Thursday, June 29, 2006

Quarterfinal Predictions

Now it really gets serious, gang. The World Cup 2006 quarterfinals. Seven nations have won at least one World Cup. Six of them qualified for this finals. All six are playing in the quarterfinals. It doesn't get much better than this. Here now are my predictions for the round of 8.

Germany versus Argentina. Why does the first match of the quarters have to be the best match? This is the first time these two teams have met in the finals since the title game in 1990, and this match has all the makings of a classic. Klose was the difference in Germany's win over Sweden, setting up both of Podolski's goals. It was something special. Riquelme and Crespa will have their hands full. Germany in a close one, 1-0.

Italy versus Ukraine. Ukraine have had the easier road to the last eight, playing unspectacular soccer. Shevchenko needs to raise his game. Italy need to show some consistency. I'll take Italy, 0-0 after regulation, winning on penalty kicks.

England versus Portugal. Sure England have had troubles on offense, but their defense has allowed all of two goals the entire tournament. Their defense will be the key over an equally ineffectual Portugal offense. England 1, Portugal 0.

Brazil versus France. The rematch of the 1998 final promises to equal the Germany/Agentina match for action and drama. The Brazilian offense seems to have silenced their critics while the French are coming off a gritty performance against Spain. Brazil gets through, 3-2 after extra time.

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  1. Marpla-Barcelonauta said...

    Lol, apart from Argentina loosing, your predictions were not very good :D