I played 2 matches versus Tripod yesterday. The first one ended in a 1-3 loss for me. The connection was slow and my timing was completely off.
In the second game, Alex was 3-0 up at half-time. Then, as by a miracle, the connection sped up and I could do the moves I like to do, including longshots. This had a devastating effect on the match: I managed to score 3 goals and thus got a draw!
During the second half of our third match (score 0-0) the connection was lost. Pity, but I had a great time playing the games.
Alex is a good and challenging opponent for me. I don't think we will do very bad at the World Cup next week. Don't get frightened though, I don't think one of us will win the tournament either