The quarter finals gave me a beating, only the trade of the 1-0 Argentina scoreline was of any merit on Saturday. I did not see the Holland game so no idea if they dominated the game and did not score or if Costa Rica over performed again. All the post match talk was of the goalkeeper substitution with Krul coming on for the penalties. It was an amazing decision and paid off. I can only feel that had it gone the other way Van Gaal would have been slated so you have to admire his courage. I am sure United fans were happy to see him not scared to make big decisions. (another element that seems to have been lacking in the England set up for about 20 years).
Today sees the first semi final and it is priced up tightly with Brazil just slight favourites. I am in line with the majority, I cannot split them and if someone held a gun to my head I would just edge with Brazil.
They will be without Silva and Neymar and whilst all the talk is of Neymar I think Silva is a bigger loss for them. The way they play, Jo or Willian can slot in and should be able to do a similar job. Dante who will replace Silva is a good player but Silva is a real leader for the hosts.
Since the first game Germany have been quiet yet progressed. France really did not press a team there for the taking and I think Brazil will not let Germany dictate the pace. Brazil played a physical game against Colombia and I think we can expect more of the same. Low is certainly expecting it having already called for the referee to be aware of the Brazilian physicality.
With the home crowd behind them and for me Germany just not quite firing on all cylinders with a few players being just too quiet I am not going to have a bet and will as I say hedge towards the hosts just nicking it.