Brazil lean on Neymar to kick through quarterfinals

The 2014 World Cup is nearing its climax in Brazil. 

The quarterfinals start on July 4, with France facing Germany in Rio de Janeiro at 11 a.m. Cayman time before Brazil tackle Colombia in Fortaleza at 3 p.m. Matches continue on July 5 as Argentina challenge Belgium in Brasilia at 11 a.m. before the Netherlands battle Costa Rica in Salvador at 3 p.m.  

Most of those teams are coming off narrow victories, from Neymar and Brazil needing penalty kicks to advance to Lionel Messi and Argentina requiring goals deep into extra time. 

All of that past drama bodes well for fans around the globe, including those in the Cayman Islands. Among those eagerly anticipating this weekend’s fixtures is Chris Wight, a staunch supporter of Arsenal and the Selecao, who says there will be more heroics across Brazil. 

“I’m far from an expert, I’ve been an Arsenal fans for years and I’m just giving my opinion,” Wight said. “I’ve supported Brazil since 1974, since I saw them play live so I hope Brazil beat them. But one team that has played consistently good is Colombia, that is the one team that worries me. If they can get past them, I feel they can get to the final and win. All of the big teams, like Argentina, have not been consistently good. Even Holland (the Netherlands), after beating Spain 5-1, have not looked that good since. 

“The other team playing well is Costa Rica and they did well to get this far. For Jeffrey Webb, our CONCACAF president, it’s great to see the CONCACAF teams doing good and it reflects well on him. I see Germany, with their three Arsenal players, all the way in their game. They are more solid than France. Unfortunately for them, when they win they will be up against Brazil and they will come up short then.” 


Neymar, right, carries the weight of Brazil on his shoulders. – PHOTO: AP

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