Thursday, April 26, 2007

Day 1 Recap

Opening ceremonies started today at 6:30 and took a lot longer than they should have. The groups that were dancing took way too long in their routines. Finally after all the dancing and speeches were over, Ireland took on Austria about an hour behind the scheduled time.

The game went as expected for Ireland, as they crushed Austria 8-0. Ireland played very well as a team and didn't lack effort at any position. Passes were crisp all around and the shots were accurate and powerful. They showed why they remain the number 1 contender for the Cup.

The second game of the night featured the first game on the girls side with Germany winning 2-1. Germany outplayed Chile in every aspect and deserved the win.

The third game featured a group B matchup with Ukraine and Canada. This was a very important matchup as the winner would more than likely make it out of their group along with Norway. Ukraine started off very strong in the opening minutes and has a series of good shots, finishing one of them. Leading 2-0 by halftime, Ukraine seemed to lose form and Canada began it's attack. With 12 minutes or so left in the game Canada seemed to have scored on an indirect free kick, but upon further review the goal was disallowed because it didn't touch anyone. Ukraine held off the scrappy Canada team then added another goal as time was winding down.

The fourth game was between Jamaica and Scotland. Jamaica took and early lead of 3-0 and it seemed that Scotland would never be able to get back in it. Scotland then netted a goal to make it 3-1 and the chase was on. The game was very fast-paced and both teams had very good chances. Scotland rung one off the crossbar and Jamaica's counter attack led them to their 4th goal. Scotland countered quickly to make it 4-2, but time was running out on Scotland's hopes. The pace picked up and Scotland tried a more offensive approach, but Jamaica scored on the weaker defence, making it 5-2. Scotland scored soon after, but the game was winding down and beyond reach. Jamaica wins 5-3

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

wow, did the Ukraine look bad there keeper sucks wait till they play a team that can run and shoot the ball, and canada they just suck

Anonymous said...

canada made ukraine look quicker then they really are.

Anonymous said...

how can you say ukraine's keeper sucks when he got around 4 shots. He didn't let any goals in.

and ukraine is a very quick team even if they were playing canada.
they'll hold their own against other better teams. what happened to the fast guy that scored ukraine's first goal?

Anonymous said...

what div does he play in, also as you can read i said wait till they can play a team that can run and shoot the ball they will be in trouble. so he stop 4 shots wow, how many of those shoots were good ones?? that fast guy looks fast when you play a team that looks like that

Anonymous said...

JD is a joke, stop kissin the post and concentrate on your game

Anonymous said...

lol, hows jd a joke by the way and im ready for my game so dont worry about me

Anonymous said...

I was just wondering...isn't it a rule that every team must have 2 masters players (35+)? ROI certainly did not have at least two master players. I could be wrong, can someone who knows for sure tell me?

I bring this up because the 5 other men's teams that played last night certainly had visible representation of master players.

Anonymous said...

i believe benno is a master player, and they also have another master player playing at the back, so they meet the requirement.

Anonymous said...

yes and chole too (spanish player)

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