We will have a first time World Cup champion this year. Neither Spain nor the Netherlands have hoisted the trophy in their nations’ history, but one of them will change that Sunday. We will also see a European team win the World Cup outside of Europe for the first time.
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This is arguably the most lopsided matchup in the quarterfinals. Spain comes in as European Champion and has looked strong after the initial shocker against Switzerland. They adjusted in their second match against a defensive oriented side in Portugal.
Brazil and Portugal started out attacking, but then seemed content with a draw, which sent both of them into the second round. The Ivory Coast won against North Korea, but the 3-0 victory wasn’t enough. They needed to make up nine goals to pass Portugal and advance, but failed to score enough.
Tuesday marks the first day of the final leg in the World Cup Group stage. To avoid unfair advantages, the two remaining matches in each group will kick-off at the same time.
This means a decision will be reached in Groups A and B Tuesday. Mexico, Uruguay, France, and Argentina are the big names in competition.
Day 11 of the World Cup will give Spain their chance to redeem themselves after a shocking loss to Switzerland in their opener. More on that later.
We will see Group G and H complete the second leg of the group stage, and we will go to four matches per day starting Tuesday.
The US almost turned a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 win. Almost. Referee Koman Couilibaly disallowed Maurice Edu’s apparent game-winner for no obvious reason, and the US drew with Slovenia. The Yanks now have two points after two matches.
Switzerland shocked the soccer world and beat Spain 1-0 with a great defensive effort Wednes-day. The Spaniards seemed to try to play a little too cute, always going for the extra pass instead of looking for the shot. They had racked up 337 passes at halftime in a tournament were the pass total per game sat at 317. The Spanish finished with a total of 574