PES predicts: Day 12

Tuesday 20 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 12

Match one: Ecuador vs Germany

The World Cup hosts kick this game off in mean style with a snatched goal from Ecuador's messy defending; with Ecuador struggling to clear from a corner kick, the defence is pushed back and forced into a loose pass, which Klose instantly pounces on and powers into the goal. Ecuador's Delgado forces a fingertip save from Lehmann in the second half, but Germany always look like winning.

PES predicts: Ecuador 0, Germany 1

Match two: Costa Rica vs Poland

With only three shots on goal in the whole game - and those from Costa Rica's energetic forwards - this is a poor game. Both teams are guilty of stupid errors in passing and tackling with Poland failing to punish Costa Rica in two spectacular mess-ups in their own area, resulting in a loose ball that's just out of reach from the Polish strikers.

PES predicts: Costa Rica 0, Poland 0

Match three: Paraguay vs Trinidad & Tobago

Trinidad need to win here, and they're attacking powerfully from the off. The first half sees them keep possession, but it's not until after half-time that they threaten Paraguay's goal - John powering a header into the keeper and, seconds later, Jones just putting a chance over the bar. Paraguay hardly feature with only one well-wide shot, and are lucky to take a draw.

PES predicts: Paraguay 0, Trinidad & Tobago 0

Above: Unlikely goal scorer Hargreaves puts England ahead with a fantastic left-foot shot

Match four: Sweden vs England

Sweden give England the run around with some nice passing early on but the reinstated Rooney eventually makes a break. After bundling through the defence his shot is saved, the ricochet falling to Hargreaves who finishes with a great left-foot shot to put England ahead. Sweden pile on the pressure in the second half but can't find a gap in England's breathless, but watertight, defence.

PES predicts: Sweden 0, England 1

Previous matches

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

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