Welcome to Penalty Box, ARN's daily World Cup 2010 wrap.
- LATEST SCORES: Group A
- Westcon Group 1 Lenovo 1
- Citrix 0 Cisco 0
The ARN World Cup kicked off on Friday night/Saturday morning (AEST) with a couple of interesting matches: Westcon Group (South Africa) v Lenovo (Mexico) and Citrix (France) v Cisco (Uruguay). Westcon Group surprised playing much better than expected and Lenovo have to be disappointed with not taking all three points. Lenovo will probably claim a disallowed goal was all that separated them from a win but the fact was they trailed and had to find an equaliser. So all credit to Westcon group who were well worth a point.
The massive clash between Citrix and Cisco was a bore draw. Citrix who have had coach and form problems coming into the competition never threatened and Cisoc, capable of anything on a good day, rarely threatened and ended up with 10 men-only after a player was red carded eight minutes from the end.
Group A suddenly looks intriguing - all four teams on one point and the better football coming from the least fancied duo of Westcon Group and Lenovo.
NEXT GAMES June 12/13 (AEST)
Group B: Simms International (Greece) v Samsung (Korea Republic); Evolve IT (Argentina) v Websense (Nigeria)
Group C: Ingram Micro (England) v NSC Group (USA)
A couple of super games here. Simms and Samsung aren't the most tantalising of teams at the moment and it won't be a surprise if Samsung take a point off Simms which hasn't played with any spark since winning that major title a few years back now. The match between Evolve It and Websense is another matter. Much is expected of Evolve IT and its superstar line-up lead by the brilliant Lionel Messi. But Websense is capable of anything on its day - the problem may be its defence. Evolve It to win but expect some goals and don't be shocked if Websense grab a point. Finally, heavyweights Ingram Micro and NSC Group crack heads in a monster Group C clash. How big is this one. One of the games most vaunted - yet poorly performed - Cup teams against one of the games rising forces. Everybody loves watching Ingram Micro lose the ones that count and they certainly have plenty to live up to after drawing the easiest group of all - they should win it and win it easily. Look, everything points to Ingram Micro here but we're tipping NSC Group to scare the veldt out of Ingram and take a point.
June 12, 2010
- Boring: Uninspiring France struggle against 10-man Uruguay
- What a cracker: Hosts nearly pinch it in entertaining draw with Mexico
- Opening ceremony: Emotional start
- Sad story: Socceroo keeper Jones officially withdraws from Cup
- Mark Viduka: This is your time
- Official website: All the latest from South Africa
- ARN's Cup home: Competitions, Penalty Box, slideshows ... it will all be here