What an action packed weekend with football!
The Maracana dream was kept alive for Brazil, Netherlands and Costa Rica who had close encounters with their opponents with even 2 of the matches consisting of Penalty shoot outs. Painful losses for Chile, Mexico and Greece, as their World Cup is now over.
The dream was also kept alive for Columbia that cruised to victory sending Uruguay home with 2 goals by James Rodriguez, of which the first is arguably the best goal in the World Cup so far. He was even trending on Google Circles and is certainly one to watch.
The excitement continues today with France vs Nigeria and Germany vs Algeria.
Finally, it has been narrowed down to the Final 16 but what fantastic football so far. There will be no matches today so everyone can have a fully productive day and get ready for the weekend!
Tomorrow it will be BRAZIL vs. CHILE at 11am and COLUMBIA vs. URUGUAY at 3:00pm.
SUNDAY it will be NETHERLANDS vs. MEXICO at 11:00am and COSTA RICA vs. GREECE at 3:00pm.
Have a great weekend and ENJOY!
Will the USA upset Germany and put Germany over to the right side of the draw to possibly meet Argentina down the line and challenge them before the semis?
Portugal only has a chance if Germany beats the USA.
Will the white face man work some magic for Ghana?
So the Euro plane had to wait on the runway for Italy yesterday. Uruguay advanced over them with a shoulder-biting victory!
Ivory Coast had a heart breaking loss to Greece yesterday with Greece advancing into the Knock out round after capitalizing on a penalty that should not have been given for them to win 2-1.
Who will advance with France from Group E? Will it be Ecuador or Switzerland? Did the Swiss fill the holes in their defense?
Also, who will advance with Argentina from Group F today? Nigeria or Iran? Nigeria has more points but they will face Argentina, though this World Cup has definitely proven that the ball is round.
Looking down the line, possible BIG match ups (Not predictions):
FRANCE VS. GERMANY in the Quarterfinals ?
NETHERLANDS VS. ARGENTINA in the Semi-finals ?
BRAZIL VS. FRANCE in the Semi-finals ?
Who will be in the FINALS ?!!!
Could it be URUGUAY vs. NETHERLANDS?, BRAZIL vs. ARGENTINA ?, FRANCE vs. NETHERLANDS? Plus so many more combinations. I think we are still in for more surprises, so lets watch and enjoy the Best Show on Earth!
This week we say GOODBYE to SPAIN, CAMAROON, AUSTRALIA, ENGLAND, HONDURAS and BOSNIA !
CONGRATS to NETHERLANDS, CHILE, COLUMBIA, COSTA RICA, FRANCE and ARGENTINA, all quickly moving on to the Knock out rounds.
Those that MUST WIN to move on to the next round are:
Italy, Uruguay, Brazil, Croatia, Mexico, Ivory Coast, Ecuador, Switzerland, Nigeria
MUST win so they don’t go home today – PORTUGAL
Camaroon should be going home. Brazil may top the group as they meet Camaroon next. Mexico and Croatia to vie for 2 nd place.
Spain has gone home. So has Australia. Netherlands and Chile will face each other with 2nd place likely to face Brazil. Note that Van Persie will be sitting the next game out for the Netherlands due to 2 yellow cards.
Greece and Japan should be going home with Columbia topping the group and Ivory Coast in second place. Though we still should keep an eye on Japan.
England should be going home with Uruguay likely to follow. Uruguay still has a little hope but its all in Italy’s hands who should top the group with Costa Rica in 2nd. So Columbia will face either Costa Rica or Uruguay.
GROUPS E, F, G and H:
Matches to play out by Sunday, however top of the groups should be France, Argentina, Germany and Belgium respectively.
HAPPY VIEWING !!!