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WC 2006 Match Chat: Czech Republic vs. Ghana, 9 am PT
2006-06-17 08:24
by Bob Timmermann

Live from Cologne!

The Czech Republic flattened the USA 3-0 in its opener while Ghana lost its first ever World Cup match 2-0 to Italy.

The Czechs would be almost guaranteed a spot in the second round with a win. A tie would be almost as good since the Czechs have the best goal difference in Group E.

The big story for the Czechs is the health of strikers Jan Koller and Milan Baros. Baros did not play against the USA and Koller left in the first half with a hamstring injury. Like an NHL coach, Czech manager Karel Bruckner isn't say how badly they are injured and who will play.

Ghana is likely happy to be in Germany and the Black Stars probably have their eyes on their third match against the USA.

National Anthems:

Czech Republic, Kde domov můj?

Ghana, God Bless Our Homeland Ghana

2006-06-16 21:37:07
1.   das411
Bob, that should read "...and Koller left in the first half with a[n] upper body injury. "
2006-06-16 22:18:11
2.   Ken Arneson
The hamstring is in the upper body?
2006-06-17 08:23:56
3.   Bob Timmermann
Hey I put the wrong date on this! Time to fix that.
2006-06-17 09:22:42
4.   das411
2 - The opponents are not supposed to know what injured body part to go after Ken.

So is most of the stadium wearing those red Czech jerseys or are those actually empty seats?

2006-06-17 09:22:54
5.   Bob Timmermann
Gee whiz, I have to drive in to work and I miss a Ghana goal!

Go Ghana Go!

2006-06-17 09:23:53
6.   Bob Timmermann
I'm guessing that there are a lot of Czechs at that game. They don't have to go that far.
2006-06-17 09:47:24
7.   Bob Timmermann
A Ghana win would surpass the Angola-Mexico and T&T-Sweden ties as the upset of the tournament.

The Czech are missing Koller down in the low post.

2006-06-17 10:02:49
8.   Bob Timmermann
My brother blogs from Kaiserslautern:

"On a non-soccer note, Drew Carey is sitting at the next table here at the press center in Kaiserslautern."

2006-06-17 10:02:55
9.   Greg Brock
Wow, a guy goes off to the gym in the morning, comes back, and Ghana is beating the Czech Republic. Dios mio.
2006-06-17 10:05:29
10.   Bob Timmermann
Sadly, one of my favorite names of the tournament has been subbed out:

Otto Addo

2006-06-17 10:16:55
11.   Greg Brock
I was disappointed that Cameroon didn't make it, just to see my favorite name in the Cup:

Joseph-Desire Job

2006-06-17 10:18:00
12.   Bob Timmermann
Sepp Blatter frowns on ticket scalping.

2006-06-17 10:20:16
13.   Greg Brock
Wow, resignation from FIFA, I understand. But exile? Does Blatter work for HUAC or something?
2006-06-17 10:21:24
14.   Bob Timmermann
Sepp is all-powerful!

And the guy has to go back to Botswana.

Or maybe he'll just hang out in France or Switzerland.

2006-06-17 10:21:47
15.   Bob Timmermann
Un penal!
2006-06-17 10:22:18
16.   Greg Brock
I'm calling blocked
2006-06-17 10:22:40
17.   Bob Timmermann
La tarjeta roja!
2006-06-17 10:23:08
18.   Greg Brock
Ujfalusi, your presence is no longer required.
2006-06-17 10:23:36
19.   Greg Brock
I knew this was too good to be true.
2006-06-17 10:24:07
20.   Bob Timmermann
Back to Accra with you, Gyan!
2006-06-17 10:29:13
21.   Bob Timmermann
Checking in with my brother in Kaiserslautern, he's told me that with Lokvenc's yellow today, he'll miss the Italy match. And Koller and Baros should also as well.
2006-06-17 10:32:17
22.   Greg Brock
Ujfalusi's red today didn't help matters either. Well, for the Czechs, at least. Worked out pretty well for me.
2006-06-17 10:33:56
23.   Bob Timmermann
The Guardian:

Boateng just scythed down Rosicky - and recieved a booking. Jankulovski's free-kick hits a leprechaun in the 37th row.

2006-06-17 10:39:17
24.   Greg Brock
Goodness gracious.
2006-06-17 10:40:42
25.   Bob Timmermann
Ghana now has an EXCELLENT chance of making the second round. Their goal difference is 0 now. The Czechs are at +1.

And the Czechs are going to be hard-pressed to score a lot of goals against Italy without any good forwards.

And I think Ghana can get at least a tie against the US.

2006-06-17 10:42:31
26.   Bob Timmermann
Razak Pimpong is another very good name.
2006-06-17 10:43:23
27.   Greg Brock
I was going to make a Pimpong comment. Great name.
2006-06-17 10:45:07
28.   Bob Timmermann
Both goal scorers for Ghana today will miss the USA match.
2006-06-17 10:46:40
29.   Greg Brock
Pimpong is having great difficulty understanding the nuances of the offside rule.
2006-06-17 10:47:11
30.   Bob Timmermann
Perhaps Pimpong grew up in the U.S. then.
2006-06-17 10:48:51
31.   Greg Brock
Very true. If so, he would certainly understand the proper way to stick the straw in a Capri Sun fruit drink.
2006-06-17 10:51:06
32.   Bob Timmermann
All over! Time to redo the preview for the USA-Italy match.
2006-06-17 10:53:19
33.   Greg Brock
I think the population of The Griddle will increase substantially for the next match.
2006-06-17 10:57:07
34.   Bob Timmermann
Poland-Germany is the current leader in terms of traffic.

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