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June 12 2006

FIFA World Cup in Germany began. Did not have time to go for three days, as we have already played half the matches of first round group stage. And during that time has managed to place a lot of surprises, so no favorite can not feel confident.

Group A: Germany started for the health

Before the match the opening of German fans tormented question: will there on the field team captain Michael Ballack, who has fully recovered from his injury. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann has given this question a negative answer, and the captain spent the entire match on the bench. However, while its services are not needed - Partners help themselves, albeit without any difficulty.

Already at the 6 th minute of the opening match against Costa Rica's defender Philipp Lahm Germans joined the attack and inflicted a stunning blow to the beauty into the top corner with a meter 16. Until the end of the first half teams exchanged goals, catching opponents alternately on an error when the offside. In the second half, the Germans reinforced the advantage, but again made a mistake in the performance of offside and the score was reduced to a minimum. However, the curtain match midfielder Torsten Frings fired meters with a 35 and summed up the meeting - 4:2. Note that in the opening match of the German Miroslav Klose and Costa Rican Paulo César Vanchope done on the double.

The second came on the field teams of Poland and Ecuador. Polish coach Paul Yanas inexplicably not picked for the World Cup a number of leading players, including goalkeeper for Liverpool Jerzy Dudek. The retribution was not long in coming: the attack of the Poles were toothless, but the Ecuadorians double trap defense of Europeans from their mistakes. 2:0 - and the championship of the world recorded the first otnositelnaya surprise.

Group B: Exploit Islanders

Unlike Germans, for the fans of England was clear that the striker Wayne Rooney will not play against Paraguay. All events in the match missed the first 10 minutes. First, the 4 th minute of England captain David Beckham is executed free kick, and Paraguayan defender cut the ball into his own goal. And then on the 8 th minute, the goalkeeper of South Americans unsuccessfully knocked the ball out from under the feet of Michael Owen, resulting in Paragvayu had to run the fastest replacement goalkeeper in the history of the World Championships. Until the end of the meeting of the so and has not changed - 1:0 in favor of England.

However, the main event in this group occurred in the other match. For all alignment of the Swedish national team was supposed to win the world championship debutants in the Caribbean islands of Trinidad and Tobago. 90 minutes, the leaders of the Scandinavians Henrik Larsson, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Fredrik Ljungberg have tried to break through the defense of the islanders, but their doors as if someone had bewitched. On 47 th minute trinidadtsy were down to ten men, but the Swedes did not help it. 0:0 - and the tournament was born until the loudest the sensation.

Group C: Race for survival

Even before the tournament begins this group dubbed the "group of death". Indeed, here came the winner of the South American qualifying group, Argentina, the best team in European qualifying tournament The Netherlands, Europe's most impenetrable national team of Serbia and Montenegro and the most "star" team in Africa - Côte d'Ivoire. It is curious that a team from the former Yugoslavia was the first ever World Championships, which is already non-existent state.

The first came on the field, Argentina and Ivory Coast. More experienced Argentines initially acted sharper, and the 24-th minute striker Chelsea Hernan Crespo opened the scoring. Africans rushed to recoup and do not use a couple of chances to score, for which he paid the second ball into his own net. In the second half advantage of "elephants", as referred to Ivorians in Africa, has been overwhelming, and the player to Chelsea, Didier Drogba broke through the gates of Argentines.But for more Africans did not have - 2:1 in favor of the double world champion.

Match Holland - Serbia and Montenegro were abundant in acute attacks, with reciprocal chances of success. Moment occurs and those in other gates, but the Orange were more active and dangerous. On 18 minutes striker Chelsea's Arjen Robben caught yugoslavyan on an error when the offside and scored the only goal in this meeting. Later it was Robben was the closest to success, but all his efforts as attempts to teammates and opponents, proved fruitless.

Group D: Favorites further squeezed rivals

In group D was considered the obvious favorite team in Portugal. Indeed, the team Luiz Felipe Scolari has gathered a constellation of great players. When the 4 th minute of the match against the former Portuguese colony of Angola (and in fact - the second against Portugal - Ed.) Luis Figo Pauleta laid the ball, and the account was opened, it smelled defeat. But then the Portuguese little worked and dedicated Angolans have not given "colonizers" to make an easy walk. Account has not changed - 1:0.

In another match a frequenter of the World Championships - Mexico - played with Iran. Attention is riveted to the Iranians, for reasons far removed from football, but the team has left a most favorable impression. Mexicans have opened an account in the first half, but the Iranians before the break found the strength to fight back. In the second half, the Iranians played a long time with an opponent on equal terms, but in the end, the class and experience have taken their toll. Between 76 th and 79 th minute Mexicans scored two goals and won 3:1. And their striker Omar Bravo was the author of the third to the FIFA World Cup double.

Vadim Trukhachev


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