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Thursday 29 June 2006
Throughout the 2006 World Cup we'll be predicting each day's results - using Pro Evolution Soccer! We'll select the teams and let the game play out the action on its own, before posting a quick match report and the final, PES-predicted score.
2006 World Cup: Day 20
Match one: Germany vs Argentina
A pacy German attack from the kick-off puts Argentina on the back foot, with Podolski racing past the opposition defence but firing wide of goal. Germany's fluent passing keeps Argentina pinned back and before half-time Klose puts the host nation ahead, collecting a smart pass from Ballack in front of goal and unleashing a spinning shot into the bottom left corner.
Argentina are unable to keep possession long enough to build a threatening move, although Crespo bothers the German backline, forcing an error, but he's unable to put his lob over the oncoming keeper. But Klose puts the result beyond doubt with his second strike of the match, pouncing on the rebound of a saved shot from Schneider and poking the ball home.
PES predicts: Germany 2, Argentina 0
Above: Caught wandering away from goal, Buffon is unable to get a hand to Gusin's arching header
Match two: Italy vs Ukraine
With Nesta and Materazzi out, Italy look to back-up defender Barzagli to help Cannavaro plug the gaps. But within 10 minutes a mis-timed header from Barzagli has to be desperately cleared off the line by Zambrotta, and before half-time the back-up defender is cleverly beaten by a jinking Shevchenko, allowing the Ukraine striker to get clear on goal and score the opener.
Italy have their own chances and their passing is sharp, but there's no finishing touch and Gilardino puts a total of four headed attempts wide from an unmarked position. Finally, Ukraine win a corner in the dying moments and the Italian clearance is poor. It falls to a sprinting Gusin, who clouts a storming header from 30 yards that powers past Buffon, caught well off his line, and into the net.
PES predicts: Italy 0, Ukraine 2