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World Cup heroes and villains

<p>Hero: Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta will be remembered for his match-winning 116th minute goal in the final against Netherlands but his contribution to Spain's first World Cup triumph was far greater than just that late strike.    REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach</p>

Hero: Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta will be remembered for his match-winning 116th minute goal in the final against Netherlands but his contribution to Spain's first World Cup triumph was far greater than just that late strike. REUTERS/Kai...more

Hero: Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta will be remembered for his match-winning 116th minute goal in the final against Netherlands but his contribution to Spain's first World Cup triumph was far greater than just that late strike. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

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<p>Hero: Spain's David Villa scored five of Spain's eight goals in the tournament to make him joint-top scorer alongside Wesley Sneijder, Diego Forlan and Thomas Mueller to put him one shy of Raul as his country's all-time leading marksman.  REUTERS/Eddie Keogh</p>

Hero: Spain's David Villa scored five of Spain's eight goals in the tournament to make him joint-top scorer alongside Wesley Sneijder, Diego Forlan and Thomas Mueller to put him one shy of Raul as his country's all-time leading marksman. ...more

Hero: Spain's David Villa scored five of Spain's eight goals in the tournament to make him joint-top scorer alongside Wesley Sneijder, Diego Forlan and Thomas Mueller to put him one shy of Raul as his country's all-time leading marksman. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh

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<p>Hero: Netherlands' Wesley Sneijder was at the center of their run to the final, scoring five goals and more than making up for the absence through injury of flying winger Arjen Robben in the early matches.   REUTERS/Michael Kooren </p>

Hero: Netherlands' Wesley Sneijder was at the center of their run to the final, scoring five goals and more than making up for the absence through injury of flying winger Arjen Robben in the early matches. REUTERS/Michael Kooren

Hero: Netherlands' Wesley Sneijder was at the center of their run to the final, scoring five goals and more than making up for the absence through injury of flying winger Arjen Robben in the early matches. REUTERS/Michael Kooren

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<p>Hero: Germany coach Joachim Loew's striker selection was questioned when he named Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski, who had scored only a handful of goals between them in the Bundesliga last season, but it turned out to be a masterstroke. The duo were unstoppable as, along with Thomas Mueller, they led Germany to eye-catching victories over England and Argentina and a third-place finish.   REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach </p>

Hero: Germany coach Joachim Loew's striker selection was questioned when he named Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski, who had scored only a handful of goals between them in the Bundesliga last season, but it turned out to be a masterstroke. The duo...more

Hero: Germany coach Joachim Loew's striker selection was questioned when he named Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski, who had scored only a handful of goals between them in the Bundesliga last season, but it turned out to be a masterstroke. The duo were unstoppable as, along with Thomas Mueller, they led Germany to eye-catching victories over England and Argentina and a third-place finish. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

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<p>Hero: New Zealand's Ryan Nelson was at the center of a battling display as they held their illustrious opponents Italy to a highly creditable draw. New Zealand finished Group F in third place with three draws and were the only side unbeaten at the tournament.   REUTERS/David Gray</p>

Hero: New Zealand's Ryan Nelson was at the center of a battling display as they held their illustrious opponents Italy to a highly creditable draw. New Zealand finished Group F in third place with three draws and were the only side unbeaten at the...more

Hero: New Zealand's Ryan Nelson was at the center of a battling display as they held their illustrious opponents Italy to a highly creditable draw. New Zealand finished Group F in third place with three draws and were the only side unbeaten at the tournament. REUTERS/David Gray

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<p>Villain: Brazilian midfielder Felipe Melo (R) was sent off after stamping on Arjen Robben in the 73rd minute of the 2-1 defeat by Netherlands in the quarter-finals. He was also substituted early in the draw with Portugal in the group stages to prevent him being sent off after several rash tackles.  REUTERS/Eddie Keogh</p>

Villain: Brazilian midfielder Felipe Melo (R) was sent off after stamping on Arjen Robben in the 73rd minute of the 2-1 defeat by Netherlands in the quarter-finals. He was also substituted early in the draw with Portugal in the group stages to...more

Villain: Brazilian midfielder Felipe Melo (R) was sent off after stamping on Arjen Robben in the 73rd minute of the 2-1 defeat by Netherlands in the quarter-finals. He was also substituted early in the draw with Portugal in the group stages to prevent him being sent off after several rash tackles. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh

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<p>Villain: Referee Roberto Rosetti of Italy was at the center of the controversy in Argentina's 3-1 win over Mexico in the second round match at Soccer City. The Italian referee waved away protests from Mexican players after allowing Argentina's first goal, which came against the run of play, with striker Carlos Tevez clearly offside.   REUTERS/David Gray</p>

Villain: Referee Roberto Rosetti of Italy was at the center of the controversy in Argentina's 3-1 win over Mexico in the second round match at Soccer City. The Italian referee waved away protests from Mexican players after allowing Argentina's first...more

Villain: Referee Roberto Rosetti of Italy was at the center of the controversy in Argentina's 3-1 win over Mexico in the second round match at Soccer City. The Italian referee waved away protests from Mexican players after allowing Argentina's first goal, which came against the run of play, with striker Carlos Tevez clearly offside. REUTERS/David Gray

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<p>Villain: Referee Jorge Larrionda will be remembered by England after his failure to award a goal to Frank Lampard in the second-round defeat by Germany. Television replays showed Lampard's effort hit the bar and clearly bounced over the goalline but referee Larrionda and his assistants Pablo Fandino and Mauricio Espinosa failed to award a goal, which would have leveled the scores at 2-2. Germany went on to win 4-1.
See here are Wayne Rooney (L) and teammate Steven Gerrard. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon </p>

Villain: Referee Jorge Larrionda will be remembered by England after his failure to award a goal to Frank Lampard in the second-round defeat by Germany. Television replays showed Lampard's effort hit the bar and clearly bounced over the goalline but...more

Villain: Referee Jorge Larrionda will be remembered by England after his failure to award a goal to Frank Lampard in the second-round defeat by Germany. Television replays showed Lampard's effort hit the bar and clearly bounced over the goalline but referee Larrionda and his assistants Pablo Fandino and Mauricio Espinosa failed to award a goal, which would have leveled the scores at 2-2. Germany went on to win 4-1. See here are Wayne Rooney (L) and teammate Steven Gerrard. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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<p>Villain: Nigeria striker Yakubu Aiyegbeni's miss against South Korea in their final Group B game was one of the worst at a World Cup. Yakubu somehow skewed his 66th minute shot wide from three meters in front of an empty goal as Nigeria drew 2-2 in their final group match when a win would have put them in the second round.
  REUTERS/Mike Hutchings</p>

Villain: Nigeria striker Yakubu Aiyegbeni's miss against South Korea in their final Group B game was one of the worst at a World Cup. Yakubu somehow skewed his 66th minute shot wide from three meters in front of an empty goal as Nigeria drew 2-2 in...more

Villain: Nigeria striker Yakubu Aiyegbeni's miss against South Korea in their final Group B game was one of the worst at a World Cup. Yakubu somehow skewed his 66th minute shot wide from three meters in front of an empty goal as Nigeria drew 2-2 in their final group match when a win would have put them in the second round. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

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<p>Villain: England's striker Wayne Rooney was billed as a possible Golden Boot winner before the tournament and the man to lead England to a first World Cup triumph in 44 years but the striker's limp, goalless performances led to an early England exit in the second round.  REUTERS/Dylan Martinez</p>

Villain: England's striker Wayne Rooney was billed as a possible Golden Boot winner before the tournament and the man to lead England to a first World Cup triumph in 44 years but the striker's limp, goalless performances led to an early England exit...more

Villain: England's striker Wayne Rooney was billed as a possible Golden Boot winner before the tournament and the man to lead England to a first World Cup triumph in 44 years but the striker's limp, goalless performances led to an early England exit in the second round. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

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<p>Villain: France's team captain Patrice Evra's brief appearance at the World Cup was shambolic.
  REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado</p>

Villain: France's team captain Patrice Evra's brief appearance at the World Cup was shambolic. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado

Villain: France's team captain Patrice Evra's brief appearance at the World Cup was shambolic. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado

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<p>Hero or Villain: Uruguay's Luis Suarez (R) can be considered a hero or villain. He was standing on his own goalline when he handled a header from Ghana striker Dominic Adiyiah in the final seconds of extra time in their quarter-final. Suarez was sent off for the offence and was then shown leaping for joy when Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan missed the resulting penalty, the final kick of the game. Uruguay won 4-2 in the penalty shootout.  REUTERS/Brian Snyder</p>

Hero or Villain: Uruguay's Luis Suarez (R) can be considered a hero or villain. He was standing on his own goalline when he handled a header from Ghana striker Dominic Adiyiah in the final seconds of extra time in their quarter-final. Suarez was sent...more

Hero or Villain: Uruguay's Luis Suarez (R) can be considered a hero or villain. He was standing on his own goalline when he handled a header from Ghana striker Dominic Adiyiah in the final seconds of extra time in their quarter-final. Suarez was sent off for the offence and was then shown leaping for joy when Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan missed the resulting penalty, the final kick of the game. Uruguay won 4-2 in the penalty shootout. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

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