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Actually typed this up yesterday and never posted. I was expecting a close game between Brazil and Chile, but damn..

My predictions for the knockouts:

 

Brazil 2 -1 Chile

Col 0 -1 Uru

Fra 3 - 1 Nga

Ger 4 - 0 Alg

Ned 2 - 1 Mex

Crc 2 - 1 Gre ( Crc wins in extra/over time)

Arg 2 - 1 Sui 

Bel 2 - 0 USA

 

Bra 1 - 0 Uru

Ger 2 - 0 Fra

Ned 3 - 0 Crc

Arg 1 - 0 Bel

 

Ger 3 - 1 Bra

Ned 3 - 2 Arg

 

Ger 2 - 4 Ned 



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Not going to bother with trying to predict the goals, that would be pretty much wild guessing for my part. Not that my predictions aren't. Anyways:

Eighth Finals:

Netherlands - Mexico*
Costa Rica - Greece*
France - Nigeria
Germany - Algeria
Argentina - Switzerland~*
Belgium - USA~*

Quarter Finals:

Brasil - Columbia~
France - Germany*
Netherlands - Costa Rica
Argentina - Belgium~

Semi-Finals

Columbia - Germany~
Netherlands - Belgium

Finals:

Netherlands - Germany~ (Here's to hoping)

All those marked with a ~ are those I'm very unsure about. All marked with a * are those I think will require extra time and possibly a penalty shoot-out.

Edit: Wow, the Dutch are not doing well so far. Is this going to be the next sensation?

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What a devastating 6 minutes for Mexico, 1-0 up until the 88th minute and then lose 2-1 with a 94th minute penalty. Clever tactics from the Dutch though in that heat. Credit to Mexico though, gutted for them.


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Dear Lord, the first 45 minutes against Algeria were the worst of our Team so far. Several serious mistakes, we're lucky we haven't received a goal yet. I hope that the next half will look better...

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I actually think, after the last few matches, that this WC is going to get a lot more interesting.  The Brazil - Colombia game will definitely be a good one.

I'm very curious to see what's going to happen between the Argentina - Belgium game, though. According to statistics, Belgium and Argentina are the top two teams for attempts at goal. They're also the two teams who have conceded the least amount of goals (well Argentina has conceded one more than Belgium). On paper though, Argentina should have a bit of an advantage having committed less fouls and having a slightly better passing game. It only really takes a bit of magic from Messi and Di Maria. These two teams seem to match up extremely well though. It's going to be interesting.



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 my judgment hinged on history repeating itself (1974).

 

Seems like some are converging on my prediction some weeks ago. But I do hope for a different outcome this time around. That said, it is becoming an increasingly remote possibility; I cannot see the Oranje going through without De Jong and possibly Fer. And even if Germany win against France, they will struggle vs either Brazil or Columbia. 

While I respect Hitzfeld with his approach to this WC and the Argentina game, there are some serious questions with regards to decision to substitute Drmic and bench Barnetta. Keeping a clean sheet vs Argentina for 117 minutes in round-16 is remarkable for an overachieving Swiss side nonetheless. 

 

I read about the FIFA panel considering the possibility of a 4th sub for extra time starting from WC2018. Thoughts? 


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Brazil v Columbia

France v Germany

Netherlands v Costa Rica

Argentina v Belgium

 

Brazil haven't looked particularly dangerous all tournament so I can't see them going any further. France v Germany is a tough one to call and whilst I'd like Germany to win, they've struggled since beating Spain and I think France will punish them for it.

I think the Netherlands' strike force is just too much for Costa Rica and tactically they're very strong. Argentina are a one man team and Belgium would have buried the USA in normal time were it not for Howard's heroic performance.


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I hate to spoil the feel-good atmosphere around the potential of the USA team, but they have a long way to go before even replacing any one of the historic top 8...decades. I have rewatched all of the round 16 games, imo they were the most outplayed team (regardless of what the scoreline suggests) out of the 16. I do appreciate all the internet memes and applauds on Howard though, very amusing...the Wikipedia one is a personal favourite.

 

I agree with @BloodAngel, that they are too reliant on Neymar and attacks driven from the wings. They are also lacking adequate midfield support in the final 1/3. France is showing what a strong team it can be if they don't rebel and fight among themselves...one can only wonder what could have happened in 2010 - though traditionally it's the Netherlands who fight..some sort of Ajax/Cruijff-esque theorist vs BVM/LVG pragmatist, like the rumoured Sneijder vs RVP in qualifying.


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Not sure what happened with the Netherlands but they're not looking like they'll get to the Finals. I'm going to say that Argentina will probably beat them in the Semi's now, and meet Germany in the finals. 



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I wouldn't be so sure about that. Yesterday's match didn't look spectacular, but if Costa Rica knows one thing, it's how to defend. The Dutch were essentially going up against 9 defensive players. And they still had some chances, even if it wasn't that many. With a bit more luck, they could very well have won it before penalties. Also, Argentina's style of play should suit them much better, when they can yield possession of the ball and wait for chances to strike quickly. I'm still betting on the Netherlands to go through.

Brasil just started becoming a bit more independent from Neymar, but it's still a very harsh blow for them. With him and Thiago Silva missing, Germany has a good chance. The German team is hard to judge. Against Algeria, the defense was reeling, but against France it looked quite well. The offense rarely manages to create great chances, but one way or another, they still managed to score goals so far. It's not as beautiful as it used to be though, with creative players like Özil and Götze playing way below their possibilities and Khedira and Schweinsteiger still not being quite fit.

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Shame Marco Reus couldn't play.

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Shame Marco Reus couldn't play.

It is, but I'm not sure how much that would've fixed actually. I think he might have had the same issues as Özil and Götze, which seems to be the aggressiveness with which many games in this world cup have been fought. They seem not to be able to properly adjust to that. Though admittedly that can't be all of it...



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So.... I think Germany might advance...

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Well that was unexpected. Brazil were lucky to have made it to the Semis but still, that was a spectacular implosion. It doesn't bear thinking about if Germany don't win the tournament now.

 

Side note: Spain scored 8 goals in their successful 2010 world cup campaign, Germany have so far scored 17.

 

Also congratulations to Klose for becoming the top scoring player in World Cup finals history.


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[bleep]ing Neuer is a madman

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Another step towards that 1974... I guess Neymar can feel a little better now knowing that he didn't really miss out on the final. Klose, that was very professional, the way he responded in the post-match interview.

 

The death of Di Stefano (RIP my 2nd favourite player), might fire up some of the Argentines. Also, Di Maria will be a big loss. Dutch were not particularly convincing judging by their performance against Costa Rica, regardless of how well you rated the Krul penalties. They can do without RVP, but definitely not without Kuyt. What they say about Feyenoord and total football, Kuyt really did prove them wrong.


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Wow...that match against Brasil was unbelievable. I did expect Germany to win clearly because of Neymar and Silva missing but I did not expect that. Well, I guess nobody did really.

 

The finals are still another matter though. Germany played great, but Brasil allowed them to. We're definitely not invulnerable (although Neuer gets us close :P).

 

I expect the Netherlands to go through today. Playing against them will be much tougher than Brasil



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Arg-Ned has been a terrible match to watch.. PENALTIES looming

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I was scared that once it got to penalties Argentina would not have what it takes. But it seems i was wrong. I almost cried when the game was over.



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I was scared that once it got to penalties Argentina would not have what it takes. But it seems i was wrong. I almost cried when the game was over.


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