World Cup Daily: Germany on collision course with France

World Cup Daily: Germany on collision course with France
June 30, 2014, 10:15 am
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Match of the Day: France vs. Nigeria, 12 p.m. ET (ESPN)

France and Nigeria should play an entertaining game on Monday afternoon if you get the chance to catch any during your lunch break/World Cup break. France are the more talented team, but Nigeria have a very talented attacking player, Ahmed Musa, that could cause France some issues if they fall asleep on defense. 

For France, they could be the most talented defensive team left in the tournament. Their back line combined with the grit they have in their midfield make them incredibly tough to break down. On top of their stout defense, the French have also been on the attack in the tournament. France has a ton of attacking talent, and because of that they have to bench one of their talented strikers -- Karim Benzema, Loic Remy or Olivier Giroud every game. 

Player of the Day: M Bastian Schweinsteiger, Germany

Schweinsteiger may not be able to give Die Mannschaft 90 minutes right now, but he provides the key to the German attack and the passing required to break down opposing defenses. He's also talented enough on the defensive side to hold his own and provides an overall upgrade over Sami Khedira. 

The 65-75 minutes Germany will get out of Schweinsteiger will be enough to get the Germans by Algeria, although with as talented as Germany is they should get by them regardless. Algeria were a surprise to advance out of Group H, and will likely be unable to handle the German attack.

World Cup Rewind: Sunday's games were decided in the final moments of both games. Greece was edged out by Costa Rica in penalty kicks, an impressive feat as Costa Rica were hit with a red card in the 66th minute. In Sunday's early game, the Dutch trailed 1-0 late, and picked up a goal from Wesley Sneijder and a penalty kick from Klass-Jan Huntelaar (who also had the assist on Sneijder's goal) to defeat Mexico 2-1. 

Football Follies: Arjen Robben is known for two things: his left foot and his diving prowess. Those two things earned the controversial penalty for the Dutch in the 94th minute against Mexico. Was it a dive? No. Was it embellished? Absolutely. At the end of the day, it was still a foul and Robben had been robbed of a foul in the first half, despite his multiple dives.

Robben apologized for diving, but only one of his attempts in the first half. It's insulting, but that's the nature of the game. 

Predictions: France 3, Nigeria 1. Germany 2, Algeria 0.