Germany 2006 Day 1

Germany 4-2 Costa Rica and Poland 0-2 Ecuador. No real suprises in today's matches. Germany were as dominant as expected, and the scoreline would have been 4-1 had the referee been awake enough to spot the offside.

Tomorrow brings England vs Paraguay, Trinidad & Tobago vs Sweden, and Argentina vs Ivory Coast.

Let's see if Group C can pull a repeat of Korea/Japan 2002 and boot Argentina out in the first round, and we'll see how Theo Walcott (who is the youngest player in the tournament) survives his baptism of fire.

And, yes, I keep hearing this. 2006 is the 40th anniversary of the last time England won the World Cup. Time will tell if the date is significant.

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