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Brazil 2, Australia 0

TALES AZZONI, Associated Press June 18, 2006 MUNICH, Germany — Brazil again couldn’t stage the show everyone has been expecting. And it still grabbed a spot in the second round with a shaky 2-0 win over Australia.

 
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Japan and Croatia keep faint hopes alive

June 18, 2006 Shigemi Sato NUREMBERG (AFP) – Japan and Croatia battled to a goalless draw here which left both nations with a slim chance of reaching the second round of the World Cup.

 
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PORTUGAL-IRAN: Coaches' Quotes

June, 17, 2006 FIFAworldcup.com Luiz Felipe SCOLARI (POR) This was the best performance by my team in the last seven or eight games. Now we have qualified we can concentrate on other things for the next match. We can look at who has got yellow cards while it will also give a chance for some

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PORTUGAL-IRAN: Players' Quotes

June, 17, 2006 FIFAworldcup.com Ferydoon ZANDI (IRN) We weren’t smart enough at the decisive moments. Some of our most important and influential players were never 100 per cent fit. And to be frank, the opening defeat put a damper on the dressing room, so there was no wave of euphoria for us to ride. We

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Three sent off as USA hold Italy

June 17, 2006 by Stefano Blin KAISERSLAUTERN (AFP) – Italy were held to a 1-1 draw by the USA in a bad-tempered World Cup clash in which three players were sent off. The result means that all four teams in Group E, which also includes Ghana and the Czech Republic, still have a chance of

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Ghana pride of Africa as they shock Czechs

June 17, 2006 by Peter Capella COLOGNE (AFP) – Ghana produced the shock of the World Cup so far as they sliced apart the highly fancied Czech Republic 2-0 and threw Group E wide open leaving the Euro 2004 semi-finalists’ World Cup hopes teetering on the brink. The Czech Republic would have been humiliated were

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Iran eliminated after 2:0 loss

June 17, 2006 Talek Harris FRANKFURT (AFP) – Portugal have qualified for the World Cup knock-out stages for the first time in 40 years with a 2-0 win over Iran. Iran offered robust resistance for more than an hour before Brazilian-born Deco’s unstoppable opener. Cristiano Ronaldo settled the matter with a penalty 10 minutes from

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Iran's Daei to play against Portugal, says coach

6/17/2006 Reuters FRANKFURT – Iran veteran striker Ali Daei will play the team’s second World Cup Group D match against Portugal, his coach Branko Ivankovic said on Friday. “After the match against Mexico, a few players were struggling but now all are fit. Daei is an important leader and can make sure that we are

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