Football World Cup: Maraotter in slow motion

Last updated 11:55 15/06/2014
ROBERT KITCHIN/Stuff.co.nz

Diego Maraotter plumps so quickly for Argentina that we need slow motion.

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Diego Maraotter is living la dolce vita.

The strong, nimble-footed member of the wider weasel family today claimed the lead over football writers Tony Smith and Sam Worthington in our World Cup pick competition.

He leads Smith 2-1, while Worthington has failed to grab a point after three match selections.

Speaking from his enclosure at Wellington Zoo after successfully picking Italy to head England, he said his competition were clearly not match fit.

"While I'm enjoying a glass of prosecco here, as you do, they are probably crying into their pints. I don't think they have any answers.

"Worthington has just sat on the fence the whole time, picking draws. But we've got a saying here, want the freshest fish take the risk."

When asked if drinking before his next pick was wise, Maraotter scoffed and said he would move so fast we'd need to slow the video down. He didn't disappoint, picking Argentina to beat Bosnia and Herzegovina in a flash. Moveover Steve Austin.

Perhaps wanting to just keep pace, Smith and Worthington have also opted for Argentina to win easily on Monday.

Worthington said it was a massive mismatch (the game not his battle with Maraotter), and Smith expected a Lionel Messi-led baptism of fire for the Bosnians at their first World Cup.

Smith predicted Edin Dzeko would get on the scoresheet, but Messi, Sergio Aguero and their support cast would have too much class and win 3-1.

Scorecard after three matches

Maraotter 2
Tony Smith 1
Sam Worthington 0

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