2018 FIFA WORLD CUP RUSSIA
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Who will win the world cup?
Argentina
8%
 8%  [ 4 ]
Brazil
17%
 17%  [ 8 ]
England
8%
 8%  [ 4 ]
France
17%
 17%  [ 8 ]
Germany
23%
 23%  [ 11 ]
Portugal
2%
 2%  [ 1 ]
Spain
6%
 6%  [ 3 ]
Other
17%
 17%  [ 8 ]
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:53 pm    Post subject:

Wilt wrote:
I guess it's not coming home.


It voted Remain...

Very poor after the first 30 minutes, just kept giving the ball back to them and allowing pressure to build. Really should have tried to fix it by hooking Lingard and bringing on a proper midfielder (Delph would've been ideal), Lingard's had a good tournament but was a total passenger today.

Even then I feel Walker would've attacked the equaliser a bit more if he wasn't carrying the injury (you have to move towards the ball when defending those crosses, the bad knee slowed him down and Perisic got in front). Also Maguire screwed up for the winner, you have to make sure the other defender knows when you are passing the defender over. Stones had no idea he was even there.

Backing the Croats in the final, živeli!
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:54 pm    Post subject:

And to think Modric and Rakitic didn't even play their usual game.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 4:43 pm    Post subject:

Croatia deserved that win, as much as pains me to say it. England let off the gas pedal, especially in the 2nd half and just looked tired. The match between France will be a different one, but hope Croatia have enough in the tank to make it a good match. Would hate to see them roll over especially after what they endured to get there.

I’m going for France with the Win.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:01 pm    Post subject:

Mockerfab4 wrote:
Croatia deserved that win, as much as pains me to say it. England let off the gas pedal, especially in the 2nd half and just looked tired. The match between France will be a different one, but hope Croatia have enough in the tank to make it a good match. Would hate to see them roll over especially after what they endured to get there.

I’m going for France with the Win.


Yeah, Croatia earned it for sure. I know I'm not saying anything that hasn't been said by others, by that early score was part of the problem for England. They started to slide into a mode where they were out of sorts just trying to make sure they didn't screw up, which of course lead to them screwing up. The point I knew things were not going to go well was when England blew that tremendous opportunity just before the 30 minute mark. By the time the match was in the early minutes of the second 45, it was clear that things were snowballing in the wrong direction for England.

I have a certain fondness for France from my visits there, but the Brit in me will always have a certain distaste for the frogs. And my sister is currently vacationing in Croatia, so I'm all in for Croatia at this point.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:11 pm    Post subject:

Buck32 wrote:
And to think Modric and Rakitic didn't even play their usual game.


I have to disagree with that. Modric was unstoppable in the second half and @ ET MOTM for me...
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:39 pm    Post subject:

Mockerfab4 wrote:
Croatia deserved that win, as much as pains me to say it. England let off the gas pedal, especially in the 2nd half and just looked tired. The match between France will be a different one, but hope Croatia have enough in the tank to make it a good match. Would hate to see them roll over especially after what they endured to get there.

I’m going for France with the Win.


They seemed to go into a defensive shell after the first goal which is never good when it comes 5 minutes in.

Tough loss for England, but I agree with those who said Croatia deserved it more.

France is going to be heavily favored in the final, maybe talking myself into Croatia on the MoneyLine.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:04 pm    Post subject:

Mockerfab4 wrote:
Croatia deserved that win, as much as pains me to say it. England let off the gas pedal, especially in the 2nd half and just looked tired. The match between France will be a different one, but hope Croatia have enough in the tank to make it a good match. Would hate to see them roll over especially after what they endured to get there.

I’m going for France with the Win.


England couldn't finish....they were so close to getting that 2nd goal so many times. As far as Croatia goes, the fact that they pulled out another W in a 3rd consecutive ET time game means that aren't just going to roll over. Now they might be tired but unless France goes on attack mode the entire game, Croatia will definitely muster whatever energy they have left for the final game.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:35 pm    Post subject:

Watching England today reminded me of so many United States games I've seen. Lacking in midfield creativity, and lacking that final finishing quality when dangerous opportunities did come about. England never had another shot on frame today after their goal, believe it or not.

Croatia did deserve the win, as they were much the better side after halftime. I thought that the first 10-12 minutes or so of extra time was OK for England, but then Croatia re-asserted itself late in that first half of extra time, and it was all Croatia in the 2nd half of extra time. It had to be devastating for that injury, too, when they couldn't sub another guy in, knowing you need a goal and you're playing with 10 men. Brutal.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 12:14 am    Post subject:

Wonder if Pulisic wishes he had accepted the call-up about now.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2018 6:55 am    Post subject:

I am going to pick Croatia in an upset.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2018 6:59 am    Post subject:

Go Les Bleus!!!
Pan Afro France team!!!
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2018 7:19 am    Post subject:

Flop worked.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2018 7:21 am    Post subject:

The guy that looks like Steve Nash on the Croatia team is good.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2018 7:27 am    Post subject:

aprevo15 wrote:
The guy that looks like Steve Nash on the Croatia team is good.

It is Steve Nash.

But Croatias passing is really sloppy.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2018 7:29 am    Post subject:

Yes, we got us a game to watch.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2018 7:29 am    Post subject:

Croatia strikes back. 1-1.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2018 7:39 am    Post subject:

2-1 France.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2018 7:40 am    Post subject:

Goals are being scored in the World Cup Final? What’s up with that?
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2018 7:50 am    Post subject:

Shoutout to that one guy on Croatia who scored an own goal for France, then redeemed himself by scoring a goal, then proceeded to undo that by touching the ball with his hand, giving France a goal via penalty kick.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2018 7:52 am    Post subject:

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It wasn't the same guy who scored the own goal.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2018 7:56 am    Post subject:

Croatia would be leading if they weren't shooting themselves in the foot.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2018 7:57 am    Post subject:

France does almost nothing, yet has two goals. Croatia is the team playing football, but let's see if they can keep it up with all the pressing, since they've played so many extra minutes this tournament.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2018 7:57 am    Post subject:

Croatia has the possession around 61% of the game so far. Their mistakes have been costly.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2018 8:13 am    Post subject:

France #10 is FAST
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2018 8:18 am    Post subject:

Well that pretty much put Croatia's hopes on life support.
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