Spain emerged as champion from EA Sports’ simulation of the World Cup final in 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, with England losing on penalty kicks in a semifinal with Brazil and the Americans falling in the round of 16.
The game has the Spaniards besting Brazil 3-1 in the title match to claim the country’s first World Cup. Spain met its biggest test in a quarterfinal 1-1 draw with defending champion Italy (pictured), advancing on penalty kicks 5-4.
In this hemisphere, the simulation picked the United States to lose to England 2-1 in their highly anticipated match to open Group C play. The Americans went on to victories over Slovenia and Algeria to advance to elimination play, where they drew with Germany 2-2 and were eliminated on penalty kicks.
Mexico, according to the simulation, notched easy wins over South Africa and Uruguay to advance out of Group A (with France), then ran into Argentina in the round of 16 and fell 2-1.
2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa predicted seven goals and the Golden Boot for Spain’s David Villa, and a Golden Ball for Kaka of Brazil.
The full results of the simulated tournament are at the link. Host South Africa was the first team to be eliminated.
EA Sports Predicts Spain Will Win the 2010 FIFA World Cup [News Release]