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Germany 0-1 Spain

We were twenty minutes away from decrying Spain as suffering from Arsenal syndrome. All pretty passing but no penetration and no plan B. But Carles Puyol’s 73rd minute header put this Spanish side into the World Cup final and put … Continue reading

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Netherlands 2-1 Brazil

Move over Switzerland: we have a new shock of the tournament. Barely anyone gave the Netherlands a chance coming into this match, and they lived up to expectations in the first half of this pulsating, often bad-tempered encounter. But in … Continue reading

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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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Cameroon 1-2 Denmark

Lesson learned: the games which look exciting are the dull ones. The ones that look dull are quickly becoming incredible. This was a brilliant game, arguably the best of the tournament so far, albeit for the wrong reasons. Cameroon became … Continue reading

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