Tournament News

Mother City strikes it rich

2010-06-28 20:08

Cape Town - Fans in the Mother City have drawn another plumb 2010 World Cup fixture when the Spain-Portugal last 16 round clash is played out at the Cape Town Stadium, Green Point, on Tuesday night.

The 2010 World Cup draw has been particularly good to Cape Town since every one of the matches that have been played there to date has included at least one top 10 world ranked country.

It will be Portugal's second 2010 match in Cape Town, after they trounced North Korea 7-0 to record the biggest score at the 2010 showpiece in South Africa.

And after Sunday's last 16 round matches were decided in Bloemfontein and Johannesburg, Cape Town landed another mouthwatering fixture, the quarterfinal showdown between Argentina (7) and Germany (6) on Saturday afternoon, July 3.

If the remaining last 16 round and quarterfinal matches go according to the form book, Brazil will reach the semifinal round and that match in the top half of the draw is scheduled for Cape Town on Tuesday, 6 July.

Each of the five matches played in Cape Town to date have drawn over 60 000 spectators and hundreds of thousands of ticketless fans have made their way to the local fan fest and fan parks.

Of the supporter groups that have followed the countries to Cape Town, the England contingent has been by far the biggest.

Tuesday's clash in Cape town will also feature some of the world's best, most expensive and highest paid players.

The World ranking system for players in Europe, shows at least five top 20 players will be in action. They are No 2 Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), 7-Fernando Torres, 9-David Villa, 13-Gerard Piqu and 19-David Silva (all Spain).

And then Spanish players like Cesc Fabregas, Iker Casillas, Andres Iniesta and Xavi also feature prominently on various rankings lists drawn up by football organizations and media around the world.

In view of the major controversy over the past 24 hours following referee blunders in Sunday's last 16 round matches the match officials will be under the spotlight.

Referee Hector Baldassi of Argentina will handle Tuesday's game in Cape Town and he will be assisted by fellow countrymen, assistants Ricardo Casas and Hernan Maidana. The fourth official is Carlos Batres of Guatemala.

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