reed, John Molinaro, & Jason de Vos) all went with South Africa. However today New Zealand played a friendly against Italy and had the lead 3 times!! 1-0, 2-1, 3-2, though they did end up losing 4-3 it was quite a performance from the Kiwis. The Italians had played another friendly earlier where they beat Northern Ireland (who I think will make the World Cup, vote in the poll if you disagree) 3-0. After watching the second half of the Poland-Iraq friendly (a 1-1 draw), Iraq seemed to be a little weak defensively but they had some good chances offensively. Unfortunately I wasn't able to watch the Azzuri - All Whites match today but nonetheless this result has given me a little confidence that my prediction of the Kiwis advancing isn't that far fetched.
But that wasn't the only strange result today. Argentina lost at Ecuador, it is actually not a shocker like their loss to Bolivia. Ecuador was in the second round of the last World Cup and has stars like soon to be Manchester United player Luis Antonio Valencia. However Maradona must surely be under fire in Argentina and I am beginning to doubt if he will be the man that leads them to South Africa.
The last result that caught my eye was Estonia holding Portugal to a 0-0 draw. Not the sort of result that inspires confidence in the Portuguese. I highly doubt that we will see them in South Africa and that they will finish qualifying with Queiroz as their coach.
That is all for now, but there are still matches underway and who knows what strange results are still to be seen.