Maraotter: World Cup turning point arrives

Last updated 14:15 29/06/2014
Stuff.co.nz

Diego Maraotter could go two up if he is right... will he be?

Miguel Herrera
HENRY ROMERO/ Reuters
PEAS IN A POD: Mexico coach Miguel Herrera does look a lot like Barney Rubble.

Related Links

Football World Cup: Maraotter eyes comeback World Cup: Diego Maraotter strikes back Football World Cup: Maraotter in slow motion Fifa World Cup: Diego Maraotter snubs hosts Fifa World Cup: Maraotter backs Cameroon Fifa World Cup: Maraotter picks Uruguay Fifa World Cup: Maraotter picks France World Cup: Maraotter: I am a football Jedi Diego Maraotter shapes up for round of 16 Diego Maraotter guaranteed to keep lead

Relevant offers

Football

Socceroos fall just short against Chile at Confederations Cup Party is over for the All Whites and their travelling fans in Russia after the Cristiano Ronaldo show Confederations Cup: All Whites leave Russia with major defensive concerns All Whites goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic enhances reputation against star-studded Portugal Former All White Jeremy Brockie scores in South African Cup final victory Confederations Cup: All Whites comfortably beaten by Cristiano Ronaldo-led Portugal Mixed emotions for All Whites coach Anthony Hudson after Portugal prove far too good Confederations Cup: How the All Whites players rated in their loss to Portugal Recap: All Whites v Portugal - Confederations Cup pool A match Former skipper Ryan Nelsen feels All Whites have taken huge strides at Confederations Cup

It was tense. Too tense.

Diego Maraotter could barely watch today as Brazil needed the penalty shootout to move past Chile and into the Football World Cup quarter-finals.

"I get very, very nervy during penalty shootouts. Kind of like I'm busting and there is no loo nearby. I was doing a lot of jumping around."

Maraotter's only two failures in our picks competition have been when he bet against Brazil.

This time he, along with his fellow pundits, football writers Tony Smith and Sam Worthington, all picked Brazil to cruise into the next round.

"I was never going to lose ground (he now leads 7-6), but I'm focused on the quality of my results and that means keeping my winning percentage up. At the moment I'm batting 77 per cent," Maraotter said.

Tomorrow's match could be a turning point though, with Smith and Worthington picking Mexico to beat the Netherlands.

Worthington said Mexico's manager, Miguel "Barney Rubble" Herrera, was an internet star thanks to his sideline antics, but he was also a top coach. His side had only conceded one goal to date.

Maraotter was banking on the Netherland's fire power upfront to change that.

"The Dutch know their way around dams/dykes. They will throw the gates open and then I will be up by two."

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Comments

Special offers
Opinion poll

Will Burnley retain their EPL status?

Yes, they've found a winning formula

Maybe, but there’s a long way to go

No. They lack quality in certain areas

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content