Saturday, April 14, 2012

2012 Day 16 Preview - Sat April 14

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.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

So much hype about this Chico guy and uh he did nothing for his team today.. I can't believed 1 they kept him on all game and 2 the continued to let him take all the kicks when clearly he needs a lot of practice.. I wonder if he is wishing he should of stated with ES since his new squad unfortunately is not advancing...

Anonymous said...

Brutal refs in this tournament, Karl gave that game to Germany

Anonymous said...

The penalty in the afghan game was brutal too

Anonymous said...

Brutual call?? That penalty in the 1st half was handball to us from upstairs on Canada's free kick. Afghan's poor shooting on free kicks and terrible marking in the 2nd half were their downfall. Can't blame refs on this loss

Anonymous said...

you can't blame the ref's. Calls go both ways. Sohel can go back coach kids and kiss the selfish Chico's ass!

Anonymous said...

Yes I agree about the Afghan's game tonite. It was tied at halftime and they didn't play well at all in the second half. Need depth on bench because Chico and Josip can't do it for them every minute. Canada were unmarked too much and that winning goal was a screamer in the corner! NICE!!!

Anonymous said...

Afghan had a decent run but didn't have the depth to be a quarterfinalist team. Cant have Chico playing the whole game in mid without a sub.

Anonymous said...

Greatest coach in the province my ass hahaha. Soheil should go back to coaching youth, he's been awful all tournament and clearly can't coach men's.

What kind of coach plays chico (sweeper) in midfield, clearly an idiot.

Anonymous said...

Chicos overrated. All this hype for an at best avg player. ES was smart in letting him go.

Anonymous said...

"the ref gave the game to germany"?¿? are you crazy? the game should have been over when germany was up 2-1.. longest stoppage time and for no valid reason..