Not a stunning performance from England, but Beckham's free kick was enough to get the job done (even though he was visibly suffering from heat exhaustion). Good ol' Becks. The final score was England 1, Ecuador nil. (By the way, if I could have a dollar for every time the ESPN commentators say "Bend it like Beckham" during an England match, I'd be rich.)
Germany have already beaten Sweden (2,0) and Argentina have beaten Mexico(2,1), so Germany and Argentina will be meeting each other in the quarter finals.
Update: Holland-PortugalOne-nil to Portugal, so we'll be playing Portugal in the quarter final. We lost to Portugal in the quarter finals of Euro 2004. Lets hope that this time we can get our own back.
The match itself was characterised by out and out fighting. The referee seemed to have totally lost control at one stage. There was a whopping six minutes of stoppage time at the end of the ninety minutes. By the end, both teams were down to nine men and twelve of the remaining players had yellow cards.
The good news (for England) is that Portugal will be playing us in the quarter final with two men suspended and seven on yellow cards.
Update: Australia-ItalyItaly managed to win in extra time with a perfect penalty (1:0), but in my opinion a penalty should not have been given. I was neutral in this match (although I do like to support the underdog, so was sort-of supporting Australia). I wouldn't have minded whoever got through, but it's always sad to see someone go through on an unjust penalty.
Update: Switzerland-UkraineUkraine are through after a penalty shoot out, so will be playing Italy in the quarter final.
Update: Brazil-GhanaI didn't watch this match because I'd promised that I'd take the kids to see Just My Luck at the cinema. The weather has been bad lately and they've been going spare being in the house all the time. The score (3-0 to Brazil) tells me that the match was pretty much the expected slaughter. Ren'll be pleased (see comments).
Update: France-SpainI missed most of this match, but watched the last twenty minutes or so. When I started watching, the score was 1-1, but France managed to come back with two more goals. This means that Brazil and France will be facing each other in the quarter final.
Here's my wallchart.