Welcome to Penalty Box, ARN's daily World Cup 2010 wrap.
- LATEST SCORES: Group A
- Lenovo (Mexico) 0 Cisco (Uruguay) 1
- Citrix (France) 1 Westcon Group (South Africa) 2
- Group B:
- Simms International (Greece) 0 Evolve IT (Argentina) 2
- Websense (Nigeria) 2 Samsung (South Korea) 2
The final games in the group stage for A and B basically went to script.
In Group A Cisco's win over Mexico by a solitary goal saw it top the group and despite losing Lenovo also progressed to round two. The hosts, Westcon Group, gave it everything and pulled off a heroic and historic 2-1 win over troubled super team Citrix but it wasn't enough. it ended with a goal diffrence of -2 while Lenovo had a goal difference of +1. Citrix had a horrible tournament and will be glad to go home.
In Group B the flamboyant and increasingly favoured, Evolve IT, were much too good for a game Simms International winning 2-0. This meant a draw would be good enough for Samsung to go through and despite a much better performance by Websense, which could have won if it had taken all its chances, Samsung held on 2-2 to progress. Websense will rue it previous two games when it didn't play to its potential. But it's a great result for Samsung.
As a result of this, in round two which is an elimination phase, Lenovo has the task of taking on the mighty Evolve IT while Cisco will play Samsung.
NEXT GAMES June 22/23 (AEST)
Group C: Moneytech (Slovenia) vs Ingram Micro (England); NSC Group (US) vs Alliance Equipment Finance Pty Limited (Algeria)
Group D: itX (Australia) vs Devnet (Serbia); Leading Edge Group (Ghana) vs Triforce (Germany)
Final phase of the round robin group stage so its now or never these teams.
In Group C, a draw for Moneytech against massively disappointing Ingram Micro would see the tournament lose another of its favorites unless Alliance Equipment Finance Pty Limited spring a surprise over NSC Group. Basically, Ingram Micro has to win. NSC Group should win and if it does it will advance to the second round. Moneytech with four points is in the box seat so it will be interesting to see how it plays.
Group D is just as complicated and it is mathematically possible for any of the four teams to still go through. For local favourites, itX, there is only one possible scenario - win against the dour Devnet and hope the result in the match between Leading Edge Group and the superstar-laden, Triforce, goes its way. On paper the most obvious outcome is wins for Devnet and Leading Edge which would see them both advance, however, this is an odd group and we have a sneaking suspicion there is an upset in the air. Look, Triforce and itX to go through.