Penalty Box - 26/06

Penalty Box - 26/06

LATEST SCORES: Distribution Central (Portugal) 0 APC (Brazil) 0; Dell (North Korea) 0 Acer (Ivory Coast) 3; Juniper (Chile) 1 Anyware Computer Accessories (Spain) 2; Hewlett Packard (Switzerland) 0 Lan 1 (Honduras) 0

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

  • Distribution Central (Portugal) 0 APC (Brazil) 0
  • Dell (North Korea)0 vs Acer (Ivory Coast) 3

    Group H:
  • Juniper (Chile) 1 Anyware Computer Accessories (Spain) 2
  • Hewlett Packard (Switzerland) 0 Lan 1 (Honduras) 0

The final games in the group stage for E and F actually went to script with no shocks for a change.

In Group G, heavyweights Distribution Central and APC played out a rather dull draw ensuring both qualified. Acer which needed APC to win a by a large margin did its best and delivered a 3-0 win over hapless Dell which ended up conceding 12 goals in its three games.

In Group H the two fancied teams Juniper and Anyware Computer Accessories played out an entertaining game for about 70 minutes before working out the goal differences and likely points outcome as news filtered through of the state of the second game Anyware then throttled any life out of the game by just hanging on to possession around the centre. A dull end to what had been a good game. Anyware went through on top but are they as good as we thought coming into the tournament? Not so far. Juniper also qualified easily and will threaten as the tournament continues.

In the other game, Hewlett Packard which had a real chance of qualifying blew it completely against Lan 1. In a high action second half both teams could have scored at least three and Lan 1 probably five, but the finishing in front of goal was ordinary. HP's performance was all the stranger because just two goals would have seen it qualify on goal difference over Juniper.

These games completed round 1. From now on all games are knockout matches. In the round of 16 Anyware will play Distribution Central and APC will play Juniper in what should be two cracking clashes.

NEXT GAMES June 26/27 (AEST)

  • Cisco (Uruguay) vs Samsung (South Korea)
  • NSC Group (USA) vs Leading Edge Group (Ghana)
Now we're into the round of 16 and its sudden death. On paper the first two games look relatively easy to pick. Although it has to be said that due to some unpredictable group results what we have here is four second-tier teams. NSC Group is ranked 14, Cisco 16, Leading Edge Group 32 and Samsung 47. The winners of these matches will play each other in the quarter finals which makes this a gilt-edged chance to make a surprise appearance at much higher level than expected.

Cisco should have too much class for Samsung although the latter is in with a chance if it plays a more attacking style of game. But the favorites do look to have the better goal scoring potential. Cisco by a goal or two.

NSC Group left it until the last moment to ensure it qualified and Leading Edge Group has got here on the strength of two penalties - it has yet to score a goal from normal play. Neither have really impressed us but NSC Group has shown it can score regularly and that gives it the edge. NSC Group in extra time.

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