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Match day preview for 14 June 2006

Match day preview for 14 June 2006

  • Match #15 - Leipzig - SPAIN-UKRAINE *

Spain and Ukraine have only ever met twice at senior national team level: they drew 2-2 in Ukraine and Spain won 2-1 at home in the 2004 EURO Qualifiers.

Spain are currently on a run of seven consecutive FIFA World Cup™ matches without defeat since losing their first match at France ‘98 v. Nigeria (2-3); subsequently, they won four and drew three matches, and were only eliminated by Korea Republic on penalties in the 2002 quarter-final (0-0 after 120 minutes).

Today's match sees Switzerland's Massimo Busacca officiate his first ever match between senior teams in a FIFA final competition; he refereed nine matches at FIFA U-20 World Cup competitions in 2003 and 2005.

  • Match #16 - Munich - TUNISIA-SAUDI ARABIA*

In seven head-to-heads with Saudi Arabia, Tunisia lead with four wins, one draw and two defeats.

This will be Tunisia's 10th FIFA World Cup™ match: to date, they have only won one match - their debut in 1978 (v. Mexico, 3-1).

In three previous participations, Saudi Arabia have always met an African team at the group stage: in 1994, they defeated Morocco 2-1; in 1998, they drew 2-2 with South Africa; in 2002, they were defeated 0-1 by Cameroon.

Saudi Arabia are currently on a negative run of seven FIFA World Cup™ matches without a win and conceding at least one goal per game (one draw, six defeats) since defeating Belgium 1-0 in Washington DC in 1994, when they sensationally went on to qualify for the round of sixteen.

Mark Shield directed a total of 13 matches in FIFA youth competitions (U-20 and U-17) between 1999 and 2005.

  • Match # 17 - Dortmund - GERMANY-POLAND*

Germany were unbeaten in both previous FWC matches against Poland, their neighbours failing to score a goal in either game; Germany won 1-0 at the second stage in 1974 (goal by Gerd Mueller), while they drew 0-0 in a 1978 group match. In 14 previous head-to-heads, Germany have never been defeated by Poland (ten wins, four draws).

On the two occasions that Poland have met the host team, the competition was at the second stage, the Poles were defeated, they failed to score a single goal and the host later went on to win the title; in 1974, Poland were defeated 0-1 by Germany FR, and in 1978, Argentina defeated Poland 2-0.

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