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2010 World Cup Mock 2.0: The Elimination Rounds

by vrabbit on Jun.10, 2010, under Soccer, World Cup 2010

Picking up where I left off, it’s time I give out my predictions as to how the Win-Or-Go-Home games will go down.

Round of 16

49 – (1A) Mexico vs. (2B) Nigeria: Mexico’s success in a tough group will increase their confidence, which will help elevate their level of play in this stage. It won’t be easy, but I see Mexico moving on, perhaps by justĀ  a one-goal difference.

50 – (1C) England vs. (2D) Serbia: I’m gonna ride Serbia’s defense on this one while anticipating a letdown by the Englishmen. 2-1, Serbia wins, and we now have two surprise teams moving on to the Top-8.

51 – (1D) Germany vs. (2C) USA: When it’s all said and done, this will be the upset of the tournament. USA advances. It’s not that they are the better team, it’s just that on this day the cards fell their way.

52 – (1B) Argentina vs. (2A) France: You better get your popcorn ready for this one, I like a 2-2 game to go to penalty kicks, Maradona’s team moves on.

53 – (1E) Netherlands vs. (2F) Italy: In my initial mock I also have this match-up taking place in Round of 16, but that was with Italy winning their group and the Dutch finishing second in theirs. Some things change, some things stay the same. The match-up will be the same, but the result will change. Netherlands moves on.

54 – (1G) Brasil vs. (2H) Chile: this is an intriguing match-up because both teams know each other so well. I have to go with Brazil on this one, especially after how I picked them to roll through the ‘Group of Death’.

55 – (1F) Paraguay vs. (2E) Cameroon: a very underrated match-up might result into one of the best games in the whole tournament. Cameroon in overtime.

56 – (1H) Spain vs. (2G) Ivory Coast: Les Elephants’ offense, speed, and physicality will present a strong challenge for the Spanish, but Spain will step up to the challenge. 4-2 Spain.

Quarterfinals

57 – (W53) Netherlands vs. (W54) Brasil: I feel an Orange Machine at full force on this one. The Dutch offense does just enough to score on Dunga’s team while their defense keeps the ‘joga bonito’ in check.

58 – (W49) Mexico vs. (W50) Serbia: Mexico has won me over, I’m predicting that for the first time in their history they will advance past quarterfinals into a top-4 finish. Another one-goal win.

59 – (W52) Argentina vs. (W51) USA: containing Messi will be too much of a challenge for the Americans, they just do not have anyone they can match up with him, nor an answer to their deadly strikers. Argentina wins 3-1.

60 – (W55) Cameroon vs. (W56) Spain: back-to-back African opponents on African soil will certainly be a rough challenge for Spain. However, they match up very well against the Indomitable Lions, and they move on to semifinals.

Semifinals

61 – (W57) Netherlands vs. (W58) Mexico: Netherlands potent offense is a sizable mismatch with Mexico’s defense. Netherlands moves on to the title game for the first time since doing so twice back in the 70’s.

62 – (W59) Argentina vs (W60) Spain: If there’s ever a defense that can control Messi, Spain’s can definitely be the one. Del Bosque’s team plays one of its finest games as Spain moves on to the title game for the first time in their history.

Third Place Game

63 – (L61) Mexico vs (L62) Argentina: in this scenario, I expect Mexico to be more motivated in this game as it will be the first time they would be able to place for a medal in the World Cup. Mexico gets a 3rd-place finish with a 2-1 win.

Final

64 – (W61) Netherlands vs (W62) Spain: I have honestly gone back and forth on this one so much it has almost given me a headache. A tightly contested match-up will take us to penalty kicks. I’m taking Spain on this one, I can see myself picking against them in any other scenario but this one. Netherlands record in World Cup finals will run to 0-3. The Spanish Fury finally become world champions!

MVP: Xavi Hernandez

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Wow, doing this was funner than the first time around, I hope you enjoy it, and as always your comments are more than welcomed!

And as I finish this entry, we are less than seven hours away from the first game. These next 31 days will be filled with excitement, good luck to all of your teams!


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