Round of 16 of the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2010 has finished. Now, it is time for quarter final which kicks off from 2 July 2010. There are 8 teams who reached the quarter final after defeating their round of 16 opponents. Eight teams who were eliminated from the tournament in the round of 16 include two favorites
The highlights of the Round of 16 are the departure of
In the round of 16, match officials made two controversial decisions which were fully criticized and there are now many who are calling for more use of technology in football.
During the match between England and Germany, English midfielder Lampard was denied a goal which was apparently a clear goal proved by the video footage as the ball remained a way more than 1 second inside the goal before bouncing back. This goal could have changed the result of the match. In another match between
Teams who have been qualified for the quarter final are
Winner of the four matches would progress to the semi final, while the losers would be eliminated. It is pretty much understandable that at least 2 more tournament favorites would be knocked out in the quarter final round as
Here is the schedule of the quarter final round:
If a match can not produce the winner after 90 minutes of play, then extra time would come into effect, which would be followed by penalty shoot-out and sudden death, if needed.
If a match ends up in a draw or stalemate after 90 minutes, both sides would be allowed to play for another 30 minutes which is termed as ‘extra time’. Extra time is split into two periods of 15 minutes each. After the first 15 minutes, there is a small break in the match. Teams change sides of the field when the second half of extra time begins. However, if the tie is still not broken, then penalty shootout is used to decide the winner.
In penalty shootout, each team is allowed to take five penalties alternatively from the penalty mark with only the goalkeeper in goalpost. The team with highest number of goals scored in the five penalties would be the winner. However, if penalty shootout also fails to break the tie, then ‘sudden death’ would come into effect to produce a winner.
In this stage, each team is allowed to take 1 penalty. For example, if team A scores and Team B fails, team A is the winner. However, if either teams score or fail to score, then again each side is allowed to take a penalty, and the process continues until the winner is produced. So, the term ‘sudden death’ literally means a sudden death of a team.
Out of eight matches in the round of 16, only two could not produce any winner after 90 minutes of play and only one match was decided in penalty shoot out.