Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

7 July 2014

Africa: No World Cup for Underdogs - and Other Tournament Talking Points

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The semi-finals of the 2014 World Cup are upon us. It feels like just yesterday when Costa Rica won fans all over Ghana after they beat Uruguay. The tournament has left us with much to talk about throughout and the quarterfinals are no different. ANTOINETTE MULLER picks some highlights from the weekend.

The quarterfinals are here and, despite so much excitement in first two rounds of matches, the contenders ended up being somewhat predictable. Some of the games have been quite underwhelming, but that is to be expected after the buffet of tantalising treats the first stages of the tournament dished up.

The semi-finals could very well end up being "protect not attack" football yet again, as the reward becomes greater. For now, the focus is on what happened in the quarterfinals - and the talking points are endless.

No World Cup for underdogs

Sport, we are told, is often great because it mirrors life. Part of that mirror reflects the ability of performing beyond expectation and breaking the mould of what we are told is possible. It gives us hope, inspiration and makes us hold onto some sort of belief that we are greater than the sum of our...

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