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Special Report of the World Cup

时间:2005-06-10 16:00来源:互联网 提供网友:幽幽草   字体: [ ]




England and Sweden are through to the final 16 of the World Cup. But it was disappointment for Argentina as they followed in the footsteps of defending champions, France, and crashed out of the tournament.

In a dramatic encounter Argentina dominated the opening half but missed a 1)stack of chances. Anders Svensson gave Sweden the lead with a free kick on the 59th minute driving the ball passed goalkeeper Pablo Cavallero. Hernan Crespo 2)equalized in the 18th minute on a 3)rebound1 after goalkeeper Magnus Hedman  blocked Ariel Ortega’s penalty kick. But the draw was not good enough for the Argentines. They needed to win to advance to the next round.

It was an unconvincing England who 4)scrapped through “The group of death”. Nigeria, with nothing to play for other than pride, more than matched an English team who struggled to reproduce the form shown in last week’s one-nil victory over Argentina.

A disappointing afternoon for the English was summed up late in the game when 5)substitute Teddy Sheringham scooped3 a shot over the bar from close range. The match ended in a goalless draw.



 We turn to China’s disappointing exit from the World Cup. They were knocked out of the tournament without scoring a single goal going down three-nil to Turkey.

It was a 6)crushing blow to China’s World Cup dreams. They started the match minus their two most experienced players, Fan Zhiyi of Scotland’s Dundee and Manchester city’s Sun Jihai. Both were injured in China’s opener against Costa Rica. Poor Chinese defending after six minutes saw the Turks go one-nil up. Hasan Sas seized on a mistake by Li Weifeng to 7)blast high into the net.

Soon afterwards China’s captain and goalkeeper Jiang Jin was picking the ball out of the back of the net again. Bulent’s back post header from across by Hasan Sas. The early 8)blitz could have knocked the fight out of China, but they responded to the setback4 well moving confidently forward. They almost pulled one back near the half-hour mark when Yang Chen saw a thunderous volley come smashing back off an upright.

Turkey dominated proceedings5 after half time but made heavy weather of breaking down the World Cup’s 9)debutante6’s defense7. Chinese attempts to 10)staunch the Turkish 11)onslaught remained more difficult on 58 minutes when second half substitute Shao Jiayi was sent off for a clumsy tackle on Emre Belozoglu. The third Turkish goal came six minutes from time with Umit Davala drilling home a low right-foot 12)volley.

The three-nil win puts Turkey to the next round but sends China back home. But in spite of their team’s loss many Chinese fans seemed content to soak up the atmosphere in South Korea.



In World Cup action Senegal has qualified8 for the quarter finals by defeating Sweden 2-1 on a golden goal.

In 13)sweltering conditions at Oita’s Big Eye Stadium, it was Sweden who dominated early play. Henrik Larsson netted his third goal of the tournament, giving Sweden the early lead in the 11th minute after he headed in a corner kick passed Senegal goalkeeper Tony Sylva. Senegal thought they had equalized on 25 minutes with a close range shot from Papa Bouba Diop. The effort was disallowed9 in a tight offside decision.

Eight minutes from half-time Senegal leveled with a marvelous goal from Traore Amara drilling a low shot passed Magnus Hedman. Both sides created plenty of chances in the final 45 minutes of regulation but neither side had the finishing touch. The attacks continued in extra time as Anders Svensson rocketed a shot off the outside post. But it was Senegal who finally found the net. Henri Camara scored the golden goal in the 104th minute, giving Senegal a 2-1 victory over Sweden. Senegal will now face either Japan or Turkey in a quarterfinal clash on Saturday.



The second semifinals in underway in Japan at the Soccer World Cup Finals. Brazil are up against Turkey and the score is nil-nil after about 20 minutes. The winner will face Germany in Sunday’s final after the Germans ended South Korea’s dream run.

Millions of people had flooded the streets of Seoul to watch the first semi-final between Germany and South Korea on huge television screens. South Korean expectations, which had swelled10 over the past three and a half weeks of tournament action, were abruptly11 shattered. Michael Ballack’s 75th minute goal against the Koreans brought down the curtain on a party which began six years ago, when South Korea won the right to co-host the World Cup with Japan.

This morning’s World Cup hangover was made easier to bear while the knowledge that South Korea had put Asian soccer firmly on the world stage by becoming the region’s first semi-finalists. 

Praise poured in from around the world. One exception was bitter second round losers Italy, but even then South Korea had the last word. Ahn Jung Hwan, who was fired by his club Perugia after scoring the winning goal against Italy, rejected requests to return to the Italian side preferring to seek greener 14)pastures in Britain, Germany or Spain.



Well, as we know, two of the things the Brazilians do best are playing football and party and celebrations are still going on after their fifth World Cup triumph.

Brazilians turned out en masse, many choosing coco cabana beaches a venue12 to watch the game on a huge television screen. Some prayed that the ghost of France ’98 would finally be laid to rest when they face Germany in the final in Yokohama. Ronaldo whose worst nightmare was realized in Paris four years ago again showed signs of nerves in front of goal.

The woodwork also played a role, firstly denying Kleberson and then coming to the rescue of Brazilian keeper Marcos, who pushed Oliver Neuville’s 15)thunderous free kick onto the upright. Ronaldo regained13 his finishing touch in the 67th minute when Oliver Kahn failed to hold onto Rivaldo’s shot and the tolerance14 top scorer added to his 16)tally. Ronaldo was unstoppable again 12 minutes later leaving Kahn stranded15 and sealing a two-nil victory for Brazil.

Brazil’s fifth world title marked a four-year turnaround for the nation’s soccer fortunes highlighted by Ronaldo’s remarkable16 return to form. Across Brazil, fans marked the occasion with music and dancing. CE






























1) stack [stAk] n. 堆,一堆

2) equalize [5i:kwElaiz] v. 使相等,补偿

3) rebound [ri5baund] n. 回弹

4) scrap2 [skrAp] vi.(非正式语)打架,吵嘴

5) substitute[5sQbstitju:t] n. 代替者,候补

6) crushing [5krQFiN] a. 决定性的

7) blast [blB:st] vi. 发出巨大的响声

8) blitz [blits] n. 闪电战

9) debutante [5debju:tB:nt] n. 初次登台(或进入社交界)的人

10) staunch [stC:ntF] v. 坚定

11) onslaught [5CnslC:t] n. 冲击

12) volley [5vCli] n. (足球)截踢(球在地上反跳之前即行踢回)

13) sweltering [5sweltEriN] a. 闷热的

14) pasture[5pAstE]牧场,草地

15) thunderous [5WQndErEs] a. 像打雷的

16tally [5tAli] n. 得分,标签



1 rebound YAtz1     
  • The vibrations accompanying the rebound are the earth quake.伴随这种回弹的振动就是地震。
  • Our evil example will rebound upon ourselves.我们的坏榜样会回到我们自己头上的。
2 scrap JDFzf     
  • A man comes round regularly collecting scrap.有个男人定时来收废品。
  • Sell that car for scrap.把那辆汽车当残品卖了吧。
3 scooped a4cb36a9a46ab2830b09e95772d85c96     
v.抢先报道( scoop的过去式和过去分词 );(敏捷地)抱起;抢先获得;用铲[勺]等挖(洞等)
  • They scooped the other newspapers by revealing the matter. 他们抢先报道了这件事。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The wheels scooped up stones which hammered ominously under the car. 车轮搅起的石块,在车身下发出不吉祥的锤击声。 来自《简明英汉词典》
4 setback XzuwD     
  • Since that time there has never been any setback in his career.从那时起他在事业上一直没有遇到周折。
  • She views every minor setback as a disaster.她把每个较小的挫折都看成重大灾难。
5 proceedings Wk2zvX     
  • He was released on bail pending committal proceedings. 他交保获释正在候审。
  • to initiate legal proceedings against sb 对某人提起诉讼
6 debutante NnVzK     
  • The debutante's photograph was at the head of the society page.那位初进社交界少女的照片登在社会版的最上头。
  • She dazzled London society as the most beautiful debutante of her generation.她首次出现在伦敦社交界便艳惊四座,被视为同龄人里最美丽的年轻女子。
7 defense AxbxB     
  • The accused has the right to defense.被告人有权获得辩护。
  • The war has impacted the area with military and defense workers.战争使那个地区挤满了军队和防御工程人员。
8 qualified DCPyj     
  • He is qualified as a complete man of letters.他有资格当真正的文学家。
  • We must note that we still lack qualified specialists.我们必须看到我们还缺乏有资质的专家。
9 disallowed 0f091a06b5606fa0186c9a4d84ac73a6     
v.不承认(某事物)有效( disallow的过去式和过去分词 );不接受;不准;驳回
  • The judge disallowed that evidence. 法官驳回那项证据。 来自辞典例句
  • Her claim was disallowed on the ground(s) that she had not paid her premium. 她要求赔款遭到拒绝,原因是她事先没有交纳保险费。 来自辞典例句
10 swelled bd4016b2ddc016008c1fc5827f252c73     
增强( swell的过去式和过去分词 ); 肿胀; (使)凸出; 充满(激情)
  • The infection swelled his hand. 由于感染,他的手肿了起来。
  • After the heavy rain the river swelled. 大雨过后,河水猛涨。
11 abruptly iINyJ     
  • He gestured abruptly for Virginia to get in the car.他粗鲁地示意弗吉尼亚上车。
  • I was abruptly notified that a half-hour speech was expected of me.我突然被通知要讲半个小时的话。
12 venue ALkzr     
  • The hall provided a venue for weddings and other functions.大厅给婚礼和其他社会活动提供了场所。
  • The chosen venue caused great controversy among the people.人们就审判地点的问题产生了极大的争议。
13 regained 51ada49e953b830c8bd8fddd6bcd03aa     
复得( regain的过去式和过去分词 ); 赢回; 重回; 复至某地
  • The majority of the people in the world have regained their liberty. 世界上大多数人已重获自由。
  • She hesitated briefly but quickly regained her poise. 她犹豫片刻,但很快恢复了镇静。
14 tolerance Lnswz     
  • Tolerance is one of his strengths.宽容是他的一个优点。
  • Human beings have limited tolerance of noise.人类对噪音的忍耐力有限。
15 stranded thfz18     
  • He was stranded in a strange city without money. 他流落在一个陌生的城市里, 身无分文,一筹莫展。
  • I was stranded in the strange town without money or friends. 我困在那陌生的城市,既没有钱,又没有朋友。
16 remarkable 8Vbx6     
  • She has made remarkable headway in her writing skills.她在写作技巧方面有了长足进步。
  • These cars are remarkable for the quietness of their engines.这些汽车因发动机没有噪音而不同凡响。
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