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EA Sports Virtual World Cup: Day 4


Match: 9
Teams: Italy vs. Ghana (Group E)
Location: FIFA World Cup Stadium Hanover; Hanover
Date: June 12, 2006

Players: Joey Sorrentino (Italy) vs. Eric Lichaj (Ghana)



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Final Score: ITA 2 - GHA 0 

Eric Lichaj's Take (Ghana):
  When I learned I had Ghana I was a little disappointed because I knew I’d have to face the U.S. But after I thought about it for a bit, I realized that while I had to play the U.S., I could also help them if I were to knock off Italy and the Czechs. Unfortunately, that did not go down in the first match. Ghana has some really quick players and I was getting some decent looks in the first half, but I couldn’t seem to put too many shots on target and was wasting my chance to take the lead. Italy on the other hand was a pretty good side and probably overall better. It was still scoreless until Del Piero dribbled past two of my defenders and had a breakaway on goal that he finished pretty easily. That happened right before the halftime whistle, so I was still hoping I'd be able to make a comeback in the second half. I started to push forward, but the more I tried to shoot, the worse I got. Then Italy got the back breaker with about 10 minutes left. Inzaghi broke free down the right side and crossed the ball in. My defender got it, but he kicked it straight to a defender who had an easy finish to guarantee the victory. Hopefully, I can do better against the Czechs.
 


Match: 10
Teams: USA vs. Czech Republic (Group E)
Location: FIFA World Cup Stadium Gelsenkirchen; Gelsenkirchen
Date: June 12, 2006

Players: Brandon Zimmerman (USA) vs. Danny Barerra (Czech Republic)



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Final Score: USA 4 - CZE 1 

Brandon Zimmerman's Take (USA): 
  I got to say, I was happy to get drawn USA for the competition, but it also meant there would be a lot of pressure on me to succeed. I was up to the challenge and that definitely showed in the opening match against the Czechs. The U.S. came out and dominated the possession and had a bunch more shots on goal in the first half, but at the end of the first 45 minutes it was still tied 1-1. Landon got the U.S. goal with some nice dribbling skills in the midfield before finishing from about 20 yards out past Cech. It was a good goal, but five minutes later Nedved got on the end of a corner kick to pull even. In the second half, I changed the U.S. formation and it did wonders for the match as we got three goals in quick succession right away to break open the game. Part of the formation was putting in Eddie Johnson for Josh Wolff and he scored two goals about three minutes apart. The first came from a pass from Brian McBride, while the second was unassisted. The last goal came in the 58th minute when McBride was able to finish off a corner kick.
 

Match: 11
Teams: Brazil vs. Croatia (Group F)
Location: Olympiastadion; Berlin
Date: June 13, 2006

Players: Edgar Barajas (Brazil) vs. Alex Dixon (Croatia)



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Final Score: CRO 4 - BRA 1

Alex Dixon's Take (Croatia):
  Going into the match, I was obviously nervous as everyone knows Brazil is the best team on the FIFA video game and in real life. To my surprise, Croatia came out and completely dominated the game and Brazil couldn’t tough them from the very beginning of the game. I was beating the world champs so bad that Barajas even tried a change in formation, but it didn’t work at all. Croatia went up 2-0 as Balaban put away both goals in the first half. I thought things might turn the other way in the second half, but Brazil still struggled while Balaban scored once again and then Dado Prso put one away to go up 4-0. Later in the match, Ronaldo got free and scored a pretty good goal, but at that point it was way too late for them to come back. This has to be one of the bigger upsets in the World Cup. I know if this really happened I would be really surprised.


Match: 12
Teams: Australia vs. Japan (Group F)
Location: Fritz-Walter-Stadion; Kaiserslautern
Date: June 12, 2006

Players: Brandon Zimmerman (Australia) vs. Tevin Jackson (Japan)



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Final Score: AUS 1 - JPN 1

Tevin Jackson's Take (Japan):

  I came into the game thinking to myself…I need to win! I knew that Australia was looking for a victory as well, but with Croatia and Brazil in the group, it was a big deal for me to win. While I did come away with one point it was frustrating because I dominated the Aussies the whole game. They even scored first when Mark Viduka ripped a stunning strike that my ‘keeper really had no chance to get to. That goal was in the first half, but Japan’s came in the second half…finally! Nakamura got the ball on the right flank and cut in towards the penalty area. There was a defender coming in to defend, but I was just able to get off a shot in time and it went into the lower left corner of the goal. I wasn’t happy in the end, but at least I didn’t lose.



Match: 13
Teams: France vs. Switzerland (Group G)
Location: Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion; Stuttgart
Date: June 13, 2006

Players: Josh Lambo (France) vs. Danny Wenzel (SUI)



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Final Score: FRA 0 - SUI 0

Josh Lambo's Take (France):
  I wasn’t sure what to expect from Switzerland, but I was pretty confident I was going to pull out the win when I was dominating the game early on. I had a lot of chances, but missed all of them. I’d get in front of the net, especially with Henry, but a bunch of times I made the wrong decisions about my shooting and it cost me in the end as the game ended up scoreless. Vieira and Makelele were awesome for me in the midfield as well and Switzerland really had no answer for them. Switzerland really wasn’t much of a threat during the match, but they did possess the ball pretty well. They also got some shots from outside the box, but there was never a great chance for them to finish from that far out.
 

Match: 14
Teams: South Korea vs. Togo (Group G)
Location: FIFA World Cup Stadium Frankfurt; Frankfurt
Date: June 13, 2006

Players: Brandon Lee (South Korea) vs. Brek Shea (Togo)



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Final Score: KOR 9 - TOG 0

Brandon Lee's Take (South Korea):
  In an interesting twist, I got to be South Korea and both of my parents were born there. In my opening match against Togo, I walked all over them and it was never even a contest. J.S. Park was just too much for Togo to handle and L.Y. Pyo up top was really good as well. I’m not sure if Togo is the worst team in the World Cup, but they really didn’t show much today. Their defense was really, really bad and I could explain all the goals, but it would take too long since there were nine of them. Lets just say it was a good opening match for me, especially for goal differential.


Match: 15
Teams: Ukraine vs. Spain (Group H)
Location: Leipzig Zentralstadion; Leipzig
Date: June 14, 2006

Players: Danny Barerra (Ukraine) vs. Dan Kelly (Spain)



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Final Score: UKR 1 - SPA 1 

Dan Kelly's Take (Spain):
  Spain definitely came into the match as the favorite and came out strong. We were able to pull off the first goal midway through the first half when Raul beat the Ukraine goalkeeper. Danny knew he needed to recover if they wanted to advance and they were really pushing for the tying goal. I did my best to hold them off, but Shevchenko is a really good player and he kept getting open for shots until he finally hit a beautiful shot from just inside the box to pull even. I had some chances in the final five minutes, but I just couldn’t put one away. I would have like to get the three points, but coming away with one point is good against a pretty quality team like Ukraine.
 
Match: 16
Teams: Tunisia vs. Saudi Arabia (Group H)
Location: FIFA World Cup Stadium Munich; Munich
Date: June 14, 2006

Players: Temi Molinar (Saudi Arabia) vs. Tom Norton* (Tunisia)
*Norton is a U-17 team coordinator



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Final Score: KSA 2 - TUN 0 

Temi Molinar's Take (Saudi Arabia):
  The Saudis played very well and virtually manhandled an obviously inferior Tunisian team. We basically outplayed Tunisia in every aspect and it seemed like almost every pass they made was a turnover to us. They scored about midway through the first half on a through ball and breakaway, which was finished by Sami Aljaber. Saudi Arabia limited Tunisia to just a handful of shots in the entire game, and Mohammed Al Shlhoub eventually added the second goal in the beginning of the second half, which put the Tunisians away. I could have added a third goal late in the game, but the attempt went just wide of the mark.
 
Match: 17
Teams: Germany vs. Poland (Group A)
Location: FIFA World Cup Stadium Dortmund; Dortmund
Date: June 14, 2006

Players: Brian Perk (Germany) vs. Andres Suazo (Poland)



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Final Score: GER 1 - POL 0

Brian Perk's Take (Germany):
  Going into the match, I was sure I was going to be the better team and, guess what, I was wrong because Andres made me look like the best team in the world. He was so bad. I probably had about 50 chances, but Dudek kept coming up huge in goal, which really isn’t fair because the guy isn’t even actually on the World Cup team. Whatever. Poland was able to hang on in the first 45 minutes and keep it even, but I finally broke through in the 60th minute when Podolski hit a blinder past Dudek. I have to say, I was getting a bit nervous before I scored. Not that I thought I’d lose, but I wanted to definitely get three points over just one. With six points, I think I may have guaranteed a spot in the next round, but either way I should be able to get at least one point against Ecuador.

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