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WC 2006 Match Chat: Group D Finale, 7 am PT
2006-06-21 04:00
by Bob Timmermann

Angola vs. Iran from Leipzig

Portugal vs. Mexico from Gelsenkirchen

The top two teams in Group D face off in the big match of the morning. Portugal has clinched a second round spot, but Mexico needs at least a tie to move on after they played a scoreless tie against Angola. If Mexico loses, expect to hear a lot of complaining from the Mexican press and fans who are sort of like Red Sox fans pre-2004.

Angola has yet to score a goal in the World Cup, but the Black Antelopes have given up just one. Iran scored a goal against Mexico, but otherwise haven't shown any propensity to do much of anything. And the Iranian Parliament is starting to ask for an investigation into the team.

If Mexico were to lose, Angola would need to make up the goal difference on Mexico. Mexico is +2 right now and Angola is -1. If Mexico lost and Angola won, they would have to change to at least +1 and 0. And since the total goals are also in Mexico's favor (3 to 0 now), Angola is going to need something like a 3-0 win over Iran to move on. Probably won't happen.

2006-06-21 05:25:42
1.   Sam DC
Well Bob, in case you thought your Frank bashing was a little too much for Chris Needham, not to worry. From his writeup of last night's game: "Well, Frank Robinson is a feckin' doddering idiot then." Ouch.
2006-06-21 06:31:37
2.   Penarol1916
Is it really fair to compare Mexico fans to the Red Sox fans pre-2004. At least the Red Sox fans had teams that were good enough to get close to a championship, Mexico has always been an also-ran.
2006-06-21 07:01:00
3.   Bob Timmermann
I guess I was aiming for the way the Mexican press complains so much about the team and is never happy.
2006-06-21 07:05:52
4.   Bob Timmermann
And the depression starts in Mexico.
2006-06-21 07:24:51
5.   Bob Timmermann
OK, there's a lot of depression in Mexico now.

Mexico's goal difference is at 0. If this holds up, Angola can move on with a 1-0 win over Iran.

2006-06-21 07:25:50
6.   Bob Timmermann
Whoops, Angola needs to win 2-0.
2006-06-21 07:29:51
7.   Bob Timmermann
And now Angola needs to win 3-0!
2006-06-21 08:27:44
8.   Bob Timmermann
Angola gol!
2006-06-21 08:28:54
9.   Penarol1916
And a red card for Iran, come on you Portuguese, two more goals, it's the least you can do for your former colony.
2006-06-21 08:32:10
10.   Bob Timmermann
It's Mexico with the red card isn't it?
2006-06-21 08:33:32
11.   Penarol1916
My New York Times match tracker just corrected himself that it was Mexico he was referring to, not Iran, the dastard. Still, Portugal needs to do this for Angola.
2006-06-21 08:35:39
12.   Bob Timmermann
I would have to think that the winner of the Netherlands-Argentina match is licking its chops at the idea of facing Mexico or Iran in the next round.
2006-06-21 08:37:51
13.   Bob Timmermann
And Iran makes everybody in Mexico breathe easier.
2006-06-21 08:38:51
14.   Penarol1916
That just makes me very sad, stupid Iran.
2006-06-21 08:53:37
15.   yankee23
12 Iran=Angola? I just want to make sure I'm not confused, Iran has 0 points, right?
2006-06-21 08:54:38
16.   Bob Timmermann
Sorry all of our coffee hasn't kicked in here.

Yes, I meant Angola, but it's a moot point.

2006-06-21 08:54:41
17.   yankee23
Owen's officially out for the remainder of the tournament:

2006-06-21 08:55:30
18.   yankee23
Certainly so, I just wasn't sure if I was misunderstanding or something. I'm only an hour ahead of you, so I'm a bit out of it still, as well.
2006-06-21 08:56:08
19.   Bob Timmermann
And the final standings:

Portugal 9 pts
Mexico 4 pts
Angola 2 pts
Iran 0 pts

2006-06-21 09:07:25
20.   Ken Arneson
19 You shortchanged Iran:
Portugal 9 pts
Mexico 4 pts
Angola 2 pts
Iran 1 pt
2006-06-21 09:13:16
21.   Bob Timmermann
I'm shorting changing everybody today!

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