World Cup

June 17, 2006

Full-time

Czech Republic

0 - 2

Ghana

Group E

16:00 +00:00, June 17, 2006

Rhein Energie Stadion, Cologne, Germany

Referee: Horacio Elizondo (ARG)

Game 26

  • 91'

    FULL-TIME: Ghana played really well and deserved the win; this group is going down to the wire.

  • 90'

    SAVE! Kingston makes a stunning save as Galasek powers in a header.

  • 89'

    There are a lot of glum faces on the Czech bench. I'm not surprised; they have been thoroughly hammered.

  • 88'

    OFFSIDE! Pimpong and Muntari break through the middle; instead of shooting, Pimpong rolls the ball to his teammate, but the linesman correctly rules offside.

  • 87'

    Essien is ruled offside as he breaks through the middle; Czech Republic look a beaten side. Three minutes to go.

  • 86'

    Like a burst balloon, the tension has been released now; Ghana look really comfortable.

  • 86'

    Muntari is booked for an overly-enthusiastic challenge in midfield. He doesn't look too upset.

  • 85'

    Ghana have deserved this; they have looked a really good side this afternoon.

  • 84'

    GOAL! Ghana celebrate wildly as Muntari slashes a shot high in to the roof of the net. GET IN!

  • 83'

    It has been a really good game; both sides have pushed and pressed forward, and it really could still go either way.

  • 82'

    GOOD DEFENDING! Jankulovski sticks out a boot to take the ball off the foot of Gyan as the striker burst through the middle.

  • 81'

    GHANA SUB: Eric Addo comes on to replace Amoah.

  • 80'

    DREADFUL! Gyan gets on the end of a swift break, but his shot is weak and straight at Cech, who clutches the ball to his chest in relief.

  • 79'

    BRILLIANT CECH! Essien plays a neat one-two with Amoah before sidefooting goalwards, but Cech again saves with his legs.

  • 78'

    Ghana are showing remarkable spirit; they are still searching for a second goal, despite the state of the game. I like them.

  • 77'

    WOEFUL! Jankulovski opts to shoot from the free-kick, but curls his effort high over the crossbar. That was a waste.

  • 76'

    Boateng is shown the yellow card after tripping Rosicky as the Czechs looked to break. Fantastic game at the moment.

  • 75'

    Nedved is down with a touch of cramp; he holds his foot and winces, before brushing his locks out of his eyes and hauling himself to his feet.

  • 74'

    ANOTHER GOOD SAVE! Gyan holds off his marker inside the area before turning and firing in a low shot, but again Cech gets down to save with his legs.

  • 73'

    The game has suddenly become really open and stretched; it is real end-to-end stuff at the moment, which won't please Ghana.

  • 72'

    SAVE! Amoah breaks past his defender and fires a shot towards the near post, but Cech makes a smart save and Czech clear.

  • 71'

    Nedved breaks down the right channel, but his cross in to the back post is overhit. He has worked really hard today, but has been strangely poor with his final ball.

  • 70'

    Czech are trying to up the tempo, but with just 10 men, they are really struggling to break Ghana down.

  • 69'

    OFFSIDE! Nedved is put in by a beautiful pass from Rosicky, but the offside flag stops him in his tracks.

  • 68'

    CZECH SUB: Plasil replaces Sionko; it's an attacking change for the Czechs as they chase an equaliser in the final twenty minutes or so.

  • 67'

    It's stating the obvious, but that is a massive let-off for the Czechs; Ghana should have this game sewn up.

  • 66'

    MISSED! Gyan hits the hardest penalty in football history against the post.

  • 65'

    RED CARD! After a prolonged contemplation, Ujfalusi is sent off for the challenge.

  • 65'

    PENALTY! Ujfalusi trips Gyan as the striker controls a mis-hit shot and turns goalwards. Defo penalty.

  • 64'

    Boateng nails Plasil with a thumping challenge.

  • 63'

    Nedved takes advantage of clever quick throw, but he sloppily allows the ball to go out of play before he sends over his cross.

  • 62'

    Ghana have worked really hard; I wonder if they're going to tire as the game goes on?

  • 61'

    It just hasn't happened for the Czech Republic this afternoon; they haven't really clicked going forward.

  • 60'

    Gyan sends over a wonderful cross from the left; Essien charges in to the middle, but Cech leaps to tip the ball off his forehead. Dramatic stuff.

  • 59'

    Grygera is brought down on the right touchline by Muntari; free-kick.

  • 58'

    There's no way through for Nedved as he tries to muscle through two defenders inside the penalty area.

  • 57'

    Essien tries to roll a pass in to the run of Muntari, but Cech is alert to the danger and smothers the ball.

  • 56'

    SAVE! Plasil gets on the end of a low cross, but his first-time, left-foot shot is turned over the crossbar by Kingston.

  • 55'

    CZECH SUB: Stajner comes on to replace Poborksy.

  • 54'

    ...but his shot is blocked on the edge of the area.

  • 53'

    ...Essien rolls the ball to Amoah...

  • 53'

    Essien stands over a free-kick, 35 yards from goal...

  • 52'

    Jankulovski and Amoah tussle down the right touchline; the Czechs seem to be getting frustrated.

  • 51'

    SAVE! Gyan thrashes a shot goalwards, but Cech makes a full-length save, tipping the ball around the post.

  • 50'

    Kingston comes out and claims a threatening cross.

  • 49'

    Czech Republic haven't played well this afternoon; they have looked a bit clueless going forward.

  • 48'

    A long ball over the top is chased down by Gyan, but Cech just gets to it before him.

  • 47'

    Czechs have made a good start to this second half; they seem really keen to nab an equaliser.

  • 46'

    GOAL! NO! OFFSIDE! Nedved plants a header past Kingston, but the linesman rules him offside. Drat.

  • 45'

    HALF-TIME: A good match, played at a decent tempo. Ghana have the lead, thanks to a very early strike. Should be a good second half. Stay here for all the action.

  • 44'

    BLOCKED! Essien's shot is blocked inside the area after a great move down the right; Ghana deserve their lead; they have done really well in this first half.

  • 43'

    SHANKED! Poborsky gets down the right and crosses towards the penalty spot, but Rosicky scuffs his volley well wide of the post.

  • 42'

    Ghana have worked very hard in this first half; they are making Czech work for everything.

  • 42'

    Gyan is down, holding his head. He appears hurt, and requires some treatment.

  • 41'

    CLOSE! Appiah scuffs his shot from the edge of the area; it has Cech beaten, but the ball bobbles just the wrong side of the post.

  • 40'

    Amoah's pass towards Appiah is far too strong, but Ghana look like they are starting to enjoy themselves now. And why not? This is the World Cup!

  • 39'

    Rosicky runs a long way with the ball, bursting through the middle at the heart of the Ghana defence, but his pass inside is wayward.

  • 38'

    Essien is booked for a raised boot in a challenge in midfield; that was a little harsh, but Essien takes the decision well.

  • 37'

    Jankulovski anxiously clears after being put under pressure by Gyan; the Czechs do look a little vulnerable at the back.

  • 36'

    Kingston comes a long way to claim the ball, but he does well to hold it on the edge of the penalty area.

  • 35'

    Rosicky has a shot blocked on the penalty shot by Mohamed; Czech Republic are starting to click.

  • 34'

    Muntari has put a lot in to this first half; he does well to track back and put a block in against Poborsky.

  • 33'

    BAD FINISH! Gyan is put in by a cute pass from Pantsil, but the striker then rolls a tame shot straight at Cech. Dreadful finish.

  • 32'

    There is a Mexican Wave rolling around the stadium; it looks very pretty, and everyone appears to enjoy it. That's nice.

  • 31'

    WOEFUL! Gyan spins brilliantly in the area, but then blasts his shot over the crossbar from eight yards out. He should hang his head in shame.

  • 30'

    DREADFUL! Poborsky's first touch takes him away from goal; he then pulls his shot across the face of goal from a tight angle. He's not having a good day.

  • 29'

    ...the free-kick is pulled back to the edge of the area, but Nedved's shot is blocked.

  • 29'

    Poborsky is brought down, on the right edge of the penalty area. Free-kick, and a good chance to put some pressure on Ghana...

  • 28'

    AMBITIOUS! Muntari slashes a shot over the crossbar from a tight angle; a cross would have been a better option, surely.

  • 27'

    There are plenty smiles on the Ghana bench; this is a massive game for them. A win would give them a great chance of progressing from a tough group.

  • 26'

    Appiah swings a corner in to the middle for Ghana, but Plasil heads clear.

  • 25'

    Addo throws himself to the ground, rather theatrically. He wins the free-kick, but few admirers for his swan-dive to the turf.

  • 24'

    Poborsky breaks down the right, but his cross is cut out; he should have done much better there. He used to play for Manchester United, you know.

  • 23'

    DREADFUL! Sulley Muntari breaks through the middle, but drags his right-foot shot well wide. There has been some awful shooting so far this afternoon.

  • 23'

    Jaroslav Plasil slices a shot well wide after a penetrating run by Rosicky.

  • 22'

    ...Nedved shanks his shot horribly wide. Rubbish. And he has bad hair.

  • 21'

    Grygera is brought down by Matthew Amoah; free-kick, and a shooting chance...

  • 20'

    Ujfalusi heads a long ball clear; it was meant for Gyan, but he was nowhere near it.

  • 19'

    The referee is Horacio Elizondo from Argentina; he books Addo for a late challenge from behind.

  • 18'

    Muntari swings over a cross from the left, but Grygera heads out for a corner at the near post.

  • 17'

    Ghana are an enthusiastic, hard-working bunch. There is much to admire about The Black Stars.

  • 16'

    Lokvenc chases a ball over the top from Rosicky, but Kingston comes to the edge of his area to collect. Lokvenc has no pace whatsoever.

  • 15'

    WIDE! Appiah fires a low shot a couple of yards wide of the post after he was given plenty time by the retreating Czech defence.

  • 14'

    Jankulovski's cross from the left is easily claimed by Kingston.

  • 13'

    CUTE! Nedved and Rosicky combine well through the middle, before the Juventus man fires a shot at Kingston from just outside the area.

  • 12'

    It has been a scrappy start to the match; neither side has really got their passing going.

  • 11'

    ...but his free-kick is chipped straight to Cech, who claims comfortably.

  • 10'

    Ghana win a free-kick in shooting distance. Appiah stands over the ball, directing procedings...

  • 9'

    It is another really warm and sunny afternoon in Germany; the players will really be feeling the heat down on pitchside.

  • 8'

    Czech Republic haven't got either of their two first-choice strikers available today; Koller and Baros are unlikely to be fit until the quarter-final stage.

  • 7'

    Jankulovski makes a positive run forward from the back, but the move breaks down when his pass goes astray.

  • 6'

    Ghana have got a really strong midfield; it is going to be a fiercely contested battle in there.

  • 5'

    There is a really good atmosphere in the ground this afternoon; both sets of fans are contributing to a happy, happy day.

  • 4'

    OOOH! A cross from Nedved is somehow cleared by Mensah inside his six yard box.

  • 3'

    Amazing start by Ghana; great finish from Gyan after controlling the ball on his chest on the edge of the penalty area.

  • 2'

    GOAL! Gyan controls a chip over the top of the defence before scuffing a left-foot volley in the bottom corner.

  • 1'

    Amoah and Muntari combine well to win Ghana an early corner...

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    GO!

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    Here we are. Everyone who's anyone is out on the pitch, the anthems have been sung and we're tense and ready.

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    Hello. I'm Alex, and my job is to guide you through this beauty - Czech Republic v Ghana. It kicks off in half-an-hour or so; in the meantime, why not have a cup of tea and a biscuit?