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World Cup Quarterfinals
updated: Jul 04, 2014, 8:00 AM
By K. Prieto
Eight teams were eliminated and eight teams remain. The quarter finals are set and the stakes are getting
higher. The wins are becoming more glorious and the losses more heartbreaking. I can't remember a
second round as exciting as this. A few games went into overtime with two teams advancing on PK's, Brazil
over Chile and Costa Rica over Greece. The better of the two PK's were obviously the Costa Rica and Greece
game. A lot of the Brazilian and Chile players performed poorly executed PK's, which made it exciting to
watch but not very thought out.
I went 5 for 6 on predictions, which I'm pretty proud of. I was hopeful that the US would pull off an upset.
Tim Howard's performance was hands down the highlight of the entire match. He had a record setting
performance and is likely to be talked about for weeks to come. The internet once again exploded
with #ThingsTimHowardCouldSave. See a few of my favorites below:
Overall, the US looked tired and out of position. It appeared there was a large breakdown in
communication and with the new formation I would say they prepped for a defensive approach. With Julian
Green's substitution into the game, and his first touch being a goal, he provided a burst of energy and life.
However, it was too little too late.
The excitement continues Friday and Saturday. The victors will move on to the semi-finals. Below are my
predictions. Enjoy the games and have a happy and safe 4th of July.
France vs. Germany - Germany win
Brazil vs. Columbia - Brazil win
Argentina vs. Belgium - Argentina win
Netherlands vs. Costa Rica - Netherlands win
Where To Watch
SB Brew Co. Lounge (501 State St.)
Old Kings Road (532 State St.)
Press Room (15 E Ortega St.)
Dargans (18 E Ortega St.)
Uptown Lounge (3126 State St.)
Brasil Arts Café (1230 State St.)
Arlington Theatre (or so I've heard).
June 28, 2014: The
US Advances in World Cup
June 21, 2014: World
Cup Group Highlights
June 10, 2014: The
World Cup Is Here!
K. Prieto is a UCSB alum and former Gaucho midfielder who will now be cheering for the Netherlands
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