Soccer fans could not be disappointed with the action they saw on Saturday. The first two games were instant classics, even if they weren’t expected to be as much when the day first started. Here is how the games played out and their results.
Argentina 1 – Iran 0
Iran and Argentina have only played one other time in the two teams history. In the first game, the two squads played to a draw. And through 90 minutes on Saturday, it looked like one of the lowest teams in the World Cup tournament was going to be able to hold one of the favorites to yet another draw. However, Lionel Messi had different plans as he scored a goal in extra time for the 1-0 win. Iran played a great defensive game where they were able to suffocate the Argentinian offense and keep them off the board. They also had their own offensive attacks that almost led to one of the biggest shocks in World Cup history. When it looked like the two teams would finish in a draw, Messi took a shot from just outside the box and drilled it past Iran’s Alireza Haghighi, breaking the hearts of the entire Iranian team.
The win was the second of the tournament for Argentina and they have now advanced to the Round of 16. At 4/1 odds, they’ll play one more group game against Nigeria next Thursday. Iran will hope that Argentina can beat Nigeria, which could give them another shot of advancing to the Round of 16 as well. If Iran can win, they’ll have 4 points in Group play, which would be enough to advance with the Argentinians. Iran is currently at 2000/1 odds to win the World Cup, but they certainly looked impressive against Argentina on Saturday.
Germany 2 – Ghana 2
Germany is another one of the tournament favorites at 7/2 odds. They easily defeated Portugal in their first game, but they had a much harder time with Ghana on Saturday. The two teams played a scoreless first half, but Germany finally got on the board when Mario Götze scored in the 51’. However, the enjoyment would be short lived, as Ghana’s Andre Ayew scored off a header just three minutes later. Ghana would then shock Germany when Asamoah Gyan scored again ten minutes later. As it looked like Ghana would be able to contain Germany and get a shocking win, substitute Miroslav Klose would tie things up for Germany and we finished with a 2-2 draw.
Ghana suffered a loss in the first game of the tournament with a 2-1loss against America. However, they showed on Saturday that they can be a threat as the World Cup continues. Sunday’s game between Portugal and USA will have big implications in the results of this group. But by no means is Ghana out of it and they could still potentially advance. They currently sit at 400/1 odds and will need a lot of things to go their way in the next few days. You can check back with sportspicks.com handicappers before Germany and Iran’s next games for insight and information into potential outcomes.
Nigeria 1 – Bosnia and Herzegovina 0
After two amazing matches that started the day, the game between Nigeria and Bosnia and Herzegovina may not have had the same intensity. However, Nigeria was able to pull out a 1-0 win that keeps them hopeful in Group F. The Nigerians now have 4 points and sit in second place in the group, but they’ll need a win against Argentina if they want to seal their own fate. The only goal of the match was scored by Peter Odemwingie at the 29’ mark. Because of the loss, Bosnia and Herzegovina has been eliminated from the tournament. However, they’ll hope to get at least one win from the 2014 World Cup when they face Iran in their next game. With the win, Nigeria is now at 100/1 odds to win this years tournament.