June 17, 2006

Ghana 2, Czech Republic 0: Finally, an upset. Wow. This game was not that close, as Czech goalkeeper Petr Cech (what is it with the Czechs and great goalies, anyway?) made a series of spectacular saves, and Ghana blew numerous other chances with a man advantage in the final twenty minutes, including a penalty kick that clanged off the goal post. But they converted twice, the first time with the game barely a minute old, and dominated the game in much the same way the U.S. was dominated by the Czechs on Monday. The Czechs still have a goal scored advantage on Ghana, which could make margins of victory important come Wednesday.

The ABC announcers have coyly stated that even if the U.S. loses today, they cannot now be eliminated. That would be exactly what the world of soccer needs, the Americans still alive after two bad losses and the brave players from the Ivory Coast and Poland already assured of going home....

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