Welcome to Penalty Box, ARN's daily World Cup 2010 wrap.
- LATEST SCORES: Group C
- Moneytech (Slovenia) 1 Alliance Equipment Finance Pty Limited (Algeria) 0
- Group D:
- Devnet (Serbia)0 Leading Edge Group (Ghana)1
- Triforce (Germany)4 itX (Australia) 0
Oh dear. This was terrible. Triforce ripped apart itX with some superb football. This was the beautiful game at its best but Triforce's task was made easier by an extraordinary selection blunder by the itX coach that saw him completely change the team he's been coming into the big game with, dropping established stars and going with an untested line-up. The red card to star striker Tim Cahill just made it worse. With Leading Edge Group winning in the other Group D game thanks to a penalty, itX's next game aganst them becomes a final. itX have to win to stay in the Cup - it's that simple. And it won't have Cahill who will sit out a mandatory one game suspension. Kewell, McDonald, and Bresciano all need to be selected if itX is to have a chance. In other games, Moneytech's young team beat a gallant Alliance Equipment Finance and Devnet deserved to lose to Leading Edge.
NEXT GAMES June 14/15 (AEST)
Group E: WhiteGold Solutions (Netherlands) vs Symantec (Denmark); Bluechip Infotech (Japan) vs ICT Distribution (Cameroon)
Group F: Webroot (Italy) vs Unisys (Paraguay)
What a trio of games they promise to be. WhiteGold Solutions are one of the form teams coming into the Cup and - like Triforce - have a young and massively talented squad. However, its last few Cup campaigns have been ordinary. Symantec lost to Triforce in a warm-up, however, it is better than that. WhiteGold to win. Bluechip Infotech and ICT Distribution is a cracker that could go either way. Bluechip are always good on the world stage and ICT can play the game with flair. We're leaning to Bluechip but not with a lot of confidence. In the third, one of the Cup favourites, Webroot, make its debut against a team capable of causing havoc, Unisys. With an extraordinary depth in its attacking arsenal, including the master blaster, Lucas Barrios, Unisys won't be playing a defensive style of football. And that might unsettle Webroot which is always vulnerable - despite its class. Unisys to shock and get at least a point.
June 14, 2010
- What a mess: Utter disaster for Verbeek
- Mauled: Germans tear Socceroos apart
- Opening ceremony: Emotional start
- Coach's fault: Verbeek takes the blame
- Tim in tatters: Cahill in tears after red card
- Sorry: Serbian midfielder pleads for forgiveness
- Sorry: Another goalkeeping howler gifts Slovenia win
- Official website: All the latest from South Africa
- ARN's Cup home: Competitions, Penalty Box, slideshows ... it will all be here