Okaay,Seneeegaaal!Yes,Africa got off the mark with Senegal’s 2-1 win over Poland.Putting the controversial goal aside-We have lift off!And,yesterday NIGERIA put behind their abysmal performance against Croatia behind them,with a 2-0 win over tough ICELAND.I still think NIGERIA would not qualify because they would lose to ARGENTINA.I don’t think they are strong enough to stop ...a very motivated ARGENTINA.(Just my thinking!)I would be very glad to be proven wrong.The last time I dropped a diary session-Germany and Brazil were preparing for their first games.I said Germany is unlikely to win this tournament despite the media talk.It is only one game into the tournament but,we can read from how it went that,Germany are not as solid as the 2014 version.I know they are not going to win this tournament but,some people still need convincing.I thought they would win against MEXICO,so I was proven wrong there..! Another shock,I have received in this world cup(Perhaps,even a bigger one than Germany’s loss)is Argentina’s 3-0 loss to Croatia.As I subtly hinted-I thought mighty Argentina were more of a favourite to win this tournament than Germany.I cannot explain,this shambolic display against CROATIA and ICELAND.Now,they need to beat NIGERIA to advance to the knock out stages.Unbelievable!And one article,advised its readers...not to compare RONALDO and MESSI,based on this tournament’s evidence.Well,it clearly does not flatter the Argentine!I have been saying this for years!I value a RONALDO over MESSI because...he has the stats to match MESSI in club football,and more...RONALDO has played in more leagues.RONALDO has more command of both legs than MESSI does...And,crucially,RONALDO has performed on the international stage better than MESSI.If these are not convincing enough,then ...you are clutching to some emotional logic.(Which you are entitled to do) I have noticed that ...the ‘BIG’ teams are not having an easy time in RUSSIA.[Haaha]Although,FRANCE have won both of their matches-it was not easy pickings for them.SPAIN(That I don’t think they are going anywhere...)struggled against Portuguese Carlos QUEIROZ’s IRAN.Brazil managed to get past COSTA RICA with two very very late goals!Phew.That is not the makings of a tournament winner.I have watched this tournament for years.If you have your money on BRAZIL,withdraw it now!Of course,I do not bet but,my money would rather be on FRANCE or PORTUGAL(If I was a betting man)There is a slim chance ...it could end up with an outside candidate like BELGUIM(And I can hear some people screaming,Are you joking!)Or ENGLAND(And I can hear some people screaming with excitement at the prospect!haha) Now,back to Africa,for a bit-Egypt are out.Morocco are also out!Tunisia play Belgium soon(A game that would tell us how far Belgium would go in this tournament)I see Belgium winning-but Tunisia CAN pull a surprise if they finish better,than they did against ENGLAND.I do not see it happening,though!And before I forget,I know the referees want to allow the game to flow better.And FIFA want to toughen the sport a bit.So they are allowing more physical play from players.Fair enough!However,I do not see the advantage gained when players are rugby tackling other players and getting away with it.Or the WWE WRESTLING pulling and shirt holding that the likes of NEYMER have to endure!Please,14 fouls ...on one player is too much!!!And 8 fouls on a single player in one match!RIDICULOUS.....?
So here is a conclusion for this session,RUSSIA,URUGUAY.PORTUGAL,SPAIN,FRANCE,DENMARK,(tough one now!)CROATIA,ARGENTINA,BRAZIL,SWITZERLAND,(Another tough one!)MEXICO,GERMANY,BELGUIM,ENGLAND and finally SENEGAL and POLAND would be going to the next round in my humble opinion.See next time,I am off to watch BELGUIM Beat TUNISIA!haha