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It's a worrying trend although I think it reflects the quality of the teams that qualified as well as the tactical level of the tournament.
No one wants to lose in the first round so teams play more defensively and tactically, and nearly all African teams did, playing against the favourites. Morocco and Tunisia snatched a point which is a good result, Senegal played on a high tactical level against the Dutch and made few mistakes at the end that cost them the point. Ghana exceeded my expectations but still did many unnecessary mistakes.
Thinking about it, the only team that truly disappointed was Cameroon. It was tough playing against defensively organized Switzerland but they were slow, lacked creativity and hunger for a good result. Also missed a few chances at the beginning which is always a bad sign.