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Puyol's goal in the 73rd minute allowed Spain to win all three of its elimination games 1-0 and move to its first Final World Cup. Spain will play the Netherlands in the last Championships game, July Sunday 12.
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Wesley Sneijder scored off a corner kick Friday, boosting the Netherlands to a 2-1 win over Brazil in Port Elizabeth and into the semifinals of the 2010 World Cup.

The Netherlands will meet either Ghana or Uruguay, which played a quarterfinal match later Friday, in the semis Tuesday.

The Dutch, trailing at intermission, played with more urgency in the second half than Brazil and it paid off about halfway through the period.

With the score tied 1-1, Arjen Robben sent a Dutch corner kick into the middle of the box where Dirk Kuyt slightly changed the flight with a header. Sneijder was then able to solidly nod the ball into the left side of the net in the 68th minute.

About 5 minutes later, Brazil's Felipe Melo was sent off for stepping on an opposing player, leaving the Brazilians playing a man short the rest of the way.

Brazil broke through first with Robinho taking a long lead pass from Melo and breaking past the Dutch defense. Robinho then easily beat Netherlands goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg in the 10th minute.

The score was tied in the 53rd minute on what was ruled an own goal. Sneijder took a short free kick and tried a shot from long range. His high arching attempt just glanced off Melo, who may have also gotten in the way of Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar, and the ball went into the goal.

It was the first own goal charged to Brazil in its World Cup history -- a record 97 games -- but the second time in the current tournament the Netherlands benefited from an own goal. One of the goals in the Netherlands' 2-0 Group E win over Denmark was an own goal.

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Italy v Slovakia was an amazing 90 minutes game that ended in tears for the Italians. 34th world ranked Slovakia humiliated World Cup Holders Italy, winning 3-2 to qualify along with Paraguay who won the group after a 0-0 draw with New Zealand in their match played simultaneously for the knockout phase of the tournament.
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South Africa is the first African country to host the World Cup. From June 11 to July 12, thirty-two nations will compete against on another for the chance to become world champions. The future champions will earn a bonus previously negotiated with their national soccer federation. The following are the top seven highest paid teams should they go all the way. (10 images)
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WASHINGTON, June 8 (UPI) -- Stephen Strasburg set a franchise record with 14 strikeouts in his major league debut Tuesday, leading the Washington Nationals to a 5-2 win over Pittsburgh.

The highly anticipated bow of the 2009 first-overall draft pick was everything the Nationals had hoped for and then some, as Strasburg used a blazing, tailing fastball and an assortment of devastating off-speed pitches to baffle the Pirates.

A sellout crowd at Nationals Park cheered on Strasburg (1-0) as he finished his initial outing with a flourish, fanning all three batters in the seventh. He ended up allowing two runs on four hits, walking none and striking out 14, a club record.

Adam Dunn and Josh Willingham socked back-to-back homers in the sixth and Ryan Zimmerman added a solo shot for Washington, which won for just the second time in seven games.

Matt Capps pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to record his major leagues-best 19th save.

Pittsburgh starter Jeff Karstens (1-2) was touched for four runs on nine hits over five innings and Delwyn Young hit a two-run homer in the Pirates' defeat.

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