2 meaningful games and 2 games for pride today. In Group A, Ecuador and Germany got it on in Berlin to settle first and second. And over in Koln, England and Sweden battled for Group B supremacy.
The expansive Berlin Stadium - looks like the LA Coliseum East - hosted 2 surprising undefeateds. Germany got on the board quickly with a sublime finish by the Polish Klose (did you know Klose was born in Oppeln Poland?). He then added a second just before the whistle killing of the match for the most part. Podolski then opened his scoring tally with a second half goal, as Germany rolled to the 3-0 victory, more happiness for my man Klinsmann! Germany clinches top spot and Ecuador enjoys another game. Back to Klose, he really has a knack for scoring in the Cup - that brings his lifetime Cup goal tally to 10 goals - wow.
In the Group B game for top spot - England finally played their first choice striking pair of Rooney and Owen against the Swedes. The problem was Owen only played for ONE MINUTE before twisting his knee. Neither teammates nor coaches sound too optimistic, and having watched the replay on Tivo many times it doesn't look good on tv either. Just bad luck for my Newcastle man - hopefully he's back for the Intertoto Cup for the Geordies. Crouch replaced Owen....ummmm why Did Sven bring young Theo if he wasn't ever going to use him? Crouch is carrying a yellow and risked suspension with another. You can't tell me A.Johnson or Defoe wouldn't have been given a run-out for Owen in this situation if they had been on the bench. Anyway the defensive affair was broken with the GOAL OF THE TOURNAMENT so far by little Joe Cole - watch the video here - it comes at the 1:07 point of the highlights. Just a superb strike. Sweden pulled one back early in the second half, only to go down again to a fine header from Gerard (Cole with the nice assist). Sweden knotted it up at 2 with a weird Larsson goal late, and that's how it finished 2-2.
Knockout Round Match-ups:
Germany vs. Sweden
England vs. Ecuador