World Cup 2010 enters the knock out stages. The lasts of first round matches were a mixed bag with a some matches being tense, nervous, affairs others being free flowing and exciting. The last 16 is all about winning so we should see much more fluidity.
The ties of this round will be Spain vs Portugal , Brazil vs a terrific Chile side - and Argentina vs Mexico. In each of these ties both teams will be major contenders if they win. Chile have suspended players and so are likely to be nudged out by Brazil - a pity as they have looked really good. Argentina I tip for, at least, the semis and impressive though Mexico have been I just can't see them beating them.
Apologies to my English and German friends I just can't see either of these sides being good enough to get past Argentina in the quarters.
Something that has struck me during all the squabbles between coaches of failing sides and their players is the images of Diego Maradonna who hugs and kisses each of his players as they go on or come off the pitch. You do get the impression that his players would walk on hot coals for hims and he for them. That leadership may see them lift the trophy yet.