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EA Sports Virtual World Cup: Day 8 - Round of 16 & Quarterfinals


ROUND OF 16

Match: 49
Teams: Germany vs. Paraguay (Round of 16)
Location: FIFA World Cup Stadium Munich; Munich
Date: June 24, 2006

Players: Brian Perk (Germany) vs. Edgar Barajas (Paraguay)



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Final Score: PAR 1 - GER 0

Edgar Barajas' Take (Paraguay):
  This match was intense. Playing the hosts was a difficult task and I don’t think anyone gave us a chance, but we were able to pull it out in the end. Germany was getting the most of the ball (around 80 percent) and dominating the game, hitting the post a couple times. I was getting pretty lucky as he couldn’t convert his chances and I knew if I could just hold out I might get a chance to put one away. That’s exactly what happened as late in the second half I finally created a good chance and I put the ball into the net. Santa Cruz hit a unbelievable strike from pretty far out that somehow got past Kahn. It was an impressive goal. This was a pretty big upset, especially against the home team. Now we’ll see how the quarterfinals play out.



Match: 50
Teams: Serbia & Montenegro vs. Angola (Round of 16)
Location: Zentralstadion; Leipzig
Date: June 24, 2006

Players: Dan Kelly (Angola) vs. Greg Eckhart (Serbia & Montenegro)



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Final Score:
SCG 1 - ANG 0

Greg Eckhardt's Take (Serbia & Montenegro):
  Serbia all the way! Serbia came out on top after a hard fought, physical battle throughout the game, putting home the winning goal in the 103rd minute of overtime. Angola started off in favor, hitting the post early on. From then on, it was an even game for the most part until the goal, which came off a great cross to the back right post that Milosevic slammed into the net. I had missed two breakaways earlier, so I was happy I got the win and didn’t have to think what if. After I scored the goal, which was late in the first period of overtime, Angola never really threatened for an equalizer. Serbia is moving on to the quarters! No one ever thought they would get here, especially considering the group they were in. This is probably the biggest surprise of the tournament.



Match: 51
Teams: Costa Rica vs. England (Round of 16)
Location: Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion; Stuttgart
Date: June 24, 2006

Players: Brandon Lee (Costa Rica) vs. Alex Miranda* (England)
*Miranda is a U-17 team coordinator



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Final Score: ENG 3 - CRC 0

Brandon Lee's Take (Costa Rica):
  England had some good chances to score early when they got the ball out wide and then cut back in towards the box. They finally got their goal in the 20th minute that way, Rooney dribbling through my whole backline it seemed before finishing 1v1 with the ‘keeper. After that, England just bunkered in and did all they could to not let me score. It was pretty annoying. I thought I’d be able to get back in the game, but then my goalkeeper had an off game in the second half, letting in two goals from 30 yards out. The first one came from Gerrard, while the second was from Cole. The Costa Ricans fought hard to come back from the deficit, but there wasn’t any way to get past England’s back four.



Match: 52
Teams: Portugal vs. Netherlands (Round of 16)
Location: Frankenstadion; Nuremberg
Date: June 25, 2006

Players: Danny Barerra (Portugal) vs. Temi Molinar (Netherlands)



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Final Score: NED 3 - POR 0

Temi Molinar's Take (Netherlands):
  There were an equal number of chances for each side, but the Netherlands were able to make it appear as a lopsided game at the end by finishing their opportunities. They had three significant chances in the game and we put away all of them. All of the goals were scored on a breakaway or a counterattack. Oddly enough, it seemed that Portugal had the most of the possession in the game, but they didn’t do well with their finishing. Barerra had about five chances and two of them went off the post. In the second half up 2-0, I received a red card and got a little nervous, but the setback actually didn’t let them back into the game. I was able to push forward and scored a third goal to secure the victory.



Match: 53
Teams: USA vs. Brazil (Round of 16)
Location: Fritz-Walter-Stadion; Kaiserslautern
Date: June 25, 2006

Players: Edgar Barajas (Brazil) vs. Brandon Zimmerman (United States)



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Final Score: BRA 2 - USA 0

Edgar Barajas' Take (Brazil): 
  I started the first half well, but I did miss a couple of breakaways. The U.S. got some chances, too, but nothing that was too dangerous. At the half, it was still 0-0. The second half kicked off and I was able to come out and score on my first shot on goal in the 48th minute. Ronaldo received the ball near the center circle and was able to dribble past two defenders before unleashing a 30-yard blast that beat Keller into the upper corner. It was an amazing shot. The U.S. had a couple chances to score, but couldn’t find the back of the net. I continued to push into the attack and scored the goal that put the game away. Ronaldinho snuck behind the U.S. backline and finished from close range. It’s too bad to see the U.S. fall to Brazil, especially since they had won their group, but I wanted to win as well.



Match: 54
Teams: South Korea vs. Ukraine (Round of 16)
Location: FIFA World Cup Stadium Cologne; Cologne
Date: June 26, 2006

Players: Brandon Lee (South Korea) vs. Danny Barerra (Ukraine)



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Final Score:
KOR 2 - UKR 1

Brandon Lee's Take (South Korea):
  Ukraine was the better team in the first half and I was a little nervous my run in the tournament was going to be over. Schevchenko got free behind my defense and that’s all needs to be said. He’s pretty good and was able to finish past my ‘keeper to give them the lead, 1-0. The goal came around the 30th minute, but instead of playing worse, Korea started to play incredibly good and just took over the game. We finally were able to score early in the second half when Park snuck into the box and finished a great pass. About 20 minutes later, the game was in my control when Ahn struck from the top of the box. I think Korea showed that they have a lot of heart and talent that will help them win the finals.
  

Match: 55
Teams: Croatia vs. Ghana (Round of 16)
Location: Westfalenstadion; Dortmund
Date: June 27, 2006

Players: Brandyn Bumpass (Croatia) vs. Eric Lichaj (Ghana)



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Final Score: CRO 2 - GHA 0

Brandyn Bumpas' Take (Croatia):
  I’m still not sure how Croatia won this game and how Ghana never even scored a goal. The Ghana players were extremely fast, much faster than Croatia and were dominating with their speed. Croatia was able to recognize that they’d have to capitalize on their chances, which they did with two goals in the second half. Prso got the first goal finishing from close range. The second goal came from a corner kick. Klasnic was able to head the ball past Ghana’s ‘keeper in the 78th minute. I’m not sure, but those shots may have been the only two I really had in the game.


 
Match: 56
Teams: Spain vs. Switzerland (Round of 16)
Location: FIFA World Cup Stadium Hannover; Hannover
Date: June 27, 2006

Players: Dan Kelly (Spain) vs. Brandon Lee (Switzerland)



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Final Score: ESP 2 - SUI 1

Dan Kelly's Take (Spain):
  Spain came out and got the first goal of the match in the 5th minute, scoring off a corner. The ball came into the box and fell to the ground before Raul buried into the net. A few minutes later, Spain scored once again, also by Raul, when a through ball put him 1v1 with the ‘keeper. The ‘keeper had come out of his box, so I chipped him and went up 2-0. I was able to play really good defense for the first half as Switzerland barely had any shots on goal. In the second half, Switzerland scored to make it 2-1, but there was never a chance for them to get the equalizer. Spain wins! It’s off to the quarterfinals!

QUARTERFINALS

Match: 57
Teams: Serbia & Montenegro vs. Paraguay (Quarterfinals)
Location: Olympiastadion; Berlin
Date: June 30, 2006

Players: Greg Eckhardt (Serbia & Montenegro) vs. Edgar Barajas (Paraguay)



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Final Score: PAR 3 - SCG 0

Edgar Barajas' Take (Paraguay): 
  The game was tight in the first 10 minutes and then I got a little help from the referee. Serbia & Montenegro’s player got a red card and was reduced to 10 men. Right when this happened I knew I had a great chance to win. We controlled the rest of the match and it was just a matter of time before I scored in the 38th minute. Carlos Paredes got the ball on the right side of the box, cut in and somehow scored off a ridiculous angle. The second half saw Cardozo and Dos Santos finish and put the game out of reach. Paraguay is definitely having quite a run. Hopefully, they can continue it in the semis.


Match: 58
Teams: Brazil vs. South Korea (Quarterfinals)
Location: FIFA World Cup Stadium Hamburg; Hamburg
Date: June 30, 2006

Players: Edgar Barajas (Brazil) vs. Brandon Lee (South Korea)



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Final Score: KOR 2 - BRA 1 

Brandon Lee's Take (South Korea):
  Korea showed their determination once again as they came back from a goal down to beat powerhouse Brazil, 2-1. Jee Soon Park was unreal and tore up every Brazilian forward that came in his way, almost putting a end to their attack for the entire match. We also slowed down Ronaldo and Ronaldinho with good shape and game management. That being said, it was Brazil that scored first as Robinho put away a shot from close range after dribbling past my backline. We bounced back though in the second half, controlling the tempo and putting a bunch of shots on goal. Seol scored the first goal with a nice turn and then shot to the lower left corner. Kim put the Koreans in the semis with a ridiculous strike from 25 yards out that the Brazil ‘keeper probably didn’t even see. Korea will win the final!



Match: 59
Teams: England vs. Netherlands (Quarterfinals)
Location: FIFA World Cup Stadium Gelsenkirchen; Gelsenkirchen
Date: July 1, 2006

Players: Temi Molinar (Netherlands) vs. Alex Miranda* (England)
*Miranda is a U-17 team coordinator



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Final Score: NED 2 - ENG 0

Temi Molinar's Take (Netherlands):
  Holland played a great game and was able to score early in the first half. Van Nistelroy got the ball near the top left corner of the box, cut along the 18-yard line to lose his defender before unleashing a low blast to the lower left corner. Throughout the first half, we played really good defense and played dangerously on the other end, creating chance after chance. We didn’t let England get through too often, but in the second half they did well to create a few looks on goal, but unfortunately for them (and good for me), Rooney and Owen couldn’t finish. Late in the game, we put it away when Cocu hit a long shot that found its way into the net. Holland will be looking forward to a win in the semifinals against either Spain or Croatia.



 

Match: 60
Teams: Spain vs. Croatia (Quarterfinals)
Location: Waldstadion; Frankfurt
Date: July 1, 2006

Players: Alex Dixon (Croatia) vs. Dan Kelly (Spain)



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Final Score: ESP 3 - CRO 1

Dan Kelly's Take (Spain): 
  Lets just say this: I housed Croatia! Dixon was complaining at the end of the game that the game ‘cheated’ him because it wouldn’t ‘let’ him score. Sure, sure. Oh, and he said my goals were completely garbage, but that’s just not true. While I’ll admit that the scoreline probably wasn’t totally accurate of how the game was played, I think my goals were legit and I deserved to win. Spain took the lead first with a goal in the 34th minute by Raul, but Croatia came right back two minutes later to pull even. Tied at half, I knew this would be a touch match to pull out. I finally got the lead when Reyes buried a tough shot from beyond the box. The one that put the game out of reach came in the 80th minute when Luis Garcia got on the end of a cross to put it past the ‘keeper. Spain is in the semis!


 


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