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WC 2006 Match Chat: Australia vs. Japan, 6 am PT
2006-06-12 04:01
by Bob Timmermann

Live from Kaiserslautern!

The Socceroos take on The Blues.

(Betcha thought the Japanese would have a more interesting nickname.)

Australia is making just its second appearance in a World Cup. They made it in 1974 when the World Cup was also held in Germany. They lost two and played a scoreless tie then and did not score a goal. Australia beat Uruguay in a home and home playoff to earn its spot.

Japan is appearing in its third straight World Cup, the same number of overall appearances. After going 0-3 in France in 1998, the Japanese used the home field advantage to get to the second round with wins over Russia and Tunisia before losing to Turkey.

2006-06-12 06:25:07
1.   Bob Timmermann
100 degress in Kaiserslautern!

Neither team is wearing colors that are on their national flags.

2006-06-12 06:27:15
2.   Bob Timmermann
The Aussie keeper messed that up.
2006-06-12 06:47:41
3.   capdodger
2 - No he didn't. He was run off of it by two JP players. It should have been called.
2006-06-12 07:01:20
4.   Penarol1916
I hope Australia loses every game by a score of 5-0.
2006-06-12 07:01:53
5.   Bob Timmermann
Seven halves of World Cup play without a goal for the Socceroos.
2006-06-12 07:11:46
6.   Bob Timmermann
The replays seemed to show to me that on Japan's goal, the goalie just tripped on his own after leaving his line.
2006-06-12 07:27:00
7.   Bob Timmermann
If Australia can't score in this one, will they ever?
2006-06-12 07:42:15
8.   Bob Timmermann
Finally a goal for the Aussies. The Japanese keeper left his line and blew it.
2006-06-12 07:47:09
9.   Sam DC
Well, Bob, is it goalie or keeper? What kind of soccer man are you?
2006-06-12 07:47:51
10.   Bob Timmermann
Tim Cahill will never have to pay for a beer in Australia again.
2006-06-12 07:49:04
11.   Bob Timmermann
I like to keep the lingo everchanging to draw in more readers.
2006-06-12 07:50:09
12.   Bob Timmermann
This is a Kansas City Royals-like collapse at the end by Japan.
2006-06-12 07:55:54
13.   Sam DC
Well, at the risk of exposing what kind of soccer man I am, what is an "own goal." Unassisted breakaway type deal? Something totally different?
2006-06-12 07:58:16
14.   Bob Timmermann
Putting the ball in to your own goal on defense

Unlike in hockey, where the goal is credited to the last player on offense to score, in soccer, it goes in boxscore as "unhappy player, own goal, xth minute."

2006-06-12 07:59:05
15.   Bob Timmermann
I should say that in hockey, the goal is credited to the last player on offense to TOUCH the puck.
2006-06-12 08:44:41
16.   Sam DC
Thanks -- that should've been more obvious than it was, I suppose.

I'll own up to having an own goal or two in my AYSO past.

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