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Spain 2-1 Chile: Chile press, foul, then hold on

June 26, 2010
Spain 2-1 Chile: Chile press, foul, then hold on

What a bizarre game. Chile started better, then conceded a silly goal, then went two goals and one man down in the same move, then started the second half brightly, then realised a 2-1 defeat would send them through, and stopped bothering.
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Portugal 0-0 Brazil: two solid defences, and little creativity

June 25, 2010
Portugal 0-0 Brazil: two solid defences, and little creativity

A quiet game with both sides content to take a point – Brazil are the winners of the group, Portugal are the runners-up – but which, if either, will face Spain?
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Japan 3-1 Denmark: two free-kicks settle the game

June 25, 2010
Japan 3-1 Denmark: two free-kicks settle the game

A straight play-off for the knockout rounds, with the draw favouring Japan. They didn’t need that safety net, and won the game convincingly.
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Slovakia 3-2 Italy: Vittek’s hold-up play the key to victory

June 24, 2010
Slovakia 3-2 Italy: Vittek’s hold-up play the key to victory

A crushing defeat for Italy, but a deserved win for Slovakia, who had a more cohesive side and a clearer gameplan.
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England 1-0 Slovenia: England more balanced and better in possession

June 23, 2010
England 1-0 Slovenia: England more balanced and better in possession

A much improved performance from England that sees them narrowly progress into the knockout stages of the competition. Slovenia looked to be through at full-time, but a late goal from Landon Donovan against Algeria sends them out.
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