World Cup 2006: Day 6

Saudi Arabia 2 – Tunisia 2
I didn’t watch the full match between Tunisia and Saudi Arabia, but I did manage to see all the goals. Saudi Arabia should’ve sealed it but they let Tunisia equalise at the 92nd minute. The defenders were ball-watching instead of marking the tallest man on the field and he scored off a header. This second spot in this group is up for grabs.

Germany 1 – Poland 0
A goal in the 91st minute or something like that after Germany dominated Poland through the game. The Poles too had their chances but didn’t trouble Lehmann much. The Germans threw everything at the Poles and it needed an Oliver Neuville goal from a David Odonkor (both substitutes) cross to win the game. Klose couldn’t find the back of the net, Podolski was disappointing in his finishing, and Ballack’s return couldn’t inspire Germany enough to score.

You have to give Klinsman credit–he took off the right-back and brought on a striker. And he kept substituting and attacking the Poles. I think Germany showed a lot of character to score that goal and their self-belief will be high.

The one German player that impressed me the most was the left fullback Lahm. He was all over the place making runs, and creating good crosses into the box. Defensively, he didn’t seem to do too much wrong either. With the capability to score like he did against Costa Rica, he’s a threat that teams will have to watch out for.

The Poles have only themselves to blame. An unnecessary foul saw Radoslaw Sobolewski sent off for a second booking and with the one man-advantage Germany attacked in waves. The Polish goalkeeper, Artur Boruc, was outstanding and made some great saves. It’s a pity that he was let-down in the last few minutes by his defenders.

Poland’s world cup is pretty much over and Germany are on track to top the group.


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