Saturday, June 24, 2006

Group H Latest And Final Standings

Uninspired Spain Through

Fritz-Walter Stadion
Saudi Arabia 0 - 1 Spain


ESP - Juanito (36min);

When you have 22 shots on goal and only 1 goal scored, it either means that the opposing goalkeeper is in god-mode (FM term), or your finishing just suck. Well, I think tonight, it was a combination of both. Spain had great chances with Joaquin, Raul and Reyes having most of them, but it was down to defender, Juanito's headed goal that gave Spain the 3 points and a confirmed place as the leader of Group H.

Seriously, need more improvement. But it's the reserve team after all. Come on Spain!

Shevchenko Shows Why He's Made For Chelsea

Ukraine 1 - 0 Tunisia


UKR - A. Shevchenko (pen 71min);

Ukraine booked their place in the last 16 as they beat Tunisia in the last group game. And the winning goal is down to the pure theatrics of Andriy Shevchenko, who made it looked like the Tunisian defender who tripped him, but once again replay shows he tripped himself and converted the penalty himself. Tunisia was down to 10 men just before the break when Zied Jaziri was sent off for a 2nd bookable offence and it's debatable. Another reason for Tunisian to feel robbed was just before Shevchenko scored from the penalty spot, Ayari curled a free-kick and it actually hit a Ukrainian defender in the arms and should have been a penalty, but was waved away as usual.So Ukraine join Spain in the last 16.

Group H Final Standings:
  1. Spain 9pts (Qualify)
  2. Ukraine 6pts (Qualify)
  3. Tunisia 1pt
  4. Saudi Arabia 1pt

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