Here’s today’s schedule. Since I can watch only one game, perhaps it’ll be Deutschland vs. Algeria, though I’d like to see France and Nigeria,too. Whichever one I watch has, however, already been determined by the laws of physics.
There is no contest today for readers to guess winners, nor will there be another besides the Big Contest still in force (who plays in the final game, and who wins by what score), but please feel free to tender your predictions below, including scores.
Once again I suggest that penalty kicks are no way to end a tied football match. What’s the rationale for this? They could just add successive fifteen-minute overtimes until someone scores. In baseball, a game can go on for twenty or more innings in case of a tie (the standard length is nine innings). When a team wins that way, at least the game has been played all the way in the same way. Penalty kicks are unsatisfactory, for even readers who think they should be kept seem dissatisfied with games settled that way.
End of rant; what do I know?
Some fuzzy highlights of yesterday’s heartbreaker for Mexico, who lost 2-1 to Netherlands:
And Costa Rica’s victory over Greece (1-1 in regulation time and overtime; settled by penalty kicks). The first Costa Rican goal looked lame to me; the Greek keeper just stood there. But I didn’t watch the game.
Today’s Google Doodle suggests that they’re running out of ideas for animations, but we have more than a week to go!