World Cup Quarterfinals, Day 1

2 big matches today. First up France v Germany which has extensive history both in soccer(their 1982 World Cup semifinal clash made me a soccer fan for life)and of course, in war.

In this tournament, they have been among the top teams. France has been brilliant at times. But I think this is a bad matchup for them, as Germany is more disciplined and equally skilled. The pick is: Quarter Final - Rio de Janeiro, Germany Pick over France.

The home team Brazil faces a flying James Rodriguez and Colombia in the second game. On form, Colombia is the favorite. But this is Brazil playing at home we are talking about. (This consideration includes the effects on officiating, which will certainly favor Brazil.) I have 2 lays here - Quarter Final - Fortaleza - 1st Half Line Colombia Pick (+185) and Full time Colombia + (+105). IF the game goes extra time, that is a different wager. I suspect Brazil will be put through in extra time or penalties.

A final word on USA' performance against Belgium. Other than Howard's heroics, it was a terrible performance, taking the USA back to its pre-1994 form. Just an awful performance. Klinsmann is a good coach imo, but he really missed the boat with Bradley at attacking midfielder where he failed miserably. Beating Belgium was a tall order, but that performance was a head shaker, Really bad.

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    Sadly, my go-to free live streaming (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by caseyOR on Fri Jul 04, 2014 at 11:14:32 AM EST
    source, Univision, is now requiring a cable account to view their online streaming. Somebody got to them.

    Without Univision I have no way to watch the rest of the World Cup.  I am sad. :-(

    Get a VPN! (none / 0) (#6)
    by Robot Porter on Fri Jul 04, 2014 at 02:06:39 PM EST
    And then you can watch BBC live coverage via their iPlayer!

    I think France beats Germany (none / 0) (#1)
    by Militarytracy on Fri Jul 04, 2014 at 10:20:02 AM EST
    And Brazil likely to come out over Colombia.

    France over Germany - Brazil over Columbia (none / 0) (#2)
    by Jack203 on Fri Jul 04, 2014 at 10:43:54 AM EST
    James Bond's heroics end for Columbia...and France is peaking at the right moment and will defeat a beat up German squad.

    For the US. Bradley had an overall weak world cup.  But seeing him lead the charge that 2nd extra time against Belgium was impressive.  After Green's goal (which Bradley had the assist), The US took it to the Belgians with Bradley running circles around a noticeable exhausted Belgian team who were just praying the game would end.  Bradley controlled the ball the majority of that 2nd extra time and seemed in total control. Considering he probably had already run 6-8 miles at that point, it was shocking how much more energy he had than everyone else.

    The best 15 minutes of the world cup for the US (and Bradley) was the 2nd extra time.  At least we left on a high note.

    And I know Altidore isn't Ronaldo or Messi, but a healthy Altidore probably would have gotten us farther.

    What the drama? (none / 0) (#4)
    by Militarytracy on Fri Jul 04, 2014 at 11:33:22 AM EST
    Come on Germany!  

    So much of soccer is fixed. (none / 0) (#5)
    by Robot Porter on Fri Jul 04, 2014 at 02:04:43 PM EST
    And fixed so badly that they're always getting caught.

    Why should we believe that the World Cup is any different?

    World Cup qualifiers have been fixed.  And there have been lots of claims about World Cup matches.  Even this time.

    FIFA denies it.  But what else are they gonna say?

    So World Cup:  Fixed or not?

    Netherlands vs. Costa Rica (none / 0) (#7)
    by Militarytracy on Sat Jul 05, 2014 at 03:48:41 PM EST
    Nil and nil at the half

    What a game (none / 0) (#8)
    by Militarytracy on Sat Jul 05, 2014 at 05:48:36 PM EST

    Netherland won on penalties