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Tuesday, 27th June
Zinedine Zidane Wraps It Up

Second Round Match

Travel to Spain Spain vs Travel to France France
in Hannover

Previous Encounters:
On the past seven encounters, France have won five and drawn one but this is their first meeting in World Cup football.

Spain won the last meeting (2:1), a friendly in Barcelona on 28th March, 2001. While France won the Euro 2000 match in Bruges (2:1) and both preliminary games for Euro 1996.

The Match:
After twenty minutes of play, both teams were still looking for a scoring opportunity. Plenty of ball movement, so we just hope it doesn't turn into a disappointment of Switzerland vs Ukraine proportions.

Then the opening came in the 27th minute when Lilian Thuram went into the back of Ibanez Pablo. David Villa cooly slotted the penalty between the post and Fabien Barthez.

Franck Ribery levelled the score just before half-time as France finally beat the offside trap.

Half-time: (1:1)

The second-half started much the way of the first, so Luis Aragones made an early double substitution to try and gain the advantage.

Spain started to do a few long back-passes, when they couldn't get through France, hoping a Cassilas kick would inspire something.

Then from a Pernia cross, in the 67th minute, Luis Garcia headed down so powerfully that the ball bounced over the bar.

When Carles Puyol became only the second player to be booked in the game, it was to prove costly for Spain. As Zinedine Zidane floated the ball over to the far post, Patrick Vieira headed onto Sergio Ramos's leg and the ball went past Iker Casillas.

The, after getting a yellow card himself, Zinedine Zidanewrapped the game up with France's third goal to set up a quarter-final meeting with Brazil.

Final Score:
Travel to Spain Spain 1 - Travel to France France 3

Goalscorers Goalscorers:
1:0 David Villa (28pen)
1:1 Franck Ribery (41)
1:2 Patrick Vieira (83)
1:3 Zinedine Zidane (90 +2)

Teams

Spain: (Captain Gonzalez Raul)
1 Iker Casillas; 3 Mariano Pernia, 5 Carles Puyol, 15 Garcia Sergio Ramos, 22 Ibanez Pablo; 8 Hernandez Xavi, 14 Xabi Alonso, 18 Francesc Fabregas; 7 Gonzalez Raul, 9 Fernando Torres, 21 David Villa.

France: (Captain Zinedine Zidane)
16 Fabien Barthez; 3 Eric Abidal, 5 William Gallas, 15 Lilian Thuram, 19 Willy Sagnol; 4 Patrick Vieira, 6 Claude Makelele, 7 Florent Malouda, 10 Zinedine Zidane, 22 Franck Ribery; 12 Thierry Henry.

Referee: Roberto Rosetti Travel to Italy

Substitutions Substitutions:
54 Mins (Spain) - 17 Sanchez Joaquin on for 21 David Villa
54 Mins (Spain) - 11 Sanz Luis Garcia on for 7 Gonzalez Raul
72 Mins (Spain) - 16 Marcos Senna on for 8 Hernandez Xavi
74 Mins (France) - 9 Sidney Govou on for 7 Florent Malouda
88 Mins (France) - 11 Sylvain Wiltord on for 12 Thierry Henry

Yellow Cards 4 Yellow Cards:
68 Mins - Patrick Vieira (France)
82 Mins - Carles Puyol (Spain)
88 Mins - Franck Ribery (France)
90+1 - Zinedine Zidane (France)

Red Cards 0 Red Cards.

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Second Round

Game 1
Germany vs Sweden
München

Game 2
England vs Ecuador
Stuttgart

Game 3
Argentina vs Mexico
Leipzig

Game 4
Portugal vs Holland
Nürnberg

Game 5
Italy vs Australia
Kaiserslautern

Game 6
Brazil vs Ghana
Dortmund

Game 7
Switzerland vs Ukraine
Köln

Game 8
Spain vs France
Hannover

Quarter-finals

Game A
Germany vs Argentina
Berlin

Game B
England vs Portugal
Gelsenkirchen

Game C
Italy vs Ukraine
Hamburg

Game D
Brazil vs France
Frankfurt

Semi-finals

Semi Final 1
Germany vs Italy
Dortmund

Semi Final 2
Portugal vs France
München

Third-Place Match

Saturday, 8th July
Germany vs Portugal
Stuttgart

2006 World Cup Final

Sunday, 9th July
Italy vs France
Berlin

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Group B
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Group C
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Holland
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Group D
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Iran
Mexico
Portugal

Group E
Czech Republic
Ghana
Italy
USA

Group F
Australia
Brazil
Croatia
Japan

Group G
France
South Korea
Switzerland
Togo

Group H
Saudi Arabia
Spain
Tunisia
Ukraine

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