June 2006

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Italy 1-0 Australia Well, off they go then. Australia, whose appearance in the World Cup finals had brought about much press coverage as Brazil, Argentina or England, didn’t have enough in their engine to out-smart those foxy Italians. They had, to be honest, flattered to deceive in the first round. The hyperbole that surrounded their…

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June 26, 2006
Ian

Fight Fight Fight Fight Fight!

Portugal 1-0 Holland Go on. Admit it. There’ll be plenty of talk over the next couple of days about the “disgrace” that this match has brought upon this World Cup, but… it was great, wasn’t it? There’s nothing quite like multiple red cards to get the heart racing, and tonight we saw four of them….

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June 26, 2006
Ian

Climb Every Mountain

England 1-0 Ecuador Today, England were… okay. Nothing more, nothing less. Apart from one fairly horrific error in the first ten minutes from John Terry, England kept them at bay, Beckham’s free-kick was excellent and Rooney improved as the match went on (leading one to believe that he’s finding his range again – something that…

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June 25, 2006
Ian

Mexicans Wave Goodbye

Argentina 2-1 Mexico Well, they gave it everything. From the first minute until the very last, Mexico pushed Argentina all the way, and were dreadfully unlucky to be sent home, beaten by yet another contender for “Goal Of The Tournament”. I’ve enjoyed the idiosyncratic Mexicans since they outplayed Iran in their opening match. As I…

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June 25, 2006
Ian

A Stroll In The Park

Germany 2-0 Sweden Well, it couldn’t have been much easier for them, could it? True enough, Germany were more or less home and dry within about a quarter of an hour, with Poboloski showing the sort of form that had been threatening to, and Ballack marauded around the middle third of the pitch with such…

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June 24, 2006
Ian

Seconds Out… Round Two!

Here we go again, then. I haven’t checked my predictions from the first round, but I’m going to do this later. I don’t think I did too badly. Obviously, it gets more difficult from now on: all the drama is to be packed into just ninety minutes (okay, okay, it could be 120 – or…

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June 24, 2006
Ian

Sixteen Down, Sixteen To Go…

Well, we’re at the halfway point of Germany 2006. Half of the teams have gone now, and the other half all know that elimination could be just one game away. Four years ago, the end of the group stage meant the end of the fun. Mindful that they were particularly close to being knocked out…

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June 24, 2006
Ian
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