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So here’s how it shaped up, with the top two teams advancing to the knockout stage/round of 16 and the bottom two teams eliminated:
1. Netherlands 3-0-0, 9 pts. (5 goals scored, 1 goal allowed, +4 GD)
2. Japan 2-0-1, 6 pts. (4 goals scored, 2 goals allowed, +2 GD)
3. Denmark 1-0-2, 3 pts. (3 goals scored, 6 goals allowed, -3 GD)
4. Cameroon 0-3-0, 0 pts. (2 goals scored, 5 goals allowed, -3 GD)
What I got right
— The Dutch would roll through the group, which wasn’t going out on a limb.
What I got wrong
— Cameroon. I picked the Indomitable Lions to beat Italy in the round of 16, so I was a quite a bit off.
— Who knew the Japanese would master the Jabulani? Two great free-kick goals in the finale. Also, Keisuke Honda is a stud.
— I thought it would be a tight group. Instead it was pretty cut and dry.
— That my predictions would be worthwhile. I might be the worst prognosticator in the world. I should probably stop.
— The Netherlands will play Slovakia (the runner-up in Group F) at 7 a.m. PT on Monday
— Japan will play Paraguay (the winner of Group F) at 7 a.m. PT on Tuesday