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Page last updated at 12:22 GMT, Saturday, 3 July 2010 13:22 UK

Saturday's World Cup round-up

Netherlands draw level in second half

Wesley Sneijder has been credited with the Netherlands' first goal in the 2-1 quarter-final win over Brazil - meaning he now shares the lead at the top of the World Cup scoring charts with Argentina's Gonzalo Higuain, Robert Vittek of Slovakia and Spain's David Villa.

FIFA says Sneidjer's 53rd-minute cross was goal-bound and therefore should be credited to him, despite the fact it skimmed off the head of Brazil midfielder Felipe Melo into the net.

Midfielder Nigel de Jong is confident the time has come for the Netherlands to win the World Cup for the first time after their quarter-final victory over Brazil.

De Jong said: "Why not? The belief has always been there. We have reached the semi-final and we will see what happens now. Like I said at the beginning of the tournament, you have got to beat everybody to reach the final. Now we have beaten Brazil, we have to make sure we do the same to our next opponent."

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque said Brazil's quarter-final defeat by the Netherlands was not a surprise to him.

"I don't think it's a lesson knowing the reality of football," said the Spaniard following the favourites' World Cup exit. "We know that every match can be complicated. We start off on an equal footing and the nature of sport is that anything can happen."

Argentina forward Lionel Messi
Messi was surprised by England defending in the defeat by Germany

Argentina forward Lionel Messi has admitted he was surprised by England's performances at the World Cup in South Africa.

"I expected England to do well, so I am surprised they had a very poor tournament," he said. "They seemed to freeze. If [Wayne] Rooney, [Steven] Gerrard and [Frank] Lampard are not at their best, the team is bound to suffer. Defensively, England were poor."

Germany coach Joachim Loew has admitted that he is in awe of Diego Maradona because he feels the Argentine coach won the World Cup on his own, back in 1986.

"He galvanised the whole football world with his skills," said Loew as his side prepare to face Argentina in Saturday's quarter-final match.

"He was simply magic. The culmination of his career was 1986. He virtually decided that World Cup on his own. He left a mark on football like no other player has ever done."

France's World Cup fiasco was the fault of the system, a poor environment and the coach's refusal to listen to players, according to midfielder Florent Malouda.

"With France I came to play where I was asked to and that was it," Malouda told L'Equipe.

"We didn't even try to see the coach to talk about the tactical system, 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1. It was just 'put yourself there and no arguments'. We did not look for explanations. Never in the last few years did my words have any influence on the coach."

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see also
Friday's World Cup round-up
02 Jul 10 |  World Cup 2010
Thursday's World Cup round-up
01 Jul 10 |  World Cup 2010
Wednesday's World Cup round-up
30 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
Tuesday's World Cup round-up
29 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
Monday's World Cup round-up
28 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
Sunday's World Cup round-up
27 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010

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