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2010 World Cup Finals - Quarter Finals

Day 21

Paraguay vs Spain: another passing exhibition from the Spanish. Paraguay battled well, but Spain were too strong dominating possession and most of the game. It did however, take them until the 83rdminute to convert. 0-1.

Argentina vs Germany: an extraordinary result given the nature of the match. The Germans march on with deserved confidence, but how did they win 0-4? Mueller got them off to a dream start with a goal in just the 3rd minute. But it felt for a long time they were hanging on to this lead as Argentina played very well. Then Klose scored in the 68th minute and it all fell apart for Argentina. Germany tore them apart from then on and scored twice more to complete a route, and while they deserved the win, I think the score flattered them a little.

Day 20

Uruguay vs Ghana: the post-mortem of this match will be dominated by the dramatic final minutes of extra-time, despite being an absorbing contest. Ghana scored in first-half injury time to take a handy lead into the break. Uruguay equalised through Forlan (who's having a great tournament) early in the second half. And the scored stayed locked at 1-1 as two evenly matched teams battled it out. 1-1 at full-time and after extra-time. But it shouldn't have been. Ghana had a chance to score in the final minute. With the keeper beaten, Suarez (for Uruguay) deliberately handled the ball to keep it out. He was duly sent off, but Ghana missed the penalty shot that would have put them into the semi-finals. And then to rub salt into the wound, they lost the penalty shoot out. Suarez was widely labelled a cheat, but any player at the finals would have done the same given the stakes.

Netherlands vs Brazil: Brazil started on fire and were pretty dominant in a first half that saw many fouls and a few yellow cards. 0-1 at the break and they could have had more. However the Dutch managed to turn things around in the second half. Another goalkeeping error, this time by Cesar saw the Netherlands equalise. Encouraged they pushed forward as the game became quite spiteful. Dunga sensibly substituted Bastos before he earned a second yellow. Then the Dutch went in front from a well worked corner. Brazil started to implode in frustration. Melo saw red for stomping and it became all too hard for Brazil. The Dutch hung on for a well-earned victory, the first team to come from behind to win in the knockout stages. 2-1.