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Play in Group A of the 2006 FIFA World Cup began on 9 June and completed on 20 June 2006. Germany won the group, and advanced to the second round, along with Ecuador. Poland and Costa Rica were eliminated.

StandingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Germany (H) 3 3 0 0 8 2 +6 9 Advance to knockout stage
2   Ecuador 3 2 0 1 5 3 +2 6
3   Poland 3 1 0 2 2 4 −2 3
4   Costa Rica 3 0 0 3 3 9 −6 0
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Tie-breaking criteria
(H) Host.

MatchesEdit

All times local (CEST/UTC+2)

Germany vs Costa RicaEdit

After just six minutes, Philipp Lahm put Germany in front with a curling shot from outside the penalty area that beat José Porras and flew into the top corner.[1] However, Costa Rica's Paulo Wanchope equalized minutes later after breaching the German defence.[2] Germany retained their lead five minutes later when Miroslav Klose shot in Bernd Schneider's cross.[3] Klose netted his second goal just after the hour-mark, putting in the rebound after his own header was parried by Porras. However, after 12 minutes Costa Rica again cut the deficit with Wanchope scoring past Jens Lehmann with a composed finish after receiving a Walter Centeno's cross,[4] although the German players believed Wanchope was offside. The Germans sealed the victory three minutes from time with Torsten Frings firing in a long-range shot that beat Porras in similar fashion to Lahm's goal.[5] Frings' goal is considered as one of the tournament's best.

Germany  4–2  Costa Rica
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Germany
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Costa Rica
GK 1 Jens Lehmann
RB 3 Arne Friedrich
CB 17 Per Mertesacker
CB 21 Christoph Metzelder
LB 16 Philipp Lahm
RM 19 Bernd Schneider (c)   90+1'
CM 8 Torsten Frings
CM 18 Tim Borowski   72'
LM 7 Bastian Schweinsteiger
CF 11 Miroslav Klose   79'
CF 20 Lukas Podolski
Substitutions:
MF 5 Sebastian Kehl   72'
FW 10 Oliver Neuville   79'
MF 22 David Odonkor   90+1'
Manager:
  Jürgen Klinsmann
 
GK 18 José Porras
RB 5 Gilberto Martínez   66'
CB 4 Michael Umaña
CB 20 Douglas Sequeira
CB 3 Luis Marín (c)
LB 12 Leonardo González
CM 6 Danny Fonseca   30'
CM 10 Walter Centeno
CM 8 Mauricio Solís   78'
CF 11 Rónald Gómez   90+1'
CF 9 Paulo Wanchope
Substitutions:
DF 2 Jervis Drummond   66'
MF 7 Christian Bolaños   78'
MF 14 Randall Azofeifa   90+1'
Manager:
  Alexandre Guimarães

Man of the Match:
Miroslav Klose (Germany)

Assistant referee:
Darío García (Argentina)
Rodolfo Otero (Argentina)
Fourth official:
Carlos Chandía (Chile)
Fifth official:
Cristian Julio (Chile)

Poland vs EcuadorEdit

Poland  0–2  Ecuador
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Poland
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ecuador
GK 1 Artur Boruc
RB 4 Marcin Baszczyński
CB 2 Mariusz Jop
CB 6 Jacek Bąk (c)
LB 14 Michał Żewłakow
RM 15 Euzebiusz Smolarek   37'
CM 16 Arkadiusz Radomski
CM 7 Radosław Sobolewski   67'
LM 10 Mirosław Szymkowiak
CF 8 Jacek Krzynówek   78'
CF 9 Maciej Żurawski   83'
Substitutions:
FW 21 Ireneusz Jeleń   67'
MF 5 Kamil Kosowski   78'
FW 23 Paweł Brożek   83'
Manager:
Paweł Janas
 
GK 12 Cristian Mora
RB 4 Ulises de la Cruz   69'
CB 3 Iván Hurtado (c)   31'
CB 17 Giovanny Espinoza
LB 18 Neicer Reasco
RM 16 Antonio Valencia
CM 14 Segundo Castillo
CM 20 Edwin Tenorio
LM 8 Édison Méndez   70'
CF 11 Agustín Delgado   83'
CF 21 Carlos Tenorio   65'
Substitutions:
FW 10 Iván Kaviedes   65'
DF 2 Jorge Guagua   69'
MF 6 Patricio Urrutia   83'
Manager:
  Luis Fernando Suárez

Man of the Match:
Agustín Delgado (Ecuador)

Assistant referees:
Yoshikazu Hiroshima (Japan)
Kim Dae-young (Korea Republic)
Fourth official:
Ľuboš Micheľ (Slovakia)
Fifth official:
Roman Slysko (Slovakia)

Germany vs PolandEdit

Germany  1–0  Poland
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Germany
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Poland
GK 1 Jens Lehmann
RB 3 Arne Friedrich   64'
CB 17 Per Mertesacker
CB 21 Christoph Metzelder   70'
LB 16 Philipp Lahm
RM 19 Bernd Schneider
CM 8 Torsten Frings
CM 13 Michael Ballack (c)   58'
LM 7 Bastian Schweinsteiger   77'
CF 11 Miroslav Klose
CF 20 Lukas Podolski   71'
Substitutions:
MF 22 David Odonkor   68'   64'
FW 10 Oliver Neuville   71'
MF 18 Tim Borowski   77'
Manager:
Jürgen Klinsmann
 
GK 1 Artur Boruc   89'
RB 4 Marcin Baszczyński
CB 19 Bartosz Bosacki
CB 6 Jacek Bąk (c)
LB 14 Michał Żewłakow   83'
CM 7 Radosław Sobolewski   28'   75'
CM 16 Arkadiusz Radomski
RW 21 Ireneusz Jeleń   90+1'
AM 9 Maciej Żurawski
LW 8 Jacek Krzynówek   3'   77'
CF 15 Euzebiusz Smolarek
Substitutions:
DF 18 Mariusz Lewandowski   77'
DF 17 Dariusz Dudka   83'
FW 23 Paweł Brożek   90+1'
Manager:
Paweł Janas

Man of the Match:
Philipp Lahm (Germany)

Assistant referees:
Victoriano Giráldez Carrasco (Spain)
Pedro Medina Hernández (Spain)
Fourth official:
Khalil Al Ghamdi (Saudi Arabia)
Fifth official:
Fathi Arabati (Jordan)

Ecuador vs Costa RicaEdit

Ecuador  3–0  Costa Rica
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Attendance: 50,000
Referee: Coffi Codjia (Benin)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ecuador
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Costa Rica
GK 12 Cristian Mora   60'
RB 4 Ulises de la Cruz   54'
CB 3 Iván Hurtado (c)
CB 17 Giovanny Espinoza   69'
LB 18 Neicer Reasco
RM 16 Antonio Valencia   73'
CM 14 Segundo Castillo   44'
CM 20 Edwin Tenorio
LM 8 Édison Méndez
CF 11 Agustín Delgado
CF 21 Carlos Tenorio   46'
Substitutions:
FW 10 Iván Kaviedes   46'
DF 2 Jorge Guagua   69'
MF 6 Patricio Urrutia   73'
Manager:
  Luis Fernando Suárez
 
GK 18 José Porras
CB 4 Michael Umaña
CB 3 Luis Marín (c)   10'
CB 20 Douglas Sequeira
RM 15 Harold Wallace
CM 8 Mauricio Solís   28'
CM 6 Danny Fonseca   29'
LM 12 Leonardo González   56'
AM 10 Walter Centeno   84'
AM 11 Rónald Gómez
CF 9 Paulo Wanchope
Substitutions:
FW 19 Álvaro Saborío   29'
MF 16 Carlos Hernández   56'
FW 13 Kurt Bernard   84'
Manager:
Alexandre Guimarães

Man of the Match:
Agustín Delgado (Ecuador)

Assistant referees:
Celestin Ntagungira (Rwanda)
Aboudou Aderodjou (Benin)
Fourth official:
Mohamed Guezzaz (Morocco)
Fifth official:
Brahim Djezzar (Algeria)

Ecuador vs GermanyEdit

Ecuador  0–3  Germany
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Attendance: 72,000
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ecuador
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Germany
GK 12 Cristian Mora
RB 4 Ulises de la Cruz
CB 2 Jorge Guagua
CB 17 Giovanny Espinoza
LB 13 Paul Ambrossi
RM 16 Antonio Valencia   52'   63'
CM 15 Marlon Ayoví (c)   68'
CM 20 Edwin Tenorio
LM 8 Édison Méndez
CF 10 Iván Kaviedes
CF 9 Felix Borja   46'
Substitutions:
FW 23 Christian Benítez   46'
DF 7 Christian Lara   63'
MF 6 Patricio Urrutia   68'
Manager:
  Luis Fernando Suárez
 
GK 1 Jens Lehmann
RB 3 Arne Friedrich
CB 17 Per Mertesacker
CB 4 Robert Huth
LB 16 Philipp Lahm
RM 19 Bernd Schneider   73'
CM 8 Torsten Frings   66'
CM 13 Michael Ballack (c)
LM 7 Bastian Schweinsteiger
CF 11 Miroslav Klose   66'
CF 20 Lukas Podolski
Substitutions:
FW 10 Oliver Neuville   66'
MF 18 Tim Borowski   75'   66'
MF 14 Gerald Asamoah   73'
Manager:
Jürgen Klinsmann

Man of the Match:
Michael Ballack (Germany)

Assistant referees:
Nikolay Golubev (Russia)
Evgueni Volnin (Russia)
Fourth official:
Kevin Stott (United States)
Fifth official:
Chris Strickland (United States)

Costa Rica vs PolandEdit

Costa Rica  1–2  Poland
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Costa Rica
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Poland
GK 18 José Porras
CB 4 Michael Umaña   17'
CB 3 Luis Marín (c)   45+2'
CB 17 Gabriel Badilla   56'
RM 2 Jervis Drummond   70'
CM 8 Mauricio Solís
CM 7 Christian Bolaños   78'
CM 10 Walter Centeno
LM 12 Leonardo González   76'
CF 9 Paulo Wanchope
CF 11 Rónald Gómez   45+2'   82'
Substitutions:
MF 15 Harold Wallace   70'
MF 19 Álvaro Saborío   78'
MF 16 Carlos Hernández   82'
Manager:
Alexandre Guimarães
 
GK 1 Artur Boruc   90+1'
RB 4 Marcin Baszczyński   60'
CB 19 Bartosz Bosacki
CB 6 Jacek Bąk (c)   24'
LB 14 Michał Żewłakow   29'
RM 15 Euzebiusz Smolarek   85'
CM 16 Arkadiusz Radomski   18'   64'
CM 10 Mirosław Szymkowiak
LM 8 Jacek Krzynówek
CF 21 Ireneusz Jeleń
CF 9 Maciej Żurawski   46'
Substitutions:
FW 23 Paweł Brożek   46'
DF 18 Mariusz Lewandowski   64'
FW 11 Grzegorz Rasiak   85'
Manager:
Paweł Janas

Man of the Match:
Bartosz Bosacki (Poland)

Assistant referees:
Prachya Permpanich (Thailand)
Eisa Ghoulom (United Arab Emirates)
Fourth official:
Jerome Damon (South Africa)
Fifth official:
Justice Yeboah (Ghana)

ReferencesEdit