Today wrapped up the 1st stage of the 2006 FIFA World Cup. In group A, Germany and Poland move on. Germany easily defeated Ecuador 3 – 0. Poland struggled a little bit with Costa Rica but eventually came up on top 2 – 1.
Trinidad and Tobago! What a year for them. First time ever in the World Cup and drawing with Sweden. They still earned 1 point and did an amazing job playing all 3 games. Sadly they lost to Paraguay 2 – 0. Paraguay is also out. England and Sweden both move on. They played each other and tied 2 – 2.
Everyone thought Argentina was really good until they drawed with the Netherlands. Maybe they didn’t try that hard since they knew they were moving on and same the Netherlands. An outstanding peformance by the Ivory Coast against Serbia and Montengro. Ivory Coast scored 3 goals, 2 of which were penalty shots and earned 3 points winning 3 – 2. Both, the Ivory Coast and Serbia and Montengro were knocked out.
Portugal won group D after defeating Mexico 2 – 1. It was a heavily contested game in the first half with the all goals being scored then. Iran tied with Angola, but both teams are not moving on.
In group E or the “group of death” Ghana shocked the entire world defeating the USA and moving on to the next round. Ghana is the only African nation out of the 5 of them to move on to the next round. Mad props to Ghana! The US team needs to play some tougher teams in order for them to move on. They also need younger players. Italy won group E defeating the Czech Republic 2 – 0. Italy and Ghana move on from that group.
Brasil won group F, with an amazing game against Japan 4 – 1. Ronaldo had 2 goals which made him tie with the most goals ever by anyone in the World Cup. Brasil was doing so well that they subbed out Ronaldinho! Haha! Australia tied with Croatia, allowing Australia to move on with Brasil from that group.
Of group G, France had to win against Togo to move on, and they did 2 – 0. Switzerland defeated Korea also allowing them to move on. It’s a good thing France one, because if they lost, that would have been it for Zidane.
Tunisia and Saudi Arabia both lost and are not moving on. Spain and Ukraine took care of them 1 – 0 fo reach game and moved on to the next round. Man! Tunisia had a chance. Even Saudi did too! Oh well!