I was hoping the Brazil – Portugal match would take the tournament to great heights. After all, the 1st and 3rd Ranked teams had the players and the pedigree to deliver the match of the tournament. But Portugal killed the match with a defensive approach, they seemed too scared of Brazil and dont deserve the 3rd place ranking. Brazil, without Kaka, as I expected were without the creative force. Ronaldo was non-existent throughout the match barring a few step overs. Dwelling more on this match would mean giving it some meaning and that it doesn’t deserve.
Spain qualified by defeating 10 man Chile in a better match but I can’t figure out what ails Spain. They have the most talented side in attack, mid-field and defence but as a team they are not the sum of their parts. So it means there is scope for them to peak even now. Switzerland and Honduras deservedly went out after a goalless draw, though the match had a lot of chances. Brazil v/s Chile should be a good match. Chile’s Argentine Coach Bielsa is a very good strategist and Brazil wont have it easy.
The Line up is
|Uruguay||vs.||South Korea||–||26 Jun 7:30pm (India Time)|
|United States||vs.||Ghana||–||27 Jun 12:00am (India Time)|
|Germany||vs.||England||–||27 Jun 7:30pm (India Time)|
|Argentina||vs.||Mexico||–||28 Jun 12:00am (India Time)|
|Netherlands||vs.||Slovakia||–||28 Jun 7:30pm (India Time)|
|Brazil||vs.||Chile||–||29 Jun 12:00am (India Time)|
|Paraguay||vs.||Japan||–||29 Jun 7:30pm (India Time)|
|Spain||vs.||Portugal||–||30 Jun 12:00am (India Tim|
The Group stages complete I think the matches to watch out for are
1. Germany – England
2. Portugal – Spain
3. Argentina – Mexico
4. Brazil – Chile
My prediction of the victorious teams in the Round of 16:
Some great action can be expected. I hope the referees allow the game to flow. Hits and misses from the Group Stages
- Keisuke Honda
- Ribery and the whole French Football Team
- The Italians
Hoping for some Messi magic tomorrow!!