2010 World Cup Review

The 2010 World Cup Semi-finals are set in South Africa – Uruguay vs. Netherlands on Tuesday, July 6th in Cape Town; Germany vs. Spain on Wednesday, July 7th in Durban.

PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa – What a stunner for Brazil in Mandela Bay Stadium!  In the first quarterfinal of the 2010 World Cup, Brazil fell 2-1 to the Dutch and is the first team eliminated on Friday July 2nd.

The Netherlands got the better of the favorite Brazil, the five-time world cup champions, who came into the match as the number one ranked team, according to FIFA.

Brazil was 35-0-2 when leading at half-time.  Those stats are out the window for Brazil.

Robinho gave Brazil the lead in the 10th minute, but the Netherlands equalized in the 53rd with an own goal from Brazilian midfielder Felipe Melo.

Having won all five of their matches so far, the Netherlands extended its team-record unbeaten streak to 24 games, stretching back to a September 2008 loss to Australia.

The Netherlands reached the semifinals for the first time since losing to Brazil on penalties at the 1998 World Cup in France and will next face Uruguay in the Semi-Finals.

Brazil also lost in the quarterfinals four years ago, falling to France 1-0. Former Brazil captain Dunga was hired to coach the team after that loss despite no previous managerial experience and his future is certain to come into question now.

“We didn’t expect this,” Dunga said. “We know that any World Cup match is about 90 minutes. In the first half we were able to play better and we weren’t able to maintain that rhythm in the second half.”

The reception will not be good for Brazil when they go back home.  They were expected to get further in the competition and lift the golden trophy.

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Uruguay spoiled the party for Ghana.  The match ended with the pain of penalty shootout defeat and Uruguay is in the semi-finals against the Netherlands.  The hope for a nation ended in PK’s with Uruguay defeating Ghana 5-3 on Friday, July 2nd in Soccer City.

The Ghana Black Stars was the younger team.  The South American team Uruguay has the experience.  Ghana came very close to going to the semi-finals of the biggest tournament in the world’s most popular sport.  But the Black Stars are going home.

After a 1-1 draw, Ghanaian Star striker Asamoah Gyan missed a penalty kick at the tail end of the second extra time period and Ghana lost on penalty kicks.

This win sent the South American country into the semifinals for the first time in 40 years.

Six African nation teams started the 2010 World Cup.  Ghana was the only team to make it thus far.  The Ghana Black Stars were trying to make history in South Africa.

With an entire continent behind them, the ‘Black Stars’ were trying to go where no African team has ever gone – to the semi-finals.  But, the South American team stood in their way of advancing in the competition.

Cameroon, Algeria, Côte d’Ivoire, South Africa, Nigeria and Ghana have all now fallen from the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Up next for Uruguay – Uruguay meets The Netherlands in the semi-final.

CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Germany ran over Argentina, had a staggering 4-0 quarterfinal victory on Saturday, July 3rd.

The Germans proved to be a team not to reckon with.  Argentina had a weak defense line which denied them the opportunity to advance to the semi-finals.

This will be Germany’s third straight trip to the semis and its 12th overall.

Up next for Germany, they will meet Spain in the semi-final.

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Spain celebrates and goes to the semi-final for the first time.  Spain did it the hard way and defeated Paraguay 1-0 in Soccer City, Saturday July 3rd.

David Villa goal in the 83rd minute lifts Spain to the semi-final.  This is the Striker’s fifth goal of the tournament.

Spain will play Germany in Durban on Wednesday, July 3rd and joins the European party with the Netherlands.

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