It appears that winter has finally fallen over South Africa. There's a cold, biting wind, sub-zero temperatures once the sun goes down, and still no wild baboon sightings. Is this Africa or what?
Just as well that Brazil were on hand to deliver a warm breeze to Early Boers's frozen heart as they beat North Korea 2-1 in Group G. Could you possibly get two more disparate cultures facing each other in a football match? That's the beauty of the World Cup.
Maicon's obscene swerving strike from the byline (credit for which should be shared between the Inter full-back and the Jabulani ball) eventually broke the deadlock, before Robinho's sublime through ball was matched by Elano's tidy finish. If Manchester City are looking at spending big on a clutch of stars from this tournament, they could do a lot worse than invest in that pair. Oh.
This is by no means a fawning tribute for the Seleção side, though. They flitted between laboured and lethal throughout the first half whilst banging in frustration on the door of the Democratic People's Republic, who gave the world something to remember them by courtesy of Ji Yun-nam's late cracker.
The five-times world champions' reputation as sexy samba boys is these days in part sustained by a combination of nostalgia, myth and canny marketing, but the insane clamour for press tickets at Ellis Park showed that they remain the biggest draw at any World Cup finals.
However, as spectator hopes were once again pinned on the evening fixture to provide the day's excitement in this tournament, much of the match was played out like a more exotic version of Tuesday's first game, Slovakia v New Zealand: superior technique and craft stunted by solid defending and numbers behind the ball.
The Koreans, who the commentator on South African television has settled on calling Korea DPR, made an admirable fist at parking the bus, but it seemed inevitable that Brazil would score even if they had placed all 100 of their travelling fans in front of their goal.
This generation of the Green and Gold may be more comfortable with the modern-day necessity of grinding out results than their forebears, as endorsed by the manner in which they won the Copa America in 2007, but they still have more than enough to turn any team inside-out, be it by the serene guile of Kaka, the brash marauding of Robinho or the complete abandonment of defending from full-backs Maicon and Michel Bastos.
Coach Dunga wears a look of knitted rollneck jumper and naval jacket that appears to be a vain late attempt to wrest the part of Captain Haddock in the upcoming Tintin movie from Andy Serkis's grasp.
However, if his team do what he asks of them for the next month or so then he may well find himself played by another actor in the cinematic retelling of Brazil's record sixth World Cup triumph.
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With an uneventful training session at England's base and no press conference to follow, Early Boers eschewed the prospect of standing in the freezing wind watching the Our Boys jogging again in favour of checking out the aforementioned New Zealand v Slovakia. How the rest of the press pack scoffed, but it seemed silly not to attend a World Cup match that was just down the road, whoever was playing.
The attendance of 23,871 in Rustenburg may seem disappointing on paper, but that's still a pretty impressive turnout for what was one of the most unappealing fixtures of the whole competition.
Winston Reid's header in the dying moments sealed a 1-1 draw for the All Whites right at the end of a frankly lukewarm encounter. But, like watching a favourite band fill up a set with songs from their new electro jazz fusion concept album before playing the old ones for the encore, the dramatic final act made you forget the previous disappointment and leave with a warm, satisfied feeling inside (if not on the outside).
A first ever World Cup point will be all the sweeter for the Kiwis coming just two days after Germany pummelled their neighbours Australia.
Some fans outside the ground were convinced that New Zealand are in South Africa to do more than just make up the numbers, which is very sweet really, but they can bask in the relative glory of ending the day level on points with the world champions.
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EB would not dare tread on the toes of its esteemed colleague in blogland, Armchair Pundit, but there have been a few televisual delights provided by pundits here in the host nation that Eurosport's own professional couch potato will not have been privy to.
Remember Dwight Yorke's shiny teflon suit in the Sky Sports studio towards the end of last season? Well, he's managed to top even that space age sartorial effort by rocking a leopard skin cravat and matching pocket handkerchief on our screens here.
Despite spending two years of his career in their country, Paul Ince thought nothing of repeatedly referring to the Italians as 'Eyeties' when offering his thoughts on the Azzurri's performance against Paraguay.
But top marks have to go to John Barnes, over here relaunching his rap career via hawking a certain confectionery product that EB has indulged in a little too often - seeing as they are handed out free at the England media centre.
To be fair, he is fitting in plenty of appearances for charitable causes too, but his work is slightly compromised by commenting on the lack of organisation and discipline in the continent's game by shrugging his shoulders and saying: "Hey, it's Africa."
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QUOTE OF THE DAY: "Hey Stevie G! Can you let me wear your armband some day buddy?" Newsround presenter Ore Oduba manages to raise a few chuckles at the England training camp by abusing some of the players as his American alter ego, Chad von Cheeseburger. Honestly, when you're standing in the freezing cold watching Stephen Warnock attempting keep-ups, anything will make you smile.
FOREIGN VIEW: "We had another public training because we knew that there would be fans with vuvuzelas and we knew that the noise would be there. It will become more difficult to communicate between the players. You have to shout quite a bit to communicate, but it's good for the players to be prepared for what's in store for them on the pitch." - Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld prepares his team for the hail of noise that will await them when they face Spain.
NUMBER OF THE DAY: 5,000 - the number of complaints ITV have received following their missing Steven Gerrard's goal against USA in favour of a Hyundai advert.
COMING UP: Group H finally gets up and running with Honduras v Chile (12:30) and Spain v Switzerland (15:00), before the whole country takes the evening off to blast on the vuvuzelas and cheer 'Bafana Bafana' during South Africa v Uruguay (19:30).
The aforementioned Armchair Pundit will be arming you with all the info you need on those matches, while there will be a cavalcade of other expert blogs and videos to leave you thoroughly informed and/or enraged.
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