The Knockout Stages of the 2010 FIFA World Cup

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:

GroupTeamGroup PositionFIFA Rank

May 2010

Games WonGoals ScoredYellow Cards
AUruguay116243
AMexico217138
BArgentina17375
BKorea247153
CUSA114146
CEngland28125
DGermany16256
DGhana232126
ENetherlands14356
EJapan245243
FParaguay131134
FSlovakia234148
GBrazil11254
GPortugal23177
HSpain12240
HChile2182310

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):

WonLost
121

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 RankingWonLost
Higher Ranking Team142
Lower Ranking Team214

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.

VenueAltitude (m)
Game 1Game 2Game 3Total Goals
Johannesburg JSC17534217
Johannesburg JEP1753314
Rustenburg150033
Mangaung/ Bloemfontein140055
Tshwane/Pretoria121400
Durban0314
Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth033511
Cape Town014510

Referees

The referees in the Knockout Stages were:

NameCountry Games

Refereed

Goals
StarkGERUruguay v Korea3
KassaiHUNUSA v Ghana

Germany v Spain

3

1

LarriondaURUGermany v England5
RosettiITAArgentina v Mexico4
UndianoESPNetherlands v Slovakia3
WebbGBRBrazil v Chile

Netherlands v Spain

3

1

De BleekereBELParaguay v Japan0
BaldassiARGSpain v Portugal1
NishimuraJPNNetherlands v Brazil3
BenquerencaPORUruguay v Ghana2
IrmatovUZBArgentina v Germany

Uruguay v Netherlands

4

5

BatresGUAParaguay v Spain1
ArchundiaMEXUruguay v Germany5

Goals Scored

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

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