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Poems tagged ‘Costa Rica’

Australia Nigeria Japan & Spain Through WWC ’23

~ Canada 0-4 Australia ~

waltzing on they go
bold Matildas find their best
Canada are out

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~ Ireland 0-0 Nigeria ~

flying safely through
Super Falcons battle on
Ireland win respect

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~ Japan 4-0 Spain ~

Japan top the group
Spain collapse but still survive
after four goal blitz
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~ Costa Rica 1-3 Zambia ~

in this dead rubber
Zambia impress too late
as both team depart

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Brazil / Swiss Advance haiku-WC Day 14

Brazil & Swiss Advance

what then have we learned
as Brazil and Swiss advance …
both blow hot and cold

strong>Serbia 0-2 Brazil

is it on the cards?
when they purr they start to stroll
who wil beat this lot?

love or loathe Neymar
with his flicks and tricks he does
ev’rything but score

Serbia regret
leaving it so late to start
have Brazil returned?

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Switzerland 2-2 Costa Rica

far from convincing
Swiss roll into last sixteen
like some mountain stream

always great to watch
Costa Rica score at last
a place in our hearts

knowing they are out
Costa Rica force a draw
they’ll be back again

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World Cup day 14

Swedes and Mexico go through
Mexico 0-3 Sweden

El Tri are in shock
As the Swedes seal top
Germany are sent packing
A huge World Cup flop

Augustinsson is first
Granqvist puts Sweden in control
The Scandinavians make sure
With Alvarez’s own goal

Janne Andersson’s Sweden
Were in third place before play
Surely Mexico will announce
A Korea Republic Day

Auf Widersehen champs
South Korea 2-0 Germany

Team DFB make shockwaves
As South Korea leave it late
Their worst World Cup
Since 1938

Yes you heard that right
The champs are sent away
Whilst Mexico will surely dedicate
A South Korea day

Kim and VAR score on ninety
Then Son doubles the pain
Some of Jogi’s selections
Now look totally in Sane

Brazil march on
Serbia 0-2 Brazil

Paulinho and the boys will shine
On Brazil our family agree
No chance of a shock here
So we switch on and enjoy ITV

No ones forgotten the nineties
I wanted them to suffer a rout
With Neymar leading the charge
To be frank I’m glad they’re out

Set piece second from Thiago
Neymar’s goal record still lean
Brazil top Group E
To face Mexico in the last 16

Ticos fight back but Swiss are through
Switzerland 2-2 Costa Rica

Kendall Watson for Costa Rica
It’s their first of this World Cup
There awaits a game against Sweden
Team Nati are group runners up

Dzemaili returned the favour
Switzerland go 1-1
Ticos heads drop
Drmic looked to have it won

Bryan Ruiz with his last kick
Sort of scores the spot kick he took
Bit lucky with the rebound
Off Sommers the Gourmet cook

27 06 18

number7
© emdad rahman

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On Brazil Switzerland & Nigeria haiku -WC Day 9

Brazil 2-0 Costa Rica

play-acting aside
just a glimpse of this Brazil
In those six minutes

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Serbia 1-2 Switzerland

late Shaqiri touch
Squeezes under Stojkovic
Swiss roll sweetly on

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Nigeria 2-0 Iceland

Musa repays faith
Nigeria are transformed
Messi lies in wait

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World Cup day 9

Coutinho and Neymar leave it late
Brazil 2-0 Costa Rica

In Phil Coutinho
Seleção Brasileira have an ace
The Barcelona playmaker
Runs the hard race

Costa Rica set up well
Douglas Costa came in flying
They’d shed Brazilian skin
Even had Neymar crying

And so it looked like the favourites
Had run out of breath
But Coutiinho and Neymar
Swooped to seal it at the death

Magic Musa at the double
Nigeria 2-0 Iceland

Close control and a tidy finish
In my book he’s a maestro
Exquisite touch and deft of pace
What if Musa was Latino

Gylfi Sigurdsson fluffs a penalty
Iceland never in the race
Ahmed Musa for Nigeria
With a magic second half brace

The Super Eagles super win
Leaves second spot to grab
Both teams can still do it
Even the Argies still have a stab

The Eagle has landed
Serbia 1-2 Switzerland

Mitrovic pounced
Xhaka’s howitzer was regal
The Swiss are made from sterner stuff
Behold the Albanian eagle

With the clock ticking
They looked to share the cake
But Shaqiri’s late stunner
Leaves Serbia with heartache

Kaliningrad erupts
Raw emotion in the ground
Rossocrociati in the driving seat
To reach the second round

22 06 18

number7
© emdad rahman

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Olé Serbia Danes & Mexico haiku~WC Day 4

Costa Rica 0-1 Serbia

Costa Rican zest
stung by Kolorov’s sweet strike
Serbia come good

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Germany 0-Mexico 1

sleepy Germany
cannot break El Tri’s brave wall
Olé Mexico

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Coutinho aside
bold unfancied Danes dig deep
Neymar nullified

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World Cup day 4

Kolarov class the difference
Costa Rica 0-1 Serbia

Nemanja Matic is a hard man
He took on the Costa Rican bench
Over a tussle for ball retention
He received a pardon for his French

David Guzman headed over
Serbia on a tour of duty
They sure know how to cleanse
Kolarov with a left footed beauty

17 06 18

number7
© emdad rahman

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Champions face ‘Chucky’ nightmare
Germany 0-1 Mexico

The holders have been beaten
It’s the World Cup’s first shock
Mexico had more heart
That you cannot knock

Hirving Lozano the difference
That star from PSV
He had the Germans in tears
It’s normal stuff from Chucky

Last time the Germans lost a first
Was Espana 82
They got their act together
To reach that final too

17 06 18

number7
© emdad rahman

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Team Rossocrociati deny Seleção
Brazil 1-1 Switzerland

Argentina, Germany, Brazil
Have another claim to fame
For the very first time
They’ve failed to win their first game

Surely the floodgates would open
With the brilliant Coutinho
Switzerland are stern stuff
Refusing to lay down low

Much lauded for their sparkle
The five time champions pushed on
With the Swiss stifling the firepower
To draw in Rostov-on-Don

17 06 18

number7
© emdad rahman

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World Cup Russia 32 Team haiku

on Argentina haiku
big contenders these
Messi leads the white and blue
will it be this time ?

on Australia
Cahill’s waltzing squad
return from the land of Oz
while Matildas dream

on Belgium haiku
bursting with young skill
Eden’s pace and Lukaku
spear these Red Devils

on Brazil haiku
Neymar to Jesus
rhythmic touch to samba beat
will their swagger rule?

on Colombia haiku
dark horses always
Rodriguez the star upfront
could they go the course?

on Costa Rica haiku
with Ruiz’s pace
Los Ticos can cause a stir
when that magic flows

on Croatia haiku
always one to fear
Modric now the playmaker
for Mandzukic’s pace

on Denmark haiku
nice pastries aside
Eriksen the vital spark
to Danes dynamite

on Egypt haiku
will Salah be fit
Pharoahs focus on defence
as a country waits

on England haiku
emphasis on youth
still the Sterlings and Rashfords
need to find their best

on France haiku
over-crammed with stars
will they drop like croissant crumbs
falling to their knees?

on Germany haiku
Ozil at the heart
always first to raise the bar
and to lay their towels

on Iceland haiku
smallest nation here
Sigurdsson the main class act
teamwork heart and beards

on Iran haiku
Queiroz at the helm
Team Melli arrive in hope
Azmoun leads the line

on Japan haiku
here on Russian soil
Kagawa and Honda’s skill
power these guys on

on Korea Republic haiku
southern winds still blow
with their new belief and pace
Cha Bum-kun the star

on Mexico haiku
Los Aztecan strength
Hernandez the constant threat
will they shine or fall?

on Morocco haiku
nothing here to lose
Atlas Lions know no fear
passion at their core

on Nigeria haiku
to their Afro beat
Moses powers Eagles on
Mikel still the spine

on Panama haiku
debut boys this time
Roman Torres fires a squad
happy to be here

on Peru haiku
like their altitude
Los Incan hopes soar and rest
on Farfan upfront

on Poland haiku
Polish Eagles dream
Lewandowski heads the pack
always posing threats

on Portugal haiku
lighting ev’ry match
like some whirlwind fanning flame
’til Ronaldo strikes

on Russia haiku
struck by injuries
Smolov now the only threat
even on home turf

on Saudi Arabia haiku
swarming round like Bees
sailing in uncharted seas
but can they win games?

on Senegal haiku
talent out in force
Koulibsaly and Mane
shine among the pearls

on Serbia haiku
Eagles hopes will pin
on Matic and Mitrovic
in this tricky side

on Spain haiku
there or thereabouts
Iniesta and Costa
make this time-bomb tick

on Sweden haiku
no Ibra this time
short on names but spirited
always in the mix

on Switzerland haiku
just like chocolate
with Shaqiri’s box of tricks
always tempting fate

on Tunisia haiku
capable of shocks
always drumming up a storm
England should beware

on Uruguay haiku
ever dangerous
Suarez and Cavani shine
never rule them out

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