Skip to comments.Belgium bitten by injury bug before World Cup showdown with U.S.
Posted on 06/29/2014 4:37:45 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
... Belgium coach Marc Wilmots is sweating injuries to two of his four starting defenders captain Vince Kompany and Thomas Vermaelen and holds out hope that a weekend of rest will allow the two to recover in time to face the U.S. at Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador.
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Colombias James Rodríguez sizzles to end Uruguay World Cup saga
He glides with such menace, his touch sublime and awareness almost unnatural for one gracing these finals for the first time. This team purred when Rodríguez found space and time on the ball at the Maracanã, his movement clever as he interchanged with a fluid and potent front line.
Few predicted Costa Rica beating England, Italy and Uruguay to top spot in Group D, while many thought Group C hopefuls Greece would struggle. Now two of the most unfancied teams in the tournament meet in Recife for a prized place in the quarter-finals.
Before that we are focused on Fortaleza where two World Cup stalwarts go head-to-head. Louis van Gaal's Netherlands side were very impressive as they finished the group stage with maximum points and see Mexico standing between them and the last eight.
Looking forward to today’s matches...well one of them.
Greece determined to defy the odds against Costa Rica
Greece have prevailed in their now customary fashion, never looking likely contenders but somehow forgetting to get knocked out.
Bradley has covered a World Cup-leading 23.6 miles, or 38 kilometers. Chilean midfielder Marcelo Diaz is the only other player to go more than 36 kilometers, with three others having covered slightly more than 35.
Bayern Munich! :D
The question is trickiest for Algeria , who faces a formidable Germany on Monday. Muslims can also be found in the Nigeria and France teams and they will have to weigh their religious convictions against the effects of fasting on their performance.
We’ve got two serious challenges before that can happen.
Belgium and then Argentina/Switzerland. That
sure would be great for us to make it that far.
Klinsmann tells players to change travel plans
"Jurgen has been nothing but positive," said defender Omar Gonzalez. "He's telling us, he's telling our families to change our flights to July 14th, 15th, because we're going to be here until the very end.
We need to be wary, because against the smaller teams even the slightest distraction can mean youre knocked out.
If we play with our hearts, then we can go all the way. Weve got to give everything to the last second.
The reward that awaits us at the end of that road is fantastic.
Colombia is an very interesting story this year.
They scored a lot of goals in the first round (yeah OK not that great a division, but still) and haven’t let too many in. They could be a surprise spoiler.
The Uruguay striker wrote in Spanish that "in no way [did it happen] how you have described, as a bite or intent to bite."“And then he fell on my fist, right before he went on to headbutt my foot!”
Chile’s loss is one of those bitter pills that is in every World Cup.
Honestly, losing like Uruguay did, 2-0 where they were clearly outclassed might be a better way to go out.
That was a good game vs. the cynical play you sometimes find in games.
There was a special on ESPN over the past 2 weeks,
The two Escobars: http://espn.go.com/30for30/film?page=the-two-escobars
I’ll have to see where I can watch this.
Colombia has been the butt of some jokes and so on but every time I have seen them, they have been very much the gentleman’s team.
Absolutely on Colombia. They played very well yesterday against a Uruguayan team that....appeared to have lost their appetite. That Rodriguez goal was a cracker.
I was just hoping for a win today for Costa Rica. People looked at them as a pushover team.
Yeah, getting to a CRC-USA semifinal would be a real kick in the head, wouldn’t it.
Gotcha. Today I’m picking the Dutch and Costa Rica.
Tomorrow, France and Germany. Then...Switzerland and the US!
I’m not good with my picks, they are often guesses but the Dutch will win, they will win it in 90 minutes. The only thing Mexico has going for them really is a lot of support in the stadium. In that one game I watched, they just had tons of travelling fans in the stadium.
Switzerland, that’s a real pick out of left-field for me, well,
The Swiss were routed by France, so they took out some of their less effective defenders. They faced Argentina in 2012 and lost, Messi scoring a hat-trick. Switzerland has a good coach. So if the Swiss can cover up the holes in their defense, they should be able to keep up with Argentina. Switzerland certainly have scored a number of goals.
So, I think it would be a fine stage for an upset. It’s probably a bit perturbing that it’s largely the Messi fanboys building up Argentina. Real country support I don’t mind at all.
Greeks need to play like the 300 to win this or any more games in this tournament. They are good guys and finished ahead of Ivory Coast and Japan. Good teams.
Belgians, this is NO TIME to waffle!
LOL. Good one.
I've only seen reverse. Glad Klinsmann sees something else.
Mexicans cheer for their team, but I’ve got wind that per the politics and economies of Mexico, per candid conversations, Mexicans hate it, you have organized crime, corruption. If you get a job, it’s hard to be upwardly mobile. So we hear the Middle Class has been growing.
I know that whenever we find that the Mexico match is wrapping up today, we'll be off the road and at home; we live in an area with a heavy Mexican demographic and all the beer bars and partiers will be sucking 'em up the entire day, then firing up their cars.
Also glad we're not in Los Angeles...win or lose, there will be riots again.
Any news on Altidore?
My prediction: US wins 2-1.
Watching Holland Mexico. Big game, but its hard to see Mexico winning.
There was the first big chance of the game and it was Mexico’s. We’ll see here.
El Tri-Color, Mexico, Another good chance on goal. Netherlands none.
Mercy, Mexico is going to score at this rate, Dutch goalkeeper way out of net.