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Japan 0-0 Croatia
Sunday, 18 June 2006

This is what 606 message board users had to say about the game.

1607: So Near, So Kranjcar
I'm still confident Croatia will beat Australia and progress.

1555: makaay_10
Well it now seems all Australia need to do is not get blown away by Brazil and draw with Croatia and they are through. Onya Roos!

1551: supporternicky11
Kind of frustrating to watch. Both sides had chances but didn't finish!

1543: austinspur
The Australian team must be rubbing their hands together with glee! This is a great result for them, and it's more than possible that they could pull off a result against Brazil. For my money neither Japan or Croatia look good enough for the second round.

1539: Besonders
I cannot believe this match is STILL 0-0. How has that ball managed to stay out of the net? Well, all the players look spent now. Ten minutes left - maybe one of the subs will be able to take advantage of an opponent's exhausted legs or tired mistake.

1531: Gavi19
Well if this does turn out to be a draw, then that's an excellent result for the Aussies who would fancy their chances of qualifying. Who knows they might even get a result against Brazil, which would be something. They did beat them the last time they played them.

1518: G'nulessandro
To the apparent 57% who think Kawaguchi could star in the Premiership; he was poor even for Portsmouth reserves in the Championship. He's too short, punches too frequently and is erratic. Yes he's very athletic and is having a great game, but he really isn't good enough. Don't get me wrong; great determined character but not a top-class keeper.

1511: Gavi19
The miss of the tournament right there. How did Yanagisawa miss? Use your left peg mate! It's not just to help you balance. Zico must have been pulling out what hair he has left.

1457: supporternicky11
Japan need to play more aggresively. They don't have a time to stop and think. Passion!

1452: PL
I would have liked the ref to book the three Japanese outfield players who held up the penalty. I'm sure there were other occasions when they could have had water. That's taking gamesmanship too far.

1449: Besonders
We want to see goals - particularly as both these sides need the points.

1447: ryan
Fantastic support from the Croatians.

1446: beebsie
Japan are taking too long to bring the ball forward, and once they do they lose the ball too easily. Croatia aren't playing well either but their height and power gives them a cutting edge.

1436: supporternicky11
I am cheering on Japan but to be honest, Croatia are the stronger team now that Kovac is back.

1425: Dave
What a save from the penalty!

1406: jumpz7
Croatia will be too strong for Japan. Kovac should play well.

1402: andy2808
I think Japan just aren't up for it this year. Did you see the way they collapsed against the Aussies?

1401: YakQueudrue
I'd like a Japan win but think it'll be tough as Croatia looked a good side against Brazil.

1344: David
I think this will be a good game!


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