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The key to World Cup success? Clean sheets

July 1, 2010
The key to World Cup success? Clean sheets

In knock-out competitions, a focus on ‘not losing’ often seems to take precedence over ‘winning’. It is therefore little surprise that recent champions have boasted good defensive records in the final few games of their victorious tournaments.
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Spain 1-0 Portugal: Villa eventually finds a way through, Portugal fail to respond

June 29, 2010
Spain 1-0 Portugal: Villa eventually finds a way through, Portugal fail to respond

AnĀ intriguingĀ game – Spain were comfortable by full-time, but struggled to find the breakthrough. Substitutions were crucial in the outcome.
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Paraguay 0-0 Japan: neither side takes control

June 29, 2010
Paraguay 0-0 Japan: neither side takes control

Paraguay progress on penalties after neither side could score in a very poor 120 minutes of football.
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Brazil 3-0 Chile: Dunga prevails over Bielsa in the tactical contest of the tournament

June 29, 2010
Brazil 3-0 Chile: Dunga prevails over Bielsa in the tactical contest of the tournament

A fascinating game of two vastly different styles – with one clear winner.
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Holland 2-1 Slovakia: long balls towards wingers win it for the Dutch

June 28, 2010
Holland 2-1 Slovakia: long balls towards wingers win it for the Dutch

Another quiet but effective win for Holland, who progress to the quarter-final, where they’ll face a stronger test from either Brazil or Chile.
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