RUSSIA 2 - TUNISIA 0
Russia scored twice in five minutes in the second half to post a 2-0 win against Tunisia in Kobe, Japan. With the win, Russia takes control of Group H, sitting at three points above Belgium and Japan (one point apiece) and Tunisia.
Russia controlled the game throughout the afternoon, and were unlucky not to go on the board earlier.
Yegor Titov scored in the 59th minute after Tunisia goalkeeper Ali Boumnijel made a costly error, and then Valery Karpin extended the lead from the penalty spot five minutes later.
The win sets up a huge match between Russia and the co-hosts Japan on June 9 in Yokohama. Tunisia next faces Belgium on June 10 in Oita.
RUS - Yegor Titov ....59th minute
RUS - Valeri Karpin (penalty) ..... 64.
Russia: 1. Rusian Nigmatullin, 2. Yuri Kovtun, 3. Yuri Nikiforov, 7. Viktor Onopko, 5. Andrei Solomatin, 20. Marat Izmailov (15. Dmitri Alenichev, 78), 8. Valeri Karpin, 6. Igor Semshov (21. Dmitri Khokhlov, 55), 9. Yegor Titov, 11. Vladimir Beschastnykh (22. Dmitry Sychev, 55), 19. Rusian Pimenov
Tunisia: 1. Ali Boumnjielm, 2. Khaled Badra (20. Ali Zitouni, 84), 12. Raouf Bouzaiene, 15. Radhi Jaidi, 4. Mohamed Mkacher, 6. Hatem Trabelsi, 18. Slim Benachour, 13. Riadh Bouazizi, 8. Hassen Gabsi (3. Zoubaier Baya, 67), 5. Zied Jaziri, 11. Adel Sellimi (7. Ihmed Mhedhebi, 67)
RUS - Igor Semshov (caution) 27th minute.
TUN - Zied Jaziri (caution) 75.
RUS - Dmitri Alenichev (caution) 88th minute.
GERMANY 1 - IRELAND 1
For the second straight match Ireland used a second half goal to snag a deserved point. Although this time Mick McCarthy’s team could not have waited any longer to equalize. In injury time of a well-played match, Robbie Keane latched on to Niall Quinn’s header and finished from six yards out – defelcting off a sliding Oliver Kahn and carrying on into the net. In their opener, Ireland played a tremendous second half but was only able to get one goal for a 1-1 draw with Cameroon.
With the result, Germany still leads the group with four ahead of their match with Cameroon, while the Irish have two points from two matches, heading into their game with Saudi Arabia.
Miroslav Klose gave the Germans the lead in the 19th minute, heading home a perfect Michael Ballack cross to score his World Cup-leading fourth goal of the tournament. All four of Klose’s goals have come with his head.
Two of the world’s best goalkeepers – Ireland's Shay Given and Germany's Oliver Kahn – were both on display, and both made several class saves in the match. Kahn made huge saves on both Damien Duff and Keane in the second half, while Given saved his best for Dietmar Hamann, Carsten Jancker and Torsten Frings.
Ireland captain Steve Staunton earned his 100th cap in the draw.
GER - Miroslav Klose ..... 19th minute
IRL - Robbie Keane ..... 92+.
Germany: 1. Oliver Kahn, 2. Thomas Linke, 21. Christoph Metzelder, 6. Christian Ziege, 13. Michael Ballack, 22. Torsten Frings, 8. Dietmar Hamann, 5. Carsten Ramelow, 19. Bernd Schneider (16. Jens Jeremies, 90), 9. Carsten Jancker (20. Oliver Bierhoff, 75), 11. Miroslav Klose (17. Marco Bode, 85).
Ireland: 1. Shay Given, 14. Gary Breen, 2. Steve Finnan, 3. Ian Harte (21. Stephen Reid, 74), 18. Gary Kelly (17. Niall Quinn, 73), 5. Steve Staunton (4. Kenny Cunningham, 88), 8. Matt Holland, 11. Kevin Kilbane, 12. Mark Kinsella, 9. Damien Duff, 10. Robbie Keane