We know that we have been a bit World Cup heavy in the past few weeks and that will stop soon we promise.
Last night the final game of the second round was played, so all the Quarter Final games are now set. The Second round was not filled with many surprises, most of these teams would have been expected to be here at this stage except for Colombia and Costa Rica perhaps.
Chile played well but just couldn’t overcome Brazil
Uruguay didn’t show any teeth against Colombia (sorry for that really bad pun)
France over powered Nigeria, wearing them down
Germany rode their luck against a fantastic Algeria team
Holland borrowed the German’s lucky horse to ride it past Mexico – more on this game in a minute
Costa Rica took penalties to put Greece out of the cup
Argentina against Switzerland, I think the commentators even fell asleep.
Then came the game of the second round, Belgium vs Tim Howard! The US might have opened up the Americans to enjoy how much fun a 0-0 game can be but it seemed that when needed, the German’s horse just needed a rest.
So we are left with
Brazil v Colombia
France v Germany
Holland v Costa Rica
Argentina v Belgium
There are hopefully a few upsets in the Quarter Finals as that makes it all the more interesting, only time will tell.
Now quickly back to the Holland Mexico game and now we come to the controversy of the round. Robben must be a two sport athlete as his diving is as well if not more renowned as his football skills. FIFA, UEFA and all the league bodies want to get rid of this kind of behavior and there is only one way. A dive anywhere on the pitch,Yellow Card, in the penalty box however, instant Red Card. The game, spectators, sponsors etc are trying to be cheated by that player. If a straight yellow is something that Refs are not willing to give, then anytime a player rolls around as if their leg has just stabbed should be ushered off the field to be brought back on at the next opportunity, this would also stop the time wasting. This needs to be stopped for the betterment of the game.
Final point here, if a player then admits to the dive after the game, it should be treated as if he has elbowed someone and he should face a ban, if it has changed the outcome of the game, it might be that the win should be awarded to the other team. Harsh…but everyone wants diving out of the game.
While the Football has been going on there have surprisingly been many other sports events going on, including Wimbledon.
Wimbledon suffered it’s own upsets yesterday when Rafa Nadal went out to Krygios and Sharapova went out to Kerber.
If all this talk about sport has you chomping at the bit to play just Get in the Game at One Player Down