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10 takeaways from the World Cup

Updated: July 9, 2010, 2:51 PM ET
By David Hirshey | Special to ESPN.com

OK, so it isn't over yet, but before the final vuvuzela blows Sunday, here's what we can take away from this tournament in which favorites went home early (and in bulletproof cars), superstars discovered love children, and an octopus was hailed as a genius.

1. Spain showed us how to counter the counterattack

Jogi Low's lucky periwinkle sweater didn't stand a chance. In a game of "now you see it, now you don't," Spain whistled the ball around the park at a hypnotic pace ...

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