After today we get a break until we get to the quarterfinals on Friday (Brazil vs. Colombia and France vs. Germany—two great games!). I watched most of both games yesterday (including of the France/Nigeria game; this football is killing me! I’d love to watch both games today (I want to see Messi play but I feel I should also watch the US lose to Belgium), but don’t think I’ll accomplish that.
Put your guesses for victors and scores in the comments below. There are no prizes except the warm appreciation of your host.
I’m getting sick of the diving, which seems ubiquitous. I’m starting to think that, as one reader suggested, games that are tied after overtime should be settled on red and yellow card scores throughout all matches. That would give a huge incentive to avoid diving, bad tackles, and so on.
Germany defeated Algeria 2-1 but Algeria, like Nigeria, played a good game:
France beat Nigeria 2-0, with Nigeria scoring an own goal in the last few minutes. They also missed an earlier goal which was nullified because the Nigerian striker was offside. Here are the highlights (click on screenshot):
The animated Google Doodle is very cute today, but see it soon before it vanishes (click on screenshot):