I went 1-3 in the quarterfinals but I was still close. Germany gave their game away. Poland and Canada in overtime and I picked the wrong one. Ireland dominated and obviously I'm always picking Norway over whomever they play. Here goes round 2.
Ireland vs. France - Before last night I would have taken France in this game because I was so impressed with their first round. But now I'm switching to Ireland because I don't think some of the France players have the ability to bring their game up to what it needs to be to beat the super-talented Irish team. Ireland wasn't even tested against Nigeria and will have plenty of firepower and energy left for tonight. France will make it a battle but Ireland will score some pretty goals. 5-2 Ireland.
Canada vs. Laos - Still not overly impressed by either team. Both are very, very talented. Both make tons of dumb mistakes that should never be made by top-calibre teams. That's likely what this game will come down to: Which team makes the biggest mistake at the crucial time to let the opponent capitalize. I'm almost certain it will happen to Canada if only because half the team never looks like it feels comfortable playing with the other half. I guess that's something you take into account when you bring lots of good players together who are used to playing against each other, rather than with each other. 3-2 Laos.