FIFA World Cup Preview – 6/28

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Well in a previous article, I said that I would bet my house on Germany going through the group stage with relative ease so it looks like I’m homeless until further notice. That’s the beauty of it though, folks. Germany was one of the biggest favorites of the tournament and they have just finished last in their group after losing to South Korea. Sweden played unbelievably well to beat Mexico 3-0 and finish first in the group. It’s nothing short of a national disgrace for Germany.

So Sweden and Mexico have moved on and will face Switzerland and Brazil respectively. Brazil beat Serbia to end their hopes of advancing and Switzerland tied Costa Rica to secure their place as runners up of Group E.

On Thursday, we will find out the winners of Groups G and H. Who will move on from Group G is actually already decided as England and Belgium have both qualified for the knockout stages but they play each other on Thursday to decide who will finish first and second of the group. Tunisia and Panama have both been eliminated and will play each other for pride. Belgium has been outstanding and so have England. England’s captain Harry Kane tops the scoring chart for the tournament so far with five followed by Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku (and Ronaldo) with four. We’ll see if either team decides to rest key players or really push for the top spot of the group.

In Group H, only Poland doesn’t have a chance of moving on. They play Japan who has already sealed a place in the last 16. In the other game, Senegal and Colombia will contest a high-stakes game that Colombia need to win to go through while Senegal only needs a tie.

Sadio Mané has been superb for Senegal while Colombia have been average on all fronts. This World Cup has been truly amazing thus far so make sure to cancel any and all plans for the games tomorrow! And if anybody has a couch I can crash on that would be appreciated.

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Eddy Prugh is currently a professional soccer player from Montana. He plays for Skellefteå FF of Sweden’s Division 1 Norra and has spent time at The Colorado Springs Switchbacks of the United Soccer League and Bodens BK, another Swedish team. He spent one year playing at Oregon State University and has a love for the rain and laid-back lifestyle of the Northwest.

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