I'm with Ube on this one. Shoddy displays - especially by so many supposedly 'top' teams - a few of whom still went out, even with the help of a seeded draw. When France needs to cheat to even get a draw with poor little Ireland, you know they have no place at the WC.
I feel sorry for Ireland after that. They played their hearts out and that is a very bad way to go out. Very unfair.
What entertaining results: 1-1, 0-1, 1-0, 0-1, 1-0.
Sometimes it's not the amount of goals that makes a game exciting, but the tension build-up before the game, and of course the manner in which the goal was scored. Nobody remembers the 22-0 thrashing of Mongolia at the hands of... wait, who was it again? Ukraine, perhaps? While everybody remembers Maradona's "Hand of God" goal in a game that ended 2-1, "what an entertaining result."
The France-Ireland game: what makes it shameful is that the Irish played really well against a much "stronger" team (well, much higher ranked), were leading one-zero for much of the time, then saw their dreams fall by trickery at the hand of Henry in extra time.
Bosnia-Herzegovina 0-1 Portugal: Yes, not a very entertaining result, and fully expected at that.
Slovenia 1-0 Russia: An entierly unexpected result, the Slovenians played extremely well against a team ranked many places above them. And they actually won, and advanced to the World Cup when everybody expected Russia to cream them.
Ukraine 0-1 Greece: It's interesting when two teams who are closely matched meet up, because you don't know what to expect. Although granted, there wasn't much of a rivalry/build-up here.
Algeria 1-0 Egypt: Egypt have been considered the far-better team recently, and they have an extremely bitter rivalry since their 1989 game, which Egypt won. And then there were all the bitter tensions involved, including Algeria's team bus getting pelted by stones when visiting Egypt. Egypt won their home game 2-0, which made them precisely level in their group. This game would determine the fate of either team, and both teams had plenty of people crying out for the blood of the opposing team. You can hardly have a more dramatic build-up. And every minute was electric; every attempt, every pass, every touch of the ball... A lot has to do with the emotion in the air.
*GETTING BACK ON TOPIC*
The teams who made it, in order of Yahoo! Eurosport "seeding":
Spain Brazil Germany England Italy France Portugal Netherlands Ivory Coast USA Argentina Ghana Australia Mexico South Korea Cameroon Denmark Nigeria Chile Serbia Paraguay Greece Japan Switzerland Uruguay Algeria Slovenia South Africa Slovakia Honduras North Korea New Zealand
"Travellin' a lonesome highway The miles go by so slow. And you don't know where you're headed But you know you've got to go. And you don't want to walk alone, But you're seekin' a better home. Oh Lord, how long will the Search go on?"