No Surprises Today

After defeating the defending champs and securing a spot in the final 16, Slovakia’s World Cup run is over.

From the beginning of the match, it was clear that the Netherlands had a much more experienced team. Slovakia put up a respectable fight but the Netherlands prevailed, taking the match 2-1. Arjen Robben was brilliant for Holland although the team as a whole didn’t play its best. Slovakia finally found the back of the net in injury time but it was too little too late.

The other match of the day featured Brazil and Chile in a South American showdown. Brazil dominated for most of the match, beating Chile 3-0. After sitting out the last game against Portugal, Kaka returned to the field. Although he didn’t score, he definitely had a positive impact and helped create many scoring opportunities for Brazil.

The Netherlands will take on Brazil in the quarterfinals on Friday. Up until this point, the Netherlands haven’t really been challenged in this tournament. They dominated the group stage, winning all of their matches but the group they were in was a fairly easy group. The real test for Holland will come against Brazil and I don’t think they are up for the challenge. The strong attacking Brazilian team will prove to be too much to handle.

If the curse of the Nike Commercial continues, Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo should probably just pack their bags now.

Here’s to hoping the questionable officiating doesn’t ruin the rest of the tournament!

Day 18 Results
Netherlands 2-1 Slovakia

Brazil 3-0 Chile

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June 28, 2010 9:35 pm

I thought the knockout stages have been very entertaining, the Chile-Brazil match was probably the worst of the bunch. Brazil times there offense very well but aren’t as constant entertaining as the Germans or Argentina. Chile is exciting but have no finish, they dominated most of their group games but only scored a goal against teams like the Swiss & Honduras. I agree with you, I was impressed by Slovakia all tournament. They showed no fear against Italy and took it too them and did the same with the Netherlands, but the Orange was just too strong.

Sunday games were just so entertaining, from controversy to great play. Sure the Germans were dominating but if that goal counted who knows how it would rattle them. Mexico put up a good fight early on and that offside goal by Tevez I think just threw them for a loop and couldn’t get themselves together.

Saturday game, Glad South Korea made it to the knock out round, I was cheering for them, very entertaining. Uruguay looks really good and seems to be able to turn it on at any time, that second goal was amazing. Felt bad for the States, was cheering for them for the sake of the sport there and here. Ghana just looked so much quicker, but the States had a lot of heart but looked tired. I don’t think they looked ahead or underestimated or anything like that, there’s a lot of parody in international soccer especially after the top handful of teams, the rest dozen that make up the knock out rounds are all pretty close.

As for Tuesday, Paraguay seems to be the more talented of the teams, South America seems to be dominating this year. But no team seem to have perfected the World cup Ball than Japan, there set pieces were amazing in their last game vs. Denmark. If they can repeat that they can make a possible upset. As for Spain-Portugal, yes Spain should be favorite, but again Portugal hasn’t allowed a goal all tournament. But I think Spain has more players who can step up in big situations like they proved in the previous Euros

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