Good morning, all. My ability to watch most every World Cup match is about to end. Ecuador-Honduras was the first full match I had missed in a while. But today, I have orientation for my summer job that starts Monday. I’ll certainly miss the Argentina game, but I might try and watch the Germany-Ghana game on delay, pushing back my watching of the Bosnia game. Sunday will be the last time I’ll be able to watch all the games live except on weekends. That shouldn’t mean much for content other than when I can post things. I’ll still have something in the morning, but further posts won’t come until nighttime. I’ll make the time to write if I need to.
Now to my picks.
Argentina 5 Iran 1
With Argentina hopefully now settled on their preferred formation, Lionel Messi can find a rhythm with his talented teammates. If they settle in, Iran won’t stand a chance. I like Messi to score a brace in this one, while setting up another. One will be scored by Gonzalo Higuain, and Sergio Agüero will add the last two. Iran’s consolation will be a late goal, one that should be celebrated. Reza Ghoochannejhad will be the goal scorer. Argentina will surely command this game from the opening whistle.
Germany 3 Ghana 1
Germany will have a little more trouble this time out than they did against Portugal, but Ghana won’t see their efforts pay off once again. Likely without Mats Hummels, Germany should shift Philipp Lahm into defense, giving them added security in the back. But Lahm’s biggest impact will come early on down the right, setting up Thomas Müller for the opener. Ghana won’t go away though, getting a goal back through Kevin Prince Boateng, a player who will be aching to impress against his brother’s nation. The game will remain tied for much of the match before Toni Kroos will put Germany in the lead with a curling effort from the edge of the box. Miroslav Klose will add to his World Cup tally in stoppage time, and Germany will seal the three points.
Bosnia & Herzegovina 2 Nigeria 0
With both sides needing the win, this game will be an entertaining one. Nigeria has had a very hard time finding the net in big games, not scoring from open play at the World Cup since 2002. Today won’t see that change, as they will once again lack the necessary creativity. Edin Džeko will score Bosnia’s opener early on, settling his team into the game nicely. From there, he and his strike partner Vedad Ibišević, who I tip to start alongside Džeko, will take command. Bosnia will deservedly get a second goal midway through the second half through Ibišević. The Nigerians won’t have a response, and there will be partying in Sarajevo tonight, celebrating their nation’s first ever World Cup victory.
Let’s hope we’re in for a great day of action. Check back this evening for more content. Have a great weekend.