Tweepstake 2014 – Day 7

June 18, 2014

Let’s start with a quick look back at Day 6:

Belgium (hbnm1985) beat Algeria (@lolers) 2-1. Algeria, the underdogs, took a surprise 1-0 lead with a penalty in the 24th minute, but Belgium equalised in the 70th minute and then took the winning goal in the 80th minute. On a positive note for Algeria (and pointed out by @lolers) their goal was the first they have got in the World Cup in 28 years. Something to celebrate there.

Let us not forget that Albert Camus was a goalkeeper during his student years for Racing Universitaire d’Alger. He had to give up through tuberculosis when he was 17. Years later he said: “All that I know most surely about morality and obligations, I owe to football”.

Something for Algeria to celebrate there too.

Brazil (@Mojorainbw) 0 Mexico (@bluebox99) 0. A goalless draw and a point each. But more a victory (of sorts) for Mexico who managed to make the host nation (and slipping favourites) look a little more ordinary. The hero of the match was Guillermo Ochoa, Mexico’s diminutive (comparatively) goalkeeper. His outstanding performance means Brazil’s manager (and Gene Hackman lookalike) Luiz Felipe Scolari will be looking for blood in their next match (although a point will most likely see them through, but that’s not as much fun, or a good enough reason to post this pic).

Scolari will have his revenge!

Scolari will have his revenge!

 

Russia (@chislehurst) 1 South Korea (@anna_borowski) 1. A point each. And so Belgium top Group H. I saw half of this match and then went to bed. I knew I was getting tired when I feebly laughed everytime the commentators said the name “Shatov”. It’s not big and it’s not clever. Shatov, in Russia, is like Brown in England. Sorry.

Russian boss, Fabio Capello, said “it was a good game”.

"It was a good game"

“It was a good game”

And so on to today’s games:

AUSTRALIA  (@zwanzig20) V HOLLAND (@Braggovic)

5pm. ITV. Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre (cap. approx 48,000). After Holland’s hammering of Spain 5-1, could this be a goal-fest? Australia have never played Holland in the World Cup, though they have been unbeaten in their last three games against Holland, winning one, drawing two. It’s difficult to see Australia winning, but, in the name of madness, I predict:

Australia 5 Holland 1

 

SPAIN (@NiicNok) V CHILE (@dusted1969)

8pm. BBC. Estadio Maracana, Rio de Janeiro (cap. approx 75,000). Chile already have 3 points after their 3-1 win over Australia. Spain have no points. Spain do, however, have a manager, Vicente Del Bosque, who also looks like Gene Hackman.

Hackman

Hackman

Del Bosque?

Del Bosque? Scolari? Hackman?

My prediction:

Spain 1 Chile 1

CAMEROON (@Arfablue) V CROATIA (@LadyLisaCusack)

11pm. ITV. Arena Amazonia in Manaus (cap. 40,000)pm. ITV. Croatia were hard done by in the Brazil game. And they haven’t stopped going on about it. Add to this their boycott of Croatia’s national press for publishing photos of the team sunbathing naked (this, by the way, is true) and you have one hell of a messed up team. Cameroon have lost their last five World Cup matches. This is going to be a hell of a messy game and everyone will be in bed. Expect a bunch of yellow cards and a red or two.

My prediction:

Cameroon 3 (yellow cards) Croatia 1 (red)… at least

Here’s a song from the last World Cup. I’m sure it’s meant to be uplifting, but judge for yourselves.

Oh, and please sponsor me if you can. I’m aiming to raise £1966 for Alzheimer’s Society. If you can spare a pound or two, perhaps the cost of a pint, perhaps a pound per goal for your team, please donate here at my Just Giving page. Thank you. Enjoy the games.

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