More shocks as Costa Rica beat Italy and it’s getting hard to keep up. Backing the outsider in the group stages in previous world cups has been a very poor strategy with big losses but this time round would have been fantastic. Italy, like Spain and England seemed to really struggle when they were behind and had no real game plan when they needed to force the game. Holding onto a lead looks to have been easier than it should be.
France scored 5 yesterday and are a strong team when they are ahead and are able to counter attack. The penalty, the Valbuena goal and also the last for Sissoko all came from counter attacks and the second for Matuidi came from a bad pass and them surging forward. It will be interesting to see how they fare if they go behind but like Holland they are excellent when ahead and the opposition has to attack them.
Bosnia v Nigeria is close to being a draw bet but not enough.
1/7 :: -3.5