My second round predictions were:
France vs Argentina – predicted France, France won, the match was every bit as close as I thought it would be.
Uruguay vs Portugal – predicted Uruguay, Uruguay won, a much better match than I expected. I do hope Cavani is all right for the quarterfinals.
Spain vs Russia – predicted Spain, Russia won because this World Cup is glorious. My Spanish boss got the details right about what would happen in his doom-laden prediction beforehand.
Croatia vs Denmark – predicted Croatia, was right, damn it.
Mexico vs Brazil – predicted Brazil, was right, damn it all.
Belgium vs Japan – predicted Belgium, was right, damn it all again, and was even more right about it being closer than people expected. Japan are a good side and I don’t get why people don’t realise that.
Sweden vs Switzerland – predicted Switzerland, was wrong.
England vs Colombia – predicted lots of goals and Colombia and was wrong on both counts.
Predictions for the quarterfinals:
France vs Uruguay – on the one hand, France were my pre-tournament pick to win the whole thing and have been solid. On the other hand, my heart belongs to Diego Godin. Being rational, I think France will win, especially if Cavani is injured but I am hoping for Uruguay.
Russia vs Croatia – logic says Croatia. Logic has little to do with this Russian team. I think Croatia will do it though.
Brazil vs Belgium – probably Brazil but …
Sweden vs England – this will either be really exciting or the dullest match ever. Sweden have enough about them to frustrate England but I don’t know if they have enough going forward to beat them so I will go with England.