janecek.com
[ Home | Music | News | Sports | World Cup 2014 | teamLINK]
other World Cup pages: World Cup 2010 | World Cup 2006 | World Cup 2002 | World Cup 1998

Janecek.com World Cup 2010 Soccer Fan/Blog/Results Page


Viva España!

janecek.com world cup 2010 south africa fan page


Second Stage - Round of 16 to Finals

The knockout round of the World Cup

16:00 = 10:00am NYC -  7:00am LA
20:30 =  2:30pm NYC - 11:30am LA

  SECOND ROUND
  49. 26 June - (A1)  Uruguay 2:1 Korea Republic  (B2) at Port Elizabeth
Uruguay move to the quarterfinals of the World Cup for the first time since 1970 with a 2-1 victory over South Korea. Luis Suarez was the Man of the Match, scoring both Uruguayan goals on the terrible, sandy pitch at rainy Port Elizabeth. The first goal came at 8' when Forlan made a long cross that Suarez found and buried into the side netting. Korea tied at 68' when Lee Chung Yung headed in a goal following a poor clear on the Korean free kick. This was the first goal allowed by Uruguay in the tournament. Twelve minutes later, Suarez struck the winner when the ball was headed to him on a corner kick, and Suarez hit a beautiful shot from the left 18 of the penalty box to the far right post. South Korea kept pressuring Uruguay but could not score and they are out of the World Cup. Uruguay will play Ghana, who beat the U.S. 2-1, on Friday... -match detail
  50. 26 June - (C1)  United States 1:2 a.e.t. Ghana  (D2) at Rustenburg
With Africa's hopes on its shoulders, The Black Stars of Ghana advance to the quarterfinals of the World Cup with a 2-1 defeat of the United States. Ghana never trailed, getting its first goal at 5' when Ricardo Clark was stripped of the ball and Ghana's Kevin Prince Boateng dribbled the ball from midfield then took the shot that got past Timmy Howard. The U.S.A. played better in the second half, with Clint Dempsey earning a penalty kick at 61'. Landon Donovan converted and the match was level. Four minutes into the thirty minute extra time, the ball bounced and landed at Gyan's feet, who shot right over Howard. The U.S. had plenty of chances, but Ghana were also very fast and good on defense, and earn the deserved victory. They will meet Uruguay on Friday...-match detail
  51. 27 June - (D1)  Germany 4:1 England  (C2) at Bloemfontein
Germany dispatch England with a 4-1 victory in Bloemfontein. Germany scored first at 20' when a long goal kick found Klose in the penalty area, who shook the defender and made a great individual play [much like Gyan's goal against the U.S.]. Twelve minutes later, Klose to Mueller to Podolski, who hit the tight angle to the far net. At 37' England's Gerrard put the ball on Matt Upson's head, who netted to bring England back a goal. A minute later, Lampard hit a chip from the 18' that bounced into the underside of the crossbar into the goal, but the referees did not see the goal. Terrible missed call. In the second half, Germany were more focused and it was Mueller with the brace, at 67' from 14 yards and at 70' when, on the counter, Oezil crossed to Mueller who pushed it past England keeper David James. England at times looked great, but mostly the players played like earlier matches - not much like a team. Germany looked relaxed, but still with that German 'Blue Steel' focus...-match detail
  52. 27 June - (B1)  Argentina 3:1 Mexico  (A2) at Johannesburg JSC
Another referee mistake cost Mexico a goal, but Argentina were just too strong and earned a 3-1 victory in Johannesburg to move to the quarterfinals against Germany. The controversial goal opened scoring when at 25' a ball was played into Carlos Tevez and he scored, but he was clearly offside by 5 feet. That ruling seemed to deflate Mexico a bit and at 33' Argentina struck again, when, after a lapse of concentration by Mexican defender Osorio, Gonzalo Higuain stole the ball and put Argentina up 2-nil. The South American side scored again at 52' when Tevez hit a blistering shot from 25 yards to put the game out of reach. Javier Hernandez pulled one back for Mexico - starting at the 18, spun and evaded defenders for a nice goal from 8 yards. But it was too little, too late for El Tri, who no doubt feel stung by a bad call...-match detail
  53. 28 June - (E1)  Netherlands 2:1 Slovakia  (F2) at Durban
The Orange of Netherlands find themselves in the quarterfinals with a strong 2-nil victory over Slovakia. Arjen Robben, who hasn't played much due to a hamstring injury, showed some great skill at 18' when he ran onto the ball, shook a defender, then spun and hit the goal from 22 yards out. Robert Vittek had a few close chances for Slovakia, but could not connect. At 84' after a foul, Netherlands took a quick free kick and the ball found Kuyt, who passed to Wesley Sneijder, who buried the ball for a 2-nil lead. In extra time at 93', Dutch keeper Maartin Stekelenburg was yellow-carded for bringing down a Slovakian player, and Vittek converted the Penalty Kick. The Netherlands move on to meet Brazil, while Slovakia go no further...-match detail
  54. 28 June - (G1)  Brazil 3:0 Chile  (H2) at Johannesburg JEP
Brazil made easy work of Chile on its way to the quarterfinals, winning 3-0 at Jo'Burg's Ellis Park. Scoring opened at 34' when a corner kick was headed in by Juan, who made it look easy. Just four minutes later Luis Fabiano found a chance, stepped over the keeper and buried the ball in the emtpty goal. At 59' Robinho took a pass at the 18 and shot easily for Brazil goal number three. Suazo gave Chile their only real chances, but Julio Cesar in goal for Brazil earns the clean sheet and now Brazil prepares for The Netherlands...-match detail
  55. 29 June - (F1)  Paraguay 0:0 a.e.t. 5:3 PSO Japan  (E2) at Pretoria
In their previous two meetings, international friendlies, Japan and Paraguay settled for 0-0 draws. The stakes were much higher in this round of 16 matchup in Pretoria, with the winner advancing to the quarterfinals. The first ninety minutes were played tightly by both sides, none seeming to break out save for a few chances. At about 80' a reckless arm to the head of a Endo by Morel could have seen the Paraguayan sent off, but the offense wasn't deemed to harsh. In added extra time, Japan had one great explosion down the far left side, keeping the ball inbounds, but the players could not convert. To Penalty Kicks to decide the winner, and on the third of fifth balls, Japan, shooting second had defender Yuichi Komano take the ball and he promptluy hit the ball off the crossbar. That mistake would prove to be Japan's undoing, and with Paraguay converting their kicks and earning advancement, there are four South American teams in the final eight...-match detail
  56. 29 June - (H1)  Spain 1:0 Portugal  (G2) at Cape Town
The Battle of the Iberian Peninsula - these neighbors played for the first time against one another at a World Cup and to the winner would be a spot opposite Paraguay in the quarterfinals. Spain looked good early, with many great chances. Portugal had some chances too, but possession favored Spain. From the hour mark, Spain seemed to take further control, long possessions and plenty of decision time in the Portugese end of the pitch. After some near misses, David Villa finally broke through for Spain at 62', collecting a rebound of his own shot and putting it past the keeper. Portugal and Cristino Ronaldo didn't seem to have much of an answer. A red card was handed to Portugal's Ricardo Costa at 87' for a stray elbow, but that would just add more pain to Portugal's day. They end the tournament only scoring against one team - the awful North Korea - while not scoring against Ivory Coast, Brazil or Spain. Espana now prepare for their quarterfinal match, looking as strong as their fans expect...-match detail
  QUARTERFINALS
  57. 2 July -  Netherlands 2:1 Brazil  at Port Elizabeth
Netherlands scored two second-half goals to oust the world's number one Brazil from the 2010 World Cup on the sandy pitch at Port Elizabeth and move the Dutch to the semi-finals. Brazil opened scoring at 10' as Felipe Melo found Robinho straight up the middle on a 35 yard pass. The star cut right through the Netherlands back four, and finished beautifully from the 18. The Netherlands had made a late change in their back line and that may have played a part in the easy Brazil goal. Stekelenburg made a few more important saves for the Netherlands, but the half ended with Brazil up 1-0. Netherlands equalized at 53' when Wesley Sneijder's left footed 40+ yard shot from the right flank glanced off Felipe Melo's head and into Brazil's goal. Netherlands went up 2-1 at 68' when Robben's corner kick was headed on by Kuyt across the goal, where Sneijder then headed it into the net. Two heads are better than one. At 73', Brazil found themselved unraveling a bit, going down to ten men as Felipe Melo was sent off with a straight red for stomping on Robben's leg after the Dutch player went down and fell on the ball. Brazil scrambled the last 20 minutes but could not make any magic happen. Brazil's World Cup is over...-match detail
  58. 2 July -  Uruguay 1:1 a.e.t. 4:2 PSO Ghana  at Johannesburg JSC
Ghana were making its bid to be the first ever Africa nation in the World Cup Semi-finals, but 2-time champion Uruguay wanted nothing of it. They broke Africa's hearts with a 1-1 - penalty shoot out 4-2 - victory over Ghana. The first half was a tense battle, with Uruguay having the earlier chances, but Ghana seemed to take over in the last half hour, constantly pressuring Uruguay. Ghana's big break came seconds before the halftime whistle, when Montari looked to be in a position to pass the ball, but instead took a shot from 35 yards. A Ghanaian player may have blocked the view of the keeper, but the ball curled to the right and into the net, stunning the Uruguayans. But Uruguay would not be stopped and at 55', Diego Forlan took the free kick from 23 yards out and just snuck it under the crossbar, leveling the match at 1's. The match was tied after full time, and in added extra time Ghana were on the offensive, trying to get a last minute goal. A free kick went into the box, headed and badly punched by the keeper, a shot, a rebound, a second shot, then a handball by Suarez, who kept the ball out of the net by handling the ball. Suarez saw a red card, and Asamoah Gyan took the Penalty Kick as time expired. Gyan's shot hit the crossbar and went up into the crowd. Gyan and Ghana were crushed, but for Uruguay it meant a chance to win in a penalty kick shootout. And that's what happened: Up 3-2, John Mensah took a short-stride PK and lightly kicked the ball into the Uruguayan keeper Muslera's hands for an easy save. Pereira was next and his goal would give Uruguay a commanding lead, except that his attempt went into space. Adiyah was next for Ghana and his kick was saved by the keeper's right. Abreyu then put an end to the match with a slow chip shot that beat the keeper badly, and pushed Uruguay to the Semis for the first time since 1970. A great game...-match detail
  59. 3 July -  Argentina 0:4 Germany  at Cape Town
Lionel Messi and Argentina proved to be no match as the German side smoked Diego Maradona's side 4-0 in a quarterfinal World Cup match in Cape Town. Germany staked their claim early, at 3' as Thomas Mueller ran inside his marker to head a free kick for the opening goal. Later in the half, Mueller was shown his second yellow in five games, so he will miss the semi-final match on Wednesday. At 68' Miroslav Klose had a tap in handed to him on passes by Podolski's short, left, low cross. Germany's defensive back Arne Friedrich scored his first goal for Germany at 74' when Bastian Schweinsteiger dribbled to the goal line and back to an on rushing Friedrich. Klose would add a second goal at 89' when Podolski sent the ball forward to Oezil, who crossed up and over to Klose. Argentina was just no match for Germany. Argentina didn't have a shot on goal in the first half hour, and Germany still hasn't allowed a second half goal in World Cup play. Germany is looking so stong right now...-match detail
  60. 3 July -  Paraguay 0:1 Spain  at Johannesburg JEP
Spain are headed to its first ever semi-final with a late goal by David Villa to win 1-0 over Paraguay at Johannesburg's Ellis Park. There were only about three decent attacks in the first half by both teams, combined, but play loosened up in teh second stanza. At 57', Paraguay's Cardozo had his arm pulled during a corner kick. The resulting penalty kick was stopped by Spain's Casillas. Two minutes later, Paraguay's Alcaraz earned a yellow by taking down David Villa in the box. Xabi Alonso took the penalty and converted, only to have it waved off due to player incursion. The retake was blocked by Paraguayan keeper Villar and on rebound the keeper could have received red for a trip on Spain's Fabregas, but nothing was called. Over time, Spain's attack weakened Paraguay and at 83' Iniesta sent the ball across to Pedro, who's shot bounced off the upright but right to David Villa, who sized up the shot and put it past two defenders, then bouncing on the post and along the goal line before settling in the net for the game winner. Spain will face Germany on Wednesday in Durban for a spot in the World Cup grand final...-match detail
  SEMIFINALS
  61. 6 July -  Uruguay 2:3 Netherlands  at Cape Town
The Netherlands secure its first World Cup Final since 1978 with a tough 3-2 victory over Uruguay in Cape Town. The Dutch lit up the scoreboard first at 18' when Gio van Bronckhorst took a pass, then sized up a 35 yard bomb to the Uruguay keeper's upper left corner. At 41', Uruguay equalized on an equally snappy shot straight on goal by Diego Forlan. In the second half, the Dutch added two more goals in three minutes when Wesley Senijder hit a low, 18-yard shot that snuck through and found goal, and Kuyt hit the ball across to Robben, who headed it to the near post and took Uruguay to the brink. Uruguay did catch a glimpse of hope, however, when two minutes into stoppage time, a freekick was pushed forward to Pereira, who shot to the far post and make for a few, final tense minutes. In the end, the Netherlands will be playing for soccer's biggest prize...-match detail
  62. 7 July -  Germany 0:1 Spain  at Durban
Germany surrendered its first second half goal of World Cup 2010 and with that it's Spain who is headed to its first World Cup final thanks to a Carles Puyol header in the 73rd minute. The game was tense in the first half, with Spain controlling most of the offense. Each side had good chances just before half, but no one could connect. In the second half, Germany continued to present a defensive posture and Spain were happy to play to that stance. After a few close-in attempts, Spain got their gift at 73' when Xavi hit a corner kick and Carles Puyol went up high at the top of the penalty circle, over his teammate Pique, and made his move with a fine header that blew by Germany goalkeeper Neuer. Germany played the last 15 minutes in a dazed state and made a few attempts to score, but Spain easily stopped them. A huge, huge day for Spain, and bitter disappointment for Germany...-match detail
  THIRD PLACE MATCH
  63. 10 July - 20:30 -  Uruguay 2:3 Germany  Third Place Match at Port Elizabeth
Germany claimed third place in World Cup 2010 with a 3:2 victory over Uruguay in Port Elizabeth. Mueller scored for Germany at 19' followed by two Uruguayan goals; Cavani at 28' and Diego Forlan just after halftime. Germany answered with the equalizer from Jansen at 56' and Khedira netted the winner in the 82' minute. The third place game is one no team really wants to play. It just hurts too much knowing you missed getting into the final...-match detail
  WORLD CUP 2010 GRAND FINAL
  64. 11 July - 20:30 -  Netherlands : Spain  WORLD CUP FINAL at Johannesburg JSC
The World Cup 2010 Final went to thirty minutes of extra time as Spain and Netherlands remained scoreless through ninety. Heitinga was shown a red card in the 109th minute for an agruably weak takdown of Andrés Iniesta outside the box and seven minutes later Iniesta scored the winning goal from sixteen yards out that went off the Netherlands GK Stekelenburg's hand and into the net. Viva España!…-match detail

 Round of 16  Quarter-Finals  Semi-Finals  Final  2010 Champion
         
  Uruguay 2        
  June 26 - detail        
  49. Port Elizabeth   Uruguay 1      
  Korea 1        
    July 2 - 58. detail      
    Johannesburg JSC   Uruguay 2    
  U.S.A. 1        
  June 26 - detail   Ghana 1      
  50. Rustenburg        
  Ghana 2        
      July 6 - 61. detail    
      Cape Town   Netherlands 0  
  Netherlands 2        
  June 28 - detail        
  53. Durban   Netherlands 2      
  Slovakia 1        
    July 2 - 57. detail   Netherlands 3  
    Port Elizabeth    
  Brazil 3        
  June 28 - detail   Brazil 1      
  54. Johannesburg        
  Chile 0        
        July 9 - 64. detail
SPAIN
        Johannesburg JSC 20:30  
  Argentina 3       
  June 27 - detail        
  52. Johannesburg   Argentina 0      
  Mexico 1        
    July 3 - 59. detail      
    Cape Town   Germany 0    
  Germany 4        
  June 27 - detail   Germany 4      
  51. Bloemfontein        
  England 1        
      July 7 - 62. detail   Spain 1  
      Durban    
  Paraguay 0         
  June 29 - detail        
  55. Pretoria   Paraguay 0      
  Japan 0         Uruguay 2
    July 3 - 60. detail   Spain 1     July 10 - 63. detail
    Johannesburg ESP    
third place
  Spain 1         Port Elizabeth 20:30
  June 29 - detail   Spain 1       Germany 3
  56. Cape Town        
  Portugal 0        


First Round - Group play

  Friday, June 11
  1. June 11 - a:  South Africa 1:1 Mexico  at Johannesburg - JSC
South Africa's Thsabalala nets the first World Cup goal at 55' - a spectacular goal. Rafa Marquez ties at 79'. Mexico is lucky to settle for the draw...-match detail
  2. June 11 - a:  Uruguay 0:0 France  at Cape Town
The 'Blue wall' of Uruguay frustrated France to a nil-nil draw in Cape Town. Uruguay's Nicolas Lodeiro was ejected after two yellow cards, so he will miss the South Africa match...-match detail
  Saturday, June 12
  4. June 12 - b:  Korea Republic 2:0 Greece  at Port Elizabeth
South Korea prove their worth with a 2-nil victory over Greece. Lee Jung-Soo scored on a corner-like set piece at 7' and Park Ji-Soo added insurance at 52' after a bad Greece pass left him with an easy chance. Greece was not very good today. BTW, the stadium was just 2/3 full...-match detail
  3. June 12 - b:  Argentina 1:0 Nigeria  at Johannesburg - JEP
Argentina scored a goal in the 6th minute as a corner from Veron was headed in by Heinze. Argentina were stopped in their many chances. Nigeria played well, but were mostly on their heels...-match detail
  5. June 12 - c:  England 1:1 United States  at Rustenburg
The United States escape with a draw against heavily favored England, who opened the scoring early on a 4th minute goal by Steven Gerrard. The US defense did not mark well on that goal. In the 40th minute, Clint Dempsey shot straight on at England goalkeeper Robert Green who fumbled the ball and into the goal the ball rolled, leveling the match. The US had the best chance in the second half when Jozy Altidore used his speed to get past Carragher and put the shot on goal, which bounced off Green's hands, then the woodwork, and safely away for England's sake. Wayne Rooney wasn't a factor until late in the game, but his efforts were for naught. The US happily takes the point while England will question the moves of their manager...-match detail
  Sunday, June 13
  6. June 13 - c:  Algeria 0:1 Slovenia  at Polokwane
Slovenia move to the top of Group C with a 1-0 victory over Algeria. Neither team showed much flash, but at 73' Ghezzal for Algeria, picked up his second yellow in fifteen minutes and was sent off. Six minutes later, Koren, the Slovenian captain, hit a 20 yard shot that should have been stopped by the Algerian keeper Chaouchi, but he misjudged the ball and Slovenia got their winner...-match detail
  8. June 13 - d:  Serbia 0:1 Ghana  at Pretoria
Serbia seemed to have the better chances in this match, but mistakes led to their undoing. Lokovic picked up his second yellow at 74' and was sent off, leaving Serbia with ten men. Less than ten minutes later, Kuzmanovic handled the ball in the penalty area and striker Asamoah Gyan converted the Penalty Kick which would give Ghana the first African nation victory in this African continent World Cup...-match detail
  7. June 13 - d:  Germany 4:0 Australia  at Durban
Germany hands out the first thrashing of the tournament, dismantling Australia 4-nil. Podolski 8'; Klose 26'; Muller 68'; Cacau 70'; all made it look easy. Australia loses Tim Cahill to a rather harsh straight red - he tackled from behind but his legs were tucked, so no studs showing, but as Australia's star, dims their chances for advancement...-match detail
  Monday, June 14
  9. June 14 - e:  Netherlands 2:0 Denmark  at Johannesburg - JSC
In the first-ever WC matchup of North Sea neighbors, the game saw a first half where the Netherlands had the most possession but Denmark had more chances, the Danes found themselves in a hole as the second half got underway. At 46', the Orange kicked a ball from the side of the goal, and the ball was poorly headed by S. Ooulsen of Denmark, off his teammate Agger's back and into the net for an own goal. At 85' the Dutch scored on their own, when Elia's attempt went off the post but was put in by the trailing Dirk Kuyt...-match detail
  10. June 14 - e:  Japan 1:0 Cameroon  at Bloemfontein
Japan win their first ever WC match outside of Japan on the foot of Honda at 39'. Honda was at the back post unmarked on the long cross. The Indomitable Lions had their chances but were ultimately turned away by goalkeeper Kawashima and company. Cameroon is now 1-5-5 in their last 11 WC matches...-match detail
  11. June 14 - f:  Italy 1:1 Paraguay  at Cape Town
In cold and rainy Cape Town, Paraguay struck first in at 39' as Alcaraz got air and headed in a perfect corner. That seemed to take the air out of Italy, who changed keepers at half. Italy got their equalizer at 63' from a corner that landed on de Rossi's foot and past the Paraguay keeper. Paraguay are happy with their point, Italy less so...-match detail
  Tuesday, June 15
  12. June 15 - g:  New Zealand 1:1 Slovakia  at Rustenburg
New Zealand net their first goal in WC history with a dramatic 93' stoppage time shock goal - a header by Winston Reid from a Smeltz cross - and tie Slovakia at 1's. Slovakia are making their fist appearance as an independent nation and saw their goal come at 50' when Weiss found Vittek on a cross/header combo. Vittek appeared just offside, but the goal was allowed...-match detail
  13. June 15 - g:  Côte d'Ivoire 0:0 Portugal  at Port Elizabeth
Ivory Coast and Portugal played to a goal-less draw in the 'group of death'. Cristiano Ronaldo had a wicked shot off the goal post in the first half, but otherwise, the half was lackluster. The teams played with more importance in the second half, but neither team could net a winner...-match detail
  14. June 15 - f:  Brazil 2:1 Korea DPR  at Johannesburg - JEP
Brazil found themselves up against North Korea, the lowest rated team in the FIFA rankings, but that didn't stop Kim Jong-il's men from bringing a lot of moxie to the pitch. Brazil were held scoreless in the first half and didn't get their first goal until 55' when Maicon made a sensational shot as the ball was about to cross the end line, and placed it between the keeper and the goalpost. Brazil would extend their lead at 72' Robinho made a great pass to Elano, who finished easily. North Korea scored at 89', when Ji Yun-Nam made easy work of Brazil's defense and gave the world's number one a brief scare until the full time whistle sounded...match detail
  Wednesday, June 16
  15. June 16 - h:  Honduras 0:1 Chile  at Nelspruit
Chile earned their first World Cup win in 48 years as they beat Honduras 1-nil. Chile controlled the match against Honduras and were rewarded with a goal in at 34' as Isla found Beausejour cutting through defenders. Honduras never seemed to get their attack on track...-match detail
  16. June 16 - h:  Spain 0:1 Switzerland  at Durban
After another scoreless first half at the 2010 World Cup, it was Switzerland who scored first. At 52', after a long ball from the keeper, Spain's defense couldn't clear the ball and after a little pinball, Gelson Fernandes found himself looking at a point blank shot on an open goal, stunning the European Champion Spaniards. Spain will have their work cut out for them in their next two matches....-match detail
  17. June 16 - a:  South Africa 0:3 Uruguay  at Pretoria
Uruguay took care of business in Group A by handing host South Africa a 3-nil defeat. Diego Forlan got his first goal at 24' on a wicked 30 yard shot that just slightly deflected off a South African player and just under the crossbar. Forlan's second goal came at 80' on a penalty kick as the South African keeper Khune was sent off for a bad challenge. In extra time, Pereira added a third goal to send the crowd home very unhappy...-match detail
  Thursday, June 17
  20. June 17 - b:  Argentina 4:1 Korea Republic  at Johannesburg - JSC
Argentina asserted thier right to top Group B with a 4-1 victory over South Korea. Maradona'a side made it look easy as Gonzalo Higuain netted a hat-trick and now leads all scorers at the WC. Argentina's first goal was courtesy of an own goal by South Korea defending a Messi free kick at 16', followed fifteen minutes laster by an unmarked Higuain making the goals look easy. South Korea did score a goal just before halftime to make it 2-1, but thirty minutes later Lionel Messi worked the ball into the box and Higuain was there to collect. Four minutes later Higuain would again find the net...-match detail
  19. June 17 - b:  Greece 2:1 Nigeria  at Bloemfontein
Greece scored two goals after Nigeria had a player sent off for a daft retalliation and kept their hopes alive to move on with the 2-1 victory over Nigeria. Uche opened the scoring for Nigeria at 16' with a free kick as Greece were caught standing around. At 33' however, Kaita was shown red for unsportsmanlike behaivor, leaving Nigeria at 10 men. Eleven minutes later, Greece scored their first ever WC goal as Salpingidis hit a nice shot from the 18 yard line. At 71' Torosidis colleced a rebound to give Greece the winner...-match detail
  18. June 17 - a:  France 0:2 Mexico  at Polokwane
Mexico join Uruguay atop Group A with their 2-nil win over France. Marking the first time France has lost to a CONCACAF nation, Mexico struck gold in at 64' when Javier Hernandez skirted getting called for offside and broke away for an open net goal. Chuatomec Blanco converted a penalty kick at 79' after Barrera was tripped in the box by France's Abidal. Mexico looked confident, France disorganized. A few days later, Nicolas Anelka was sent home for criticizing his coach. Wow...-match detail
  Friday, June 18
  21. June 18 - d:  Germany 0:1 Serbia  at Port Elizabeth
FIFA ref Mallenco's excessive yellow cards affected this match greatly. German great Miroslav Klose was sent off at 37' after receiving his second yellow and almost immediately Serbia converted a goal as a ball crossed to the back post was passed to Juvanovic in the box to shock the Germans. Germany relied on their composure and had plenty of chances. At 59' Vidic handled the ball in the box and Podolski lined up for a penalty kick, only to see it blocked by the Serbian keeper Stojkovic. This was not Germany's day. Eight players from both sides will carry yellow cards into their next match, which is potentially damaging...-match detail
  22. June 18 - c:  Slovenia 2:2 United States  at Johannesburg - JEP
The United States was positioned to be the first World Cup team to win after being down 2 goals at the half, but a late, disallowed goal saw the U.S. settle for a draw. Down 2-nil at halftime on two very nice Slovenia goals, the U.S. found themselves needing to dig deep and Landon Donovan and coach's son Michael Bradley came through as both scored clutch goals to secure the draw against Slovenia. Donovan scored at 48' with an amazing top-net blast from the right side of the 6 yard box. A half hour later, Donovan went over the top to Altidore who headed the ball to Bradley and the coach's son scored straight over the keeper from 8 yards out. Three minutes later, on a free kick, the ball fell to Maurice Edu and he scored, only to have the goal disallowed for some phantom reason by the Mali referee. The U.S. dug themselves out of the hole, but victory should have been theirs. Findley will miss the Algeria match due to a phantom hand ball when the ball clearly went off his face. Hey ref, nice game, great job!...-match detail
  23. June 18 - c:  England 0:0 Algeria  at Cape Town
England and Slovenia played dull football and ended up with a nil-nil draw. The biggest news of the game was that both teams changed goalkeepers from their first matches. Algeria's keeper did a fine job of stopping England's mostly-listless shots. England were booed by their fans at the end. This result suits the U.S. just fine as the United States controls its own destiny. Win against Algeria next Wednesday, and they would move on to the Round of 16...-match detail
  Saturday, June 19
  25. June 19 - e:  Netherlands 1:0 Japan  at Durban
The Netherlands are poised to move to the knockout stage from Group E with its 1-nil victory over Japan in Durban. After a scoreless first half, Netherlands striker Wesley Sneijder stuck a half-volley from 20 yards out at 53' to give The Orange the margin of victory. Japan certainly had some chances, but the Netherlands were in control for most of the match despite it not being a great match for the Dutch...-match detail
  24. June 19 - d:  Ghana 1:1 Australia  at Rustenburg
The Black Stars of Ghana lead Group D after its 1-1 draw with Australia. The Socceroos struck first, at 11' when Holman netted a rebound off the hands of Ghanain keeper Kingson, following a dangerous free kick. At 24' Australia saw their second man sent off in as many games when the ball hit Kewell's arm as he was defending on the goal line. He argued, but you could see him tense up a bit, and off he went. Gyan of Ghana converted the Penalty Kick to level the score at ones. Ten man Australia continued to play well and seemed to control the match the last thirty minutes, but a final rush by Ghana would be turned away...-match detail
  26. June 19 - e:  Cameroon 1:2 Denmark  at Pretoria
Cameroon find themselves the first team eliminated from World Cup 2010 as Denmark came from down a goal to score two and knock out the Indomitable Lions. Eto'o scored at 10' when the Danes failed to clear the ball from their back third. At 33' Denmark leveled the game when Bendtner slid through the box and connected with the pass from Rommedahl, who would become the man of the match with his own goal in the second half. The game winner came at 61' when, on the counter, Rommedahl took the pass and struck to the far left post. The result means that The Netherlands have qualified for the knockout stage...-match detail
  Sunday, June 20
  27. June 20 - f:  Slovakia 0:2 Paraguay  at Bloemfontein
South American teams continue to do well at World Cup 2010 as Paraguay make their case for the knockout round with a 2-nil victory over Slovakia. Paraguay's first goal came at 27' when Enrique Vega scored from 17 yards following a poor Slovakian clear. Late in the second half Cristian Riveros provided insurance after some uncertain play following a free kick by Paraguay. Riveros found the ball at his feet, with time and space and made the goal look easy...-match detail
  28. June 20 - f:  Italy 1:1 New Zealand  at Nelspruit
New Zealand's All Whites pulled off an upset of sorts by playing to a draw with World Cup Chapmpions Italy in Group F. New Zealand scored first at 7' on a free kick from Simon Elliott which landed on the foot of Shane Smeltz and past Federico Marchetti, the reserve Italian keeper. At 29' Italy scored on a PK after a weak foul, but Iaquinta's goal would prove necessary to keep Italy afloat in the group. Italy had more coners, shots and possession, but New Zealand were able to keep it together and deserve the draw...-match detail
  29. June 20 - g:  Brazil 3:1 Côte d'Ivoire  at Johannesburg - JSC
Brazil make it look easy with a 3-1 victory over Ivory Coast. Goals by Luis Fabiano at 25' (roof net blast) and 50' (great individual effort, despite two handball non-calls) and when Kaka found Elano at the back post at 62'. Drogba pulled one back at 79' on a nice flick header. Kaka will miss the last match of Group G after picking up two yellow cards, the last at 88' on a silly arm-to-chest that the CIV player embellished. Brazil advance to the knockout stage. Ivory Coast disappoint, really...-match detail
  Monday, June 21
  30. June 21 - g:  Portugal 7:0 Korea DPR  at Cape Town
Portugal puts North Korea and Dear Leader in their place with a 7-0 drubbing in wet Cape Town on the first day of South Africa winter. Portugal had chances early, but could only get one goal in the first half, at 29', when Raul Meireles took a nice through ball and put it past the keeper. In the second half Portugal turned it on with goals by Simao 53'; Almeida 56'; Tiago 60'; Liedson 81'; Ronaldo 87' (his first international goal in 2 years); Tiago 89'. Portugal are all but through to the next round. North Korea will be going home...-match detail
  31. June 21 - h:  Chile 1:0 Switzerland  at Port Elizabeth
Acting has finally taken hold at the World Cup as embellished fouls have seen players sent off, including Behrami of Switzerland, who was shown red at 31', forcing the Swiss to play for an hour at ten men. Chile were largely unsuccessful at cracking the Swiss defense until the 75' when Durban, South Africa-born Mark Gonzalez headed in a pass to the back post across the by-line and past the flailing defender to give Chile the 1-nil victory and a very important 3 points. Switzerland had a late chance, but to no avail...-match detail
  32. June 21 - h:  Spain 2:0 Honduras  at Johannesburg - JEP
Spain move to second place in Group H with a 2-nil vicotry over Honduras, giving the CONCACAF side their second loss and eliminating them from moving to the knockout stage. Spanish star David Villa was the playmaker, first with wonderful moves at 17' finishing with a blast from 12 yards out. Villa's second goal game at 51' on a 19 yard shot that went between two defenders, deflected slightly, but still found the net. After a foul in the penalty box, Villa could've had the hat trick, but missed his penalty kick barely to the right. Spain controlled the game, and Honduras weren't much competition today, but Spain will need to play better in their next match...- match detail
  Tuesday, June 22
  33. June 22 - a:  Mexico 0:1 Uruguay  at Rustenburg
Uruguay confirm their spot atop Group A with a 1-nil victory over Mexico, coming just before half as a long cross to the back post found Luis Suarez's head to give the South American side the winner. This result ultimately did not hurt Mexico, as they advacne to the knockout stage level on points with South Africa but with better goal differential...-match detail
  34. June 22 - a:  France 1:2 South Africa  at Bloemfontein
France famously crash out of World Cup 2010 with a 1-2 defeat at the hands of host South Africa. Days after Anelka was sent home by France for insulting his coach and the subsequent practice mutiny by the rest of the squad, France's modified squad showed little life against Bafana Bafana, who would have needed a miracle to advance. But South Africa almost got just that, when Khumalo scored at 20' and France's Gourcuff was sent off with a red card at 25'. At 37' Mphela found the ball at his feet in the box for an easy score. A few more goals would have helped South Africa, but at 70' Malouda found himself alone in front of goal and netted one for Les Blues/Les Brats. South Africa finish the group with with 4 points, but end up out of the tournament based on goal differential. RSA is the first host nation not to advance to the knockout stage...-match detail
  35. June 22 - b:  Nigeria 2:2 Korea Republic  at Durban
Nigeria were on the outside looking in Group B play, and needed a miracle to make it to the knockout round, while South Korea had get a decent result and hope that Argentina would take care of business against Greece. Nigeria opened the scoring at 12' when Uche beat his man on the low cross. At 38' South Korea leveled when Lee Jung Soo shook his marker and kicked in a nice free kick across the box. In the second half, Park Chu Young bent a direct kick around the wall at 49' to put Korea up comfortably at 2-1. 20 minutes later a bad tackle by South Korea led to a penalty kick and Nigeria's Yakubu thankfully converted, after earlier missing an easy tap in from 5 feet! Alas, Nigeria continue the struggles of the African sides and South Korea move on...-match detail
  36. June 22 - b:  Greece 0:2 Argentina  at Polokwane
Argentina would have had to have a collapse the size of France not to advance, but in the first half Argentina didn't look world class against Greece. Argentina finally got on track against Greece at 78' when Demichelis slammed home a goal, after it had bounced unintentionally off of an Argentina player close to goal and rebounded. At 89' my favorite player, Martin Palermo, became the oldest Argentina player to score a WC goal as he also played a rebound into a beautiful shot, lifting the spirts of Argentina, who end Group B play undefeated. They will take on Mexico on Saturday...-match detail
  Wednesday, June 23
  37. June 23 - c:  Slovenia 0:1 England  at Port Elizabeth
England just needed a win to advance to the knockout stage, while Slovenia could live with a draw, as long as the U.S. didn't win. Wearing all red, England made two changes, starting Milner and Defoe. Those two would play a huge role, as at 23' Milner crossed to Defoe who hit it past the Slovenian keeper to put England up 1-nil. Slovenia would try to come back, but could not. At the same time, the U.S. won their match and knocked Slovenia out of the World Cup...-match detail
  38. June 23 - c:  United States 1:0 Algeria  at Pretoria
Simple strategy for the United States: Win and you're in. Algeria weren't going to make that easy. The U.S. played their best football of the tournament, and except for a lapse at 6' when a shot hit the crossbar over Tim Howard, Algeria weren't a huge scoring threat. The U.S. on the other hand, seemed to have close chance after close chance, including a disallowed goal on Dempsey, who was called offsides [he wasn't]. At 57' and 68' the U.S. had more great chances but Algeria hung on and were disruptive much of the day. It was looking bleak for the U.S., as England had just beaten Slovenia 1-0. If the U.S. Algeria draw result held, the U.S. would be out. After an Algerian header that Howard easily dealth with, the U.S. had a stoppage time counter, as Donovan passed to Altidore, who crossed to Dempsey and his point blank shot was stopped by the keeper, but rebounded to Landon Donovan, who buried the ball in the net. The U.S. killed the clock and win Group C!...-match detail
  39. June 23 - d:  Ghana 0:1 Germany  at Johannesburg - JSC
Germany needed a win to cement their advancement while Ghana could still lose and advance, depending on the result of Serbia v Australia. Ghana did not sit back, however and had many good chances at goal, but also many botched opportunities. At 60' Germany's Oezil took a pass from the right side and shot from the top of the penalty circle. His ball made it past the keeper and the 1-nil score would hold, and Germany would secure top spot in the group, to face England on Sunday...-match detail
  40. June 23 - d:  Australia 2:1 Serbia  at Nelspruit
Australia would need a goal scoring explosion to have any chance of moving on, while Serbia were looking for win to guarantee their place in the knockout stage. The game was a fairly quiet affair until 69' when Tim Cahill headed in a long cross to put Australia up. Just four minutes later, the All Whites would add another as Holman took a shot from 30+ yards and past the keeper. More goals would help Australia's cause, as they knew Ghana were losing, but at 84' Patelic put in a rebound off the keeper to pull one back for Serbia, and that would end the scoring at 2-1, Australia. Serbia are out of the tournament, even after their victory earlier over Germany...-match detail
  Thursday, June 24
  41. June 24 - f:  Slovakia 3:2 Italy  at Johannesburg - JEP
Slovakia sent World Champion Italy home after a surprising 3-2 victory in Group F play. At 25', a bad clear made for an easy Vittek goal and Italy found themselves down again, same as their other two matches. At 73', Italy poorly cleared a corner and it was Vittek with his second goal. At 81' Italy pulled a goal back when Di Nitale put back a rebound. At 89', on a Slovokian throw in, recent sub Kopunek ran unmarked onto a ball and on his first touch of the match, put the ball over the keeper, giving Slovakia insurance at 3-1. A stunning goal, really, as Italy were just watching. In stoppage time, Italy did get a second goal, a 25 yard beautiful shot by Quagliarella, catching the keeper off his line, but the loss would sent Italy crashing out of the World Cup, last in their group, and its first group elimination since 1974. Italy looked old. Italy played old...-match detail
  42. June 24 - f:  Paraguay 0:0 New Zealand  at Polokwane
New Zealand could advance from group play if both Group F matches ended at nil-nil, but once Italy scored at 81', New Zealand's requirements upped to a victory over Paraguay. The match had some spirited play, but a draw would not keep Paraguay from advancing. The kiwi All Whites had plenty of chances, but Paraguay was good enough to keep the match scoreless, and earn its place atop Group F. Apparently, New Zealand become the first team in WC history not to move on who did not lose a game - drawing three times...-match detail
  43. June 24 - e:  Denmark 1:3 Japan  at Rustenburg
Japan only needed a draw to escape Group E play while Denmark needed a victory to move on. Japan opened the scoring at 17' off of a Honda free kick. At 30' Japan would make it 2-nil with a beautiful free kick taken by Endo that bent to the far post. Denmark were down, and looking for magic goals. They did get one when a player was fouled in the box at 80', and while Tomasson's penalty kick was blocked, he was able to put the rebound in the net. But a few minutes later, Honda unselfishly gave up the ball to Okazaki who tapped in the third goal for Japan, cementing a match up on Tuesday with Paraguay...-match detail
  44. June 24 - e:  Cameroon 1:2 Netherlands  at Cape Town
With the Netherlands' ticket already punched to the knockout round, the onus was on Cameroon to score a lot of goals and hope for a miracle in the other Group E match between Japan and Denmark. The Indomitable Lions would find no such miracle, however, as van Persie put the Orange up 1-nil at 36'. In the second half, Cameroon did get a penalty kick and Samuel Eto'o buried it to level the match. The Netherlands added an insurance goal at 84' when Arjen Robben's blistering shot rebounded off the post and was collected by Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who easily scored. The Netherlands win all three of their group matches...-match detail
  Friday, June 25
  45. June 25 - g:  Portugal 0:0 Brazil  at Durban
Brazil knew they were moving on, and Portugal basically knew as well, thanks to massive goal differential over Ivory Coast. This game saw a lot of yellow cards, seven in the first half alone. There was no pretty play and no goals from these world powerhouses. Both teams collect their point and advance to the knockout stages...-match detail
  46. June 25 - g:  Korea DPR 0:3 Côte d'Ivoire  at Nelspruit
Ivory Coast would have needed a massive number of goals against eliminated North Korea, while hoping that Portugal gives up many goals [this, from a team who has given up no goals]. Ivory Coast saw their first goal come at 14' when Toure hit from the 18 yard line. Six minutes later Drogba found the crossbar, but Romaric was there to rebound and net goal two for Ivory Coast. These were just two of many CIV chances in the first half. The second half was a bit tighter, but Ivory Coast saw goal three come when Kalou found the net at 82'. Ivory Coast do not advance, making four of five African teams out of the World Cup, leaving only Ghana to move on...match detail
  47. June 25 - h:  Chile 1:2 Spain  at Pretoria
Chile and Spain were on the inside track to advance to the Round of 16, unless Switzerland could outscore Honduras by 2 or more goals. But Spain would strike first at 24' when the keeper was way outside the box on a challenge, and David Villa found himself able to kick the ball 50 yards from the left side to put the Spaniards up 1-nil. At 37' Iniesta found himself open from the corner of the penalty area and his shot put Spain up by two goals. Meanwhile, off the ball, Estrada picked up his second yellow and was sent off, leaving Chile with ten men. Just after half, Chile would get a gift on a deflection of a Spanish player on a kick by Gary Millar. The final would be 2-1 Spain, giving Spain the top of the group on goal differential. Chile settle for second as Honduras-Switzerland end in a draw...match detail
  48. June 25 - h:  Switzerland 0:0 Honduras  at Bloemfontein
Switzerland were hoping for a Chilean defeat and a win of their own to keep their hopes alive at World Cup 2010. While each side had some chances, the scoring just wasn't there, and Switzerland find themselves on the outside looking in. Honduras end their World Cup campaign with two losses and a draw...match detail

Group Table

 
GROUP A

Nation
W
L
D
GF
GA
PT
GD
 A1  Uruguay
2
0
1
4
0
7
+4
 A2  Mexico
1
1
1
3
2
4
+1
 A3  South Africa
1
1
1
3
5
4
-2
 A4  France
0
2
1
1
4
1
-3
 1. June 11 @ Jo'burg - JSC
South Africa 1:1 Mexico

 2. June 11 @ Cape Town
Uruguay 0:0 France

17. June 16 @ Pretoria
South Africa 0:3 Uruguay

18. June 17 @ Polokwane
France 0:2 Mexico

33. June 22 @ Rustenburg
Mexico 0:1 Uruguay

34. June 22 @ Bloemfontein
France 1:2 South Africa
 
GROUP E

Nation
W
L
D
GF
GA
PT
GD
 E1  Netherlands
3
0
0
5
1
9
+4
 E2  Japan
2
1
0
4
2
6
+2
 E3  Denmark
1
2
0
3
6
3
-3
 E4  Cameroon
0
3
0
2
5
0
-3
 9. June 14 @ Johannesburg - JSC
Netherlands 2:0 Denmark

10. June 14 @ Bloemfontein
Japan 1:0 Cameroon

25. June 19 @ Durban
Netherlands 1:0 Japan

26. June 19 @ Pretoria
Cameroon 1:2 Denmark

43. June 24 @ Rustenburg
Denmark 1:3 Japan

44. June 24 @ Cape Town
Cameroon 1:2 Netherlands
 
GROUP B

Nation
W
L
D
GF
GA
PT
GD
 B1  Argentina
3
0
0
7
1
9
+6
 B2  Korea Rep.
1
2
0
5
6
5
-1
 B3  Greece
1
2
0
2
5
4
-3
 B4  Nigeria
0
2
1
3
5
1
-2
 3.June 12 @ Johannesburg - JEP
Argentina 1:0 Nigeria

 4. June 12 @ Port Elizabeth
Korea Repbulic 2:0 Greece

19. June 17 @ Bloemfontein
Greece 2:1 Nigeria

20. June 17 @ Johannesburg - JSC
Argentina 4:1 Korea Republic

35. June 22 @ Durban
Nigeria 2:2 Korea Republic

36. June 22 @ Polokwane
Greece 0:2 Argentina
 
GROUP F

Nation
W
L
D
GF
GA
PT
GD
 F1  Paraguay
1
0
2
3
1
5
+2
 F2  Slovakia
1
1
1
4
5
4
-1
 F4  New Zealand
0
0
3
2
2
3
0
 F3  Italy
0
1
2
4
5
2
-1
11. June 14 @ Cape Town
Italy 1:1 Paraguay

12. June 15 @ Rustenburg
New Zealand 1:1 Slovakia

27. June 20 @ Bloemfontein
Slovakia 0:2 Paraguay

28. June 20 @ Nelspruit
Italy 1:1 New Zealand

41. June 24 @ Johannesburg - JEP
Slovakia 3:2 Italy

42. June 24 @ Polokwane
Paraguay 0:0 New Zealand
 
GROUP C

Nation
W
L
D
GF
GA
PT
GD
 C1  United States
1
0
2
4
3
5
+1
 C2  England
1
0
2
2
1
5
+1
 C3  Slovenia
1
1
1
3
3
4
0
 C4  Algeria
0
2
1
0
2
1
-2
 5. June 12 @ Rustenburg
England 1:1 United States

 6. June 13 @ Polokwane
Algeria 0:1 Slovenia

22. June 18 @ Johannesburg - JEP
Slovenia 2:2 United States

23. June 18 @ Cape Town
England 0:0 Algeria

37. June 23 @ Port Elizabeth
Slovenia 0:1 England

38. June 23 @ Pretoria
United States 1:0 Algeria
 
GROUP G

Nation
W
L
D
GF
GA
PT
GD
 G1  Brazil
2
0
1
5
2
7
+3
 G2  Portugal
1
0
2
7
0
5
+7
 G2  Côte d'Ivoire
1
1
1
4
3
4
+1
 G4  Korea DPR
0
3
0
1
12
0
-11
13. June 15 @ Port Elizabeth
Côte d'Ivoire 0:0 Portugal

14. June 15 @ Johannesburg - JEP
Brazil 2:1 Korea DPR

29. June 20 @ Johannesburg - JSC
Brazil 3:1 Côte d'Ivoire

30. June 21 @ Cape Town
Portugal 7:0 Korea DPR

45. June 25 @ Durban
Portugal 0:0 Brazil

46. June 25 @ Nelspruit
Korea DPR 0:3 Côte d'Ivoire
 
GROUP D

Nation
W
L
D
GF
GA
PT
GD
 D1  Germany
2
1
0
5
1
6
+4
 D2  Ghana
1
1
1
2
2
4
+1
 D3  Australia
1
1
1
3
6
4
-3
 D4  Serbia
1
2
0
2
3
3
-1
 7. June 13 @ Durban
Germany 4:0 Australia

 8. June 13 @ Pretoria
Serbia 0:1 Ghana

21. June 18 @ Port Elizabeth
Germany 0:1 Serbia

24. June 19 @ Rustenburg
Ghana 1:1 Australia

39. June 23 @ Johannesburg - JSC
Ghana 0:1 Germany

40. June 23 @ Nelspruit
Australia 2:1 Serbia
 
GROUP H

Nation
W
L
D
GF
GA
PT
GD
 H1  Spain
2
1
0
4
2
6
+2
 H2  Chile
2
1
0
3
2
6
+1
 H3  Switzerland
1
1
1
1
1
4
0
 H4  Honduras
0
2
1
0
3
1
-3
15. June 16 @ Nelspruit
Honduras 0:1 Chile

16. June 16 @ Durban
Spain 0:1 Switzerland

31. June 21 @ Port Elizabeth
Chile 1:0 Switzerland

32. June 21 @ Johannesburg - JEP
Spain 2:0 Honduras

47. June 25 @ Pretoria
Chile 1:2 Spain

48. June 25 @ Bloemfontein
Switzerland 0:0 Honduras

 
 
 

Futbol News Links

FIFA Official Site and News

US Team site

ESPN Soccernet News

Yahoo News Photos

BBC coverage

Guardian UK

Du Nord

Soccer By Ives

SI's Grant Wahl

World Cup Calendar [very cool]

RSS Feeds

----------------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------