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South Africa - World Cup 2010

South Africa - World Cup 2010

World Cup 2010: Players made Howard Webb's task impossible, claims Sepp Blatter

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has stood by under-fire English referee Howard Webb and claims he had a "very hard task" during Sunday night's fiery World Cup final.

Aidan Smith: 'This has not been 1970 all over again but few Finals are'

EVERY major football tournament produces innovations which are then adopted by domestic leagues across the planet.

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Brazil 0 - 0 Portugal: Pre-match hype fizzles out in abject stalemate

PORTUGAL failed in their attempt to beat Brazil and climb above the World Cup heavyweights in a toothless Group G match in Durban.

Italy 2 - 3 Slovakia: Champions Italy are sent crashing out of World Cup

CHAMPIONS Italy crashed out of the World Cup as first-time qualifiers Slovakia booked a surprising place in the last 16, with English referee Howard Webb and his assistants denying the Azzurri what looked like a valid equaliser.

Sarkozy vows to investigate debacle as shamed France team arrive home

FRANCE'S World Cup squad arrived home to a cold welcome after a humiliating early exit that has been condemned by domestic media as a scandal.

Maurice Edu hails unity and character of Americans

UNITED States midfielder Maurice Edu hailed his side's heart, unity and character following their late win over Algeria.

Switzerland target two-goal margin against Honduras to progress

SWITZERLAND'S resolute defence has won many World Cup plaudits though the focus must be on attack when the Swiss face Honduras in their last Group H game today as they bid for a place in the last 16.

Africans are overcome by home stress, says Ivory Coast's Salomon Kalou

THE strain of living up to the raised expectations of playing on home soil is the reason most African countries have underperformed at the World Cup, according to Ivory Coast striker Salomon Kalou.

Spain's Andres Iniesta ignores critics ahead of Chile clash

SPAIN must ignore external criticism and show faith in the playing style that has served them so well for today's showdown against Group H leaders Chile, according to midfielder Andres Iniesta.

Italy 2 - 3 Slovakia: Shock as holders crash out of World Cup group stages

CHAMPIONS Italy crashed out of the World Cup as first-time qualifiers Slovakia booked a surprising place in the last 16, with English referee Howard Webb and his assistants denying the Azzurri what looked like a valid equaliser.

France 1 - 2 South Africa: Evra vows to reveal 'truth' after defeat seals French misery

FRANCE exited the World Cup at the first-round stage with barely a whimper after this humbling defeat by the host nation at the Free State Stadium.

France 1 - 2 South Africa: Late Malouda strike fails to save French from tournament exit

FRANCE exited the World Cup at the first round stage with barely a whimper after this humbling defeat by the host nation at the Free State Stadium.

World Cup daily: Tuesday 22 June 2010

France could go out today if Mexico and Uruguay decide to play out a draw in Group A, while Lionel Messi and Argentina will be aiming to maintain their 100% record against Greece.

South Africa defiant after 3-0 loss

DEFIANT South Africa coach Carlos Alberto Parreira urged his side not to let their heads drop as they seek to bounce back from the potentially-costly 3-0 World Cup defeat to Uruguay in Pretoria.

South Africa 0 - 3 Uruguay: Ruthless Forlan pushes host nation closer to early exit

HOST nation South Africa were left facing the prospect of an early World Cup exit after slumping to defeat at the hands of a Diego Forlan-inspired Uruguay in Pretoria.

World Cup daily: Wednesday 16 June 2010

North Korea gave Brazil a scare yesterday as the tournament sprung into life. All eyes will be on Spain today who will be looking to get their World Cup off to a positive start.

South African manager Parreira wary of danger posed by Diego

SOUTH AFRICA coach Carlos Alberto Parreira has singled out Uruguay striker Diego Forlan as a player his side will need to pay special attention to in tonight's clash in Pretoria.

South Africa 0 - 3 Uruguay: Hosts face disaster after drubbing from Uruguay

HOST nation South Africa were left facing the prospect of an early World Cup exit after slumping to defeat at the hands of a Diego Forlan-inspired Uruguay in Pretoria tonight.

World Cup 2010: Parreira tips hosts to handle growing group pressure

SOUTH Africa coach Carlos Alberto Parreira believes his side will be more confident going into tonight's potentially crucial World Cup showdown with Uruguay having got their first game under their belts.

Weary Pienaar vows to soldier on

STEVEN Pienaar is not prepared to let the effects of a gruelling Barclays Premier League campaign hamper his World Cup, despite admitting his "legs are tired".

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