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Re: World Cup 2018 topic
« Reply #120 on: July 03, 2018, 06:02:11 AM »
Not sure how Japan gave away their 2-0 lead so fast. Easy for me/us to talk post game though it shows the inexperience.

Japan's performance on their ball passing was impressive and cunning. They kept it tight and small, making the Belgium dudes completely puzzled. However, after the 2-0 lead, that power disappeared for a moment and you could see Belgium building up the pressure as the game only took place on Japan's half. Something we had seen in the first half between ~15:00 and ~30:00 game time when Belgium mega pressured Japan.

Belgium also had the major advantage of being tall and winning almost all air battles. They are fast when it comes to sudden attacks, which brought them the two goals to get back into the game.

The goalie of Japan, aside from very good saves, came over as extremely inexperienced. Remember the match vs Senegal?

It was really sad to see Belgium scoring their way to 1/4 finals in over time with only 30 seconds on the clock. Both teams were friendly, no ill or bad intentions. No drama show like Neymar breakdancing or rolling around. So it really boiled down to the inexperience of Japan not being able to keep the lead.

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Re: World Cup 2018 topic
« Reply #121 on: July 03, 2018, 07:50:04 PM »
Why is every England game turning into WWE?

Edit: ENGLAND? WINNING ON PENS? WHAT IS THIS?
« Last Edit: July 03, 2018, 08:53:18 PM by Raikaria »


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Re: World Cup 2018 topic
« Reply #122 on: July 03, 2018, 09:00:39 PM »
Congrats Raikaria, after the equalizer (ANOTHER last minute goal?!) i thought Colombia would score in the extra time.

Uhh.... am i getting senile or it has been a LONG time since England actually won penalties in either World Cup or European Cup?

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Re: World Cup 2018 topic
« Reply #123 on: July 03, 2018, 09:21:53 PM »
Congrats Raikaria, after the equalizer (ANOTHER last minute goal?!) i thought Colombia would score in the extra time.

Uhh.... am i getting senile or it has been a LONG time since England actually won penalties in either World Cup or European Cup?

Nope. It's been ages.

In fact this is England's first EVER World Cup penalty win. The first ever save made in a shootout in like 20 years by an English keeper. Their last win in a major tourny in shootouts [And I think only] was against Spain... in 1996 Euros.

England losing Penalties isn't just a meme. It's reality.

In other news; Columbia got 6 YELLOW CARDS. Yeah.
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« Reply #124 on: July 03, 2018, 09:45:17 PM »
Here I wish I were English, not so I could have a team in the quarter finals but because that game must've been a hell of a rollercoaster.

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Re: World Cup 2018 topic
« Reply #125 on: July 06, 2018, 03:46:04 PM »
Suarez get your shit together
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Re: World Cup 2018 topic
« Reply #126 on: July 06, 2018, 03:48:57 PM »
(he didn't)

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Re: World Cup 2018 topic
« Reply #127 on: July 06, 2018, 03:56:48 PM »
Well then.

Official Potential World Cup Winner Power Rankings

1. Sweden
2. Belgium
3. France
4. Croatia
5. Taking a soccer ball to the nuts
6. Brazil
7. Getting disappeared by the Russian government
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9. Trump winning in 2020
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Re: World Cup 2018 topic
« Reply #128 on: July 06, 2018, 04:48:03 PM »
No set pieces, no Cavani, no semifinal. Well deserved win for France. I don't really care who wins the second game today, but Belgium would be fine for the sheer novelty factor.
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Re: World Cup 2018 topic
« Reply #129 on: July 06, 2018, 05:22:37 PM »
I am all in on Belgium, which means they'll probably lose.

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« Reply #130 on: July 06, 2018, 06:16:50 PM »
^ now they're actually leading

come on Belgium you can 7-1 them I believe in you
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« Reply #131 on: July 06, 2018, 06:33:10 PM »
Holy fuck, that second goal was a meteor.

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Re: World Cup 2018 topic
« Reply #132 on: July 06, 2018, 07:36:07 PM »
I call Japan VS Belgium right now  :V


E: RIP Brazil, GG Belgium. France VS Belgium it is, then.
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Re: World Cup 2018 topic
« Reply #133 on: July 06, 2018, 07:54:49 PM »
Get the fuck outta here, Brazil :V

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Re: World Cup 2018 topic
« Reply #134 on: July 06, 2018, 08:04:05 PM »
Belgium be all like  :dragonforce:

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Re: World Cup 2018 topic
« Reply #135 on: July 06, 2018, 08:05:44 PM »
I was sure all the wasted counterattacks in the second half were going to bite Belgium sooner or later, but they survived fairly comfortably. Not bad at all. Only European teams left in the tournament with only two World Cup victories between them (England 1966 and France 1998). Decent chance for a completely new champion.
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Re: World Cup 2018 topic
« Reply #136 on: July 06, 2018, 10:29:50 PM »
Man, this feels good, i so wanted to see Brazil go home.
Not because i dislike the team, but because i hate the "Butterfly Effect": a butterfly flap its wings in Brazil, Neymar falls down in Russia.....

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Re: World Cup 2018 topic
« Reply #137 on: July 06, 2018, 10:56:24 PM »
Get the fuck outta here, Brazil South America :V

Seriously this is now the European Cup; all Top 4 teams will be European. France v Belgium and England v Russia/Croatia.

My heart says:

Russia v England [England win to show up Russia at home]

France v England final where England win to beat France because England/France rivalry is probobly the oldest in the world

It's the maximum hype route for IT COMING HOME.

My mind says:

England v Croatia [Much less of a hype game than Russia IMO]

England v France final where France win.

I could also easily see the final being England v Belgium except both teams are actually trying to win. We found out last time England can lose better but that dosen't show who wins better.

I don't think Croatia are a pushover either. I think they'll be harder than Sweden and I think they're a dark horse for the cup as a whole. If England lose I can see a Croatia-France final.
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Re: World Cup 2018 topic
« Reply #138 on: July 07, 2018, 12:36:11 PM »
OK, this is it. We can get a Russia - Sweden World Cup semi. I want to believe.
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Re: World Cup 2018 topic
« Reply #139 on: July 07, 2018, 03:16:23 PM »
Sure looks like England's pulling a head.

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« Reply #140 on: July 07, 2018, 03:48:14 PM »
Somewhere deep in my imagination I had this vision of Ola Toivonen the world champion. But it just wasn't meant to be.
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Re: World Cup 2018 topic
« Reply #141 on: July 07, 2018, 05:11:29 PM »
I T ' S  C O M I N G H O M E
England vs Belgium in finals for the ultimate rematch. Belgium to win in a 3-2 nailbiter to crush all the souls of England fans.


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Re: World Cup 2018 topic
« Reply #142 on: July 07, 2018, 05:25:21 PM »
Next up: The Slavic Duel RU HR

I would say that Croatia will defeat Russia and advance, but going by the general results in this WC so far, I'm partially expecting Russia to ultimately beat Croatia.

I'm actually fine with either team winning, but another surprise would be great  :]


E: Aaaand Cherishev's got one in for Russia. That was a beautiful one.

E2: The equalizer from Croatia. I feel the match will become more intense later on.

E3: GG Russia, you did well getting this far. Next up England VS Croatia. I predict a France VS England final :V
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Re: World Cup 2018 topic
« Reply #143 on: July 07, 2018, 08:55:09 PM »
Get the fuck outta here, Brazil Russia :V

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« Reply #144 on: July 07, 2018, 08:59:15 PM »
gg wp Croatia.

Ironically, Mario Fernandes had revived Russia into the penalties, only to doom Russia by missing his penalty shot. That was terrible.

France vs Belgium next.

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« Reply #145 on: July 07, 2018, 09:17:54 PM »
Ironically, Mario Fernandes had revived Russia into the penalties, only to doom Russia by missing his penalty shot. That was terrible.
It's one of those wack situations where you, on the couch, can comfort yourself, saying ,"Hey, at least he WAS the team hero, so his country won't be that mad at him for dooming them, right?"

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« Reply #146 on: July 07, 2018, 09:28:24 PM »
A very close game, couldn't complain about it going either way. Now what? Belgium is the only team left without a past Top 3 finish and they're performing very well overall, so they have my sympathy. Beating Brazil and France on the way to the final would be an impressive feat.
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« Reply #147 on: July 10, 2018, 04:12:25 PM »
Tonight France vs Belgium. Sadly I cannot watch the match live. I'll have to occasionally check my phone.

Hoping Belgium will make it through to the finals.

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Re: World Cup 2018 topic
« Reply #148 on: July 10, 2018, 06:50:04 PM »
Quality match so far, but it's scoreless halfway in.  Let's go Belgium.

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« Reply #149 on: July 10, 2018, 07:55:26 PM »