Skip to comments.2006 SOCCER WORLD CUP - Day 9 Thread - USA v Italy, Czech v Ghana
Posted on 06/17/2006 8:05:31 AM PDT by soccer_maniac
The U.S. national team faces a must-win situation Saturday against Italy (2:30 p.m. ET, ABC). The U.S. lineup could see some changes, including adding Eddie Johnson. Czech Republic and Ghana play earlier in the day (11:30 a.m., ABC), while Portugal advanced by beating Iran 2-0.
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We shall see :-)
So cool. Perhaps the Italians will beat the Czechs, we'll beat and tie Ghana and italy. Then Knockout round!
The Germans are now singing "O wie ist das schön, o wie ist das schön, sowas hat man lange nicht gesehen, so schön, so schön!" (Oh, how nice is that, oh how nice is that, noone has seen that for long time, so nice, so nice!)
or some other variation now that the Czechs are beaten up :)
Or Ghana :-P
Sorry, I just got in, and I am exited.
I seem to rememer a certain team who had the habit of limping through the group stages, then gradually build momentum, and before you knew it they were in the finals :-)
I thought I understood the offsides rule-if the attacking team brings the ball across midfield, they cant be offsides. Thats how I thought it was. It appears to be different..
This match is unusually lopsided: Ghana should have 4, at least. The Czechs seem gassed - the whole game, almost.
If only the Czechs played this way with us :)
x2. GHANA WINS!!!!
With the Red card and all their injuries, that old side came down to Earth in a hurry...
No more scoreboard watching: the US has to control its own destiny, now.
Great game. I think only the Ivory Coast/Argentina game compares.
I wonder now if the US will change their plan against Italy, knowing a tie will keep them alive?
"If only the Czechs played this way with us :)"
It IS different. The last field player of the defending team must be on the same height of the field as the player of the attacking team who gets the pass from his teammate. There´s an imaginary line - if the attacker is beyond that line, a possible goal won´t count and the defending team gets the ball.
You need to play on "win". Hoping for a tie means a loss in the end.
Oh, you mean Brasil?? ;-)
Time for the U.S. to show what their made of.
What a game. Count out the African teams at your own peril. The guy kept saying saying no one called it for Ghana. My first thought-"Well someone on FR did!"
One of the Ghana players kept waving an Israeli flag. What was that all about?
Very interesting result though.
Thank you, Ghana. The United States is once again in control of its own destiny, for the moment.
Nice job by Ghana! Lots of missed chances in the second half, but they really controlled play nevertheless.
Am I the only one who saw a Ghanian player flying Israeli flag? Jewish Ghanian?
If we tie Italy, then a win against Ghana and a win by Italy against Czech puts us through.
What we can't do is allow Italy to score first. If that happens, we are in a world of hurt.
I agree, but I think the US would have brought more players up and played more desperate against Italy.
Hopefully the US gets a mental boost from the Ghana result. But the important thing is, we still have a decent and we control our destiny, and that's all you can ask for.
Hoping for a US victory. You´re in a interesting group. At least in your group we won´t know who´ll reach the next round.
I saw it too. He also pulled it out after the second goal was scored.
"One of the Ghana players kept waving an Israeli flag. What was that all about?
Very interesting result though."
I was wondering about that too.
Hey, you (I mean the US team) were the one's that roughed them up so that Ghana could finish them.
And thank you Ghana for getting those yellow cards so that some of your players will miss the game against the US. :)
Can´t be. But today was also a day of protest against Iran and pro Israel - because Iran played today.
We loosened the cap :)
:-) I had the same thoughts!!
Maybe the Israeli flag was a message to Ahmadenejad.
Hopefully there aren't too many Muslims in Ghana.
If the US manage to beat Italy, each team will have 3 points and there'll be a real final matchday for both the top spots.
If the US draws Italy, everything is still possible with the US having the least chances however.
I thought it wads kinda cool. I just hope that he isn't penalised by FIFA for breaking some rule or another...
I saw a lot of Ghana players genuflecting and so forth. I don't think that's just a generic sports gesture, either.
While there are a lot of Muslims in West Africa, there are a lot Christians and Jews, as well.
many players from many teams are Signing the Cross as well, and during the Angola game, the ref did as well..
Oh My Goodness who would of thought Ghana would beat the Czechs???
Wait a minute I DID!
"And the Czechs lose to Ghana."
Now the 2 guys that scored the 2 goals for Ghana are out of the next game due to yellow cards! That means they won't be playing against the US!! And the third Czech striker is out for the game against Italy due to yellow card (first two out on injury)!
Big Things are Happening!
Really Big Things Are Happening!!!
Slightly OT, on the West Coast, the coverage is horrible: no replay of games, no post-game analysis, not every game has been covered.
I only know a little rudimentary Spanish, but I'm switching rapidly between ABC/ESPN and Univision.
Univision has the better coverage, by far: too bad I don't have a Univision Hi-Def channel...
[which would also be nice when "Caliente" comes on...]
And it looks like they have so much more fun on Univision too...
Lineup announced is
Preview show on Espn2 right now.
Brent Musburger better not be on there...
Cool. Switching up the D a little.
Ok, thanks for posting that. I have no explanation for it. But it´s a nice pic.
Nah, you can´t say a 3:0 is equivalent to 56-0 in American Football. Often enough, it´s just luck whether a better team scores one or more times. However, it´s safe to say that the Czechs were better than the US team.
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