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2010 FIFA World Cup Knockout Stage

The knockout stage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup was the second and final stage of the World Cup, following the group stage. It began on 26 June with the round of 16 matches, and ended on 11 July with the final match of the tournament held at Soccer City, Johannesburg, in which Spain beat the Netherlands 1-0 after extra time to claim their first World Cup. The top two teams from each group (16 in total) advanced to the knockout stage to compete in a single-elimination style tournament. A third place match is included and played between the two losing teams of the semi-finals.

In the knockout stage (including the final), if a match was level at the end of 90 minutes, extra time of two periods (15 minutes each) would be played. If the score was still level after extra time, the match would be decided by a penalty shootout.[1]

All times listed are South African Standard Time (UTC+02)

Qualified teams

The top two placed teams from each of the eight groups qualified for the knockout stage.

Bracket

 
Round of 16Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
              
 
26 June - Port Elizabeth
 
 
 Uruguay2
 
2 July - Johannesburg (SC)
 
 South Korea1
 
 Uruguay (pen.)1 (4)
 
26 June - Rustenburg
 
 Ghana1 (2)
 
 United States1
 
6 July - Cape Town
 
 Ghana (a.e.t.)2
 
 Uruguay2
 
28 June - Durban
 
 Netherlands3
 
 Netherlands2
 
2 July - Port Elizabeth
 
 Slovakia1
 
 Netherlands2
 
28 June - Johannesburg (EP)
 
 Brazil1
 
 Brazil3
 
11 July - Johannesburg (Soccer City)
 
 Chile0
 
 Netherlands0
 
27 June - Johannesburg (SC)
 
 Spain (a.e.t.)1
 
 Argentina3
 
3 July - Cape Town
 
 Mexico1
 
 Argentina0
 
27 June - Bloemfontein
 
 Germany4
 
 Germany4
 
7 July - Durban
 
 England1
 
 Germany0
 
29 June - Pretoria
 
 Spain1 Third place
 
 Paraguay (pen.)0 (5)
 
3 July - Johannesburg (EP)10 July - Port Elizabeth
 
 Japan0 (3)
 
 Paraguay0 Uruguay2
 
29 June - Cape Town
 
 Spain1  Germany3
 
 Spain1
 
 
 Portugal0
 

Round of 16

Uruguay vs South Korea

Uruguay vs South Korea was the first match in the Round of 16. The match was held at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth before a low crowd of 30,597.[2] Uruguay won the match 2-1. Uruguay's two goals came from Luis Suárez, the second of which broke a 1-1 deadlock in the 80th minute. Suárez's first was scored when Diego Forlán made a low cross from the left that was not dealt with by the Korean defence, leaving Suárez to score at the back post. Uruguay subsequently adopted a defensive posture and Korea had more chances to score. Eventually, Lee Chung-yong equalised in the 68th minute, scoring a headed goal following a free kick. Despite Korea then having chances to win the match, it was Suárez who scored Uruguay's winner in the 80th minute with a curling strike from the edge of the 18-yard box that went in off the inside of the post. Suarez's goal was regarded as one of the tournament's best.[3] Korea missed more good chances in the final minutes of the game, giving Uruguay victory and passage to the quarter-finals for the first time since 1970, where they would face Ghana.[3][4] After the match, the Uruguayan coach Óscar Tabárez attributed his team's successful run to the number of players with experience at top-level overseas clubs.[5] Korean coach Huh Jung-moo claimed his side "controlled" the match and that Uruguay's goals were "lucky".[6]

Uruguay[7]
South Korea[7]
GK 1 Fernando Muslera
RB 16 Maxi Pereira
CB 2 Diego Lugano (c)
CB 3 Diego Godín Substituted off 46
LB 4 Jorge Fucile
RM 17 Egidio Arévalo Ríos
DM 15 Diego Pérez
LM 11 Álvaro Pereira Substituted off 74
RW 7 Edinson Cavani
CF 10 Diego Forlán
LW 9 Luis Suárez Substituted off 84
Substitutions:
DF 6 Mauricio Victorino Substituted in 46
MF 14 Nicolás Lodeiro Substituted in 74
MF 20 Álvaro Fernández Substituted in 84
Manager:
Óscar Tabárez
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GK 18 Jung Sung-ryong
RB 22 Cha Du-ri Yellow card 69
CB 4 Cho Yong-hyung Yellow card 83
CB 14 Lee Jung-soo
LB 12 Lee Young-pyo
CM 16 Ki Sung-yong Substituted off 85
CM 8 Kim Jung-woo Yellow card 38
RW 13 Kim Jae-sung Substituted off 61
AM 7 Park Ji-sung (c)
LW 17 Lee Chung-yong
CF 10 Park Chu-young
Substitutions:
FW 20 Lee Dong-gook Substituted in 61
MF 19 Yeom Ki-hun Substituted in 85
Manager:
Huh Jung-moo

Man of the Match:
Luis Suárez (Uruguay)

Assistant referees:
Jan-Hendrik Salver (Germany)
Mike Pickel (Germany)
Fourth official:
Joel Aguilar (El Salvador)
Fifth official:
Juan Zumba (El Salvador)

United States vs Ghana

United States vs Ghana was played on 26 June 2010 at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg. The match was watched by 19 million Americans, making it the most watched association football match in American television history.[8] The match was won by Ghana in extra time, after Asamoah Gyan broke a 1-1 deadlock. Kevin-Prince Boateng scored the opening goal of the match for Ghana in the fifth minute. The goal followed an error by Ricardo Clark, who lost the ball to Ghana in midfield. Boateng took the ball to the edge of the penalty area, beating U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard with a low left foot shot. Landon Donovan equalised with a penalty kick in the 62nd minute, awarded after Jonathan Mensah fouled Clint Dempsey. The US had chances to win the game thereafter, but they were unable to get past Ghana's goalkeeper Richard Kingson. The match thus went to extra time. In the third minute, Gyan latched onto a high long ball, chesting it down and holding off two defenders before scoring the winner.[9] After the match, Ghana's coach Milovan Rajevac hailed his side's achievement in becoming one of the "best eight teams in the world", but regretted the number of players that would miss the quarter-final against Uruguay because of injury or suspension.[10] The president of the United States Soccer Federation, Sunil Gulati, lamented the team's failure to make the quarter-finals and thereby further raise the profile of the sport in the U.S.[11]

Ghana[12]
GK 1 Tim Howard
RB 6 Steve Cherundolo Yellow card 18
CB 15 Jay DeMerit
CB 3 Carlos Bocanegra (c) Yellow card 68
LB 12 Jonathan Bornstein
CM 4 Michael Bradley
CM 13 Ricardo Clark Yellow card 7 Substituted off 31
RM 8 Clint Dempsey
LM 10 Landon Donovan
CF 17 Jozy Altidore Substituted off 91
CF 20 Robbie Findley Substituted off 46
Substitutions:
MF 19 Maurice Edu Substituted in 31
MF 22 Benny Feilhaber Substituted in 46
FW 9 Herculez Gomez Substituted in 91
Manager:
Bob Bradley
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GK 22 Richard Kingson
CB 4 John Paintsil
CB 5 John Mensah (c)
CB 8 Jonathan Mensah Yellow card 61
RWB 7 Samuel Inkoom Substituted off 113
LWB 2 Hans Sarpei Substituted off 73
CM 6 Anthony Annan
CM 23 Kevin-Prince Boateng Substituted off 78
RW 21 Kwadwo Asamoah
LW 13 André Ayew Yellow card 90+2
CF 3 Asamoah Gyan
Substitutions:
DF 19 Lee Addy Substituted in 73
MF 10 Stephen Appiah Substituted in 78
MF 11 Sulley Muntari Substituted in 113
Manager:
Serbia Milovan Rajevac

Man of the Match:
André Ayew (Ghana)

Assistant referees:
Gábor Er?s (Hungary)
Tibor Vámos (Hungary)
Fourth official:
Michael Hester (New Zealand)
Fifth official:
Tevita Makasini (Tonga)

Germany vs England

Germany and England played each other on 27 June 2010 at the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein. Germany took the lead in the 20th minute after English defenders Matthew Upson and John Terry were at fault in allowing Miroslav Klose to latch on to a long goal kick from Manuel Neuer and score. Lukas Podolski doubled Germany's lead 12 minutes later, although England pulled one goal back through Upson in the 37th minute, heading in a cross from Steven Gerrard.[13] A controversial moment then occurred in the 39th minute: a shot by Frank Lampard was not awarded as a goal despite the ball bouncing off the crossbar and clearly crossing the line by at least a yard. Had the goal been awarded, England would have equalised at 2-2. Thomas Müller subsequently scored two goals in the second half, extending Germany's lead to 4-1.[14] His first came at the end of a swift German counter-attack in the 67th minute, the goal being assisted by Bastian Schweinsteiger. His second came from an error by Gareth Barry and was set up by Mesut Özil.[13] Germany won the match, 4-1.[15] Germany progressed to meet Argentina in the quarter-final.

The ghost goal incident in this match was a major factor in the 2012 IFAB decision to implement new rules allowing goal-line technology to be used in football.[16]

Germany 4-1 England
Report
Germany[17]
England[17]
GK 1 Manuel Neuer
RB 16 Philipp Lahm (c)
CB 3 Arne Friedrich Yellow card 47
CB 17 Per Mertesacker
LB 20 Jérôme Boateng
CM 7 Bastian Schweinsteiger
CM 6 Sami Khedira
RW 13 Thomas Müller Substituted off 72
AM 8 Mesut Özil Substituted off 83
LW 10 Lukas Podolski
CF 11 Miroslav Klose Substituted off 72
Substitutions:
MF 15 Piotr Trochowski Substituted in 72
FW 23 Mario Gómez Substituted in 72
FW 9 Stefan Kießling Substituted in 83
Manager:
Joachim Löw
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GK 1 David James
RB 2 Glen Johnson Yellow card 81 Substituted off 87
CB 15 Matthew Upson
CB 6 John Terry
LB 3 Ashley Cole
RM 16 James Milner Substituted off 64
CM 8 Frank Lampard
CM 14 Gareth Barry
LM 4 Steven Gerrard (c)
CF 19 Jermain Defoe Substituted off 71
CF 10 Wayne Rooney
Substitutions:
MF 11 Joe Cole Substituted in 64
FW 21 Emile Heskey Substituted in 71
MF 17 Shaun Wright-Phillips Substituted in 87
Manager:
Italy Fabio Capello

Man of the Match:
Thomas Müller (Germany)

Assistant referees:
Pablo Fandino (Uruguay)
Mauricio Espinosa (Uruguay)
Fourth official:
Martin Vázquez (Uruguay)
Fifth official:
Miguel Nievas (Uruguay)

Argentina vs Mexico

Argentina and Mexico met on 27 June 2010 at Soccer City in Johannesburg. Argentina won the match 3-1 for a place in the quarter-finals against Germany. The match was overshadowed by a refereeing error that allowed Argentina's opening goal. Carlos Tevez headed the ball into the net from a Lionel Messi pass in the 25th minute, but replays showed there were no players between Tevez and the goal, rendering his goal clearly offside.[18] Replays of the goal were shown in the stadium but the decision to award the goal was not overturned. Tevez said he knew that the goal was offside, but chose not to say anything.[19] Argentina's second goal came from a defensive error from Ricardo Osorio as a poor pass out of defence was snatched by Gonzalo Higuaín to round the keeper and score. After half-time, Tevez scored his second goal of the match to give Argentina a three-goal lead, with a long range shot that found the top corner of the Mexican goal. Javier Hernández scored for Mexico in the 71st minute but it turned out to be no more than a consolation goal, as Argentina held on to win 3-1.[20] Mexico's coach Javier Aguirre resigned after the match, accepting responsibility for not meeting the team's target of the quarter-finals.[21] Tevez conceded that he was aware his first goal was offside at the time,[22] although Aguirre deflected the blame for his side's loss away from the refereeing.[23]

Argentina 3-1 Mexico
Report
Attendance: 84,377
Argentina[24]
Mexico[24]

Man of the Match:
Carlos Tevez (Argentina)

Assistant referees:
Paolo Calcagno (Italy)
Stefano Ayroldi (Italy)
Fourth official:
Jerome Damon (South Africa)
Fifth official:
Célestin Ntagungira (Rwanda)

Netherlands vs Slovakia

The Netherlands and Slovakia played on 28 June 2010 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. The Netherlands won 2-1. The Netherlands' first goal was an excellent individual effort from Arjen Robben in the 18th minute, taking on the Slovakian defence with the ball before scoring from 25 yards. The Dutch had chances to extend their lead in the second half; Arjen Robben cut inside on his left foot just like he did when he scored the first goal, but this time the Slovak goalkeeper Ján Mucha saved the shot going to his far post. The Slovaks also had 2 big opportunities to equalize but forced 2 great saves from Maarten Stekelenburg. The Dutch however in the 84th minute sealed their win, with Wesley Sneijder scoring off an assist from Dirk Kuyt into an unguarded net after Kuyt got the ball past the Slovak keeper. Róbert Vittek slotted a penalty kick late in stoppage time, but it was no more than a consolation goal for Slovakia. The penalty had been awarded for a trip on Vittek by the Dutch goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg.[25] The Netherlands' win threatened to be overshadowed by Robin van Persie responding angrily to being substituted by coach Bert van Marwijk. Van Marwijk called a team meeting over the incident, and insisted later that there was no residual unrest in the squad.[26][27]

Netherlands 2-1 Slovakia
Report
Netherlands[28]
Slovakia[28]
GK 1 Maarten Stekelenburg Yellow card 90+3
RB 2 Gregory van der Wiel
CB 3 John Heitinga
CB 4 Joris Mathijsen
LB 5 Giovanni van Bronckhorst (c)
DM 6 Mark van Bommel
DM 8 Nigel de Jong
RW 7 Dirk Kuyt
AM 10 Wesley Sneijder Substituted off 90+2
LW 11 Arjen Robben Yellow card 31 Substituted off 71
CF 9 Robin van Persie Substituted off 80
Substitutions:
FW 17 Eljero Elia Substituted in 71
FW 21 Klaas-Jan Huntelaar Substituted in 80
MF 20 Ibrahim Afellay Substituted in 90+2
Manager:
Bert van Marwijk
NED-SVK 2010-06-28.svg
GK 1 Ján Mucha
RB 2 Peter Pekarík
CB 3 Martin ?krtel Yellow card 84
CB 16 Ján ?urica
LB 5 Radoslav Zabavník Substituted off 88
DM 19 Juraj Kucka Yellow card 40
RM 7 Vladimír Weiss
LM 15 Miroslav Stoch
AM 17 Marek Ham?ík (c) Substituted off 87
CF 18 Erik Jendri?ek Substituted off 71
CF 11 Róbert Vittek
Substitutions:
MF 20 Kamil Kopúnek Yellow card 72 Substituted in 71
MF 10 Marek Sapara Substituted in 87
FW 14 Martin Jakubko Substituted in 88
Manager:
Vladimír Weiss

Man of the Match:
Arjen Robben (Netherlands)

Assistant referees:
Fermín Martínez Ibáñez (Spain)
Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez (Spain)
Fourth official:
Stéphane Lannoy (France)
Fifth official:
Laurent Ugo (France)

Brazil vs Chile

Brazil soundly defeated Chile 3-0 on 28 June 2010 at Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg to progress to a quarter-final match against the Netherlands.[29] Brazil's first goal came from a corner kick taken by Maicon in the 34th minute, with Juan heading the ball into the goal without being marked. Brazil had doubled its lead within five minutes after a free-flowing passing movement involving Robinho and Kaká that teed up Luís Fabiano to score after taking the ball around the Chilean goalkeeper. Robinho himself sealed victory for Brazil in the second half, scoring following a long run with the ball by Ramires.[30] After the match, Chile's coach Marcelo Bielsa conceded that his team had been outplayed, arguing that in his position there was "little one can do" when up against a team of Brazil's quality.[31]

Attendance: 54,096
Referee: Howard Webb (England)
Brazil[32]
Chile[32]
GK 1 Júlio César
RB 2 Maicon
CB 3 Lúcio (c)
CB 4 Juan
LB 6 Michel Bastos
DM 8 Gilberto Silva
RM 13 Dani Alves
LM 18 Ramires Yellow card 72
AM 10 Kaká Yellow card 30 Substituted off 81
SS 11 Robinho Substituted off 85
CF 9 Luís Fabiano Substituted off 76
Substitutions:
FW 21 Nilmar Substituted in 76
MF 20 Kléberson Substituted in 81
DF 16 Gilberto Substituted in 85
Manager:
Dunga
BRA-CHI 2010-06-28.svg
GK 1 Claudio Bravo (c)
RB 4 Mauricio Isla Substituted off 62
CB 5 Pablo Contreras Substituted off 46
CB 18 Gonzalo Jara
LB 2 Ismael Fuentes Yellow card 68
RM 8 Arturo Vidal Yellow card 47
CM 6 Carlos Carmona
LM 15 Jean Beausejour
RW 7 Alexis Sánchez
CF 9 Humberto Suazo
LW 11 Mark González Substituted off 46
Substitutions:
MF 10 Jorge Valdivia Substituted in 46
MF 21 Rodrigo Tello Substituted in 46
MF 20 Rodrigo Millar Yellow card 80 Substituted in 62
Manager:
Argentina Marcelo Bielsa

Man of the Match:
Robinho (Brazil)

Assistant referees:
Darren Cann (England)
Mike Mullarkey (England)
Fourth official:
Martin Hansson (Sweden)
Fifth official:
Stefan Wittberg (Sweden)

Paraguay vs Japan

Paraguay and Japan met at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria on 29 June 2010. The match was decided by a penalty shootout after the score was locked at 0-0 for 120 minutes. Paraguay won the shootout and progressed to its first ever World Cup quarter-final.[33] The match was a generally unexciting affair, as Japan adopted a defensive posture while Paraguay itself maintained a solid defence. The first half produced the occasional chance on goal with Lucas Barrios having a shot saved shortly before a long distance shot from Daisuke Matsui hit the crossbar of Paraguay's goal. The second half was similar, with either side producing occasional chances to score rather than periods of dominance. The result of the deadlock was extra time, which continued goalless. A penalty shootout ensued, in which Yuichi Komano missed a spot kick for Japan. Paraguay scored all five of its penalties, clinching the win and passage to the quarter-finals.[34] After the match, Japan's coach Takeshi Okada resigned and Shunsuke Nakamura retired from international football.[35]

Paraguay[36]
Japan[36]
GK 1 Justo Villar (c)
RB 6 Carlos Bonet
CB 14 Paulo da Silva
CB 21 Antolín Alcaraz
LB 3 Claudio Morel
DM 20 Néstor Ortigoza Substituted off 75
CM 13 Enrique Vera
CM 16 Cristian Riveros Yellow card 118
RW 9 Roque Santa Cruz Substituted off 94
LW 10 Édgar Benítez Substituted off 60
CF 19 Lucas Barrios
Substitutions:
FW 18 Nelson Valdez Substituted in 60
MF 8 Édgar Barreto Substituted in 75
FW 7 Óscar Cardozo Substituted in 94
Manager:
Argentina Gerardo Martino
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GK 21 Eiji Kawashima
RB 3 Y?ichi Komano
CB 22 Yuji Nakazawa
CB 4 Marcus Tulio Tanaka
LB 5 Yuto Nagatomo Yellow card 72
DM 2 Yuki Abe Substituted off 81
CM 17 Makoto Hasebe (c)
CM 7 Yasuhito End? Yellow card 113
RW 8 Daisuke Matsui Yellow card 58 Substituted off 65
LW 16 Yoshito ?kubo Substituted off 106
CF 18 Keisuke Honda Yellow card 90+3
Substitutions:
FW 9 Shinji Okazaki Substituted in 65
MF 14 Kengo Nakamura Substituted in 81
FW 11 Keiji Tamada Substituted in 106
Manager:
Takeshi Okada

Man of the Match:
Keisuke Honda (Japan)

Assistant referees:
Peter Hermans (Belgium)
Walter Vromans (Belgium)
Fourth official:
Peter O'Leary (New Zealand)
Fifth official:
Matthew Taro (Solomon Islands)

Spain vs Portugal

Sergio Ramos of Spain tries to pass the ball to Fernando Torres as Portugal's Fábio Coentrão, Bruno Alves and Cristiano Ronaldo look on.

Spain defeated Portugal 1-0 in the Iberian derby to progress to the quarter finals where they were to play Paraguay. The game took place on Tuesday 29 June 2010 at the Cape Town Stadium. Spain dominated the game with a ball possession ratio of 62% and several opportunities, but had to endure a pair of missed chances by the Portuguese in the first half, including one by Hugo Almeida which nearly resulted in a goal. In the second half, the Portuguese attacking threat decreased, and the entry of Fernando Llorente for Fernando Torres on the field brought new energy to the Spanish team. The only goal of the match came on the 63rd minute: David Villa picked up a brilliant pass by Xavi, having his first shot saved, but then lifted the rebound into the roof of the net.[37] Post-match replays showed that the goal was scored from an offside position (0.22m according to ESPN axis).[38][39][40][41][42][43]

Spain[44]
Portugal[44]
GK 1 Iker Casillas (c)
RB 15 Sergio Ramos
CB 3 Gerard Piqué
CB 5 Carles Puyol
LB 11 Joan Capdevila
CM 16 Sergio Busquets
CM 14 Xabi Alonso Yellow card 74 Substituted off 90+3
RM 8 Xavi
LM 6 Andrés Iniesta
SS 7 David Villa Substituted off 88
CF 9 Fernando Torres Substituted off 58
Substitutions:
FW 19 Fernando Llorente Substituted in 58
FW 17 Pedro Substituted in 88
DF 4 Carlos Marchena Substituted in 90+3
Manager:
Vicente del Bosque
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GK 1 Eduardo
RB 21 Ricardo Costa Red card 89
CB 6 Ricardo Carvalho
CB 2 Bruno Alves
LB 23 Fábio Coentrão
DM 15 Pepe Substituted off 72
CM 19 Tiago Yellow card 80
CM 16 Raul Meireles
RW 11 Simão Substituted off 72
LW 7 Cristiano Ronaldo (c)
CF 18 Hugo Almeida Substituted off 58
Substitutions:
MF 10 Danny Substituted in 58
FW 9 Liédson Substituted in 72
MF 8 Pedro Mendes Substituted in 72
Manager:
Carlos Queiroz

Man of the Match:
Xavi (Spain)

Assistant referees:
Ricardo Casas (Argentina)
Hernán Maidana (Argentina)
Fourth official:
Carlos Batres (Guatemala)
Fifth official:
Carlos Pastrana (Honduras)

Quarter-finals

Netherlands vs Brazil

The Netherlands versus Brazil was the first quarter-final match, held on 2 July 2010 at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth. The Netherlands won 2-1 after recovering from a 1-0 deficit, knocking the five-time world champions Brazil out of the tournament.[45] The Netherlands' team was affected by an injury to Joris Mathijsen before the match. His replacement in defence - André Ooijer - and fellow central defender John Heitinga were at fault for Brazil's opening goal in the 10th minute, when Robinho was allowed to latch onto a deep pass from Felipe Melo and score without being challenged by the defence.[46][47] For the rest of the first half, the Dutch were largely frustrated by the Brazilian defence, and needed to rely on Maarten Stekelenburg's goalkeeping to prevent Brazil from extending its lead. However, eight minutes after half-time, the Dutch equalised through a goal scored by Wesley Sneijder. The goal was initially recorded as an own goal by Felipe Melo, but FIFA overturned the decision to credit the goal to Sneijder.[48][49] Having equalised, the Netherlands subsequently took the lead from an Arjen Robben corner kick in the 68th minute, Sneijder heading the ball in after a flick-on from Dirk Kuyt. Brazil's chances of restoring parity were damaged when Felipe Melo was sent off for a stamp on Robben. The Netherlands held out for the win, thereby earning passage to the semi-finals.[46] Brazil's coach Dunga confirmed after the match that he would be leaving the position upon the expiry of his contract, admitting responsibility for Brazil's defeat.[50] The Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk attacked the Brazilian team after the match, claiming they had provoked his side, and that Melo's stamp on Robben left him "ashamed for Brazilian football."[51]

Netherlands 2-1 Brazil
Report
Netherlands[52]
Brazil[52]
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GK 1 Júlio César
RB 2 Maicon
CB 3 Lúcio (c)
CB 4 Juan
LB 6 Michel Bastos Yellow card 37 Substituted off 62
DM 5 Felipe Melo Red card 73
RM 13 Dani Alves
LM 8 Gilberto Silva
AM 10 Kaká
SS 11 Robinho
CF 9 Luís Fabiano Substituted off 77
Substitutions:
DF 16 Gilberto Substituted in 62
FW 21 Nilmar Substituted in 77
Manager:
Dunga

Man of the Match:
Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands)

Assistant referees:
Toru Sagara (Japan)
Jeong Hae-sang (South Korea)
Fourth official:
Khalil Al Ghamdi (Saudi Arabia)
Fifth official:
Hassan Kamranifar (Iran)

Uruguay vs Ghana

Uruguay and Ghana met on 2 July 2010 at Soccer City, Johannesburg for a place in the semi-final against the Netherlands. It was the first time that the teams had ever played each other in a senior competitive football match. After a dramatic 120 minutes of play (including extra time) that finished 1-1, Uruguay won in a penalty shoot-out 4-2.[53] Uruguay dominated the early periods of the match, but suffered an injury to captain Diego Lugano in the first half. Just before half-time, Ghana took the lead when Sulley Muntari was allowed time on the ball by Uruguay, and took advantage by scoring with a shot from 40 yards. After half-time, Diego Forlán pulled Uruguay level with a free kick from the left side of the field that went over the head of Ghana's goalkeeper Richard Kingson. While both teams had chances to win, the match proceeded to extra time as the scores remained level. Late in extra time, Ghana sent a free kick into the penalty area; Luis Suárez blocked Stephen Appiah's shot on the goal line.[54] On the rebound, Dominic Adiyiah's header was heading into the goal, but Suárez blatantly blocked the shot with his hand[55] to save what would have been the extra-time winner[56] and he was red carded. Asamoah Gyan missed the ensuing penalty kick off the crossbar[54] and Suárez celebrated the miss.[57][58] In the shootout, Gyan converted his penalty,[56] as did everybody else until Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera saved captain John Mensah's penalty (Ghana's third). Uruguay's Maxi Pereira then hit his penalty over the bar, but then Adiyiah's penalty was saved by Muslera.[53]Sebastián Abreu converted Uruguay's fifth spot kick by lightly chipping it Panenka-style to win the match.[59]

After the game, Suárez said, "I made the save of the tournament,"[56] and, referring to the infamous handball goal scored by Diego Maradona in the 1986 World Cup, claimed that "The 'Hand of God' now belongs to me". Suárez claimed he had no alternative and was acting out of instinct.[60] Forlán agreed that Suárez saved the game, "Suárez this time, instead of scoring goals, he saved one, I think he saved the game.[56] Ghana coach Milovan Rajevac said the play was an "injustice"[57] and Suárez was labeled a "villain"[60][61] and a "cheat".[55][62] But Uruguay coach, Óscar Tabárez, said these labels were too harsh: "Well, there was a handball in the penalty area, there was a red card and Suárez was thrown out. Saying that Ghana were cheated out of the game is too harsh. We have to go by the rules. It might have been a mistake by my player but I do not like that word 'cheating'."[63] Ghana was the last African team left in the tournament and if they had won, they would have been the first team from Africa to ever qualify for the semi-finals.[64] Thus, Suárez was said to have "enraged an entire continent [Africa]." But others viewed him as a hero[55][65] who sacrificed himself in the semi-final for the unlikely chance that his team could win.[62][66] A distraught Gyan conceded, "I would say Suárez is a hero now in his own country, because the ball was going in and he held it with his hand. He is a hero now."[64]

Uruguay[67]
Ghana[67]
GK 1 Fernando Muslera
RB 16 Maxi Pereira
CB 2 Diego Lugano (c) Substituted off 38
CB 6 Mauricio Victorino
LB 4 Jorge Fucile Yellow card 20
RM 20 Álvaro Fernández Substituted off 46
CM 15 Diego Pérez Yellow card 59
CM 17 Egidio Arévalo Ríos Yellow card 48
LM 7 Edinson Cavani Substituted off 76
CF 9 Luis Suárez Red card 120+1
CF 10 Diego Forlán
Substitutions:
DF 19 Andrés Scotti Substituted in 38
MF 14 Nicolás Lodeiro Substituted in 46
FW 13 Sebastián Abreu Substituted in 76
Manager:
Óscar Tabárez
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GK 22 Richard Kingson
RB 4 John Paintsil Yellow card 54
CB 15 Isaac Vorsah
CB 5 John Mensah (c) Yellow card 93
LB 2 Hans Sarpei Yellow card 77
DM 6 Anthony Annan
RM 7 Samuel Inkoom Substituted off 74
CM 21 Kwadwo Asamoah
CM 23 Kevin-Prince Boateng
LM 11 Sulley Muntari Substituted off 88
CF 3 Asamoah Gyan
Substitutions:
MF 10 Stephen Appiah Substituted in 74
FW 18 Dominic Adiyiah Substituted in 88
Manager:
Serbia Milovan Rajevac

Man of the Match:
Diego Forlán (Uruguay)

Assistant referees:
José Manuel Silva Cardinal (Portugal)
Bertino Miranda (Portugal)
Fourth official:
Alberto Undiano Mallenco (Spain)
Fifth official:
Fermín Martínez Ibáñez (Spain)

Argentina vs Germany

Thomas Müller heads in the opening goal for Germany from Bastian Schweinsteiger's free kick.

On 3 July 2010, Germany beat Argentina 4-0 at the Cape Town Stadium, to reach the semi-finals.[68] It was the third time in the tournament that Germany had scored four goals in a match. Germany's first goal was scored by Thomas Müller in the third minute of the match, with a header from a free kick taken by Bastian Schweinsteiger. Early in the second half, Argentina pressed Germany and came close to scoring on a number of occasions, but Germany hit back on a counter-attack in the 67th minute, when Miroslav Klose scored into an empty goal from a pass by Lukas Podolski. Germany's third came from Arne Friedrich after sliding it inside by a pass from Bastian Schweinsteiger seven minutes later, before Klose took the score to 4-0, volleying the ball into the net off a cross from Mesut Özil.[69] The 4-0 defeat was Argentina's biggest loss at a World Cup since 1974.[70] Germany's coach Joachim Löw hailed his side's performance as one of "absolute class,"[71] but admitted the suspension of Müller for picking up a yellow card was a blow.[72]

Argentina 0-4 Germany
Report
Argentina[73]
Germany[74]
GK 22 Sergio Romero
RB 15 Nicolás Otamendi Yellow card 11 Substituted off 70
CB 2 Martín Demichelis
CB 4 Nicolás Burdisso
LB 6 Gabriel Heinze
RM 20 Maxi Rodríguez
DM 14 Javier Mascherano (c) Yellow card 80
LM 7 Ángel Di María Substituted off 75
AM 10 Lionel Messi
CF 9 Gonzalo Higuaín
CF 11 Carlos Tevez
Substitutions:
MF 23 Javier Pastore Substituted in 70
FW 16 Sergio Agüero Substituted in 75
Manager:
Diego Maradona
ARG-GER 2010-07-03.svg
GK 1 Manuel Neuer
RB 16 Philipp Lahm (c)
CB 17 Per Mertesacker
CB 3 Arne Friedrich
LB 20 Jérôme Boateng Substituted off 72
DM 6 Sami Khedira Substituted off 77
DM 7 Bastian Schweinsteiger
RW 13 Thomas Müller Yellow card 35 Substituted off 84
AM 8 Mesut Özil
LW 10 Lukas Podolski
CF 11 Miroslav Klose
Substitutions:
DF 2 Marcell Jansen Substituted in 72
MF 18 Toni Kroos Substituted in 77
MF 15 Piotr Trochowski Substituted in 84
Manager:
Joachim Löw

Man of the Match:
Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany)

Assistant referees:
Rafael Ilyasov (Uzbekistan)
Bakhadyr Kochkarov (Kyrgyzstan)
Fourth official:
Jerome Damon (South Africa)
Fifth official:
Enock Molefe (South Africa)

Paraguay vs Spain

On 3 July 2010, Spain defeated Paraguay 1-0, to secure entry to the semi-finals where they would meet Germany. It was the first time that Spain had progressed to the semi-final of a World Cup since 1950; while for Paraguay, the quarter-final appearance was also the country's best ever performance.[75] The first half of the match finished goalless, although both sides had chances to score and Paraguay's Nelson Valdez had a goal ruled out as offside. The match suddenly became eventful in the second half due to a string of penalty kicks. First, Óscar Cardozo was pulled down by Gerard Piqué in Spain's penalty area and Paraguay was awarded a penalty. Cardozo took the penalty himself but it was saved by Spain's goalkeeper Iker Casillas. Spain soon after launched an attack at the other end of the field, in which David Villa was ruled by the referee to have been brought down by Antolín Alcaraz. Xabi Alonso stepped up to take the penalty kick and seemed to have scored, only for the referee to order it be retaken because of encroachment by a Spanish player into the penalty area before the kick was taken. Xabi Alonso's retake was saved by Paraguayan goalkeeper Justo Villar. As a result, the score remained 0-0 after the three penalty kicks. However, Spain ultimately managed to take the lead in the 82nd minute: David Villa collected a rebounded shot off the post from Pedro, to score himself off the post. The goal turned out to be the winner for Spain.[75] After the match, Spain's coach Vicente del Bosque conceded that his side were not playing at their best and were starved of possession. He also noted his view that Spain's next opponents Germany were the best team at the World Cup.[76] Paraguay's coach Gerardo Martino stated he would be leaving his position at the end of his contract.[77]

Paraguay[78]
Spain[78]
GK 1 Justo Villar (c)
RB 2 Darío Verón
CB 14 Paulo da Silva
CB 21 Antolín Alcaraz Yellow card 59
LB 3 Claudio Morel Yellow card 71
DM 15 Víctor Cáceres Yellow card 59 Substituted off 84
RM 11 Jonathan Santana Yellow card 88
CM 8 Édgar Barreto Substituted off 64
LM 16 Cristian Riveros
SS 18 Nelson Valdez Substituted off 72
CF 7 Óscar Cardozo
Substitutions:
MF 13 Enrique Vera Substituted in 64
FW 9 Roque Santa Cruz Substituted in 72
FW 19 Lucas Barrios Substituted in 84
Manager:
Argentina Gerardo Martino
PAR-ESP 2010-07-03.svg
GK 1 Iker Casillas (c)
RB 15 Sergio Ramos
CB 3 Gerard Piqué Yellow card 57
CB 5 Carles Puyol Substituted off 84
LB 11 Joan Capdevila
DM 16 Sergio Busquets Yellow card 63
RM 6 Andrés Iniesta
CM 8 Xavi
LM 14 Xabi Alonso Substituted off 75
SS 7 David Villa
CF 9 Fernando Torres Substituted off 56
Substitutions:
MF 10 Cesc Fàbregas Substituted in 56
FW 18 Pedro Substituted in 75
DF 4 Carlos Marchena Substituted in 84
Manager:
Vicente del Bosque

Semi-finals

Uruguay vs Netherlands

Uruguay played the Netherlands in the first semi-final on 6 July 2010 at the Cape Town Stadium. The Netherlands won the match 3-2, thereby qualifying for the final for the first time since the 1978 World Cup.[79] Uruguay adopted a defensive posture early in the match, but were only able to hold their opponents scoreless for 18 minutes, when Dutch captain Giovanni van Bronckhorst scored from 35 yards into the top right corner of the goal. However, the Netherlands were unable to capitalise on their lead, as Diego Forlán equalised in the 41st minute (1-1) when his shot from 25 yards hit squarely in the middle of the goal was misjudged by goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg who missed it by millimeters. The Netherlands regained the lead in the second half, as a pass from van der Vaart reached Sneijder who dished it into the side of the goal as Muslera dived and missed it by inches. Then, three minutes later, Kuyt crossed to Robben who headed it into the goal to make it 3-1. The Netherlands suffered a late scare when Maxi Pereira, who failed a penalty against Ghana, scored in stoppage time from a free kick; however, the score remained 3-2 despite desperate Uruguayan attempts to equalise.[80] After the match, Uruguay coach Óscar Tabárez spoke of his pride in his team for reaching the semi-finals.[81] The Netherlands progressed to the final of the tournament to face Spain.

Uruguay[82]
Netherlands[82]
GK 1 Fernando Muslera
RB 16 Maxi Pereira Yellow card 21
CB 3 Diego Godín
CB 6 Mauricio Victorino
LB 22 Martín Cáceres Yellow card 29
RM 15 Diego Pérez
CM 5 Walter Gargano
CM 17 Egidio Arévalo Ríos
LM 11 Álvaro Pereira Substituted off 78
CF 7 Edinson Cavani
CF 10 Diego Forlán (c) Substituted off 84
Substitutions:
FW 13 Sebastián Abreu Substituted in 78
FW 21 Sebastián Fernández Substituted in 84
Manager:
Óscar Tabárez
URU-NED 2010-07-06.svg
GK 1 Maarten Stekelenburg
RB 12 Khalid Boulahrouz Yellow card 78
CB 3 John Heitinga
CB 4 Joris Mathijsen
LB 5 Giovanni van Bronckhorst (c)
DM 6 Mark van Bommel Yellow card 90+5
DM 14 Demy de Zeeuw Substituted off 46
RW 11 Arjen Robben Substituted off 89
AM 10 Wesley Sneijder Yellow card 29
LW 7 Dirk Kuyt
CF 9 Robin van Persie
Substitutions:
MF 23 Rafael van der Vaart Substituted in 46
FW 17 Eljero Elia Substituted in 89
Manager:
Bert van Marwijk

Man of the Match:
Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands)

Assistant referees:
Rafael Ilyasov (Uzbekistan)
Bakhadyr Kochkarov (Kyrgyzstan)
Fourth official:
Yuichi Nishimura (Japan)
Fifth official:
Toru Sagara (Japan)

Germany vs Spain

On 7 July 2010, Spain defeated Germany 1-0 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban to progress to the World Cup Final against the Netherlands. It was the first time that Spain had ever gone through to the final of the World Cup, while it was the second consecutive World Cup in which Germany had lost in the semi-finals, having lost to Italy at home four years before.[83]

Spain had the bulk of possession throughout the match, with Germany adopting a tight defensive structure. Germany created chances on the counter-attack, but Spain also went close to scoring on numerous occasions in each half. The match was deadlocked at 0-0 until the 73rd minute, when Spain was awarded a corner. The corner, taken by Xavi, was met by Carles Puyol, who headed the ball into the net as Manuel Neuer didn't do much to protect it to give Spain the lead. Thereafter, Spain protected its advantage and won the match.[84]

After the match, Spain's coach Vicente del Bosque praised the "excellent performance" of his team, while Germany's coach Joachim Löw predicted that Spain would win the final.[83]

Attendance: 60,960
Germany[85]
Spain[85]
GK 1 Manuel Neuer
RB 16 Philipp Lahm (c)
CB 3 Arne Friedrich
CB 17 Per Mertesacker
LB 20 Jérôme Boateng Substituted off 52
DM 6 Sami Khedira Substituted off 81
DM 7 Bastian Schweinsteiger
RW 15 Piotr Trochowski Substituted off 62
AM 8 Mesut Özil
LW 10 Lukas Podolski
CF 11 Miroslav Klose
Substitutions:
DF 2 Marcell Jansen Substituted in 52
MF 18 Toni Kroos Substituted in 62
FW 23 Mario Gómez Substituted in 81
Manager:
Joachim Löw
GER-ESP 2010-07-07.svg
GK 1 Iker Casillas (c)
RB 15 Sergio Ramos
CB 3 Gerard Piqué
CB 5 Carles Puyol
LB 11 Joan Capdevila
DM 16 Sergio Busquets
DM 14 Xabi Alonso Substituted off 90+3
RW 6 Andrés Iniesta
AM 8 Xavi
LW 18 Pedro Substituted off 86
CF 7 David Villa Substituted off 81
Substitutions:
FW 9 Fernando Torres Substituted in 81
MF 21 David Silva Substituted in 86
DF 4 Carlos Marchena Substituted in 90+3
Manager:
Vicente del Bosque

Man of the Match:
Xavi (Spain)

Assistant referees:
Gábor Er?s (Hungary)
Tibor Vámos (Hungary)
Fourth official:
Frank De Bleeckere (Belgium)
Fifth official:
Peter Hermans (Belgium)

Third place play-off

On 10 July 2010, at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, Germany defeated Uruguay by 3-2 to claim third place at the World Cup for the second successive time after also finishing third at the 2006 FIFA World Cup.[86] In the 19th minute, Bastian Schweinsteiger managed to take a shot towards the goal, which Muslera rebounded towards Thomas Müller who scored. Uruguay forced their way back into the game after Luis Suárez's pass put Edinson Cavani through on the left and he slid low into the far corner to put them on level terms after 28 minutes. Diego Forlán then put them ahead in the second half with a beautiful side volley from the edge of the penalty box while goalkeeper Hans-Jörg Butt didn't move off his line after 51 minutes. Marcell Jansen then scored on 56 minutes after Muslera came for Jérôme Boateng's cross but missed it right in front of Jansen allowing him to head into an empty net. Mesut Özil took a corner in the 82nd minute, which reached a German player, bounced off him and went up to Khedira's head, who headed it in. Uruguay almost forced extra time when Forlán curled a 92nd-minute free-kick onto the bar, but Germany held on to win the match.[87]

After the game, Uruguay coach Óscar Tabárez insisted that his side did not deserve to be on the losing side: "We achieved an equal game against a real power, we could have won because in the game [they] were not superior to us... We're not that far away [from Germany's level], the route has been marked, we must learn from this."[88]

Uruguay 2-3 Germany
Report
Uruguay[74]
Germany[74]
GK 1 Fernando Muslera
RB 4 Jorge Fucile
CB 2 Diego Lugano (c)
CB 3 Diego Godín
LB 22 Martín Cáceres
CM 15 Diego Pérez Yellow card 61 Substituted off 77
CM 17 Egidio Arévalo Ríos
RW 16 Maxi Pereira
LW 7 Edinson Cavani Substituted off 88
CF 9 Luis Suárez
CF 10 Diego Forlán
Substitutions:
MF 5 Walter Gargano Substituted in 77
FW 13 Sebastián Abreu Substituted in 88
Manager:
Óscar Tabárez
URU-GER 2010-07-10.svg
GK 22 Hans-Jörg Butt
RB 20 Jérôme Boateng
CB 3 Arne Friedrich Yellow card 90+2
CB 17 Per Mertesacker
LB 4 Dennis Aogo Yellow card 5
DM 6 Sami Khedira
DM 7 Bastian Schweinsteiger (c)
RW 13 Thomas Müller
AM 8 Mesut Özil Substituted off 90+1
LW 2 Marcell Jansen Substituted off 81
CF 19 Cacau Yellow card 7 Substituted off 73
Substitutions:
FW 9 Stefan Kießling Substituted in 73
MF 18 Toni Kroos Substituted in 81
DF 5 Serdar Tasci Substituted in 90+1
Manager:
Joachim Löw

Man of the Match:
Thomas Müller (Germany)

Assistant referees:
Héctor Vergara (Canada)
Marvin Cesar Torrentera Rivera (Mexico)
Fourth official:
Marco Rodríguez (Mexico)
Fifth official:
José Luis Camargo (Mexico)

Final

Attendance: 84,490
Netherlands[90]
Spain[90]
GK 1 Maarten Stekelenburg
RB 2 Gregory van der Wiel Yellow card 111
CB 3 John Heitinga Yellow card 57 Yellow-red card 109
CB 4 Joris Mathijsen Yellow card 117
LB 5 Giovanni van Bronckhorst (c) Yellow card 54 Substituted off 105
DM 6 Mark van Bommel Yellow card 22
DM 8 Nigel de Jong Yellow card 28 Substituted off 99
RW 11 Arjen Robben Yellow card 84
AM 10 Wesley Sneijder
LW 7 Dirk Kuyt Substituted off 71
CF 9 Robin van Persie Yellow card 15
Substitutions:
MF 17 Eljero Elia Substituted in 71
MF 23 Rafael van der Vaart Substituted in 99
DF 15 Edson Braafheid Substituted in 105
Manager:
Bert van Marwijk
Iker CasillasCarles PuyolJoan CapdevilaSergio RamosGerard PiquéSergio BusquetsXabi AlonsoAndrés IniestaPedro RodríguezXaviDavid VillaDirk KuytRobin van PersieWesley SneijderArjen RobbenNigel de JongMark van BommelGregory van der WielGiovanni van BronckhorstJoris MathijsenJohn HeitingaMaarten StekelenburgNED-ESP 2010-07-11.svg
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GK 1 Iker Casillas (c)
RB 15 Sergio Ramos Yellow card 23
CB 3 Gerard Piqué
CB 5 Carles Puyol Yellow card 16
LB 11 Joan Capdevila Yellow card 67
DM 16 Sergio Busquets
DM 14 Xabi Alonso Substituted off 87
RW 6 Andrés Iniesta Yellow card 118
AM 8 Xavi Yellow card 120+1
LW 18 Pedro Substituted off 60
CF 7 David Villa Substituted off 106
Substitutions:
MF 22 Jesús Navas Substituted in 60
MF 10 Cesc Fàbregas Substituted in 87
FW 9 Fernando Torres Substituted in 106
Manager:
Vicente del Bosque

Man of the Match:
Andrés Iniesta (Spain)

Assistant referees:
Darren Cann (England)[89]
Mike Mullarkey (England)[89]
Fourth official:
Yuichi Nishimura (Japan)[89]
Fifth official:
Toru Sagara (Japan)[89]

Match rules:

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Twelve named substitutes.
  • Maximum of three substitutions.

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