Category Archives: Round of 16

Paraguay 0-0 Japan (5-3 pens)

On the bright side, at least it finished. There was a point where it felt like these two could play all night and still not score. In the end Paraguay won on penalties, the width of a crossbar sending Takeshi … Continue reading

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Spain 1-0 Portugal

Three and a half hours of football yesterday and just one goal to show for it. This was a much better fare than that offered up by Paraguay and Japan earlier in the afternoon but once again this free-flowing, mouth-watering … Continue reading

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Brazil 3-0 Chile

Brazil will face the Netherlands in the quarter finals after this routine win, but it will likely not be the classic contest the two nations’ pedigree would suggest. Once again this was a functional Brazilian performance but there was still … Continue reading

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Netherlands 2-1 Slovakia

We spend the league season hearing that winning without playing well is the mark of champions. If that is the case in a World Cup then we might as well give the Netherlands the trophy now and be done with … Continue reading

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Germany 4-1 England

Thomas Muller struck twice in three minutes as Germany hammered a desperately poor England. Fabio Capello’s men may look back in anger on a wrongly disallowed Frank Lampard goal, with the match delicately poised at 2-1, but the reality is … Continue reading

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USA 1-2 Ghana

USA’s luck finally ran out here, Asamoah Gyan’s extra-time volley deciding a thrilling contest, sending Ghana through to the quarter finals – only third African side ever to do so – where they will face Uruguay. Once again a contest … Continue reading

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