Welcome to Penalty Box, ARN's daily World Cup 2010 wrap.
- LATEST SCORES: Group G
- Distribution Central (Portugal) 7 Dell (North Korea) 0
- Group H:
- Juniper (Chile) 1 Hewlett Packard (Switzerland) 0
- Anyware Computer Accessories (Spain) 2 Lan 1 (Honduras) 0
No surprises here except for the margin in the Distribution Central versus Dell game - 7-0 ... and it was only 1-0 at half-time. Superb performance by Distribution Central as Dell fell apart in the second half after playing well for the first 30 minutes or so.
Juniper may have won but it didn't excite. Hewlett Packard, reduced to 10 men after half-an-hour, defended bravely and set a new record for the most minutes played in Cup finals without conceding a goal - more than 550. However in the 75th minute Juniper finally found a way through with a header from Gonzalez settling the game.
David Villa scored twice as favourites Anyware Computer Accessories finally opened its account but it wasn't particularly impressive in doing so against lowly-ranked Lan 1. It does set up an intriguing third phase in this group as Juniper is on six points while HP and Anyware both have three - Anyware has a marginally better goal difference. It plays Juniper while HP takes on Lan 1. Game on.
NEXT GAMES June 22/23 (AEST)
Group A: Lenovo (Mexico) vs Cisco (Uruguay); Citrix (France) vs Westcon Group (South Africa)
Group B: Simms International (Greece) vs Evolve IT (Argentina); Websense (Nigeria) vs Samsung (South Korea)
Final phase of the round robin group stage so its now or never for some of these teams. Both games in a group are played simultaneously so there is no advantage from knowing the score. In Group A it is mathematically possible for all four teams to qualify but if Lenovo and Cisco draw that will be enough for both to go through to the second round. We tip a Cisco win and troubled Citrix - which has had a horror lead-in and Cup - to at least bow out with a little dignity by wining. However, the current goal difference between second and third - four - will probably be too much to make up. Cisco and Lenovo to go through.
In Group B favourites, Evolve IT, are already through but the rest can all still qualify. Samsung seem best placed as it is equal on points with Simms International and has a far easier game against Websense. Simms face Evolve IT so it will find it harder to gain points. However should Simms lose and Websense win by a couple of goals it can still qualify. Intriguing. Evolve It to make it nine out of nine possible points in the group and Samsung to do enough to get through.