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Sunday, 11th June 2006
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Group D Match

Angola vs Portugal
Kln

Previous Encounters:
Angola and Portugal have met twice before; both friendly matches in Lisbon. Portugal won both of the encounters against their former colony: (6:0) on 29th March, 1989 and (5:1) on 14th November, 2001.

The Match:
Angola's Fabrice Akwa said before the game that he wouldn't sign a contract for a draw against former colonial rulers, Portugal if it was on the table and insists that Angola will be looking to cause what would be considered a major upset, of  Senegal vs France proportions, and aim for all three points.

Portugal, determined not to let that happen, attacked from the kick-off, with Pauleta almost scoring on 14 seconds; the ball just going wide of the far post.

In the 4th minute he did get on the scoresheet though, latching onto a cut-back from Luis Figo; who had made the run down the left.

Ze Kalanga and Fabrice Akwa tried to get Angola back into the game, before Portugal opened the floodgates.

On the 25th minute, the Angolan captain tried a spectacular overhead kick from Manuel Loco's right wing cross.

With Portugal not getting the second goal, as expected, Angola started to feel a little more confident.

Cristiano Ronaldo's header onto the bar, from Luis Figo's corner just after the half-hour, reminded the Africans that the threat was still there.

Andre Macanga forced Joao Ricardo to push his fierce drive away for a corner, three minutes from half-time. And soon after, Ronaldo was again frustrated as Alexandre Ricardo saved another first-time shot; after Portugal worked the ball elegantly down the right wing.

Angola could go into the break feeling respectable.

Half-time: (0-1).

After an hour without another goal, some sections of the crowd starting whistling their disapproval.

Maniche tried to fire Teamgeist home in the last minute but it was a futile attempt to double the score, which on their second-half performance they wouldn't have really deserved.

Like England, an early goal was enough for Portugal to get the three points on the board but it's going to need a lot more to convince neutrals that Portugal are World Champion material.

Final Score:
Angola 0 - Portugal 1

Goalscorers Goalscorers:
0:1 Pedro Pauleta (4)

Our Man of The Match:
Luis Figo.

Teams

Angola: (Captain Fabrice Akwa/Paulo Figueiredo)
1 Joao Ricardo; 3 Joao Jamba, 5 Carlos Kali, 20 Manuel Loco, 21 Luis Delgado; 7 Paulo Figueiredo, 8 Andre Macanga, 14 Antonio Mendonca, 17 Jose Ze Kalanga; 10 Fabrice Akwa, 11 Andre Mateus.

Portugal: (Captain Luis Figo)
1 Alexandre Ricardo; 5 Fernando Meira, 13 Luis Miguel, 14 Nuno Valente, 16 Ricardo Carvalho; 7 Luis Figo, 8 Armando Petit, 11 Sabrosa Simao, 17 Cristiano Ronaldo, 19 Cardoso Tiago; 9 Pedro Pauleta.

Referee:
Jorge Larrionda (Uruguay)

Substitutions Substitutions:
59 Mins (Angola) - 9 Pedro Mantorras in for 10 Fabrice Akwa
60 Mins (Portugal) - 6 Costinha in for 17 Cristiano Ronaldo
70 Mins (Angola) - 13 Nobre Edson in for 17 Jose Ze Kalanga
72 Mins (Portugal) - 18 Nuno Maniche in for 8 Armando Petit
80 Mins (Angola) - 6 Marcos Milloy in for 7 Paulo Figueiredo
82 Mins (Portugal) - 10 Hugo Viana in for 19 Cardoso Tiago

Yellow Cards 5 Yellow Cards:
26 Mins - Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
28 Mins - Joao Jamba (Angola)
45 Mins - Manuel Loco (Angola)
52 Mins - Andre Macanga (Angola)
79 Mins - Nuno Valente (Portugal)

Red Cards 0 Red Cards.

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Friday, 9th June
Germany vs Costa Rica
Poland vs Ecuador

Saturday 10th June
Argentina vs Ivory Coast
England vs Paraguay
Trinidad vs Sweden

Sunday 11th June
Angola vs Portugal
Mexico vs Iran
Serbia vs Holland

Monday 12th June
Australia vs Japan
Italy vs Ghana
USA vs Czech Republic

Tuesday 13th June
Brazil vs Croatia
France vs Switzerland
South Korea vs Togo

Wednesday 14th June
Germany vs Poland
Spain vs Ukraine
Tunisia vs Saudi Arabia

Thursday 15th June
Ecuador vs Costa Rica
England vs Trinidad
Sweden vs Paraguay

Friday 16th June
Argentina vs Serbia
Holland vs Ivory Coast
Mexico vs Angola

Saturday 17th June
Czech Republic vs Ghana
Italy vs USA
Portugal vs Iran

Sunday 18th June
Brazil vs Australia
France vs South Korea
Japan vs Croatia

Monday 19th June
Saudi Arabia vs Ukraine
Spain vs Tunisia
Togo vs Switzerland

Tuesday 20th June
Costa Rica vs Poland
Ecuador vs Germany
Paraguay vs Trinidad
Sweden vs England

Wednesday 21st June
Holland vs Argentina
Iran vs Angola
Ivory Coast vs Serbia
Portugal vs Mexico

Thursday 22nd June
Croatia vs Australia
Czech Republic vs Italy
Ghana vs USA
Japan vs Brazil

Friday 23rd June
Saudi Arabia vs Spain
Switzerland vs South Korea
Togo vs France
Ukraine vs Tunisia

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Germany
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Group B
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Paraguay
Sweden
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Group C
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Cte d'Ivoire
Holland
Serbia and Montenegro

Group D
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Iran
Mexico
Portugal

Group E
Czech Republic
Ghana
Italy
USA

Group F
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Brazil
Croatia
Japan

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France
South Korea
Switzerland
Togo

Group H
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Spain
Tunisia
Ukraine

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