PES predicts: Day 11

Monday 19 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 eleven

Match one: Togo vs Switzerland

Both teams are pushing the ball around well in the early stages, with Togo finding plenty of space for some attacking moves. But neither side can hold down the pressure once in front of goal and Switzerland's defence is especially efficient. The only chance comes as Togo's Salifou shoots ambitiously from outside the area, his strike cannoning off a defender and nearly bounding into the net.

PES predicts: Togo 0, Switzerland 0

Match two: Saudi Arabia vs Ukraine

While Ukraine start well, tearing open the Saudi defence with brilliant passing moves, Saudi Arabia immediately resort to the long ball approach, banging the ball up field at every opportunity. With both teams failing to send through that crucial final pass in attack, the Arabian players start to find space down the wings, but their strikers can't connect with the crosses.

Al Temyat has Saudi Arabia's best chance, smashing a strong shot straight into the keeper's gut, but never looks like putting the ball away. And, despite looking good early on, the Ukrainian players struggle to make an impact in the second half. Neither side work hard enough to take away the win.

PES predicts: Saudi Arabia 0, Ukraine 0

Above: Spain's Torres fires a shot just wide of the Tunisian goal during the first few minutes

Match three: Spain vs Tunisia

They're not the biggest team in the tournament, but Tunisia is still able to make this a difficult match for Spain. The Tunisian defence looks strong, muscling out the Spanish forwards and keeping their line well. Spain still has all the chances, but can't make them pay. Torres flashes a shot wide in the early moments, and wastes his best scoring opportunity with a poor touch in the area, allowing the Tunisian keeper to gather the loose ball.

PES predicts: Spain 0, Tunisia 0

Previous matches

Day one,Day two,Day three,Day four,Day five,Day six,Day seven,Day eight,Day nine,Day ten

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