All eyes on weekend clashes as World Cup heats up

2010-07-02 00:00

FOOTBALL fans are urged to make the most of this weekend as the Fifa World Cup reaches its quarter-final stage with four games taking place today and tomorrow.

There are two tantalising fixtures on offer today. Ghana will carry the mantle of representing an entire continent when they take on Uruguay at Soccer City in the 8:30 pm kick-off. Uruguay have looked threatening throughout the tournament and are undefeated. It was the South Americans who effectively knocked Bafana Bafana out of the competition last month and South Africans will be hoping for a little African revenge through a Ghanaian victory.

Five-time World Cup winners, Brazil, play against a strong Netherlands side at Port Elizabeth’s Nelson Mandela Bay in today’s 4 pm kickoff. This is about as massive as a quarter-final gets with the first (Brazil) and fourth (Holland) ranked sides in the world fighting for a place in the semi-finals.

There is an equally mouthwatering quarter-final tomorrow. Cape Town will host Argentina and Germany as the two international powerhouses vie for a place in the last four. German coach Joachim Loew was under immense pressure before coming into the tournament and he will be aiming to prove his critics wrong in this crucial encounter.

Argentinean coach Diego Maradona has also had his fair share of critics for his unconventional behaviour in the past. So far he has shown that there is method in his madness and Argentina look like the team that can go all the way.

Spain play overachievers Paraguay in the last of the quarter-finals at Ellis Park tomorrow. The Spaniards are clear favourites for this one.

The matches will all be televised on SABC 1 and SuperSport 3, with pre-match broadcasts beginning an hour before kick-off.

Those wanting to catch the game in a festive atmosphere are urged to make their way to a local pub, tavern or restaurant.

Public viewing Areas can also be found at Durban University of Technology’s Indumiso campus and at Club Woodlander in Allandale Road.

It is here, but not for much longer, so make the most of it.

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