An early Gabriel Heinze header meant Argentina kept their unbeaten record intact against a battling Nigeria and made a winning start to their World Cup campaign. All eyes were on Maradona as he returned to the world stage, albeit as a coach, against the Nigerians - the same opposition in his last game at the 1994 World Cup.
Close battles to look forward to on Day 3 as Algeria and Slovenia look to take advantage of the draw between England and USA. In Group D, Serbia and Ghana play a potentially do-or-die game, while Germany kick-off against Australia! Here is a look at Day 3...
The World Cup kicked off with an entertaining 1-1 draw between the host South Africa and Mexico, which was followed by a dull stalemate between Uruguay and France. TheHardTackle's Sounak Mukherjee relives all the action in the first day of the tournament.
In any sport, a hattrick is something every athlete dreams about. Scoring a hat-trick in a world cup is one of the high points in a footballer's career. THT's Somnath Sengupta takes a walk down memory lane to look back on some famous hat-tricks. THT's Somnath Sengupta takes a walk down memory lane to look back at some famous hat-tricks...
Day 2 of the 2010 World Cup will witness two former champions, Argentina and England in action. Three matches are lined up for the day. Korea Republic will take on Greece in the opening encounter of Group B, while Argentina will lock horns with Nigerian Super Eagles. The match of the day is between England and USA. TheHardTackle previews the matches of the day and lists down the key battles to watch out for.
With a star studded side, the French were clearly the favorites in this clash, yet a resolute, although unglamorous, performance from Oscar Tabarez's Uruguay ensured France would have to be content with a goalless stalemate.
Although the attacking side was a delight to watch, South Africa's defence left loads of room for improvement. TheHardTackle's Akarsh Sharma tells the world to counter-attack like the Bafana Bafana, but definitely, not imitate their defence.
The beautiful game has thrown up a crop of hardened football players whose aggression, energy, enthusiasm, pride and passion can improve or bring down the morale of their team. TheHardTackle's Dhawal Verma lists down the top ten footballers whose aggresive on-field antics could impact the fortunes of their respective sides in the World Cup.
The hosts kick-off the greatest sporting spectacle on the planet. Day 1 sees two games featuring the four sides that make up Group A. The results of the first day will be vital to setting the tone for the rest of the event, and what better group to start off with, than one whose constituent nations offer little to choose between them, on current form.
Usually, one man is never the reason for his team's glory. He always needs a 'partner in crime' to help him out. Together, they might conquer the world! TheHardTackle's Somnath Sengupta picks out ten potentially devastating partnerships to look forward to in South Africa..