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Germany and Britain to avoid meeting each other

June 21 2006
11:00

At the World Cup match began the third round. In groups A and B have already chosen the first and second teams, thus became known to the first two pairs of participants 1 / 8 finals. Everything was decided in the meetings of Germany - Ecuador, England - Sweden.

Group A: Polish naked glory in Germany

The main event of the evening for the German fans began to match their pets against Ecuador. In order to take first place in the group, Trust Jurgen Klinsmann had to win. And the South Americans do not seem very eager to stop the Germans, because their coaching staff decided to publish in the field of composition, half composed of reservists.

From the first minutes the Germans seized the initiative. At the 4 th minute of Ecuadorians knocked the ball after a corner, but the attack rate in the second performance of Philip Lam and Lukas Podolski ended exact Paz Miroslav Klose, who point-blank shot the opponent's gate. On the 44 th minute of the German captain Michael Ballack Klose exact Paz brought one by one, and the Polish-born striker has issued a double. And on the 57 th minute after a quick counter-attack set the final score another ethnic Poles - Lukas Podolski. 3:0 - and the Germans occupy the first place in the group, leaving Ecuador in the second.

In a parallel match of Poland and Costa Rica, there was nothing to challenge each other, but the prize money. Initially showed great zeal Hispanic, and 25 th minute, Ronald Gomez opened the scoring free-kick. After that, the Poles, two matches are not scored any goals, startled, and their ranks showed unexpected scorer. On 33rd and 66 th minute after a corner defender Bartosz Bosatsky first leg, and then head into the goal scoring rivals, becoming the author of the first in the Championship double in the performance of the player defense. To win that was enough - 2:1, and the Poles slightly slammed the door at parting.

Group B: English-Swedish remake

In Group B the fate of first place was solved in opposition teams in England and Sweden. This match was preceded by several intrigues. Firstly, the British 38 years can not win the Scandinavians, and it makes the British, who for the first space suit draw, play to win. Secondly, the British led by Swede Sven-Goran Eriksson. Third, four years ago, these teams were also in the same group, and the game ended with the score 1:1.

The match turned on just spectacular feast for the eyes, and his scenario is repeated, happens on the field four years ago. As in Japan and South Korea, the first time remained for the British. Already in the third minute of injury got Michael Owen, and urgently had to be replaced. Nevertheless, the attacker rush that has not stopped the British, and they rained down on the gates of the Swedes a flurry of attacks. As a result, a 34 th minute, Joe Cole struck a stunning blow to the meter 25 and the ball landed just in the upper right corner of the gate. Northerners also virtually never disturbed the English goalkeeper.

However, the second half was the complete opposite of the first. Like four years ago, the Swedes seized the initiative, and their main weapon of steel angle, a drawing of which the most famous is just the British. 51 th minute, Marcus Ollbek jumped above the English defenders and equalized, and later after a corner ball twice hit the crossbar British gate. On the 85 th minute on a rare counter-Steven Gerrard with a header brought the British advance, but at the last minute, Henrik Larsson pushed the ball into the opponent's gate and was another man who scored at three World Championships. As a result, England won first place in the group, and will meet with Ecuador. Swedes also have to play with the Germans.

another game in this group was something to fight for the team of Trinidad and Tobago, which in the case of defeat the Swedes and their own big victory over Paraguay could climb to second place. However, the forces for the next miracle in trinidadtsev left, and the game controlled by the more experienced South Americans. At the 25 th minute, defender of Trinidad and Tobago Brad Sancho cut the ball into his own goal, but on the 86 th Paraguayan striker Nelson Cuevas set the final score. 2:0 -, and Paraguay is expected in third place in Group B.

Vadim Trukhachev

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