Day 15 results:
Goal of the day: Picture this: Xabi Alonso hits a long-pass out of defence which Fernando Torres can’t reach. The Chile goalkeeper and captain Claudio Bravo quickly run out of the penalty area to attempt to clear the ball – but instead their unsuccessful attempt falls to David Villa. With his weaker left foot, near the touchline and with his first touch Villa kicks the ball all the way into the goal. Can’t believe it? Well then have a look for yourself.
Winners of the day: David Villa’s sensational goal helped Spain get the three points they needed to end their group top and qualify for the last 16. Switzerland could have joined them, only needing to score two goals or more in their match against Honduras to join the Euro 2008 champions. But they failed to do that and instead Chile (perhaps deservedly) go through along with Spain.
In group G, Portugal and Brazil participated in what I thought would be the standout game from the ‘group of death’ and perhaps even the group stages, but the goalless draw failed to live up to expectations.
However even though both sides failed to register a goal, they did however succeed in registering lots of bookings – seven yellow cards no less (and all in the first half too). The result meant that although Ivory Coast won their game 3-0, it wasn’t enough to prevent Portugal qualifying along with group winners Brazil.
Quote of the day: “I like Jose Mourinho a lot. We spent hours talking about football. He seemed to me a guy to take to your bedside table and ask him each time you need something. I’ve got his phone number, I might call,” Diego Maradona calls upon the advice of Real Madrid coach Mourinho should he need inspiration for Argentina’s World Cup campaign.