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Monday, 19th June 2006
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Group H Match

Spain vs Tunisia
Stuttgart

Previous Encounters:
Spain and Tunisia had never met before the Germany 2006 World Cup Finals.

The Match:
Spain started with a succession of short passes around their own half, to let the team get a feel for the ball.

Before the Spaniards could get into their rhythm, Radhi Jaidi slipped in behind Carles Puyol and although three defenders tried to crowd him out of space, he slipped the ball into the path of Jaouhar Mnari's. When Casillas failed to hold the shot, the FC Nürnberg midfielder followed up to slam the ball into the back of the net.

Despite all their running the final ball just wasn't working for Spain, who were expecting to qualify from the group this evening.

Half-time: (0:1).

Spain came out for the second half looking to get back on level terms as soon as possible; substitute Francesc Fabregas almost doing it with a stunning shot that Boumnijel managed to turn away.

Substitutions were made early by both teams; Spain with no more substitutes available if anything goes wrong in the last 30 minutes.

Typical of Spain's play, Torres had what looked like a good chance to break through on goal, until he tried to beat the same play three times; pretty play but far from effective.

Radhi Jaidi continued to do a good job stopping Spain's raids, until he earned himself a yellow card.

The next attack by Spain resulted in the goal they needed, as Raul was on hand to tap in after Boumnijel palmed the first shot away; into the path of the perennial predator.

Three minutes later, Boumnijel redeemed himself by blocking a Fabregas shot with his foot.

Amazingly, Boumnijel was then caught on the edge of his area as Fernando Torres ran onto a visionary through ball from Fabregas and rounded the Tunisian keeper to angle a shot into the goal before the Tunisian defenders could cut it out.

Spain made the scoreline look more respectable with an injury time penalty, that Torres slotted under the goalkeeper.

Final Score:
Spain 3 - Tunisia 1

Goalscorers Goalscorers:
0:1 Jaouhar Mnari (8)
1:1 Gonzalez Raul (71)
2:1 Fernando Torres (76)
3:1 Fernando Torres (90pen)

Teams

Spain: (Captain Iker Casillas)
1 Iker Casillas; 3 Mariano Pernia, 5 Carles Puyol, 15 Garcia Sergio Ramos, 22 Ibanez Pablo; 8 Hernandez Xavi, 14 Xabi Alonso, 16 Marcos Senna; 9 Fernando Torres, 11 Sanz Luis Garcia, 21 David Villa.

Tunisia: (Captain Riadh Bouazizi/Kaies Ghodhbane)
1 Ali Boumnijel; 3 Karim Haggui, 6 Hatem Trabelsi, 15 Radhi Jaidi, 19 Anis Ayari; 8 Mehdi Nafti, 12 Jaouhar Mnari, 13 Riadh Bouazizi, 14 Adel Chedli, 20 Hamed Namouchi; 5 Zied Jaziri.

Referee:
Carlos Simon (Brazil)

Substitutions Substitutions:
46 Mins (Spain) - 7 Gonzalez Raul on for 11 Sanz Luis Garcia
46 Mins (Spain) - 18 Francesc Fabregas on for 16 Marcos Senna
56 Mins (Spain) - 17 Sanchez Joaquin on for 21 David Villa
57 Mins (Tunisia) - 10 Kaies Ghodhbane on for 13 Riadh Bouazizi
57 Mins (Tunisia) - 4 Alaeddine Yahia on for 19 Anis Ayari
79 Mins (Tunisia) - 7 Haykel Gmamdia on for 14 Adel Chedli

Yellow Cards 8 Yellow Cards:
30 Mins - Carles Puyol (Spain)
32 Mins - Anis Ayari (Tunisia)
40 Mins - Hatem Trabelsi (Tunisia)
70 Mins - Radhi Jaidi (Tunisia)
80 Mins - Haykel Gmamdia (Tunisia)
85 Mins - Zied Jaziri (Tunisia)
90 Mins - Francesc Fabregas (Spain)
92 Mins - Jaouhar Mnari (Tunisia)

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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Teams by Group

Group A
Costa Rica
Ecuador
Germany
Poland

Group B
England
Paraguay
Sweden
Trinidad and Tobago

Group C
Argentina
Côte d'Ivoire
Holland
Serbia and Montenegro

Group D
Angola
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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