Maraotter: World Cup turning point arrives

Last updated 14:15 29/06/2014
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Diego Maraotter could go two up if he is right... will he be?

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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."

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