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FIFA World Cup 2010: Last 16 Preview

Updated on June 25, 2010

Now that the second round matches have been decided, what can we expect from the nations who have booked their place in the last 16? Here is a form guide for the matches ahead.

Uruguay v South Korea

First round form: Uruguay topped Group A after two wins and a draw, while South Korea were the runners-up in Group B with one win, one draw and one loss. Uruguay opened their tournament with a goal-less draw against France before getting things moving with wins over an emphatic 3-1 win over South Africa and a narrower 1-0 win over Mexico. South Korea kicked things off with a 2-0 win over Greece, before losing 4-1 to Argentina and drawing 2-2 against Nigeria. 

In-form players: Diego Forlan (Uruguay) scored two goals in the group stages, while Lee Jung-Soo (South Korea) scored the same amount during South Korea's group encounters. Other goalscorers for South Korea included Lee Chung-Yong, Park Chu-Young and Park Ji-Sung, while Uruguay's other scorers included Alvaro Pereira and Luis Suarez.

Previous meetings: These two sides have met on four previous occasions and Uruguay have yet to lose to South Korea. As far as the World Cup goes, there has only been one encounter between them, and that resulted in a 1-0 win for Uruguay in the group stages of the 1990 tournament.

USA v Ghana

First round form: The USA topped Group C after two draws and a win, while Ghana finished Group D as the runners-up after one win, one draw and one loss. The USA opened with a 1-1 draw against England and followed that up with a 2-2 draw against Slovenia before posting an injury time winner against Algeria to seal their place as the group winners. Ghana posted a 1-0 win over Serbia in their first group match, before drawing 1-1 with Australia and losing 1-0 to Germany. 

In-form players: Landon Donovan (USA) scored two goals in the group stages, as did Asamoah Gyan (Ghana). The USA's other goalscorers were Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey, who both hit the back of the net once. 

Previous meetings: There has only been one previous meetings between the two sides and that occurred in the 2006 World Cup. The match was won 2-1 by Ghana during the group stages. 

England v Germany 

First round form: Germany won Group D with two wins and one loss, while England were the runners-up in Group C after a win and two draws. Germany were comfortable 4-0 winners over Australia in their opening match, before suffering a surprise 1-0 defeat against Serbia and beating Ghana 1-0. England stuttered to a 1-1 draw against the USA and a goal-less draw against Algeria before narrowly dismissing Slovenia 1-0 to book their place in the next round. 

In-form players: England's two goals were scored by Steven Gerrard and Jermaine Defoe. For Germany, goals came from Cacau, Miroslav Klose, Thomas Mueller, Mesut Ozil and Lucas Podolski. 

Previous history: These teams have met on twenty-seven occasions. England lead the head-to-head with twelve wins, but Germany aren't too far behind with ten wins. Five of their encounters have ended in a stalemate but obviously this won't be an option in the knock-out stages of the tournament. With regards to matches that are of the knock-out variety, the last four matches between the two sides have gone into extra time. 

Argentina v Mexico

First round form: Mexico finished the group stages as the runners-up in Group A after a win, a draw and a loss, whereas Argentina took complete control of Group B with three wins from three matches. Mexico drew their opening match 1-1 against hosts South Africa, before beating France 2-0 and narrowly losing 1-0 to Uruguay. Argentina posted a 1-0 win over Nigeria in their opening group match, and followed that up with a 4-1 win over South Korea and a 2-0 win over Greece. 

In-form players: Gonzalo Higuain (Argentina) was the leading goalscorer after the group stages with three goals. Other goals came from Gabriel Heinze (Argentina) and Martin Palermo (Argentina). Mexico's goalscorers included Cuauhtemoc Blanco, Martin Demichelis, Javier Hernandez and Rafael Marquez.

Previous meetings: Argentina have a strong lead in the head-to head record, having lost just four of their twenty-five meetings against Mexico. Eleven of these meetings have ended in draws but as there can be only one winner here, Argentina start as the outright favourites. They have played twice in the World Cup with Argentina winning both matches.

Paraguay v Japan

First round form: Paraguay topped Group F with one win and two draws. Japan qualified in second from Group E with two wins and one loss. Paraguay drew 1-1 against Italy in their first group match before beating Slovakia 2-0 and drawing 0-0 against New Zealand. Japan were 1-0 winners over Cameroon in their first group match, losing 1-0 to the Netherlands in the next match and beating Denmark 3-1 to secure second place in the group. 

In-form players: Antolin Alcarez (Paraguay), Enrique Vera (Paraguay) and Cristian Riveros (Paraguay) got themselves on the scoresheet once during the group stages, as did Yasuhito Endo (Japan) and Shinji Okazaki (Japan). Keisuke Honda (Japan) was the most prolific goalscorer from these two sides, netting twice during the group stages.

Previous meetings: There has only been only been previous meeting on the big stage between the two sides, which Paraguay won 3-2 in 1995. They have met five more times in friendlies, with Paraguay winning two and Japan winning one. The rest were draws.

Netherlands v Slovakia

First round form: The Netherlands topped Group E with three wins after victories over Denmark (2-0), Cameroon (2-1) and Japan (1-0), while Slovakia finished Group F as runners-up after one win, one draw. They drew 1-1 against New Zealand in their opening group match before losing 2-0 to Paraguay and beat defending champions, Italy, 3-2 in their final group match to reach the second round. 

In-form players: Robert Vittek (Slovakia) was one of the leading goalscorers in the group stages with three goals. Their other goalscorer was Kamil Kopunek. Klaas Jan Huntelaar was one of the goalscorers for the Netherlands, along with Dirk Kuyt, Robin van Persie and Wesley Sneijder. 

Previous meetings: The two teams have met once before in a World Cup, with Slovakia emerging as the 3-0 victors in the first round encounter. They have met nine times in total with Slovakia winning six of these. 

Brazil v Chile

First round form: Brazil topped Group G with two wins and a draw, while Chile were runners-up in Group H with two wins and one loss. Brazil opened their World Cup account with a 2-1 win over North Korea and followed that up with a 3-1 win over the Ivory Coast which sealed their place in the last 16 before the group stages were officially over. A lacklustre 0-0 draw against Portugal completed their first round results. Chile were 1-0 winners over Honduras in their opening group match and backed that up with a win over Switzerland by the same scoreline and a 2-1 loss against Spain. 

In-form players: Elano (Brazil) and Lucas Fabiano (Brazil) both scored two goals in the group stages, while Maicon also got his name on the scoresheet. Jean Beausejour was one of the goalscorers for Chile, along with Mark Gonzalez and Rodrigo Millar. 

Previous meetings: These teams have met a whopping sixty-five times and Brazil comfortably lead the head-to-head record with just seven losses. In World Cup competitions, they have met twice and Brazil have won both matches.

Spain  v Portugal

First round form: Spain stuttered in their opening group match after a surprise 1-0 defeat against Switzerland. They bounced back with a 2-0 win over Honduras and ultimately topped Group H with a 2-1 win over Chile. Portugal drew against the Ivory Coast (0-0) in their first match but recovered to thrash North Korea 7-0 in their second group encounter. Their place in the last sixteen was sealed when they drew 0-0 against Brazil and the Ivory Coast failed to score the required number of goals to usurp them. 

In-form players: Tiago (Portugal) scored two goals during the group stages, while Cristiano Ronaldo, Hugo Almeida, Raul Meireles, Simao and Liedson scored one goal. David Villa (Spain) scored threee goals during the group stages, making him one of the top goalscorers from the group stages and Andres Iniesta (Spain) also got himself on the scoresheet. 

Previous meetings: They have met on thirty-two occasions with Spain leading the head-to-head on fifteen wins against twelve losses. They have played four times in the World Cup and Spain have won on three of this times. The other result was a draw.


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