I thought the Yanks could beat Ghana, but the United States had other ideas. Once again, they gave up a ridiculously easy early goal and had to fight back, just like they did against England and Slovenia. Just like in those games, the Americans fought back and tied the game, but now we are in the knockout rounds. Ghana scored in extra time and the U.S. team is flying back home. If they aren't disappointed deep down, they should be.
I should give props to Ghana. I wrote a post last Sunday entitled Not This Time For Africa, but an African squad is in the quarterfinals, and they have a fighting chance to beat Uruguay. Good work for Ghana.
The English fancied their chances in this World Cup. Ladbrokes gave them a better chance to win the whole thing than they gave Germany, Brazil or Argentina.
What this really says is the English gambling public are mad.
Germany was supposed to be too inexperienced. Tell that to Thomas Müller, the 20 year old striker who plays his club football for Bayern Munich. In this picture, he wears the number 25 and appears to be 25 feet tall. In reality, he wears 13 for Germany and is only 13 feet tall. (Note: One of those statements is factually inaccurate.) While Germany can still get goals from old hands like Miroslav Klose, it was Müller who scored twice as Germany dominated a disorganized English squad, winning 4-1.
The English can complain about a goal stolen from them by a sleeping assistant referee, but guess what? All that would do is change the score to 4-2. This was the ass kicking most sane people thought it would be.
England lost and they deserved to lose. The Germans now face the winner of Argentina-Mexico that starts a few hours from now. It's an uphill battle for the Mexicans, but they can show the spark they had against France, this game could go either way. I will be at La Estrellita, my vuvuzela at the ready, rooting for good football and hoping against hope El Tri can surprise the very scary Argentines.