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Last Updated: Wednesday, 20 July, 2005, 16:38 GMT 17:38 UK
Tackling Skills - HWC 20 July round-up
The Homeless World Cup is taking place in Edinburgh
The Homeless World Cup kicked off in Edinburgh on 18 July - and you'll be able to catch all the latest action from the tournament right here.

Four graduates from the BBC Tackling Skills project will be reporting on all the games throughout the week-long tournament, which will see 32 countries and over 250 people taking part.

Here are reports from a selection of games that took place on 20 July.


Italy 1-4 Ukraine - by James Clarke

As the Italians stepped up for their fourth game of the day the expectations for the HWC holders were high after convincing victories over the Canadians and the Czech Republic.

The Italians were expected to walk away victorious, but it was the strong Ukrainians who walked away with the three points.

Straight from the word go Ukraine were up for it using space and speed to dodge the Italians.

They won the first set corner which they took quickly. They had obviously trained perfectly and all their hard work paid off resulting in them opening the scoring.

As you'd expect in street soccer, space was minimal and with fast, tall and strong participants looking for a gap you have to be one step ahead of your opponents.

Ukraine looked strong using two touch football to their advantage. A penalty given by the referee after a Ukrainian went in his own box meant Italy had a chance to equalise.

They were denied by the impressive Ukrainian goalie. Ukraine got a boost from this and added another goal to their tally, however, Italy were awarded another penalty which they did put away. 1-2 to Ukraine.

An immediate response by Ukraine caused the Italians to crack under the pressure and Ukraine got another two in the final few minutes.

Perhaps England will now look forward to facing the Italians tomorrow.


Argentina 7-3 France - by Aaron Wall

Argentina had the better possession of the first half with some slick passing before being caught on the break by a superb strike from the French to make it 1-0.

Argentina then went straight up the other end to equalise. From there on in Argentina took full control of the game with France chasing shadows.

By half-time the score sat at 3-2 to Argentina, but the scoreline didn't truly reflect the pattern of the game.

Argentina came out firing from the start of the second half scoring another two quick goals before France pulled one back. But it was to no avail as Argentina settled into their stride ending up 7-3 winners.


South Africa 1-5 Italy - by Adam Hassan

Both teams initially found it hard to adjust to the match early on, though they soon found their pace later in the first half.

South Africa's passes were not connecting well, with few attempts on goal.

Italy settled into the game and quickly scored three minutes into the match.

They continued to attack the South Africans and intercepted a free kick, pushing them into a two-goal lead.

South Africa respond well to this, by casually placing a shot in the top-right corner to make the score 2-1 at half time.

It's made evident in the second half that Italy are the stronger team and they eventually go on to score another four goals, bring the score to 5-1.

It was a fantastic result for the current world champions, whilst the African squad demonstrated great effort and sportsmanship.


Brazil 2-10 Holland - By Adam Hassan

The anticipation for this Brazil v Holland game was high but the reality was the homeless sides did not reflect what we've come to expect from their national sides.

It began with a great goal from Brazil which was a low driven shot from just over the halfway line. They continued to play well, bypassing Holland throughout the first few minutes and creating a lot of chances.

However, Holland took their first chance and converted it into a goal which boosted their confidence.

After this the Netherlands dominated and hit goal after goal until they reached double figures. Brazil got a consolation but still walked off losing by the margin of ten goals to two.

No young Pele's were spotted here but there's still time for the South Americans to shine.





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