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Today (Sat 26 June) saw the start of the knockout stage of World Cup 2010 after a group stage that started slow, very slow, before getting interesting right around the time that certain teams realised that they would need to actually attack and score goals if they wanted to stay in the tournament.
Sadly 2006 champions Italy left it until the last 10 minutes of their final group game t realise this and crashed out finishing bottom of what should have been an easy ride for them.
The teams that did make it through now have to remember that they have only 90 minutes to do what they need to in order to progress to the next stage, the quarter finals.
So far, after this afternoon’s game, the first team to make it to the quarters is Uruguay after they dispatched South Korea 2-1 with two goals from Suarez, the rat-like striker who seems to get injured by the air being blown through the vuvuzelas. Uruguay will play the winner of USA/Ghana.
The next game today is USA v Ghana, the opposition England wish they had drawn, which they would have had they been good enough to win their group instead of the USA. In no way do I think that Ghana will be an easy game for USA, as all the teams in the last 16 deserve to be there with the possible exception of England who will face Germany in their last 16 encounter tomorrow.
Yesterday the last group games got wrapped up starting with Group G, Brazil v Portugal (0-0), Ivory Coast v North Korea (3-0), qualifying from that group was Brazil and Portugal. Then Group H saw Chile v Spain (1-2) and Switzerland v Honduras (0-0), Spain and Chile qualified.
The French surrendered, the Italians did something stupid, and the Yanks left it late and England face a battle for survival against Germany… I am sure that was what happened in WW2.