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World Cup match-day 5: Garth Crooks' team of the day

Garth Crooks
By Garth Crooks
BBC football reporter in Johannesburg

We're still waiting for this tournament to properly come alive but we saw quite a few fine individual performances with only four teams still to play their opening fixture.

Here's my 2010 Fifa World Cup finals team of the day from Tuesday 15 June:

Team graphic

Mark Paston

Goalkeeper
New Zealand

Paston kept New Zealand in the game to and helped the Kiwis earn a famous point.

Fabio Coentro

Left-back
Portugal

Ivory Coast got no joy whatsoever down Portugal right-hand flank.

Kolo Toure

Centre-back
Ivory Coast

The Ivory Coast captain marshalled his defence brilliantly against the dangerous Portuguese side.

Ricardo Carvalho

Centre-back
Portugal

The Chelsea defender looked good throughout and was not fazed by Drogba's eventual arrival.

Winston Reid

Right-back
New Zealand

A defender who affected the game. He headed the crucial last-gasp equaliser for New Zealand.

Yaya Toure

Midfielder
Ivory Coast

A fine display by the Barcelona midfield man who saw Deco off with ease.

Ji Yun Nam

Midfielder
North Korea

His well-taken goal gave North Korea a glimmer of hope and gave Brazil a bit of a shock.

Stanislav Sestak

Midfielder
Slovakia

A true livewire just behind the forward line, what a great performance.

Elano

Midfielder
Brazil

Made a hard chance look easy to break North Korea's stubborn resistance.

Jong Tae Se

Striker
North Korea

Ten out of 10 for effort, never stopped working hard throughout the match.

Robert Vittek

Striker
Slovakia

Great display and excellent goal. He deserved better defending from his team-mates in the final.



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