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10.10.2010

Quarterfinals: Germany was too much for Maradona's side

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Maradona was convinced that his team would win the Cup but his dream ended at the Green Point Stadium in Cape Town. Germany, with Klose and Müller commanding a powerful attack, crushed Argentina 4-0.

The goals were scored by Thomas Müller (3'), Miroslav Klose (68'), Arne Friedrich (74') and Klose again (89'). The South American team had Messi on the field but they were no rival for a solid German team.

Many newspapers in Argentina criticized that a team with players like Messi, Milito and Tevez should have reach at least the semifinals and the main reason for the fail was Maradona's lack of experience as a coach.

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Quarterfinals: Electrifying win of Uruguay over Ghana in penalty shootout

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People from Uruguay will never forget this victory. And the people from Ghana and in all Africa will not forget the pain of their defeat. The Soccer City Stadium held one of the most breathtaking games of all times. Uruguay beat Ghana 4-2 in penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw in extended time.

Sulley Muntari socored the opener for Ghana, the only African team alive so far, but Diego Forlan netted the equalizer for Uruguay. And when it was all over, South American striker Luis Suarez touch the ball with the hand in his own area to keep it from entering the goal. It was a penalty and a red card for him, but it was not a goal for Ghana because Asamoah Gyan missed the shot in the very last minute of the game.

After that, the penalty shootout began. And in the end the glory was for Uruguay, who reach the semis after more than 40 years.

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Quarterfinals: Netherlands beat Brazil with Wesley Sneijder's double

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The Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth was the scenario for one of the most expected games in the last ten years. Superfavorite Brazil needed to beat a really talented Netherlands to reach the semifinals, but just like in Germany, it was not possible for the "verde-amarela"to reach that stage. The orange playmaker Wesley Sneijder scored twice and lead his country one step closer to the glory.

Brazil was a solid team with a furious attack in the first minutes, and the effort lead them to score first. Robinho finished a brilliant move and netted the opener, but Netherlands were patient enough to recover the ball and control the game. And the second part was completely different: the orange side became stronger and ended winning the match.

A millionaire team with players like Kaka, Robinho, Luis Fabiano or Dani Alves, to name a few, is now out of South Africa, but they can have their revenge in 2014: The World Cup will be played in Brazil.

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Quarterfinals: Casillas and Villa lead Spain to the Semis

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Spain proved to be a serious candidate but Paraguay was one of the strongest teams still alive in the Cup. Del Bosque's side even needed Iker Casillas to stop a penalty shot by Oscar Cardozo to have a chance of winning this game.

And that was because the talented Xavi Alonso miss a penalty for Spain too, in one of the moust exciting matches of South Africa 2010. This clash took place at the Ellis Park Stadium, in Johannesburg, and the winner goal was netted by David Villa only at the minute 83. It was the end of the story for Paraguay and the beginning of the dream for the "Red Fury".

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