The Super 16 stage of the ongoing football world cup has been a thrilling n thoroughly engrossing entertainment package. The hugely anticipated quarterfinals has been dubbed as the rise of the underdogs. A couple of teams considered a bunch of average joe’s by sports critics worldwide are laughing their guts out and proving them wrong. Teams like Colombia, Costa Rica and Belgium were never even considered as likely contenders to reach the quarters. Even if psychic octopus Paul was alive he wouldn’t have foreseen such an unprecedented turn of events. Until the top 8 teams gear up for battle royale. Here’s a look at some of the predictions for the quarters stage.
1. Brazil versus Colombia
With the injury scare looming over Brazil’s poster boy Neymar, the world would have to wait till the last minute to know whether this great footballer will indeed take on Colombia. Keeping the team line-up aside, the end result is pointing towards just one team. Brazil’s overall performance in the tournament so far makes them the front-runner to move to the semis.
2. France taking on Germany
Both teams have tasted success as World cup winners in the past. The Germans have won the title thrice and their current team with greats like Thomas Mueller are favorites to book a berth for the semis. France is in for a tough fight.
3. Belgium versus Argentina
The waffle nation Belgium is another underdog team that has bamboozled the critics with their entry into the quarters. This time around they are up against a quality team like Argentina which has won two world cups. Maybe these victories were ages ago but you don’t mess with Messi. Argentina’s star player Messi and his gang are definitely in it to win it.
4. Netherlands face off Costa Rica
The men in orange may hold the record for playing the most World Cup finals without ever emerging victorious. However the dark horse in the tournament Costa Rica has put up a great show so far. An injury scare to Netherlands team captain Robin van Persie shouldn’t dampen their spirits. The Netherlands team with greats like Wesley Sneijder and Huntelaar are expected to go all guns blazing against Costa Rica and seal the deal for the semis.