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World Cup quarterfinals predictions

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  July 2, 2010 07:43 AM

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100Alex_Scott.jpgAlex Scott, a defender for the Boston Breakers of the Women's Professional Soccer league, will share her thoughts and insight in the Corner Kicks blog throughout the World Cup.

The quarterfinals kick off today, so here's my take on each game:

Brazil vs. Holland: Holland are always the "nearly" team in big tournaments. I think coming up against Brazil at this stage may just be a bit to much for them to overcome. Brazil not even playing at their best seem to always find a way to win.

Uruguay vs. Ghana: This could be a close one, but I am going to go with Uruguay, simply because they can score or create more scoring opportunities in open play than what Ghana have managed to do all tournament. It could go to extra time, however.

Argentina vs. Germany: This is a very tough one to call, but you have to say that if Germany play like they did vs. England, then they will come out on top. The German front line vs. a not-so-good defense of Argentina may see them advance. But on the other hand, there is the small matter of dealing with Argentina's Lionel Messi. Heard of him anyone? I thought not, ha.

Paraguay vs. Spain: I am going to go with Spain. Fernando Torres is yet to find form in this tournament, but someone who is not short of form is David Villa. He always seems to pop up at the right time with very important goals. I can see him doing the same in this game and taking his team through to the semi final.

All I know is there are some great matchups here. It's going to be very interesting with some great attacking soccer being played and I can not wait to watch.

Enjoy the games and speak to you all soon.

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About Corner Kicks: Julian Cardillo offers insight and analysis about the New England Revolution as well as European and international soccer.

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