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Fear has big eyes?

June 14 2006

At the World Cup Group F joined the fight the main favorite tournament - against Brazil. The whole world was able to find out if Ronaldinho, Ronaldo and their partners-so-invincible. In addition, the tournament teams from Group G, and helped them in the Russian referee Valentin Ivanov.

Group G: «Dance of the hawks and the Russian trace

Competition program of the fifth day the tournament began with a match, South Korea - Togo. Team "country of morning freshness" was to prove that no accident four years ago, she won the world championship on home fourth place. But the Koreans have played the pale - as, indeed, and their rivals - the world forum of the debutants Togo. For the entire first half, the team created a double one dangerous moment, and it culminated in a goal at the gate of Koreans. After that, Africans have celebrated a goal rival "dance hawks.

However, if the Togolese like these dances send rivals into a deep knock, then they clearly miscalculated. After the break, the Koreans took the threads of the game in their hands, and the 52 th minute of their leader, Park Ji Sung of Manchester United's defenders made the team Togo fouled near his own penalty and a red card. After the appointed penalty for this violation Asians have played, and the 72 th pass from distant impact of last World Cup hero Ahn Jung-hwan brought them their first victory - 2:1.

More important initially presented another game in this group, in which France played against Switzerland. For us, the game was interesting in that it served the Russian referee Valentin Ivanov. Turned the match goalless, but quite uninteresting to call it impossible. In the first half, the French were active, they have created more danger at the gates of his rivals, but the most acute moment created the Swiss - after drawing the penalty of their striker Alexander Frei hit the bar. In the second inning, lined, but the score so no one could.

As for Valentina Ivanova, who during the tournament will celebrate 45 years of age, he became almost the main character of the meeting. In the first half he did a lot of verbal suggestions, but closer to the end of the case the most controversial moment of the meeting. The leader of the attack the French Thierry Henry struck the gate, and the ball flying into the net, accidentally fell into the hand of Swiss. Ivanov held that a deliberate handball was not, and penalties are not appointed. Until the end of halftime, he had to show the Swiss two yellow cards, and one of them - for what a player against Switzerland did not knock out of bounds ball at the time when Henry was writhing in pain outside the box.

In the second half the game became more even. The French tired, but the Swiss seem to draw well suited. Here, the protagonist of the meeting finally began to Russian referee - incidentally, the oldest in the tournament. He showed teams of three yellow cards, and eventually show them the amount of warnings to eight - so generous to "mustard" was not here yet, no judge. For example, he chastised the French team captain Zinedine Zidane, because he knocked on his whistle, and the legendary midfielder did not even realize what he was given notice. In fairness it should be noted that Ivanov suppressed many of the violations that other referees miss by eye.

Group F: Brazil can play?

Highlight of the fifth day of FIFA World Cup was the first game of the unconditional favorite of the tournament - the reigning world champion Brazilians. They withstood a strong team of Croatia, which just so the game was not going to pass. The match turned out very militancy. The Brazilians had a slight advantage, but the Croats clung to every ball and yourself time to create a hazard. Nothing worked with Ronaldo, who had to be replaced, and Adriano.Nebezgreshen was magnificent Ronaldinho blunders allowed the Brazilian defenders, and especially defensive midfielder Emerson.

However, Brazil - Brazil and therefore that its composition is always a new leader. This time it was the midfielder of AC Milan Kaka. He gave some excellent gear partners, and a 44 th minute a great blow meters with 20 scored the only goal in this meeting. At the same time be more creative than the Croatian striker Dado Prsho, Brazilians certainly would have had it once to start from the center of the field. In general, the Croats have shown that Brazil can play - at least, with the Brazil. Therefore, many European teams that look stronger than the Croats and in attack and defense, has a chance to beat the South Americans.

Another feature of this match was a noticeable puncture the German security services. Despite endless police cordons and the creation of a special security zone, the fans were able to carry the Croatian national team at the stadium several Fire and light them so that the smoke went on all the stands and little Zavoloka field. And at the end of game one of the Croatian fans could not even break into a football field - though his plaid shirt viewers have seen only from behind. But in the case had not yet entered professional football fans, strippers ...

Vadim Trukhachev


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