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Goalless Brazil, Portugal advance


A match that had all the ingredients for a pot-boiler ended in a goalless draw as the safety-first approach of both the coaches ensured Brazil and Portugal shared the spoils in a booking-littered game at the Moses Mabhida Stadium here on Friday.

South Koreans carry Asian flag

South Korea progressed to the second round of the World Cup for only the second time in eight attempts after a 2-2 draw with Nigeria in their final Group B match here on Tuesday.

Do-or-die clash for Super Eagles

South Korea play winless Nigeria in their final Group B match here on Tuesday in the knowledge that a win would seal their berth in the last 16 stage of the World Cup.
The South Koreans, bidding to reach the second round for only the second time in eight World Cups, kicked off their group campaign here with a 2-0 win over Greece, but then crashed 1-4 to Argentina to stand second in Group B.

Sneijder fires Dutch win


Wesley Sneijder fired the Netherlands to a comfortable 1-0 win over Japan and pole position in World Cup Group E here on Saturday.
After seeing off Denmark 2-0 in their opening match, the Dutch now sit atop their group on a maximum six points from two games, with Japan on three points having b

Spain empty after shock loss: Casillas

It was not supposed to turn out like that: mighty Spain were left in shock after losing their World Cup opener, 1-0 against Switzerland.
“You leave with a feeling of complete emptiness,” captain Iker Casillas admitted after the game on Wednesday in Durban. “It’s been a great blow. It’s been a misfortune of football. It’s a real blow to start like this,” playmaker Xavi Hernandez agreed. “We weren’t expecting this, to be honest.:

Swiss shock for ‘favourites’ Spain

World Cup favourites Spain crashed to a shock 1-0 defeat to unfancied Switzerland in their opening game of the tournament here on Wednesday. A rock solid defence and a tremendous goalkeeping effort from Diego Benaglio saw the Swiss take the lead in the 51st minute through Gelson Fernandes and sustain wave after wave of pressure to hold on for the win in the Group H clash.

Germans hit Aussies for a boundary

Three-time world champions Germany warned doubters they are real title contenders on Sunday with a 4-0 victory over 10-man Australia for the perfect start to their 2010 World Cup campaign.

Germans up for Oz-some task

Young German national team will seek to overcome on Sunday the absence of captain Michael Ballack when they make their debut in Group D of the 2010 World Cup against compatriots Australia in Durban.

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