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Del Bosque praises in-form Villa

Posted Wednesday, June 30, 2010 by PA

Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque hailed the all-round brilliance of match-winner David Villa after the forward's goal secured a 1-0 win over Portugal to reach the World Cup quarter-finals. Del Bosque's side now move on to face Paraguay in the last eight after an excellent performance in Cape Town which was only rewarded when Villa found the net in the second half. "David scored that goal w...Full Story »

Barcelona want to sign Germany star Ozil

Posted Wednesday, June 30, 2010 by The Independent

Reports suggest Barcelona have stepped up their interest in Werder Bremen playmaker Mesut Ozil and are willing to offer cash plus Alex Hleb to secure the Germany international’s services. The 21-year-old has been outstanding during the World Cup in South Africa, being particularly impressive in the victories against Australia and England. Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola is a big fan of ...Full Story »

Brazil to treat Holland game 'like a final'

Posted Wednesday, June 30, 2010 by theguardian.com

The Brazil coach, Dunga, has described Holland as 'solid' with 'technical ability'.  Brazil know that the World Cup will become more serious against Holland on Friday, after the five-times champions secured their quarter-finals place with yesterday's 3-0 win over Chile. "We know the Netherlands are a very difficult team to play against," the Brazil coach, Dunga, said. "Their football is a...Full Story »

Roy is the top boy for Kop Stars

Posted Wednesday, June 30, 2010 by NOTW.co.uk

HODGSON: Reds stars agree with his appointment ROY HODGSON'S appointment as Liverpool boss will get the thumbs-up from the Kop's stars. Fernando Torres, Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher have their minds on the World Cup, but will back the arrival of the current Fulham manager. Liverpool players not at the tournament return to pre-season training this Friday, by which time Hodgson's app...Full Story »

Tired old exceuse offered by Capello

Posted Wednesday, June 30, 2010 by NOTW.co.uk

ENGLAND coach Fabio Capello claims tiredness was behind his stars' humiliating performance at the World Cup Finals. The sum total of the nation's tournament was draws with USA and Algeria, a narrow victory over Slovenia and a record defeat at this level to Germany in the first knockout stage. Capello, who had claimed his team were primed and ready for Sunday's showdown, feels fatigue was the...Full Story »

Villa sends Spain into quarters

Posted Wednesday, June 30, 2010 by PA

Spain's crusade to add the World Cup trophy to their Euro 2008 title continued with a closely-fought 1-0 win over 10-man Portugal. Vicente Del Bosque's side dominated on the ball as usual but were frustrated for long periods by Portugal, who had decent chances of their own at Cape Town's Green Point Stadium. Spain's patience paid off, however, as David Villa's 63rd-minute goal secured victory...Full Story »

Villa the difference as Spain beats Portugal 1-0

Posted Wednesday, June 30, 2010 by YAHOO Sport

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP)—David Villa finished off a move of Spanish perfection to finally break down Portugal’s defensive wall Tuesday and give the European champions a 1-0 win and spot in the World Cup quarterfinals. Villa scored his fourth goal of the tournament in the 63rd minute, while Cristiano Ronaldo again failed to inspire Portugal. A trademark Spanish passing move foun...Full Story »

Villa strike sees Spain progress

Posted Wednesday, June 30, 2010 by PA

Spain's crusade to add the World Cup trophy to their Euro 2008 title continued tonight with a closely-fought last-16 win over Iberian neighbours Portugal. Vicente Del Bosque's side dominated on the ball as usual but were frustrated for long periods by Portugal, who had decent chances of their own at Cape Town's Green Point Stadium. Ultimately Spain's patience paid off, however, as David Villa'...Full Story »

Gyan expects to face Uruguay

Posted Wednesday, June 30, 2010 by PA

Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan is winning his battle to be fit for Friday's quarter-final clash with Uruguay in Johannesburg. The 24-year-old has been forced to sit out his country's last two training sessions with an ankle problem sustained during the win over the United States in the last-16 meeting. But the Rennes player is confident he will be ready to try and improve on his tally of three goa...Full Story »

World Cup Player Ratings: Paraguay 0-0 Japan (5-3 pens)

Posted Wednesday, June 30, 2010 by YAHOO Sport

PARAGUAY Villar – 7 - Was wholly untested over the course of 90 minutes. Did punch away one dangerous cross but didn’t have anything else of note to cope with. Sharp from his line to clear a couple of weak back passes. Bonet – 7 - Got forward semi-regularly from his role at right-back and tended to do so in a fairly effective manner. Could have done with supplying more direct...Full Story »

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