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Soccer Betting News: Argentina Stumbles in World Cup
07/06/10 7:32 PM
Entering the round of 16 at the World Cup in South Africa, Argentina was a 4/1 favorite to capture one of sport's most prized titles. After getting past Mexico to reach the quarterfinals, Argentina only needed to get by Germany to reach the semifinals. However, Germany rolled to a 4-0 win to put a disappointing end to Argentina's bid at a World Cup championship. The victory put Germany into the semifinals for the third straight World Cup. Spain, the Netherlands and Uruguay are also just two wins away from hoisting the title cup.
Uruguay in the underdog role
Among the four teams, Uruguay is the biggest underdog. In the opening semifinal match on Tuesday, the Netherlands is a heavy favorite (-0.5 goals -165) to advance into the finals against Uruguay.
The Netherlands is seeking its first World Cup title. The country finished in second place in 1974 and 1978. The Netherlands came in fourth place in its last trip to the semifinals back in 1998.
Uruguay won the initial World Cup championship in 1930. The country also won the World Cup in 1950. Uruguay is back in the semifinals for the first time since a fourth place effort in 1970. In a favorable bracket, Uruguay was able to reach the semifinals by defeating Ghana in a quarterfinal match that was decided by penalty kicks. In a tougher bracket, the Netherlands took out one of the World Cup favorites in a 2-1 win over Brazil in the quarterfinals.
In the other semifinal contest on Wednesday, Spain is a slight -120 choice over Germany.Spain's only previous trip to the semifinals resulted in a fourth place finish in 1950. Spain was able to finally get back to the World Cup semifinals with a 1-0 victory over Paraguay in the quarterfinals. While Spain has rarely been in the spotlight at the World Cup, Germany has been a constant presence in the semifinals. In its 12th appearance in the World Cup semifinals, Germany has been to soccer's "Final Four" more often than any other nation. The country has captured three World Cup titles (1954, 1974 and 1990) along the way. In the overall odds to win the World Cup, Germany is the slight favorite at odds of +180. Spain (+190) and the Netherlands (+195) are just behind the favorite while Uruguay is the clear longshot at +900.? ? ? ?