Well good morning, everyone. Let’s hope we can have the World Cup storylines be about the soccer itself today. After I ranted about Luis Suarez last night, I found myself some extended highlights of the Colombia game. They are a delight to watch right now. I hope they have their way with Uruguay, and I don’t see why they won’t. James Rodriguez is on fire. His goal yesterday is my pick thus far for goal of the tournament – an absolute beauty. I don’t know if I’m going to be able to watch any games at all today though, as I’ve got a particularly busy day. But I’ll do my best to have some more content, so check back later.
Now for my predictions.
Bosnia & Herzegovina 2 Iran 0
Bosnia has played too well to leave Brazil without a win. It’ll come against Iran, who will fall short of reaching the knockout stage. Edin Džeko will score a brace, giving the disappointed Bosnians some consolation after some unlucky results. Iran will be threatening in the first half, but chances will be scarce as the game goes on. They’ll be disappointed to leave without a goal. Asmir Begović will prevent them from scoring, showing why he should be considered among the world’s very best. I think Bosnia will cruise.
Argentina 2 Nigeria 1
Nigeria will somehow manage to get out of the group with only four points, losing this one to Argentina, who will not be particularly convincing once again. Lionel Messi will provide the opener, setting up a Sergio Agüero goal midway through the first half. From there, Nigeria will control much of the game, tying it on a Emmanuel Emenike goal. He will be impressive today, finally getting his World Cup goal. Argentina will arrive at their winner on a Lionel Messi penalty late on. Argentina will be lucky to leave with all three points.
France 3 Ecuador 1
France’s new lineup will romp once again, crushing Ecuador’s hopes of advancing. Karim Benzema will add to his impressive tally with a thunderous strike within ten minutes. Raphael Varane will score France’s second off of a corner a few minutes later, and within twenty minutes, the game will be all be locked up. Loic Remy will add one of the bench to ensure France’s finish atop Group E late on. Enner Valencia will get his goal in stoppage time to give Ecuador one last chance to celebrate their accomplishment of getting to Brazil. Christian Benitez can be proud looking down on these guys.
Switzerland 2 Honduras 2
A nervy finish to this game will see Switzerland flirt with dropping out of the knockout stages, but they will ultimately hold on to the group’s final spot. A Granit Xhaka goal will give the Swiss the ideal start, offering a morale boost following the embarrassment against France. Xherdan Shaqiri will double the lead shortly after, and it will appear that Switzerland will be well on their way. But Honduras will claw back into the game in the second half, getting one back through Roger Espinoza. A goal from Jerry Bengtson will have the Swiss fearing the worst, but a late Diego Benaglio save will give Switzerland the necessary point.
Please share your thoughts below and have a great day.