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Penalty Box - 20/06

Penalty Box - 20/06

LATEST SCORES: WhiteGold Solutions (Holland) 1 Bluechip Infotech (Japan) 0; itX (Australia) 1 Leading Edge Group (Ghana) 1; ICT Distribution 1 (Cameroon) Symantec (Denmark) 2

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

    LATEST SCORES: Group D
  • itX (Australia) 1 Leading Edge Group (Ghana) 1

    Group E:
  • WhiteGold Solutions (Holland)1 Bluechip Infotech (Japan) 0
  • ICT Distribution 1 (Cameroon) Symantec (Denmark) 2
itX may be cursed. After taking the lead in the 11th minute through a Holman goal, it copped a second red card for the tournament when Harry Kewell handballed in the last line of defence. The resulting penalty, goal and Kewell's send-off changed the game. itX were heroic at times in the second half and went close on four occasions, eventually holding on to draw 1-1. Leading Edge Group crept closer to qualifying and it is still mathematically possible for itX to qualify if it wins its last game and either Leading Edge loses badly to Triforce or Triforce loses that match.

Did WhiteGold Solutions play total football? No. Did Bluechip Infotech play well? Yes. After being dominated for the first 30 minutes - WhiteGold had 78 per cent possession - Bluechip fought its way back into the game and would have been happy to go in at half-time on equal terms. However, they were rocked early in the second half when WhiteGold took the lead. WhiteGold could have had three more but Bluechip held out. WhiteGold are through to the second round and Bluechip can still make it through if it wins its final match.

The last game saw Symantec come from a goal down to beat ICT Distribution which is now out of the Cup. The winner between Bluechip Infotech and Symantec will join WhiteGold Solutions in the next round. ICT had a disappointing event and will probably hope to at least score against WhiteGold in its final match.

NEXT GAMES June 20/21 (AEST)

Group F: InTechnology (Slovakia) vs Unisys (Paraguay); Webroot (Italy) vs Curtin Computer Shop (New Zealand)

Group G: APC (Brazil) vs Acer (Ivory Coast)

It's all to play for in Group F - each team has a point. However, we think the cream might rise to the top tonight. Unisys played spendidly against Webroot in its first game and should get the points against inTechnology which will really need to capitalise on its scoring chances after wasting a bundle against Curtin Computer Shop a few days ago. The latter is going to have its work cut out trying to topple giants, Webroot - this a real David and Goliath clash. Webroot were very sloppy against Unisys and will need to improve, however, a win does look beyond Curtin.

The Group G clash is a cracker: APC - the top ranked team in the game - did enough to win its opening game by the odd goal against an opponent ranked 104 places below it. Acer will provide a much sterner test. A draw is possible here but APC to take the points. If it doesn't they'll start sharpening the knives in South America.


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