2010 FIFA World Cup knockout stage

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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[edit]

Group Winners Runners-up
A  Uruguay  Mexico
B  Argentina  South Korea
C  United States  England
D  Germany  Ghana
E  Netherlands  Japan
F  Paraguay  Slovakia
G  Brazil  Portugal
H  Spain  Chile

Bracket[edit]

Round of 16 Quarter Finals Semi Finals Final
                           
26 June – Port Elizabeth            
  Uruguay  2
2 July – Johannesburg (S. City)
  South Korea  1  
  Uruguay (pen.)  1 (4)
26 June – Rustenburg
    Ghana  1 (2)  
  United States  1
6 July – Cape Town
  Ghana (aet)  2  
  Uruguay  2
28 June – Durban
    Netherlands  3  
  Netherlands  2
2 July – Port Elizabeth
  Slovakia  1  
  Netherlands  2
28 June – Johannesburg (E. Park)
    Brazil  1  
  Brazil  3
11 July – Johannesburg (S. City)
  Chile  0  
  Netherlands  0
27 June – Johannesburg (S. City)
    Spain (aet)  1
  Argentina  3
3 July – Cape Town
  Mexico  1  
  Argentina  0
27 June – Bloemfontein
    Germany  4  
  Germany  4
7 July – Durban
  England  1  
  Germany  0
29 June – Pretoria
    Spain  1   Third Place
  Paraguay (pen.)  0 (5)
3 July – Johannesburg (E. Park) 10 July – Port Elizabeth
  Japan  0 (3)  
  Paraguay  0   Uruguay  2
29 June – Cape Town
    Spain  1     Germany  3
  Spain  1
  Portugal  0  

Round of 16[edit]

Uruguay vs South Korea[edit]

Uruguay vs the 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]

26 June 2010
16:00
Uruguay  2–1  South Korea
Suárez Goal 8'80' Report Lee Chung-Yong Goal 68'
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
DM 15 Diego Pérez
LM 11 Álvaro Pereira Substituted off 74'
RF 7 Edinson Cavani
CF 10 Diego Forlán
LF 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
URU-KOR 2010-06-26.svg
GK 18 Jung Sung-Ryong
RB 22 Cha Du-Ri Booked 69'
CB 4 Cho Yong-Hyung Booked 83'
CB 14 Lee Jung-Soo
LB 12 Lee Young-Pyo
CM 16 Ki Sung-Yong Substituted off 85'
CM 8 Kim Jung-Woo Booked 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[edit]

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 5th 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 US 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 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 US.[11]

26 June 2010
20:30
United States  1–2 (a.e.t.)  Ghana
Donovan Goal 62' (pen.) Report Boateng Goal 5'
Gyan Goal 93'
United States[12]
Ghana[12]
GK 1 Tim Howard
RB 6 Steve Cherundolo Booked 18'
CB 15 Jay DeMerit
CB 3 Carlos Bocanegra (c) Booked 68'
LB 12 Jonathan Bornstein
CM 4 Michael Bradley
CM 13 Ricardo Clark Booked 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 Booked 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 Booked 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 Erős (Hungary)
Tibor Vámos (Hungary)
Fourth official:
Michael Hester (New Zealand)
Fifth official:
Tevita Makasini (Tonga)


Germany vs England[edit]

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. 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]

27 June 2010
16:00
Germany  4–1  England
Klose Goal 20'
Podolski Goal 32'
Müller Goal 67'70'
Report Upson Goal 37'
Germany[17]
England[17]
GK 1 Manuel Neuer
RB 16 Philipp Lahm (c)
CB 3 Arne Friedrich Booked 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
GER-ENG 2010-06-27.svg
GK 1 David James
RB 2 Glen Johnson Booked 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 Vazquez (Uruguay)
Fifth official:
Miguel Nievas (Uruguay)


Argentina vs Mexico[edit]

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 Tévez headed the ball into the net from a Lionel Messi pass in the 25th minute, but replays showed there were no players between Tévez 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. Tévez 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, Tévez 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] Tévez 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]

27 June 2010
20:30
Argentina  3–1  Mexico
Tévez Goal 26'52'
Higuaín Goal 33'
Report Hernández Goal 71'
Soccer City, Johannesburg
Attendance: 84,377
Referee: Roberto Rosetti (Italy)
Argentina[24]
Mexico[24]
GK 22 Sergio Romero
RB 15 Nicolás Otamendi
CB 2 Martín Demichelis
CB 4 Nicolás Burdisso
LB 6 Gabriel Heinze
DM 14 Javier Mascherano (c)
RM 20 Maxi Rodríguez Substituted off 87'
LM 7 Ángel Di María Substituted off 79'
AM 10 Lionel Messi
CF 11 Carlos Tévez Substituted off 69'
CF 9 Gonzalo Higuaín
Substitutions:
MF 8 Juan Sebastián Verón Substituted in 69'
MF 17 Jonás Gutiérrez Substituted in 79'
MF 23 Javier Pastore Substituted in 87'
Manager:
Diego Maradona
ARG-MEX 2010-06-27.svg
GK 1 Óscar Pérez
RB 5 Ricardo Osorio
CB 2 Francisco Rodríguez
CB 4 Rafael Márquez (c) Booked 28'
LB 3 Carlos Salcido
RM 16 Efraín Juárez
CM 6 Gerardo Torrado
LM 18 Andrés Guardado Substituted off 61'
AM 17 Giovani dos Santos
AM 21 Adolfo Bautista Substituted off 46'
CF 14 Javier Hernández
Substitutions:
MF 7 Pablo Barrera Substituted in 46'
FW 9 Guillermo Franco Substituted in 61'
Manager:
Javier Aguirre

Man of the Match:
Carlos Tévez (Argentina)

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


Netherlands vs Slovakia[edit]

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 Jan 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]

28 June 2010
16:00
Netherlands  2–1  Slovakia
Robben Goal 18'
Sneijder Goal 84'
Report Vittek Goal 90+4' (pen.)
Netherlands[28]
Slovakia[28]
GK 1 Maarten Stekelenburg Booked 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 Booked 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 Škrtel Booked 84'
CB 16 Ján Ďurica
LB 5 Radoslav Zabavník Substituted off 88'
DM 19 Juraj Kucka Booked 40'
RM 7 Vladimír Weiss
LM 15 Miroslav Stoch
AM 17 Marek Hamšík (c) Substituted off 87'
CF 18 Erik Jendrišek Substituted off 71'
CF 11 Róbert Vittek
Substitutions:
MF 20 Kamil Kopúnek Booked 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 Ibánez (Spain)
Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez (Spain)
Fourth official:
Stéphane Lannoy (France)
Fifth official:
Laurent Ugo (France)


Brazil vs Chile[edit]

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]

28 June 2010
20:30
Brazil  3–0  Chile
Juan Goal 35'
Luís Fabiano Goal 38'
Robinho Goal 59'
Report
Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg
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 Daniel Alves
LM 18 Ramires Booked 72'
AM 10 Kaká Booked 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 Booked 68'
RM 8 Arturo Vidal Booked 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 Booked 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[edit]

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 Booked 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 Yūichi Komano
CB 22 Yuji Nakazawa
CB 4 Marcus Tulio Tanaka
LB 5 Yuto Nagatomo Booked 72'
DM 2 Yuki Abe Substituted off 81'
CM 17 Makoto Hasebe (c)
CM 7 Yasuhito Endō Booked 113'
RW 8 Daisuke Matsui Booked 58' Substituted off 65'
LW 16 Yoshito Ōkubo Substituted off 106'
CF 18 Keisuke Honda Booked 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[edit]

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]

29 June 2010
20:30
Spain  1–0  Portugal
Villa Goal 63' Report
Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town
Attendance: 62,955
Referee: Héctor Baldassi (Argentina)
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 Booked 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 Booked 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)
Hernan Maidana (Argentina)
Fourth official:
Carlos Batres (Guatemala)
Fifth official:
Carlos Pastrana (Honduras)

Quarter-finals[edit]

Netherlands vs Brazil[edit]

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 – Andre 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]

2 July 2010
16:00
Netherlands  2–1  Brazil
Sneijder Goal 53'68' Report Robinho Goal 10'
Netherlands[52]
Brazil[52]
GK 1 Maarten Stekelenburg
RB 2 Gregory van der Wiel Booked 47'
CB 3 John Heitinga Booked 14'
CB 13 Andre Ooijer Booked 76'
LB 5 Giovanni van Bronckhorst (c)
DM 6 Mark van Bommel
DM 8 Nigel de Jong Booked 64'
RW 11 Arjen Robben
AM 10 Wesley Sneijder
LW 7 Dirk Kuyt
CF 9 Robin van Persie Substituted off 85'
Substitutions:
FW 13 Klaas-Jan Huntelaar Substituted in 85'
Manager:
Bert van Marwijk
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GK 1 Júlio César
RB 2 Maicon
CB 3 Lúcio (c)
CB 4 Juan
LB 6 Michel Bastos Booked 37' Substituted off 62'
DM 5 Felipe Melo Red card 73'
RM 13 Daniel 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[edit]

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 box; 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 hands[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][59] 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.[60] 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.[61] 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"[58] and Suárez was labeled a "villain"[61][62] and a "cheat".[55][63] 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’."[64] 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 make the semifinals.[65] Thus, Suárez was said to have "enraged an entire continent [Africa]."[57] But others viewed him as a hero[55][57][66] who sacrificed himself in the semifinal for the unlikely chance that his team could win.[63][67] 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."[65]

2 July 2010
20:30
Uruguay  1–1 (a.e.t.)  Ghana
Forlán Goal 55' Report Muntari Goal 45+2'
  Penalties  
Forlán Penalty scored
Victorino Penalty scored
Scotti Penalty scored
M. Pereira Penalty missed
Abreu Penalty scored
4–2 Penalty scored Gyan
Penalty scored Appiah
Penalty missed Mensah
Penalty missed Adiyiah
Uruguay[68]
Ghana[68]
GK 1 Fernando Muslera
RB 16 Maxi Pereira
CB 2 Diego Lugano (c) Substituted off 38'
CB 6 Mauricio Victorino
LB 4 Jorge Fucile Booked 20'
RM 20 Álvaro Fernández Substituted off 46'
CM 15 Diego Pérez Booked 59'
CM 17 Egidio Arévalo Booked 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
URU-GHA 2010-07-02.svg
GK 22 Richard Kingson
RB 4 John Paintsil Booked 54'
CB 15 Isaac Vorsah
CB 5 John Mensah (c) Booked 93'
LB 2 Hans Sarpei Booked 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:
Jose Manuel Silva Cardinal (Portugal)
Bertino Miranda (Portugal)
Fourth official:
Alberto Undiano Mallenco (Spain)
Fifth official:
Fermín Martínez Ibánez (Spain)


Argentina vs Germany[edit]

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

On 3 July 2010, Germany thrashed Argentina 4–0 at the Cape Town Stadium, to reach the semi-finals.[69] 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.[70] The 4–0 defeat was Argentina's biggest loss at a World Cup since 1974.[71] Germany's coach Joachim Löw hailed his side's performance as one of "absolute class,"[72] but admitted the suspension of Müller for picking up a yellow card was a blow.[73]

3 July 2010
16:00
Argentina  0–4  Germany
Report Müller Goal 3'
Klose Goal 68'89'
Friedrich Goal 74'
Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town
Attendance: 64,100
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)
Argentina[74]
Germany[75]
GK 22 Sergio Romero
RB 15 Nicolás Otamendi Booked 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) Booked 80'
LM 7 Ángel Di María Substituted off 75'
AM 10 Lionel Messi
CF 9 Gonzalo Higuaín
CF 11 Carlos Tévez
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 Booked 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[edit]

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 the defeated Paraguay, the quarter-final appearance was also the country's best ever performance.[76] 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.[76] 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.[77] Paraguay's coach Gerardo Martino stated he would be leaving his position at the end of his contract.[78]

3 July 2010
20:30
Paraguay  0–1  Spain
Report Villa Goal 83'
Paraguay[79]
Spain[79]
GK 1 Justo Villar (c)
RB 2 Darío Verón
CB 14 Paulo da Silva
CB 21 Antolín Alcaraz Booked 59'
LB 3 Claudio Morel Booked 71'
DM 15 Víctor Cáceres Booked 59' Substituted off 84'
RM 11 Jonathan Santana Booked 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 Booked 57'
CB 5 Carles Puyol Substituted off 84'
LB 11 Joan Capdevila
DM 16 Sergio Busquets Booked 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

Man of the Match:
Andrés Iniesta (Spain)

Assistant referees:
Leonel Leal (Costa Rica)
Carlos Pastrana (Honduras)
Fourth official:
Benito Archundia (Mexico)
Fifth official:
Héctor Vergara (Canada)

Semi-finals[edit]

Uruguay vs Netherlands[edit]

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.[80] 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 freekick; however, the score remained 3–2 despite desperate Uruguayan attempts to equalise.[81] After the match, Uruguay's coach Óscar Tabárez spoke of his pride in his team for reaching the semi-finals.[82] The Netherlands progressed to the final of the tournament to face Spain.

6 July 2010
20:30
Uruguay  2–3  Netherlands
Forlán Goal 41'
M. Pereira Goal 90+2'
Report Van Bronckhorst Goal 18'
Sneijder Goal 70'
Robben Goal 73'
Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town
Attendance: 62,479
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)
Uruguay[83]
Netherlands[83]
GK 1 Fernando Muslera
RB 16 Maxi Pereira Booked 21'
CB 3 Diego Godín
CB 6 Mauricio Victorino
LB 22 Martín Cáceres Booked 29'
RM 15 Diego Pérez
CM 5 Walter Gargano
CM 17 Egidio Arévalo
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:
Oscar Tabárez
URU-NED 2010-07-06.svg
GK 1 Maarten Stekelenburg
RB 12 Khalid Boulahrouz Booked 78'
CB 3 John Heitinga
CB 4 Joris Mathijsen
LB 5 Giovanni van Bronckhorst (c)
DM 6 Mark van Bommel Booked 90+5'
DM 14 Demy de Zeeuw Substituted off 46'
RW 11 Arjen Robben Substituted off 89'
AM 10 Wesley Sneijder Booked 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[edit]

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.[84]

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 the first and second halves. 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.[85] 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.[84]

7 July 2010
20:30
Germany  0–1  Spain
Report Puyol Goal 73'
Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban
Attendance: 60,960
Referee: Viktor Kassai (Hungary)
Germany[86]
Spain[86]
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 Rodríguez 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 Erős (Hungary)
Tibor Vámos (Hungary)
Fourth official:
Frank de Bleeckere (Belgium)
Fifth official:
Peter Hermans (Belgium)

Third place play-off[edit]

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.[87] 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 just stood there hopelessly 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.[88] 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".[89]

10 July 2010
20:30
Uruguay  2–3  Germany
Cavani Goal 28'
Forlán Goal 51'
Report Müller Goal 19'
Jansen Goal 56'
Khedira Goal 82'
Uruguay[75]
Germany[75]
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 Booked 61' Substituted off 77'
CM 17 Egidio Arévalo
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 Booked 90+2'
CB 17 Per Mertesacker
LB 4 Dennis Aogo Booked 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 Booked 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[edit]

11 July 2010
20:30
Netherlands  0–1 (a.e.t.)  Spain
Report Iniesta Goal 116'
Soccer City, Johannesburg
Attendance: 84,490
Referee: Howard Webb (England)[90]
Netherlands[91]
Spain[91]
GK 1 Maarten Stekelenburg
RB 2 Gregory van der Wiel Booked 111'
CB 3 John Heitinga Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 57', 109'
CB 4 Joris Mathijsen Booked 117'
LB 5 Giovanni van Bronckhorst (c) Booked 54' Substituted off 105'
DM 6 Mark van Bommel Booked 22'
DM 8 Nigel de Jong Booked 28' Substituted off 99'
RW 11 Arjen Robben Booked 84'
AM 10 Wesley Sneijder
LW 7 Dirk Kuyt Substituted off 71'
CF 9 Robin van Persie Booked 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 Casillas Carles Puyol Joan Capdevila Sergio Ramos Gerard Piqué Sergio Busquets Xabi Alonso Andrés Iniesta Pedro Rodríguez Xavi David Villa Dirk Kuyt Robin van Persie Wesley Sneijder Arjen Robben Nigel de Jong Mark van Bommel Gregory van der Wiel Giovanni van Bronckhorst Joris Mathijsen John Heitinga Maarten StekelenburgNED-ESP 2010-07-11.svg
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GK 1 Iker Casillas (c)
RB 15 Sergio Ramos Booked 23'
CB 3 Gerard Piqué
CB 5 Carles Puyol Booked 16'
LB 11 Joan Capdevila Booked 67'
DM 16 Sergio Busquets
DM 14 Xabi Alonso Substituted off 87'
RW 6 Andrés Iniesta Booked 118'
AM 8 Xavi Booked 120+1'
LW 18 Pedro Rodríguez 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)[90]
Mike Mullarkey (England)[90]
Fourth official:
Yuichi Nishimura (Japan)[90]
Fifth official:
Toru Sagara (Japan)[90]

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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