Nigeria 4 - Hungary 3
No one saw this one coming. Hungary showed up to play and they deserve credit here. I would like to say it was a certain strategy but they really just played a solid game. Nigeria may not be as good as they have shown but they managed to get the job done. A positive sign for them.
Poland 3 - Germany 2
This was a foregone conclusion but Poland set about it in unorthodox fashion. They played possum allowing Germany to control the game and buried their chances. I have a few beefs with this game that I'll air now. 1. Has Germany never had to defend a set piece. All 3 goals came off set pieces. Got to be a lot better than that. 2. Why was David Patterson not on at the end of the game when Germany needed a goal? No DPat but you have your back up keeper on? Get him out there. 3. Aleks. Wow. He could have been sent off 3-4 times. Bad tackles, swearing, encroachment, kicking the ball away and that's all while on a yellow. Get it done ref. 4. You know in football when that offensive lineman scores a touchdown and over celebrates it like crazy. That's Poland. If you do get to the "endzone" act like you've been there before.
Jamaica 1 - Canada 0
Consider this my formal retraction of my previous prediction. Jamaica came out and Canada'd Canada. They sat back and made Canada carry the game which is something they are apparently unable to do. Jamaica, inspired by my lack of belief in them, finally showed up looking like the Jamaica we have all been expecting them to be. Hustled, moved the ball well and looked the better team. If they continue to play like that they will go far.