WOOF! Spain, the almighty Furia Roja were left red-faced by La Roja, and just like their former King Juan Carlos I, they have renounced to their crown as kings, only in this case of the football world.
There's only one person to blame in this case, and while the international and the Spanish press have been too lenient, Vicente del Bosque is guilty of Spain's ludicrous display in the 2014 World Cup. Not only he refused to restore his aging and tired (mentally and physically) team, but his stubbornness to adapt the style of play when there were clear signs that the Tiki-Taka was not as reliable as it was four years ago.
It is sad to see such a great team fall so hard, but they didn't deserve to continue in this tournament, at least not at the level they were playing. My condolences to all Spanish players and followers, and cheers for the new generation of exciting young players that will finally get called to the senior squad.
Also on Day 7... Australia joins Spain as the first teams to be knocked out of the tournament, but at least they went down with a fight, and fight they did as they could have taken the victory from the Dutch team, but their legs faltered towards the closing minutes and conceded the goal that gave Netherlands their victory.
Finally, the late kick off match, brought us a disastrous Cameroon team who collapsed under the Crows' pressure, and what a difference the return of Mario Mandzukic made. Mexico is going to regret not winning that match against Brazil.
now on Day 8, another "giant" could fall, England are facing the barbarians of Uruguay. Roy Hodgson claims England will have the same approach as they did against Italy, and Uruguay are hoping their best player, Luis "Lucho" bites away the competition. Both teams need a victory, and a draw will help no one.
But before that match even begins, there's a clash at Brasilia, Colombia vs Ivory Coast, and just like England's match, this one could go either way, can the trident of Colombia douse the burning hearts of the Ivorians? Or will Didier Drogba inspire his nation to win it again? Also on Group C, a Japanese team who showed ambition in their opening match, takes on a Greek squad who are willing to demonstrate they can actually cross the ball across the area.
Matches for today:
- 12:00 PM EST: Colombia vs Côte d'Ivoire @ Estádio Nacional de Brasilia, Brasília.
Colombia 3 - 2 Côte d'Ivoire
- 3:00 PM EST: Uruguay vs England @ Arena Corinthians, São Paulo.
Uruguay 1 - 2 England
- 6:00 PM EST: Japan vs Greece @ Estádio das Dunas, Natal.
Japan 2 - 1 Greece
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 Wayne Rooney being the star in England's against Uruguay by not being in the starting lineup! or Didier Drogba getting a brace against the almighty Colombia.
So TAY what are your predictions for today's matches?
I took the liberty to create a spreadsheet (still on the early stages) to make it easier to keep track of our records... anyway, if you want to access it, just click here.