World Cup Picks
Argentina advanced to the World Cup final after yet another rather sleepy performance. Both teams did an excellent job of man-marking and specifically the Dutch did well keeping Lionel Messi at bay.
Gonzalo Higuaín finally broke out of his daze and used a bit of improvisational magic to break through and give Argentina the only goal they would need to head through to the semifinals.
The Brazilians keep marching on, but their last match took a major toll on the hosts.
The Brazilians suffered through one of the most nerve-racking matches in the country’s illustrious World Cup history.
The U.S. are backing into the Round of 16 coming off a lackluster performance against Germany. However, the Yanks have been here before as they used almost an exact replica of the 2002 group stage (win, draw, loss) here in 2014.
Les Bleus had a hugely successful group stage in which they collected two wins before switching their squad and still earning a draw that felt like a win against Ecuador.
The Dutch finished off their perfect Group B campaign by picking apart a feisty Chilean side. What was surprising in the match was Holland’s ability to play without the ball yet still look threatening for the entire 90 minutes.
The Brazilians finally came to life against hapless Cameroon in the final group stage match. The Seleção got multiple goals from Neymar in the opening half and then opened up the match with second half goals from Fred and Fernando Luiz Roza.
World Cup Picks: United States vs. Germany, Portugal vs. Ghana, Belgium vs. South Korea, Russia vs. Algeria
The United States were 30 seconds away from their second consecutive win, six points, and an improbable position in the Round of 16. Then Cristiano Ronaldo happened.
World Cup Picks: Argentina vs. Nigeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina vs. Iran, Switzerland vs. Honduras, France vs. Ecuador
Sometimes stupendous players make stupendous plays. Well, that’s exactly what it took for Argentina to be spared from one of the most embarrassing draws in their history.