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Argentina

0

vs.

4

Germany

MotM = Bastian SCHWEINSTEIGER (GER)

Thomas MÜLLER 3’

Miroslav KLOSE 68’ 89’

Arne FRIEDRICH 74’

Quarter-Finals

Ref = Ravshan IRMATOV (UZB)

Cape Town

GERMANY utterly destroyed much fancied Argentina to reach the last four for the 12th time in their history.

They threw down the gauntlet after just three minutes when Thomas Müller headed home from a free kick. Argentina went up a couple of gears and started to apply some pressure. But this was only after Miroslav Klose put an easy (for him) chance over the bar. Argentina did get the ball in the net in the first half, but it was rightly (this time) ruled out for offside.

In first 20 minutes of the second half you got a sense that an Argentina goal was coming at any moment. But two tap-ins in six minutes from Klose and Arne Friedrich stunned the watching millions as Germany went 3-0 up, ripping the soul out of Argentina.

Klose scored his second of the game late on after a fantastic counter attack, to take his World Cup finals tally to 14.

Zakumi: “This puts him joint-second on the all time list with fellow German Gerd Müller.”

P92: “And just one behind the all time leading scorer, Ronaldo of Brazil.”

 

 

Paraguay

0

vs.

1

Spain

MotM = Andrés INIESTA (ESP)

David VILLA 83’

Quarter-Finals

Ref = Carlos BATRES (GUA)

Johannesburg – JEP

THE reigning European Champions (Spain) made it into the last four for the first time since 1950 after a narrow win over Paraguay.

The game was a stalemate for the first hour, with Paraguay content to hold Spain who in turn just couldn’t break the South Americans down. Paraguay’s Nelson Valdez did get the ball in the Spanish net in the first half but his effort was ruled out because his team-mate Óscar Cardozo was offside.

But a rather dull game was lit up on the hour mark when Paraguay were awarded a penalty. Cardozo, the man who’s penalty knocked-out Japan stepped up to take what was now the most important kick of his career. But Spain’s captain, Iker Casillas caught the spot-kick.

Spain immediately went up the other end of the field and they were given a penalty. So, up stepped XABI ALONSO who scored from 12yds and put his side in the lead. However the referee told him he had to take it again because some of his team-mates had run into the penalty area before he kicked the ball.

ALONSO re-composed himself and took the penalty again, only to see it saved by Paraguay’s captain Justo Villar. The ball rebounded off of him and there was a mass melee for the ball in which Spain’s Cesc Fábregas was taken out by Villar. This was yet another penalty, but this time the ref didn’t give it.

TV viewers were then shown a replay of Cardozo’s saved penalty. It showed Spanish players running into the box before he had kicked the ball, but he didn’t get to retake his penalty. Strange that.

Spain slowly started to wind up through the gears in the latter half of the game. They didn’t want to go to extra-time.

With just seven minutes to go, Spain’s PEDRO had a shot at goal which rebounded off the post…and straight into the path of the in-form David Villa. He smashed the ball at the goal and his shot hit both posts and went in. This was his fifth goal of this World Cup, and puts him at the top of the scoring charts.

Paraguay almost scored near the end, but Casillas again made the save.

Zakumi: “Did your Grandparents enjoy the match?”

P92: “They liked the chaos of the penalties, but I’d rather they saw the Argentina vs. Germany game instead.”

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Netherlands

2

vs.

1

Brazil

Wesley SNEIJDER 53′ 68’

MotM = Wesley SNEIJDER (NED)

ROBINHO 10’

Quarter-Finals

Ref = Yuichi NISHIMURA (JAP)

Nelson Mandela Bay / Port Elizabeth

 THE NETHERLANDS made it into their first World Cup Semi-Final since 1998 after coming from behind to beat five-times World Champions Brazil.

Brazil raced out of the starting blocks and cut the Dutch open. They had a goal disallowed after eight minutes, but just two minutes later ROBINHO ran through a gap in the Dutch defence and scored. KAKÁ almost made it 2-0 after 30 minutes, but a monster save from Maarten Stekelenburg kept his side in the game.

The Dutch came alive in the second half (once again) thanks to the efforts of ‘Man of the Match’ Wesley Sneijder. He put a long ball into the Brazilian box and keeper JÚLIO CÉSAR missed the ball as it came off of FELIPE MELO’s head. Sneijder was given the goal by F.I.F.A.

Sneijder scored his second goal 15 minutes later. Dirk Kuyt flicked the ball on from an Arjen Robben corner and Sneijder headed home to put the Netherlands 2-1 up with just over 20 minutes to play.

Brazil’s fight back had the wind taken out of it when FELIPE MELO stamped on Arjen Robben and was sent straight off.

More chances came to either side but none were taken, and Port Elizabeth is being painted orange as you read this.

Zakumi: “Brazil will now have to wait until they host the 2014 tournament for their next finals match.”

P92: “It is still possible to have a Netherlands vs. Germany final. They hate each other.”

Zakumi: “The exact same thing can be said for Uruguay and Argentina.”

P92: “At the moment yes.”

 

 

Uruguay

1

vs.(AET)

1

Ghana

Diego FORLÁN 55’

MotM = Diego FORLÁN (URU)

Sulley MUNTARI 45+2’

Quarter-Finals

Ref = Olegário BENQUERENÇA (POR)

Johannesburg – JSC

FORMER double World Champions Uruguay made it into their first World Cup Semi-Final since 1970 after they beat the last remaining African team, Ghana, in a highly eventful match.

Uruguay dominated the first 30 minutes of the match, and it was only then that Ghana decided to wake up. They created some good chances for themselves, but in injury time at the end of the first half it looked like it would be 0-0.

Until Sulley Muntari unleashed a curling 35yd strike which found the back of the Uruguayan net.

The South American side started the second half like a wounded animal. Just ten minutes after the restart Diego Forlán smashed his free kick straight into the Ghana goal. 1-1.

Uruguay continued to have all of the best of the second half chances but they failed to take any of them, so we went to extra-time.

The first 20 minutes of extra-time went by with no real chances that stick in the mind, but from then on Ghana suddenly found another gear and went for the win.

In the very last minute of extra-time Ghana took a free kick on the edge of the box. Stephen Appiah’s shot was blocked by Luis Suárez on the line, and then he blocked Dominic Adiyiah’s shot with his hands when he could easily have used his head. He was sent straight off.

The resulting penalty was taken by twice spot-kick scorer in this World Cup, Asamoah Gyan. It was the 121st minute of the match and would be the last kick of the match. He could send an African team into the last four of a World Cup for the first time, and on African soil as well. But he went for power instead of placement and hit the bar. And we went to penalties.

Uruguay

4

P.S.O.

2

Ghana

Diego FORLÁN

1

Asamoah GYAN

Mauricio VICTORINO

2

Stephen APPIAH

Andrés SCOTTI

3

X

John MENSAH

Maximiliano PEREIRA

X

4

X

Dominic ADIYIAH

Sebastián ABREU

5

ASAMOAH GYAN showed great courage by taking Ghana’s first penalty and scoring it to level the shootout at 1-1. John Mensah saw his penalty saved, Maximiliano Pereira blasted his over, and Dominic Adiyiah had his vital penalty saved.

Sebastián Abreu won the match with a cheeky chip, and Uruguay set up a Semi-Final with the Netherlands.

Zakumi: “Fantastic game, but why did Gyan go for power!”

P92: “Heat of the moment.”

Today’s games are:

  • Argentina vs. Germany, BBC 1 15:00
  • Paraguay vs. Spain, BBC 1 19:30 

THIS is how the line-up for the Quarter-Finals of the 2010 World Cup.

Netherlands

vs.

Brazil

Uruguay

vs.

Ghana

Argentina

vs.

Germany

Paraguay

vs.

Spain

 

Netherlands and Brazil have played each other three times in the World Cup. The Dutch won 2-0 in 1974, Brazil won 3-2 in 1994, and again 4:2 on penalties after the scores were level at 1-1 A.E.T. in 1998.

Uruguay have never played Ghana in the World Cup finals. In fact they have never ever met in an international match.

Argentina and Germany have played five games against one another at the World Cup finals. In 1958 West Germany won 3-1 and in 1966 they played out a 0-0 draw. In 1986 and 1990 they contested the Final itself. Argentina won in ’86 3-2, while West Germany took the ’90 title with a 1-0 win. The latter final saw the first two Final red cards (both for Argentina) in what is regarded as the worst-ever final. A unified Germany beat Argentina 4:2 on penalties (1-1 A.E.T.) four years ago in Berlin. The game finished in a riot and saw unused Argentine substitute Leandro Cufré sent off after the match was over.

Paraguay and Spain have met twice before. In 1998 they played out a 0-0 draw, and in 2002 Spain won 3-1.

Zakumi: “Argentina vs. Germany is defiantly tie of the round.”

P92: “Hopefully everything that matters will be done on the pitch this time, and we’ll have no bad decisions as well.”

Tomorrow’s games are:

  • Netherlands vs. Brazil, ITV 15:00
  • Uruguay vs. Ghana, ITV 19:30
 

 

Paraguay

0

vs.(AET)

0

Japan

MotM = Keisuke HONDA (JAP)

Last 16

Ref = Frank DE BLEECKERE (BEL)

Tshwane / Pretoria

NEITHER side had previously made it into the last eight of a World Cup before this game, and they were both very nervous.

The fear of losing outweighed the will to win, and the game lacked chances all the way through. The best of these sparse chances came at around 20 minutes in. Paraguay had a shot bundled off the line, then Japan hit the bar with the next attack and that was it.

So the match meandered towards the first Penalty Shootout in this World Cup.

Paraguay

5

P.S.O.

3

Japan

Édgar BARRETO

1

Yasuhito ENDŌ

Lucas BARRIOS

2

Makoto HASEBE

Cristian RIVEROS

3

X

Yūichi KOMANO

Nelson VALDEZ

4

Keisuke HONDA

Óscar CARDOZO

5

JAPAN’S Yūichi Komano hit the bar with the sixth penalty of the shootout after all the others had been scored, handing the advantage to Paraguay. The next two penalties were scored as well, and it was left to Óscar Cardozo to score the winner and send Paraguay into the last eight for the very first time.

Zakumi: “It’s a good thing we have penalties now. I don’t think I could have taken watching the replay.”

P92: “It was a dull game, but remember both sides had such a lot to lose.”  

 

 

Spain

1

vs.

0

Portugal

David VILLA 63’

MotM = XAVI (ESP)

Last 16

Ref = Héctor BALDASSI (ARG)

Cape Town

THIS was the first ever Iberian derby to take place in the World Cup finals.

The first half saw both sides trying to pull each other out of position and then catch them out in defence. Portugal looked the more comfortable and settled side in the first 45 minutes, with Spain’s keeper and capitan Iker Casillas giving a poor first half performance compared to his own extremely high standards, and getting lucky on a few occasions.

The second half started much the same, and the European Champions (Spain) seemed to have run out of ideas. But they came close to scoring on the hour mark and just three minutes later David Villa toe-poked the ball over Portugal’s keeper EDUARDO after he stopped his first shot.

Portugal’s RICARDO COSTA was sent off near the end of the match. I think he was yet another victim of a player conning the referee, and personally I’m getting sick of it.

Zakumi: “Well that’s it for the Last 16, and we get a couple of days off.”

P92: “I’ll have the Quarter-Final line-ups for you tomorrow.” 

 

 

Netherlands

2

vs.

1

Slovakia

Arjen ROBBEN 18’

Wesley SNEIJDER 84’

MotM = Arjen ROBBEN (NED)

Róbert VITTEK 90+4P’

Last 16

Ref = Alberto UNDIANO (ESP)

Durban

BOTH sides started this game quickly and had a couple of good scoring chances between them in the opening quarter of an hour.

But Arjen Robben (who came back from injury against Cameroon) scored a brilliant solo goal to put the Dutch 1-0 up.

However, Slovakia showed the kind of determination that led them to victory over now outgoing World Champions Italy. They pressurised the Dutch and kept them honest throughout the match.

With the scores still at 1-0 Netherlands, both keepers made excellent saves to deny a bigger lead and a level score line. Slovak keeper Ján Mucha blocked a close range shot with his nose to keep his side in the game.

Unfortunately he was at fault for the Netherlands’ second goal. He came to the edge of this area to punch the ball away after a quick Dutch free kick, but the Netherland’s Dirk Kuyt beat him to the ball and squared it to Wesley Sneijder who side footed the ball home for 2-0.

Slovakia won a penalty in the last minute, and the man who scored two goals against Italy, Róbert Vittek, converted the spot kick with the very last kick of the game.

Zakumi: “Slovakia have done really well in their first World Cup as an independent nation, and should make it into Euro 2012.”

P92: “But the Netherlands still look as if they haven’t got into top gear yet.”

Zakumi: “They are not the finished article at the moment.”

P92: “At the moment, you’re right.”

 

 

Brazil

3

vs.

0

Chile

JUAN 35’

LUÍS FABIANO 38’

ROBINHO 59’

MotM = ROBINHO (BRA)

Last 16

Ref = Howard WEBB (ENG)

Johannesburg – JEP

THE first half an hour saw Brazil and Chile cancel each others’ chances out in what was a really entertaining and intriguing match.

Brazil’s first goal came from a very British football league corner. The big defender JUAN out jumped everyone around him and directed a bullet header into the roof of the Chilean net.

Brazil’s second goal came just three minutes later and the game seemed over. LUÍS FABIANO did well to keep his head as he took the ball past the keeper and rolled the ball into the goal. The game was all but confirmed as a Brazil win when ROBINHO made it 3-0 just around the hour mark. But Chile went down fighting, trying to score right up until the final whistle.

The English officials: Howard Webb (ref), Mike Mullarkey and Darren Cann (linesmen) had a third brilliant game, and must surely be the hot tip to referee the final.

Zakumi: “Brazil into the last eight again.”

P92: “They could play Ghana in the semis if they both win their quarter-finals.”

Zakumi: “Oh I’d love to see that.”

P92: “So would everybody else accept the Dutch and Uruguay.”

Today’s games are:

  • Paraguay vs. Japan, ITV 15:00
  • Spain vs. Portugal, BBC 1 19:30
 

 

Germany

4

vs.

1

England

Miroslav KLOSE 20’

Lukas PODOLSKI 32’

Thomas MÜLLER 67’ 70’

MotM = Thomas MÜLLER (GER)

Matt UPSON 37’

Last 16

Ref = Jorge LARRIONDA (URU)

Mangaung / Bloemfontein

GERMANY destroyed England to book their place in the quarter-finals of the World Cup. 😦

England’s defence was annihilated in the run up to all four of Germany’s goals as they inflicted our worst ever World Cup finals defeat. Klose’s goal was a route one as it comes. The German keeper booted the ball down field, every English player missed it can Klose put the ball in with one touch. England’s defence went AWOL 12 minutes later and despite a poor first touch Podolski made it 2-0 to Germany. 

England did pull one goal back to make it 1-2, and less than a minute later Frank Lampard smashed the ball against the cross bar. The ball bounced over the line and the score was 2-2. But the referee and linesmen didn’t give what was such a clear goal everybody in the crowd could see it. FIFA president Sepp Blatter ruled out any chance of technology being used in this World Cup earlier this year. He was at this game and hopefully saw that this was a missive mistake. ‘Dopey’ just doesn’t seem to realise that football is still in the dark ages, and that: Tennis, Rugby and Cricket all get along just fine with technology.

But that doesn’t distract from the England football team humiliating the country that made the sport what it is today.

After Frank Lampard hit a free kick into the German wall they went straight up the other end and Müller made it 3-1. His second and their forth came just three minutes later and England were finished.

So that’s it, it is official, England are now the top international underachievers in world football. The so called ‘Golden Generation’ has failed to win anything (We haven’t been in a semi-final since Euro ’96).

I could go on about what needs to be done, but people who have a far greater knowledge of the game than me will tell you as well, and in much more detail over the coming days and weeks.

What I will do however is give you a list of (clean) words and phrases that describes the England football team in my eyes.

Over-paid, over-rated, spoilt, have a lack of passion, live off of their names, would rather be playing for their clubs in the UEFA Champions League, are false idols to little kids who play football…the list goes on.

And by the way, did we actually take Wayne Rooney to the World Cup or not? If you ask me he should take that groundsmans job he had in that Nike advert.

Zakumi: “Oh well, easy come easy go.”

P92: “We should have made it to the last four at the very least.”

Zakumi: “Well if you had beaten Algeria you would have won the group and played Ghana.”

P92: “They would have beaten us as well.”

 

 

Argentina

3

vs.

1

Mexico

Carlos TÉVEZ 26’ 52’

Gonzalo HIGUAÍN 33’

MotM = Carlos TÉVEZ (ARG)

Javier HERNÁNDEZ 71’

Last 16

Ref = Roberto ROSETTI (ITA)

Johannesburg – JSC

ARGENTINA set up a quarter-final rematch with Germany after they sent Mexico home in yet more controversial circumstances.

With the score at 0-0 Mexico had the best of the chances. They hit the bar early on and seemed to have taken their ‘A’ game to the South Americans. But Carlos Tévez headed the 1978 and 1986 World Champions into the lead.

However, replays showed him to be about 2yds offside and the goal should never have stood. This was shown on the giant TVs in the stadium, and all: the players, the managers, officials, reporters, commentators and 84,000 fans saw that the decision to award the goal was wrong. The Mexicans went mad and took their eye of the ball.

Mexico’s Ricardo Osorio gave the ball away right on the edge of his own penalty area and into the path of Gonzalo Higuaín, who promptly made it 2-0.

As the players walked off for half-time the Mexican players surrounded the Argentina staff and a fight looked certain, but thankfully one never happened.

There was no doubt about Tévez’s second goal, which was an absolute beauty. He shot from outside the area and the ball hit the top left corner of the net.

But Mexico pulled a goal back with just under 20 minutes left and had a good go at making a game of it, but Argentina held on to win.

Zakumi: “Great game, but what a balls-up from the linesman…again!”

P92: “FIFA! FOOTBALL MUST HAVE SOME SORT OF GOAL MOUTH TECHNOLOGY TO PREVENT THESE EMBARRASSING SCENARIOS HAPPENING AGAIN!”

Tomorrow’s games are:

  • Netherlands vs. Slovakia, BBC 1 15:00
  • Brazil vs. Chile, ITV 19:30
 

 

Uruguay

2

vs.

1

South Korea

Luis SUÁREZ 8’ 80’

MotM = Luis SUÁREZ (URU)

LEE Chung-Yong 68’

Last 16

Ref = Wolfgang STARK (GER)

Nelson Mandela Bay / Port Elizabeth

URUGUAY advance to their first World Cup quarter finals match since 1970 after they snatched victory away from South Korea.

The first five minutes saw South Korea hit the post with a free kick, as they tried to do as their Asian counterparts Japan did earlier against Denmark. But a poor defensive and goalkeeping display saw Uruguay take the lead through Luis Suárez after just eight minutes. South Korea never really looked like scoring in the first half.

In the second however the South Koreans were a totally different side. They pressed and pressed the Uruguay defence until they finally got their much deserved goal after another goalkeeping error through Lee Chung-Yong.

With extra time looking certain, Suárez decided that he didn’t want to spend any more time in the pouring than he had to. He bent the ball from the right-hand edge of the penalty area and into the net off the post. South Korea almost equalised in the last few minutes, but unfortunately for them lady luck was smiling on the previous double World Champions.

Zakumi: “The best team won, but South Korea asked Uruguay questions that they may not be able to answer against a bigger team.”

P92: “It’s just like old times seeing Uruguay in the last eight again.”

Zakumi: “Put the history book down. It’s now that matters.”

P92: “You can only appreciate what you have now if you know what happened in the past.”

 

 

U.S.A.

1

vs.(AET)

2

Ghana

Landon DONOVAN 62P’

MotM = André AYEW (GHA)

Kevin-Prince BOATENG 5’

Asamoah GYAN 93’

Last 16

Ref = Viktor KASSAI (HUN)

Rustenburg

GHANA stunned the United States with another early (and brilliant) goal at Rustenburg’s Royal Bafokeng Stadium (England’s Steven Gerrard scored early against America in their opening game).

U.S.A. didn’t get into gear until the second half when it looked as if both sides had swapped talent and ability. Landon Donovan converted a spot kick just after the hour to pull America level. He put the ball so far to his right that it almost came back off the post.

After this, both sides seemed to except that extra-time was coming.

Ghana scored after only three minutes of extra-time leaving America permanently shell-shocked. As time wore on both Ghana and the U.S. seemed to be running on empty, and the Black Stars held on to become only the third African side to reach the last eight of a World Cup.

Zakumi: “They join the Cameroon 1990 team and the 2002 Senegal team.”

P92: “So, Africa still has a chance to produce a World Champion.”

Zakumi: “GO BLACK STARS!!”

P92: “What he means is ‘yes’ and that he thinks Ghana can still win. They will now play Uruguay.”

Today’s games are:

  • Germany vs. ENGLAND, BBC 1 15:00
  • Argentina vs. Mexico, BBC 1 19:30

HERE we have the matches for the Last 16 round of the 2010 World Cup

Uruguay

vs.

South Korea

U.S.A.

vs.

Ghana

Germany

vs.

ENGLAND

Argentina

vs.

Mexico

Netherlands

vs.

Slovakia

Brazil

vs.

Chile

Paraguay

vs.

Japan

Spain

vs.

Portugal

Spain vs. Portugal and Brazil vs. Chile are the big derby matches.

Argentina vs. Mexico is a grudge match from four years ago. Argentina won 2-1 AET.

Germany vs. England…well need I explain?

Zakumi: “Here we go. Knock-out football.”

P92: “Oh yes. And remember, from now on if you lose…you go out.”

Today’s games are:

  • Uruguay vs. South Korea, ITV 15:00
  • U.S.A. vs. Ghana, ITV 19:30
 

 

Portugal

0

vs.

0

Brazil

MotM = CRISTIANO RONALDO (POR)

Group G

Ref = Benito ARCHUNDIA (MEX)

Durban

 

 

 

North Korea

0

vs.

3

Côte d’Ivoire

MotM = Didier DROGBA (CDI)

Yaya TOURÉ 14’

ROMARIC 20’

Salomon KALOU 82’

Group G

Ref = Alberto UNDIANO (ESP)

Nelspruit

 

Group G

Pos.

Team

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

+/-

PTS

1

Brazil

3

2

1

0

5

2

+3

7

2

Portugal

3

1

2

0

7

0

+7

5

3

Côte d’Ivoire

3

1

1

1

4

3

+1

4

4

North Korea

3

0

0

3

1

12

-11

0

BRAZIL and Portugal fly through the group of death, and remarkably in the order I’d said they would finish.

Brazil haven’t played the samba football we’ve seen in past years, but all the time they are getting the results nobody in Brazil should moan.

Portugal look rock solid in defence, but they need to score more. All there seven goals came against North Korea. Teams like North Korea aren’t in the last 16, and goals must be scored.

Côte d’Ivoire must think that their luck just isn’t in when they are at World Cups. In 2006 they were drawn with Argentina and the Netherlands. So with Brazil and Portugal in 2010 they have gone out at the group stage and been denied to show the world how good they are in the latter stages.

When North Korea played against Brazil the most of the world (including me) was behind them. They had a real go at the five-time champions and when they scored it felt like I was cheering for England. But their game against Portugal was a case of men against boys and they got blown off the pitch. I hope they are back in four years time.

Zakumi: “I just hope they aren’t punished for not winning.”

P92: “You and I both pal.”

 

 

Chile

1

vs.

2

Spain

Rodrigo MILLAR 47’

MotM = Andrés INIESTA (ESP)

David VILLA 24’

Andrés INIESTA 37’

Group H

Ref = Marco RODRÍGUEZ (MEX)

Tshwane / Pretoria

 

 

 

Switzerland

0

vs.

0

Honduras

MotM = Noel VALLADARES (HON)

Group H

Ref = Héctor BALDASSI (ARG)

Mangaung / Bloemfontein

 

Group H

Pos.

Team

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

+/-

PTS

1

Spain

3

2

0

1

4

2

+2

6

2

Chile

3

2

0

1

3

2

+1

6

3

Switzerland

3

1

1

1

1

1

0

4

4

Honduras

3

0

1

2

0

3

-3

1

NO surprises in the final order of the teams in this group.

 But this group did throw up a few shocks, most notably Switzerland beating Spain 1-0 in their opening game. Spain are another team that just have not got into their stride yet. If they want to add the World Cup to their Euro 2008 title they need to play better.

Chile have shown themselves to be a strong side, but their lack of discipline in this group could come back to haunt them.

Switzerland and Honduras never really looked like advancing, but Switzerland can take great pride with the fact that they beat Spain.

Zakumi: “Well that’s it for the group stage.”

P92: “The real World Cup starts now.”

 

 

Slovakia

3

vs.

2

Italy

Róbert VITTEK 25’ 73’

Kamil KOPÚNEK 89’

MotM = Róbert VITTEK (SLK)

Antonio DI NATALE 81’

Fabio QUAGLIARELLA 90+2’

Group F

Ref = Howard WEBB (ENG)

Johannesburg – JEP

 

 

 

Paraguay

0

vs.

0

New Zealand

MotM = Roque SANTA CRUZ (PAR)

Group F

Ref = Yuichi NISHIMURA (JAP)

Polokwane

 

Group F

Pos.

Team

P

W

D

L GF

GA

+/-

PTS

1

Paraguay

3

1

2

0

3

1

+2

5

2

Slovakia

3

1

1

1

4

5

-1

4

3

New Zealand

3

0

3

0

2

2

0

3

4

Italy

3

0

2

1

4

5

-1

2

ITALY – the defending World Champions – are sent crashing out of the tournament, finishing bottom of a group I thought they would win with ease. But they played so poorly that they didn’t really deserve to have the title of reigning champions. The 2010 Italy team have become the fourth team in history to be eliminated in the group stage as World Champions. The others are: the 1950 Italy team, the 1966 Brazil team and the 2002 France team. It is also the first time that both of the previous finalists – in this case Italy and France – have been knocked out in the groups. The fact that both of these two finished bottom of their groups shows just how much has changed in four years. In France’s case their manner, in Italy’s case the age of their players.

New Zealand can go home with their heads’ held high. They stayed undefeated in the group, scored two goals and led Italy in their South African adventure. They’ve shown that at times they can play football just as well as they can play Rugby and Cricket.

I thought Paraguay would advance, but not as group winners, and that Slovakia would come third. But yet again I was wrong and we have yet another unexpected team in the last 16. Slovakia played brilliantly against Italy in their 3-2 over them, and if I were the winner of Group E I wouldn’t be expecting and easy match.

Zakumi: “Neither would I. France and Italy out as well as finishing bottom of their groups! LOL!”

P92: “Epic fail!”

 

 

Denmark

1

vs.

3

Japan

Jon Dahl TOMASSON 81’

MotM = Keisuke HONDA (JAP)

Keisuke HONDA 17’

Yasuhito ENDŌ 30’

Shinji OKAZAKI 87’

Group E

Ref = Jerome DAMON (RSA)

Rustenburg

 

 

 

 

Cameroon

1

vs.

2

Netherlands

Samuel ETO’O 65P’

MotM = Robin VAN PERSIE (NED)

Robin VAN PERSIE 36’

Klaas-Jan HUNTELAAR 83’

Group E

Ref = Pablo POZO (CHI)

Cape Town

 

Group E

Pos.

Team

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

+/-

PTS

1

Netherlands

3

3

0

0

5

1

+4

9

2

Japan

3

2

0

1

4

2

+2

6

3

Denmark

3

1

0

2

3

6

-3

3

4

Cameroon

3

0

0

3

2

5

-3

0

NO surprise to see the Dutch topping this group with ease (no disrespect to the other teams).

I was however surprised to see Japan making it into the last 16 for the first time on foreign soil. They played wonderfully against Denmark after they lucked a win against Cameroon.

Denmark looked like a good side at times. But they were totally outplayed by Japan and if they had have gotten into the last 16; I don’t think that they would have won.

Cameroon were just another team that didn’t turn up, which is a shame because that means yet another African team has fallen in round one.

Zakumi: “Japan have proved they are deadly at free kicks, so watch out Paraguay when you play them on Tuesday.”

P92: “If they play like they did against Denmark they could give the established order a real headache.”

Zakumi: “What’s ‘established order’ at this World Cup?

P92: “Touché.”

Today’s games are:

  • Portugal vs. Brazil (The game I’ve most been looking forward to), BBC 1 15:00
  • North Korea vs. Côte d’Ivoire, BBC 3 15:00
  • Chile vs. Spain, ITV 1 or 4 19:30
  • Switzerland vs. Honduras, ITV 1 or 4 19:30