Spain wins World Cup simulation

June, 3, 2010
06/03/10
11:23
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By Jon Robinson
2010 FIFA World CupEA SportsAccording to EA Sports, Spain will win the World Cup.

David Villa owns South Africa.

That's right, according to EA Sports' World Cup simulation using the artificial intelligence behind the game "2010 FIFA World Cup: South Africa," not only does Villa win the Golden Boot for scoring seven goals in the tournament, but his two goals in the final game help Spain defeat Brazil 3-1 to become the new champs.

According to EA Sports, here is a recap of how the tournament plays out:

"The Final itself was an epic battle as Brazil put on a dazzling display of free-flowing samba style soccer early on against the Spaniards, taking a 1-0 lead in the 30th minute with a Felipe Melo strike from just inside the box. It didn't take long for Spain to level the score after a goalie error that left striker David Villa in the clear. He tapped in his 6th goal of the tournament in the 42nd minute. The second half saw fortunes turn in favor of Spain, as their disciplined build up play and domination of possession paid off with a goal in the 61st minute when Villa connected for his second goal of the match, off of Andres Iniesta's driven cross. Brazil had several efforts on goal in the final third of the match but couldn't capitalize on its chances as they pushed all players forward in an attempt to draw even, eventually conceding a splendid counter attack goal in the 88th minute from Cesc Fabregas, which delivered Spain the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

2010 FIFA World CupEA SportsLet the (virtual) celebration begin.

"Spain's path to FIFA World Cup glory included a quarterfinal 5-4 penalty shootout victory over Italy after an absorbing 1-1 draw, and a 2-1 win over Argentina in the semi final. Brazil's journey to the Final included a 3-2 win over the Netherlands in the quarter final and a 5-4 shootout victory over England after the two teams played out a 2-2 draw in the semi.

"USA lost its opening match 2-1 to England before registering wins over Slovenia (2-0) and Algeria (2-1) to advance to the Round of 16, where it played Germany to a 2-2 draw before losing 3-1 in a penalty shootout. Mexico also recorded a 2-1 record in the Group Stage, with wins over South Africa (2-0) and Uruguay (2-1), before losing 2-1 to Argentina in the Round of 16."

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