The charm of the World Cup is in the anticipation that fuels the excitement in the latter stages. After a slowish start (at a par with any cup competition),South Africa 2010 has sprung into life with devious sub-plots, shocking submissions, scandals, last-gasp wins, over-the-top celebrations and of course, favourites marching on to the final.
There will be another time to mourn those missing (and there are plenty to mourn, not least the two finalists from the 2006 World Cup),but now we look at the 16 teams who have qualified to the next round and will line up against each other from 26th June onwards.
- Ghana are Africa’s sole representatives in the knockout stages. None of the other teams impressed, even though South Africa entertained with a solid win over France and Ivory Coast went out with a convincing 3-0 win over North Korea. It gives the already significant USA-Ghana tie added meaning.
- England were supposed to have an easy path to the semis, but now have the toughest imaginable route. Germany and Argentina lie in wait, with Spain and Brazil likely to follow. Any witty acronyms?
- Spain topped their group so avoided Brazil till the finals, which is good for the tournament. Do you really want to see the biggest games played out in the round of 16?
- It’s good to see the likes of Paraguay, Ghana, USA and Japan progress, but it also makes for an unbalanced second round. Although to be fair, of the 8 second round ties there are none that you would consider a complete mismatch.
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Uruguay v South Korea (26 June)
USA v Ghana (26 June)
Argentina v Mexico (27 June)
Germany v England (27 June)
Netherlands v Slovakia (28 June)
Brazil v Chile (28 June)
Paraguay v Japan (29 June)
Spain v Portugal (29 June)
Predictions & Results
Round of 16
Uruguay to beat South Korea – Check. 2-1.
USA to beat Ghana – Ghana beat USA 2-1.
Argentina to beat Mexico
England to beat Germany
Japan to beat Paraguay
Netherlands to beat Slovakia
Portugal to beat Spain
Brazil to beat Chile
Uruguay to beat USA
England to beat Argentina
Brazil to beat Netherlands
Portugal to beat Japan
England to beat Portugal
Brazil to beat Uruguay
England to beat Brazil
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