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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
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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
 

 

Mexico

0

vs.

1

Uruguay

MotM = Luis SUÁREZ (URU)

Luis SUÁREZ 43’

Group A

Ref = Viktor KASSAI (HUN)

Rustenburg

 

 

 

France

1

vs.

2

South Africa

Florent MALOUDA 70’

MotM = Katlego MPHELA (RSA)

Bongani KHUMALO 20’

Katlego MPHELA 37’

Group A

Ref = Óscar RUIZ (COL)

Mangaung / Bloemfontein

 

Group A

Pos.

Team

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

+/-

PTS

1

Uruguay

3

2

1

0

4

0

+4

7

2

Mexico

3

1

1

1

3

2

+1

4

3

South Africa

3

1

1

1

3

5

-2

4

4

France

3

0

1

2

1

4

-3

1

URUGUAY and Mexico march on into the last 16, whilst hosts South Africa and France go out.

We all know that France shouldn’t have even been in this World Cup because they cheated against the Republic of Ireland, so I am so glad that they are out. They have also had an abysmal tournament. Their manager (now ex-manager) was clueless, one of their star players was sent home, and the rest of the squad refused to train at a public session. They even listened to music and chewed gum when they let the stadium after they lost to South Africa. They couldn’t care less. In my eyes the French have brought this World Cup almost to the point of disrepute and can only say again just how happy I am to see them out.

South Africa on the other hand can be proud of what they have done. Yes they have just become the first host nation to fall at the group stage, but they have shown real grit and determination. I had totally written them off before a ball was even kicked and expected them to receive three hidings. However the spirit the players and fans have shown made me will them on, and as an Englishman I found them beating France to be absolutely top draw. I wish Bafana Bafana well in all their future tournaments.

Uruguay and Mexico were by far the best teams of the group and deserved to go into the knock-out stage of the tournament.

Zakumi: “We only needed a few more goals.”

P92: “Bafana Bafana played like heroes and no football loving South African should be disappointed.”

Zakumi: “Thanks. The plus side of us going out is that we took France out with us.”

P92: “Now you’re talking!”

 

 

Nigeria

2

vs.

2

South Korea

Kalu UCHE 12’

Yakubu AYEGBENI 69P’

MotM = PARK Ji Sung (SKO)

LEE Jung-Soo 38’

PARK Chu-Young 49’

Group B

Ref = Olegário BENQUERENÇA (POR)

Durban

 

 

 

 

Greece

0

vs.

2

Argentina

MotM = Lionel MESSI (ARG)

Martín DEMICHELIS 77’

Martín PALERMO 89’

Group B

Ref = Ravshan IRMATOV (UZB)

Polokwane

 

Group B

Pos.

Team

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

+/-

PTS

1

Argentina

3

3

0

0

7

1

+6

9

2

South Korea

3

1

1

1

5

6

-1

4

3

Greece

3

1

0

2

2

5

-3

3

4

Nigeria

3

0

1

2

3

5

-2

1

ARGENTINA played brilliantly in all of their three group games and won the group at a canter. The only problem I can see them having in the later stages is with their defence. If they don’t improve it one of the bigger teams will tear it open.

As for the other three teams in this group, I pleasantly surprised to see South Korea going through. I reckoned that it would be Nigeria who advanced with South Korea third and Greece forth. But Nigeria just didn’t play well enough and have their keeper to thank for keeping their goals against tally at just five. Greece were just boring to watch but at least they actually scored a few goals.  

Zakumi: “And another African teams goes out, sigh.”

P92: “What’s your prediction for the England game?”

Zakumi: “You should win, but based on tournament form…”

P92: “Just stop there.”

Today’s games are:

  • Slovenia vs. ENGLAND, BBC 1 15:00
  • U.S.A. vs. Algeria, BBC Red Button 15:00
  • Australia vs. Serbia, ITV 1 or 4 19:30
  • Ghana vs. Germany, ITV 1 or 4 19:30
 

 

Portugal

7

vs.

0

North Korea

RAÚL MEIRELES 29’

SIMÃO 53’

HUGO ALMEIDA 56’

TIAGO 60’ 89’

LIÉDSON 81’

CRISTIANO RONALDO 87’

MotM = CRISTIANO RONALDO (POR)

Group G

Ref = Pablo POZO (CHI)

Cape Town

THE first 20 minutes or so of this game could have seen either team score a couple of goals each. Portugal came closest in these opening exchanges in a soaking wet Cape Town. After the European team did score the North Korean players started to fade away, but to their credit they played on with great heart and kept themselves 0-1 down at half-time. But Portugal smashed six goals past them in a second half which they utterly dominated. Portugal are now almost certain to qualify along with Brazil for the last 16, whereas North Korea are unceremoniously dumped out of the World Cup.

Zakumi: “What a second half. I can’t wait for Portugal vs. Brazil later this week.”

P92: “That’s been the game I’ve been waiting for ever since the draw was made.”

 

 

Chile

1

vs.

0

Switzerland

Mark GONZÁLEZ 75’

MotM = Mark GONZÁLEZ (CHI)

Group H

Ref = Khalil AL GHAMDI (KSA)

Nelson Mandela Bay / Port Elizabeth

A MATCH that will be remembered more for its cards than goals unfortunately. The referee seemed to like the colour yellow, as he booked nine players during the match which he never really let off the leash. Unsurprisingly to me, a red card was also shown during the game. Valon Behrami (Switzerland) caught Chile’s Jean Beausejour and Arturo Vidal in the face when they tried to tackle him from behind. Vidal went down like he had been hit with a brick in yet another show of poor sportsmanship in this World Cup. My Dad and I can’t be the only ones finding this entire fake face holding malarkey pathetic and childish can we?   

Zakumi: “Switzerland broke a record in this match. Before Chile scored Switzerland had gone 558 minutes without conceding a goal in a World Cup finals match.”

P92: “They beat Italy’s mark by eight minutes.”

Zakumi: “Don’t steal my moment.”

P92: “Oh, sorry.”

 

 

Spain

2

vs.

0

Honduras

David VILLA 17’ 51’

MotM = David VILLA (ESP)

Group H

Ref = Yuichi NISHIMURA (JAP)

Johannesburg – JEP

SPAIN knew that if they lost they would go out. But the reigning European Champions showed the world some wonderful football as they somewhat eased passed Honduras. David Villa scored Spain’s two goals on the night, and could have scored a hat-trick were it not for him missing a penalty. Spain should have won by several goals, but misses and off the line clearances prevented Honduras’s night paralleling North Korea’s afternoon.  

Zakumi: “We are now exactly halfway through the 2010 World Cup.”

P92: “And let’s hope that it continues to excite and shock us. Except for when England play.”

Tomorrow’s games are:

  • France vs. South Africa, ITV 1 or 4 15:00
  • Mexico vs. Uruguay, ITV 1 or 4 15:00
  • Greece vs. Argentina, BBC 1 19:30
  • Nigeria vs. South Korea, BBC 3 19:30
 

 

Argentina

4

vs.

1

South Korea

PARK Chu Young 17og’

Gonzalo HIGUAÍN 33’ 76’ 80’

MotM = Gonzalo HIGUAÍN (ARG)

LEE Chung-Young 45+1’

Group B

Ref = Frank DE BLEECKERE (BEL)

Johannesburg – JSC

ARGENTINA dominated the first half, racing into a 2-0 lead in just over half an hour. But a defensive lash up in injury time let South Korea back in the game. The first 20 minutes of the second half could’ve and should’ve seen both sides score, but it was Argentina who got their vital third goal. Higuaín scored his third and Argentina’s fourth soon after.

Zakumi: “Higuaín is the first player to score a World Cup finals hat-trick since Pauleta for Portugal in 2002.”

P92: “You know your stuff don’t you.”

Zakumi: “Actually I read your notes.”

P92: “Did you.”

 

 

Greece

2

vs.

1

Nigeria

Dimitrios SALPINGIDIS 44’

Vasileios TOROSIDIS 71’

MotM = Vincent ENYEAMA (NIG)

Kalu UCHE 16’

Group B

Ref = Óscar RUIZ (COL)

Mangaung / Bloemfontein

NIGERIA seemed to be strolling to victory until Sani Kaita saw the red mist and stupidly kicked an opponent. Think David Beckham in 1998. After seeing the red mist, he saw the red card and only then did what he had done sink in. Greece rallied and scored their first ever World Cup finals goal just before half-time. Both sides went for the win in the second half, but it was Greece who took the lead – and in the end their first ever finals win – thanks to a goalkeeping error by Vincent Enyeama in the Nigerian goal. The fact he won ‘Man of the Match’ again shows how much better than the Nigerian outfield he is.

Zakumi: “Is it me or can Greece only play against ten men?”

P92: “You may be right. When they had the man advantage they were a totally new team.”

 

 

France

0

vs.

2

Mexico

MotM = Javier HERNÁNDEZ (MEX)

Javier HERNÁNDEZ 64’*

Cuauhtémoc BLANCO 79P’

Group A

Ref = Khalil AL GHAMDI (KSA)

Polokwane

THE first half was pretty even with not much to separate the two teams. But as the second half progressed, either Mexico got better or France got worse. A 2-0 was what Mexico deserved, and France are now in huge danger of going out in the group stage without scoring a goal for the second World Cup out of three.

*The 2,100th World Cup finals goal.

Zakumi: “Well I think France and Bafana Bafana are both stuffed.”

P92: “Just do the world and especially the Republic of Ireland a favour and beat them.”

Zakumi: “That sounds like a plan.”

Today’s games are:

  • Germany vs. Serbia, BBC 1 12:30
  • Slovenia vs. U.S.A., BBC 1 15:00
  • ENGLAND vs. Algeria, ITV 19:30
 

 

Honduras

0

vs.

1

Chile

MotM = Jean BEAUSEJOUR (CHI)  

Jean BEAUSEJOUR 34’

Group H

Ref = Eddy MAILLET (SEY)

Nelspruit

CHILE should have smashed Honduras in this game, but their finishing let them down. When their goal did come, it was quite fortunate. The ball came off a Honduran defender and onto Jean Beausejour. You can’t help but think that Honduras are just happy to be in the World Cup.

Zakumi: “Chile claim they can go all the way to the semis, but not with their finishing the way it is at the moment.”

P92: “Agreed. Happy 16th birthday by the way Zakumi.”

Zakumi: “Ah, thank you. What did you get me, a Bafana Bafana win?”

P92: “How about a massive upset?”

Zakumi: “What?”

 

 

Spain

0

vs.

1

Switzerland

MotM = Gelson FERNANDES (SUI)

Gelson FERNANDES 52’

Group H

Ref = Howard WEBB (ENG)

Durban

SWITZERLAND pulled off one of the biggest World Cup upsets of modern times by beating reigning European Champions – and millions of people’s tip to win the tournament – Spain. The Spanish put the Swiss under constant pressure throughout the game, but the closest they came was when XABI ALONSO hit the bar. Switzerland’s goal was scrappy to say the least but it will go down in history. They to hit the woodwork, so it could have been even worse for Spain.

Zakumi: “Brilliant! I wanted a game that goes down in history on my birthday and I got it!”

P92: “See I told you I had a massive upset for you.”

Zakumi: “And a Bafana Bafana win?”

P92: “Er…”

 

 

South Africa

0

vs.

3

Uruguay

MotM = Diego FORLÁN (URU)

Diego FORLÁN 24’ 80P’

Álvaro PEREIRA 90+5’

Group A

Ref = Massimo BUSACCA (SUI)

Tshwane / Pretoria

URUGUAY outplayed South Africa for the whole match, and a 3-0 win is just what they deserved. The host nation’s keeper Itumeleng Khune conceded the penalty and was sent off. He is only the second goalkeeper to be sent off in a finals match.  It looks increasingly likely now that South Africa will become the first home nation to go out in the group stage. Whereas Uruguay look as if they can do some damage in this tournament.

Zakumi: “What happened?!”

P92: “It’s football mate. It happens.”

Zakumi: “Yeah. I suppose you’re right.”

Tomorrows games are:

  • Argentina vs. South Korea, ITV 12:30
  • Greece vs. Nigeria, BBC 1 15:00
  • France vs. Mexico, BBC 1 19:30
 

 

South Korea

2

vs.

0

Greece

LEE Jung-Soo 7’

PARK Ji-Sung 52’

MotM = PARK Ji Sung (SKR)

Group B

Ref = Michael HESTER (NZL)

Nelson Mandela Bay / Port Elizabeth

SOUTH KOREA made a statement of intent about getting out of Group B. They tore Greece apart and should have scored four at the very least. Greece were poor (putting it kindly) and seemed resigned to defeat after just eight minutes of the match.

Zakumi: “Shall I book their flight back to Athens now?”

P92: “You might as well mate. Only a miracle will see Greece into the last 16 after this match.”

Zakumi: “You mean like when they won Euro 2004?”

P92: “Lightning doesn’t strike twice.”

 

 

Argentina

1

vs.

0

Nigeria

Gabriel HEINZE 6’

MotM = Vincent ENYEAMA (NIG)

Group B

Ref = Wolfgang STARK (GER)

Johannesburg – JEP

DOUBLE World Champions Argentina should have scored at hatful in this match and look deadly when attacking. However they do look vulnerable in defence. Nigeria have their keeper and man of the match Vincent Enyeama to thank for preventing a national embarrassment. He produced some top class saves to mean the score stayed 0-1. The Nigerian outfield must improve.  

Zakumi: “Could easily have been a rout if it wasn’t for Enyeama.”

P92: “I totally agree with you on that one.”  

 

 

England

1

vs.

1

U.S.A.

Steven GERRARD 4’

MotM = Tim HOWARD (USA)

Clint DEMPSEY 40’

Group C

Ref = Carlos SIMON (BRA)

Rustenburg

STEVEN GERRARD gave England the lead early on. I missed the goal because ITV HD cut to an advert break right before the England captain scored. This is the THIRD time they have done this during a live sports broadcast. My woes continued when Robert Green spilled Clint Dempsey’s innocuous looking shot into his own net. The curse of the England keeper strikes again. England tried to take the lead back in the second half, but alas to no avail.

Zakumi: “It’s not all bad. England drew 0-0 with Uruguay in their opening game in 1966 and look what happened.”

P92: “Cheers. I needed that.”

Zakumi: “Bad luck about the advert by the way.”

P92: “The BBC have BBC 1 and BBC 2, why can’t they be the two channels showing the World Cup?”

Tomorrows games are:

  • Algeria vs. Slovenia, BBC 1 12:30
  • Serbia vs. Ghana, ITV 15:00
  • Germany vs. Australia ITV 19:30
  

South Africa

1

vs.

1

Mexico

Siphiwe TSHABALALA 55’

MotM = Siphiwe TSHABALALA (RSA)

Rafael MÁRQUEZ 79’

Group A

Ref = Ravshan IRMATOV (UZB)

Johannesburg – JSC

 WHAT a way to open the World Cup. The noise of the crowd was awesome and the play was nonstop. Tshabalala’s goal was excellent, but South Africa’s defence let the side down when Mexico equalised. South Africa hit the post late on, but they have impressed the world and shouldn’t be overlooked on their home turf.

Zakumi: “Oh but for the width of a post.”

P92: “You guys did much better than I thought, and what a goal to open the tournament with.”

Zakumi: “Bring on the rest!”  

 

Uruguay

0

vs.

0

France

MotM = Diego FORLÁN (URU)

Group A

Ref = Yuichi NISHIMURA (JPN)

Cape Town

 NOT a great game to watch, but both sides did create chances. Nicolás Lodeiro was sent off after a poor tackle on Bacary Sagna with ten minutes to go. Both sides must up their game if they wish to have any impact on the knock-out stages.

Zakumi: “We can have these two judging by this game.”

P92: “Don’t get too confident mate, but I can see your point.”

Tomorrows games are:

  • South Korea vs. Greece, ITV 12:30
  • Argentina vs. Nigeria, BBC 1 15:00
  • ENGLAND vs. U.S.A., ITV 19:30