The Next Goal Wins World Cup has come alive in the Second Round. But first a little explanation on how it works from here on in. Where fixtures in the NGW World Cup do not match those in the less exciting real competition, then the real team's result represents that of the team in our competition. For example, Chile won Group H in the NGW World Cup, so will be represented by Spain in the real thing. Simple! And the equivalent happens for top scorer. If David Villa (squad number 7) scores for Spain, then we will credit the goal to Chile's number 7 Alexis Sanchez.
On to the results! And what excitement. Only two of the major footballing nations are left at the Quarter Final stage with Germany beating England (not again!) and Italy scraping through on penalties against Japan. But Argentina & Netherlands are both out, crashing to Mexico & Paraguay respectively. Didier Drogba & Luis Suarez joined Asamoah Gyan at the top of the scoring charts with winners for Ivory Coast against the Swiss; and Uruguay to dispose of Greece. In the other games Chile beat Portugal & the Serbians are the third Euro team to progress after defeating USA.
So the Quarter Finals line up like this...
Paraguay vs Ivory Coast
Uruguay vs Serbia
Mexico vs Germany
Italy vs Chile
Much more exciting. I don't know about you, but I fancy the Mexicans! Check back later to find out who makes it to the Semi's!!!