I wrote in my first post about the world cup this:
We have a probable superstar, but he's too young and a little injured. We have a terrible goalie, an aging defense, a lot of above average forwards... I say semis, or quarters. If we get any further, it will be in the Italy way, not the Mexico way.
When I said the Italy way, I meant as Argentina advanced in Italy 90: with lots of suffering.
Now, this was not even close to the equivalent match in Italy: relentlessly being dominated by Brazil, but boy was it painful.
Not a great match, but I have hope that's just beause we match up badly with Mexico.
Germany beat the tar out of Sweden, and England has just finished beating Ecuador.
Germany is good, but I still want to know what happens when they play a team that can actually score. The closest they had was Ecuador, but they played without their best forward.
Sweden... what a depressing team.
England... Like Sweden, but with a guy that can do free kicks.
Ecuador... nervous. But not a bad game, they could have won if they had decided to bring it to England, which should have had some player thrown out for repeated fouling.
Mexico... guts. Lots of them. People have said Lavolpe is crazy. His name means "the fox". So, yeah, he is crazy... like a fox! He made a perfect tactical setting, but was unlucky with injuries.
Argentina... we can get better. I feel there is still another gear. But we need it on friday.
And to all my german friends in KDE... good luck, and a painless 1-0 defeat to you! ( just kidding ;-)
BTW: this is what happens when Argentina plays (game started at 16 hours):