Semi Finals at the 2010 FIFA World Cup: Outputs

I wrote a post before the semi finals of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.  The post noted some of the inputs going into these two games from the four teams involved.

The outputs of the games were:

  • Higher ranked teams (FIFA Ranking May 2010) won both games
  • The team that scored first won both games
  • Spain continued its remarkable discipline record and received no cards from the referee in the game v Germany

These are the Castrol Index data for the games:

Time Lines

Game Statistics

Semi Finals at the 2010 FIFA World Cup: Inputs

Going into the semi final games of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, these are some of the performance characteristics of the four teams remaining.

Alphabetical

Team
Germany
Netherlands
Spain
Uruguay

Alphabetical and Group Position

Team Qualifying Group Position
Germany 1
Netherlands 1
Spain 1
Uruguay 1

FIFA Ranking May 2010

Team FIFA Rank May 2010
Spain 2
Netherlands 4
Germany 6
Uruguay 16

Games Won

Team Games Won
Netherlands 5
Germany 4
Spain 4
Uruguay 4

Goals Scored

Team Goals Scored
Germany 13
Netherlands 9
Uruguay 7
Spain 6

Yellow Cards

Team Yellow Cards
Spain 3
Uruguay 6
Germany 8
Netherlands 12

Red Cards

Team Red Cards
Germany 0
Netherlands 0
Spain 0
Uruguay 1

Games Played at Altitude

Team Games at Altitude
Spain 3
Uruguay 3
Germany 2
Netherlands 1

Games Played at Sea Level

Team Games at Sea Level
Netherlands 4
Germany 3
Spain 2
Uruguay 2

Some other information

  • Germany and Spain have lost to lower ranked opponents in this tournament.
  • The referee for the Netherlands v Uruguay game has refereed four games at this tournament. His last game was Argentina v Germany.
  • The referee for the Germany v Spain game has refereed three games at this tournament. His last game was USA v Ghana.

After all this information, there is this suggestion too:

Photo Credit

Argentina v Mexico

Penalty Shoot Outs at the 2010 FIFA World Cup

The 2010 World Cup Regulations stipulate that:

In the knockout stages, if a match is level at the end of normal playing time, extra time of two periods of 15 minutes each will be played. If the score is level after extra time, penalty kicks will be taken to determine the winner in accordance with the procedure described in the Laws of the Game.

There were 2 penalty shoot outs in the Knockout Stages of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Game 55 Paraguay v Japan

Paraguay took the first penalty, Japan the second. The scoring sequence of this shoot out was:

1-0, 1-1, 2-1, 2-2, 3-2, Japan miss, 4-2, 4-3, 5-3. Paraguay win.

Game 58 Uruguay v Ghana

Uruguay took the first penalty, Ghana the second. The scoring sequence of this shoot out was:

1-0, 1-1, 2-1, 2-2, 3-2, Ghana miss, Uruguay miss, Ghana miss, 4-2. Uruguay win.

Outcomes of Shoot Out

Higher FIFA Ranking Team

Wins 2

Loses 0

Team that takes the first penalty in the shoot out

Wins 2

Loses 0

Team that scores the first goal in the shoot out

Wins 2

Loses 0

Photo Credit

Santa Maradona