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EA Sports Virtual World Cup: Day 3

Match: 6
Teams: Serbia & Montenegro vs. Netherlands (Group C)
Location: Leipzig Zentralstadion; Leipzig
Date: June 11, 2006

Players: Danny Wenzel (Serbia & Montenegro) vs. Temi Molinar (Netherlands)



Final Score: SCG 3 - NED 0

Danny Wenzel's Take (Serbia & Montenegro):
Holland played a very tough match against, but it wasn’t enough to fend off my Serbian attack. The turning point of the game came early when I was able to score two goals, both off of corners. Savo Milosevi got the first goal, heading it past the ‘keeper from about the six yard box. The second came just a few minutes later as the ball fell to Kezmah near the top of the box and hit ripped a shot that the ‘keeper didn’t have a chance at. I got nervous a bit in the second half as Holland continued to push forward and Temi created a couple of good chances to get back in the game, but a late break away from Kezmah in the 89th minute put the game away. Overall, I was impressed with Serbia’s skill on the ball and their ability to finish. I think I’m going to be happy that I’m Serbia & Montenegro’s manager.

Match: 7
Teams: Mexico vs. Iran (Group D)
Location: Frankenstadion; Nuremberg
Date: June 11, 2006

Players: Dersu Albofathi (Iran) vs. Tom Norton* (Mexico)
*Norton is a U-17 team administrator



Final Score: IRN 1 - MEX 0

Dersu Albofathi's Take (Iran):

I didn’t know what to expect controlling Iran, and at first I thought I might be in trouble as Mexico came out strong with a few early chances, but the Iranian goalkeeper, Mirzapour, did well to keep his side in the game. After weathering the Mexico storm, I started finding some open area behind their defense and got a few good looks on goal as my forwards began to make the Mexicans pay for their inability to capitalize. I finally snuck one into the net when I found Daei near the top of the area and he dribbled forward before unleashing a blast that no real ‘keeper could stop. Daei’s goal ended up being the game-winner in a game where Mexico really could have pulled it. While I may not have been the better team on the day, you got to credit me for finishing one of my few chances. Plus, I really killed two birds with one stone: I not only put myself into the top of the group with three points, I did it by beating the USA’s rival Mexico. That’s a good day.

Match: 8
Teams: Angola vs. Portugal (Group D)
Location: FIFA World Cup Stadium Cologne; Cologne
Date: June 11, 2006

Players: Jared Jeffrey (Angola) vs. TJ Nelson (Portugal)



Final Score: POR 2 - ANG 0

TJ Nelson's Take (Portugal):
I thought I’d be able to pull out this game and I was right. Portugal played really well and although in the beginning it seemed Angola had the majority of the possession, we didn’t let in any goals. Portugal really put the pressure on in the second half and I started to find a number of chances to put Angola out of the match. Midway thought the half, I scored on a corner against the run of play with Ronaldo putting away what I hope will be one of many. The second goal came late in the match and basically crushed any chance Angola had to get back into the game. This goal came from the foot of Pauleta who unleashed a long range shot the somehow found the twine. I know Portugal will be a force as we move deeper into the tournament.6