2010 FIFA World Cup: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly from the Round of 16
The second round has been finalized and we saw some intriguing matchups.
Spain vs. Portugal
Argentina vs. Mexico
England vs. Germany
The next eight teams have been decided and will do battle to progress to the semifinals.
Before we progress lets look at the best and the rest from the Round of 16.
The Ugly: the Referees
In what could be the most controversial Round of 16 in World Cup history, so many wrong calls were made that affected the outcome of the games as a whole.
Franks Lampard's strike crossed the line and was not given against Germany.
Carlos Tevez' goal against Mexico was a mile offside.
Those calls affected these games very heavily and pose questions for the addition of the video replay and goal line technology.
Wayne Rooney just came off his best ever scoring season for Manchester United with 26 goals in the league as he kept the team in the title race.
Maybe he reached his goal quota with Manchester United as he failed to score in the World Cup, and rarely registered a shot on target.
He is still without a goal in the World Cup and will be without one until 2014, at least.
Robin Van Persie
He didn't do much wrong, but in the picture he is telling his manager to have left him on for a goal.
He didn't contribute much to the game and was removed.
He should have respected the manager's decision to substitute him.
He was pretty solid in the game but the costly penalty miss cost his team their first ever World Cup quarterfinal.
He was "mullered" by Germany in the game but his positioning and decision making was really questionable.
He really could have done better preventing Lukas Podolski and Mueller's goals.
The Bad: United States Midfield
Constantly giving away possession, the midfield was very shaky against Ghana.
One bad possession caused Kevin Prince Boateng to score in the first ten minutes of the game, and the U.S. never really recovered in the midfield.
Altidore never deserved a place in this line-up, as he rarely played football during the regular season for his club.
Coming into this tournament he was not match fit and probably too inexperienced for big games.
He finished without a goal.
Constantly whining, going to ground, and never really justified his wearing of the captain's armband.
He never really had an impact whatsoever and had an early exit against Spain.
Very outrageous performance by the back line which was constantly caught on the counter attack and exposed.
The English defense was never coordinated and ended up conceding four goals.
After Argentina went up 1-0 through an offside goal, Osorio gifted Gonzalo Higuain the second score with a pass through on goal.
That goal probably snuffed the life out of the team and sent Argentina to the next round.
He came into this game scorching and looking for a goal, which he didn't get and was subbed.
He has failed to score for his country in the World Cup and missed some chances he normally puts away.
Let's hope his goal drought won't hurt the team in the future.
The Good: Luis Suarez
Ghana epitomizes teamwork.
They attack together and, best of all, defend together.
They closed down the American players with aggressive defense.
Especially Dempsey and Donovan, who had two guys swarm him all the time.
Credit also has to go to Richard Kingston who stood tall during the final minutes of the game.
Very well taken strike, although the defense helped him by misjudging the bounce of the ball.
His goal in extra time made Ghana the third African team to reach the quarterfinals.
Rejustified his return to the starting lineup with a beauty that only Robben could score.
He received a pass off the right wing, he cut inside to his favorite left foot before tucking the ball into the corner past the reach of the Slovakia keeper.
Kuyt is a hard worker on the Dutch team.
He has unrivaled stamina, and can make things happen from nothing.
He had an assist against Slovakia to kill the game after running unto a pass and then flicking it over the keeper.
He kept his cool and passed to Sniejder who did the rest.
Hard work definitely pays off.
Its hard to pin point one part that Brazil was not dominant in.
They controlled the game, played solid defense, and even got the necessary goals at the right time to secure a place in the next round.
They look unstoppable right now after that game with Luis Fabiano, Kaka, Robinho and Ramires starring.
Brazil vs. Netherlands will be one great game.
Marcus Tulio and Yuji Nakazawa
Japan went out on penalty kicks and could feel hard done by the means in which they lost.
Their defensive pair Tulio and Nakazawa were amazing at the back, and the 0-0 scoreline is proof.
Vittek had the privilege to score the last goal of Slovakia's campaign, and that made him the top scorer of all time for Slovakia with 24 goals.
Kept his head and scored the winning penalty for Paraguay, which required a lot of composure.
His link-up play was flawless.
He always seemed to know where the player making the run was, and his passes led to goals for Germany.
He has a very young side built around him and is doing a very nice job so far.
Here is a definition of Muller:
Ruining something while attempting to fix it, on account of using brute force instead of gentle persuasion.
England was trying to fix their World Cup campaign and along came Müller whose two goals put Germany in the quarterfinals and England on a trip back home.
Always lethal, always looking to score.
He ironically scored the only goal Portugal even conceded and sadly put the Portuguese out of the competition.
He is the World Cup's joint top scorer with four goals.