Tweepstake 2014 – Day 14

June 25, 2014

A crazy day yesterday, ending with some true football drama. Here’s what happened:

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

Well, if it some consolation to @Christian_N_Orr England leave the World Cup as the only team in Group D not to be beaten by the Group winners Costa Rica (@jasonpettigrove), with a result of a goalless draw. Does that mean, technically, that we are the second best team in the group? No. Hard luck England; you went out drawing.

ITALY (@pettittsa) v URUGUAY (@BottyB)

This was a juicier game with lots of bite. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. Yes, it seems Luis Suarez has been at it again, trying to bite his way to victory. He took a chunk out of Giorgio Chiellini and then Uruguay took a chunk out of Italy, beating them 1-0. Uruguay had to win, a draw would have been no good. And so @BottyB welcome to the next round. @pettittsa, sorry, you’re out.

Suarez tries to eat Uruguay

Suarez tries to eat Uruguay

 

JAPAN (@Superblouse) v COLOMBIA (@SpiderMonkey987)

Move along, nothing to see here. Heck, the game was even relegated to BBC3 (though at least that’s HD, unlike ITV4’s watercolour offerings). Japan drew level at 1-1 to then be beaten 4-1. Colombia top the group to face Uruguay in the knockout stages.

 

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

Now this is more like it. Immensely exciting. All Ivory Coast had to do to go through was get a draw. But at the halfway point they went 1-0 down to Greece. it took them until the 74th minute to get the equaliser they were so desperate to get. All was sorted… until the last minute of injury time. A (mildly) controversial penalty was given to Greece and Giorgios Samaras converted it. 2-1 to Greece. Greece, please meet Costa Rica. Ivory Coast, please leave the World Cup. To help your departure, to cheer you up a bit, here’s Alpha Blondy with his hit from the last World Cup, Vuvuzela.

TODAY’S MATCHES

NIGERIA (@redorbrownsauce) v ARGENTINA (@joyfeed)

5pm. ITV. Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre. Argentina are through and are likely to top the group… unless… Nigeria beat them! Then Nigeria will be top and Argentina second. A draw will also see Nigeria go through in second place. Should Nigeria lose they are still likely to go through, but, see the complicated set-up below! My prediction:

Argentina 1 Nigeria 0

 

BOSNIA-HERCEGOVINA (@jaq421)  v IRAN (@freig)

5pm. ITV. Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador. Sorry @jaq421 but Bosnia-Hercegovina have gone! There’s nothing they can do now, win, lose, or draw.  As for Sybil, your dog, she’s switched allegiances to Francel!

Liberte, Egalite, snacks please!

Liberte, Egalite, snacks please!

Iran can go through! It’s a big ask and it relies on Nigeria losing. If Iran win and Nigeria lose both teams will be on 4 points. But Nigeria have the goal difference so Iran will have to score goals goals GOALS! And they haven’t scored one yet! But let’s be optimistic. My prediction:

Bosnia-Hercegovina 0 Iran 14

 

ECUADOR (@wasaunders) v FRANCE (@Zoleipar)

9pm. BBC. Estadio Maracana in Rio de Janeiro. Wow! These next two matches are crazy ones to work out. Unless I’ve got it wrong, any of these teams can go through, though for Honduras it’s going to need more goals than Iran! France have 6 points; if they win or draw they will top the group. If they lose they should still be ok-ish, unless Switzerland win by a massive score of 8 or 9 goals.

As for Ecuador, a win will see them equal France on 6 points. Then it all depends on the how the Switzerland / Honduras match goes. Oh, this is difficult. My prediction:

Ecuador 1 France 3

 

HONDURAS (@wristwatch42) v SWITZERLAND (@realandrewgreen)

9pm. BBC. Arena Amazonia in Manaus. And now it gets even more complicated. Honduras are in trouble. To go through they would need France to win and then 10 goals or more over Switzerland. Oh, why am I even bothering; they’re not going to do it. My prediction:

Honduras 10 Switzerland 11

That was hard work. Let’s relax with some classic Swiss pop. Here’s Yello with the, hopefully, non prophetic Lost Again.

On a charity note, we have passed the £1000 mark for Alzheimer’s Society! Fantastic! And, as promised, my wife will do the John Barnes rap from World In Motion. This will be filmed hopefully tomorrow night. And prizes are still coming in so all Tweepstake folk will get something. If you know anyone who would like to donate beyond the immensely generous tweepstakers please do point them in the direction of my Just Giving page. A goal of £1966! Is it achievable?

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