FIFA WORLD CUP

Arena AufSchalke, Gelsenkirchen, Germany

Referee: Toru Kamikawa | Attendance: 52000

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Game 2

Ecuador

  • Carlos Vicente Medina Tenorio 24'
  • Agustin Delgado 80'
  • 92'

    FULL-TIME: Ecuador deservedly get off to a flyer. Poland were woeful, utterly devoid of invention in the final third of the field, although Ecuador defended manfully.

  • 89'

    OFF THE POST! It's not Poland's night. Brozek cuts inside from the right, but his left-foot shot slams against the upright. He looks upset, though I'm sure he'll get over it.

  • 88'

    Ecuador are closing out this match with relative ease, although I'm not sure whether that is down to the quality of their defending, or the toothless nature of the Polish attacks. Probably both.

  • 87'

    Poland again contrive to mess up a promising attack when Kosowski slips as he tries to cross from the right wing.

  • 86'

    Espinoza again cuts out a cross at the near post; he has been immense for the South Americans.

  • 86'

    OFF THE BAR! Jelen strikes a shot against the crossbar from close range; perhaps the substitute should have done a bit better there.

  • 85'

    Ecuador win a corner; they still commit plenty players forward, despite their lead, but Poland manage to clear.

  • 84'

    POLAND SUB: Zurawski is replaced by Brozek; Zurawski has had nothing to work with this evening; the Polish midfield has been impotent.

  • 83'

    ECUADOR SUB: Delgado is replaced by Urrutia; a defensive move from the South Americans, who bring on a midfielder to try and see out the match.

  • 82'

    The Polish fans are in shock; Delgado's 30th international strike has all-but sealed a shocking start to their tournament.

  • 81'

    GOAL! Delgado sweeps home from six yards out after Kaviedes had sprung the off-side trap and slid a pass across the face of goal.

  • 80'

    Kosowski is brought down by a strong challenge on the touchline, although the referee allows play to go on; he has had a good game, the official; really tried to let the game flow when he can.

  • 79'

    OOH! Szymkowiak sends in an ambitious volley from the edge of the penalty area after he had been picked out by a corner; it flies high and wide.

  • 78'

    POLAND SUB: Krzynowek makes way for Kosowski; Krzynowek has had a poor game, especially his delivery from set-pieces, which has been nothing short of embarrassing.

  • 77'

    De la Cruz takes a tumble after a rare venture forward down the right flank, but the referee spots no foul.

  • 76'

    Poland, for all their possession, haven't really had too many clear-cut chances, and that is all down to the determination of the Ecuadorians; they have shown fantastic spirit.

  • 75'

    LAST-DITCH CLEARANCE! Poland get round the back of the Ecuador defence, but the cross to the back post is brilliantly flicked clear by Reasco.

  • 74'

    That effort from Mendez should serve as a warning to Poland; the more they push up in search of this equaliser, the more they will be vulnerable at the back.

  • 73'

    GOOD SAVE! Mendez fires in a low volley from the edge of the penalty area, but Boruc is down quickly to push the ball clear.

  • 72'

    Still the Polish fans try to lift their side, waving their scarves and singing with real gusto and heart.

  • 71'

    One or two of the South American players are starting to look a little weary, but the goal should give them a lot to hang on to. Knowing they have the lead should give them a real boost going in to the final stages of his match.

  • 69'

    ECUADOR SUB: Hurtado is replaced by Guagua; the Ecuador skipper was too hampered by that thigh injury, and is replaced by the centre-back Guagua.

  • 69'

    AWFUL PASS! Szymkowiak has a great chance to slide in the substitute Jelen, but he overhits his pass and Mora claims.

  • 68'

    POLAND SUB: Jelen comes on to replace Sobolewski; an attacking change from the Poles, who bring on the big 6ft-odd striker to replace their midfield man.

  • 67'

    Hurtado has been revived and is ready to come back in to the action. HERE HE COMES! What a brave lad.

  • 66'

    Ecuador are defending very deep, but they seem to be well organised and very committed in defence; they have a good chance of holding on to this lead.

  • 65'

    ECUADOR SUB: Tonorio is replaced by Kaviedes.

  • 65'

    Hurtado goes down after taking a knock to his thigh; he is taken off on a stretcher, not a good sign for the South Americans.

  • 64'

    Ecuador have put a lot in to this second half but they should be a fit side, given the altitude of their home country.

  • 63'

    Delgado shows an amazing touch to turn Jop; he breaks in to the penalty area but then rather tamely tumbles to the ground. No penalty.

  • 62'

    Poland are certainly controlling the pace of the game, but Ecuador are defending heroically and still look quite dangerous on the break.

  • 61'

    Espinoza does well to turn a dangerous cross over his own crossbar; it was a crucial piece of defending, as Zurawski was waiting to turn the ball goalwards at the back post.

  • 60'

    Tomorio catches an arm in the face from Jop, but he soon climbs to his feet. What a brave soul.

  • 59'

    GREAT DEFENDING! Espinoza and Hurtado throw themselves at shots from two Polish strikers in some wonderful committed defending.

  • 58'

    This is a fabulous stadium, and despite the rather torpid nature of the match, the atmosphere is really good. Probably better than in the first match.

  • 57'

    Ecuador's plan appears to be to get as many players behind the ball as they possibly can, and try to play with some pace and power on the break.

  • 56'

    Poland need to take advantage of this good spell with an equalising goal.

  • 55'

    The Poland fans have really been lifted by the positive start to this half; they are making as much noise as they possibly can, trying to lift their side.

  • 55'

    GOOD DEFENDING! Espinoza shows good bravery to slide in and block the shot of Krzynowek after he was slid in down the left-channel.

  • 54'

    GREAT FINISH! OFF-SIDE! Krzynowek blasts a left-foot shot in to the corner from the edge of the area, although the referee has already blown for off-side.

  • 53'

    Acrobatic defending from Hurtado prevents the ball getting through to Zurawski on the edge of the area; Poland do seem to be building some momentum.

  • 52'

    The Polish supporters are trying their best to raise their side, but it must be difficult when your side looks as gormless as this.

  • 51'

    Poland have come out well after the break; the look to have had a real rollocking at half-time from their coach, and have come out with a bit more urgency.

  • 50'

    Mora claims a bouncing ball, under pressure from Zurawski. Although he has looked suspect under the high ball, the Ecuadorian goalkeeper has generally done okay, so far this evening.

  • 49'

    Radomski's cross is deflected behind for a corner, despite the athletic work of Mora, who tried his best to keep the ball in play.

  • 48'

    Boruc easily claims a long free-kick in to the back post; he has looked solid, the Polish goalkeeper.

  • 47'

    Smolarek cuts inside his marker down the right wing, but his touch is too strong and Ecuador recover possession.

  • 46'

    Ecuador immediately launch a long ball forward for Delgado to get his head on. I wonder what their tactics will be as they try to see out this match.

  • 45'

    Ecuador kick off the second half; no changes at the break.

  • 46'

    HALF-TIME: Ecuador have a deserved lead. Poland have been dreadful, really poor. They look clueless going forward. In truth, it's been a fairly bad match for the neutral.

  • 45'

    A half-cleared cross falls to Krzynowek on the edge of the penalty area, but Reasco flies out to ensure the Pole can't get a shot away.

  • 44'

    The referee has a word with the Ecuadorian goalkeeper for time-wasting. Mora takes it in good spirits; he looks a chirpy little fellow.

  • 43'

    Szymkowiak fires in a corner from the right, but Sobolewski can't direct his header on target.

  • 42'

    WELL STRUCK! Valencia fires in a fierce shot from just outside the penalty area, but Boruc claims comfortably.

  • 41'

    GET UP, YOU BIG GIRL'S BLOUSE! Krzynowek throws himself to the ground, looking for a penalty. The referee disagrees, but declines the chance to book him for the blatant dive.

  • 40'

    Delgado chases a long pass forward, but Bak shows good strength to hold him off and flick the ball back to his keeper.

  • 39'

    GOOD DEFENDING! Szymkowiak volleys an excellent cross back across the face of goal, but Hurtado hooks the ball clear of danger.

  • 38'

    BLOCK! Zurawski fires in a shot, but his effort is blocked on the edge of the penalty area. Poland look pretty clueless in attack, to be honest.

  • 37'

    GOOD HANDS! Mendez fires in the shot, but the keeper shows good handling skills to clutch the ball under pressure.

  • 37'

    Ecuador are lining up an ambitious shot from this free-kick; it must be 40 yards out...

  • 36'

    Tonorio is caught by Smolarek; the referee deems the challenge dangerous enough to award a yellow card.

  • 35'

    Smolarek throws himself to the ground like a girl after the slightest of shirt-tugs in midfield. Terrible histrionics from the Pole. Get up, and get on with the game.

  • 34'

    Maciej Zurawski looks to be a little isolated up front for Poland; he needs more support, a link-man to provide him with some decent service.

  • 33'

    Sobolewski tries to feed a pass in to Zurawski, but again the pass has too much zip on it and Mora is able to collect on the edge of his penalty area.

  • 32'

    ALMOST! De la Cruz beats his man inside the penalty area and fires a scuffed shot across the face of goal, but Jop sticks out a boot and deflects it out for a corner.

  • 31'

    Szymkowiak curls the set-piece in to the crowded penalty area, but Mora claims comfortably.

  • 30'

    Hurtado is hashly booked for a shove on Szymkowiak as the Poles looked to break down the right channel.

  • 29'

    Sobolewski slides a pass in to the area for Smolarek to chase, but it is too strong; Poland really haven't found their range of passing in the final third as yet.

  • 28'

    WHAT A CHANCE! Delgado spoons a shot over the crossbar from close-range after great play from Tonorio.

  • 27'

    De la Cruz has had a tough time down the Ecuador right, and it seems to be an area that Poland are looking to exploit. He looks a little uncertain in his defensive positioning.

  • 26'

    The Polish fans in the crowd really can't believe it; they came here expecting a comfortable victory to get their tournament off to a good start, but are now facing a real battle.

  • 25'

    Hopefully that goal will lift this game out of the doldrums; Poland will have to find some quality now to break down Ecuador and get back in to this match.

  • 24'

    GOAL! Tonorio ghosts in at the far post, gets in front of his marker and nods a long throw in to the far corner from six yards out.

  • 23'

    Tonorio almost gets on the end of a free-kick, chipped in to the penalty area, but the ball runs away from him and out for a goal-kick.

  • 22'

    After the excitement and drama of the opening match of the tournament, this has been a real let-down. No real quality on show at all.

  • 21'

    The quality of the final pass has been really poor so far this match; there has been a lot of battling play in midfield, but no decent service in to the strikers.

  • 20'

    WHAT WAS THAT? Zurawski cuts in from the right wing, but his cross/shot flies high and wide. Dreadful.

  • 19'

    Again, Zurawski fails to send a quality set-piece in to the area as his corner is cleared at the near post.

  • 18'

    Zurawski sends a free-kick in from the right-edge of the penalty area, but it doesn't beat the defensive wall and goes out for a corner.

  • 17'

    Boruc has to be quick to get to a back-header that fell a little short from Jop. The goalkeeper had to be aware, there.

  • 16'

    ...Szymkowiak fires the free-kick high over the crossbar. Poor effort.

  • 15'

    ...the referee is very particular about the defensive wall, but eventually he blows his whistle...

  • 14'

    Mendez shoves Krzynowek off the ball on the edge of the penalty area, and the referee is quick to award the Poles a free-kick in a dangerous spot...

  • 13'

    Ecuador have made a decent enough start here; they certainly don't look overawed or nervous and are competing well in the midfield area.

  • 12'

    Jop goes in strongly on Tenorio, and is warned by the referee.

  • 11'

    Poland are defending very deep, allowing Ecuador to have the ball in front of them and waiting for the lofted pass in to Delgado.

  • 11'

    SHOT! Castillo tries a shot from distance, but Boruc is able to catch comfortably.

  • 10'

    It has been a scrappy start from both sides; neither has really settled yet. There are a lot of passes going astray in midfield.

  • 9'

    Bak catches a stray elbow in the face from Tenorio; he takes some treatment from the physio, but is soon back on his feet and in the thick of the action.

  • 8'

    Tenorio is brought down by Sobolewski in midfield; free-kick to the South Americans, but Poland head the set-piece clear.

  • 7'

    Poland win the first corner of the match; Zurawski takes the set-piece, but Mora comes through a crowd to punch clear.

  • 7'

    Ecuador look to be a strong side, physically; they should have no problem matching up with the Poles, who are also a tall, broad side.

  • 6'

    WIDE! Valencia has the first shot of the game, dragging a right-foot shot well wide of the post with a grass-hugging effort.

  • 6'

    There are a lot of Polish fans in the stadium; of course, it is just a short trip across the border for Poland, so they should have good support throughout their group games.

  • 5'

    Zurawski has had a wonderful season for his club Celtic in Scotland; the big striker scored 20 goals in his first season in Glasgow, and should come in to the tournament full of confidence.

  • 4'

    Szymkowiak clips a good ball over the top for Zurawski to chase, but the pass is a little too strong and Mora collects.

  • 4'

    Both sides look a little edgy; this is a massive match for these two countries, and it might take a while for the players to come to terms with the atmosphere and sense of occasion.

  • 3'

    Reasco defends well down near the touchline as Smolarek tries to beat him and head in to the penalty area.

  • 2'

    Both sides seem to be lining up with an orthodox 4-4-2 formation.

  • 1'

    Ecuador are one of the unknown quantities of the tournament; they beat both Brazil and Argentina on route to qualifying.

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    Poland kick off on a warm, close evening.

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    The players are out on the pitch, and running through the National Anthems. We're almost ready to go.

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    Poland will be keen to launch their campaign with a victory to get their bid for a second-round place underway.

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    Hi, welcome to ESPN Soccernet's coverage of the second Group A game of the opening day - Poland v Ecuador.

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Goal Shot Video
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  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Poland

  • 12(6)

  • -

  • 8

  • 54%

    46%

  • Ecuador

  • 12(8)

  • -

  • 16

Match Stats

  • Poland
  • Ecuador
12(6) Shots (on goal) 12(8)
8 Fouls 16
11 Corner kicks 2
3 Offsides 2
54% Time of Possession 46%
1 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
5 Saves 6
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