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Monday, June 12, 2006

World Cup Diary - Day Four

Well as we reach day four, getting to watch games is starting to become harder as work now becomes a factor. Looks like only highlights for at least two games a day while other work commitment could mean even watching the late games becomes difficult. But first, back to day three.

Netherlands 1 – 0 Serbia and Montenegro
The Netherlands joined Argentina gaining maximum points in what has been dubbed the group of death. While these two are favourites to advance, Serbia & Montenegro and Ivory Coast will not make things easy with everything still to play for.

Mexico 3 – 1 Iran
Mexico expectedly saw off Iran and should advance to the next stage. The lengthy time spent together as a team seems to have paid off as they looked pretty organised. While I doubt they will go that far, they could test some of the better teams in the knockout stages.

Angola 0 – 1 Portugal
As with Mexico should Portugal who despite coming fast out of the blocks only managed a 1-0 over Angola. Pauleta put a smile on my face with his early goal and Portugal’s play made me hopeful he would get a few more. Sadly that was not the case and I must hope he continues to find the net if he is to make me some money. Thankfully unlike the last time these sides met the game finished with a full complement of players. Despite his advancing years, Figo still looks a class act while Angola’s Akwa also impressed.

Australia 3 – 1 Japan
Today, Australia left it late to beat the Japanese. Super-sub Tim Cahill’s late brace proving vital to Australia getting off to the start they wanted. It could only be him; after all he is a Toffee!

Czech Republic 3 – 0 USA
My outside bet for the tournament did me proud with a comfortable 3-0 win over the USA. Arsenal fans look in for a treat next season if new signing Roskicky’s performance was anything to go by. Koller’s loss will no doubt be a worry for them though. The USA did nothing to show they justify there FIFA ranking, proving how pointless the system actually is.

Italy 2 - 0 Ghana
No real surprises here. Essien looked good for Ghana but the result never seemed in doubt with Italy creating numerous chances. Not as convincing as some of the other top teams but wouldn’t want to rule them out just yet.

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