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They said nothing could be plainer,
It was really a no-brainer,
Both sides would be glad to gain a
It would be most uninspiring,
Nothing much to be admiring,
With the two teams both conspiring
Not to score.
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It was a banker, I should take it,
Maybe my one chance to make it.
Loads of money! I should rake it
In with glee.
So I bet my bottom dollar
Like a real gambling scholar.
Now I’m living here in squalor
In this tree.
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Some say that, for France, the World Cup’s ended,
Resignations and retirements will be tended.
The French will now review the situation
And hope that Laurent Blanc will get things mended.
But one man still aspires to qualification –
For Evra, the World Cup has been extended.
The captain can escape humiliation
By replaying the games on his Playstation.
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Even when the South Koreans were leading,
The Greeks still turned the match into a bore.
Determined solely to avoid conceding,
Not bothering to push upfield and score.
Surely it was clear that they were needing
A goal or two, or maybe even more?
Yet, even as their prospects were receding,
Still they focussed merely on the draw.
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Fingernails chewed in the South Hemisphere
For the lads from Nigeria, Greece and Korea.
How quickly the hopes of each one disappear
But still they must knuckle down and persevere.
Fans are confused now, they cheer and they jeer,
Especially since the last place is unclear.
Managers pray to the gods they can steer
Their teams safe and sound past the knockout frontier.
But all things considered, I’ll raise a large beer
That Nigeria and Greece are both out on their ear.
Nigeria, sadly, were weak at the rear
And Greece never heard of the word ‘cavalier.’
Football is cruel, though it would have seemed queer
If either of them had usurped South Korea.