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Motty's quarter-final preview - part 2

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John Motson | 23:09 UK time, Friday, 2 July 2010

The final two World Cup quarter-finals take place on Saturday.

Argentina against Germany in Cape Town is the one I'm really looking forward to as I've commentated on two World Cup finals between these two teams.

The final last eight game is Paraguay v Spain. There is a bit of history to this one as well.

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Motty previews the second day of quarter-final action (UK only)

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  • 1. At 01:33am on 03 Jul 2010, A55 wrote:

    Are you actually going to do any commentating Motty?

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  • 2. At 03:32am on 03 Jul 2010, Herts_Philby wrote:

    I agree with Motty on both predictions for quarter-finals 3 and 4.

    Argentina vs Germany: I think Argentina have been in formidable form in this tournament, despite a rather unspectacular qualifying campaign to get here they have really sparked into a new lease of life in South Africa and it's paying dividends for them at the moment. I think they are the best attacking side left in the tournament, although the Dutch are strong on the other side of the tournament tree. Argentina haven't though really faced much defensive pressure from their previous opponents in this tournament, by which I mean they haven't had to defend at high pressure but this is something the Germans will put them under a lot tomorrow. Germany have a relatively new-look squad for this tournament, the blend of youth and experience in the squad has worked well for them so far but it has been obvious in the first three games that they were still getting used to each other in some ways at this high level of International football. I think Germany's defence is probably better than Argentina's but Maradona's side have more firepower and energy up front, so I think these two teams will both go into the game with attack-minded game plans and both sides will probably look to out-attack the other so to speak. If either side is going to have to defend the game, it will be Germany who would come off better for their organisation and experience in this department, but I can see a couple of goals in this game with Argentina most likely to nick the win by a late goal. I'm really looking forward to this game.

    Paraguay have a less even contest coming up against Spain, Paraguay have done well to get to this stage in the tournament and of Spain this was the expected minimum (as with England!) but I don't think Spain have performed to their usual best so far. Spain have been decent so far and overcame a tough Portugal side to stay in the competition, Paraguay ought to not have enough quality up front to really put much pressure on Spain going forward but I can see them looking to match the Spainiards' renowned style of possession play in midfield and possibly looking to force some errors. I think this will be the least entertaining of the quarter-final games, unless Spain finally find that spark of inspiration that gets them back on their usual class of play.

    I think Argentina will beat Germany in a close contest, probably a late goal to win it, with Spain beating Paraguay in a less even and less intense encounter. The next round would be interesting in this case.

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  • 3. At 03:41am on 03 Jul 2010, sarstar wrote:

    i know motty...and i know why he is in Sth Africa...to add value and experience to an otherwise bland team of "experts". And NO A55 he isn't going to commentate bcoz thats not his job......he is there to add a piece of knowledge that no-one else can! Jealous much?! Ur just like any typical english supporter who has no faith and needs to bring down the person who is achieving...unlike England!!!!

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  • 4. At 04:43am on 03 Jul 2010, sarstar wrote:

    herts u make a good point.......the argey may very well nick it at the end of time...but the character of the germans will make it a great game. it feels destined in the stars that Messi will score the winner in spectacular fashion however dont rule out Klose and Podolski....it feels right for them too!!! However, my money is on Uruguay!!!!

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  • 5. At 10:32am on 03 Jul 2010, TabiAmak wrote:

    "Crime pays" is the moral of the 2010 mondial.
    Lets not make a mistake. The mondial features the nature of man kind, for good and bad.
    We have heroes and felons. Each match has its own distincted player and the one we would like to send home. Yes Ronaldo, I mean you.
    We have the observant judges who rule just but limited to the rules of the game, and mediocre judges who sleep standing missing facts letting wrong doing go by. Referies, when will you stop turning a blind eye to the fauls commited in your turf.
    We have the strong (some may say corrupt) politicians overcoming the few idealistic who really want to to make a difference. Its about time FIFA underwent a revolution changing the polotical system of the organization.
    We the buisness men who will make money any way the chip falls. The higher the outrage the higher the TV rating.
    AND we have the silent force. Us the people watching the games unfold, who in most cases remain silent in face of wrong doing only to pay the price at later date.The mondials in the last 30 years deteriorate each time exceeding the lows of the last one.
    I woke up this morning thinking about the moral legacy the 2010 Mondial and the Ghana-Uruguay match in particular, for generations to come.
    For children and grownup alike the rule of the day is "The ends justifies the means".
    Do not be surprised when this moral is implemented on the streets of your neighbourhood.
    This time you may at the receving side.

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  • 6. At 12:23pm on 03 Jul 2010, Notasquick wrote:

    Argentina v Germany 2-2 (AET 3-4) (Germany shackle Mesi and Tevez)
    Paraguay v Spain 1-1 (AET 2-2) (Spain win through on long penalty shootout despite being outplayed)

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  • 7. At 12:56pm on 03 Jul 2010, whyalwaysyou wrote:

    I am well convinced that Argentina will beat Germany in style. It is true that Maradona's men have a defensive issue. But their second defence line comes from their attack. So much fire power up front, that's why teams played against them were forced to sit back. Mind you, German's defence is not the best in the competition either. Germany's two central defenders are very slow. Slower than English pairs (Terry and Carragher) I think. The real threat will come from Tevez other than Messi because Tevez never gives up the ball easily. It has been a key to Argentina's wins so far.

    Of course Messi has always been an architect of the goal. I am sure he finds the net today.

    Go on Argie.

    For Q4, I can see Paraguay will upset Spain. Spain will play well and have lots of possessions but end up with loosing.

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  • 8. At 1:10pm on 03 Jul 2010, FromDuskTillDawn wrote:

    Germany's two central defenders are very slow. Slower than English pairs (Terry and Carragher) I think.
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    I do not know where it comes from... Friedrich was Germany's fastest player in 2008 and is still one of the fastest players for Germany in South Africa.

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  • 9. At 1:12pm on 03 Jul 2010, A55 wrote:

    Oi sarstar i actually support and was born in Brazil and i don't think your very smart typing things on your computer and i don't believe that u know John Motson!!! and i'm not really jealous because i have tickets to the final so ARE YOU jealous much???

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  • 10. At 1:19pm on 03 Jul 2010, A55 wrote:

    oh and sarstar i was ONLY asking if he was going to do any commentating. Obviously you don't understand the meaning of a QUESTION

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  • 11. At 1:40pm on 03 Jul 2010, wwf wrote:

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the House Rules.

  • 12. At 4:25pm on 03 Jul 2010, ronnieboy1 wrote:

    i think germany will win the world cup and also i think were in for a shock tonight with spain going out. germany are a fine side very sporting and a breath of fresh air.

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  • 13. At 4:37pm on 03 Jul 2010, ronnieboy1 wrote:

    good on germany demolished the millionaire so called super stars of england and argentina, great for football good to see super rich failures like messi and gerrard

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  • 14. At 4:45pm on 03 Jul 2010, Dan wrote:

    Monty, I am sure you are watching the game, the Argentinains are shell shocked even with Messi,Tevez et al.The same German team that some BBC pundits said only two players can fit into the England team.Schweinsteiger has been a revelation and also Ozil, Four nil to the Germans

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  • 15. At 7:23pm on 03 Jul 2010, leytonkid wrote:

    I've never read or heard so much pre-match drivel by so many so-called experts. How to beat Germany? Score the first goal! They've only lost once in this tournament - when they didn't or couldn't score the first goal against Serbia. Their entire strategy is based upon playing it tight, getting a goal up by whatever means and then continuing to hit on the counter attack. Once they were a goal down to Serbia they looked weak and they did again against Ghana before they scored. So that's it - just make sure you score the first goal and then watch them squirm! If they have to press and push up for an equaliser they will not win.

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  • 16. At 7:48pm on 03 Jul 2010, NobodyAtAll wrote:

    All is forgiven England, you are not as bad as we thought! (joke) Argentina lost their latin heads and were thrashed by an even greater margin by cool and clinical Germany. Germany to win the World Cup and good luck to them too !

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