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World Cup debutants: Second group games
A Togolese fan covered in paint
A Togolese supporter showing his true colours in Dortmund, Germany
Eight people - one from each of the debutant nations at the World Cup - are regularly giving us updates from their country as they watch the tournament.

Here, Andriy Hunder looks forward to celebrations in Kiev following Ukraine's convincing victory against Saudi Arabia.

Erick Kaglan in Lome describes the disappointment at Togo's defeat against Switzerland.

These follow the assorted reactions of Lamisi Dabire in Ghana, Veronika Diestlova from the Czech Republic, Kahumba Pedro in Angola, Alfred Jaovi of the Ivory Coast, Tom Zivanovic from Serbia and Montenegro, and Nylah Ali in Trinidad and Tobago.

ANDRIY HUNDER, KIEV, UKRAINE, MONDAY 1820 GMT, FULL TIME - SAUDI ARABIA 0-4 UKRAINE

World Cup debutant panellist Andriy Hunder

Great result! Big fireworks are on in Independence Square.

There is blue and yellow everywhere so it's all very colourful.

A great atmosphere - Ukraine's first ever win in the World Cup.

Losing 0-4 last week and winning 4-0 today is like heaven and earth. It was a phenomenal score.

As I said earlier, after the last game the mood here had been very low. People were unsure how it would go, particularly playing an unpredictable team like Saudi Arabia.

Goals scored by Kiev players meant there was even more of a reason to celebrate
When Shevchenko scored the 3rd goal there were lots of cheers to be heard from buildings. Shevchenko's photo is on hundreds of billboards throughout Kiev, advertising a number of different products and services.

Goals scored by Kiev players meant there was even more of a reason to celebrate.

The streets of Kiev are alive with singing and dancing.

Fans are shouting 'Ukraino' and 'Sheva'. Cars are sounding their horns on the streets. Ukrainian eyes are smiling tonight!

ANDRIY HUNDER, KIEV, UKRAINE, MONDAY 1700 GMT, HALF TIME - SAUDI ARABIA 0-2 UKRAINE

The atmosphere has definitely become more festive over the past 45 minutes.

There are more people out on Independence Square with blue and yellow flags.

The rain has stopped and Kiev is getting ready to celebrate.

The fans are recalling the glory days when Shevchenko and Rebrov were Europe's most feared duo of strikers.

I was at Independence Square earlier and am now watching the game at home with my wife.

ANDRIY HUNDER, KIEV, UKRAINE, MONDAY 1555 GMT

Ukrainian fans are hoping for a victory against Saudi Arabia
It's a warm, humid but very wet, evening in Kiev.

Around 100 fans have convened in front of a giant TV screen in Independence Square - known as Maidan in Ukrainian - in central Kiev awaiting the match.

The mood amongst fans is somewhat philosophical. It is very different to the festive mood last week before the Spain match.

Many supporters have still not got over the 4-0 loss to the Spaniards.

Fans know that a win is within reach and all hope is on Andriy Shevchenko.

ERICK KAGLAN, LOME, TOGO, MONDAY 1610 GMT, FULL TIME - TOGO 0-2 SWITZERLAND

Togo supporter Erick Kaglan
I am very sorry that we couldn't win the game. But it was clear that Switzerland were the stronger team.

Even in the closing minutes, everyone was hoping for a miracle.

It was obvious that the team's morale was low, as a result of the bonus row which was only resolved a few hours before the game.

In Adgidogome there were a lot more people than where I watched the first half, in Deckon. But after Switzerland scored their second goal about 70% of the crowd started to leave.

People here are very down. We had been looking for a victory so we could continue hoping. It is so disappointing.

Talking to people here, even if we win the next game against France it won't help as Togo's aim was to get through to the next round. And if we lose, we will be so ashamed to be leaving the World Cup without having won a single game.

Now all our hopes are gone. The World Cup is over for us and there is nothing we can do. We will have to wait four years for another chance.

ERICK KAGLAN, LOME, TOGO, MONDAY 1400 GMT, HALF TIME - TOGO 0-1 SWITZERLAND

Unfortunately we haven't yet scored and people are disappointed.

People here are blaming the lack of team preparation ahead of the game. At the beginning it wasn't going well for us and our defence was very shaky.

After 30 minutes they seemed to change their game plan and were playing much better.

There are not nearly as many people here in Deckon today as there were for last week's match.

This square is normally always busy but today it is particularly quiet.

I am hoping that it will be livelier when I move for the second half.

ERICK KAGLAN, LOME, TOGO, MONDAY 1250 GMT

Togolese fan with a whistle
Erick says people in the street are waving flags and blowing whistes

The row over players' bonuses is seriously preventing people from being enthusiastic about this game.

I hold our football federation responsible for the bad image of Togo that this must be giving to the rest of the world.

However the dispute hasn't deterred everyone. Last week's performance triggered excitement in a lot of people.

In the southern region of Togo and Ghana's adjoining border our people are very similar. Their victory at the weekend brought us great joy and we hope that we can do it too.

I'll be watching the game in two places. For the first half, I'm in Deckon, where I watched the last match.

The row over players' bonuses is seriously preventing people from being enthusiastic

At half time, I'll go to Adgidogome which is in the suburbs, about five kilometres from town. There is a big screen and lots of football fans are there.

The weather is a little rainy today but it's not deterring people. Supporters are waving flags, wearing team shirts, whistling in the streets.

Now we've been seduced by the idea of going far and are determined to make it to the next round.

I predict that we will win 2-0.

VERONIKA DIESTLOVA, PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC, SATURDAY 1810 GMT FULL TIME - CZECH REPUBLIC 0-2 GHANA

Veronika Diestlova
Veronika says Czechs everywhere are talking about what went wrong

That was a terrible second half, we were all feeling tense for 45 minutes.

And again we were surprised. We thought we could get some goals and turn it around.

But Ghana really deserved to win, they played better than us.

We are really not satisfied with the way our team played. Our best player was probably Petr Cech, the goalkeeper. Without him it could've been 5-0.

There won't be any celebrating tonight.

Many people will stay and watch the USA-Italy game. This will be very important for us.

There won't be any celebrating tonight
At the start of the game we were all so happy and relaxed. We thought this was going to be fun, but now we are all very afraid.

Everyone here is talking about what went wrong. I think the newspapers tomorrow will be filled with comment on the game - nobody expected to do so badly.

And now we are just going to have to beat Italy and get as many goals as possible.

LIMISI DABIRE, ACCRA, GHANA, SATURDAY 1755 GMT FULL TIME - CZECH REPUBLIC 0-2 GHANA

Lamisi Dabire in a Ghana shirt
Lamisi says that Ghanaians will be partying through the night
We are so excited now!

The party has started.

I told you we are the history makers, and now we are making history.

The way we are feeling now we're sure we'll thrash the USA, we are going to make them look like schoolboys.

Everyone is jumping around, dancing and singing.

People have come out of their houses, and are driving around in their cars honking the horns. Everywhere you look you can see people waving the Ghana flag.

There is so much noise and excitement, you cannot believe!

I've never been so happy in all my life. And I think a lot of people feel the same.

We are going to party right through the night. I think the churches are going to be half-full tomorrow because people won't be able to get up.

I have to go now and join the dancing, and the party!

VERONIKA DIESTLOVA, PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC, SATURDAY 1655 GMT HALF TIME - CZECH REPUBLIC 0-1 GHANA

We're very disappointed, and surprised!

Really, we don't know what to expect from the second half now. We underestimated Ghana.

Really, we don't know what to expect from the second half now. We underestimated Ghana
The bar is even quieter now, even though there are about 60 people here.

We don't like the way our team's played. Ghana seemed faster, physically stronger, and they just played better.

Maybe it's because we're missing something with our injured players.

We're going to have to make some changes to the team.

Everyone is much more nervous, we're not really enjoying this game now.

We hope we'll be able to enjoy the match more by the end.

But I still think we can come back. Hopefully it'll be 2-1.

LIMISI DABIRE, ACCRA, GHANA, SATURDAY 1650 GMT HALF TIME - CZECH REPUBLIC 0-1 GHANA

Ghanaian fan
Fans in Ghana were ecstatic with their team ahead at half time
Go Ghana!

We are so excited now, you have no idea.

I decided to watch the match at home, but now I'll have to go into town.

There is so much noise on the streets. People are singing, playing loud music, and there's someone whistling!

I think our team's showing much more concentration than before. And we're hitting the net - that's the important thing.

We are the history makers now.

We've broken our jinx, before it was Ghana that went behind in the first ten minutes, now it's the other team.

There's so much excitement on the streets. There's going to be a party tonight.

I'm going into town now to find a pub.

VERONIKA DIESTLOVA, PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC SATURDAY 1540 GMT

Czech fans were optimistic ahead of the game against Ghana in Cologne
We are full of expectation before our second game.

Me and my friends are in the same sports club as we were for the first match. We're all talking about how well the team is going to do.

It's a bit quiet at the moment. Last time there were 250 people in the bar, now there are only 30 or so.

I think this is because so many Czechs have gone to Germany after our success in the first game!

People are so keen to see the Czech Republic they'll be doing anything they can to get hold of tickets.

The mood is much more relaxed than before. The first match is always more difficult and we think Ghana will be an easier team to play.

Of course we respect Ghana, but we think the game will be no problem for us. I think it'll be a 2-0 win.

The only problem is that two of our players are injured - our strikers Jan Koller and Milan Baros.

We only have half a team without them.

But if we manage to get them back, I think people are expecting the team to go all the way to the final.

There are more people filling the club now as kick off gets closer.

LIMISI DABIRE, ACCRA, GHANA, SATURDAY 1500 GMT

The fans go wild at the final whistle
Fans went wild at the final whistle after Ghana's first World Cup win
We are in expectant mood in Accra - we must win this game to have a chance to go through to the next round.

Of course our mood is a little mixed. Some of us are a bit worried, but generally we are happy and are willing our team on.

There is the sense that we can beat the African jinx and find a way to win - we just need to get the ball in the back of the net!

And the whole town is covered in flags. Houses, shops, T-shirts - you can see the colours of Ghana everywhere.

But I'll restrain from making any prediction today after my last attempt.

As a nation we haven't had a reason to celebrate in recent times, so everyone's eyes are on the World Cup. Everyone is excited and supporting the team.

If we win today there will be a spontaneous celebration and all the people will leave their houses to party. The bars are looking forward to this and were a bit disappointed after the last game!

We are a very religious nation, and so we believe there is the hand of God in everything.

KAHUMBA PEDRO, LUANDA, ANGOLA, FRIDAY 2125 GMT, FULL TIME - MEXICO 0-0 ANGOLA

Angola supporters
Angola fans will celebrate their draw long into the night
Everyone is on the streets of Luanda celebrating. The whole of Angola is so happy right now.

People are cheering, jumping up and down and hugging each other.

This is the best thing that has ever happened to us.

We are the first African team to get a point in this World Cup.

There will be a huge party here tonight.

My friends, my brother-in-law and I are all going to walk to Independence Square in the middle of Luanda and celebrate all night after our draw with Mexico.

We are now in a great position to go through to the second round. We're going to do it.

We will beat Iran by a few goals and if Mexico and Portugal draw we will go through.

First, though, tonight we will party and really enjoy our team's achievement.

KAHUMBA PEDRO, LUANDA, ANGOLA, FRIDAY 2000 GMT, HALF TIME - MEXICO 0-0 ANGOLA

We are very happy with that first half.

Angola is the first African side in this tournament to be drawing level at half time.

This is our last chance, we must go out there in the second half and win
Now we just must go on and be the first to win.

There are about 50 of us in my brother-in-law's garden and we are having a great time watching Angola.

Their performance is really positive and we still really believe.

This is our last chance, we must go out there in the second half and win.

We are doing everything we can to get behind the team. We're chanting our country's name and making lots of noise.

We can do it!

KAHUMBA PEDRO, LUANDA, ANGOLA, FRIDAY 1835 GMT

Kahumba Pedro
Kahumba says people are feeling euphoric ahead of tonight's match
Here in Angola people are in a state of euphoria. This is a decisive game. We have to beat the Mexicans and take care of the Iranians afterwards.

I am still positive ahead of tonight's game. I believe my team will correct the mistakes they committed in the opening match against Portugal.

Our ambition is to reach the next stage. I am still betting on us being the first African debutants to win a game in this World Cup.

I think our coach Luis Oliveira Goncalves will use his best strategy to crush Mexico, as he will beef up the team with new, stronger players.

The atmosphere here is really positive. Many people are going shopping, buying the national team's outfit, and buying beer and wine ahead of this evening's showdown.

I am going to watch the match with my brother-in-law and his friends in the Viana district, 12 kilometres outside of Luanda. He is a passionate football fan and he is extra excited as he missed the encounter against Portugal because he was working.

My score prediction is 2-1 to Angola. The Palancas Negras' goals will be scored by skipper Akwa and Flavio.

ALFRED JAOVI, ABIDJAN, IVORY COAST, FRIDAY 1820 GMT, FULL TIME - HOLLAND 2- 1 IVORY COAST

Alfred Jaovi
Alfred says people are dejected after Ivory Coast's defeat
People are not coping very well with this result here.

We are out, our World Cup is finished and people are very disappointed.

The Ivory Coast played well in our two games but we just didn't have any luck.

There were some Togolese people watching the match here and they are very sorry for us.

They are still hopeful because they still have a chance, but for us all hope is gone.

We are proud of the team because, after all, not every country gets to go to the World Cup and it was exciting while it lasted.

We don't deserve to be out so early, but we are.

We have one more game against Serbia and Montenegro of course, but it's all over before that.

I'm going to go and have a beer or two and see how people are feeling. I'm not expecting it to be good.

ALFRED JAOVI, ABIDJAN, IVORY COAST, FRIDAY 1700 GMT, HALF TIME - HOLLAND 2- 1 IVORY COAST

That was a great half.

We are still positive because we are still very much in this match. We can definitely win it.

The atmosphere is still very upbeat and noisy here, despite the fact that we have no beer!
Even when Holland scored twice, we didn't think it was over.

And then, what a goal by Bakari Kone to make it 2-1.

We were surprised when we heard so many Ivory Coast fans in the stadium.

The atmosphere is still very upbeat and noisy here, despite the fact that we have no beer!

There is a no alcohol policy in the UN compound so we are just drinking tea!

But I will go and seek out the beer after the match, especially if we win.

ALFRED JAOVI, ABIDJAN, IVORY COAST, FRIDAY 1545 GMT

Fans of the Ivory Coast in Stuttgart
Ivory Coast fans have been enjoying the atmosphere
All of Ivory Coast is anxious ahead of today's crucial game against Holland.

But we are confident. All I can say is Holland better be careful.

We are still the best African team in this competition and we have a surprise in store yet.

After all, we only lost by one goal to Argentina last Saturday.

I think it will be a similar deficit today. My prediction is we will win 1-0.

I think Arouna Kone will be the star. Everyone is talking about Didier Drogba but it's Arouna's time to shine.

It's been a short working day today. Everyone went home or to bars early to watch the game.

The excitement has been building all afternoon. People are hoping and waiting for a big surprise.

I will watch the match with friends and colleagues at the United Nations compound, where I am working at the moment.

There should be lots of noise!

TOM ZIVANOVIC, BELGRADE, SERBIA, FRIDAY 1515 GMT, FULL TIME - ARGENTINA 6-0 SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO

Tom Zivanovic

Before the game I said that we were quietly optimistic but I think I should have emphasised the 'quiet' part.

That wasn't a great second half for us. When we were down to just ten men it was a losing battle.

But in true Serbian fashion, everyone started cheering for Argentina. Every time they scored, we cheered. At the end of the game everyone was jumping around and applauding.

My son Stefan, 10, said that the final score was like a Playstation result.

We didn't enjoy being beaten 6-0, but who would? Argentina really proved their worth and we got what we deserved.

I think everyone's staying in the bar to support the Ivory Coast against Holland later.

Till then the bar is putting on competitions, giving out t-shirts and other prizes. Basically, everyone is keeping things lively.

Nobody is upset as we were playing a top team so we'll just get on and look forward to the next match.

TOM ZIVANOVIC, BELGRADE, SERBIA, FRIDAY 1400 GMT, HALF TIME - ARGENTINA 3-0 SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO

People here are still in a pretty good mood, considering we're 3-0 down.

Even when they scored the first goal people still believed that we could do it.

We're still enjoying the game and there's no sign of anyone leaving early.

During half time, people are chatting and enjoying their drinks. Outside people are kicking a ball around for the TV cameras.

I think we'll enjoy the game against the Ivory Coast more than the next half today
There's a competition going on to see how long people can keep the ball up for so there's a lot of cheering out there, especially as the waitresses in their short skirts are involved.

No one here's getting angry - our expectations for this game were low anyway.

We knew we had a tough group, especially for our first World Cup tournament.

I think we'll enjoy the game against the Ivory Coast more than the next half today.

Hopefully we'll be in a position to score in this half and we won't lose by too much.

TOM ZIVANOVIC, BELGRADE, SERBIA, FRIDAY 1240 GMT

Serbia and Montenegro fan
A Serbia and Montenegro supporter keeping calm ahead of the game

I'm at the Sports Café in Belgrade which is in the main area of the city that people go to watch sport.

The temperature here is about 30C so it's pretty hot. The bar has got canopies and big screens set up outside.

There are about 450 supporters here with a total mixture of ages, both men and women.

The more hardcore fans will be inside the bar, with the others outside in the garden area.

Everyone is in a great mood which I think has a lot to do with the weather. During our first game against Holland it was pouring with rain which didn't help the atmosphere or people's spirits.

Everyone is in a great mood which I think has a lot to do with the weather
I guess you could say we're approaching this game with a quiet optimism. It really is all or nothing for us and we have to play to our strengths.

We're hoping for some exciting, attacking, football.

After the opening games, I don't think the debutant countries have anything to be ashamed of. I'm looking forward to playing the Ivory Cost (fellow panellist Alfred Jaovi's team) in the next game.

I don't see this being a high-scoring match. But I reckon it'll be 1-0 to us. It is all about getting that first goal.

NYLAH ALI, PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, THURSDAY 1810 GMT, FULL TIME - ENGLAND 2-0 TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

Trinidad and Tobago fans in Port of Spain (Pic: Nylah Ali)
Trinidad and Tobago fans are proud of their team's performances

I would describe the mood here after the game as disappointed but not defeated.

Everyone is now mentally preparing for the next match, rapidly calculating how many points we need to get through to the next round.

I am 130% even more behind the team. At the end of the match everyone in the movie theatre stood up and applauded our guys. I am very very proud of them.

Everyone knew that we were up against the mighty England. I think we proved to the world that although we are the smallest country taking part in the competition, we are now a giant in football.

It was a heartbreaking moment here when we thought that Trinidad had scored.

Despite losing, everyone is still very positive. Trinidadians love to party and any excuse will do.

NYLAH ALI, PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, THURSDAY 1700 GMT, HALF TIME - ENGLAND 0-0 TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

Nylah Ali

In the last five minutes the whole movie theatre erupted with screams and whistles.

Everyone started 'wining' [traditional Trinidadian dancing involving the gyration of hips], dancing and singing.

People are truly happy, and in the rhythm section of the cinema complex there is even more of a party going on.

As I've said before, this game means such a lot to us that everyone, from little kids to adults, has become armchair critics and football aficionados.

I think the hype of the match has got to both teams, and it is visible in the coaches' faces, especially Eriksson.

Our team's confidence has definitely been boosted but they need to settle and not be scared of England who have so much more experience of the World Cup.

Nadine, who is here with me, reckons it's as if we are celebrating victory before we've actually won.

Another fellow spectator, Emile, predicts that we will score the winning goal in the second half. I hope so!

NYLAH ALI, PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, THURSDAY 1550 GMT

Trinidad and Tobago fans watching match on cinema screen
People got to their feet for the national anthem in the cinema

I am watching the game at a huge cinema complex called Movie Town. There's a rhythm section, Caribbean Vibes, where steel bands are playing and it's all very noisy.

Hundreds of people are literally swarming into the complex towards me.

It is a national public holiday which means that everyone can devote their energy to this. The whole place has gone mad.

Today's match is the absolute focus of the country. It really is the most important game for us.

Everyone has dressed up. The whole country is red!
We are really hoping to put England to the ground. And it's not just about the old colonial powers. A lot of our players are in the UK, playing for clubs there.

Everyone has dressed up. The whole country is red! Standing in front of me is a man dressed as a warrior.

But remember, at the end of it all it is the game that matters.

NYLAH ALI, PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, THURSDAY 1145 GMT

Trinidad and Tobago fans at the stadium in Nuremberg
Trinidad and Tobago supporters cheering before the England game

The energy here is palpable. It is as if the entire country is walking out onto that field for the kick-off.

Everyone is playing the game today. We are feeling it in our bones. Excited is not the word. It is beyond that, we are putting our hearts and souls into this encounter.

Nothing means as much as this game. Meeting England and knowing that so many of our players are from UK clubs makes it a match like no other.

The focus here is football: eat, sleep, drink, talk, think football
This is the big showdown. I bumped into [Trinidad and Tobago captain] Dwight Yorke's manager who said Dwight is "like a child on Christmas morning". That's how we feel too.

It's a public holiday here today to observe the Christian celebration of Corpus Christi.

I'm not sure how many will be going to church. The focus here is football: eat, sleep, drink, talk, think football.

What a World Cup! I may be biased but I truly believe this is one of the best tournaments we have ever witnessed with so many riveting first round games, and the greatest part is: we are there!

Additionally, it is wise that the players are mainly sequestered from fans and family in Germany because we need them to be focused, focused, focused.

We have England to beat! It's the Soca Warriors versus the Roaring Lions! We must come out fighting!






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