The World Cup schedule 2010 now moves to a new phase. Starting today, the World Cup schedule 2010 will send a World Cup team home with every match. The knockout stage puts an end to group play, goal differential tiebreakers, and draws in general. In its place are golden goals, overtimes, penalty kicks, and do-or-die matchups. From today to Tuesday, there will be two matches each day to set the field for the quarterfinals. Of course, the headliner on the World Cup schedule 2010 today, and perhaps for the round of 16, involves the USA and Ghana.
First, today’s undercard game features Uruguay vs South Korea. Uruguay is one of two teams to not give up a goal in group play, reaching the second round for the first time since 1988. The South Koreans went to the semifinals in 2002, yet that was in their host nation. After getting routed by Argentina, and surviving a tie with Nigeria, South Korea has to rebound fast against Uruguay.
However, the World Cup schedule for today is focused on the USA-Ghana match. The Americans are regarded as having a favorable draw, despite being seconds from elimination in Group C. Still, Ghana knocked the USA out in 2006, and as the only African team left, they have home field advantage.
Though the USA-Ghana will dominate buzz today, tomorrow’s schedule at the World Cup is nothing to sneeze at. Sunday morning’s match pits England and Germany together, thanks to the Americans winning Group C at the last minute. Because of that, the English must go through the Germans, and then face either Argentina or Mexico if they do.
The England-Germany and Argentina-Mexico side of the bracket has the most superpowers. However, the 2010 World Cup schedule offers a potentially dynamite pairing after Monday. The Netherlands will take on surprising Slovakia on Monday morning, and a win could put them against Brazil next. The Brazilians will face Chile on Monday afternoon, after the Chileans were beaten by Spain yesterday.
The Spanish avoided facing Brazil in the second round, yet their draw is only a little bit easier. After Paraguay and Japan meet on Tuesday morning, Spain will take on Portugal to end the schedule for round two. The Portuguese held the world’s No. 1 team to a scoreless draw, but now they have to beat the world’s No. 2 team next.
The bracket gives the USA a potential route to the semis, though they must beat a team they lost to in 2006, and possibly a Uruguay team with a perfect defense thus far. But if they do reach the semis, they would likely face the Netherlands or Brazil. Meanwhile, England, Argentina, Germany and Mexico will beat each other up, with the Spain-Portugal winner favored to meet one of them in the semis.
However the World Cup schedule 2010 unfolds, it will reach new levels of drama starting today.
Yahoo Sports- “Matches and Schedule: Knockout Stage”