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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Referees at the 2010 FIFA World Cup

The list of referees and assistant referees at the 2010 FIFA World Cup can be found on this page of the official web site. Each match report provides information about the referee, assistant referee 1, assistant referee 2 and fourth official.

These are the referees who officiated at the 2010 World Cup:

NameCountryTotal GamesGames RefereedGoals
IrmatovUZB5South Africa v Mexico

England v Algeria

Greece v Argentina

Argentina v Germany

Uruguay v Netherlands

2

0

2

4

5

BaldassiARG4Serbia v Ghana

Netherlands v Japan

Switzerland v Honduras

Spain v Portugal

1

1

0

1

KassaiHUN4Brazil v Korea DPR

Mexico v Uruguay

USA v Ghana

Germany v Spain

3

1

3

1

LarriondaURU4Cote d’Ivoire v Portugal

Cameroon v Denmark

Australia v Serbia

Germany v England

0

3

3

5

NishimuraJPN4France v Uruguay

Spain v Honduras

Paraguay v New Zealand

Netherlands v Brazil

0

2

0

3

WebbGBR4Spain v Switzerland

Slovakia v Italy

Brazil v Chile

Netherlands v Spain

1

5

3

ArchundiaMEX3Italy v Paraguay

Portugal v Brazil

Uruguay v Germany

2

0

5

BatresGUA3Algeria v Slovenia

Italy v New Zealand

Paraguay v Spain

1

2

1

BenquerencaPOR3Japan v Cameroon

Nigeria v Korea

Uruguay v Ghana

1

4

2

De BleekereBEL3Argentina v Korea

USA v Algeria

Paraguay v Japan

5

1

0

StarkGER3Argentina v Nigeria

Slovenia v England

Uruguay v Korea

1

1

3

UndianoESP3Germany v Serbia

Korea DPR v Cote d’Ivoire

Netherlands v Slovakia

1

3

3

Al GhamdiKSA2France v Mexico

Chile v Switzerland

2

1

DamonRSA2New Zealand v Slovakia

Denmark v Japan

2

4

LannoyFRA2Netherlands v Denmark

Brazil v Cote d’Ivoire

2

4

MailletSEY2Honduras v Chile

Slovakia v Paraguay

1

2

PozoCHI2Portugal v Korea DPR

Cameroon v Netherlands

7

3

RodriguezMEX2Australia v Germany

Chile v Spain

4

3

RosettiITA2Ghana v Australia

Argentina v Mexico

2

4

RuizCOL2Greece v Nigeria

France v South Africa

3

3

SimonBRA2England v USA

Ghana v Germany

2

1

CoulibalyMLI1Slovenia v USA4
BusaccaSUI1South Africa v Uruguay3
HesterNZL1Korea v Greece2

FIFA announced on 29 June those referees who will remain in South Africa as of 1 July for the last eight matches of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

NameCountry
IrmatovUZB
NishimuraJPN
BaldassiARG
StarkGER
SimonBRA
BatresGUA
RodriguezMEX
BenquerencaPOR
ArchundiaMEX
DamonRSA
KassaiHUN
MailletSEY
WebbGBR
De BleekereBEL
RuizCOL
Al GhamdiKSA
UndianoESP
PozoCHI
HesterNZL

Knockout Games

These are the referees who have officiated in the knockout games of the tournament (16 games):

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

Qualification Games

These are the referees who officiated in the qualification games (48 games):

NameCountryGamesGoals
IrmatovUZBSouth Africa v Mexico

England v Algeria

Greece v Argentina

2

0

2

NishimuraJPNFrance v Uruguay

Spain v Honduras

Paraguay v New Zealand

0

2

0

HesterNZLKorea v Greece2
StarkGERArgentina v Nigeria

Slovenia v England

1

1

SimonBRAEngland v USA

Ghana v Germany

2

1

BatresGUAAlgeria v Slovenia

Italy v New Zealand

1

2

BaldassiARGSerbia v Ghana

Netherlands v Japan

Switzerland v Honduras

1

1

0

RodriguezMEXAustralia v Germany

Chile v Spain

4

3

LannoyFRANetherlands v Denmark

Brazil v Cote d’Ivoire

2

4

BenquerencaPORJapan v Cameroon

Nigeria v Korea

1

4

ArchundiaMEXItaly v Paraguay

Portugal v Brazil

2

0

DamonRSANew Zealand v Slovakia

Denmark v Japan

2

4

LarriondaURUCote d’Ivoire v Portugal

Cameroon v Denmark

Australia v Serbia

0

3

3

KassaiHUNBrazil v Korea DPR

Mexico v Uruguay

3

1

MailletSEYHonduras v Chile

Slovakia v Paraguay

1

2

WebbGBRSpain v Switzerland

Slovakia v Italy

1

5

BusaccaSUISouth Africa v Uruguay3
De BleekereBELArgentina v Korea

USA v Algeria

5

1

RuizCOLGreece v Nigeria

France v South Africa

3

3

Al GhamdiKSAFrance v Mexico

Chile v Switzerland

2

1

UndianoESPGermany v Serbia

Korea DPR v Cote d’Ivoire

1

3

CoulibalyMLISlovenia v USA4
RosettiITAGhana v Australia2
PozoCHIPortugal v Korea DPR

Cameroon v Netherlands

7

3

Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan) was the first referee to officiate three games (South Africa v Mexico, England v Algeria and Greece v Argentina). Three other referees have offictiated three games each:  Jorge Larrionda (Uruguay), Yuichi Nashimura (Japan); Hector Baldassi (Argentina). Fifteen referees have officiated at two games each: Eddy Maillet (Seychelles), Carlos Batres (Guatemala), Stephane Lannoy (France), Khalil Al Ghamdi (Saudi Arabia),  Oscar Ruiz (Colombia),  Viktor Kassai (Hungary), Olegario Benquerenca (Portugal), Wolfgang Stark (Germany), Frank De Bleeckere (Belgium), Carlos Simon (Brazil), Jerome Damon (South Africa), Howard Webb (England), Benito Archundia (Mexico), Marco Rodriguez (Mexico), Alberto Udiano (Spain).

Pablo Pozo (Chile) has had the longest wait on the referee panel to referee a game. His first game, Game 30 Portugal v Korea DPR, was the highest scoring game of the tournament. He refereed game 44 as his second game. His two games have produced ten goals.

Five referees on the FIFA panel for this World Cup did not referee a game in the qualifying rounds of the tournament.

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