After a very disappointing entrance to the tournament by many of the European powerhouses, England, France and Portugal, the sixth day of the competition started with a bang. In the match up between the two top teams of Group H, Spain dominated Ukraine for a comfortable 4-0 win. The Spaniards had sealed the victory in the first 20 minutes of the game with goals by Xabi Alonso and David Villa. The latter also scored Spain’s 3rd goal in the opening minutes of the second half on a penalty by Vashchuk who, in addition, was ejected from the game. Torres put the icing on the cake for his team’s impressive start scoring on the 81st minute with a well struck shot. Spain is now in control of their group and only a win away from solidifying a first place finish.

In the second game of the same group, Saudi Arabia met Tunisia in what turned out to be a very dramatic affair. The Saudi Arabians went to the dressing room at half time trailing 1-0. However, they managed a comeback in the second half going ahead 2-1 with some clinical finishing by Sami Al Jaber. Tunisia tied the game in injury time, 92nd minute, on a counter attack and powerful header by Radhi Jaidi. At this point second place in this group is open to anyone of Ukraine, Saudi Arabia or Tunisia although the former are expected to win it if they manage to shake off their earlier thrashing by Spain.

The day ended with another exciting game, the hosts Germany versus Poland. The former wanted a victory to prove that their win five days ago was not a fluke and at the same time come very close to moving on to the next round. Poland on the other hand wanted to make up for a much unexpected loss to Ecuador and of course retain their hopes for a stay in the competition. Both teams did not disappoint. The game had a fast pace since the beginning and although Germany had more possession and chances to open the score, Poland was also creating opportunities. The first half ended with the two teams deadlocked at 0-0. The second half was all Germany who tried desperately to score a goal while Poland kept a clean sheet on an excellent performance by their goalkeeper, Artur Boruc. Finally, Oliver Neuville put one in at the 91st minute to give Germany the win and first place in their group. Poland on the other hand will be heading home early.

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