Day 1 is over, and it all turned out just like in my prediction, Brazil outscored Croatia three goals to one (two extra points for me [and Mayjay too]), but it wasn't without its controversy. Not only the opening ceremony was lousy, the referee in the first match got himself an early return ticket to Japan.
On Day 2 of the 2014 World Cup we have the second match of Group A, Mexico Vs. Cameroon, two teams who shouldn't be in the finals but somehow qualified through divine intervention or the power of money. Later in the day the teams of Group B will fight for their place in the second round, as Spain and the Netherlands have a repeat of the 2010 WC final match! And then at 6PM Chile takes on the adventurous Socceroos (Australia)!
Matches for today:
- 12:00 PM EST: Mexico vs Cameroon @ Estádio das Dunas, Natal.
Honestly, I don't want to back Mexico today, but given the circumstances of Cameroon... I have to tip my hat over to Mexico winning 2 - 1. Why? Well, even with all the controversy surrounding Mexico's presence in the 64 Nations Tournament. The players actually, and it baffles me, but the players actually believe they can make it out of the group stage. That positive mentality creates a better team chemistry that combined with an incisive attacking formation could give El Tri the edge over a pessimistic (and defensive) Cameroon, a team who does not trust the coach and are in big cahoots against the Cameroonian FA.
Mexico 2 - 1 Cameroon
- 3:00 PM EST: Spain vs Netherlands @ Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador.
In a repeat of the final match from four years ago, La Furia Roja takes on the Clockwork Orange! Spain are favorites to take the first place in the highly competitive group B, being led by Vicente del Bosque, the Spanish team has remained similar to the team who won the world Cup and the Euro in the last four years. But wait! Netherlands was the first team to classify to the World Cup, not losing any of their qualifying matches, plus, they have arguably one of the best coaches in football, Louis van Gaal! It's a difficult one to predict... but I believe it will end in a draw.
Spain 1 - 1 Netherlands
- 6:00 PM EST: Chile vs Australia @ Arena Pantanal, Cuiabá.
La Roja (not to be confused with Spain), Chile had an impressive record in their qualifying round in the CONMEBOL, which is probably the most competitive confederation of them all, finishing in third place just behind Argentina and the impressive Colombia. On the other hand we have Australia, led by their aging captain, Tim Cahill. A team who eight years ago decided to abandon the OFC (Oceania Football Confederation) and merge with the more aggressive AFC (Asian Football Confederation).
Chile 3 - 0 Australia
To make things a bit more interesting... a point will be awarded to those who get the results right and two extra points for each correct scoreline. Feeling lucky? Then make a bold prediction and win an extra point for each one you get right, like saying Fernando Torres will score two goals for Spain, or Chile will win it 6 - 0!
So TAY what are your predictions for today's matches?