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Surprise and predictability of the German championship

June 19 2006

FIFA World Cup is gradually approaching to the equator, and in six out of eight teams play the match of the second round. On Sunday, Australia's national team led by Guus Hiddink, despite all efforts, the Brazilians lost 0:2. But in the matches against Japan and Croatia, France, with South Korea were reported unexpected results.

Group F: Surprise and predictability

Sunday afternoon program opened the Croatian team and Japan. Collaborations in the meeting considered the Europeans, who play with the Brazilians looked very dignified. From the first minutes of Croats seized the advantage in the middle of the first half, the leader of their attacks Dado Prsho Japanese dropped in his own penalty area. However, linebacker Shakhtar Dario Srna failed to implement a penalty shot, and then inspired by the Japanese were able to align the meeting.

In the second half the game was on a collision course and score to both teams. Several active again were Croats, which include those for the replacement left winger CSKA Ivica Olic. Several times he aggravated the game, but his blows and blows his partners did not have enough accuracy. Despite all efforts, either Croatia or Japan did not manage to open an account, and was eventually recorded the third in this tournament goalless draw.

The second match of the day presented to the Russian fans of particular interest, mainly because of the tournament favorites Brazil opposed the Australians, led by Guus Hiddink. The future coach of Russia managed to set up a team for the game with five world champions and Team Australia in places not as good as eminent rivals. For the entire first half Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Kaka, Adriano and Roberto Carlos had not hit the shots on target, while the Australians managed to spend a few punches on target - though not very dangerous.

But as soon as the second half began, the Brazilians showed one to master. At the 49 th minute, Ronaldinho and Ronaldo have put the ball Adriano, and the last compellingly shot from 16 meters. After that, Hiddink took the risk, took off from the game two defenders and fired the players attack. But the risk did not prove - more and more Brazilians pressed the Australians to the gate. Additional fresh impetus to their attacks injected, who replaced the young Robinho and Fred, and 89 th minute, the second one finished off the gate ball, which hit the bar after hitting the first. 2:0 - and Brazil has issued his ticket to 1 / 8 finals. The same can be done and Australia, for which she needed in the third round did not lose the Croats.

Group G: Koreans are reminded of a 4-year-old

Match France - South Korea eagerly awaited for many reasons. Chief among them was the one that four years ago at his home Koreans suddenly took 4 th place, while the then-current world champions did not even managed to leave the group. Zinedine Zidane, Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and their partners have dreamed rehabilitated in the eyes of their fans, and at first they succeeded. Already on the 9 th minute of the French brought Henry one on one with the goalkeeper, who has not left him no chance - 1:0.

In the middle of the first half, the French takes the corner, and Vieira strongly struck his head. Goalkeeper Koreans hit the ball already past the goal line, but the judge did not net a goal scored. In what age-Frenchmen to slow down, but they seemed to keep the situation under control. However, the 81 th minute error defenders and goalkeeper Fabien Barthez has meant that the midfielder to Manchester United's Park Ji Sung pushed the ball into the goal. French attempts to wrest the victory did not succeed, and Koreans scratch out a draw, which dramatically increases their chances of reaching the 1 / 8 finals. But the French have played a second consecutive draw and complicate your life to the limit.

Vadim Trukhachev


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