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Villa sends Spain into quarters

Posted Wednesday, June 30, 2010 by PA

Spain's crusade to add the World Cup trophy to their Euro 2008 title continued with a closely-fought 1-0 win over 10-man Portugal. Vicente Del Bosque's side dominated on the ball as usual but were frustrated for long periods by Portugal, who had decent chances of their own at Cape Town's Green Point Stadium. Spain's patience paid off, however, as David Villa's 63rd-minute goal secured victory...Full Story »

Villa the difference as Spain beats Portugal 1-0

Posted Wednesday, June 30, 2010 by YAHOO Sport

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP)—David Villa finished off a move of Spanish perfection to finally break down Portugal’s defensive wall Tuesday and give the European champions a 1-0 win and spot in the World Cup quarterfinals. Villa scored his fourth goal of the tournament in the 63rd minute, while Cristiano Ronaldo again failed to inspire Portugal. A trademark Spanish passing move foun...Full Story »

Villa strike sees Spain progress

Posted Wednesday, June 30, 2010 by PA

Spain's crusade to add the World Cup trophy to their Euro 2008 title continued tonight with a closely-fought last-16 win over Iberian neighbours Portugal. Vicente Del Bosque's side dominated on the ball as usual but were frustrated for long periods by Portugal, who had decent chances of their own at Cape Town's Green Point Stadium. Ultimately Spain's patience paid off, however, as David Villa'...Full Story »

Gyan expects to face Uruguay

Posted Wednesday, June 30, 2010 by PA

Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan is winning his battle to be fit for Friday's quarter-final clash with Uruguay in Johannesburg. The 24-year-old has been forced to sit out his country's last two training sessions with an ankle problem sustained during the win over the United States in the last-16 meeting. But the Rennes player is confident he will be ready to try and improve on his tally of three goa...Full Story »

World Cup Player Ratings: Paraguay 0-0 Japan (5-3 pens)

Posted Wednesday, June 30, 2010 by YAHOO Sport

PARAGUAY Villar – 7 - Was wholly untested over the course of 90 minutes. Did punch away one dangerous cross but didn’t have anything else of note to cope with. Sharp from his line to clear a couple of weak back passes. Bonet – 7 - Got forward semi-regularly from his role at right-back and tended to do so in a fairly effective manner. Could have done with supplying more direct...Full Story »

Paraguay 0-0 Japan (5-2 pens): La Albirroja Hold Nerve To Claim Quarter-Final Berth

Posted Wednesday, June 30, 2010 by YAHOO Sport

The first penalty shoot-out of the 2010 World Cup has seen Paraguay progress at the expense of Japan after a tense but ultimately tepid encounter in Pretoria. There were few genuine chances over the course of a tense match. La Albirroja had the better of the play but struggled to create chances against a well disciplined Blue Samurai defence, while the Japanese were frequently found wanting for...Full Story »

Paraguay progress as Japan pay penalty

Posted Wednesday, June 30, 2010 by PA

Paraguay progressed through to the quarter-finals of the World Cup for the first time in their history after beating Japan in a penalty shoot-out in Pretoria. With neither side able to make the breakthrough during 120 minutes of precious few goalscoring chances or notable incidents, it needed the first shoot-out of the 2010 World Cup to separate the two nations. And it was Paraguay who emerged...Full Story »

Paraguay sneak through

Posted Wednesday, June 30, 2010 by PA

Paraguay progressed through to the quarter-finals of the World Cup for the first time in their history after beating Japan 5-3 in a penalty shoot-out after a goalless draw in Pretoria. With neither side able to make the breakthrough during 120 minutes of precious few goalscoring chances or notable incidents, it needed the first shoot-out of the 2010 World Cup to separate the two nations. And i...Full Story »

Tevez dreams of glory

Posted Tuesday, June 29, 2010 by PA

Argentina star Carlos Tevez admits he cannot bear to think of losing to Germany in Saturday's World Cup quarter-final. The 26-year-old Manchester City striker and his team-mates will attempt to book their place in the semi-finals in Cape Town on Saturday evening with the alternative simply not an option. He told www.clarin.com: "Why not think I can be a champion? Every night, I do. I have a hu...Full Story »

Gilberto spells out Brazil desire

Posted Tuesday, June 29, 2010 by PA

Midfielder Gilberto Silva has spoken of Brazil's hunger for a sixth World Cup crown, insisting all the players are desperate for success in South Africa. The South Americans sealed their place in the quarter-finals on Monday night after coasting to a 3-0 win over continental rivals Chile in Johannesburg and the former Arsenal player is backing the Selecao to now go all the way. "I believe we c...Full Story »

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