Have you ever seen a better series of quarterfinal games before?
After thrilling wins by Germany and Turkey, today’s highly-anticipated match-up between the Netherlands and Russia (2:45pm, ABC) could be the most entertaining one from an offensive soccer standpoint. You have two teams who pass well and attack in waves squaring off and somehow I don’t think we’re going to see a 1-0 defensive struggle.
In one corner you have Dutch attackers like Wesley Sneijder, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Rafael Van Der Vaart and in the other corner you have the Russian duo of Andrei Arshavin and Roman Pavlyuchenko, all of which have proven capable of doing damage to opposing defenses.
Who do I think will win? Well, after going 0-for-2 in the first two quarterfinals I will stick with chalk and give the Dutch team the edge. That said, the Russians scare me and Arshavin is a superstar who could have a monster game today. I’ll go Netherlands 3, Russia 2.
If you will be watching today’s match, or if you want to just follow along with the action, please feel free to check in here. Readers are encouraged to share their thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below. Computer issues will keep me from doing a running commentary but I will be checking in when I can to provide updates and my own take on the action.
Enjoy the match. It should be a fun one to watch.