Penalty Box - 24/06
- 23 June, 2010 22:10
Welcome to Penalty Box, ARN's daily World Cup 2010 wrap.
- LATEST SCORES: Group C
- Moneytech (Slovenia) 0 Ingram Micro (England) 1
- NSC Group (US)1 Alliance Equipment Finance Pty Limited (Algeria) 0
- Group D:
- itX (Australia)2 Devnet (Serbia) 1
- Leading Edge Group (Ghana) 0 Triforce (Germany) 1
The final games in the group stage for C and D went to the wire.
In Group C, an unimpressive Ingram Micro finally won but a late goal that allowed NSC Group to win meant NSC topped the group with Ingram Micro second. This means Ingram Micro now play Triforce in the second round in a clash between the most traditional of rivals. NSC Group will play Leading Edge Group which, despite losing to Triforce, went through on goal difference.
itX Group was superb against Devnet in other Group D match but couldn't win by enough to force Leading Edge Out. However, credit to itX which lost by four goals to Triforce in its first game but has played superbly since.
Triforce did what it had to against a defensive Leading Edge Group and it's hard to judge its form.
NSC Group left it to the 91st minute to score but that was enough to take it to the top of Group C - and it will relish its chances of making the quarter finals as Leading Edge Group will a much easier opponent than it would have been expecting to play.
Money tech will be bitterly disappointed after leading the group into the final games and only needing a draw to go through or for the other game to result in anything but an NSC win.
NEXT GAMES June 24/25 (AEST)
Group E: ICT Distribution (Cameroon) vs WhiteGold Solutions (Holland); Symantec (Denmark) vs Bluechip Infotech (Japan)
Group F: inTechnology (Slovakia) vs Webroot (Italy); Unisys (Paraguay) vs Curtin Computer Shop (New Zealand)
Final phase of the round robin group stage so its now or never these teams.
In Group E, WhiteGold Solutions is already through and ICT Distribution is already out so neither have anything to play for except bragging rights in the match between the pair. WhiteGold to win and keep a perfect record. Symantec can't afford a draw against Bluechip Infotech or it will go out on goal difference - both teams having the same number of points but Bluechip a superior goal difference. It's a tough game to call so we'll go for the draw and Bluechip to just get through.
Group F is complicated and it is mathematically possible for any of the four teams to still go through. Superstar-laden Webroot will need probably only need a draw to advance as Curtin Computer Shop - which is level on points with Webroot - will probably struggle against Unisys. However, both have the same goal difference and if Unisys play for the draw and the point - which will guarantee it goes through - then Webroot will be in trouble if it can't overcome the tough InTechnology which must win and will believe it can. Fascinating group: Unisys and Webroot to go through - but it'll be no surprise if the latter doesn't.