World Cup Roundup – Day 22

Throughout the World Cup, we at 32 Flags will be giving you a complete recap of the action at the end of the day in our World Cup Roundup. Not only will we run down the biggest winners and losers, but the highlights and most talked about moments of each day and a look ahead to tomorrow.

1) Biggest Winner – Brazilian National Team

The team gets to avoid the wrath of the Brazilian faithful for another four days.

2) Biggest Loser – Thiago Silva

The referee in the Brazil/Colombia game calls nothing and then Thiago Silva does this and the referee has to give a yellow.

Stupid is all I can say, and he’ll miss the semifinal against Germany because of that.

3) Standout Performer – Manuel Neuer

What a World Cup this has been. In a World Cup that has had plenty of scoring, we have anointed about eight different goalkeepers as the “Best in the World” over the World Cup. Manuel Neuer is the newest due to his performance against France. That’s how great this World Cup has been.

4) Best Tweet

5) Biggest Surprise – Thiago Silva yellow card

Just plain stupid. Still can’t get over that.

6) Best Moment – The End of Germany/France

That was a rather unwatchable game. France came close to equalizing and the ending was rather entertaining but I think everyone but French people were glad to see the end of that game.

7) Best Goal

Bad positioning from David Ospina but still, a fantastic shot.


Saturday Preview

Argentina vs. Belgium (12:00 p.m. ET, ESPN), Brasilia

Can Messi go further in his journey to cement himself as one of the best in soccer history? Can Belgium take a lead early and not leave it late and scare the Belgian faithful? I see Argentina taking the win as Belgium’s late winning ways finally catch up with them.

Netherlands vs. Costa Rica (4:00 p.m. ET, ESPN), Salvador

My heart says Costa Rica, my mind says Netherlands. Usually, I trust my mind but Costa Rica has proven it wrong in every stretch of the way so who knows. Maybe Costa Rica can extend their magical run and go to the Semifinals. Nah, I’m going with the Dutch.

About Phillip Bupp

Producer/editor of the Awful Announcing Podcast and Short and to the Point. News editor for The Comeback and Awful Announcing. Highlight consultant for Major League Soccer as well as a freelance writer for hire. Opinions are my own but feel free to agree with them. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram @phillipbupp