Ben Stones: World Cup Day 11 – Spain and Portugal Run Riot

Spain's opening match was a a disappointing one for the European champions. Although they had more chances to score, they could not break down a well drilled and stubborn Switzerland defence. Monday night gave them a chance to make things right. And they certainly did. A brilliant performance from David Villa leading the line was …

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World Cup Day 9 – Holland Progress – Ben Stones

Saturday saw the first team eliminated from World Cup 2010. Denmark's 2-1 comeback against Cameroon, means the African side will have no chance of progressing to the next stage. The Danes seem to apply a tactic known as 'The Clown School of Defending', seen last week with the comedy own goal against Holland. This week …

World Cup Days 7 + 8 – A Mixed Bag – Ben Stones

The past three days' matches in South Africa have certainly provided action, talking points and controversies. The start of the second round of group matches seemed to signal an upward shift in the quality in terms of how exciting they were to watch, however England and Algeria did try to buck the trend. Firstly, on …

Day 6 – Who Knows who’s Going to Win the World Cup… – Ben Stones

After North Korea gave Brazil a battling display on Tuesday, leaving the pre-tournament favourites with something to think about, one of the other most likely winners were hoping to show their class and overcome their opponents with ease. Switzerland, however, had other plans. Although Spain had more chances, they could not break through a stubborn …

World Cup Day 4 – Holders are Unispiring, While Holland get the Job Done – Ben Stones

The World Cup holders, Italy kicked off their tournament with an uninspiring 1-1 draw against Paraguay. In a game that started as if both teams would settle for a goalless draw, it was Paraguay that took the lead. Poor defending from a free kick on the left wing allowed Antolin Alcaraz to head past 'keeper …