The Knockout Stages of the 2010 FIFA World Cup

06/27/2010

The Knockout Stages of the 2010 FIFA World Cup started on 26 June. Information about the draw can be found at the FIFA web site.

Teams

The 16 teams that qualified for the knockout stages were:

Group Team Group Position FIFA Rank

May 2010

Games Won Goals Scored Yellow Cards
A Uruguay 1 16 2 4 3
A Mexico 2 17 1 3 8
B Argentina 1 7 3 7 5
B Korea 2 47 1 5 3
C USA 1 14 1 4 6
C England 2 8 1 2 5
D Germany 1 6 2 5 6
D Ghana 2 32 1 2 6
E Netherlands 1 4 3 5 6
E Japan 2 45 2 4 3
F Paraguay 1 31 1 3 4
F Slovakia 2 34 1 4 8
G Brazil 1 1 2 5 4
G Portugal 2 3 1 7 7
H Spain 1 2 2 4 0
H Chile 2 18 2 3 10

I monitored two performance parameters in the Group Stage of the tournament (48 games).

  • The outcome of scoring the first goal in a game.
  • The relationship between FIFA ranking and game outcome.

In the Knockout Stage:

Team that scored first (game count = 16):

Won Lost
12 1

Brazil scored first in Game 57 and lost 1-2 to Netherlands in the quarter final game.

Exception: 0-0 draw

Paraguay v Japan

(Note: Paraguay won the penalty shoot out 5-3 and scored the first penalty in the shoot out)

Netherlands v Spain

Exception: score draw

Uruguay v Ghana

Results from FIFA Rankings (game count = 16):

FIFA Ranking Won Lost
Higher Ranking Team 14 2
Lower Ranking Team 2 14

Note that the Knockout Stage requires a win or lose outcome. Extra time is played if required. Ultimately games are decided by a penalty shoot out if no team has won at the end of extra time.

Draws at Full Time

USA v Ghana (Ghana scored in extra time to win the game)

Paraguay v Japan (result determined by penalty shoot out: Paraguay scored 5 penalty goals and Japan scored 3)

Uruguay v Ghana (result determined by penalty shoot out; Uruguay scored 4 penalty goals and Ghana scored 2)

Netherlands v Spain (Spain scored in extra time)


Higher Ranking Team Loses

USA (v Ghana)

Brazil (v Netherlands)

Venues

There were 10 venues in use at the World Cup. 16 games were played at eight of these venues in the Knockout Stages of the tournament.

Venue Altitude (m)
Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Total Goals
Johannesburg JSC 1753 4 2 1 7
Johannesburg JEP 1753 3 1 - 4
Rustenburg 1500 3 - - 3
Mangaung/ Bloemfontein 1400 5 - - 5
Tshwane/Pretoria 1214 0 - - 0
Durban 0 3 1 - 4
Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth 0 3 3 5 11
Cape Town 0 1 4 5 10

Referees

The referees in the Knockout Stages were:

Name Country Games

Refereed

Goals
Stark GER Uruguay v Korea 3
Kassai HUN USA v Ghana

Germany v Spain

3

1

Larrionda URU Germany v England 5
Rosetti ITA Argentina v Mexico 4
Undiano ESP Netherlands v Slovakia 3
Webb GBR Brazil v Chile

Netherlands v Spain

3

1

De Bleekere BEL Paraguay v Japan 0
Baldassi ARG Spain v Portugal 1
Nishimura JPN Netherlands v Brazil 3
Benquerenca POR Uruguay v Ghana 2
Irmatov UZB Argentina v Germany

Uruguay v Netherlands

4

5

Batres GUA Paraguay v Spain 1
Archundia MEX Uruguay v Germany 5

Goals Scored

Minute in Game Goal
3 Germany v Argentina
5 Ghana v USA
8 Uruguay v Korea
10 Brazil v Netherlands
18 Netherlands v Slovakia
18 Netherlands v Uruguay
19 Germany v Uruguay
20 Germany v England
26 Argentina v Mexico
28 Uruguay v Germany
32 Germany v England
33 Argentina v Mexico
35 Brazil v Chile
37 England v Germany
38 Brazil v Chile
41 Uruguay v Netherlands
45 Ghana v Uruguay
51 Uruguay v Germany
52 Argentina v Mexico
53 Netherlands v Brazil
55 Uruguay v Ghana
56 Germany v Uruguay
59 Brazil v Chile
62 USA v Ghana
63 Spain v Portugal
67 Germany v England
68 Korea v Uruguay
68 Netherlands v Brazil
68 Germany v Argentina
70 Germany v England
70 Netherlands v Uruguay
71 Mexico v Argentina
73 Netherlands v Uruguay
73 Spain v Germany
74 Germany v Argentina
80 Uruguay v Korea
82 Germany v Uruguay
83 Spain v Paraguay
84 Netherlands v Slovakia
89 Germany v Argentina
90 Slovakia v Netherlands
90 Uruguay v Netherlands
93 Ghana v USA
116 Spain v Netherlands

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