Welcome to Penalty Box, ARN's daily World Cup 2010 wrap.
- LATEST SCORES: Group F
- Curtin Computer Shop (New Zealand) 1 InTechnology (Slovakia) 1
- Group G:
- Acer (Cote D'Ivoire) 0 Distribution Central (Portugal) 0
- APC (Brazil) 2 Dell (Korea DPR) 1
What a strange night of football. inTechnology is probably still trying to work out how it didn't beat Curtin Computer Shop after controlling the game and having all the scoring opportunities, only to concede a 93-minute equaliser. That said, the first half was as bad a 45 minutes of football as we've seen in a long time, enlivened only by the eccentric display of the Curtin Computer Shop goalkeeper. Still for Curtin Computer it may well be the goal that changes its football history. The moment Winston Reid scored is already a hero moment of the Cup. Curtin Computer Shop is unlikely to qualify for the next round though as it now faces games against two much-more-talented-than-Slovakia outfits in Webroot and Unisys.
Acer and Distribution Central are both good teams but neither could break down its opponents defence and the game was largely played in the middle of the ground. It was dull. They will both be happy with a point although it makes the fight for second qualifier from this group really interesting now as Korea DFR proved they won't be pushovers against an APC team that wasn't at its top. APC should have done better - particularly as it is one of the hot favourites to win the tournament. Group G remains interesting and competitive.
NEXT GAMES June 16/17 (AEST)
Group H: Lan 1 (Honduras) vs Juniper (Chile); Anyware Computer Accessories (Spain) vs Hewlett Packard (Switzerland)
Group A: Westcon Group (South Africa) vs Cisco (Uruguay)
Big night - Tournament favourites, Anyware, step out against the always capable Hewlett Packard. Anyware has been in sparkling form and boasts arguably the most potent line-up in the world game. HP is renowned for its tight defence. Will be a fascinating match. Anyware to win by the odd goal. In the other Group H match Lan 1 face Juniper. This could go either way. We'll tip Juniper with absolutely no confidence at all - its class should prevail. That ends Round 1, so it's back to Group A for the first of the next round of games with everything to play for here as each team has one point after the opening round. Westcon Group have momentum, confidence and homeground advantage and that may just be enough to grab another point against Cisco - which is the the number 12 ranked time in the game. However, we'll go with a Cisco win.
June 16, 2010
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- Beckenbauer: England taking long way backwards
- Latest goalie gaffe: Leaves Italy smiling
- Official website: All the latest from South Africa
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