GERMANY will risk losing Michael Ballack to suspension in today's game against Ecuador, in the hope of maintaining their momentum and clinching top spot in Group A.
ARTUR Boruc may be about to exit the World Cup with Poland but his ambition and desire to succeed has not diminished. The Celtic shot-stopper, 26, is determined to emulate one of game's great goalkeepers.
CELTIC goalkeeper Artur Boruc has refused to throw in the towel ahead of Poland's make-or-break World Cup showdown with host nation Germany tonight.
GERMANY coach Jurgen Klinsmann has told his players to look at Wednesday's game against Poland from the point of view of their opponents - and brace themselves for a desperate fight.
THE German authorities would have basked in their country's 4-2 World Cup opening day win over Costa Rica on Friday. Then they would have cursed the 2-0 defeat Ecuador inflicted on their traditional rivals Poland later the same evening.
CELTIC'S Maciej 'magic' Zurawski has been tipped to conjure up a spell or two and fire Poland beyond the group stages in Germany.
POLAND coach Pawel Janas has urged his team to illuminate the 2006 World Cup in the same way that their compatriots did by finishing third the last time the tournament was held in Germany in 1974.