I am disappointed for the Japanese. They played brilliantly - just not well enough. Asia was well-represented this tournament. And I do think we'll be hearing from Keisuke Honda again.
Meanwhile, the South American dominance continues. Can they all make it to the semis? I'm guessing no.
I was 7 for 8 this round: not bad but how unfortunate that the one I cared about most didn't work out. My picks for the semis: Brazil, Ghana, Argentina and Spain.