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
Winners of Group A vs Group C. Brazil vs Colombia. We just couldn’t pick from between the two sides. Neymar vs James. Cesar vs Ospina. This would be anything but a stultifying encounter.
The first period saw Brazil’s Jogo Bonito in full flow, as they exuded class and were simply too good for Jose Pekerman’s side. 7 minutes in, Brazil won a corner after some industrious work by Fernandinho. The corner was delivered through the center and went past a throng of bodies only for Brazil’s El Capitano to help the ball into the back of the net. Dismal defending from Carlos Sanchez and it wasn’t one of the most elegant finishes, but in this case, ends justify the means. What mattered was that Brazil had the lead. Fortaleza was rampant, loud and robust. 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
After many evenly matched R/16 matches, France would play Nigeria. Here, we had clear favourites: Les Bleus. France had seen off teams in their group with some swagger, albeit they did draw their final game versus Ecuador. They were in great form, conceding only 2 goals and scoring 4 times as many. France started with Giroud and Karim Benzema up front, while Nigeria continued with Peter Odemwingie and Ahmed Musa.Continue reading
The two heavyweights of Group E, as Switzerland took on France in a game where the winner would be more or less through to the Round of 16. In a game where France finally had to show they weren’t the side that almost lost to Ukraine in the play-offs, it was a highly tense affair.
France were coming out on a super 3-0 win over Honduras and Switzerland had made a super comeback against Ecuador. Olivier Giroud made his first start and he replaced Paul Pogba, while both Swiss goalscorers of their last game, started the game.
The scoreline read Switzerland 2 – 5 France, but it could’ve and should’ve been worse. A splendid display from the Champions of ‘98, they left Salvador as real favourites for this tournament.Continue reading