Germany won through to the quarter finals as only they know how, with a last minute winner against battling Paraguay. The goal came from Oliver Neuville, the Bayer Leverkusen striker connecting with a Schneider cross to drive a low shot past Chilavert just as everyone was thinking about extra time and a possible first penalty shoot out of the competition. Missing three suspended players, Germany were forced to include Ballack in their starting line up even though he was not fully fit. The star midfielder went close twice in the first half with long range efforts, although the best chance fell to Paraguay's Ayala, who shot wide with only the keeper to beat.
Kahn made a first class save from Jorge Campos, and Chilavert blocked Schneider's shot soon after the restart. Both sides continued to create chances, and Chilavert himself had a go with a free kick which went just over the bar. But then Neuville popped up to send the Europeans through and leave Paraguay once again disappointed at the first knockout stage. Germany will play the winners of the match between Mexico and USA.
Spanish league players: Zaragoza's Toro Acuña played virtually the full match, but got himself sent off for a second bookable offence in injury time just after Germany scored the winning goal.
England sailed through to a probable quarter round tie with Brazil after an easier than expected victory over Denmark. The Danes had finished top of their group knocking out reigning champions France, and were expected to put up a fight against Eriksson's boys. However England took the lead in the fourth minute when Sorenson failed to hold on to Ferdinand's header from Beckham's corner, and the keeper helplessly watched as the ball bounced over the line. Michael Owen added a second when Butt turned in Sinclair's cross, the first goal of the competition for the European footballer of the year, and Denmark were struggling.
And then with the first half coming to a close a defensive mistake let in Beckham, and he square the ball across for Heskey to drive a low shot under the keeper from the edge of the area. After the break England set back allowing their opponents to keep the ball in midfield, but Eriksson's Italian experience showed through as his defence didn't even allow daylight to shine through. Denmark's only chance came from a shot by Gravesen which Tomasson got his head in the way of, and Seaman has now only been beaten once in four matches.
Spanish league players: None.
Africa will have at least one representative in the last eight after Senegal beat Sweden on the golden goal rule. Henrik Larsson headed the Europeans into the lead in the tenth minute from a corner, his third goal of the competition. The heat and humidity favoured Senegal though, and they were unlucky not to be level, first of all when the referee waved away penalty appeals for a clear foul by Jakobsson on Diouf in the area and then when Papa Bouba Diop got the ball in the net from Diouf's cross only for it to be ruled out for a marginal offside. Senegal got the goal they deserved however when Henri Camera fought his way to the edge of the area and sent in a low shot across Hedman into the far bottom corner of the net.
Both sides could have won it in the second half, with Swedish substitute Ibrahimovic missing the best chance when he broke free to the right of goal but selfishly tried to score himself with Larsson better placed. But the 90 minutes ended without further scoring and the game went into extra time, with the first team to score to be the winner. Anders Svensson thought he had put Sweden through when he span in the area and sent a shot crashing against the post. However only a couple of minutes later substitute Thiaw set up Camera again with a clever backheel, and the forward ran on beat Hedman for the second time with a half hit shot which rolled wide of the keeper and in off the post. Senegal reach the last eight in their first ever appearance in the World cup, and go on to play the winner of the game between Japan and Turkey.
Spanish league players: None.
Spain went through to the quarter finals after beating Ireland in the competition's first penalty shoot out. José Antonio Camacho's side took an early lead when Morientes headed home Puyol's cross in the eighth minute and looked as if they were going to hold on as the game rolled into the last minute. However Swedish referee Anders Fisk awarded a rigorous penalty to the Irish when Hierro held on to substitute Quinn's shirt, and Robbie Keane struck home the penalty to send the game into extra time.
Earlier in the half Fisk had awarded another penalty to McCarthy's team when Juanfran tripped a lively Duff, but young keeper Iker Casillas stood his ground to beat away Harte's kick. Spain should have wrapped things up though in the first half, and their forwards were caught offside eight times as Ireland played a dangerous game in defence. Gradually though Eire came back, and Casillas made a vital save against Keane, bravely charging down his shot and injuring himself into the bargain.
Spain were at a disadvantage for the extra period though as Camacho had already made his three changes, replacing strikers Morientes and a limping Raúl to try and preserve their one goal lead. Substitute Albelda had to leave the field with a recurrence of his groin strain, and with Luis Enrique also having trouble young striker Luque was left alone up front. Ireland bore down on Spain's area looking for the golden goal with Quinn constantly causing problems for the defence, but the Spaniards held on and the game went to the sudden death shoot out.
Once again it was up to Casillas to save the day, and after Holland sent the second Irish penalty on to the crossbar and out, the Real Madrid keeper saved kicks from Connolly and Kilblane. However Juanfran and Valerón both put their penalties wide, and it was left to Mendieta to step up and fire the ball into the centre of the goal past Given to take his side through. Spain go on to play the winner of the game between Italy and South Korea. See detailed report.
When this World cup began just over two weeks ago, the odds on USA reaching the last eight were astronomical. So it was with great surprise that they came through the all CONCACAF tie to beat their southern neighbours Mexico to set up a quarter final tie with Germany. Bruce Arena's side too the lead in the eighth minute somewhat against the run of play when Reyna broke free on the right. The team captain played the ball across for Wolff, who laid it back into the path of McBride for him to shoot past a confused defence. After that they didn't look back, soaking up the all the pressure their opponents could muster with Friedel making first class saves from Morales, Cuauhtèmoc Blanco and Arellano. USA did get a chance or two though, with Pérez having to save from Wolff at close range when the defence left him alone in the area.
The Portuguese referee Melo Pereira let the North Americans off the hook in the second half when O'Brien clearly punched the ball away inside the penalty area. But with Mexico expected to score any minute, Lewis got clear down the left on a quick breakaway to lay the ball across for Donovan to head home a second goal. The Mexicans became desperate, and after Hernández was booked for one of the most blatant dives in the penalty area in the competition, Márquez got himself sent off for a vicious tackle on Cobi Jones. Donovan could have made it three in the last minute but shot wide, although it made no difference to the result. The States go marching on, yet another surprise in this unique competition.
Spanish league players: Cuauhtèmoc Blanco played the full 90 minutes for Mexico but failed to score again despite several chances. Torrado was not his usual self and was sacrificed twelve minutes from the end for a more attacking player, and Palencia didn't get a game this time. Mexico's manager Javier Aguirre will leave to take over as the new coach at Osasuna.
A flattering scoreline for Brazil, who had more trouble than expected beating Belgium. The Europeans just edged it in the first half, with Mpenza and Vanderhaeghe both going close in the first five minutes. Then ten minutes before the break Wilmots got the ball into the net, only to see it disallowed inexplicably by Jamaican referee Peter Prendergast for a supposed foul on Roque Junior which only he saw. Brazil had created some danger themselves, with Ronaldo wasting a couple of chances before half time. The first quarter of an hour after the restart though belonged entirely to Belgium, with Brazil keeper Marcos saving the day with finger-tip stops from Wilmots (twice) and Mpenza.
But then came a moment of genius from Rivaldo and the South Americans were in front. The Barcelona star took his opportunity well, controlling Ronaldinho's pass on his chest and turning before whipping a shot which took a slight deflection off a defender to wrong foot De Vlieger. Waseige brought on Sonck, and after Goor just failed to find the net, the substitute brought another fine save out of Marcos. But with all the Belgians forward Brazil took advantage to score a late second goal on the breakaway, Kleberson laying the ball across from the right to leave Ronaldo the easy task of tapping the ball over the line. Brazil keep the South American flag flying, and go on to an enthralling duel with England on Friday.
Spanish league players: Rivaldo made the difference in this match, scoring his fourth goal of the tournament to take Brazil through. Roberto Carlos was back having recovered from his injury, and Denilson came on for the last half hour again in place of Atlético Madrid's on-loan midfielder Juninho.
A single headed goal by Turkey's Umit Davala early in the first half was enough to leave co-hosts Japan out of the competition. The man with the Mohican hair cut found himself alone in the middle of a packed Japan defence to head the ball past a flailing Narazaki from Ergun's corner with twelve minutes gone in the game. Despite the fanatical Japanese crowd, Turkey settled quickly, and Bastürk caused early problems for the keeper. Striker Hakan Sukur, who has done little in this competition, showed us he was still around as well with a clever chip which almost caught Narazaki out. Japan fought back though, with Brazilian born Alessandro "Alex" Santos hitting the upright with a free kick shortly before half time.
Troussier surprisingly replaced Alex and Inamoto at half time, but it made little difference as Turkey continued to dominate inspired by their best player Hasan Sas. As the rain came down the Japanese forwards did their best, but the Turkish defence rallied round Rustu and cut out any danger. Nakata, Nishizawa and Myojin all had pots at goal, but when Nishizawa finally put a shot over the bar the fans knew it was all over. Japan's run ends at the last sixteen stage, and Turkey will now play Senegal in a first World cup quarter final for both sides.
Spanish league players: None current, although ex Espanyol striker Nishizawa made his first appearance for Japan in this game.
Another ex world champion fell in a competition which is full of surprises. Co-hosts South Korea knocked Italy out of the competition in a thrilling game which ended with a golden goal from Korea striker Ahn Jung Hwan. Ahn's goal made up for a third minute penalty miss, Italian keeper Buffon diving to save his spot kick after Panucci and Coco appeared to commit a double penalty on two Korean attackers. The sea of red shirts started to despair as Italy came back from their early fright, and Vieri put the Europeans in front with a powerful near post header from Totti's corner.
In typical Italian style though they sat back to defend after that, despite an attacking line up which included both Del Piero and Totti, hitherto considered incompatible. Ahn was desperate to make up for his mistake as Korea put on the pressure, but Italy almost went further ahead when Lee Woon Jae blocked Tomassi's close range shot. After the break Vieri broke free, but rather than pass to a colleague he decided to shoot with his weaker right foot and wasted the chance.
Korea were struggling though, and appeared to be out until a mix up between Iuliano and Panucci let in Seol Ki Hyeon, the striker steering the ball wide of Buffon for an equaliser with only two minutes remaining. While they were still celebrating though Italy charged down the other end, and Vieri somehow shot wide when Tomassi's cross left him alone only two yards in front of goal. The game went into extra time, and substitute Hwang Sun Hong almost beat Buffon with a low Rivaldo-style free kick under the defensive wall as they jumped in the air.
A few minutes later Totti fell in the opposing penalty area under a fair challenge from a defender, and although there seemed nothing wrong with the incident, Ecuadorian referee Byron Moreno decided to give the Italian forward a second booking for diving and leave the Azzurri with ten men. Trapattoni was angry, but he was even more so a few minutes later when Tomassi was pulled up in front of goal for an offside which later proved to be incorrect.
Then with only three minutes to go before a possible penalty shoot out, Ahn out-leapt a tired Maldini to flick a header down past Buffon. All of Korea went wild as Hiddink's heroes marched on to a historical quarter final tie with Spain. The dream continues.
Spanish league players: Barcelona's outgoing left back Francesco Coco made his first start and played the full game, most of it with a massive bandage around his head for a cut. Generally he had a good game, although he was one of two defenders involved in the early penalty incident, together with ex Real Madrid defender Christian Panucci.