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June 23 2006

At the World Cup became known members 1 / 8 finals from Group E and F. In contrast to the previous day, in these quartets clarity was not practical until the very last second, and eventually on 22 June at the tournament took place the biggest sensation. Simultaneously recognized by the grants have proved their class.

Group E: Czechs pack their bags

Before the meeting with Italy at the Czech team is practically no striker. Giant Jan Koller is injured, his backup, too out of shape. Had to produce on the field is usually swift-footed Milan Baross, who also had not yet healed. Staff shortage was also in defense, so expect the representatives of Central Europe were virtually no matter what. The game is only confirmed this.

From the first minutes of the captain Pavel Nedved Czechs tried to break through long-range shot Gianluigi Buffon, but he did not. Baross experienced Italian defender tightly covered, so that the real threat to the Italian goal is not reached. In the middle of the first half on the field instead of the pillars of defense Alessandro Nesta came out his back Marco Materazzi, but the Czechs from it became even worse. On the 26 th minute Materazzi above all jumped in a corner and opened the scoring.

The Czechs tried anything done, but in the end only get into a fuss, and their young midfielder Jan Polak at the end of the first half received a red card. Having obtained the numerical advantage, the Italians controlled the course of the game, sometimes allowing themselves to openly mock opponent. In the end, the Czechs fully bared rear, and who replaced Filippo Inzaghi ran one on one with Petr Cech and easily put an end to the match. 2:0 - and Italy ranked first in the group, and the Czech Republic sent home nesolono-handed with the hospitals full of injured.

Later it was learned that the Italians were quite right to play to win, because otherwise the Ghana national team would make them play with the Brazilians. Africans from the first minute seized the initiative in the match against the USA, and a 22 th minute Hamina Draman took the wrong captain Claudio Reyna, the Americans and opened the scoring. Taking the job is done, Ghanaians have reduced activity for a 43 th minute paid - a failure in their defense took advantage of Clint Dempsey.

However, the second added to the first half minute of the German referee Markus Merk has appointed the gates of Americans is very questionable penalty kick, and captain Stephen Appiah of Ghana, led his team forward - 2:1. Despite the sharp attacks from both teams, no one else failed to score. Thus, Ghana's national team won second place in the group and a sensational left in 1 / 8 finals. True, there they were waiting for the Brazil team, and chances to pass it in Africans virtually none. All the more so because of two yellow cards they have lost a leader - the midfielder Chelsea Michael Essien.

Group F: Miracle Hiddink

Fate of first place in this group was nearly resolved, so the game against Japan was for Brazil rather warm. However, the 34 th minute of the incredible happened: Japanese Keiji Tamada took advantage of a mistake the Brazilian defense and opened the scoring. But it seems to have made the five-time champion of the world to wake up, and very evil-looking to the goal was until pale Ronaldo. At the last minute of the first half, he leveled the score and was top scorer in the history of the Brazil World Cup - on account of "Critters" has 13 goals in three FIFA World Cup, while Pele scored only 12. And the 81-th Ronaldo caught up with the best scorer myrrh championships German Gerd Mueller, incidentally setting the final score - 4:1. Before him, the Japanese goalkeeper managed to disappoint even Juninho Pernambucano and Gilberto.

This thriller was played out in parallel, in a match Australia - Croatia.Guus Hiddink coached suit tie, while the Croats needed only a victory. Already in the second minute a good ball midfield Shakhtar Dario Srna led "cellular" forward, but the Australians had no intention of giving up. Several times Croats seized Australians for a T-shirt in his own penalty area and, eventually, in one of these episodes and the ball still found the hands of Croatian defender. The judge appointed a penalty kick, and Craig Moore equalized.

The second half again started with a flurry of attacks Croatian national team, and again the defense of Australia with him failed. Beat the captain of the cellular "Niko Kovac had become easy prey for the goalkeeper but the ball slipped in the net. However, Hiddink - that is what Hiddink to find a way out of the very difficult situation. He released a replacement striker John Aloisi, who at 79 th minute, the midfielder made an assist for Liverpool Harry Kewell. After that, the game became more like a mixture of races on fights without rules and rhetoric. As a result, the field has been removed by the two players from each side. And it can be costly for the Australians in the match with Italy in the 1 / 8 finals. After all, the Italians have proved - to play against them in a weakened structure is like death.

Vadim Trukhachev


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