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World Cup match-day 4: Garth Crooks' team of the day

Garth Crooks
By Garth Crooks
BBC football reporter in Johannesburg

A day that provided a couple of unexpected results, with Paraguay holding champions Italy and Japan beating Cameroon.

Here's my Fifa 2010 World Cup finals team of the day for Monday 14 June:

Maarten Stekelenburg
MAARTEN STEKELENBURG (goalkeeper)
Netherlands

Made a couple of decent saves and, unlike others during this tournament, didn't put a foot wrong.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst
GIOVANNI VAN BRONCKHORST (left-back)
Netherlands

Won his 100th cap and was always cool under pressure.

Marcus Tanaka
MARCUS TANAKA (centre-back)
Japan

One half of a great partnership with Yuji Nakazawa.

Yuji Nakazawa
YUJI NAKAZAWA (centre-back)
Japan

Kept the Cameroon onslaught at bay with his mate Nakazawa.

Gianluca Zambrotta
GIANLUCA ZAMBROTTA (right-back)
Italy

Steady display helped the Italians rescue a draw.

Daniele De Rossi
DANIELE DE ROSSI (midfield)
Italy

Brought the world champions back from the brink, scoring the equaliser against Paraguay.

Eljero Elia
ELJERO ELIA (midfield)
Netherlands

Changed the game the moment he came on against Denmark with a lively substitute appearance.

Keisuke Honda
KEISUKE HONDA (midfield)
Japan

Historic goal - Japan's first in a World Cup outside their own country - capped an excellent individual performance.

Wesley Sneijder
WESLEY SNEIJDER (midfield)
Netherlands

Just ran the show for his side and again looked a class act.

Dirk Kuyt
DIRK KUYT (striker)
Netherlands

Never stopped running. If anyone deserved a simple tap in on the rebound it was him.

Antolin Alcaraz
ANTOLIN ALCARAZ (striker)
Paraguay

Great goal that left Group F wide open.



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see also
Garth Crooks picks his team of the day
11 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
Garth Crooks' team of the day
12 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
Garth Crooks' team of the day
13 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010


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