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Thursday, June 15, 2006

Germany beat Poland to assure second stage spot

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Oliver Neuville jumped in from the bench to score the only goal in the German 1-0 victory over Poland in a World Cup match in Dortmund.

In fact, this game was scoreless until injury time, when Neuville punched in a goal on a pass from substitute David Ondonkur. What's more, Poland was playing with 10 men after Radoslaw Sobolewski was sent off in the 75th minute for tripping striker Miroslav Klose. The result gives Germany six points from two games.

In other matches, Saudi Arabia battled Tunisia to a 2-2 draw, while Spain dominated Ukraine 4-0 in their Group-H football matches.

The Saudi squad fought back from a 1-0 first half deficit Wednesday, and appeared to be on the way to a 2-1 victory in Munich. Tunisia first took the lead on a goal from striker Zied Jaziri in the 23rd minute, and Saudi Arabia's Yasser al-Kahtani scored the equalizer in the 57th minute.

It's important to say that Sami al-Jaber gave the Saudis a 2-1 lead in the 84th minute. With injury time running down, Tunisia's Radhi Jaidi tied the match 2-2 with a 92nd minute tally.

Meanwhile in Leipzig, Spain scored two goals in each half on the way to the biggest victory margin so far at this year's World Cup. Amazingly, Xabi Alonso scored in the 13th minute. David Villa made it 2-0 in the 17th, then tallied again on a penalty kick in the 47th. Fernando Torres' powerful shot in the 81st minute marked the final 4-0.

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