I have to say the best 7 teams have reached the last 8 of the world cup. Still not convinced Paraguay deserved to beat Japan, but that's the heartbreak for you. Here are my quarter final predictions.
Holland vs. Brazil:
This should be the game to watch. I still remember Branco's free-kick in Dallas (USA '94) when Brazil led 2-0 only for it to become 2-2 and then the free kick deciding it in Brazil's favour. This time, I have not seen too much flair from Holland, so I am going to give it to Brazil.
Prediction: 3-2 Brazil.
Result: 2-1 Holland
Uruguay vs. Ghana:
They didn't look too spectacular against South Korea, and I was super impressed with Ghana's physical prowess in the first half of their game against USA. Ghana needs to maintain that pace though, for the whole game.
Prediction: 1-0 Ghana.
Result: 1-1 Uruguay won on penalties
Argentina vs. Germany:
Can both of these teams win? I really liked all their games, especially Germany. Germany looks like a team and plays like a team. Each of their players seem to know where the other will be. I expect Maradona's run to end here.
Prediction: 2-1 Germany.
Result: 4-0 Germany
Paraguay vs. Spain:
Not much to say here. One team will defend and the other will attack.
Prediction: 1-0 Spain.
Result: 1-0 Spain