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Old 2014-06-13, 16:35   Link #121
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Imagine Alexis taking out Spain out of the world cup.
I remember a Korean player taking out Italy in the 2002 World Cup, he was "let go" of the Italian club he played at.
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Old 2014-06-13, 16:39   Link #122
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The neighborhood just exploded with sound after the second goal. Amazing night, I had hope for a result against Spain but I certainly didn't expect this. Time to get a drink...or two.
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Old 2014-06-13, 16:42   Link #123
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I remember a Korean player taking out Italy in the 2002 World Cup, he was "let go" of the Italian club he played at.
That was some petty behavior by that Italian team. When it comes to separate club from country like a respected organization, remember Cristiano Ronaldo/Wayne Rooney and Manchester United in 2006.
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Old 2014-06-13, 17:00   Link #124
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I was expecting a close match.
oh well, looking forward for Chile vs Australia
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Old 2014-06-13, 17:16   Link #125
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Aussies in for a massacre.

Spain is fucked.
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Old 2014-06-13, 17:22   Link #126
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Spain didn't play tiki-taka today. No smooth, metronomic passing, no careful buildup, no intelligent triangular movements, no pressing to win the ball back. The first half they had strong periods but even those were not tiki-taka, just long balls forward to Costa. The second half they didn't even bother to fight back while the game was still close.

Casillas had a shocking howler but the last Robben goal wasn't even his fault as he blocked then slowed Robben, but when Sergio Ramos ran off he knew it was up and looked desperate and broken. The Spanish back line is inexcusable, the midfield lost the crucial battles and possession far too easily, and neither Costa nor Torres pulled off the individual miracles that Robben and RVP did to bring the team back.

The Dutch were sharp, their technical skills amazing, they pressed hard, they were hungry, they counter-attacked with speed, won most of the individual battles and inspired individual moments especially from Robben and RVP.

I watched this thinking two great teams it's going to be fun. I didn't expect a demolition and World Cup stunner classic. Brazil 2014 is going to be absolutely nuts.

P.S. I do not look forward to next season's Manchester United.
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Old 2014-06-13, 17:37   Link #127
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Welp, spoke too soon.
Cahil is like Aussies private Jesus.
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Old 2014-06-13, 17:54   Link #128
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Well with a goal from Cahill, its sorta keeps them in it. I too thought the massacre was starting <.<

Australia marking kinda is off and they don't seem to be holding possession all that well. They've had a poor lead up to the world cup, so I havent expected much. The commentator said they were ranked 64 in fifa rankings O_o
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Old 2014-06-13, 17:57   Link #129
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I literally fall sleep on this match, and when I woke up, I found that the aussies where about to tie the game, and now I'm looking foward to see if they can do it.
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Old 2014-06-13, 18:05   Link #130
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Spain didn't play tiki-taka today. No smooth, metronomic passing, no careful buildup, no intelligent triangular movements, no pressing to win the ball back. The first half they had strong periods but even those were not tiki-taka, just long balls forward to Costa. The second half they didn't even bother to fight back while the game was still close.
When performed by world class midfielders at their peak tiki taka is next to impossible to play against. Spain and Barcelona haven't been able to really play like that regularly since the Guardiola days. Xavi was instrumental to that type of football and his decline has hit them hard.

Del Bosque made tactical mistake by fielding Costa instead of a false 9. It made Spain's game very predictable.
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Old 2014-06-13, 18:19   Link #131
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What a clearance. Been impressed with Aussies.
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Old 2014-06-13, 18:28   Link #132
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Spain didn't play tiki-taka today. No smooth, metronomic passing, no careful buildup, no intelligent triangular movements, no pressing to win the ball back.
This is in my opinion the main reason. During the best days the tika-taka was equally defined by an abnormal pressing to quickly regain the ball. The Dutch today just had so much time and space and with the Spanish defensive line standing so far up the pitch it's just inviting a disaster.

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Del Bosque made tactical mistake by fielding Costa instead of a false 9. It made Spain's game very predictable.
I don't know about that one. The false nine has its drawbacks, namely the lack of goal scoring threat. With the tiki-taka obviously waning it is worth pondering inserting a true forward to increase the attacking punch. However, it just wasn't very well implemented. I was surprised to see the Spanish side attempt those long balls forward to Diego Costa. It looked kind of out of sync. And I wonder how much time did they have to practice this variant with Costa's injury the last few weeks.

Thinking about it I find this fairly funny. The nation that has made the false nine popular Spain is seemingly moving back to a true forward while the premier counterattacking team of 2010 (Germany) is moving in the opposite direction with only one true forward (who by the way is 36).
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Old 2014-06-13, 18:31   Link #133
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I wish I could enjoy the Chils vs. Australia game, but Univsion put their commentator with the lowest energy for this match, it actually put me to sleep and I missed all the gols...
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Old 2014-06-13, 18:55   Link #134
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That was a nice match, Australia really play good and Chile got some trouble, but in the end Chile managed to win.
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Old 2014-06-13, 20:20   Link #135
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A misleading 3-1, Chile dominated the match for about 20 minutes (doing 2 goals), the rest was Australia all the way, and they seemed closer to scoring the equaliser than Chile was in scoring the third goal, in the end, a chilean midfielder does a fantastic shot and that was it, but it'll be interesting to see what can Australia do when they face Holland and Spain.
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Old 2014-06-13, 20:27   Link #136
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Nobody expects the Spanish beating!
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Old 2014-06-13, 20:49   Link #137
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THat is a whole crapload of kelong for one night.
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Old 2014-06-13, 21:05   Link #138
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Nobody expects the Spanish beating!
But I bet more than a few of us wished for it
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Old 2014-06-14, 11:01   Link #139
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Day 3 begins with a Group C game between Colombia and Greece.

It's said that Colombia's the contender to win the group, lets see if that's the really the case. Because often times, what's on paper and what happens on the field/pitch, they tend to conflict with each other.

Lets see what happens here.

Update:

Whoa, correct me if I'm wrong, but Greece was just standing there and left their goal keeper hanging...

1-0, Colombia (5').

Update 2:

And that's the score after the 1st half.

Update 3:

Oh, no! Bad news for the Italians!!

Their starting goal keeper, Gianluigi Buffon, won't start in net against the English due to what's reportedly an ankle injury.

How will this affect the outcome of their game later today?!

Update 4:

2-0, Colombia (58').

Gutierrez was waiting at the backdoor from the Corner Kick. No one was really covering him.

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Old 2014-06-14, 12:34   Link #140
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Buffon is old and Sirigu is good they aren't losing much probably. Just like Spain shouldn't have stuck with Casillas.

Armero is good going forward, too bad Colombia isn't being tested defensively, not convinced by oldie Yepes at the back.
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