1. Japan
  2. Spain
  3. Germany
  4. Costa Rica

Needless to say, I did NOT see that coming! I still think Spain is the obvious favorite; that was Spain’s B team that lost 2-1 to a very spirited Japan team that absolutely merited both the game and the group. Japan has been the most entertaining team of the tournament so far. And it’s both unexpected and extremely satisfying to see that the Gerfrican team, which looked like a joint German-Ghanaian effort, is going home without even reaching the knockout stage.