JOHANNESBURG -- For all the controversy and the perceived injustices, for all the bad fouls and dubious decisions, for all the aesthetic/ideological debates about Spain being boring and the Dutch being nasty (or vice versa, if you will), it came down to this:
Manchester United substitute Michael Owen broke Manchester City hearts with a dramatic winning goal deep into injury-time at Old Trafford on Sunday, but Chelsea stayed top of the English Premier League with a 3-0 crushing of London rivals Tottenham.
Australian Tim Cahill dealt Liverpool a desperate and potentially damaging blow with the goal that salvaged a 1-1 draw for bitter rivals Everton and stopped the Reds returning to the top of the Premier League.
Austrian veteran Ivica Vastic levelled three minutes into injury time to earn the co-hosts a 1-1 against Poland in Group B in Vienna, after referee Howard Webb awarded them a controversial late penalty.
Newcastle United's former England striker Alan Shearer has escaped disciplinary action by the Football Association after he appeared to elbow Everton defender David Weir during the Premier League game at Goodison Park on Sunday.