The group games are done – and half of the teams are going home, leaving 16 to duke it out in the Knockout Stage of the 2010 World Cup.

That means no more draws, but much more drama.

Before moving on, let’s first recap the final group standings, tossing in some statistifics, facts, final thoughts and a bracket preview of the remaining games.

2010 FIFA World Cup – Final Group Standings

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Group A

W

D

L

GS

GA

PTS

Uruguay

2

1

0

4

0

7

Mexico

1

1

1

3

2

4

South Africa

1

1

1

3

5

4

France

0

1

2

1

4

1

KP’s Final Thoughts:

–   South Africa made a valiant effort in its win over France, but fell short (due to goal differential with Mexico), making it the first host nation not to advance from group play.

–   France was the biggest disappointment (with Italy a close second) of the World Cup, failing to win a game in its group while coupling in day-after-day of team drama.

–   Uruguay goalkeeper Nestor Fernando Mustera has recorded three shutouts.

Group B

W

D

L

GS

GA

PTS

Argentina

3

0

0

7

1

9

South Korea

1

1

1

5

6

4

Greece

1

0

2

2

5

3

Nigeria

0

1

2

3

5

1

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Argentina’s Lionel Messi had a huge impact on the group round

–   Gonzalo Higuain of Argentina is tied for the World Cup lead with 3 goals scored

–   A wide-open net missed by Nigeria in its final game (vs. South Korea) was the difference between going home and moving on to the Knockout Stage.

–   Lionel Messi (Argentina) has the most shots thus far in the World Cup – with 20.

Group C

W

D

L

GS

GA

PTS

United States

1

2

0

4

3

5

England

1

2

0

2

1

5

Slovenia

1

1

1

3

3

4

Algeria

0

1

2

0

2

1

KP’s Final Thoughts:

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Michael Bradley was one of USA’s heroes during the group round (Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)

–   The obvious highlight here is Landon Donovan’s heroic goal in extra time vs. Algeria, which not only kept the Americans alive, but also vaulted them to the top of the group.

–   More than halfway through its second game, Slovenia was in the Group C driver’s seat – and now the team is homeward bound.

–   England has the most corner kicks in the World Cup to this point – with 29.

Group D

W

D

L

GS

GA

PTS

Germany

2

0

1

5

1

6

Ghana

1

1

1

2

2

4

Australia

1

1

1

3

6

4

Serbia

1

0

2

2

3

3

KP’s Final Thoughts:

–   Ghana’s only two goals were scored on penalty kicks.

–   The Socceroos from Australia played very well in its last two games, but the 4-0 blowout suffered against Germany was just too much to rebound from.

–   Ghana is second in the World Cup in total shots – with 55.

Group E

W

D

L

GS

GA

PTS

Netherlands

3

0

0

5

1

9

Japan

2

0

1

4

2

6

Denmark

1

0

2

3

6

3

Cameroon

0

0

3

2

5

0

KP’s Final Thoughts:

–   Cameroon was the first team to be eliminated from this year’s World Cup.

–   Japan (along with Group F winner Paraguay) has the lowest total number of corner kicks among the teams to advance – with only 7.

–   Japan also has the most fouls suffered in this year’s World Cup (70).

Group F

W

D

L

GS

GA

PTS

Paraguay

1

2

0

3

1

5

Slovakia

1

1

1

4

5

4

New Zealand

0

3

0

2

2

3

Italy

0

2

1

4

5

2

KP’s Final Thoughts:

–   Italy – the 2006 World Cup champions – finished last place in its group

–   Robert Vittek of Slovakia is one of two players to have scored 3 goals thus far in the World Cup.

Group G

W

D

L

GS

GA

PTS

Brazil

2

1

0

5

2

7

Portugal

1

2

0

7

0

5

Ivory Coast

1

1

1

4

3

4

North Korea

0

0

3

1

12

0

KP’s Final Thoughts:

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KaKa’s opponents may wind up losers

–   Brazil’s Kaka is one of three players in the World Cup with two assists, but he sat out the final game due to getting a controversial second yellow card vs. the Ivory Coast.

–   Portugual is one of two teams that did not allow a goal during group play.

–   North Korea by far had the worst performance of the World Cup, losing all of its games, while only scoring one goal – and giving up 12.

Group H

W

D

L

GS

GA

PTS

Spain

2

0

1

4

2

6

Chile

2

0

1

3

2

6

Switzerland

1

1

1

1

1

4

Honduras

0

1

2

0

3

1

 

KP’s Final Thoughts:

–   Chile has been offsides more than any other team in the World Cup thus far.

–   After losing its opening game against Switzerland, Spain responded by winning its last two, and winning its group.

–   Honduras was one of two teams (Algeria, the other) to not score a goal in this year’s World Cup.

2010 FIFA World Cup – Knockout Stage

Here’s a look at the bracket, featuring the 16 remaining teams of this year’s World Cup.

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The World Cup madness continues Saturday June 26, 2010 – starting with South Korea vs. Uruguay, and followed by the United States and Ghana.

Be on the lookout for The Wife Hates Sports making predictions on how the bracket will unfold – as we’ll be looking for your own personal predictions.

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