Penalty Box - 17/06

Penalty Box - 17/06

LATEST SCORES: 1 (Honduras) 0 Juniper (Chile) 1; Anyware Computer Accessories (Spain) 0 Hewlett Packard (Switzerland) 1; Westcon Group (South Africa) 0 Cisco (Uruguay) 3

Welcome to Penalty Box, ARN's daily World Cup 2010 wrap.

  • Lan 1 (Honduras) 0 Juniper (Chile) 1
  • Anyware Computer Accessories (Spain) 0 Hewlett Packard (Switzerland) 1

    Group A:
  • Westcon Group (South Africa) 0 Cisco (Uruguay) 3
Shock of the tournament so far. Raging hot favourites, Anyware Computer Accessories, beaten 1-0 by Hewlett Packard, the 24th ranked team! What a match it was. End to end action, with Anyware pouring on the pressure in the second half. In one five-minute segment of play, Anyware hit the bar from 40m out, HP hit the post, Anyware just missed left, HP missed right, and Anyware had three raids foiled in the box. With Juniper playing super football against a game Lan 1 - the 1-0 score line doesn't reflect its second-half dominance in which it had a goal disallowed for handball, Anyware suddenly faces the real possibility of not qualifying. All HP and Anyware each needs to do is win one of its two remaining games and Anyware is in massive trouble. Juniper will fancy its chances against HP, and HP will see Lan 1 as a must win game. Anyware must win both its games now to have any hope.

In the final game, second phase action started with sentimental favourites, Westcon Group, hoping to gain more points after its first round draw but Cisco had other ideas and smashed Westcon. It was 3-0 and it could have been more. To make matters worse Westcon had its goalkeeper sent off.

NEXT GAMES June 17/18 (AEST)

Group A: Citrix (France) vs Lenovo (Mexico)

Group B: Evolve IT (Argentina) vs Samsung (Korea); Simms International (Greece) vs Websense (Nigeria)

It's a huge night for Citrix which really needs a win against Lenovo to kickstart its campaign - a draw would put it in a difficult position where it would need to win its last game to qualify. With Cisco looking good on four points, it's a must win match for both teams. Tournament hot shots, Evolve IT, will want to ensure its berth in the next round by beating Samsung, which, in turn, would be happy with a draw - that could see it through to the next round. Can it do it? Possibly. But Evolve IT to win. In the other game both Simms International and Websense need a win if they are to have any hope of progressing - a draw is unlikely to do.

June 17, 2010

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