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Uruguay’s Sebastian Eguren carries Luis Suarez (top) as they celebrate after the team won a penalty shootout against Ghana in a 2010 World Cup quarter-final soccer match at Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg July 2, 2010. REUTERS/Henry Romero

Is there any surprise? Certainly not!

The quarter finals were really amazing and past with remarkable games which will be mentioned in the following years many times. It will be better to start with the game between Brazil and the Netherlands. Many people think that Brazil would win the game easily. They could settle on the game in the first half but they could only score once with the magnificent play of Felipe Melo who would later have the game ruined down for his side. First, he scored an own goal and then he was sent off. On the other side of the pitch, there was a patient Dutch team which plays with a more conservative compared to their past tournaments. The new generation now learned how to play a long campaign. They also had a fascinating performance in EURO 2008 but they were eliminated by Russia in quarter finals. Now, thanks to the leadership of Wesley Sneijder, they are one of semi-finalists. Sneijder has 4 goals in the campaign up to now and the recovery of Arjen Robben puts his form further on the pitch.

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Germany’s Miroslav Klose scores a goal during a 2010 World Cup quarter-final soccer match against Argentina at Green Point stadium in Cape Town July 3, 2010. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

The second game of the quarter finals was quite weird. The game was going on in a quiet mood until 120th minute but Luiz Suarez came into the view. He saved the header by Gyan Asamoah with his hand and the referee immediately went to the penalty area. Suarez was sent off but soon he would be the man of the night as Gyan Asamoah hit the post and the game went to penalty shootout. Uruguay won 4-2 and Luiz Suarez was the man on the shoulders. However, he will not be on the pitch for the Netherlands game.

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Argentina’s coach Diego Maradona (L) and Lionel Messi react after Germany won their 2010 World Cup quarter-final soccer match at Green Point stadium in Cape Town July 3, 2010. REUTERS/Darren Staples

The next day, there was a big clash between Maradona?s Argentina and Joachim Low?s incredible Germany. Low?s side certainly dominated the game from the first minute. The score sheet was amazingly showing a 4-0 victory for Germany. Scweinsteiger, Muller, Podolski and Klose showed a fascinating performance but for me, it was Sami Khedira who settled all the balance of the team from behind. He did not only make powerful defence but also influenced the centre backs to get into the game. As a result, Arne Friedrich scored the third goal. It was a tragic end for Maradona as he certainly believed that his team will ?kiss? the World Cup at the end. He only watched the game as the supporters did without making any strategical changes. His squad was too offensive for a team like Germany.

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Spain’s goalkeeper Iker Casillas consoles Paraguay’s Oscar Cardozo (L) after their 2010 World Cup quarter-final soccer match at Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg July 3, 2010. REUTERS/David Gray

The other game was between Spain and Paraguay and it ended with the marvellous performance of Iker Casillas, the goalkeeper of Real Madrid. Actually the game was very boring but it reached its climax in the second half when both teams missed a penalty respectively in two minutes time. However, it was again David Villa who came as the savior of Spain with a technical shot in the 83rd minute. Now, they will face with Germany in the semi-final. The program of the semi-finals are as following:

6 July 2010 – The Netherlands vs. Uruguay

7 July 2010 – Germany vs. Spain

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Referee Yuichi Nishimura of Japan flashes the red card to Brazil’s Felipe Melo (5) for his foul on Netherlands’ Arjen Robben (2nd R) during the 2010 World Cup quarter-final soccer match in Port Elizabeth July 2, 2010.


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