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Stocky’s Scribbles – The sinking of the Titanic

What a difference three months of a season of football can bring.

Words and images by Craig Stockdale

Under grey skies and traditional cold and windy conditions, last season’s premiers Sandringham ran into an iceberg out at the State Football Center in Darebin, sinking to a 2-0 loss against the fresh faced NTC U17 Girls in round twelve of the SportsMart Victorian Womens’ Premier league clash.


Having lost their main striker Emma Runnalls to a red card last week against Heidelberg United, Sandringham would still have remained confident that they could over power the younger NTC U17 Girls brigade by imparting their experience and physical approach to the game - the same style that saw them win convincingly back in round one of the season.

Not the case at all – in fact what we witnessed may well be the sinking of the Titanic.

Overall, it was a very lackluster effort by Sandringham who allowed the NTC to play their game style dominating possession for the majority of the game and eventually culminating in a two nil defeat for the maroon and blue. This would undoubtedly have them leaving Darebin with many things to ponder in the run-up to their next match against a rampant Bundoora United placed second on the table.
Right from the onset the FFV U17 Girls pushed forward applying pressure to the Sandringham defensive line. The midfielders led by the Taranto Twins and Feakes controlled play searching for Goad, Sepe, Lawson and Martin out wide who were all weaving in and out of the defenders creating space and looking for Harbis to capitalise.

Sandringham had their chances early and at the nine minute mark, Vatcky streamed down the left wing and crossed to a well-positioned Gibney who was unable to convert the shot on goal for Sandringham under close surveillance from the NTC defensive center backs of Williams and Pitts.
Minutes later, play was halted as a serious injury was sustained by Sandringham’s Captain Hannah Stuart who fell awkwardly jarring her knee in a tackle. Stuart had to be stretchered off the pitch where physiotherapists rushed her back to the change rooms for treatment and later to the hospital for scans.

At the resumption of play, Vatcky was again running hard for Sandringham but without support up forward slotting the ball into the box only to be safely captured by the NTC keeper Erin Hudson. Not much was happening for either side at this stage of the match but all that was about to change in a sensational six minute period.

At the 36-minute mark of the game, an errant Sandringham foul was awarded to the NTC U17 Girls just outside the box and up stepped NTC Captain Jess Pitts to take the shot. The right foot missile smashed into the cross bar, ricocheted down to the awaiting feet of Melissa Taranto who nonchalantly tapped the ball into the goal to register the first major of the match.

Five minutes later at the 41-minute mark, Martin once again ran un-marked down the right wing finding the feet of Lawson who managed to weave through traffic to create a one-on-one with the Sandringham keeper Alina Kapusta. Lawson saw an opening nut-megging the keeper and running onto the ball to then slot home the second NTC goal of the day. 2 nil as the whistle sounded for half time at Darebin.

With regular coach Sean Parton missing in action, the crowd had expectations the experienced Sandringham team would come out firing in the second half and arrest the lead from the young NTC outfit. Sure enough, several advances forward saw Nicola Prins and Sienna Fogarty threaten the NTC defensive line but the youngsters remained steadfast and managed to repel every Sandringham threat.
A number of corners at both ends failed to change the score line and as the game progressed late into the final stages, NTC showed their fitness by maintaining and controlling possession which further frustrated Sandringham. Let it be said, Vatcky was valiant in defeat for the entire game but had little support from her team mates as Sandringham now slump to sixth position on the league ladder.


MATCH DETAILS

NTC U17 Girls 2 (Melissa Taranto 36’; Janna Lawson 41’) defeated Sandringham Womens 0


NTC U17 GIRLS ELEVEN: 20. Erin Hudson (GK); 2. Giulia Sepe; 3. Jaimee Williams; 4. Jade Feakes; 6. Adriana Taranto; 7. Emily Harbis; 8. Melissa Taranto; 10. Jess Pitts; 13. Annabel Martin; 18. Beatrice Goad; 19 Janna Lawson.

Subs:  14. Maddy Stockdale; 12. Alexi Garcia; 5. Sky Jensen; 1. Jamie Brown;  16. Sabahat Rexhep


SANDRINGHAM WOMENS ELEVEN: 13. Alina Kapusta (GK) 11. Alex Cuss; 16. Emma Robers; 5. Kristen Stensholt; 7. Kirstie Shearing; 20. Hanah Stuart; 18. Sienna Fogarty; 8. Nicola Prins; 2. Annabelle Gibney; 15. Elaina Vatcky; 10. Stephannie Tanti.

Subs:  12. Eliza Gleadell; 32. Phoebe Parker; 6. Stephanie Parton; 1. Lucyna Kapusta
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Perth Glory fan forum report

Perth Glory’s second fan forum of 2014 took place at ECU Joondalup in the city’s northern suburbs on Wednesday night.

While the weather in Perth wasn’t the best, the attendance of approximately 30 people was a disappointing showing from a supporter base that is never shy when it comes to airing its views via social media and other platforms.


On the panel were club CEO Jason Brewer, head coach Kenny Lowe, assistant coach Andy Ord and players Rostyn Griffiths and Brandon O’Neill who previously played for ECU Joondalup.


Memberships

The first topic of the night was memberships and there were some concerns raised around the FFA’s new active fan measures. Jason Brewer assured the fans that the club is doing everything to minimise the impact on Glory supporters given nib Stadium caters for a totally different set up to the likes of Melbourne Victory and Western Sydney Wanderers.

While free public transport is again not part of the membership package, Glory are working on some alternatives in the form of public parking concessions and shuttle buses to games from Perth CBD.

In terms of membership numbers, 1850 people have signed so far (30%+ of last year’s total) and the club is aiming for at least a 20% increase overall. The first 1200 membership packs were posted to supporters this week.

The five-game flexi membership is a new option this season and there is also some news on the horizon regarding concession memberships. To help drive memberships, there is a big advertisement campaign coming up which will involve television, newspapers, the back of buses etc.


Preseason

With effectively 14 weeks of preseason training, the club is in a position where it needs to get in shape for the FFA Cup game with the Newcastle Jets on August 5th. After that, the intensity will be toned down and gradually lifted again before the season proper kicks off in October.

In terms of preseason fixtures, Glory will travel to Malaysia for three games between July 14th and 24th before returning to Perth for a game at nib Stadium in late July with a well-known European side to be confirmed soon. Members who have renewed for 2014/15 can avail for discounted tickets for the game, while the public will be able to gain admission for a lower price than they would pay for a league game.

There will also be games against A-League opposition – Melbourne Victory, Adelaide United and Brisbane Roar – in August and September, as well as run-outs against local clubs and the state team.


Football department

To date, Glory have confirmed seven signings with one, if not two, more on the way in. Only Mitch Nichols is yet to arrive in Perth - he lands next Monday.

In terms of the recruitment philosophy, Kenny Lowe was very clear in what he is looking for. Players who have had international experience are the main goal, whether that’s under 17, under 23 or, preferably, senior level. Players with a good injury record and the physical capabilities to get through a full A-League season are also very desirable.

All of the new recruits fit that criteria except Youssouf Hersi, whose deal was already in place before Lowe formally took over. Cost is obviously a factor and players with senior international experience will demand more wages wise, but Lowe and Andy Ord are confident that they have got the right mix.

When Lowe was asked about the process for signing players, he explained his use of ‘Wyscout’. According to Wyscout’s website, it offers a database of 220,000 players and is used by over 400 professional clubs and 450 player’s agencies. Using Wyscout, Lowe is able to watch and analyse in detail prospective signings before any formal contact is made regarding a transfer. Take a look for yourself, it’s very impressive.

The introduction of strength and conditioning coach Toby Horak will allow players to recover better from injuries, and hopefully prevent them getting into that situation in the first place.

In terms of the coaching structure, the aim is to lay the foundations for what will be a long-term set up. With several new appointments and some young coaches on board, Jason Brewer believes that the club is now set up with relationships that were previously absent, i.e. Jacob Burns and Ante Kovacevic will work to bridge the gap between the playing group and the owner, CEO etc.

Another piece of good news is that Glory will be gradually taking over the W-League team again, with Football West having been in control in recent seasons. The hope is to have as many A-League/W-League double headers as possible at nib Stadium.

One of the concerns raised by supporters has centred on older players being recruited at the detriment of game time for some of the younger members of the squad. I took the opportunity to ask Brandon O’Neill, a 20-year-old who has been in and out of the first team at various points over the past two seasons.

O’Neill was keen to stress that he benefiting massively from training with the more experienced professionals, and learned a lot from Steven McGarry and Jacob Burns in previous seasons. He made the point that if there isn’t such competition for places then some of the younger players can be guilty of not working as hard as they should be and, as a result, performances will drop.

O’Neill also agreed with Kenny Lowe’s point that nobody, whether they are 17 or 27, should be guaranteed a place in the team and if a player is performing they will be in the team irrespective of age.

On exciting youngster Danny De Silva, he has signed a pre-contract agreement with Italian giants AS Roma and cannot join them officially until he turns 18 this year. This means that there are no directives from Roma over how much game time that he must have with Glory this season.

Brewer reiterated that the club is still very much committed to development of the best local and Australian talent, pointing to the signing of promising young goalkeeper Jordan Thurtell.

With all topics covered, there was an informal discussion about some minor issues before the forum was concluded. The next fan forum will take place just before the 2014/15 season.
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Safe Bets


I'd bet my box on Brazil winning the World Cup. You heard it here. The latest cartoon from the Hyundai A-League World Cup Webcomic "Sack Attack" by Agaki Bautista.


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The good, bad and ugly of the Socceroos in Brazil

With Australia’s World Cup campaign over at the first hurdle, the inquest will begin into what went right and wrong ahead of January’s Asian Cup campaign.

Three defeats against Chile (3-1), the Netherlands (3-2) and Spain (3-0) meant the fixtures panned out as most expected but it’s not all doom and gloom; far from it in fact.


Here’s a look at some of the pros and cons we can take from Brazil 2014.


The Good

We learnt that while it’s going to take some time to fully recover from losing the ‘Golden Generation’ of 2006 and 2010, there is some very exciting talent emerging.

The excitement surrounding Mathew Leckie is fully justified following his World Cup performances, and Adam Taggart's move to Fulham shows that it’s not just Aussies who are sitting up and taking note of the youngsters.

Matthew Spiranovic oozed class at times at centre half, while Jason Davidson has surely cemented the left back position for many years to come.

It was nice to see Tim Cahill sign off from the World Cup with arguably the greatest international goal in Australian football history, while Mark Bresciano also got his fitting swansong after battling injury before and during the competition.

The attitude of the players, most of whom were playing in their first World Cup, was positive every time they took the field and there were periods in each game where they put it up to vastly superior opposition.

Unfortunately, the gulf in class came to the fore eventually but playing without fear will stand the team in good stead.

A mention must be made to the supporters who travelled in numbers to Brazil to support the side; their vocal passion was very audible through the television and the sea of green and gold sounds like it was very well received by locals and other fans alike.


The Bad

Some will consider it harsh to pick on the results but it would have been nice to go home with at least a point in the bag.

Even though expectations were low following the tough group draw, both the Chile and Netherlands games should have yielded a positive result. On each occasion though, the Socceroos failed to take their chances and were punished.

When it was 2-2 against the Dutch, Australia should have retaken the lead as Tommy Oar looked up and spotted Leckie unmarked six yards from goal. For some reason his cross was fired at the latter’s chest rather than slid across the ground and goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen saved easily. Within a minute, the Dutch scored at the other end to win the game.

There were also missed opportunities to tie the contest against Chile and again the Socceroos were punished as Jean Beausejour made it 3-1 in injury time.

Such lessons can be tough to take at the time but Ange Postecoglou is the sort of coach who will make sure that the players learn from their failure to turn chances into goals.


The Ugly

The defending. Dear God, the defending.

There were some horrendous basic errors committed in each of the three games which gifted goals to the opposition.

Spain’s opener was a culmination of a number of mistakes, starting with Jason Davidson getting caught out on the left hand side as Juanfran was given acres of space to put a ball into the box. At the same time, Ryan McGowan was snoozing at right back and David Villa burst past him to connect with a lovely backheel finish inside the six yard box.

Against the Dutch, Davidson was guilty of not pushing out with the rest of back four as Robin van Persie found himself alone in the penalty area with time to tie the game up at two goals apiece. Fingers were also pointed at Mat Ryan for not dealing with Memphis Depay’s strike that resulted in the winning goal.

Heading back to the first game and to be 2-0 down after 14 minutes smacked of stage fright, understandable to a certain extent. Chile were gifted both goals though as Australia’s failure to clear their lines allowed Alexis Sanchez to pounce before Jorge Valdivia was left alone 25 yards from goal to double the lead.

Of course, this wasn’t the Socceroos’ first choice backline with Ivan Franjic’s tournament ending prematurely during the Chile game, while Curtis Good, Trent Sainsbury and Rhys Williams missed out altogether through injury.

With a number of FIFA windows coming up before the Asian Cup, Postecoglou will have ample opportunities to iron out some of the problems.


There seems to be two camps being set up in the immediate aftermath of the team’s exit – those who are satisfied with the glorious failure and the others who are dismayed at the mediocrity that resulted in the country’s worst World Cup showing ever.

The truth is probably somewhere in between and while the attitude of the players could never be called into question, it is important for those in positions of influence (the media in particular) to hang up the pom poms and constructively criticise with the aim of seeing more improvement.

Like the experiences gained on the pitch, Australian football will be better for it.
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A Yeasty Walk of Shame

It was widely expected that Australia would struggle against the likes of Chile, Netherlands and Spain and with two games down in the World Cup, the Aussies may not have claimed a point but have pushed two of the world's best sides to the limit.

As a result of Australia's effort against Holland, The Football Sack editor and serial Australia slagger-offerer Matt Marsden was made to take the Twitter equivalent of a walk of shame after a wager went wrong.


After writing that the Aussies would flounder against three top teams after the World Cup draw, a narrow 3-2 loss to the Netherlands qualified Matt for a touch of rose-in-every-cheek embarrassment.
Although the Socceroos fell short of a point despite leading 2-1 in the second half and Holland scored three goals, the two Australian goals meant that this 'Strayan naysayer would have to eat his words.
That yeasty face represents more than just a lost wager as the Australians have proved that the future of football in Australia is very bright.

Granted, we game up short against both Chile and Netherlands but it's clear to see that Ange Postecoglou is preparing this side for the future. There is proof that Ange football - playing out from the back, cutting off passing options and pressing hard against defenders - not only works against A-League teams but a side that possesses such quality like Holland.

Despite our early exit from the competition, Postecoglou can only be wrapped with the signs shown ahead of the 2015 AFC Asian Cup during which Australia will meet South Korea, Oman and Kuwait in its group.

But the World Cup is far from over with a game against the recently-dethroned champions Spain sitting on the horizon. Having already been eliminated, Spain is playing for pride alone and that is sure to not sit well with them.

Despite Tim Cahill missing the final game due to picking up his second yellow card of the tournament, Australia's attacking moves against Holland were impressive but the defence left a lot to be desired. Given that Spain hasn't even remotely looked threatening going forward, it may not even matter.

Ange and the boys will be playing to win against 2010's World Cup winners and on current form are a huge chance to take all three points.
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Jumping Ships


I've always been a Dortmund and Germany fan, I promise! The latest cartoon from the Hyundai A-League World Cup Webcomic "Sack Attack" by Agaki Bautista.

Read up on our review of Nike's The Last Game ad or check out more popular original content with the World Cup edition of The Football Sack Podcast!

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Australia Aim to Show they Deserve Respect

Spain, Netherlands and Chile make up Australia’s opponents in Group B. The Socceroos could hardly have imagined a tougher group for their Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup campaign.

Australia will have been looking to ensure that they still have a chance to progress out of the group stages by the time of their last group game on 23rd June. With Ticketbis, it is still possible to get tickets to see if they can manage that. The two finalists from the last World Cup lie in wait for the Socceroos. It was imperative to get off to a flyer in their first match against Chile.


Things could not have started worse.

After just fifteen minutes, Australia found themselves with a mountain to climb. Two goals within a quickfire three minute spell gave Chile a commanding lead.

Enter Tim Cahill. The elder statesman of the side, Cahill set about attempting to rescue his side’s campaign which was in danger of being derailed at the very first junction. A headed goal in the 35th minute eradicated the nerves that were previously on display and Cahill was the focal point for most of their attacks.

As Chile tired, Australian confidence levels soared and Cahill epitomised the passion that exists in the side. In an impressive display, the New York Red Bulls forward was unlucky not to have had a penalty awarded to him as the victim of shirt pulling; he scored a goal that was (correctly) ruled as offside and also found time to receive a yellow card for shoving Eugenio Mena following the Chilean defender kicking out at him.

The Telegraph reported that national coach Ange Postecoglou was full of praise for his forward: "Tim was outstanding," he said. "Particularly in the air, he is still world class. There is no one in the tournament who would like to be one on one with him.”

A proud, competitive and, above all, confident sporting nation in most disciplines, football is still a sport in which the Socceroos are yet to find their voice. The ex-Everton man certainly found his, though, decrying his opponent’s tactics in the match, as reported in the Guardian.

“It came down to respect,” said Cahill, who claimed that the Socceroos showed their opponents too much and their opponents showed football none.

Respectful or not, it was Chile who would end up with the points, scoring a third goal in injury time through Jean Beausejour. Despite losing 3-1, though, there were encouraging signs for Australia who certainly carried a threat to the South Americans.

However, things are not about to get any easier from hereon in for Australia in this difficult group.

The sights, sounds, colour and carnival of Brazil 2014 come together to create an experience that the top players in the world won’t want to end—let alone the supporters. It is still possible to get your tickets here if you want to sample the atmosphere of the FIFA World Cup before it is over all too soon.

Next up, Australia face the Netherlands and Spain, who present two of the most difficult sides in world football. It would surely take the performance of the tournament to overcome even one of these European giants.

There is one thing you can be sure of: bristling with a sense of injustice and disappointment following their first match, the Socceroos won’t be giving in just yet. They respect football too much to do that.
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World Cup | Group H Preview

Group H is considered as a less fancied group to many, with only Belgium a real threat to cause problems in Brazil.

All eyes will be on Belgium in Group H, with many expecting Russia and Korea Republic to battle it out for second place.

Belgium vs Algeria
(Estadio Mineirao)
Wednesday 2am AEST

In its first appearance in a major football tournament since the 2002 World Cup, Belgium do not only go in as favourites to win Group H, but are also seen as a team that can go far in Brazil and surprise some of the favourites along the way.

This Belgium side is considered as a ‘Golden Generation’ in its homeland, with players such as Eden Hazard, Marouane Fellaini, Romelu Lukaku and captain Vincent Kompany guiding their country to the World Cup after an impressive qualifying campaign.With eleven of its 23-man squad all plying their trade in the English Premier League, this Belgium side will be a challenge for any team and will fancy its chances heading into its first contest against Algeria.

Its opponents Algeria will look to its last World Cup in South Africa for motivation as they held England to a goalless draw, and were only narrowly beaten by Slovenia and USA losing 1-0 in both matches.

Algerian manager Vahid Halilhodzic will have a full squad with no injury concerns as  Saphir Taider, Faouzi Ghoulam and Nabil Bentaleb  will be expected to start.

The African side has done well to qualify for the tournament and will be hopeful of surprising its opponents, as they have no pressure heading into the tournament.

Belgium will be hoping for an easy win to start the tournament, knowing that South Korea and Russia will provide a sterner test in the following games. Therefore I’m predicting a comfortable 3-0 win for the Belgians to kick-off the campaign.

Russia vs. Korea Republic
(Arena Pantanal)
Wednesday 8am AEST

This is considered a must win game for both sides, with many predicting Russia and Korea Republic will battle it out for the second position in Group H.

The Russians under the leadership of Italian Fabio Capello will be hoping to put in a good performance in Brazil before they host the tournament in 2018. Capello is confident in his sides abilities and believes that they can advance from the group, and further.

Goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev will have to be at his best throughout the group stage and striker Alexander Kerzhakov must be in goalscoring form to help the Russians progress.

The only setback for the Russians and a big one too is captain Roman Shirokov who will miss the tournament because of injury. The midfielder is a key player in Fabio Capello’s side  and will be a tough player to replace.

This will be the Koreans eighth consecutive World Cup appearance, and will be hoping to impress just as they did in 2002, where they reached the semi-final of the tournament on their own turf.

However this time around a similar outcome is not expected.

Son-Heung min is the one to watch for the Asian nation as the twenty-one year old has already five goals to his name at international level. They will rely on their energy and speed to beat its opponents, starting with the Russians.

This is one of the more tightly contested matches of the opening games, however, I am expecting the Russians to win a close one, with both teams to score. 2-1.
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Bogans: Even popping up in Portugal

While a lot of talk centred around Germany's domination in their 4-0 win over Portugal in Group G of the FIFA World Cup, the real talking point was the influence of un-fancied Australia culture on the Portugese.


Thankfully we were not the only ones to notice
The big question though was, hipster or bogan?
Bogan. Definitely bogan.
Meanwhile, his hipster teammate was down - but no harm was done to his most important asset.
And then, just as you thought he couldn't get any more bogan...
For more, make sure you tune in to our live Twitter coverage of every World Cup match and listen to our daily World Cup Podcast - perfect for half time or between games.

The latest episode features Socceroos Captain Paul Wade and national radio star Michael Beveridge.
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World Cup | Group G Preview

Group G is one of the tightly-contested groups in this World Cup with each four sides having genuine claims of reaching the knockout phase of the tournament.

The highlight of the group takes place early morning Australian time as the might of Germany take on Cristiano Ronaldo and friends, better known as Portugal.

The group's other match also promises to be an intriguing battle with 2010 Quarter Finalist Ghana taking on United States.

Germany v Portugal
(Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador)
Tuesday 2am AEST

Is this the year Germany finally turn promise into silverware? Germany have threatened to go all the way in the last four major International tournaments but faltered at the last hurdle. Semi-finalist at the 2006 and 2010 World Cups, beaten finalist in Euro 2008 and once again beaten at the last four in Euro 2012, Germany will be hoping the tide finally turns in Brazil.

Even with star Marco Rues being ruled out of the tournament just last week Germany have a deadly-looking forward line with Thomas Muller, Andre Schuerrle, Mario Goetze, Lucas Poldolski and Miroslav Klose who only needs two more goals to become the leading goalscorer in World Cup history. Throw in a midfield boasting Mesut Oezil, Toni Kroos and Bastian Schweinsteiger, Germany have enough goals in them to win a World Cup twice over.

Germany also boast an impressive defensive line that will need to be at its best with they wish to open their campaign with a win.

Portugal always promise to deliver at major tournaments but more times than not fail to deliver. A lack of team harmony in the squad has been an excuse that has been floated in the pass that will need to be rectified if the wish to go deep in Brazil.

The big question mark surrounding Portugal is their reliance on Ronaldo. Portugal qualified for Brazil with a play-off victory over Sweden last year with Ronaldo netting all the goals in the tie.

Not known for sporting the greatest defence in world football, Real Madrid man Pepe will need to be on form in this match to keep the German forward line in check.

The problem with the Portuguese side is that it lacks depth across the park. Take Ronaldo out of the picture than it is a very flat looking side. The upside for Portugal is that Ronaldo has the quality to carry this side all the way to the pointy end of the tournament.

Germany on the other hand have depth all over the park and can be considered a guanine threat to lift the trophy at the end of it all.

If Germany can keep Ronaldo under wraps, which is easier said than done, they should take this one out. Along with their potent attack, Germany defence is amongst the most solid at this World Cup in Benedikt Hoewedes and Mats Hummels with Manuel Neuer between the sticks.

The winner of this match will most likely take out the group. It’s hard to go past Germany in this match even with arguably the best player in the world lining up for the opposition.

This fixture offers to produce plenty of goals so I’m going for Germany 4-2.

Ghana v USA
(Estadio das Dunas, Natal)
Tuesday 8am (AEST)

The US will be out for revenge over Ghana who have knocked them out at the last two World Cups when they take on each other in the day’s final game.

Ghana were the surprise packet in South Africa four years ago and were just a Luis Suarez handball away from becoming the first African side to make it to the last four at a World Cup.

Both sides come into the tournament on the back of good pre-World Cup form and will be confident they can cause an upset and get out of this tough group.

US manager Jurgen Klinsmann shocked fans by omitting all-time leading national team goal scorer Landon Donovan from his 23-man squad, a decision which caused serous backlash in the states and seems a perplexing one. The US will now rely heavily on Captain Clint Dempsey to bang in the goals in Donovan’s absence.

A massive question mark hovers over Ghanaian Michael Essien taking his place in the side due to injury which could have a massive saying in who takes out this game.

On paper this should be a very even contest. While neither side enjoy the highest profile in the tournament, US and Ghana both have solid squads with a few high quality players that may prove the difference for their nations.

If either team has legitimate hopes of getting out of this group, than claiming the three points in the game is a must. In saying that, I think a draw is one the cards. With both sides being so even, it is hard to split the. A draw does neither side any real favours that seems to be the likely result in this one. 1-1
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