The World Cup quarter-finals are over and done with and we know the semi-final line-ups. The semi-finals could provide Brazil 2014 with some of its most memorable moments if there is anything to be gained from knowing who the participants will be. Participate on your own with this Guts sport bonus! Instant boost on all the action
The Netherlands vs. Argentina revives memories of the 1978 World Cup final when that great Dutch team of the 1970’s again failed at the final hurdle but can they overcome the pressure of expectation from their homeland this time around? Argentina on the other hand are waiting for something to click that hasn’t quite yet and they stumbled over the line vs. Belgium in what was a tepid quarterfinal.
Germany produced a winning performance when they needed to against France and proved they are a force, regardless if they are playing well or not. Brazil find themselves somewhat struggling to embrace the pressure that comes with being Brazilian and playing in a World Cup in your home country.
The Brazilians managed to defeat a vibrant Columbian side in what was the best game of the four quarterfinals in terms of match pace and entertainment. An injury to star man and keeper of the castle, Neymar, will prove to be a downer on what has been an excellent tournament so far but Brazil must fight their way through the Germans if they’re to have any chance.
The Costa Ricans pushed the Dutch all the way in their quarterfinal only to be defeated on penalties after a bizarre and inspired piece of management by Louis van Gaal. However, the Costa Ricans had a marvellous chance in extra-time to win it only for a splendid save from Jasper Cillessen to deny them a special victory.
The Costa Ricans though had enhanced and galvanised a true underdog spirit that had developed from them exceeding all expectations. They comfortably dealt with their group in which they had been expected to be the whipping boys. As it turns out, it was quite the opposite.
The Belgians were never able to provide fans and viewers with the style and vibrancy that their squad seemingly warranted. Only on a few occasions did they threaten a somewhat suspect Argentinian defence and even then their attacking play became as predictable as Eden Hazard cutting in onto his right-foot.
A quite splendid free kick that was a special moment in a match that was providing all the thrills and spills of a World Cup match in South America. Striking the ball from all of 25-yards, the ball flew at an extraordinary pace into the Columbian net via the top corner and it was a magical strike that is added to the list of outstanding goals already at this tournament.
Again, I fail to understand what FIFA have been instructing these guys to do. I genuinely feel sorry for some, the treasured few who try and let the game flow and refuse to be bullied by players and coaches alike who jump around on the touchline like babies who have just had their favourite toy taken away. I commend that few.
However, some have no understanding of the game at all. They blow their whistles for nothing tackles or 50/50 balls such as players jumping with goalkeepers and then proceed to let a player off for a 3rd (yes a 3rd) bookable challenge such as the Costa Rican defender Gonzalez. Where is the common sense?Categories: world cup