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    Posted: 03-04-2006 at 11:25pm
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Saudi Arabia upsets Tunisia in snowy World Cup opener.  The only goal of the game came off the foot of Jaler at 51'.  Although outnumbered 3 to 1 in the box, Jaler found the ball on his foot after a lucky bounce and put it far side of the keeper to give Saudi Arabia a victory in their first group stage game.  Tunisia will be hard pressed to find a way into the round of 16 still having to face Ukraine and Spain.



Tunisia

Saudi Arabia
0
Score
1
10
Shots
8
1
On Goal
5
0
Penalty
0
8
Free Kicks
8
0
Corners
0
8
Fouls
8
0
Offside
0
0
Yellow
0
0
Red
0
49%
Possession
51%


Goals:  Saudi Arabia - Jaler 51'

Weather Condition: Snow
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The Ukraine set themselves up for a good shot at the round of 16 by dismantling Saudi Arabia 2-0 under sunny afternoon skies yesterday.

Led by Schevchenko, Ukraine was able to out pace and out muscle the Saudis for 90 minutes.  Threatening early and often, Ukraine bounced one off the crossbar with their first shot and sent the rebound wide.  Settling down, forward Voronin scored twice, at 15' and 51'.

The Saudis never looked comfortable and were forced to deal with early crosses that created a lot of havoc in the box.  While statistically the two teams looked even, the class difference between the two teams was very evident.

Saudi Arabia will need a miracle win against Spain to even have a hope of advancing, while Ukraine can try and put away Tunisia for a guaranteed trip to the round of 16.


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Saudi Arabia
2
Score
0
11
Shots
11
5
On Goal
5
0
Penalty
0
4
Free Kicks
5
2
Corners
1
5
Fouls
4
1
Offside
0
0
Yellow
1
0
Red
0
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Possession
50%


Goals:  Voronin 15', 51'
Yellow Card:  An Zaugani 72'

Weather Condition:  Fine
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The rain was unkind to Tunisia again, as Ukraine held off a furious second-half assault to remain undefeated in Group H.

Shevchenko opened the scoring in the 22nd minute with a low ball past Tunisia's diving keeper, and Gusiev followed up with a blast from outside the penalty area in the 37th minute to put Ukraine seemingly in control.  Tunisia was unable to mount much of an attack at all, as Ukraine nearly appeared to be playing with more than the alotted 11 on their side.

It was a tale of two halves, though, as Tunisia dominated the majority of the second half.  In the 46th minute, Tunisia earned a penalty, as Cleypon stepped forward to put Tunisia back in the match.  However, a diving stop by the Ukraine goalkeeper kept them off the board, for another two minutes, anyway.  Feeling the momentum shift their way, Gemandiar displayed some fancy footwork through the reeling Ukraine line and punched in a right-footer from 6 yards out to make it 2-1.  Six minutes later, Goldhane clanked the equalizer off the woodwork, which put a scare into the Ukraine faithful.

After some timely defensive substitutions, Ukraine was able to regain some composure and fend off the Tunisian attack for the remainder of the match.  With two wins in the group, Ukraine is virtually guaranteed a spot in the round of 16.


Ukraine

Tunisia
2
Score
1
10 Shots
11
4 On Goal
3
0
Penalty
1
3 Free Kicks
1
4 Corners
1
2 Fouls
3
0
Offside
0
0
Yellow
1
0
Red
0
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Goals:  Ukraine - Shevchenko 22', Gusiev 37'
            Tunisia - Gemandiar 49'


Weather Condition:  Rain
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LOL - There so much more I left out...  I could not keep Jason out of the middle of the field in my half for the entire second stanza.  He also had some big time speed on the wings, which neutralized my crossing game. 

We had a lot of fun.  It really was like two different games.  In the first half, I could do no wrong, and in the second half, he was unstoppable.  I got lucky to get the win, given the PK and the clanger off the post!

I'm looking forward to finishing up group H...  Seth, are you out there?! 

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Post Options Post Options   Quote TedSGN Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03-11-2006 at 12:04pm
Nice work stopping that PK.  While odds are that Jason would not advance with Tunisia to the round of 16 with a draw because he still had to face Spain,  that save probably guaranteed Ukraine's advance.

I added Weather Condition to the bottom of each post so far.  It will be interesting to track the number of rain/snow games we get.

I'm loving this tourney!
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Spain eliminated Saudi Arabia tonight, but not before giving up the tying goal and being given a run for their money by the spunky Sauds.

The Saudi manager set up in a defensive 5-3-1-1, hoping to hide in their turtle shell until the second half and and go for a late draw.  Spain so outclassed the Saudis that this looked like the only viable strategy to give the Saudis any hope of making the round of sixteen.  Get the draw and hope that somebody beats Spain badly enough to advance through the backdoor.

Spain pressed hard throughout the first half and at 25' Fernando Torres was able to draw a penalty kick off an overzealous Saudi back who inexplicably made a sliding tackle in the box.  The kick was right on target, down the middle, and put the Spaniards up 1-0.  The half ended and Saudi Arabia switched to a 4-1-3-2.  At 49' Torres put away another shot to go up 2-0.

At this point the Saudis showed some real spark and roared back, answering tackle for tackle and running up their own foul total against the typically bullying tactics of the Spanish manager.

Just three minutes after Spain scored their second goal, Saudi Arabia's Shilafay scored a beautful header off a cross from the wing that occured after the wing broke loose by several yards.

Seven minutes after that the Saudis drew their own penalty kick and tied the game.  Rather than retreat back into their shell, the Saudi coach felt his players had the momentum and was able to visualize the Spanish coach punching his couch, gripping his controller with white knuckles and sweating profusely about the brow and armpits.  The Saudis went for it.   Momentum was on their side.  Several more shots and headers threatened, but Spain held the line.

Then at 88' Spain's Reyes found the ball on his feet and put a nice, low, and hard shot away to give Spain the go ahead goal late.  The Saudis, desperate, dashed forward, but imploded late, scoring an own goal on the last Spanish corner kick.

Spain, breathing a sigh of relief, shored up their chances of making the round of sixteen and the Sauds go home.




Spain

Saudi Arabia
4
Score
2
18
Shots
6
8
On Goal
3
1
Penalty
1
15
Free Kicks
13
10
Corners
0
14
Fouls
16
1
Offside
0
0
Yellow
0
0
Red
0
55%
Possession
45%


Goals: 

Spain:  Fernando Torres 25', 49'
             Reyes 88'
             Own Goal 90'

Saudi Arabia:  Shilafay 52', 59'

Weather:  Fine
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Slumberland Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03-16-2006 at 11:06pm
Ted, great write-up of last night's game!

Jason and I played tonight, and the results are below.  It was pretty nuts, and I think a lot of the blame falls on the less than stellar performance of Tunisia's keeper.  Someone needed to remind him that he was allowed to actually stop the ball... not just re-direct it into the goal behind him.  Tunisia managed two very sharp goals nonetheless, and managed to block a penalty kick in the second half after the ejection of Jaynie for a dangerous sliding tackle in the box.  Of the eleven goals scored, nine came in the first half.  Fernando Torres continues his streak of excellence, netting the hat trick, and Reyes chips in for another two goals on the tourney.



Tunisia

Spain
2
Score
9
8
Shots
23
4
On Goal
13
0
Penalty
1
10
Free Kicks
4
3
Corners
3
5
Fouls
10
3
Offside
6
0
Yellow
0
1
Red
0
46%
Possession
54%


Goals: 

Tunisia:  Benam 19'
             F.D. Nemtos 82'

Spain:  Joaquin 13', 79'
           Fernando Torres 15', 32', 41'
           Luque 18', 22'
           Reyes 21', 43'

Weather:  Fine
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Post Options Post Options   Quote JasonSGN Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03-16-2006 at 11:15pm

I got "schooled" in WE tonight. Nice ball-handling Seth. You were able to dribble right through my defense all night - great job!!!

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