World cup 2014 project
Slowly working through the list of unfinished match sketches from the 2014 world cup. Reviewing the tournament in Brazil is actually a great way to whet the appetite for the upcoming edition in Russia. Anyway, here are the latest matches to be pencilled in...
The final round of matches in group D saw an already eliminated England take on surprise package Costa Rica. The point earned Costa Rica top place in the group. For England, it meant they avoided three losses, but could not save them from their worst ever tournament finish. According to the Independent, they returned home to England 'without a single fan in sight to welcome them home'. A bit dramatic really.
Germany meanwhile, were lucky to rescue a point against Ghana with a late equaliser from Miroslav Klose (who became the joint record scorer in World cup history to boot). Even luckier was the manner of their first goal. A bullet cross is whipped in to Gotze who headers powerfully into his knee, after which it ricochets past the keeper into the back of the net. Comedy gold for everyone except the Ghanaians.
Japan has loads of movies with terrifying giant monsters and robots. I always thought it was just because giant monsters and robots are pretty cool, but a Japanese friend told me that they are actually a metaphor for terrible threats beyond our power to control. Things like earthquakes, tsunamis, and after this match, Colombia can be added to the list. A comprehensive victory which eliminated Japan and saw Colombia advance to the knockout rounds.
So that's that for the minute. Only four matches left to draw and then it's time to compile all these into some kind of complete presentation. Should be done just in time to fire up the engines and start all over again ;)