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Brazil, Netherlands qualify for World Cup quarterfinals

June 29th, 2010

Brazil and the Netherlands advanced comfortably into the World Cup quarterfinals Monday, while anger simmered over refereeing blunders and FIFA’s refusal to adopt video technology to eliminate them.

Brazil comfortably brushed aside Chile 3-0 at Ellis Park as the team pushes for a sixth title, while the Netherlands eased into the last eight with a 2-1 win against Slovakia. For Brazil, Juan and Luis Fabiano scored in the first half and Robinho finished off the scoring in the 59th minute.

“Chile played exceptionally well, they had a lot of possession of the ball,” Brazil coach Dunga said. “But Brazil was able to have balance and control.”

For the Netherlands, Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder scored in each half. Slovakia’s Robert Vittek scored with a penalty with the last kick of the match. Brazil and The Netherlands will meet in the last eight in Port Elizabeth on Friday.

The other remaining round of 16 matches—Paraguay-Japan and Spain-Portugal — take place Tuesday. Uruguay and Ghana were the first teams to qualify for the quarterfinals and they also meet on Friday.

Argentina and Germany qualified Sunday, but only after refereeing mistakes that FIFA is refusing to comment on.

FIFA spokesman Nicolas Maingot faced hostile questioning from reporters, but said it was “obviously not the place” to debate refereeing errors or the merits of video technology.

TV replays showed that England was denied a goal against Germany on Sunday when Frank Lampard’s shot bounced down from the crossbar and over the goal line. Uruguayan referee Jorge Larrionda waved away the 38th-minute non-goal, which would have leveled the game at 2-2. Germany went on to win 4-1.

Later Sunday, Argentina’s first goal in a 3-1 win against Mexico was scored by Carlos Tevez from an offside position, but was allowed by Italian referee Roberto Rosetti after he consulted his assistant. Mexico players protested to the match officials after seeing replays on a stadium giant screen, which showed the infringement.

Guus Hiddink called on FIFA president Sepp Blatter to step down if he doesn’t introduce video technology.

“Sepp Blatter should announce tomorrow that video replay will be implemented or he needs to resign,” said Hiddink, one of the world’s most respected coaches.

The organization that represents players around the world also demanded that referees be given the most modern tools to do their job.

“We can do it, the football world wants it and yet it is still being thwarted. That is unacceptable,” FIFPro spokesman Tijs Tummers said.

Blatter hasn’t commented publicly since attending both controversial games, where he witnessed the refereeing errors. But he has strongly opposed introducing any video technology to help referees.

At least one Germany player called for new goalline technology.

“If there is a possibility to use good technology, such as goal cameras or balls with chips, then maybe it should be used,” striker Miroslav Klose said. “I am not sure about video replays but if you have a chip in the ball that sends a signal to the referee’s ear or beeps, then why not. If you can have it in other sports, why not in football.”

German media hailed its young team and reveled in belated revenge for a disputed goal 44 years ago that put England on course for its only title. England famously won the 1966 final at Wembley 4-2 after extra time although the Germans remain convinced the second goal of Geoff Hurst’s unique hat trick never crossed the line.

More bad news surrounding the England camp was revealed Monday. Five workers at the luxury hotel where England stayed during the World Cup were convicted of stealing cash, football shirts, a medal and underwear, police said. The five workers from the hotel near Rustenburg, northwest of Johannesburg, were sentenced to three years in prison.

By FRANK GRIFFITHS, Associated Press Writer

http://sports.yahoo.com


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