South America had four representatives in this quarter-final games, and destiny had spared each of them a direct confrontation with one another, but after the quarter-final games, only one South American team is left to play for the semis, as Brazil, Argentina and finally Paraguay have been eliminated, while the sole survivor is Uruguay. The European continent will be represented in the semis by Spain, Netherlands, and Germany, while the last African team, Ghana, could not pursue their adventure at becoming the first African side to reach a semi-final in World Cup history, eliminated by the Uruguayans.
Friday night saw Brazil being eliminated by Netherlands in the first quarter-final game, as despite opening the score early on by Robinho, the Brazilians could not finish the job, and finally cracked as Melo first scored an own goal, then Sneijder headed the Oranje in the lead to deny Brazil a place in the last 4. Later on that night, Ghana, the last African club left, could not get through as well, as the game ended 1-1 after 120 minutes (extra-time included) against Uruguay, whereby Gyan missed a golden opportunity to grab the winner in the dying seconds, but sent his penalty on the bar instead, and the game was finally decided on penalty-shootouts, and Uruguay keeper Muslera was the hero as he stopped two shots and Uruguay won 4-2.
Saturday night saw Germany stroll in Argentina’s defense, as the Mannschaft won easily 4-0 against a rather subdued Argentinian side, with Klose scoring a double to pile on the misery for the Argentinians. The same night, Paraguay and Spain met in a decisive game, whereby Cardozo had a penalty saved, while Alonso as well saw his second attempt saved despite scoring in the first one but with some infringements involved, thus leading to a retake. It was Villa who finally scored the important goal for the Spaniards to avoid what was seeming to be extra-time, as his shot bounced off both posts before going in. Santa Cruz missed a late equalizer, as Spain held on to book their place in the semi-final.
So following these games, we’ll now have a first semi-final whereby Netherlands will face Uruguay on Tuesday night, while on Wednesday night another passionate match awaits as Germany will face Spain.