We have knocked out 28 of the 32 teams in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Regardless of the great stories or the epic failures, no football fan can deny that four deserving teams are playing in the semifinals.
Let's discuss the two matchups:
Uruguay vs. the Netherlands
Uruguay has impressed all tournament long. However, they have a huge mountain to climb. The controversial win over Ghana costs them Luis Suarez, a striker that flanks star Diego Forlan. The handball saved his country, but now they will have to play the Netherlands without him.
I had picked the Netherlands to go undefeated, including a win over Brazil, en route to a World Cup championship. With Arjen Robben, Robin van Persie, and Wesley Sneijder running on all cylinders, I can't see a shorthanded Uruguay side ruining that prediction.
Forlan will get a couple chances to make a game out of it, but the Dutch will once again rise up and move on.
Prediction: Netherlands 2, Uruguay 0
Germany vs. Spain
Germany has been impressive even with a blemish against defensive juggernaut Serbia. Other than that, the goal scoring prowess of Thomas Muller and Miroslav Klose have everyone in the world drooling. This team is very young, but their age isn't affecting their play. Their undressing of the Argentine side attests to that.
Not to toot my own horn, but I chose Spain to be the runner up to the Dutch before the tournament. I can safely say that match up will happen again. David Villa will score. If Fernando Torres isn't benched, he'll be a huge factor. The big X-factor for me is Iker Casillas. He will make several great saves to keep the Germans at bay.
This game will be fantastic. I see it entering the penalty kicks. I'll take Spain winning the kicks 5-3.
Prediction: Spain 1 (5), Germany 1 (3)
I am extremely pleased with this 2010 World Cup. Two great semis will set the table for a fantastic championship match. The world will indeed be watching.