Six games are up tonight and the final three should be absolutely fantastic. Best night of the tournament so far and will probably only be beat by quarterfinals night.
Ireland vs Botswana, 3 p.m. - Boring game where Ireland pads its individual goal-scoring stats. Thank goodness this is an early game and nobody needs to show up. Ireland wins 10-1.
Poland vs Hungary, 6 p.m. - Poland is sitting great in Group C right now and shouldn't let a decent Hungary team change that. It might be close, but the result will still be the same. The thing Hungary should be worried about is Poland still needs goal differential. Poland wins 4-1.
Sudan vs Somalia, 7 p.m. - This will be a treat for everyone showing up early for the late games so that they can get good seats. I suggest coming to the soccer centre around 7:15 so that there's enough time for the Poland fans to clear out, but you're early enough that there is still prime real estate to park your ass for three straight hours. Sudan wins 8-1.
Afghanistan vs Canada, 8 p.m. - Pretty much a must-win for Canada, although a tie doesn't officially eliminate either team. This will be fast, intense and skillful. Playoff stakes are on the line so which team will step up for the big moment. Afghanistan wins 4-3.
Germany vs Nigeria, 9 p.m. - Going to be a cracker and Germany needs the win. Both of these teams can run and both can score a bunch of goals. The question will be whether either teams' defense can play solid enough to stop the other. I think Germany will crumble like it did after going up 2-0 on Poland. Nigeria wins 3-2.
El Salvador vs France, 10 p.m. - France is guaranteed playoffs and El Salvador can still finish anywhere from 1st to 4th in the group. If France loses then ES beats Norway on Sunday, France will end up second in the group, which means Laos in the quarterfinals. I think that's plenty of incentive for France to play hard tonight. The game doesn't mean a ton to El Salvador because win, lose, or tie it still needs to beat Norway on Sunday to advance thanks to a bad loss to Italy. France wins 3-2.