Midfielder Michael Ballack (13) and defenseman Jacek Bak (6) vie for a header during Germany's thrilling 1-0 victory over Poland Wednesday night in Dortmund.
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Poland's goalkeeper Artur Boruc makes one of his sensational saves against a relentless offensive assault from the host country. Germany out shot its opponent 17-4.
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Germany's Friedrich Arne tries to steal the ball from Poland's Jelen Ireneusz with this sliding tackle during Wednesday's game in Dortmund.
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Poland appeared to be on its way to earning a point for the draw when Oliver Neuville scored on a cross from David Odonkor in injury time, giving Germany its second win of the tournament.
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Defender Radhi Jaidi heads in the equalizing goal in stoppage time for Tunisia, which finished with a 2-2 draw against Saudi Arabia.
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David Villa (21) scores the second of two goals as Spain routed Ukraine 4-0 in Leipzig. It was a strong start for Spain, which has fielded talented teams in the past but has become notorious for choking on the international stage.
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Spain hopes to ride its fast start deep into the tournament. Its best World Cup result came in 1950, when it finished fourth.
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The ebullient Brazilians fans came by the thousands to support their team, heavy favorites to win the tournament in Germany.
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Croatia's Igor Tudor (right) and Jerko Leko sandwiched Brazilian midfielder Emerson. Brazil, the defending champion, won a tournament-record eighth straight game Tuesday, defeating Croatia 1-0 in Berlin.
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The Croatians fought admirably against Brazil's all-star cast, but Kaká quelled any thoughts of an upset with a goal in the 44th minute.
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Swiss fans celebrated their team's point-earning draw with France on Tuesday in Stuttgart.
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Willy Sagnol Daniel (left) and Gygax Swiss fight for possession during Tuesday's game between France and Switzerland at Gottlieb-Daimlerstad stadium.
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Superstar forward Thierry Henry (blue jersey) and his teammates will have to find their offense by Sunday when they face South Korea, which can advance to the second round with a win.
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Despite controlling the tempo of the game, France couldn't avoid its fourth straight shutout at the World Cup. Its last goal came in 1998, when it defeated Brazil 3-0 to win the championship.
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A throng of soccer fans gathered outside the Seoul City Hall in South Korea to watch their team's opening match against Togo. The South Koreans rallied from a one-goal deficit to dispatch the tournament newcomers 2-1 in Frankfurt.
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Ji-Sung Park (right) and South Korea narrowly escaped their opening match against Togo, the lowest-ranked team in the tournament. Togo might have pulled off the upset had it not lost its captain, Jean-Paul Abalo, to a red card in the 53rd minute.
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Chun-Soo Lee celebrates following South Korea's 2-1 win over Togo.
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