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EA Sports Virtual World Cup: Day 6


Match: 28
Teams: Japan vs. Croatia (Group F)
Location: Frankenstadion; Nuremberg
Date: June 18, 2006

Players: Tevin Jackson (Japan) vs. Alex Dixon (Croatia)



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Final Score: JPN 1 - CRO 1

Alex Dixon's Take (Croatia):
  This game should have been dominated by Croatia, but Japan packed the back with a lot of defenders for the entire game. I was able to get the opening goal in the first half as Babic put away a penalty kick. I thought the match was going to go the same way as the Brazil game, but we couldn’t seem to get any more goals for the rest of the match. Japan pushed forward at the end of the game and finally tallied the equalizer late when Yanagisawa got free on a breakaway. While I was hoping for the win, a tie kept Croatia in first place with just one game to play.



Match: 29
Teams: France vs. South Korea (Group G)
Location: Zentralstadion; Leipzig
Date: June 18, 2006

Players: Josh Lambo (France) vs. Brandon Lee (South Korea)



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Final Score: KOR 2 - FRA 1

Brandon Lee's Take (South Korea):
  Going into the match, I knew I’d have to have my defenders hold it down in the back and try and keep Henry in front of them as much as possible. I was pushing forward at the same time and it was huge when I scored in the 20th minute. An early goal always helps, so when Ahn found the net, it took some nerves away. But then I let France tie it right away when Henry finally did slip through for a breakaway goal. I wasn’t happy about it, but it was still 1-1 at halftime, and I knew I’d have more chances later. In the 75th minute, I finally finished that chance when Seol buried a corner kick. Josh said the goal was somewhat questionable, but it counted. I know I’ve advanced to the next round which is good as I don’t have to worry about my final game against Switzerland.


 
Match: 30
Teams: Togo vs. Switzerland (Group G)
Location: Westfalonstadion; Dortmund
Date: June 19, 2006

Players: Brek Shea (Togo) vs. Danny Wenzel (Switzerland)



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Final Score: SUI 3 - TOG 0

Brek Shea's Take (Togo):
  Togo played much better their second game but their defense was still having trouble containing Switzerland’s forwards. We didn’t let in nine goals like we did in the first game, which was promising, but still we were not really ever in the match. Wenzel may have taken it lightly on me in the beginning, but he finally scored in the 30th minute. Vonlathen scored from the top of the penalty area with a shot I thought my goalkeeper would get to, but obviously he didn’t. He scored two more goals in the second half, with Cabanas and Frei, and that pretty much took out any wind in my sails. My goal now is just to get a goal in my final game.


 Match: 31
Teams: Spain vs. Tunisia (Group H)
Location: Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion; Stuttgart
Date: June 19, 2006

Players: Dan Kelly (Spain) vs. Tom Norton* (Tunisia)
*Norton is a U-17 team coordinator



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Final Score: SPA 3 - TUN 0

Dan Kelly's Take (Spain):
  I knew going in that I had to win this game as the game before me saw Ukraine defeat Saudi Arabia, 1-0, which gave Ukraine six points after two games. Sitting on just one point after a draw with Ukraine, meant getting three from Tunisia was crucial. I was happy to see that our team coordinator Tom Norton was the one I was going against. My worries were gone early in the match as Spain was dominate from the get-go, but I still wasn’t able to actually score. More than 40 minutes went by until I was finally able to put the ball into the back of the net. Raul got free and buried it past the Tunisia ‘keeper. That was all I needed as the floodgates opened in the second half as I got two more from Xavi and Luis Garcia. Through two games I had four points and was going up against Saudi Arabia next, which would be a tough match.


Match: 32
Teams: Saudi Arabia vs. Ukraine (Group H)
Location: FIFA World Cup Stadium Hamburg; Hamburg
Date: June 19, 2006

Players: Temi Molinar (Saudi Arabia) vs. Danny Barerra (Ukraine)



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Final Score: UKR 1 - KSA 0

Danny Barerra's Take (Ukraine):
  Ukraine was the dominant team on the day without a doubt. I had about 10 breakaways! The only problem was that I couldn’t finish any of them until, finally, “The Ukraine Train” Andriy Schvchenko managed to punish the Saudi’s defense when they made a pretty bad slip-up. Temi was able to regroup and get Saudi back into the match in the second half a little bit as they had a few chances, but overall we defended really well and deserved to pick up the win.



Match: 33
Teams: Germany vs. Ecuador (Group A)
Location: Olympiastadion; Berlin
Date: June 20, 2006

Players: Brian Perk (Germany) vs. Chris Miller (Ecuador)



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Final Score: GER 2 - ECU 0

Brian Perk's Take (Germany):
  Ecuador was getting some chances early on in the first 25 minutes, but nothing really great. It was pretty even for most of the first half, with the only thing that was note worthy was that we both picked up yellow cards. In the second half, I finally broke out and scored a cracker. Ballack got free in the middle of the pitch and dribbled through two guys before drilling the ball into the upper 90. I put the game away near the 80th minute when Podolski got behind Ecuador’s defense and put it low and into the corner for the goal. This gave me three games and three wins, putting me to the top of the group. Now I was just looking forward to my Round of 16 match.


Match:
34
Teams: Costa Rica vs. Poland (Group A)
Location: FIFA World Cup Stadium Hanover; Hanover
Date: June 20, 2006

Players: Jared Jeffrey (Costa Rica) vs. Andres Suazo (Poland)



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Final Score: CRC 3 - POL 0 

Andres Suazo's Take (Poland):
  Poland was still mad about the last two losses, but the boys had a talk at practice about what we needed to do. Although Costa Rica won, we told ourselves that we fight to the end. Well, we did fight to the end, but it didn’t change our losing ways. It was a close match until Costa Rica got two late goals in the first half, both by Wanchope. His first strike was from deep, but his second was a gift as he tackled my last defender and then dribbled in on goal. The last goal came midway through the second half, this one coming from Gomez. Three losses and I’m out. Oh, well.
 


Match:
35
Teams: Sweden vs. England (Group B)
Location: FIFA World Cup Stadium Cologne; Cologne
Date: June 20, 2006

Players: Kirk Urso (Sweden) vs. Alex Miranda* (England)
* Miranda is a U-17 team coordinator



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Final Score: SWE 0 – ENG 0

Kirk Urso's Take (Sweden):
  I dominated the game and had a bunch of chances, including a great opportunity in the last minute that hit the post. The worst thing was I really needed a win to guarantee my place in the next round, but with the draw, I needed some help from T&T and I didn’t get it as Paraguay came away with a win for six points.


Match:
36
Teams: Paraguay vs. Trinidad & Tobago (Group B)
Location: Fritz-Walter-Stadion; Kaiserslautern
Date: June 20, 2006

Players: Edgar Barajas (Paraguay) vs. Sheanon Williams (Trinidad & Tobago)



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Final Score: PAR 4 – TRI 1

Sheanon Williams' Take (Paraguay):
  Well, this game I started playing good and saw my first chance go over the crossbar in the first 10 minutes. Not long later, Paraguay was able to take the lead when Cuevas finished from close range. Before the end of the half, Barajas took a two-goal lead when a Trinidad defender scored an own goal. He was joking around that I scored an own goal, but then two minutes later he did the same thing to make it 2-1. I thought I might have a chance, but then he buried two more chances and won pretty easy.


 
Match:
37
Teams: Holland vs. Argentina (Group C)
Location: Waldstadion; Frankfurt
Date: June 21, 2006

Players: Temi Molinar (Netherlands) vs. Chris Miller (Argentina)



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Final Score: NED 2 - ARG 1

Temi Molinar's Take (Netherlands):
  It was a very well-played game by Holland throughout the duration of the match. This was the deciding game for the spot who goes through to the next round, a must-win game for Holland. They stepped up to the challenge and buried two fantastic goals against a tough and skilled Argentinean team. Arjen Robben was put through on a goal by a chipped pass from Ruud Van Nistelrooy, which Robben calmly slotted past the ‘keeper. The second goal was from Van Nistelrooy himself, on a well-placed header. Argentina pulled one back late in the second half, but it was not enough to overcome the dominant performance of the Dutch team.
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