2006 FIFA World Cup Group A

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

Detailed results of the 2006 FIFA World Cup Group A. (Key)

Standings[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Germany 3 3 0 0 8 2 +6 9
 Ecuador 3 2 0 1 5 3 +2 6
 Poland 3 1 0 2 2 4 −2 3
 Costa Rica 3 0 0 3 3 9 −6 0



All times local (CEST/UTC+2)

Germany vs Costa Rica[edit]

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.

9 June 2006
18:00
Germany  4–2  Costa Rica
Lahm Goal 6'
Klose Goal 17'61'
Frings Goal 87'
Report Wanchope Goal 12'73'
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) Substituted off 90+1'
CM 8 Torsten Frings
CM 18 Tim Borowski Substituted off 72'
LM 7 Bastian Schweinsteiger
CF 11 Miroslav Klose Substituted off 79'
CF 20 Lukas Podolski
Substitutions:
MF 5 Sebastian Kehl Substituted in 72'
FW 10 Oliver Neuville Substituted in 79'
MF 22 David Odonkor Substituted in 90+1'
Manager:
Jürgen Klinsmann
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GK 18 José Porras
RB 5 Gilberto Martínez Substituted off 66'
CB 4 Michael Umaña
CB 20 Douglas Sequeira
CB 3 Luis Marín (c)
LB 12 Leonardo González
CM 6 Danny Fonseca YC 30'
CM 10 Walter Centeno
CM 8 Mauricio Solís Substituted off 78'
CF 11 Rónald Gómez Substituted off 90+1'
CF 9 Paulo Wanchope
Substitutions:
DF 2 Jervis Drummond Substituted in 66'
MF 7 Christian Bolaños Substituted in 78'
MF 14 Randall Azofeifa Substituted in 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 Ecuador[edit]

9 June 2006
21:00
Poland  0–2  Ecuador
Report C. Tenorio Goal 24'
Delgado Goal 80'
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 YC 37'
CM 16 Arkadiusz Radomski
CM 7 Radosław Sobolewski Substituted off 67'
LM 10 Mirosław Szymkowiak
CF 8 Jacek Krzynówek Substituted off 78'
CF 9 Maciej Żurawski Substituted off 83'
Substitutions:
FW 21 Ireneusz Jeleń Substituted in 67'
MF 5 Kamil Kosowski Substituted in 78'
FW 23 Paweł Brożek Substituted in 83'
Manager:
Paweł Janas
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GK 12 Cristian Mora
RB 4 Ulises de la Cruz Substituted off 69'
CB 3 Iván Hurtado (c) YC 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 YC 70'
CF 11 Agustín Delgado Substituted off 83'
CF 21 Carlos Tenorio Substituted off 65'
Substitutions:
FW 10 Iván Kaviedes Substituted in 65'
DF 2 Jorge Guagua Substituted in 69'
MF 6 Patricio Urrutia Substituted in 83'
Manager:
Colombia 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 Poland[edit]

14 June 2006
21:00
Germany  1–0  Poland
Neuville Goal 90+1' Report
Germany
Poland
GK 1 Jens Lehmann
RB 3 Arne Friedrich Substituted off 64'
CB 17 Per Mertesacker
CB 21 Christoph Metzelder YC 70'
LB 16 Philipp Lahm
RM 19 Bernd Schneider
CM 8 Torsten Frings
CM 13 Michael Ballack (c) YC 58'
LM 7 Bastian Schweinsteiger Substituted off 77'
CF 11 Miroslav Klose
CF 20 Lukas Podolski Substituted off 71'
Substitutions:
MF 22 David Odonkor YC 68' Substituted in 64'
FW 10 Oliver Neuville Substituted in 71'
MF 18 Tim Borowski Substituted in 77'
Manager:
Jürgen Klinsmann
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GK 1 Artur Boruc YC 89'
RB 4 Marcin Baszczyński
CB 19 Bartosz Bosacki
CB 6 Jacek Bąk (c)
LB 14 Michał Żewłakow Substituted off 83'
CM 7 Radosław Sobolewski Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 28', 75'
CM 16 Arkadiusz Radomski
RW 21 Ireneusz Jeleń Substituted off 90+1'
AM 9 Maciej Żurawski
LW 8 Jacek Krzynówek YC 3' Substituted off 77'
CF 15 Euzebiusz Smolarek
Substitutions:
DF 18 Mariusz Lewandowski Substituted in 77'
DF 17 Dariusz Dudka Substituted in 83'
FW 23 Paweł Brożek Substituted in 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 Rica[edit]

15 June 2006
15:00
Ecuador  3–0  Costa Rica
C. Tenorio Goal 8'
Delgado Goal 54'
Kaviedes Goal 90+2'
Report
FIFA WM Stadion Hamburg, Hamburg
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: Coffi Codjia (Benin)
Ecuador
Costa Rica
GK 12 Cristian Mora YC 60'
RB 4 Ulises de la Cruz YC 54'
CB 3 Iván Hurtado (c)
CB 17 Giovanny Espinoza Substituted off 69'
LB 18 Neicer Reasco
RM 16 Antonio Valencia Substituted off 73'
CM 14 Segundo Castillo YC 44'
CM 20 Edwin Tenorio
LM 8 Édison Méndez
CF 11 Agustín Delgado
CF 21 Carlos Tenorio Substituted off 46'
Substitutions:
FW 10 Iván Kaviedes Substituted in 46'
DF 2 Jorge Guagua Substituted in 69'
MF 6 Patricio Urrutia Substituted in 73'
Manager:
Colombia Luis Fernando Suárez
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GK 18 José Porras
CB 4 Michael Umaña
CB 3 Luis Marín (c) YC 10'
CB 20 Douglas Sequeira
RM 15 Harold Wallace
CM 8 Mauricio Solís YC 28'
CM 6 Danny Fonseca Substituted off 29'
LM 12 Leonardo González Substituted off 56'
AM 10 Walter Centeno Substituted off 84'
AM 11 Rónald Gómez
CF 9 Paulo Wanchope
Substitutions:
FW 19 Álvaro Saborío Substituted in 29'
MF 16 Carlos Hernández Substituted in 56'
FW 13 Kurt Bernard Substituted in 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 Germany[edit]

20 June 2006
16:00
Ecuador  0–3  Germany
Report Klose Goal 4'44'
Podolski Goal 57'
Olympiastadion, Berlin
Attendance: 72,000
Referee: Valentin Ivanov (Russia)
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 YC 52' Substituted off 63'
CM 15 Marlon Ayoví (c) Substituted off 68'
CM 20 Edwin Tenorio
LM 8 Édison Méndez
CF 10 Iván Kaviedes
CF 9 Felix Borja Substituted off 46'
Substitutions:
FW 23 Christian Benítez Substituted in 46'
DF 7 Christian Lara Substituted in 63'
MF 6 Patricio Urrutia Substituted in 68'
Manager:
Colombia Luis Fernando Suárez
ECU-GER 2006-06-20.svg
GK 1 Jens Lehmann
RB 3 Arne Friedrich
CB 17 Per Mertesacker
CB 4 Robert Huth
LB 16 Philipp Lahm
RM 19 Bernd Schneider Substituted off 73'
CM 8 Torsten Frings Substituted off 66'
CM 13 Michael Ballack (c)
LM 7 Bastian Schweinsteiger
CF 11 Miroslav Klose Substituted off 66'
CF 20 Lukas Podolski
Substitutions:
FW 10 Oliver Neuville Substituted in 66'
MF 18 Tim Borowski YC 75' Substituted in 66'
MF 14 Gerald Asamoah Substituted in 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 Poland[edit]

20 June 2006
16:00
Costa Rica  1–2  Poland
Gómez Goal 25' Report Bosacki Goal 33'65'
Costa Rica
Poland
GK 18 José Porras
CB 4 Michael Umaña YC 17'
CB 3 Luis Marín (c) YC 45+2'
CB 17 Gabriel Badilla YC 56'
RM 2 Jervis Drummond Substituted off 70'
CM 8 Mauricio Solís
CM 7 Christian Bolaños Substituted off 78'
CM 10 Walter Centeno
LM 12 Leonardo González YC 76'
CF 9 Paulo Wanchope
CF 11 Rónald Gómez YC 45+2' Substituted off 82'
Substitutions:
MF 15 Harold Wallace Substituted in 70'
MF 19 Álvaro Saborío Substituted in 78'
MF 16 Carlos Hernández Substituted in 82'
Manager:
Alexandre Guimarães
CRC-POL 2006-06-20.svg
GK 1 Artur Boruc YC 90+1'
RB 4 Marcin Baszczyński YC 60'
CB 19 Bartosz Bosacki
CB 6 Jacek Bąk (c) YC 24'
LB 14 Michał Żewłakow YC 29'
RM 15 Euzebiusz Smolarek Substituted off 85'
CM 16 Arkadiusz Radomski YC 18' Substituted off 64'
CM 10 Mirosław Szymkowiak
LM 8 Jacek Krzynówek
CF 21 Ireneusz Jeleń
CF 9 Maciej Żurawski Substituted off 46'
Substitutions:
FW 23 Paweł Brożek Substituted in 46'
DF 18 Mariusz Lewandowski Substituted in 64'
FW 11 Grzegorz Rasiak Substituted in 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)

References[edit]