As the withdrawal begins to draw near, Netherlands will face Argentina today. Netherlands may be without Van Persie due to a stomach ailment and Argentina is already without DiMaria due to injury. How will it play out?! Surely it will not come near to the embarrassing result of the Brazilians yesterday with a 7-1 loss to Germany.
Quarterfinals begin this Friday with France vs Germany!
The Round of 16 was certainly full of Drama. Did the big teams underestimate the skill set of the underdogs?! Nevertheless the favourites still made it through but it took 2 games with Penalty shoot outs and 3 games that went into Overtime out of 8 games total. Wow! Definitely a World Cup to remember.
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!
Columbia has advanced to the knockout stage with their victory over the Ivory Coast and the Japan vs. Greece draw in Group C. The World Cup futures of Japan and Greece depend on their must win final match to have a chance of surpassing Ivory Coast into second place. Both teams only have one point after a scoreless draw today.
Wayne Rooney ties for 4th in England goal standings after he scored his first goal in the World Cup finals against Uruguay. He has tied with Michael Owen on 40 goals. But it was not enough. Luis Suarez played one of his best games ever and scored 2 goals for Uruguay, still giving them a glimmer of hope. Group D is one to watch to see how this all plays out.