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World Cup debutants: Final group games
Ghana fans celebrating in Accra (Pic: Lamisi Dabire)
Ghanaians are still partying after Thursday's historic win
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, Erick Kaglan describes the feelings of pride in Togo at their team's performances, despite their elimination. Andriy Hunder and Lamisi Dabire also capture the jubilation in Ukraine and Ghana as both teams go through.

They follow Pavel Prochazka's description of the disappointment in Czech Republic, Alfred Jaovi's celebration after the Ivory Coast's win against fellow panellist Tom Zivanovic's Serbia and Montenegro, and Kahumba Pedro and Nylah Ali's mixed emotions following Angola and Trinidad and Tobago's exits.

ERICK KAGLAN, LOME, TOGO, FRIDAY 2150 GMT, FULL TIME - TOGO 0-2 FRANCE

Erick Kaglan
Erick says the players will be welcomed back with open arms
We really thought we could win tonight but we came away with nothing.

But people here are still celebrating our performance. Out on the streets there are fans on the roofs of cars, taxis and buses waving flags and singing.

It is a tribute to how good our performances have been overall. Even though we lost all our matches we played well, especially against France tonight.

We're not the first team to get knocked out and we didn't do the worst out of all the teams, so at least we came away with our honour and pride intact.

The World Cup is not all over just yet - we will get fully behind Ghana now and support them to the end
It was a great achievement to get to the World Cup finals and play so well. We took on some big teams and competed against them.

So we will come away from this experience hoping we can come back again stronger the next time.

I do think that the dispute over money had a big impact on the players' attitudes and that's obviously disappointing. But we blame the officials more than we blame the players. So we will welcome the team back with open arms.

And the World Cup is not all over just yet - we will get fully behind Ghana now and support them to the end.

ERICK KAGLAN, LOME, TOGO, FRIDAY 2000 GMT, HALF TIME - TOGO 0-0 FRANCE

This is a great performance so far by Togo. People are very happy with how the team is playing.

We were under serious pressure in the first half but we can take control now and win this game.

Togo fans in Lome (Pic: Erick Kaglan)
Yao Senaya Jr's fan club was full of hopeful Togo fans
The excitement and confidence is building here the longer the score stays 0-0.

We will take a draw or a win, as that would see France knocked out and for us that is as good as winning the World Cup!

Every time Yao Senaya Jr touched the ball, all of his fans here in his fan club were cheering and shouting him on.

Now I'll move to Emmanuel Adebayor's fan club, which is close by, in Kodjoviakope.

He stands a great chance of scoring, so it could be the best place to be in all of Togo for the second half!

ERICK KAGLAN, LOME, TOGO, FRIDAY 1800 GMT

Erick Kaglan
Erick hopes the Togo team can put their problems behind them
People here have finally understood that the World Cup is over for Togo, and the only thing at stake is our honour.

We have not portrayed a good image of ourselves with the players arguing over bonuses.

However, this final match with France means a lot for the people of Togo, knowing that France and Togo have a long colonial history.

Though we know that France is a tough team, we hope that the Hawks will play their hearts out to prove that they can still make us proud.

A victory would mean that we are now mature. People will forget that we lost the previous matches. There will be jubilation here on the streets
Like Ivory Coast we expect the Hawks to bring honour to our national colours. A victory is possible as our team has proven that it can face the so-called big nations.

France have not qualified yet and our dream is to put a spanner in their works and stop them at the first round.

A victory would mean that we are now mature. People will forget that we lost the previous matches. There will be jubilation here on the streets.

I will watch the match in the Nyekonakpoe quarter of Lome. It is the district where our striker Yao Senaya Jr lives and it is described by many football fans as one of the noisiest during football games.

I will also try to gauge the mood at our main striker Emmanuel Adebayor's fan club in the Kodjoviakope quarter, near the Togo-Ghana border.

ANDRIY HUNDER, KIEV, UKRAINE, FRIDAY 1620 GMT, FULL TIME - UKRAINE 1-0 TUNISIA

Ukraine supporters
Ukraine fans have a long evening's celebrations ahead
There's an amazing atmosphere here!

After Andriy Shevchenko's goal went in the entire square erupted.

When the final whistle blew people were absolutely ecstatic.

Bottles of local champagne are being sprayed everywhere around the square and there is a strong sweet smell of sparkling wine in the air.

People are in a frenzy of celebration.

What a Friday evening! What a day for Ukraine! Kiev will not be sleeping tonight!
There is a flood of people pouring into the Maidan area of Kiev - just like so many did during the Orange Revolution.

Everyone is singing our national anthem with great pride.

The fireworks have just been set off adding to the unbelievable atmosphere!

What a Friday evening! What a day for Ukraine! Kiev will not be sleeping tonight!

ANDRIY HUNDER, KIEV, UKRAINE, FRIDAY 1510 GMT, HALF TIME - UKRAINE 0-0 TUNISIA

Ukrainian fans
Thousands turned out in Kiev to watch Ukraine's decisive game

I'm on Independence Square. The atmosphere is electric here.

Thousands of people have come out in blue and yellow and most have their faces painted blue and yellow.

There's a lot of noise here with plenty of singing and chanting. The temperature is over 30C.

Many photojournalists and TV cameras are all here, hopefully to show the people celebrating after the final whistle blows.

ANDRIY HUNDER, KIEV, UKRAINE, FRIDAY 0915 GMT

World Cup debutant panellist Andriy Hunder
Andriy says offices in Kiev will be closing earlier than usual
A beautiful sunny Friday morning in Kiev and the mood is very positive out on the streets.

Many traders in the market and shops are dressed in replica yellow and blue football shirts.

People are travelling to work and all talking about the big match due to kick off in a few of hours.

There are no less than five different World Cup songs performed by the top local pop and rock bands broadcast almost non-stop on the 24-hour TV music channel.

Leading Ukrainian football players can be seen constantly in TV commercials.

Offices will be closing earlier today, allowing time for people to see the game.

The people know that Tunisia are a good team but all hope is on the team - the team that delighted all of Ukraine with its 4-0 win at the start of the week.

LAMISI DABIRE, ACCRA, GHANA, THURSDAY 1650 GMT, FULL TIME - GHANA 2-1 USA

Lamisi Dabire
Lamisi will party long into the night after Ghana's historic victory...
There are wild celebrations here. Thousands of people have poured out onto the streets from bars, restaurants and office buildings and the city has come to a standstill.

There is a huge procession of people and everyone is hugging each other and dancing and singing.

Car horns are blaring. The national colours are everywhere you look and the noise is deafening.

We're really going to party now. This is the most wonderful day of my life. It's the finest hour in Ghana's history and we are united like never before.

The celebrations are going to go on late into the night. We might even have an extended weekend, starting now!

Girls celebrating in Accra (Pic: Lamisi Dabire)
...as will many other Ghanaians on the streets of Accra
Later I will join my friends in a bar. I will remind them how they told me before the World Cup that I would be heartbroken as I was so optimistic, but I refused to believe them. And now we are in the second round!

We are the first of the debutant countries to go through and the only African side to qualify for the last 16.

All of Africa will be behind us now. It looks like we will meet Brazil next but we are not afraid as we are the Brazil of Africa!

If there is one worry, it's that we have lost our midfielder Michael Essien through suspension - but that's for another day.

We will enjoy this moment and this great great day for Ghana.

PAVEL PROCHAZKA, MORAVSKY KRUMLOV, CZECH REPUBLIC, THURSDAY 1630 GMT, FULL TIME - CZECH REPUBLIC 0-2 ITALY

People are staying in the bars after the game. If we can't drink to celebrate a victory then we'll drink to console ourselves after our loss.

Everything seemed to go wrong after our successful qualifying games. I think it all happened too soon
It was a difficult game with fewer players on the pitch in the second half. It was the same when we played Ghana. But this time it felt like we were lacking more than just one player.

But life goes on. People here won't cry. We've enjoyed being involved in the World Cup, watching the games and drinking beer.

Jan Koller's injury was the worst thing that could have happened to us. Without him the team was just average. We didn't deserve to get through to the next round.

Everything seemed to go wrong after our successful qualifying games. I think it all happened too soon, and we underestimated how tough it would be.

I don't think the players will come straight back to the Czech Republic. When they do return, nobody will cheer them. They need to start getting ready for the European Championships in 2008.

I'll enjoy the rest of the competition but I won't take as much interest. I'll be supporting Ghana as they played some of the best football, definitely of the African nations.

LAMISI DABIRE, ACCRA, GHANA, THURSDAY 1500 GMT, HALF TIME - GHANA 2-1 USA

Ghana supporter
Ghana supporters are hugely excited at half time
There is huge excitement here. There are hundreds of people out on the streets at half time.

It's deafening with all the whistles and horns - it's just fantastic!

We are so excited and confident now that we are going to the second round.

When our two goals went in, everyone here kicked them into the net. We are fully behind our side. We are with them on the pitch.

There are definitely more goals in it for us, but we need to defend better.

If everything stays as it is, with Italy 1-0 up in the other game, we will go through to the last 16!

I'm sorry I can't be more sympathetic with our fellow debutant country, Czech Republic, but we must think about ourselves, this is so huge for us.

PAVEL PROCHAZKA, MORAVSKY KRUMLOV, CZECH REPUBLIC, THURSDAY 1500 GMT, HALF TIME - CZECH REPUBLIC 0-1 ITALY

The atmosphere in the bar is bad. I don't know what to say. We did have hope.

Everyone here is feeling awful. We are just waiting for our team to score.

People here will go wild in the next half when we score
We missed Polak getting his first yellow card so it was a total shock when he got the second and was sent off.

This was much more upsetting for us than the goal scored by Italy.

We have to put someone up front with Baros.

Anything can happen in this game, everything is open.

People here will go wild in the next half when we score.

I reckon we will win 3-1, after getting a couple of goals in the last 10 minutes.

PAVEL PROCHAZKA, MORAVSKY KRUMLOV, CZECH REPUBLIC, THURSDAY 1350 GMT

Czech fans
Czech fans are hoping their team will bounce back against Italy
We are all so nervous here ahead of our biggest match ever as the Czech Republic.

We know that we must beat Italy, which will not be easy, especially since we are weak up front, after all the injuries to our team.

But the belief is there amongst the players - it has to be.

We were so disappointed after our defeat by Ghana. It was such a shock. I never saw the Czech Republic play so badly. It was great for the neutrals watching and, of course, for Ghana, but it was awful for us.

We believe we can do it but people are too nervous to say anything
Maybe it was a good thing for the players, however. They know now that they are beatable. Hopefully this will get them motivated again. They have to play to win.

Maybe it's also fate that we are up against it ahead of this huge match.

As for the supporters here, we believe we can do it but people are too nervous to say anything.

It will be a long match, and I'll be watching in the local bar with my friends. Hopefully it will end with a win for the Czechs.

LAMISI DABIRE, ACCRA, GHANA, THURSDAY 1215 GMT

Lamisi Dabire in a Ghana shirt
Lamisi is expecting a dramatic afternoon's viewing
The mood in Ghana is one of cautious optimism.

Ghanaians are hopeful that the Black Stars will win and become the only African nation to qualify for the knockout stage. The country is painted in red, gold and green, with the black star of our flag also prominent everywhere.

Most people have the Ghana flag hanging on their cars, in front of their houses, shops and some, like myself, are dressed in the national colours at work!

The sense of Ghanaian nationalism is at its highest in recent times.

Black Stars, make Ghana and Africa proud. You are the only beacon of hope for Africa left in this tournament!
We are, however, not losing sight of the stature of the American team, who play a very fast and physical game. We expect the Black Stars to put in an impressive performance. Their feat against the Czechs has given us a lot of hope.

There is no doubt that the match will be a nerve-wrenching one. We are going to miss our striker Asamoah Gyan and midfielder Sulley Muntari, who are suspended.

I am going to Oxford Street in the Osu district of Accra, where the biggest after-parties will be. The very hot weather here is not going to deter us from enjoying the match. I am working a half-day, so I'll have nothing else but the Black Stars beating the US team on my mind.

Black Stars, make Ghana and Africa proud. You are the only beacon of hope for Africa left in this tournament!

ALFRED JAOVI, ABIDJAN, IVORY COAST, WEDNESDAY 2155 GMT, FULL TIME - IVORY COAST 3-2 SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO

Ivory Coast supporter
Ivory Coast supporters at last had something to celebrate
We are delighted with that win. We finally have something to celebrate.

It was a great match, a great comeback from 2-0 down and we are proud of the Elephants.

We had so much of the possession throughout, and my predictions were true - two of the goals came from Aruna Dindane.

There are lots of people around me in the bar drinking and celebrating.

I can now enjoy a beer or two. Finally!
We deserve this after losing our other two matches. Overall we did well but we had no luck in our previous matches.

It also makes us question some of the decisions of our coach Henri Michel. He should have played Dindane and Kalou from the start of the competition and maybe we would have done better.

Still, this is a good way to finish our first World Cup. Our players have made us happy and proud tonight.

I can now enjoy a beer or two. Finally!

TOM ZIVANOVIC, BELGRADE, SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO, WEDNESDAY 2145 GMT, FULL TIME - IVORY COAST 3-2 SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO

Serbia and Montenegro fan
Serbia and Montenegro fans will go home empty-handed
Well that game had it all - goals galore, cards, it was unreal. Anything could have happened, which is why the outcome didn't surprise us.

It's a bit like our country - people often say you don't know what's going to happen next here, and it's true.

Even when we were 2-0 up, we still didn't feel sure we would win. It's just in our nature.

So people didn't walk out in disgust when Ivory Coast came back and won 3-2, they just accepted it.

There will be recriminations. We didn't give the best account of ourselves in Germany
The Ivory Coast deserve their day of pride. We can see how important their first win is to them.

We have been there before as Yugoslavia, so we have a pedigree.

I think there will be recriminations though. We didn't give the best account of ourselves in Germany.

The team were not disciplined and didn't exactly cover themselves in glory, coming home with no points.

But we will move forward. We will lose some of the older players who didn't perform in this World Cup and bring through some younger talent and hopefully we'll be there again in four years as Serbia.

ALFRED JAOVI, ABIDJAN, IVORY COAST, WEDNESDAY 1850 GMT

Alfred Jaovi
Alfred is adamant Ivory Coast wins its last game of the group
I am going back to the same neighbourhood in Abidjan where I watched our first match against Argentina, hoping to see a win this time.

We want to see some goals so we can prove that we do have a good team.

Our players need to come home with pride.

People were sad here after the last match. Now we need to see a good performance to cheer us up.

It is important for both these teams to play well for their people before they come home.

Tom has said a draw would be a fair result for both teams, but I'm afraid I can't be so generous - I want a win!

I predict a 2-0 result for Ivory Coast, with the goals coming from Aruna Dindane, as Didier Drogba is suspended.

TOM ZIVANOVIC, BELGRADE, SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO, WEDNESDAY 1810 GMT

Tom Zivanovic
Tom is hoping to see Serbia and Montenegro's players restore pride
The mood here has been quite solemn since we lost 6-0 to Argentina. Although we don't feel we're the worst team in the tournament, most people here felt it was embarrassing.

Now we have to play for pride against the Ivory Coast.

The players have been threatened with fines if they do not put in a convincing performance tonight.

I will watch the match in one of the main streets in central Belgrade - Strahenica Bana, where cafes line the pavements, quite a few of them with big screens for the game tonight.

We will hear our national anthem for the last time tonight, which will be quite strange
There will be a mixed atmosphere - indifference as we are already out of the tournament, and interest in at least regaining some pride.

This really reflects the wider split in attitudes here - some have been pessimistic from the start and are now saying "I told you so", while others think it's great we've gone this far, considering there were so many other teams who didn't even make it to Germany.

This is also a significant night in that it will be our last game as Serbia and Montenegro, so we will hear our national anthem for the last time tonight, which will be quite strange.

I hope we win, although a draw would be a fair result for mine and Alfred's teams, who both certainly don't deserve to be going home so early.

KAHUMBA PEDRO, LUANDA, ANGOLA, WEDNESDAY 1630 GMT, FULL TIME - IRAN 1-1 ANGOLA

Kahumba Pedro
Kahumba says the world now knows Angola for its football, not for war
Well, we played well but our dream is over.

We scored finally, which our players deserved, but it was not enough. There was great optimism and excitement here when we went ahead but then Iran took our dream from us by equalising and defending well.

I am disappointed now that it's over but we have to proud of what our players have achieved.

This has been such a positive experience for us. It has really united the people here.

We will stay positive and hopeful that this is the beginning for our players
There are even some fans out in the streets now waving their flags and cheering our team's performances.

The team played very well to get two draws and one defeat. If I had one criticism it would be against the coach, who made some mistakes in his team selections.

But we will stay positive and hopeful that this is the beginning for our players and they can go on to qualify for the next World Cup in South Africa and improve on this performance.

They will return here to a big welcome in the next few days. They have represented their national colours with pride.

KAHUMBA PEDRO, LUANDA, ANGOLA, WEDNESDAY 1500 GMT, HALF TIME - IRAN 0-0 ANGOLA

With the score now 2-1 in the other game between Mexico and Portugal, we need at least two goals to go through.

We remain positive that we can do it.

It will be difficult but it's our last chance.

There's not as much noise here as where I watched the previous matches as I'm at work, but that will all change if we score!

And if we qualify, we will have to leave and go celebrate!

It would be a huge moment. I am expecting a lot of drama in the second half.

KAHUMBA PEDRO, LUANDA, ANGOLA, WEDNESDAY 1350 GMT

I am at work today so I'll be watching the game on TV with my colleagues.

Everyone is still very excited and wants to watch our team qualify.

Out in the street, flags are flying from cars and people are rushing to get home to watch the game.

The world now knows us for something else after all the fighting in the past
We played well against Mexico and now we have to beat Iran to get through to the next round, and Portugal must win the other game.

I hope that our players are more motivated now. So far in the competition, they haven't been scoring many goals.

The most important thing to remember is that we are playing in the World Cup for the first time.

The world now knows us for something else after all the fighting in the past.

If we do lose, the players will receive a good welcome on their return home.

NYLAH ALI, PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, TUESDAY 2145 GMT, FULL TIME - PARAGUAY 2-0 TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

Nylah Ali
Nylah expects celebrations when the team returns from Germany

It may have been the Soca Warriors who qualified to go to Germany but the whole of Trinidad and Tobago made that journey.

This has really put us on the world stage and we stand very proud today.

Of course I'm crying inside. I can't help but be emotional.

We showed everyone that we are a stylish nation. Boring is not our game. This goes for the team and the supporters here and in Germany.

I was so pleased that Latapy got a run. He sums up the spirit of our people, which is that we never give up.

Everyone has been astounded by Germany and the sheer organization throughout the tournament so far - it has been absolutely wonderful.

There won't be any celebrations here tonight. We will be saving those for the team's return. I expect to see people crying when I go out into the streets now.

As a nation we love to party but we've proved that we also work hard. I look forward to welcoming the world to Trinidad and Tobago!

NYLAH ALI, PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, TUESDAY 2015 GMT, HALF TIME - PARAGUAY 1-0 TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

I have to be honest and acknowledge the fact that as debutants we have done ourselves credit.

As first-timers on the scene, with the pressure that this brings, the team is doing a tremendous job.

When Brent Sancho scored the own goal I really felt for him.

The team will not be coming home in disgrace. We will welcome them back with open arms
He couldn't believe it had happened and that was very much reflected in his face.

The team will not be coming home in disgrace. We will welcome them back with open arms.

A party and motorcade have already been planned for their return, as we have yet to celebrate making it into the World Cup.

The players will all be suitably rewarded for doing their very best, and we would really like Leo Beenhakker to stay as coach.

But the game is not over yet. Now our backs are really against the wall but I do wish we weren't in that position.

After so much football I guess it's time to get the country back to work!

NYLAH ALI, PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, TUESDAY 1830 GMT

Baby dressed in Trinidad and Tobago colours
Nylah sent this picture of a young supporter in Trinidad and Tobago

Forget about fat ladies, it's not over until the Soca Warriors say it's over. This is what the people of Trinidad and Tobago have been saying ahead of today's match.

It is a normal working day here but most employers have given people the afternoon off.

Schools too are having a half day so the children can be around to take part in the street parties.

The mood here isn't like it was before the England game. That was the one that we really went to Germany for.

The calculations have been done and we're in countdown mode.

Now we just can't wait for the game to begin!

NYLAH ALI, PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, TUESDAY 1700 GMT

Trinidad and Tobago supporter with a flag
Trinidad and Tobago fans are anticipating a victory over Paraguay
It's fingernail biting time here. I am way too tense to watch this game in public so I will stay at home and go out later to celebrate!

Anyone who knows Trinidad and Tobago will acknowledge that we love it when our backs are against the wall. This is why we are not apprehensive today. We believe in our team.

Whatever the result, we applaud our players. They have done us proud.

Through their achievements in football, we have become known around the world. We could not have asked for more.

Our Soca Warriors have personified the belief of "never give up, never surrender". As captain Dwight Yorke said: "We did not come to Germany to be whipping boys."

Echoing this is a television commentator here who said: "We went in as warriors and fought like men."

The fighting metaphors continue before today's battle. One newspaper headline reads: "Attack With Full Force."

Ironically, this is our style of football. We prefer to attack rather than play the defensive style which we were forced to play against Sweden and England. But it's all or nothing now and the Paraguayan style is suited to ours.

After we win, we just have to wait on the result of England vs Sweden to see if we go through. For now, we will hunker down in our bunkers and get ready for our warriors to take the field.






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