World Cup Odds: Enter the Round of 16

Published June 26, 2010 by OCR Editor

World Cup Odds: Enter the Round of 16

Uruguay and Korea lock horns, while the USA takes to the field against Ghana in the opening matches of the Round of 16.

The final day of the Group Stage of the FIFA 2010 World Cup was dominated by draws but also showcased a resurgent Spain taking on a 10-man Chile squad. The day kicked off amidst massive expectation with the Brazil vs. Portugal encounter. That both Group G teams had already assured themselves of a final berth in the Round of 16 was put on the backburner. They went head-to-head in a hard fought contest that was marked by scuffles, ill-temper at times and lots of defensive football. It ended in a surprising 0 - 0 draw.

Chile took on Spain in their Group H final match. Both teams pass through into the next round with Spain topping the leaderboard with a classy 2 - 1 victory over their South American counterparts. The match was played with flair and passion and was a deserving victory for the European favourites. North Korea was outgunned by a goal-laden Cote d'Ivoire side to the tune of 3 - 0. But not even that merciless thumping was even to edge the African kings to the Round of 16. Both teams were effectively relegated to the sidelines of the contest. Honduras and Switzerland settled for a goalless draw in their final Group H encounter.

Enter the Round of 16

The day kicks off with the 16h00 crunch match between South American giants Uruguay (Group A winners) and the in-form Korea Republic (Group B runners up). This contest is being billed as the most exciting day game of the FIFA World Cup to date. The victors will secure their spot in the quarter-finals of this illustrious event.

African hopefuls Ghana will be taking off the gloves as they encounter a resurgent USA side that has shown incredible form of late. At 20h30 both these giants of the football world will do battle at Rustenburg's Royal Bafokeng Stadium for a spot in the quarter-finals of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. USA is looking for a shock victory over the highly skilled Ghanaians, but whose place will be secured is anyone's guess.

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