Best of Day 15
We take a look at all the drama and key incidents on day 15 of the World Cup.
Last Updated: 25/06/10 10:45pm
Goal of the day: Make sure you don't miss this one in the highlights if you didn't see it live. Fernando Torres chased down a long punt from the Spain defence after Chile had been the much brighter team in their crunch Group H encounter, and Chilean keeper Claudio Bravo raced way out of his box to win the ball with a sliding clearance. Problem is his clearance fell to David Villa, who was 40 yards from goal and close to the left flank. In the blink of an eye Villa decided to take the ball first time and clipped a curling, left-footed strike which soared over the keeper and defenders before bending its way into the far corner. A simply breathtaking finish.
Saving tackle of the day: There was little to admire in the damp squib that was Brazil 0 Portugal 0 (although I'm ruing not putting a shed-load of cash on that scoreline to be honest as it was always on the cards).
There were millions of pounds' worth of attacking talent on the pitch at a packed Moses Mabhida stadium - but it was Brazil defender Lucio who really caught my eye during a rare Portuguese counter-attack.
Cristiano Ronaldo pounced on a defensive slip and scooted to the byline, from where he attempted to square a pass right into the dangerzone where his team-mates were lurking - but veteran centre-back Lucio intercepted the cross with a beautifully-timed sliding tackle in the box to ensure just a corner was conceded by Dunga's Group G winners.
Moan of the Day: Nobody particularly wants to watch dour 0-0 draws, but do the Beeb's pundits have to act so utterly appalled every time they're 'forced' to watch one?
The Brazil v Portugal game was not a classic by anyone's standards but were Gary Lineker's half-time moans and groans really necessary? Lineker and the other coach potatoes are paid a lot of our money to sun themselves in South Africa and, while doing a bit of research on the teams appears beyond them, they could at least focus on offering us good analysis during the interval.
No, apparently that's too much to ask and they'd rather fill the 15 minutes with a series of moans and the odd private joke for good measure. Must do better lads!
'Making a Meal of it' of the day: North Korea goalkeeper Ri
Myong-guk saw his team concede seven goals against Portugal a few days ago - so must have feared the worst when the Ivory Coast went 2-0 up on Friday with only 20 minutes on the clock.
Thankfully for him there were 62 minutes between the Elephants' second and third goals in a 3-0 win for Sven-Goran Eriksson's troops, who went 3-0 up when Salomon Kalou beat Ri to a left-wing cross and volleyed home, making the slightest contact with the custodian in the process.
Ri's reaction to the contact will have alerted any watching Soap drama casting agents as he lay on the floor receiving attention for ages, before gingerly getting to his feet and 'heroically' seeing out the final few minutes.
Footballers are such 'pansies' these days and this new play-acting that is rife in the game really gets my blood boiling - especially when you know millions of youngsters are watching all over the world.
Half-hearted reaction of the day: Aruna Dindane had a late goal disallowed for the Ivory Coast as there was an offside infringement. The camera span to Elephants coach Sven-Goran Eriksson, who gave a very half-hearted 'ah shucks' punch of the air while sat on the bench - simply because he needed a nine-goal swing across the two Group G games so whether it was 3-0 or 4-0 meant absolutely nothing as the Portuguese were well on their way to picking up the point they needed to qualify against Brazil.
Save of the day #1: In a brief moment of brilliance from the Brazil v Portugal borefest, Luis Fabiano sent in a perfectly-weighted cross to the far post where Nilmar was denied by a brilliant point-blank save from Eduardo.
Save of the day #2: Switzerland went out of the World Cup with a whimper following a tedious 0-0 draw with Honduras - but they were lucky to keep a clean sheet on Friday as Diego Benaglio pulled off one of the saves of the competition, instinctively palming Edgar Alvarez's close-range strike over the crossbar.
Miss of the day: Maicon sent over a great cross from the right for Fabiano, who got between the two Portugal centre-backs but headed woefully wide. Shocking miss from the Sevilla superstar.
Battlehorse of the day: Kleper Pepe was involved in a first-half war with most of the Brazil team which led to the substitution of Brazil midfielder Felipe Melo just before the break. A solid knock.
Ref justice of the day: Chile's task against Spain was made harder by the ridiculous dismissal of Marco Estrala on 37 minutes. The midfielder simply ran across the path of Torres, who was accidentally tripped by the most minimal contact from Estrala. Referee Marco Rodriguez deemed it deliberate, however, and sent him for an early bath after deciding it was a second bookable offence. A quite ridiculous decision.