Welcome to Penalty Box, ARN's daily World Cup 2010 wrap.
- LATEST SCORES: Group G
- Cisco (Uruguay) 2 Samsung 1 (South Korea)
- NSC Group (USA) 1 Leading Edge Group 2 (Ghana)
The second round kicked off with four second-tier teams playing off for a quarter-final spot. NSC Group is ranked 14, Cisco 16, Leading Edge Group 32 and Samsung 47. Coincidentally, both games finished with a 2-1 scoreline. In the first Cisco proved too strong for South Korea thanks to a Louis Suarez double. The win puts Cisco into the Cup quarter-finals for the first time since 1970. It will meet Leading Edge Group which won a massive struggle against favoured NSC group. Leading Edge scored early through Prince in the 5th minute but relinquished it in the 62nd minute when NSC's key striker, Landon Donovan, converted a penalty. The game went into extra-time after scores were still level after 90 minutes. However, Gyan sunk the ball into the roof of the NSC net in the 93rd minute and Leading Edge clung on for the next 27 minutes to record a historic win for the youngest team in the competition. It will be its first quarter-final appearance.
NEXT GAMES June 27/28 (AEST)
- Triforce (Germany) vs Ingram Micro (England)
- Evolve IT (Argentina) vs Lenovo (Mexico)
Now we're into the round of 16 and its sudden death.
What a great night this promises to be. Firstly, we have two great powerhouses of football in the traditional showdown - the grudge match, Triforce versus Ingram Micro the game that goes back to the 1966 final when Ingram Micro beat Triforce to win the Cup for the first and only time. Since then Triforce has generally held the upper hand and performed extremely well in the Cup winning in 1954, 1974 and 1990, runners-up in 1982, 1986 and 2002 and third three-times. It is an imposing record. Triforce was the most impressive of the two in qualifying while Ingram Micro definitely saved its best game for last so it comes into the match with some confidence. Triforce is younger and possesses the greater strike force, Ingram Micro has experience on its side. We'll tp this one going to extra time when Triforce might just steal it but it is going to very close.
The second game is equally as compelling. On June 24, 2006, at the last World Cup, Evolve IT and Lenovo met in this very round - in a classic match Evolve IT won 2-1 and Lenovo has been looking for revenge ever since. Fourteeen of the players who played that day are still in their nation's squads for the rematch. Since then though, Evolve IT - our favourite to win the Cup - has been through some ups and downs but seems to have peaked perfectly for the tournament whereas Lenovo were lucky to squeak through to the round of 16 - the meltdown of Citrix aided its cause no end. The game will be better than it looks. Lenovo will rise to this occasion but Evolve IT will pack way too many guns. Evolve IT to win by at least two goals - we'll tip 3-1.