US SoccerUS Soccer

EA Sports Virtual World Cup: Day 7


Match: 38
Teams: Ivory Coast vs. Serbia & Montenegro (Group C)
Location: FIFA World Cup Stadium Munich; Munich
Date: June 21, 2006

Players: Danny Wenzel (Serbia & Montenegro) vs. Brek Shea (Ivory Coast)



1



0


Final Score: SCG 1 - CIV 0

Brek Shea's Take (Ivory Coast):
  Serbia had a tough time coping with the speed of the Ivory Coast players, especially early on. We were playing our best game of the tournament and I thought we were going to get the first World Cup victory for Ivory Coast, but it never came. Serbia was able to sneak up at times and get into the attack, but most of the time we were able to shut them down. The only reason we ended up losing was an own goal in the 44th minute.
 

Match: 39
Teams: Portugal vs. Mexico (Group D)
Location: FIFA World Cup Stadium Gelsenkirchen; Gelsenkirchen
Date: June 21, 2006

Players: TJ Nelson (Portugal) vs. Tom Norton* (Mexico)
*Norton is a U-17 team coordinator



1



0


Final Score: POR 1 - MEX 0

TJ Nelson's Take (Portugal): 
  Portugal clearly dominated the game! It looked like Mexico was lost and running around the field with out any idea what they were doing. Portugal had a ton of chances, but couldn’t finish anything but one goal. But, in the end that’s all they needed. The goal came from Raul, who just burned past a Mexico defender and buried it past the ‘keeper. Mexico thought the game was going to be a bit easier as we already knew we were probably going to advance, but we wanted the nine points and we got them.
 
Match: 40
Teams: Iran vs. Angola (Group D)
Location: Zentralstadion; Leipzig
Date: June 21, 2006

Players: Dersu Albofathi (Iran) vs. Jared Jeffrey (Angola)



0



2


Final Score: ANG 2 - IRN 0

Jared Jeffrey's Take (Angola):
  We had the most of the possession in the game, but Iran was probably the more threatening side. Iran was looking for the win and went all out in the second half, pushing a lot of their players forward, which allowed me to knock in two goals early on. The first goal came from Akwa and the second was by Flavio. At the end of the match we were able to absorb Iran’s pressure and moved on to the second round.


 
Match: 41
Teams: Czech Republic vs. Italy (Group E)
Location: FIFA World Cup Stadium Hamburg; Hamburg
Date: June 22, 2006

Players: Danny Barerra (Czech Republic) vs. Joey Sorrentino (Italy)



1



3


Final Score:
ITA 3 - CZE 1

Danny Barerra's Take (Czech Republic):
  This was a poor for the Czech Republic. I guess even though being ranked second in the world, you still have to play well. Not moving out of the group was disappointing, but it was our first World Cup. Italy came out really strong and scored two goals before the 30th minute. Luca Toni had them both, dribbling on a breakaway and finishing high into the right corner before hitting a low drive from 12 yards out for his second strike. The Czech came back when Koller scored in the 82nd minute, but we put it away when Totti put away a goal from the top of the area.



Match: 42
Teams: Ghana vs. USA (Group E)
Location: Frankenstadion; Nuremberg
Date: June 22, 2006

Players: Brandon Zimmerman (United States) vs. Eric Lichaj (GHA)



2



1


Final Score: USA 2 - GHA 1

Brandon Zimmerman's Take (United States):
  The U.S. needed a good result here to finish first in the group and they were able to do just that. We came out flying and it was Brian McBride who put us on the board first. He collected the ball with his back to goal about 30 yards out before turning and losing his defender and then with a clear shot on goal, slammed it past the ‘keeper. The U.S. got another goal in the second half when Eddie Johnson was subbed in and he got behind the defense to bury it past the goalie. I was a little nervous when Ghana was able to pull one back, but we held strong for the rest of the regulation for the win. Now we move on to the Round of 16 and with a first place finish, we’re in good shape (except I heard we might get Brazil).
  

Match: 43
Teams: Japan vs. Brazil (Group F)
Location: Westfalonstadion; Dortmund
Date: June 22, 2006

Players: Tevin Jackson (Japan) vs. Danny Barajas (Brazil)



1



3


Final Score: BRA 3 - JPN 1

Danny Barajas' Take (Brazil):
  This was a definite do or die game for Brazil. We had lost our first game and then just tied the second, so we needed a win to advance. I got to say, if you’re in this situation, might as well be with a team like Brazil. I dominated the game and Ronaldo scored somewhere around the 10th minute. We just played with Japan as they only had about five chances in the match. I kept pushing forward and Kaka scored to make it 2-0. Japan pulled one back, but it was a lucky goal. I finally finished the game and secured a spot in the Round of 16 (against the U.S.) when Ronaldinho scored.
 


Match: 44
Teams: Croatia vs. Australia (Group F)
Location: Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion; Stuttgart
Date: June 22, 2006

Players: Alex Dixon (Croatia) vs. Brandon Zimmerman (Australia)



2



1


Final Score: CRO 2 - AUS 1

Alex Dixon's Take (Croatia): 
  This last game was not that important for the Croatians as we knew we’d be advancing to the next round, but they came out and won the game anyway with the final score being 2-1. With the win, we finished in first place in our group, which is huge when we had to tackle Brazil. We will face Ghana in the next round, which we think is a great draw. Going back to this game, we got behind early as Viduka scored for Australia, but then we turned things around in the second half. Balaban scored the first goal with a pretty ridiculous strike from deep and then Olic scored from inside the box. Australia really didn’t put much pressure on us in the second half.
 


Match: 45
Teams: France vs. Togo (Group G)
Location: FIFA World Cup Stadium Cologne; Cologne
Date: June 23, 2006

Players: Josh Lambo (France) vs. Brek Shea (Togo)

 

0



0


Final Score: FRA 0 - TOG 0

Josh Lambo's Take (France):
  This match didn’t mean much as we were both already eliminated, so I don’t think we cared too much either way. It was a pretty lackluster game. That’s all I got.



Match: 46
Teams: Switzerland vs. South Korea (Group G)
Location: FIFA World Cup Stadium Hanover; Hanover
Date: June 23, 2006

Players: Danny Wenzel (Switzerland) vs. Brandon Lee (South Korea)



0



0


Final Score: SUI 0 - KOR 0

Danny Wenzel's Take (Switzerland):
  We were both already advancing to the next round, but we were fighting for first place to see who would face Ukraine as we both wanted to avoid Spain. I was able to clamp down on Korea’s attack pretty early and it helped when J.S. Park was booked because he never really got into the game. As the game went along, I realized I might not get the win. I was alright with that as I just wanted to move on to the next round.



Match: 47
Teams: Tunisia vs. Ukraine (Group H)
Location: Olympiastadion; Berlin
Date: June 19, 2006

Players: Temi Molinar (Saudi Arabia) vs. Dan Kelly (Spain)



0



3


Final Score: SPA 3 - KSA 0

Temi Molinar's Take (Saudi Arabia):
  After my loss to Ukraine, the Saudis needed to win this match to advance to the Round of 16. Even though they played with a significant amount of heart and passion for their country, they were soundly beaten by a far supererior team.



Match: 48
Teams: Tunisia vs. Ukraine (Group H)
Location: Olympiastadion; Berlin
Date: June 19, 2006

Players: Danny Barerra (Ukraine) vs. Tom Norton* (Tunisia)
* Norton is a U-17 team coordinator



3



4


Final Score: TUN 4 - UKR 3

Danny Barerra (Ukraine):
  I didn’t know what was going to happen in the Spain-Saudi Arabia game, but I knew if I got three points out of this match, I was guaranteed to move on to the Round of 16. I went in thinking it was going to be a pretty easy game as Tunisia hadn’t done much in their previous two matches. Little did I know, the match would have me fighting for me life. Tom actually changed up his formation, going from a 4-3-2-1 he played with in the first two games to a 4-3-3 and I think it really helped him as they put away three quick goals. I couldn’t believe I was down 3-0 so early, but I kept fighting and cut the lead to just two when ** got in behind the defense. What do you know, Norton pulls ahead by three again, which really hurt any thoughts I had of pulling out a win. I kept plugging though and made it a game as Svechenko scored two goals in the 90th minute, but I ran out of time. Later, I found out that Saudi Arabia lost, which means I’m moving on to the next round. Whew…

Final Group Standings
EA Sports' 2006 FIFA World Cup
Bradenton, Fla.


×