Friday, 2 July 2010

Quarter Finals

We are down to the final 8 and by tomorrow evening we will know the final 4. Brazil take on Holland this afternoon seeking their 6th World Cup win and Ghana will face Uruguay this afternoon in a bit to be the first African side to reach the last 4. Tomorrow features Argentina against Germany followed by Spain against Paraguay.

This afternoon’s game should be a classic. Both sides are very confident on the ball and possess players who can change games in seconds. I think Brazil should win comfortably as the Dutch defence is not the strongest and the Brazilian forwards appear to be getting better with every game. It is likely that Robben will start for Holland but they will need some of their bigger players to stand up and be counted which the likes of Van Persie have not demonstrated so far. This evening will be an incredible occasion for African football, the vuvuzelas will be at their peak tonight and almost every neutral is hoping for a Ghana triumph. They have played really well so far but will face a very dangerous Uruguay team. The Ghanians will have to keep a very watchful eye on Forlan who has had a great tournament and if rumours are to be believed could be playing in the English Premier League again next season.

The game tomorrow afternoon is the pick of the ties in my opinion. Argentina have played some of the best football in the competition but look suspect at the back whilst the Germans look almost exactly the same. In theory it should be an open attacking game with lots of goals brought about by defensive errors. The fact that Messi has not scored in the competition makes Argentina’s performances even greater and surely ‘the flea’ will break his goal drought at some stage. The final game should see Spain through to the semi finals with victory over Paraguay. Their performance against Portugal was not quite what everyone had hoped for but in Villa they have the most in form player in the tournament and if Spain can play their ‘ticky-tacky’ passing they should advance into the semi finals.

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