FIFA World Cup 2006 Group E
Italy conceded just one goal to finish top of the group. Ghana finished second in their first tournament while the United States, so impressive in 2002, had a poor competition. the Czech Republic made their first appearance as an independent nation following the break up of Czechoslovakia in 1993.
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Czech Republic 3 USA 0
FIFA WM Stadion Gelsenkirchen (52,000)
12 June 2006
The United States were well beaten by a strong Czech team who were always in control. They got off to a flying start thanks to a headed goal by Jan Koller in the fifth minute and 30 minutes later Tomáš Rosický doubled the lead with a 30 yard screamer. He scored again in the 76th minute as the Czechs cruised home.
Italy 2 Ghana 0
FIFA WM Stadion Hannover (43,000)
12 Jun 2006
In an entertaining match Italy finished on top thanks to their superior ability to convert chances. Pirio opened the scoring in the first half with a long range drive and Iaquinta clinched it seven minutes from time.
Ghana 2 Czech Republic 0
FIFA WM Stadion Köln (45,000)
17 June 2006
A mistake by Tomáš Ujfaluši let Asamoah Gyan in to score for Ghana after just 70 seconds. In the second half Ujfaluši was sent off but Gyan hit the post with the resulting penalty. Ghana were dominant and only a fine performance by Petr Čech kept the score down but therebwas nothing he could do to stop Muntari scoring Ghana's second eight minutes from time.
Italy 1 USA 1
Fritz Walter Stadion, Kaiserslautern (46,000)
17 June 2006
Gilardino put Italy ahead in the 22nd minute but five minutes later, the united States were back on level terms when Zaccardo sliced a clearance into his own goal. Seconds later De Rossi was dismissed for elbowing McBride in the face. Pablo Mastroeni of the United States received his marching orders on the stroke of half-time for a reckless challenge and was joined by Pope in the dressing room two minutes after the break. The USA held out with nine men against Italy's ten and counterattacked when they could and in the end were well satisfied with the result.
Italy 2 Czech Republic 0
FIFA WM Stadion Hamburg (50,000)
22 June 2006
Italy led 1-0 at half-time and the Czech's chances of coming back were set back when Jan Polák was sent off in injury time at the end of the half. Three minutes from the end Inzaghi killed the game off breaking from half way and rounding Čech before slotting home.
Ghana 2 USA 1
FIFA WM Stadion Nürnberg (41,000)
22 June 2006
In the 22nd minute Reyna was caught in possession by Dramani who made ground before curling the ball past Keller for Ghana's opening goal. Two minutes from half-time Clint Dempsey equalised but in injury time Ghana were awarded a controversial penalty after Pimpong went down in a heap as Onyewu headed the ball clear. Appiah converted the kick.