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FIFA World Cup 2010: Days 11 and 12

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first goal of FIFA World Cup 2010 Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first goal of FIFA World Cup 2010

Portugal put on the most dominant performance of the tournament, while Spain and South Africa got themselves on track at FIFA World Cup 2010 during play on Days 11 and 12. France meanwhile, continued their dismal play and have become Europe’s biggest soccer loser in this tournament.

7-0 was the final score as Portugal stomped North Korea, ensuring that the Koreans will not advance from group play. Portugal can advance with a tie or better versus Brazil. Even if the Portuguese lose and the Ivory Coast wins their final game but fail to make up the massive goal differential, Portugal will still advance.

Cristiano Ronaldo bumped his slump and finally scored a goal, adding Portugal’s sixth of the match in the 87th minute. Raul Meireles, Hugo Almeida, Liédson, and Simão also added single goals, while Tiago scored twice in the monstrous win.

Chile finally solved the previously unbeatable Swiss defense by scoring a late goal to earn a 1-0 victory. Mark Gonzalez was the Chilean on the spot in the 75th minute to break Switzerland’s 559-minute World Cup shutout streak dating back to 2006. Chile’s second win of the tournament gives them a very good chance to advance from the group stage.

David Villa barely missed a hat trick in Spain’s 2-0 defeat of Honduras. Villa scored two goals and missed a penalty kick in the 62nd minute. After suffering a shocking defeat in their first game, Spain, the tournament favorites, looked like they had recaptured their form. With a win against Chile, Spain can still advance to the round of 16.

Uruguay took home a 1-0 win against an evenly-matched Mexican team. The result allows each team to move on to the Round of 16 following South Africa’s 2-1 defeat of France in other Group A action on Tuesday.

The French team has been the center of controversy and has brought shame on a proud soccer nation. The team refused to practice after Nicolas Anelka was sent home for yelling and cursing at French coach, Raymond Domenech. Several players were benched as punishment, and the team’s disintegration continued in their loss on Tuesday.

Despite the win, South Africa becomes the first host nation not to advance from group play in the 80-year history of the World Cup.

South Korea’s 2-2 draw with Nigeria was enough to earn them second place in Group B and a spot in the final 16.

Argentina continued their strong play with a 2-0 victory over Greece, sending the Greeks packing, while Argentina heads to the next round.

FIFA World Cup 2010 was been filled with wild drama on and off the pitch. The elimination of 2006 runners-up, France, is just the latest in what has been a wild tournament so far. South Africa can hold its head high as host nation despite their team’s failure to advance. The African debut of soccer’s greatest tournament has provided all the thrills football fans have come to expect from the beautiful game.

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