Tweepstake 2014 – Day 13

June 24, 2014

A sad day for some #tweepstake2014 folk who are leaving the World Cup behind for at least another four years. But please stay with us in the Tweepstake; perhaps you can switch your allegiance to another team, if that’s not too much of a shock to your system.

As for prizes, everyone’s guaranteed one. At some point I will be coming after you for your addresses. However, in an attempt to keep you all interested I will leave sending prizes out until the competition is over. That way I can also include your team ranking in the entire tournament. So, even though you are out, you are in. Ok?

Here’s what happened yesterday:

AUSTRALIA (@zwanzig20) played SPAIN (NiicNok), purely for the hell of it, both teams already beyond hope. Australia have played well in this tournament (ok, they didn’t win a game, but they put up a fight) but Spain were determined to put on some kind of a show, having won the cup four years ago and now facing a tournament with no points. They won 3-0. Bye Spain. Bye Australia.

HOLLAND (@Braggovic) and CHILE (@dusted1969) fought for first and second place in their group. Holland won 2-0 going to the top of the group with three resounding wins and 9 points. Their last goal in the group stages was scored by Leroy Fer who, when not in the World Cup playing for Holland, plays for Norwich. Holland will face Mexico in the next round and Chile will face Brazil.

CAMEROON (@Arfablue), already out before this game, faced BRAZIL (@Mojorainbw). A win for Cameroon would have led to a very interesting group closure but, despite equalising in the 26th minute, they were eventually beaten 4-1 by Brazil. Bye Cameroon.

CROATIA (@LadyLisaCusack) played MEXICO (@bluebox99). Croatia had to win to stay in the competition. They lost 3-1. Bye Croatia.

TODAY’S MATCHES

Groups C and D come to a close today.

COSTA RICA (@jasonpettigrove) v ENGLAND (@Christian_N_Orr)

5pm. ITV. Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte. England are out of the tournament but will be playing a nearly new team (nine changes, including up and coming youngster Frank Lampard) to showcase our future! Out of the eight teams playing today England are the only ones guaranteed going home. Everything else is up for grabs. Costa Rica are safe, but will still be playing to get the win and secure top of the group. My prediction:

Costa Rica 3 England 2

 

ITALY (@pettittsa) v URUGUAY (@BottyB)

5pm. ITV. Estadio das Dunas in Natal. Uruguay are the slight underdogs. A win will put them through, but a draw will put Italy through on goal difference. My prediction:

Italy 3 Uruguay 3

 

JAPAN (@Superblouse) v COLOMBIA (@SpiderMonkey987)

9pm. BBC. Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba. Anything’s possible here should Japan beat Colombia. My prediction:

Japan 1 Colombia 3

 

GREECE (@gingerdisco99) v IVORY COAST (@jayscarblue)

9pm. BBC. Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza. And anything’s possible here should Greece beat Ivory Coast. My prediction:

Greece 0 Ivory Coast 2

Sorry to put a downer on things but I think Colombia will top the group and Ivory Coast will come second.

But let’s end on a more positive note. In honour of England’s last game in this World Cup here’s former England manager, Kevin Keegan, with his tribute to the team.

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