The Group Stage of the FIFA 2010 World Cup has come to an end yesterday, after 48 Matches in fifteen days of thrilling Soccer. Most of the matches that I have seen and the Goals scored were extraordinary. In this great battle of 32 Nations for the 2010 World Cup, 16 countries are eliminated and the other 16 have qualified and reached another prestigious Stage of World Soccer - ‘Round of 16’, the knockout stage.
The Countries that have qualified for the Round of 16 are Uruguay, South Korea, USA, Ghana, Germany, England, Argentina, Mexico, Netherlands, Slovakia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Japan, Spain and Portugal.
16 Countries that are eliminated after playing the Group Stage Matches are: France, South Africa, Greece, Nigeria, Algeria, Slovenia, Serbia, Australia, Cameroon, Denmark, Italy (Winners of the last World Cup), New Zealand, Ivory Coast, North Korea, Switzerland and Honduras.
From now on the Matches will be much more interesting. Starting from today - 26th June; 8 Matches will take place until 30th June. 8 Countries will be eliminated in this Stage of the Game and the other 8 will qualify for the Quarterfinals.
I am not taking any side so I enjoy watching the game, the passes, the goals, the saves, the corner shots and the penalty hits of both the teams. Of course it is disappointing when Matches end in Draws with no goals scored. I strongly recommend that you watch the remaining games and enjoy the excitement of the Matches. The schedule of ‘Round of 16 Matches’ is as follows and the timings are as in India (IST):
Uruguay vs. South Korea – June 26, 7:30 pm.
USA vs. Ghana – June 27, 12:00 am.
Germany vs. England – June 27, 7:30 pm.
Argentina vs. Mexico – June 28, 12:00 am.
Netherland vs. Slovakia – June 28 7:30 pm.
Brazil vs. Chile – June 29, 12:00 am.
Paraguay vs. Japan – June 29, 7:30 pm.
Spain vs. Portugal – June 30, 12:00 am.
Happy viewing till final whistle!!!