Germany take on Brazil in the first semifinal of this very intense World Cup. A rematch of the 2002 World Cup, this is the Clash Of The Titans. The Germans often falter after reaching the latter stages of the tournament and will be hoping to prevail. Brazil, the most successful team ever, will be wanting to try and win their 6th World Cup in thier own backyard. However, they will lack the force of Neymar Jr. and Human Wall Thiago Silva in this match and Germany look to capitalize on this. However, Brazil are a force to be reckoned with as they have proved so by beating almost every team they have faced. They loss of Neymar may just provide more motivation for the Selecao to go on make history. Maybe, just maybe, they might be galvanized by this loss and will progress. Germany are not staunch favourites for this epic, but they markets have seen a stunning 54.2% favour for the 2002 World Cup finalists. Thomas Muller would be wanting to catch up on the now eliminated James Rodriguez and will need to be at the top of his game. Germany never really moved out of the first gear to see of Germany and Brazil had to grind out the victory and broke a sweat or two. FootballsToYou is inclined towards Germany, but with the Camel predicting Brazil, we too, are confused.
The game was arguably one of the most one sided during the previews. The verdict? Netherlands were clear favourites and would trample Costa Rica. That being said, the game was Netherlands’ to lose, as Costa Rica had achieved plenty already and if they were to go home tonight, they could do so with their heads held high. Wesley Sneijder made his 16th appearance at a World Cup Finals, a Dutch record. Memphis Depay earned a start and for Costa Rica, suspended Duarte was replaced by Acosta.Continue reading
This quarter final was met with a lot of anticipation from both sides and today it would all be about results. Even if Messi would win it for them and the rest would play bad, it wouldn’t matter. Even if 2 late substitutes won the game through illegitimate goals, it wouldn’t matter.Continue reading
Germany played France and we knew what to expect from this encounter. Some brilliant football. Joachim Löw shifted captain Lahm to right back with a hope that the tactic would work better. Miroslav Klose made his 22nd World Cup appearance, still hunting for the elusive 16th goal. Only Maldini and Matthäus have made more appearances. France got Griezmann back in the line up with Matuidi-Cabaye-Pogba operating again at the heart of the midfield.Continue reading
The Round of 16 began and it was only fitting that Brazil kick off this round too. They were up against a spirited Chile side and after a string of impressive performances, we could not pick between the two sides. Brazil had won all 3 of their World Cup games versus Chile and they could draw some inspiration from that. It was a tale of drama and tension; an intense encounter. The Round of 16 could not have had a better start.Continue reading
This Group B encounter was the decider for Spain and they had to, had to win, in order to stay in the tournament. However, the holders crashed out of the tournament after they were stunned 2-0 by a brilliant Chile side on Wednesday night. After a 5-1 hammering at the hands of Holland in their opening Group B clash, Vicente del Bosque’s side needed an immediate response, but fell short in another lacklustre showing. Del Bosque dropped Barcelona duo Gerard Pique and Xavi for Bayern Munich’s Javi Martinez and Barcelona’s Pedro Rodriguez. Chile had a great outing, qualifying for the last 16 along with Netherlands.
This match, unlike other World Cup games (except Iran vs Nigeria), started at a very slow and boring pace, thanks to (yes, you guessed it) Spain’s Tiki-taka. As usual, Spain had possession, but on a warm evening in Rio, Chile had the chances. Having fallen behind to Eduardo Vargas’ well-taken 20th-minute finish when after latching on to Alexis Sanchez’s through ball, Aranguiz squared to Vargas, who cleverly side-stepped Casillas before prodding the ball into an empty net. It was a Spainful night for the champions as they were pushed to the brink by a second from Charles Aranguiz – helped by another Iker Casillas error – who failed to parry the ball away from goal from a freekick. The defence was sleeping and the Udinese striker reacted first, doubling Chile’s advantage and their chances of progression. A comeback was never likely and it seemed the Spaniards would be coming up short again. Spain didn’t pose a threat at all, their passing became redundant after some time, and they couldn’t get past Medel. We’d like to give a shoutout to Brazilian Diego Costa, who was invisible in the game. If the Spanish Costa is going to Chelsea, Mourinho may as well resign, because his strike force isn’t improving with this addition. The half ended with Chile on a high and it was nice to see them leave the pitch all eleven together, while Spain looked crestfallen and were trying to come to terms with the gravity of the situation. At half-time, only a miracle could keep Spain alive.Continue reading