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EA Sports Virtual World Cup: Day 2

Match: 3
Teams: England vs. Paraguay (Group B)
Location: Frankfurt Waldstadion; Frankfurt
Date: June 10, 2006

Players: Edgar Barajas (Paraguay) vs. Alex Miranda* (England)
* Miranda is the U-17 Team Administrator



Final Score: ENG 2 – PAR 0

Edgar Barajas' Take (Paraguay):
England was far and away the much better team coming into the match, which made it easy for Alex (our team administrator) to come away with the victory. Alex said he was nervous at the beginning and he gave up a lot of chances as Paraguay played well in the first half, but I wasn’t able to complete any of my shots on goal. On the other hand, England finally was able to pull away with two great goals, getting them between five minutes of each other in the second half. Michael Owen seemed to be coming off his injury just fine as he tallied the first goal, hitting a drive from just inside the penalty area. The second goal came from Steven Gerrard as he buried a David Beckham cross with a header. I did everything I could to try and pull out a miracle draw, but it just didn’t happen.

Match: 4
Teams: Sweden vs. Trinidad and Tobago (Group B)
Location: Dortmund Westfalenstadion; Dortmund
Date: June 10, 2006

Players: Sheanon Williams (Trinidad & Tobago) vs. Kirk Urso (Sweden)



Final Score:
SWE 3 – TRI 0 

Kirk Urso's Take (Sweden):
I think my opponent, Sheanon, would agree that this was not an evenly matched game. The one noticeable advantage the Swedes had was that we were much taller than T&T. That definitely helped throughout the game as we kept the ball in the air on offense and it allowed us to great goals and even more opportunities. Trinidad did hit the post early on, but from that point it was all Sweden, all the time. The first goal came around the 25th minute when Niclas Alexandersson found some space on the right side and then dribbled past a defender before unleashing a shot that the Trinidad ‘keeper couldn’t handle. The second half was more of the same as Mattias Jonson and Marcus Allback tallied as well. This was no doubt probably the easiest matche Sweden will have in Group B.

Match: 5
Teams: Argentina vs. Ivory Coast (Group C)
Location: Hamburg Stadium; Hamburg
Date: June 10, 2006

Players: Chris Miller (Argentina) vs. Brek Shea (Ivory Coast)



Final Score:
ARG 4 - CIV 0

Chris Miller's Take (Argentina):
Argentina was clearly the dominant team throughout the match, hence the 4-0 blowout. My opponent, Brek, said that Ivory Coast was a new team in the World Cup and didn’t know what to expect, but really Argentina was just the better team. He was right when he said that Lionel Messi and Juan Riquelme were too much to handle as they each scored two goals. I could have scored more goals as Argentina had almost all of the possession and toyed with the Ivory Coast defense, but I decided not to waste all my goals in the first game as it’s a long tournament. The first three goals all came in the first half, with Messi snagging both of his before the 35th minute. Riquelme scored just before the half and then added his second midway through the second half, when he buried a corner kick. Ivory Coast could be in for a rude awakening, but as for Argentina, we have smooth sailing with three points from game one.