The countdown for the penultimate rounds of showdown has begun with 8 teams waiting to unleash their skills and from July 2nd, 2010.
The fixtures for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Quarter-Finals are:
Netherland Vs Brazil 7:30 p.m. India Time 2nd July ( a must watch!)
Uruguay Vs Ghana 12:00 a.m India Time 3rd July
Argentina Vs Germany 7:30 p.m. India Time. 3rd July
Paraguay Vs Spain 12:00 a.m. India Time 4th July
Source: FIFA.com & Google.com
The first of the quarterfinal match between the Netherland and Brazil would be a treat to watch. Brazil would be looking to topple the Dutch with some aggressive and clinical counter-attacking moves while the Dutch would be looking to hold their fort. For Brazil Luis Fabiano and Elano have been among the goals and one cannot discount the presence of Kaka on the field. The Dutch have an equally potent arsenal in Van Persie and Arjen Robben would have come across as potent threats to the opposition defense. One cause of concern for the Dutch however would be the fact that both of them have received yellow cards and would have to play cautiously against Brazil in the quarterfinal World Cup match.
Ghana would be looking to create history by entering the semis beating Uruguay. However, this might not be as easy as it appears. Though both the teams were not reckoned to finish in the penultimate round with the presence of heavyweights like England and Italy, they would have to try hard to prove their critics wrong. Diego Forlan for Uruguay would be looking to peak in this critical game and cause a few upsets whereas Ghana would be looking forward to Asamoah Gyan to deliver the goods for them!
The match of great significance forms the point of qualification and energy would be the Argentina Vs Germany game. With two giants of the football world clashing, it would be difficult to predict the winner. Both the teams have had a strong campaign so far with Argentina breezing past its opponents with strong performances and goal difference. Germany on the other hand had a relatively slow start but gained momentum with time. Their 4-1 win over England gave them the perfect launchpad to their quarterfinal campaign. This match would go down to the wire if both the teams play to their potential.
The last of the quarterfinals, Spain Vs Paraguay would be a match which could be inclined in favor of Spain which has come across as a formidable team. With players like David Villa in prime form, Spain would be hot favorites in the game. But having said that, one cannot discount Paraguay’s chances too as they have also performed well in the tournament.
All said and done, fans around the world would be geared up for a thrilling weekend with a lot of World Cup Football action.