NORWAY VS. UKRAINE- 7:30
The defending champions take on Ukraine. Last year, Norway beat Ukraine and ended up squeaking by Ukraine to advance to the second round, eventually winning the WCP Cup. This year, Ukraine is back for revenge, and looking to make a mark of their own. Ukraine barely made it out of their group this year, but they are certainly capable of beating a strong Norway team. Ukraine's team could be one of the most dangerous in the tournament, but they will have to beat Norway, a team that always seems to find a way to win close games. Both teams match up well, and the game should be great.
Prediction: Ukraine wins 4-3.
IRELAND VS. ENGLAND
Ireland looks stronger than ever, but they haven't had a real test yet. England can be that test. England some very skilled players, and they will have a real chance against Ireland. Granted, England will have to play close to perfect soccer to win, but they have more of a chance than most teams. Ireland's entire should be out, which doesn't fare well for England. England will need to play very solid as a team.
Prediction: Ireland wins 5-2
SCOTLAND VS. CHILE
Scotland played very well in the group stage with a very tough pool. They've shown they can play with the best teams in the tournament, and now it's time to prove they belong. Chile is coming off a disappointing loss to Norway, but the game hopefully showed Chile exactly what they need to do to compete against the best teams. The real battle will be between Scotland's defence and Chile's strikers. This is where the game will be won.
Prediction: Chile wins 3-2
LAOS VS. GERMANY
The most intriguing game of the quarterfinals. Laos is a very quick but small team that relies on fast wingers and midfield shots. Germany relies on long balls to the strikers and a tough midfield. Germany will have their entire team together for the first time this tournament. They will have to be very physical with Laos if they want to win, and they'll have to close down their midfield to limit those shots. Germany can certainly do both those things. Laos will have to beat Germany with skill and precision passing. Laos is very skillful, but they'll need time to work their magic in order to win.
Prediction: Laos wins 4-2