147! No, not snooker. That’s the number of goals scored so far in the World Cup. The total number of goals at the end of the 2010 World Cup was only 145.

The first two goals yesterday came in France’s 2-0 win over Nigeria. So, @Zoleipar, you’re still in. @redorbrownsauce, who made such marvellous efforts with his supportive hats and shirt, has had to sadly bow out. Come on Zoe- I know you’ve done your bit with the John Barnes rap, but when will you dress appropriately? Sorry to see you go Nigeria. You fought hard and held France off until the last 11 minutes.

Germany eventually went through with a 2-1 win over underdogs Algeria. This wasn’t as straightforward as it may seem. At full time the score was 0-0. After another half hour of play Germany were 2-0 up. Algeria managed a goal in the dying moments. Hard luck Algeria and @lolers. Congratulations to @DarrenK37 who’s supporting Germany all the way with a diet of Pilsners and Weissbiers and Riesling. Someone has to.

And so France will face Germany in the quarter finals next Friday.

Congratulations to @WhyMissJones for spotting Michael McIntyre during the game.

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Michael McIntyre goes for the Basic Instinct look

michael McIntyre

how Joachim Low can you go?

And so on to the last two games of the second round.


ARGENTINA (@joyfeed) v SWITZERLAND (@realandrewgreen)

5pm. BBC. Arena de Sao Paulo in Sao Paulo. In the last six games between these teams Argentina have won 4 and drawn 2. Switzerland are clearly the underdogs. Their coach, Ottmar Hitzfeld, said: “We are the clear outsiders but we have nothing to lose and much to gain.”

Hitzfield is an impressive fellow, and he retires after this tournament. It’d be nice for him to go out on a high, but I fear Argentina will get this one. My prediction:

Argentina 3 Switzerland 1

Hitzfiled coaches

Hitzfield coaches

what's the matthau?

what’s the matthau?


BELGIUM (@hbnm1985) v USA (@Lynbown)

9pm. BBC. Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador. Here’s one I haven’t got a clue on. Mark Lawrenson says 1-1 and Belgium win on penalties. I’ll chicken out and go with that. Heck, it’s good drama.

Talking of good drama, the Belgian coach not only sounds like a character from Eastenders but also looks like one. Here’s Marc Wilmots as Steve Owen’s long lost brother.

marc wilmots

“Just keep hold of the Albert Hall lads!”

And that’s it for today. Oh! But who is Sybil supporting?

Today I will mostly be supporting Switzerland

Today I will mostly be supporting Switzerland