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Poland 0-2 Ecuador
Friday, 9 June 2006



C Tenorio 24
A Delgado 80


E Smolarek 36yellow card


I Hurtado 31yellow card
E Mendez 70yellow card



54% 46%

Shots on target

6 9

Shots off target

5 4


11 3


8 16


  • 01 A Boruc
  • 02 M Jop
  • 04 M Baszczynski
  • 06 J Bak
  • 14 M Zewlakow
  • 07 R Sobolewski (67 I Jelen )
  • 08 J Krzynowek (77 K Kosowski )
  • 10 M Szymkowiak
  • 15 E Smolarek yellow card
  • 16 A Radomski
  • 09 M Zurawski (84 P Brozek )


  • 19 B Bosacki,
  • 23 P Brozek,
  • 17 D Dudka,
  • 22 L Fabianski,
  • 03 S Gancarczyk,
  • 20 P Giza,
  • 21 I Jelen,
  • 05 K Kosowski,
  • 12 T Kuszczak,
  • 18 M Lewandowski,
  • 13 S Mila,
  • 11 G Rasiak


  • 12 C Mora
  • 04 U De la Cruz
  • 03 I Hurtado yellow card (69 J Guagua )
  • 17 G Espinoza
  • 18 N Reasco
  • 08 E Mendez yellow card
  • 14 S Castillo
  • 16 L Valencia
  • 20 E Tenorio
  • 11 A Delgado (83 P Urrutia )
  • 21 C Tenorio (65 I Kaviedes )


  • 13 P Ambrossi,
  • 15 M Ayovi,
  • 23 C Benitez,
  • 09 F Borja,
  • 02 J Guagua,
  • 10 I Kaviedes,
  • 22 D Lanza,
  • 07 C Lara,
  • 05 J Perlaza,
  • 19 L Saritama,
  • 06 P Urrutia,
  • 01 E Villafuerte

Ref: Toru Kamikawa
Att: 52000


Full-time: You would have to imagine Poland can play better than this, surely they will play better against Germany - but they have to sort themselves out in the meantime. Ecuador can play - there is no doubt about that.
Jimmy Armfield, Five Live Sport.

Full-time: Poland 0-2 Ecuador
Referee Toru Kamikawa blows the whistle to end the contest and it is a famous victory for the country from South America who were largely fancied to go home after the group stage. Poland got exactly what they deserved - nothing.

90 mins + 1: Poland go agonisingly close to pulling one back again, as Pawel Brozek cuts on to his left foot from 20 yards and curls afine shot against the post with Cristian Mora well-beaten.

86 mins: Poland have their best chance so far as Ecuador switch off momentarily, but substitute Ireneusz Jelen smacks his left-foot shot off the crossbar.

84 mins: Pawel Brozek comes on for Maciej Zurawski but the game looks up for Poland.

83 mins: Miroslaw Szymkowiak Agustin Delgado gets a deserved rest and he is replaced by Patricio Urrutia.

80 mins: GOAL Poland 0-2 Ecuador
Game over and it is as much as the Ecuadorians deserve. The Poles are caught square with a through ball and Agustin Delgado is on hand to tap into the net after good work from Ivan Kaviedes.

78 mins: Miroslaw Szymkowiak lets fly from 25 yards as a corner falls outside the box, but he can only slice horribly off target.

78 mins: Another change for the desperate Poles, this time Kamil Kosowski replacing Jacek Krzynowek.

74 mins: A rare quick attack from Poland stretches the Ecuador defence, but Neicer Reasco gets into a great position at the far post to clear an inviting cross away from danger. Great defending and symbolic of how the South Americans have played in their opening game.

73 mins: With time running out it is Ecuador who look most likely to add to the scoring, with Edison Mendez pulling the trigger from 20 yards only to see Artur Boruc get down smartly to his right to parry away.

70 mins: Edison Mendez stops Poland taking a free-kick quickly and is cautioned as a result. It is an offence Fifa is very keen for the officials to clamp down on.

69 mins: Injury forces the captain Ivan Hurtado off, as Jorge Guagua comes on in his place.

68 mins: Ireneusz Jelen comes on for Poland as Radoslaw Sobolewski is withdrawn.

65 mins: Ivan Kaviedes, once of Crystal Palace, comes on to replace the hard-working goalscorer Carlos Tenorio.

64 mins: Hurtado covers well again to stop Ebi Smolarek having a shot on goal and the defender looks like he is struggling with a knock as a result.

62 mins: Agustin Delgado turns smartly and races into the area, falling under a challenge from Mariusz Jop, but the referee rightly says no penalty.

59 mins: The 40,000 or so Poles inside the stadium get excited by two chances inside 15 seconds, but both times their team is denied by brilliant blocks, firstly by Giovanny Espinoza and then the captain Hurtado.

57 mins: Ecuador are defending with two banks of four and the two up front. Every time Poland get the ball they pretty much have 11 players to get past.
Jimmy Armfield, Five Live Sport.

53 mins: Espinoza produces a fabulous last-ditch tackle to deny Radoslaw Sobolewski a clear-cut shooting chance after he had been played into the Ecuador box.

52 mins: Jacek Krzynowek finally makes a proper contact, lashing one in from 15 yards after being put clean through, but the flag had already gone up for offside.

49 mins: Krzynowek wastes yet another corner, this time swinging the ball over everyone in the box and behind for a goal kick. Very disappointing so far for a man with a supposedly cultured left-foot.

47 mins: Poland look more lively already - surely they have been given a rocket at half-time by coach Pawel Janas.

46 mins: Ecuador get us under way for the second half in the AufSchalke Arena.

Half-time: The Poles are being frustrated by the slower style of the Ecuadorians. The European style is quicker but the South Americans have such a good first touch which is allowing them to play at their own tempo at the moment.
Jimmy Armfield, Five Live Sport.

PLAYER-RATER: Unsurprisingly it is the Ecuador front two who you have chosen as the star men of the first half, with goalscorer Carlos Tenorio edging ahead of Agustin Delgado.

Half-time: Poland 0-1 Ecuador
The whistle goes and at the interval in Gelsenkirchen it is Ecuador who have a deserved lead over a sluggish Poland side.

43 mins: Christian Mora's first mistake in the Ecuador goal and after he completely flaps at a corner and misses he is bailed out by a defender who heads away from danger.

42 mins: Jacek Krzynowek is disgusted with the referee for not giving him a free-kick as he goes down on the edge of the Ecuador area.

38 mins: From the resulting free-kick, Edison Mendez tries his luck from 30 yards but Artur Boruc gets across well to comfortably save.

36 mins: Ecuador's Ivan Hurtado is followed into the referee's notebook by Poland's Ebi Smolarek for a challenge from behind.

33 mins: Ecuador, on the other hand, look like creating every time, and another well-directed cross is headed just off target by former Southampton stiker Agustin Delgado.

32 mins: So far the Poles' set-piece delivery has left a lot to be desired - another free-kick from Jacek Krzynowek sails into the grateful arms of Christian Mora.

31 mins: Ecuador's Hurtado is booked for a late challenge.

28 mins: The Poles are being run ragged by Ecuador's super strikers. This time Carlos Tenorio somehow skips past two tackles and gets to the byline, his pull-back is met seven yards out by Agustin Delgado but he can only blaze over the bar.

24 mins: GOAL Poland 0-1 Ecuador
The South Americans grab an unlikely lead just after halfway through the first half and it is Carlos Tenorio who heads home after Agustin Delgado had flicked on a long throw into the box. If Poland were frustrated before...

21 mins: The Poles have to make sure they do not get frustrated trying to get through this wall of Ecuador defence, because they could have had a couple of yellows so far.
Jimmy Armfield, Five Live Sport.

20 mins: Maciej Zurawski gets a sight of goal from 22 yards, but the Celtic striker's hopeful effort sails harmlessly wide.

17 mins: Artur Boruc has to race from his goal after Radoslaw Sobolewski under-hits a back pass, but the keeper manages to avert the danger.

15 mins: Which they fail to do. Jacek Krzynowek's left-foot effort starts off high and just keeps on getting higher.

14 mins: Edison Mendez clumsily brings down Miroslaw Szymkowiak 25 yards from the Ecuador goal, and a first real chance for Poland to get in a shot on target.

13 mins: Referee Toru Kamikawa gives Mariusz Jop a final warning after he put in a crunching tackle on Carlos Tenorio from behind.

11 mins: Looks like the players were watching the Germany game earlier as Segundo Castillo tries to copy Torsten Frings with a speculative 35-yarder that Artur Boruc comfortably gathers.

8 mins: Poland have started better, but when Ecuador get the ball forward their strikers Agustin Delgado and Carlos Tenorio are proving a physical match for the defenders.

5 mins: A glimpse of the Ecuador goalkeeper Christian Mora shows that he has his country's flag painted on both sides of his face.

5 mins: Poland striker Maciej Zurawski faces a lonely evening up front and he is battling for balls pumped forward with three defenders. They must ensure Miroslaw Szymkowiak gets forward to support him.

3 mins: Polish playmaker Szymkowiak goes on a mazy run inside the Ecuadorian half but when he is chopped to the floor the referee only waves play on.

1 min: The game has a lot to live up after Germany's stunning win earlier, but Poland have started at their own pace and do not look in any hurry to entertain.

2000 BST: The second game of the World Cup finals starts in Gelsenkirchen between Group A hopefuls Poland and Ecuador.


Poland: Boruc, Jop, Baszczynski, Bak, Zewlakow, Sobolewski, Krzynowek, Szymkowiak, Smolarek, Radomski, Zurawski.
Subs: Bosacki, Brozek, Dudka, Fabianski, Gancarczyk, Giza, Jelen, Kosowski, Kuszczak, Lewandowski, Mila, Rasiak.

Ecuador: Mora, De la Cruz, Hurtado, Espinoza, Reasco, Mendez, Castillo, Valencia, Edwin Tenorio, Delgado, Carlos Tenorio.
Subs: Ambrossi, Ayovi, Benitez, Borja, Guagua, Kaviedes, Lanza, Lara, Perlaza, Saritama, Urrutia, Villafuerte.

Referee: Toru Kamikawa (Japan).

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