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Old 2018-07-03, 19:45   Link #5961
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Although perhaps a little bit of South America because Brazil is doing quite good so far.
Even though Neymar has been exaggerating over the top like a clown every time he gets fouled on the field.
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Old 2018-07-03, 20:58   Link #5962
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Euro & South America Cup to be pedanticprecise.
World Cup 2006 all over again. Sans Germans and Italians tho.
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Old 2018-07-04, 01:53   Link #5963
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Old 2018-07-04, 09:55   Link #5964
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If the referee of COL - ENG can be blamed for one thing it's that he didn't have a line. First he let too much go then he overcompensated with too many yellows, then he went back to stopping almost nothing again. Fact is when the second half started some of the Colombian players participated in HIGHLY questionable acts like the headbutt and some English players then followed suit. Idiots altogether. The missed corner is a mistake but that just happens sometimes.

As for the other match I have been telling my countrymen that Switzerland is NOT a good soccer nation. Some of us already celebrated going against Sweden not realizing that while Sweden isn't the greatest opponent we could have gotten it's certainly not an easy one either, at least for us. We don't have ANYONE who is dangerous for goals, we need seven high-class chances to score when other teams need two. The only time when our forwards decide to actually try to be dangerous is when we're down 0-1 and there are only 15 minutes left to play. There is nobody who can distribute the balls from the middle with great ideas aside from some occasional lucky punches. The only thing that works is our defense. There's a reason why most of our games have at most two goals even against clear underdogs.

Long story short Switzerland didn't deserve to advance. Sweden didn't really either but at least they hit the goal from time to time.
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Old 2018-07-04, 12:38   Link #5965
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If the referee of COL - ENG can be blamed for one thing it's that he didn't have a line. First he let too much go then he overcompensated with too many yellows, then he went back to stopping almost nothing again. Fact is when the second half started some of the Colombian players participated in HIGHLY questionable acts like the headbutt and some English players then followed suit. Idiots altogether. The missed corner is a mistake but that just happens sometimes.
You could tell the referee was a little bit too easy to overwhelm. The amount of delay caused by Columbian players who surrounded the ref was telling. I feel sorry for the ref for the most part. The ref wouldn't have felt the need to be harsh to Columbia if the players weren't so focused on playing a rough/dirty game in first place. I do wish he booked some England players for diving though because there were some pretty blatant ones (they got up quick enough but still).

Unfortunately the ref is now getting the brunt of some hysterical reactions. I really hate it when people in the sport try to play up conspiracies and vitriol like this. Fans are bad enough but the actual sportpeople should have more responsibility of measuring their language and not make the game any more toxic than it already is.
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Old 2018-07-05, 13:26   Link #5966
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Well it's not like England was any better in putting forward how good behavior should be. According to England player John Stones, Colombia was the dirtiest team he has ever faced. With all due respect this John Stones should look back a video of the match instead of rambling like a fool.
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Old 2018-07-05, 14:05   Link #5967
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My take on the COL/ENG match is that José Pékerman is to blame because he has not made a single effort to calm down his troops when they had to. I don't know if he was caught in the anti-English mindset because he's Argentine, but it should not matter. I would have been furious with my players if they wasted so much precious time arguing with the referee and committing silly fouls. They definitely lost their focus for a big chunk of the match, and I usually have little sympathy for that when this is the big stage now.

I came into that match with a neutral view. But after seeing the bad behavior from the Colombians contrasting with their approach in the group stages, I'm somewhat glad that they are gone. I could compare that Colombian team's behavior in that match with either Portugal and Netherlands from that 2006 encounter.
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Old 2018-07-06, 10:45   Link #5968
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Uruguay is done.
The second goal was stupid.
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Old 2018-07-06, 10:53   Link #5969
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France won 2-0.
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Old 2018-07-06, 11:03   Link #5970
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Thank you Lloris for those saves.
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Old 2018-07-06, 13:42   Link #5971
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Almost half-time for Belgium-Brazil. 2-0 in Belgium's favor.
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Old 2018-07-06, 13:50   Link #5972
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Please Belgium. dont pull a Japan.
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Old 2018-07-06, 14:00   Link #5973
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Brazil is going home.
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Old 2018-07-06, 14:53   Link #5974
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Red Waffles won 2-1, so Belgium is France's next opponent
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Old 2018-07-06, 14:53   Link #5975
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After 5 minutes of extra time, Belgium-Brazil: 2-1.

So many car horns in my street. T_T Another noisy evening ahead of me, I guess.
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Old 2018-07-06, 19:28   Link #5976
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Uruguay didn't pose many threats today although Lloris had to make saves when he had to. Although people would be right to say that Cavani's injury didn't help, the French really put up a clinic about how to recover the ball, how to involve everyone in the passing play, and then launch dangerous plays when the gaps appear. Speaking of controlling a match, I don't think I have seen any better since the elimination matches started.

As for Brazil/Belgium, I expected better from Brazil. However, my theory about the Brazilians being mentally fragile whenever a match doesn't go according to plan has been confirmed again. After their last triumph in 2002, I noticed that La Seleçao have a bad tendency to crumble whenever a team puts up a fight by scoring the first goal or by tieing the score. In fact, today was the first time they conceded the first goal.

As for Belgium, they were really up to the challenge. When you think about how big Courtois was in goal for Belgium today, you have to think about how the Japanese were really good to make him look bad on Monday. Of all Belgian players, Lukaku surprised me the most by playing the match à la Thierry Henry when he stretched the Brazilian defence with those penetrating runs from the flank. I guess Manchester United has found a new weapon in that Lukaku rather than the lone man.

Bring on Sweden/England and Croatia/Russia tomorrow.

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Old 2018-07-07, 03:37   Link #5977
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Thanks to Belgium for the new speed play meta. - A Guy who saw the Park-The-Bus meta and the pass-the-ball-till-the-opposition-give-up meta those last years.
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Old 2018-07-07, 04:56   Link #5978
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As for Brazil/Belgium, I expected better from Brazil. However, my theory about the Brazilians being mentally fragile whenever a match doesn't go according to plan has been confirmed again. After their last triumph in 2002, I noticed that La Seleçao have a bad tendency to crumble whenever a team puts up a fight by scoring the first goal or by tieing the score. In fact, today was the first time they conceded the first goal.

As for Belgium, they were relaly up to the challenge. When you think about how big Courtois was in goal for Belgium today, you have to think about how the Japanese were really good to make him look bad on Monday. Of all Belgian players, Lukaku surprised me the most by playing the match à la Thierry Henry when he stretched the Brazilian defence with those penetrating runs from the flank. I guess Manchester United has found a new weapon in that Lukaku rather than the lone man.
Brazil was clearly better, just wasteful with their chances. They should've easily won that match yesterday. A look at the expected goal metric of 11tegen11 has Brazil ahead 2.45 - 0.50, which is a massive difference.
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Old 2018-07-07, 10:54   Link #5979
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Rosbif won 2-0
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Old 2018-07-07, 15:53   Link #5980
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Fernandes will forever be haunted by his missed penalty shot.
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