World Cup 2010: Day 17 - Players To Watch & More

The second round continues...
The World Cup 2010 group stage is over and the knockout round is finally upon us. Already we've seen plenty of goals - not least an absolute stunner from Uruguay's Luis Suarez - and that's before the so-called big guns are wheeled into play.

On Sunday we see two matches of unimaginable importance. England meet Germany in a true clash of the titans, with plenty of footballing - and of course - cultural intrigue to go with it. Then Mexico, a powerhouse in their own backyard, come up against the attacking might of Argentina.

And it's all right here...

Today's Schedule

Germany - England Sunday, June 27, 2010 - 15:00 BST
  • Preview: One of the top fixtures of this World Cup
  • Germany have reached at least the quarter-finals in every World Cup since 1978
  • The winner goes on to face either Argentina or Mexico
  • Preview: One of the big favourites lock horns with one of the surprise packages
  • Argentina have won all their matches at World Cup 2010 so far
  • Mexico last made it past this stage in 1986 when they reached the quarter-finals
Five players to watch today

Keep an eye out for these ones...


On his day, there is absolutely no doubting the talents of the Manchester United forward. Yet has he truly managed to turn it on at the World Cup so far? The jury's out - but a goal against Germany would surely turn the tide in his favour.

Not one of the biggest names in a star-studded squad, James Milner has already proven himself to be a decisive performer under Fabio Capello, contributing confident play and more than a few killer final balls, both of which will be needed in spades here.
Miroslav KLOSE

As's Subhankar Mondal says: "The Bayern Munich hitman is not one of the most lethal strikers at club level and not many big clubs in Europe will break the bank to sign him. "However, Klose's performance and goals in the World Cup finals show that he is a striker who can turn on the style on the world's biggest footballing stage and can find goals with his feet or with his head. They missed him against Ghana - can he score against England?"

One of the top goalscorers in the tournament so far, Higuain sat out Argentina's group stage finale over Greece and is set to be reinstated here. Curiously enough for a hat-trick hero his overall performances have yet to really catch the eye. Mexico provide him with a stage to set that right.

Assuming that Diego Maradona deploys an offensive Argentina, expect to see Marquez heavily involved in this fixture. The commanding centre-back arguably saves his best form for El Tri, not Barcelona, and has already shown that he can be a force at both ends of the pitch.

Did you know...?

Fun Fact:
Uruguay reached the quarter-finals for the first time in 40 years with their win over South Korea. In 1970 they reached the semis, where they were eventually beaten 3-1 by Brazil.


The number of goals in minutes played by Uruguay star Luis Suarez
2/6 The number of yellow cards showed to the two winning teams on Saturday versus the amount of bookings for the two losings sides.

What we saw yesterday...

Uruguay 2-1 South Korea (report)

It had been 40 years for the Uruguayans since they last made it to the quarter-finals at a World Cup, but the South Americans have again made it to the last eight after beating South Korea 2-1.

Ajax star Luis Suarez gifted the Uruguayans an early lead, but South Korea were not impressed and restored parity via Lee Chung-Yong. Nevertheless, again Suarez fired Uruguay to victory with a shot curled into the far corner.

USA 1-2 AET Ghana

USA qualified for the knockout stage as group winners and locked horns with the only African team that remained in the competition after the group stage.

Ghana made a brilliant start to the match as they picked up an early lead via flamboyant midfielder Kevin Prince Boateng. The Black Stars continued to dominate without really creating any big chances and escaped when Robbie Findley missed a big opportunity to equalise in the 35th minute.

Landon Donovan did restore parity after the break, when he converted a spot-kick to make it 1-1. Team USA had by then already taken over the initiative and started looking for a winner in the remaining 30 minutes. Ghana goalie Richard Kingson proved to be too much of an obstacle though and the game went into extra-time.

Asamoah Gyan put Ghana into the lead with a goal after only three minutes of extra-time and the African titans successfully defended their lead to book their ticket for the quarter-finals.

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