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World Cup 2010 Day 31, A Brief Recap Of The Final

Spain 1-0 Holland Andres Iniesta (116′) Fernando Torres was once again on the bench as Pedro got another start. Holland had their suspended players back and therefore had a full first choice side. The game started unevenly with small fouls, especially by the Dutch, dominating the proceedings. English referee Howard Webb was influencing the game somewhat with a succession of yellow cards. It was not so much a question of the cards themselves but if or not they would be awarded by all referees for the same fouls in a consistent manner. Despite the so-called chippy play neither team adapted

World Cup 2010 Day 12, A Brief Recap

Mexico 0-1 Uruguay Luis Suarez (43′)

Fears of a convenient draw, one which would guarantee both teams’ qualification to the first knockout round at the expense of South Africa and France seemed unfounded. Not only the starting 11s seemed offensive but the early exchanges showed intent to play the game. Mexico enjoyed better possession but not better chances. Cuauhtemoc Blanco starting for the first time for Mexico was not an important factor in the game but Giovani Dos Santos was more so and so was goalkeeper Oscar Perez who had a better game than his previous two. Late in the

World Cup 2010 Day 6, A Brief Recap

Chile 1-0 Honduras Jean Beausejour (34′)

Honduras’ squad, for the first time at a World Cup, featured 3 brothers. Wilson Palacios in the starting line-up with Johnny and Jerry on the bench. Chile missing Humberto Suazo to injury and therefore less of an scoring threat, Honduras missing a good scoring chunk as well with Carlos Costly and David Suazo missing. And therefore the offense left in the hands of veterans Carlos Pavon and Jorge Valdivia for Honduras and Chile respectively. Early possession and half chances were almost exclusively for the attacking Chileans with Alexis Sanchez and Matias Fernandes doing some

World Cup 2010 Day 1, A Brief Recap

South Africa 1-1 Mexico Siphiwe Tshabalala (55′) Rafael Marquez (79′)

Vuvuzelas in full blast Mexico controlled the match early, especially down the wings, but the South Africans soon settled. A Mexico goal was correctly called back for offside. South Africa resisted and showed some good passing – and goalkeeping courtesy of Khune – before Tshabalala scored from a rather tight angle with a fierce shot. Marquez rescued Mexico when the South African defense failed to hold the line. Mexico goalie Perez – along with Mexico’s defense – seemed to struggle often and the South Africans had a few chances, one

World Cup 2010: Five Players 23 And Under To Keep An Eye On

The following five players are 23 (or under) years old. They are not the biggest names in football but are stars at their clubs and are ready to make an impact. Their young careers suggest a big potential to shine at World Cup 2010 in South Africa.

Marek Hamsik Date of birth: 27 July 1987 Country: Slovakia Club: Napoli

Alexis Sanchez 19 December 1988 Chile Udinese

Mesut Ozil 15 October 1988 Germany Werder Bremen

Luis Suarez 24 January 1987 Uruguay Ajax

Eljero Elia 13 February 1987 The Netherlands Hamburg