“I’ve got too much time on my hands and it’s ticking away from me.”
-Styx, “Too Much Time On My Hands”
Why are world soccer powers taking their time with these games? Sooner or later, someone is going to get upset and be very distraught about it. Two favorites have now become susceptible while two African nations put up fighting performances exposing those vulnerabilities. Still one of these European nations will advance to the semifinals and the other will have a lot more time on their hands they seem so desperate to want.
June 30th, 2014
France 2 Nigeria 0: It took a long time, but the inevitable finally fell into place. However, it was because of two defensive mistakes that the French actually scored both their tallies, one being an own goal. In the 79th minute, Pogba took advantage of Nigeria’s poor set piece defense and a bad decision by the goalkeeper; in stoppage time, Tobo accidently deflected the ball into his own net. The French have struggled to finish their last two games against teams they should have handled easily, but if the Germans are their next opponent, they better play like they did against Honduras and Switzerland. The Super Eagles will fly home (pun, but kind of cheesy) to train for another four years; running away from lions and what not. Good for them for making the second round, historically bad for them that they’re an African (continent, not race) soccer team.
Germany 2 Algeria 1 (ET): Within the normal time frame of 90 minutes, these two teams couldn’t finish even the easiest of goals. They scored all three in the 30-minute overtime. Schurrle quietly had one of the most beautiful finishes of the tournament two minutes into extra time, and Ozil, despite his poor effort for 119 minutes, scored the eventual game winner because one minute later Dyabou cut the lead in half. However, it was too little too late for the Desert Foxes who gave an extraordinary effort. The Germans are getting away with playing very poorly, and Neuer is showing the world that he’s a little too adventurous in net. If they continue to fool around, the French aren’t going to play nice. Well, they wouldn’t play nice anyway because of tension between the countries for whatever reason a long time ago. The Algerians go home tired and drained from a wonderfully-played tournament on their end. Their reward: a nice hot Northern African desert.
Argentina vs. Switzerland: 12pm EST
Belgium vs. United States: 4pm EST