There’s no footie today, of course. On Saturday, though, we’ll have the match for third place, with Brazil up against Netherlands. For some reason I’m not expecting much there. But on Sunday Argentina goes up against the mighty German team, and I’m expecting a good game. Several Argentine players are injured, and my heart and my head tell me different things (I’m an Argentina fan). One thing’s for sure: Messi will be double- or triple-teamed.
As several readers noted, yesterday’s match was a bit of a disappointment, with both teams playing a largely defensive game. And so, of course, it was settled on penalty kicks. I hope that doesn’t happen on Sunday.
Anyway, here are the highlights of Argentina vs. Netherlands. Click on the screenshot to see them in a video. The winning kick!:
What about the contest, whereby those who picked the two final teams, and the final score, win an autographed copy of WEIT with a cat drawn in it playing footie and wearing your team’s colors?
The kindly reader who made a spreadsheet of all the entries has progressively narrowed it down. Eight readers remain in contention. The reader’s report:
We are down to eight. I had Argentina over Brazil and now am out. Six have Germany. Two have Argentina. If Germany wins, there’s a strong chance of someone having the score. 1-0 through 3-2 are covered as is Germany winning on PKs with a score of 1-1. The two picking Argentina have scores of 3-1 and 3-2.
And here is the spreadsheet to show you who’s still in contention (note that there is one duplication), and if Argentina wins 3-1 the earliest entry will take the prize: