Carlos Tevez's brace and Gonzalo Higuain's first half strike helped the Albicelestes to trounce Mexico 3-1 to set up yet another Quarter Final clash with Germany in a re-match of their 2006 campaign. TheHardTackle's Debapriya Deb analyzes the actions from Soccer City Stadium.
Clinical counter attack from the young German team proved to be too good for Englishmen to handle. A brace from Muller ensured a quarter-final berth for National Mannschaft, after a goal each from Klose and Podolski had got the Germans off to a perfect start, in a match that would also be remembered for the wrong reasons. THT's Arnav Bose reviews the game that broke the English hearts.
Third day of the last sixteen clashes will feature two modern day powerhouses. While Netherlands take on Slovakia in the first match, five times champions Brazil will lock horns with their Latin American counterpart Chile. TheHardTackle's Nitin Goel previews both the matches for our readers to get a clear idea of what to expect from the encounters.
Day 17 will see three former world champions take the stage. England take on Germany as one of the more bitter rivalries in European football resumes. Argentina take on Mexico is a rematch of last years' pre-quarter final. Will Mexico be able to gain revenge?
TheHardTackle's Guest Author Arvind S Balasubramanian analyzes the root cause of the Azzurri debacle in this World Cup and evaluates the possible road ahead for the new La Nazionale boss Cesare Prandelli.
Brazil, the most successful nation has long been lauded as the team that plays most attractive football. But is this epithet completely correct in last two decades ? THT's Somnath Sengupta takes a cynical look at recent Brazilian teams, and compares them with the older teams. In Part-1 let us looks at the historical context of Brazil's association with Joga Bonito
TheHardTackle's Arnav Bose reviews the action from the final day of group league matches, which saw Brazil drawing with Portugal and Spain defeating Chile; however all four teams qualified for the knockout round.
In a must win clash, Spain scraped past 10 man Chile in a well contested encounter. Goals from David Villa and Andres Iniesta saw Spain top Group H and book a meeting with fellow Iberians Portugal.
The most-awaited encounter of Group G between Brazil and Portugal ended in a goalless stale-mate as both teams were more than happy to secure a single point and a place in Round two. Brazil managed to finish a group game in a World Cup without scoring a goal, the last occurrence of which, was 32 years back.
Africa's first ever knockout WC matches are here. There is no room for error when Uruguay meet South Korea and USA meet Ghana. Let the real fun begin! TheHardTackle's Nipun Malhotra looks ahead to the day's action..