Tuesday, June 27, 2006

World Cup Update

Brazil 3 Ghana 0

To no one's surprise, Brazil continues to roll through the opposing sides in the run up to the real competition in the later rounds of the elimination tourney. Ghana played tough but were no match for Ronaldo (in the 5th minute) and Adriano (in stoppage time in the first half). Ze Roberto added an icing on the cake goal in the 84th minute after Ghana lost Asamoah Gyan to a red card for diving.

France 3 Spain 1

In a bit of a shocker, France woke up finally from eight years of sleep, and put away a tough determined Spanish side. Spain opened the scoring in the 28th minute on a penalty kick by David Villa, as Pablo was shoved to the ground in the box. Frank Ribery took a pass from Patrick Viera and turn it around the keeper, Iker Casillas, for the equalizer in the 43rd minute. It stayed that way for forty minutes of match time, until Patrick Viera knocked in the rebound of a Zinedine Zineda free kick. Zineda put the game away in the 92nd minute with a break into the penalty area and a swift kick past Casillas. France advance to meet Brazil!

So the next round shapes up this way: Germany to meet Argentina (and I predict the winner of this game will win the tourney), Italy meet Ukraine, England takes on Portugal, and France is served up to Brazil for dinner.