Spain-Portugal preview Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal in action against North Korea
Set to take centre stage in Cape Town on 29 June is a glittering Round of 16 clash between two neighbours and contenders for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ crown: Spain and Portugal. Standing 초 and third respectively in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, the eagerly anticipated encounter between the Iberian duo at the Green Point Stadium is the sides’ first meeting at world football’s 상단, 맨 위로 table.
The match Spain-Portugal, Round of 16, Cape Town, Tuesday 29 June 2010, 20.30 (local time)
Brazil may have already qualified for the last 16 of the FIFA World Cup™, but Kaka has warned Portugal to still expect a battle when the two sides meet on Friday.
Kaka is suspended for the game after being sent off in his team's 3-1 triumph over Côte d'Ivoire. The South Americans lead Group G, two points clear of second-place Portugal, who need a win to guarantee the 상단, 맨 위로 spot in the pool.
"Brazil will go out to win," said Kaka. "This final group game is important for us to finish first. A draw would also be good but a win would give us the strength to go into the knock-out round really motivated."...
Argentina coach Diego Maradona admitted on Saturday that he is concerned 의해 the threat posed 의해 Mexico's attacking players ahead of Sunday's 초 round clash.
Argentina qualified for the last 16 의해 winning all three of their group games while Mexico's progress was 더 많이 erratic, drawing with hosts South Africa, losing to Uruguay but beating France 2-0 in a stunning performance.
And it is the prospect of a repeat of that swashbuckling attacking display that has Maradona biting his nails.
"Mexico have Rafael Marquez, (Andres) Guardado, Giovanni Dos Santos, many players that worry us," said Maradona....
Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar believes his team is ready for the 다음 chapter of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ after taking a point from their game against Portugal last night and finishing Group G unbeaten.
After wins against Korea DPR and the Côte d'Ivoire, the five-times world champions were held to a goalless draw 의해 Carlos Queiroz's side. It was a result which assured Brazil finished 상단, 맨 위로 of the pool, two points clear of the Portuguese.
"It was a difficult group," said Julio Cesar. "Portugal defended well and created some chances for themselves. We wanted to finish the group with a win but...