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WC 2006 Match Chat: Ecuador vs. Costa Rica, 6 am PT
2006-06-15 04:00
by Bob Timmermann

Live from Hamburg!

Ecuador can book a spot in the second round with a win. With a tie, the Ecuadoreans are still in good shape, but only Germany would clinch a spot in the second round.

Costa Rica lost its opener 4-2 to Germany and would like to win by at least two to have a decent chance of moving on.

National Anthems (both are fairly long):

Ecuador, Salve, O Patria

Costa Rica, Noble patria, tu hermosa bandera

2006-06-15 06:22:17
1.   Bob Timmermann
This is the first daytime match I've seen where the sun isn't out. And it's not like they have the roof closed. It's just overcast. Temperatures in the 70s.
2006-06-15 06:49:43
2.   Penarol1916
I don't know what has gotten into Ecuador during this World Cup, I watched them play 6 of their 9 road games in the qualifiers they never looked nearly as good as they have looked these last two games at sea level, they're even playing better than most of the times I saw them play in Quito, what is going on with them? Maybe Poland and Costa Rica are just that bad.
2006-06-15 06:57:40
3.   Bob Timmermann
Do you mean you went to Quito to watch a match or did you just see it on TV?

I'm sure if Ecuador wins, the Little Quito neighborhood here in L.A. will go nuts!

Ooh, ESPN is referring to Bruce Arena as a "manager" instead of a "coach." So British of them!

2006-06-15 07:00:10
4.   Penarol1916
Oh, I saw them on TV, I haven't been to Ecuador since I was 7, and even then it was only for 2 days.
2006-06-15 07:04:53
5.   Bob Timmermann
Does anyone ever go to Ecuador on vacation if they don't have family or business there or have a lot of money and want to go to the Galpagos?
2006-06-15 07:13:41
6.   Bob Timmermann
Now Ecuador leads the group. If they hold on like this, they'll have six points and be +4 to Germany's +3.

Which could lead to Germany vs. England in the seccond round.

But I'm getting ahead of myself.

2006-06-15 07:15:28
7.   Penarol1916
I believe they have some decent vacations to the Amazonian portion of the country, and I would imagine that there might be some decen Incan ruins in the mountain, but no, I've never actually met anyone who actually went to Ecuador for pleasure, not even the Galapagos. All I remember of Guayaquil is that it is absurdly hot and humid all the time and the entire city stinks of fish.
2006-06-15 07:44:00
8.   Penarol1916
The most disturbing thought just occured to me, it is a very real possibility that Ecuador and Paraguay could meet in the round of 16 for a spot inthe quarterfinals. I believe that would be the first time since 1978 that a South American team that wasn't Argentina or Brasil would make it to the quarterfinals.
2006-06-15 07:54:11
9.   Bob Timmermann
Ecuador sitting at +5 in goal difference now!

So Germany is going to have to beat Ecuador in the last match on June 20 to win the group.

Or yes we could see Ecuador-Paraguay in one matchup and England-Germany in the other. Of course, if England and Germany don't meet in the Round of 16, they couldn't meet until the final.

2006-06-15 08:14:42
10.   Greg Brock
I bet the English players are scrambling to get their Lucha Libre masks into their shorts right about now...Okay, probably not.

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