Eyes down for a full house, then, everybody. It’s time for the final round of group matches in Group C this evening, and a place in the Second Round of the competition up for grabs for three of the four teams playing this evening. The other of the four in this group, Colombia, has already qualified for the next round of the competition and has been one of the most impressive teams that we have seen so far. As such, we might well argue that Japan, their opponents this evening, have the most difficult job of all to get through. They need to win and hope that the result of the other match, between Greece and Cote d’Ivoire, goes their way as well. It would need to end in a draw. I think. There will be plenty of complicated maths to come this evening, this much we know for sure, and you can keep up to speed with what’s going on in the luxuriant company of Rob Freeman and Ian King from shortly before nine o’clock.
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All four teams in the top quarter of the draw are South American.
Ivory Coast are wearing their away kit, because each side has a “light” kit and a “dark” kit. One team wears light, the other dark, so that those who are still watching on black & white TV can identify the teams.
Samaras scores and Greece are almost certainly through.
Greece have a penalty in added time.
Karagounis fires a shot against the crossbar from fully thirty yards out.
I’ve just eaten a Colombian banana. Will this have any impact on the games?
Shinji Okazaki heads Japan level in the other game from a Honda cross with the last touch of the first half.
Cheick Tiote the guilty party there.
Greece breakaway almost leads to a goal. Holebas’ shot cannons of the bar, and the rebound pings towards Samaras, who is brought down for a free-kick just outside the box, which is fired straight into Bourbacar Barry’s arms.
And what a pointless penalty given away too. Running away from goal without having the ball under control, before being bundled over. And bundled is exactly the way Ramos went down.
You can’t be offside direct from a corner, no. Nor a throw-in. Not even a Dave Challinor throw in. Although I did once see a linesman flag someone offside from one once.
I’ve just realised what the modern version of Greek mythology is. Them scoring a goal. They’re being very defensive bearing in mind they need to win to go through.