And Australia is on its way home! Finally the hype will end, even if we have to endure hearing about unfair decisions for a few weeks - at least they left on a winning note so it won't be quite as bad as it could have been.
While I congratulate England, and the US, for qualifying for the group stage (in America's case talk about leaving it late!) I feel intensely sorry for Slovenia - I thought they were the most deserving team in Group C but results conspired to eliminate them.
Ghana and Germany definitely deserved to qualify from Group D, though Serbia gave us all a surprise when they beat Germany (even if Germany was reduced to 10 men in that match).
Paraguay 1 - 1 New Zealand
While I'd say Paraguay should win the match New Zealand have absolutely stunned all observers in this cup. Slovakia 0 - 1 Italy
Hopefully Italy can follow England's lead and lift in this their final qualifying match. Cameroon 0 - 2 Netherlands
Can't see Cameroon throwing a spanner into the gears of the clockwork that has been the Netherlands at this World Cup. Denmark 2 - 1 Japan
Denmark seem to have been one of the teams no-one expected much of and so their good play has surprised everyone. Japan is good but I don't think they're as good as the Danes, still if the match ends in a draw I won't be stunned.
Well sadly, the Australians are out of the World Cup, so I am tipping Brazil to win the cup for a sixth time. And the South Africans has created history for all the wrong reasons: becoming the first host nation to be knocked out in the first round.
I am already looking forward to the second round. May the best teams win.
Germany were shaky in the first half. I must congratulate Ghana. They played fabulously. But in the 2nd half, we played much better and dominated. And a fantastic goal it was from Mesut Oezil, one of the best strikes of the tournament so far, but Villa's first was probably better.
So now, we're all set for a Germany - England clash. I'm in a dilemma now. One of my favourite teams will soon get eliminated. I'll feel deeply sorry for England if they do go out but nonetheless, I'll definitely be on the German's side. We can tame the Three Lions!
This should be the highlight of the Round of 16, even more than the potential Spain - Portugal clash.
My predicting is improving! I predicted exact for USA and England's games and well as correct result for Germany's!
Slovakia 0-1 Italy
Paraguay 2-0 New Zealand(Paraguay are a much better side than Italy...)
Japan 1-1 Denmark
Netherlands 2-0 Cameroon
7 tyranitars: 6
The Boss Giygas: 9
Night Walker: 9
Double oh Platypus: 6
Points for predicting group places:
Night Walker: 21*(umm, in the other thread you predicted England and USA/Algeria will qualify. I know the prediction game wasnt announced then, but since you chose 2 teams, i gave you 7 points or predicting who will advance from group c correctly instead of 15. You still got 15 for predicting winners of group d.)
The Boss Giygas: 15(would've gotten 30, but your edit..)
Natsu's Inferno : 30
Timothy mimefan Sillery: 65(WTF damn, now you predict group d exact!)
7 tyranitars: 21
Vincenzo Hikari: 18
Oh no! The Italy v. Slovakia match is judged by Howard Webb! He's the Public Enemy #1 in Poland.
That's because in the Poland v. Austria match on Euro 2008 he gave an unreasoned penalty to Austria in the additional time of second half of the match. Because of it, instead of winning 1-0 we drawed 1-1. That killed our chances to pass to Second Round.
I'm speechless. The first half and most of the second half we were dreadful and the team woke up a little too late. Amazing game overall though, the last 10 minutes of insanity were pure adrenaline. The 3rd goal was really stupid, plus there was a totally onside goal by Di Natale disallowed... but who cares, we wouldn't go far with this team anyway.
Wow. World Champions Italy out! Right after the Finalists! France and Italy out of the World Cup, with no wins, finishing dead last in their respective groups.
I didnt expect Italy to go far, expected them to crash out against the Dutch in the Round of 16, but damn. Still, one of the greatest matches in this World Cup, possibly an all time World Cup classic. 3 goals in the last 10 minutes.