Welcome to Penalty Box, ARN's daily World Cup 2010 wrap.
- LATEST SCORES: Group E
- ICT Distribution (Cameroon) 1 WhiteGold Solutions (Holland) 2
- Symantec (Denmark) 1 Bluechip Infotech (Japan) 3
- Group F:
- inTechnology (Slovakia) 3 Webroot (Italy) 2
- Unisys (Paraguay) 0 Curtin Computer Shop (New Zealand) 0
The final games in the group stage for E and F produced one huge shock and a further reminder that at this World Cup the world order in football is changing.
In Group E, WhiteGold Solutions again did as much it needed to in beating an improved ICT Distribution. WhiteGold topped the group taking all nine possible points and looks set for a good run at the finals. In the second game Symantec and Bluechip Infotech faced off in a winner take all contest. The outcome was never really in doubt with Bluechip going ahead in the first half with two superbly taken free kicks. Symantec really had few answers and was outgunned on the day.
The real shock came in Group F where tournament favorites and Cup holders, Webroot, were beaten and bundled out of the competition by InTechnology. Remarkably, Webroot finished bottom of the group after Curtin Computer Shop held Paraguauy to a draw. Unfortunately for the lowly-rated Curtin it wasn't enough - despite the fact it remained unbeaten in the group drawing all three games - as Paraguay was already safe and the win by InTechnology jumped it over Curtin. But who would have thought Webroot would have failed to make the second round. Staggering really when you consider the superstars available to its coach.
As a result of these games, WhiteGold Solutions will play Slovakia and Bluechip Infotech will play Unisys in second round knockout games.
NEXT GAMES June 25/26 (AEST)
Group G: Distribution Central (Portugal) vs APC (Brazil); Dell (North Korea) vs Acer (Ivory Coast)
Group H: Juniper (Chile) vs Anyware Computer Accessories (Spain); Hewlett Packard (Switzerland) vs Lan 1 (Honduras)
Final phase of the round robin group stage so its now or never for these teams.
In Group G, there isn't much at stake. APC is already qualified and Distribution Central has such a huge goal difference after its massive 7-0 win over Dell the other night that it is almost impossible for it to miss out on qualifying. Mathematically, if Acer wins by a bundle and Distribution Central loses by three or four Acer could qualify but we don't think that's really likely. APC to win by the odd goal and go through undefeated and Dell and Acer to draw.
Group H, on the other hand, is fascinating and it is mathematically possible for all but Lan 1 to still go through. Tournament favourites, Anyware Computer Accessories, have hardly set the world on fire so far and it simply must beat table-topping and unbeaten Juniper to go through as Hewlett Packard is almost certain to beat Lan 1 which has failed to score so far. with tournmant favourites falling out almost daily, the massively-talented Anyware will have to turn it on tonight. We are going to tip a boilover here and go for Juniper to hold Anyware to a draw and HP to win and knock Anyware out. To be honest though anything could happen and it's going to make for a fascinating last day of Round 1.