Poland is... enough about Poland.
Ecuador played ok, they tried to stay simple, do their thing, make the other team beat them. Which Poland had no interest in, so Ecuador scored a couple of goals just in case, and hey, they won! Poland is perhaps the worse team so far, and that includes Trinidad and Tobago. And Costa Rica.
England, I have heard, are slow starters. I hope for their sake that's the case. Ashley Cole has a serious case of believing he is way more skilled than he needs to be ( I thought Rio Ferdinand was the one with that problem?) And anyway, Paraguay started weak, and had huge trouble attacking. So, good win for England, hopefully Paraguay was just nervous. Gamarra is a really unlucky guy.
Sweden... what a frustrating match. T&T was playing on guts alone, their best forward played as a defensive midfielder, and still they had the clearest shot at goal, out of a pass by the goalkeeper! Sweden was just incredibly unlucky, or their forwards were blindfolded.
Ivory Coast is a pretty good attacking team. They are a below average defense, though, which explains why Argentina scored twice on three chances, and the other one was saved 90% behind the goal.
Saviola played well, Riquelme didn't. The defense... they played waaaay back, and Abbondanzieri simply gave away every ball he touched with a long kick to an ivorian.
But hey, it's a win... no obvious trouble... need to play with some confidence... ok, we suck a little. But it can get better.
Palacio for some reason couldn't stand up in the field, was falling whenever he tried to run.
But I think everyone agrees: the Ivory Coast is a scary team. They are skilled, they are athletic, they are not too badly organized... they can be a chore for any team.
So far, of the "good" teams... none has looked very good. No candidates to win yet, IMVHO.