Tweepstake 2014 – Day 19

June 30, 2014

Only two minutes left and Mexico are 1-0 up. They want it to be all over, but it isn’t now.

Could this World Cup be any more dramatic?

HOLLAND (@Braggovic) v MEXICO (@bluebox99)

Mexico, the underdogs in this match, forge a 1-0 lead at the start of the second half. They are still in the lead with only two minutes of the full 90 minutes left to play. 88 minutes in and Holland equalise. Surely this game is going into extra time. and then, in the 4th minute of  injury time Robben is brought down by Marquez in the penalty area. Huntelaar takes the penalty and Hollnad win, and go through to the quarter finals, 2-1. Mexico go home. Sorry @bluebox99. Congratulations @Braggovic.

And if it wasn’t for the loss Mexico were on their way to having the goalie of the tournament, Mika lookalike, Guillermo Ochoa.

guillermo 2

Mika?

Guillermo?

Guillermo?

(Oh, and my prediction for this match? 2-1 to Holland). (More brackets… 2-1 is a pretty much safe prediction for any football match).

 

COSTA RICA (@jasonpettigrove)  v GREECE (@gingerdisco99)

If that wasn’t dramatic enough, how about this game? Costa Rica, World Cup underdogs, go into a quarter final for the first time ever, beating Greece 5-3 on penalties. The match ended 1-1 and it stayed 1-1 after extra time. Another goalie was the star of this game; Keylor Navas of Costa Rica saved seven out of 8 shots from Greece and then went on to save a penalty.

Congratulations Costa Rica and @jasonpettigrove. And farewell to Greece and @gingerdisco99.

Costa Rica will now face Holland next Saturday.

TODAY’S MATCHES

FRANCE (@Zoleipar) v NIGERIA (@redorbrownsauce)

5pm. BBC. Estadio Nacional de Brasilia in Brasilia. I find this one a difficult one to call, given that France is represented by my wife! Having said that, she hasn’t got a hat! Here’s how much @redorbrownsauce is supporting Nigeria; he’s even added a shirt into the mix!

nigeria hat and shirt

dedication

And Sybil the dog is supporting Nigeria too, I think.

sybil nigeria

possibly Nigeria

Or is she supporting France?

vive le difference

Vive le difference

Or Germany?

sybil germany

mmmm, snacks

All these outfits have been posted on Twitter today. The moral? Dogs are fickle. and my prediction:

France 2 Nigeria 2 (and one of the teams will win in extra time)

And so on to the second game of the day:

GERMANY (@DarrenK73) v ALGERIA (@lolers)

9pm. ITV. Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre. Algeria are seeking to right a great wrong. “The Disgrace in Gijon” took place at the 1982 World Cup. 32 years ago the final group matches didn’t take place at the same time. Algeria had had a great World Cup with two wins and a defeat. One match remained to be played; West Germany v Austria. A 1-0 win for Germany would see Austria and Germany go through at the expense of Algeria. Guess what? You’ve guessed. Nothing could ever be proved, but it was this match that led to the final group games being played at the same time. In the name of fairness, possibly even retribution, the score tonight will be:

Germany 0 Algeria 1

Good luck folks. I will be at choir tonight! But I’ll try and keep up.

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