Diego Forlan still has it in him
Diego Forlan had a very good game against Slovenia. He played as a second striker, acting as a playmaker behind Edinson Cavani -- so much that he assisted Cavani in Uruguay's first goal with a brilliant pass stuck into the back of the defensive line. Also, he was clinical from the set pieces, proving to be very dangerous from the corner kicks. He had to go down to midfield a few times to retrieve the ball but was one of the most important men on the field.
West African football had made an impact on the international scene thanks to Cameroon and Nigeria, but in the new millennium, it was time for a new face.
Senegal had been simmering in the early 1990s when they reached the quarterfinals of the African Nations Cup in two consecutive tournaments but slipped off the radar before storming back almost a decade later.
They were quarterfinalists at the 2000 ANC and then the runner-up in 2002, when they lost to Nigeria. Senegal had also surprised the...