World Cup 2010: The Quarter Finals


2010

 Alright, so it’s been almost a fortnight since my last post: WTFrance?!. But hey, better late then never, right?. 

So far this FIFA World Cup has been a rollercoaster of upsets, comedical goal-keeping errors and footballing scandals mixed in with some amazing playmaking and unbelievable goals (Maicon or David Villa ,anyone?). With the Quarter Finals kicking off today, it looks as if we are heading for an exciting climax to South Africa 2010. Brazil, Germany, Spain, The Netherlands and Argentina are all still in contention for the World Cup and I think I’m stating the obvious when I say that the Final will be nothing short of spectacular!. Brazil vs Spain, Argentina vs The Netherlands and even Brazil (Netherlands now!) vs Argentina are all possible final match-ups and each one promises a World Class viewing experience fitting a World Cup Final. 

The first quarter final to be played today is a mouth-watering clash between The Oranje of the Netherlands and the Samba Boys from Brazil. Expect the unexpected as the five-time World Champions lock horns with a country which is possibly the best never to win a World Cup. The team who wins this match will probably form one half of the Final to take place on June 11 as both are clear favourites going into the next match, whether it is Uruguay they face, or Ghana. 

My Prediction:  Netherlands 2 Brazil 2  (3-2 Netherlands after E.T.)

Actual Result:  Netherlands 2 Brazil 1  (pretty close, eh?)

Uruguay take on Ghana next as they look to confirm their semi-finals berth in the World Cup. Even though Uruguay are without doubt a good footballing side and are expected to progress, they will face stiff competition from the Ghanians who are the last African nation remaining in “Africa’s World Cup”. Given the immense expectation resting on the shoulders of the Ghanians, it will be interesting to see how this match turns out. However, it may prove to be a “dead rubber” fixture as both teams are underdogs to reach the final, even if they progress to the semifinals. 

My Prediction: Uruguay 1 Ghana 2  

Actual Result: Uruguay 1 Ghana 1 (Uruguay progress on penalties)

  

The 2010 World Cup Fixtures 

 Next up, we have the second set of matches as Argentina face Germany and the Spanish Armada take on Paraguay.

Argentina vs Germany will surely be an interesting affair and either way, a heavy-weight is going to be sent home packing. Will Messi and Co. be able to tame the young Germans who have should superb spirit and form as they breezed through their group stage and Round Of 16 Matches. Argentina however were no slouch either and they too passed all of their early fixtures with relative ease; First beating Nigeria 1-0, followed by a 4-1 whupping of North Korea and then rounding it all off with a 2-0 victory over Greece to secure their passage into the Round Of 16, where they disposed of Mexico (3-1). This promises to be an exhillirating affair as both teams will go into the match all guns blazing and with both teams possessing an equally effective offense and attack, you can be sure this is going to be one amazing semi-final.

My Prediction: Argentina 2 Germany 0

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