June 30th, 2010
World Cup Results: And Now We’re Down To Eight
Images via AFP/Getty Images.
A big congrats is in order for all the teams who’ve managed to make it to the quarter finals (Germany, Holland, Paraguay, Spain, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina and Ghana.) While we’re as thrilled as Akon that an African team is still in the mix to contend with the big hitters like Germany and the Netherlands, the real story here is the dominance of the South American (and Spanish) teams.
The South American continent is 4-for-5 in nations advancing (sadfaces for Chile). Essentially, the most important footballing competition in existence just got a whole lot more samba-licious.
Today, we present to you a rundown of how the WC elite 8 have gotten this far.
As we all know, Spain clashed with Portugal yesterday, pitting a plethora of Real Madrid boys against one another. Predictably, the match up brought the sort of nervous excitement that only copious margaritas and sponge cake-based items could handle, as well as numerous moments of screechy fangirlyness at Kickette HQ. Said moments included Fernando’s patented in the tunnel sideeye, Portuguese Pepe with hair (he was hardly recognisable, no?), anguished Ronaldo, celebratory manpiles, Sergio Ramos looking like his usual unf-tastic self, Fernando Llorente’s sent from heaven shirt-tear, Iker consoling the distraught Eduardo and some lovely flashes of thigh.
Not forgetting of course, the now infamous Iker looking like a dog hanging out of a car window, flapping gums gif.
Earlier in the day Tuesday, the tempo was slower for the Paraguay v. Japan match. Unfortch Japan lost on penalties, leaving us with lots of images of sad, dejected Japanese players and happy, bouncing Paraguayans. On a positive note, Japan’s Junichi Inamoto did manage to get a consolatory hug from the gorge Roque Santa Cruz, which we think is almost worth losing for.
Brazil took down Chile, bringing our leching on the lovely Mark Gonzalez to a definitive World Cup end. Do not fret, dear readers, we’re on top of Mark for the long haul, though. Hee.
Other moments worth noting: Chile’s Jean Beausejour got shirtless; Dunga wore another snazzy coat; Michel Bastos and Julio Cesar got up close and personal, reminding us why we love the Brazilians so so much.
Commiserations to Chile, and congrats to Brazil, who now face the tricky Netherlands in the next round.
Speaking of the Netherlands, they faced off against Slovakia, winning convincingly in a match that gave us a shirtless Huntelaar and some laahvley images of Martin Skrtel’s tattoos. All in all, a job well done for the Dutchies.
Uruguay face Ghana in the next round, who battled through against the USA to reach the next stages in an exciting climax to the game.
In a game full of many dramatic Maradona facial expressions, Argentina successfully out-maneuvered Mexico to seal their final 8 fate. Emotions were charged and things got ugly in the stands at the end of the game – and no, we’re not talking about Carlos Salcido’s lolzy facial expressions.
Congratulations are due to Argentina, who face Germany in the next round. There’s no need to recap their merciless victory here.
Over to you, Kickettes: which teams do you fancy advancing to the final four? What moments tickled your footy bone in the last round? Do tell!