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World Cup Second Round

World Cup Second Round

World Cup 2006 Group Stage Review - Phase Two- Part One by David Walker

All 32 teams have played two matches as the World Cup groups have started to take shape. Some teams have qualified for the knockout stage while others will sweat on the last match. This is a short round-up of Groups A to D, of the results as they stand after two matches.

Group A
1. Ecuador 6pts, 2. Germany 6pts, 3. Poland 0pts, 4. Costa Rica 0pts

Ecuador are the unlikely leaders of Group A and have secured their place in the last 16 with a convincing 3-0 win over rock-bottom Costa Rica. Second goals of the tournament from Tenorio, Delgado and one from former Crystal Palace flop Kaviedes saw a good value bet at 11/10.

Germany, on the other hand, were 1/2 odds-on jollies to beat a disappointing Poland but needed a last gasp goal from veteran Oliver Neuville to see them off and join Ecuador in the knockout stage.

Group B
1. England 6pts, 2. Sweden 4pts, 3. Trinidad & Tobago 1pt, 4. Paraguay 0pts

England were expected to trounce Trinidad & Tobago and cement their place at the top of Group B and the last 16. However, the Caribbean side put in a tremendous performance and only two late goals from Peter Crouch and Steven Gerrard spared their blushes at 2/9.

Sweden also needed a late goal against Paraguay to put one foot in the second round. Freddie Ljungberg netted the winner with two minutes left on the clock for the 4/5 Swedes.

Group C
1. Argentina 6pts, 2. Holland 6pts, 3. Ivory Coast 0pts, 4. Serbia & Montenegro 0pts

Argentina treated a global audience to a feast of beautiful football as they demolished Serbia & Montenegro 6-0. Argentina were 4/7 favourites but the price was secondary to the best 90 minutes of entertainment of the tournament so far. Maxi Rodriguez after six and 41 minutes sandwiched Esteban Cambiasso's effort on 31 to give them a commanding half-time lead. The second half produced three more goals from Hernan Crespo after 78 minutes, Carlos Tevez on 84 and Lionel Messi with two minutes left.

Buoyed on by Argentina's glittering performance, 4/6 Holland wasted no time against the Ivory Coast and struck after 22 and 25 minutes through Ruud van Nistelrooy and Robin van Persie. However, the Africans hit back through Arouna Kone on 37 to set up a tense afternoon.

Group D
1. Portugal 6pts, 2. Mexico 4pts, 3. Angola 1pt, 4. Iran 0pts

Portugal qualified comfortably for the second round with a 2-0 win over bottom of the table Iran. A goal from Deco after 63 minutes and Cristiano Ronaldo's penalty with 10 minutes remaining, secured an odds-on win at 1/2.

Mexico were left sweating on second round qualification after managing only a goalless draw with Angola. Goalkeeper Joao Ricardo, who hasn't had a club for three years was magnificent on the evening to set up an unlikely draw at 5/2.

David Walker runs a free World Cup bets websikte. You can watch live football online during this year's World Cup.

Article Source: http://www.earticlesonline.com/Article/World-Cup-2006-Group-Stage-Review---Phase-Two--Part-One/39380

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FIFA world cup 2010 Quarter Finals by Rita Jain

FIFA world cup 2010 Quarter Finals

FIFA world cup 2010 has finally entered the quarter final stage. After a 20 days long soccer bonanza of 32 qualified teams, top eight will compete against each other to win football world cup in South Africa. The nineteenth edition of FIFA world cup has unfolded numerous positive aspects of worlds most popular game †football. Qualification of sides like Paraguay & Netherlands in quarter finals has proved immense success of FIFA's worldwide football promotion campaign. Challenging the mights of champions like Brazil, France, Italy and others, these latest sensations of soccer have ignited the fire to compete. They have scored best goals, made exceptional saves and given some unexpected match results making FIFA world cup 2010 †a highlight show.

The eight teams which have qualified for the quarter final stage are Argentina, Spain, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Netherlands, Germany and Ghana. All these teams have reached here after a flamboyant display of their football talent. The main highlight of football world cup quarter finals this time is the missing team of defending champions Italy. They were knocked out from FIFA world cup 2010 in their groups stage itself. Spain & Brazil are being considered as the expected winners of FIFA world cup 2010 but Argentina & Germany seem to be giving their best shot at world title this time. Paraguay, Uruguay and Netherlands finished at the top in their groups after FIFA world cup 2010 schedule of group stage. Later these teams went on to win round of 16 stage also and entered quarter finals. The most surprising feature of FIFA world cup 2010 quarter finals is the presence of Ghana. This African team has come a long way to be at this level. Striker and captain Asamoah Gyan is amongst the top scorers of FIFA world cup 2010.

The quarter finals will kick off from July 2, 2010 with Brazil v/s Netherlands match in FIFA world cup 2010 at 07.30 P.M (IST). Second will be Uruguay v/s Ghana at 11.50 P.M on same day. July 3 will have other two quarter finals with Argentina v/s Germany match at football world cup. This is the most awaited game of soccer world cup. It will be followed by Spain v/s Paraguay quarter final at 11.50 P.M 9IST) on same day. Watch out for the quarter finals of FIFA world cup with live updates on the match and highlight moments. Watch FIFA world cup 2010 online with exclusive videos on best goals, controversies and live matches on various online sites. Keep yourself updated with FIFA world cup 2010 latest results to know about semi finals to enjoy this soccer extravaganza.
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World Cup 2010 - Uruguay Defeats South Korea and makes it to the Quarterfinals by Stephen Lars

Uruguay became the first soccer team to qualify to the World Cup South Africa 2010 quarterfinals after the team defeated their South Korean counterparts by a 2-1 margin in an interesting match last weekend.

From the start, the Uruguayan team seemed a bit overshadowed by the Koreans who kept on dominating the ball and pushing the lines forwards. Park Chu-Young took a great shot from some 28 meters. The free-shot found its way through the defensive barrier and managed to bounce off Fernando Muslera’s, the Uruguayan goalkeeper, right goal post.

After this first offensive play it was Uruguayan striker Diego Forlan who tested Jung Sung-Ryong talents as a keeper with on potent shot from outside the penalty box. The South Korean keeper managed to control the ball with ease despite the good shot.

Just a couple of minutes after Forlan’s first try, Uruguay went for goal yet again. The triad of Diego Forlan, Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez kept proving one of the most effective offensive combinations in this tournament.

It was Forland who took charge of the scoring play. He managed to pass the ball to Suarez who sprint his way into the South Korean penalty box. From there, and without missing a beat, he took a clear shot at goal. Despite his effort, the Asian keeper was unable to stop or deflect the ball and the Uruguayans made it 1-0.

Midfielder Egidio Arevalo was quite close to scoring Uruguay’s second goal of the game but his mid range shot went a bit high over the goal. After the first goal, the south Korean squad made an important effort to revisit their strategy and played more offensively. The South Americans on the other hand seemed to be relying mostly on a chance for a fast break.

Uruguay had yet another chance to score. Suarez was penalized with a forward, yet again it was a bad call from the referees since he was well placed among the defense when he received the ball and scored. Wrongfully enough, the goal did not count towards the Uruguayan team. Korea went on to take advantage of the miscall and kept on shooting on goal.

Lee Chung-Young made a slightly off centered shot at goal and just a couple minutes later it was Kim Jung-Woo who took another try but the ball went over the goal. Before the midgame break Park Chu-Young took yet another shot but he missed the goal once again.

The Asian Tigers were in control of the midfield. They kept on opening spaces to take shots against Fernando Muslera. But it was not the best day for the South Korean star Park Ji-Sung as he did not have such a brilliant game. Most fans were expecting him to push like he had on the first three games in the World Cup.

At the beginning of the second half, Uruguay seemed unable to make it pass their own side, and was mostly kept under the radar. Suarez once again took a shot on goal but the South Korean keeper made a great save to maintain the 1-0 difference.

The Asian team kept on pushing for the drawing goal and they had a couple of chances to tie. But they were missing some opportunities on the front end. Chun-Young took a header and scored for the draw.

The Uruguay National Soccer team reacted and moved its lines forward. 10 minutes before the end, Luis Suarez ran in from the side to complete the 2-1 win with which the South Americans move on the next round. They will face Ghana on July 2nd for the quarterfinals.

Stephen Lars has been a prominent writer on regular 2010 South Africa World Cup news, sports news and the sportsbetting industry for many exceptional sports web sites. You may reprint this article in its full content, please note no modifications to it are accepted.

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