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WC 2006 Match Chat: Saudi Arabia vs. Ukraine, 9 am PT
2006-06-19 08:31
by Bob Timmermann

Live from Hamburg!

Ukraine's first-ever appearance in the World Cup was a disaster as they were dismantled 4-0 by Spain. And the game was not as close as the score indicated, although the Spaniards did get a PK goal on a brutally bad call.

Saudi Arabia looked to have three points in the bag against Tunisia, but they gave up a tying goal in the final seconds.

Someone is going to have to take the second spot from Group H and if this match produces a winner, then it very well may be that team.

National Anthems:

Saudi Arabia, Aash Al Maleek

Ukraine, Shche ne vmerla Ukrainy, or Ще не вмерла України

2006-06-19 09:04:33
1.   Bob Timmermann
Andriy Rusol with Ukraine's first ever World Cup goal!
2006-06-19 09:11:56
2.   Bob Timmermann
FIFA MatchCast:

"Dark clouds hovered over the stadium before kickoff and the forecast looks gloomy right now for the Saudis."

2006-06-19 09:36:32
3.   Bob Timmermann
Ukraine still has a ways to go to wipe out that 4-0 loss to Spain, but the Saudis can give up goals.
2006-06-19 10:04:14
4.   Bob Timmermann
One more to go for Ukraine to get back to even in goal difference and have a shot at the second round.
2006-06-19 10:41:45
5.   Bob Timmermann
And now Ukraine is back to level in goal difference, they are in good shape for their last match.
2006-06-19 10:47:03
6.   Greg Brock
Switzerland vs. Togo
Ukraine vs. Saudi Arabia
Spain vs. Tunisia

I believe today represents a low point in World Cup scheduling History. The footie equivalent of baseball's Thursdays.

2006-06-19 10:51:49
7.   Bob Timmermann
Today is the calm before the storm of the next four days.

I should have my predictions for those days going up soon after the Spain-Tunisia match ends.

2006-06-19 10:51:51
8.   Penarol1916
I feel bad for Spain, they'll be feeling so confident after tearing through such a weak group that the fall in the knock-out stages will be even more devastating than usual.
2006-06-19 10:52:09
9.   Vishal
the saudis got murdered
2006-06-19 10:56:30
10.   Bob Timmermann

We've been waiting for our Uruguayan to come back....

Some of us team USA fans need to displace our anger on the wrong person...

2006-06-19 10:57:47
11.   Greg Brock
Well Well Well, if it isn't the resident Uruguayan. Uruguay had established such goodwill here at The Griddle, and then, Senor Larrionda.
2006-06-19 10:58:23
12.   Bob Timmermann
But I do have a no "internet hooliganism" rule on this blog.
2006-06-19 10:59:36
13.   Kayaker7
Spain's style of play is a devastating combination of speed and skill. I've been the most impressed by them in this tourney, thus far. I think they can take Brazil.
2006-06-19 11:02:25
14.   Greg Brock
No hooliganism
No self-immolation

Bob rules The Griddle with an Iron fist.

2006-06-19 11:02:56
15.   Penarol1916
I was at my daughter's softball game, so I didn't see the match at all, so displace anger all you want.
Reports that I read from the Uruguayan media don't really mention the refereeing in that match at all.
The funny thing, is, my brothers, who are much bigger US soccer fans than I am are down in Uruguay and didn't even realize that there was a controversey about the refereeing from just watching the match and having commentators who didn't really care what happened.
2006-06-19 11:04:05
16.   Bob Timmermann
Our protest against Uruguay will be the refusal to listen to any music written or performed by Jorge Drexler.
2006-06-19 11:10:26
17.   Penarol1916
16. Oddly enough, my mother made us listen to Peruvian and Brasilian music along with Broadway showtune growing up, so I never really got into any Uruguayan musicians.
2006-06-19 11:12:35
18.   Bob Timmermann
I would say that Jorge Drexler is the sum total of Uruguayan musicians I know of.

Perhaps we'll just end up rooting for Australia to beat Croatia in their last match.

2006-06-19 11:15:46
19.   Greg Brock
Bob roots against Team Tablecloth...Shocking turn of events.
2006-06-19 11:18:34
20.   Bob Timmermann
Nah, gotta go for the Tablecloth! The Tablecloth will not die! The Tablecloth cannot fold!
2006-06-19 21:42:42
21.   das411
Booyah! So Ukraine only wins the matches that I do not watch...hmm...

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