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Poland 0-2 Ecuador
Friday, 9 June 2006




Poland warm-up before the match

Poland make their final preparations in Gelsenkirchen before facing Ecuador in their opening Group A game

Polish fans on board a train talk to police officers on the platform

Supporters converge on the stadium as the World Cup opens with a cracker between Germany and Costa Rica in Munich

Ecuador fans

Fans of Ecuador get ready to support their team in what is only the country's second appearance at the World Cup finals

Goalkeeper Cristian Mora saves for Ecuador

With the game underway, Cristian Mora spares Ecuador some early blushes when he stretches to block a free-kick

Carlos Tenorio puts Ecuador ahead

But Carlos Tenorio gives Ecuador the lead on 24 minutes when he heads home Agustin Delgado's flick on from a long throw

Poland and Celtic keeper Artur Boruc

Poland's Artur Boruc does his best to make amends for some poor set-piece defending but can't prevent the goal

Ecuador celebrate

Tenorio's opener gives Poland plenty to think about at the break with Ecuador 1-0 ahead and looking the better team

A nervous Poland fan

The tension begins to show on the Poland fans after enduring a sluggish first-half performance at Gelsenkirchen

Poland's Marcin Baszczynski vies with Ecuador's Neicer Reasco

Poland look brighter after the restart and enjoy more possession but struggle to convert pressure into chances

Ecuador captain Ivan Hurtado is stretchered off the pitch

Ecuador suffer a nasty scare when captain Ivan Hurtado is stretchered off the pitch in the 69th minute

Agustin Delgado scores Ecuador's second goal

But Delgado is in the right place again to tap in a second for the South American side and seal the tournament's first upset

Ecuador fans

Ecuador fans get ready to celebrate a dream start to their World Cup campaign as Poland are left smarting



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