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1 Posted 01/07/2018 at 16:57:16
Into extra time... can they keep Spain at bay until penalties?
2 Posted 01/07/2018 at 16:57:20
3 Posted 01/07/2018 at 17:32:26
4 Posted 01/07/2018 at 17:33:07
I mentioned this in another thread; how are fans able to sit next to opposition fans in this tournament but not in club football? Who thought up segregation and why is it used? It's inviting intolerance.
Come on Russia.
5 Posted 01/07/2018 at 17:35:30
Wouldnt want to see Russia play again thats for sure but it may happen yet !
6 Posted 01/07/2018 at 17:43:37
Spain deserved to lose that.
All praise to Russia for gutsing that out.
Awful game, mind...
7 Posted 01/07/2018 at 17:46:03
8 Posted 01/07/2018 at 17:50:26
Isco and Iniesta were the only ones looking for a pass.
Come on Mexico !
Dont tell the missus I said that.
9 Posted 01/07/2018 at 17:57:40
In the other half you still have France, Uruguay and Brazil.
So if England don't get there, a new name will be in the final and with a great chance of making history.
10 Posted 01/07/2018 at 17:57:58
11 Posted 01/07/2018 at 17:58:39
12 Posted 01/07/2018 at 18:03:08
13 Posted 01/07/2018 at 18:10:50
14 Posted 01/07/2018 at 18:13:15
15 Posted 01/07/2018 at 18:18:15
16 Posted 01/07/2018 at 18:24:57
That is the type of football Martinez wanted us to play only with crap players.
17 Posted 01/07/2018 at 18:59:24
I've always viewed Russians and Russia with suspicion and distrust, but, fuck me those fans were easy to recognise.
Fanatical support which had me (a big fan of Spanish football) roaring them over the line.
Football comes in all shapes and sizes and they cant all be classics. but this was high drama
I groaned when I heard they had been awarded the Tournament, but what a festival of football they have delivered so far. Fans from all over the world have been welcomed and have turned this world cup into something very very special
18 Posted 01/07/2018 at 19:18:15
The World Cup moved up a couple of notches on yesterday's two games; they moved down plenty on that game. I kept looking for Koeman and Allardyce in the dugouts, utter dross.
19 Posted 01/07/2018 at 19:24:05
What time is your normal afternoon nap?!
20 Posted 01/07/2018 at 19:35:19
Possible pen for Spain in the 129th minute - I think the ref quickly weighed up the possibility of being prodded with an umbrella, or having to have his dinner tasted for him, and waved “play-on”.
21 Posted 01/07/2018 at 20:05:22
22 Posted 01/07/2018 at 20:21:51
What someone called Martinezesque rings true to me. They are passing it side to side with the arrogance that one moment of their inevitable magic will open the opposition up.
Well not happening and some superstars are on way home.
23 Posted 01/07/2018 at 20:23:30
With the stories of Rooney being sold too early also this week it really struck home about our lack of status at the top table!
24 Posted 01/07/2018 at 20:57:19
25 Posted 01/07/2018 at 21:08:54
26 Posted 01/07/2018 at 21:50:32
27 Posted 01/07/2018 at 21:53:28
29 Posted 01/07/2018 at 22:05:39
The second game had an unbelievable start and high drama in extra time, so to some extent it continued the theme of excitement.
Unfortunately everything in between was not as good. I guess it was hard to get on a par with some of the extra ordinary things we have seen in this very enjoyable tournament.
30 Posted 01/07/2018 at 22:11:14
31 Posted 01/07/2018 at 22:18:13
As Gary Lineker said it is a bonkers world cup creating a fascinating tournament.
I am really looking forward to Brazil vs Mexico - maybe we might get a better Monday than we had Sunday - at least during the match.
32 Posted 01/07/2018 at 22:51:58
Butttt! What drama in the penalty shoot-outs!
I thought Denmark edged it over the 120 minutes in-game, but in the end I'm glad Croatia won the penalty shootout (even, for England's sake, I would have preferred Denmark to go through) because of the penalty two minutes from the end of extra time.
It was a clear penalty. The guy was clear to tap it into an empty net to win the game for Croatia and he was cynically fouled to deny him the glory. Yes, great save by Schmeichel, but I think justice was done on that point that Croatia prevailed in the penalty shootout.
I know there has been a change in the rules about sending off the last man who commits the foul, but I thought this was an occasion that merited a straight red for the foul, giving the gravity of the situation. Hells Teeth! The forward was clear and BEYOND the keeper and last man. A yellow card for that wasn't enough, although otherwise the Argentinian ref was excellent.
This is turning into a wonderful opportunity for England, IF they can get past the very serious challenge of Colombia. The way England has played, with speed and rapid transition, getting beyond and in behind defences, they would have beaten all four teams today.
I think after Saturday's games today went back to more 'traditional' KO football at this stage of the WC: the prize is so great, teams and individuals don't take chances. The irony is, of course, is that the boldest and bravest will always triumph in these situations.
I'm hoping Southgate and the team can be bold and courageous from here on in.
And even with today's poor in-game fare, this is still an outstanding World Cup.
33 Posted 01/07/2018 at 22:57:08
Miles ahead of everyone except Belgium.
34 Posted 01/07/2018 at 23:18:08
35 Posted 01/07/2018 at 23:41:39
Not sure about that one. Uruguay have Suarez and Cavani. Spain had players with goals in them but were stopped by ultra defensive anti-football tactics.
And if youre limiting it to just the teams that have played SO FAR in the last 16, well then were neglecting the teams yet to play. Belgium and England surely have goals in them. Brazil surely have goals in them.
That said, totally agree with the point about players going for 12 months straight. They need to come up with a better plan in World Cup years to get a better break after the leagues. Its an insane amount of football for the top players to have to play when adding the Champions League, domestic cups, international qualifiers and friendlies.
36 Posted 01/07/2018 at 00:04:26
Go to sleep.
37 Posted 02/07/2018 at 00:12:21
It is up there with some cracker goals at this World Cup.
38 Posted 02/07/2018 at 00:31:19
Some players feel the fatigue. It's a non-stop playing schedule in a World Cup year.
Some, not all of them but some, will be knackered.
Different players need different levels of recuperation. And that will affect the level of play on some level.
Either way it's been an amazing World Cup. It's like Christmas in June and July.
39 Posted 02/07/2018 at 06:11:28
This wasn't Sam Allardyce or Ronald Koeman setting up not to lose against teams of equal or lesser ability. Russia are rated about 50 places below Spain in the rankings.
It's as if people have just seen one hell of a giant killing act in the FA Cup and want to complain about the manner in which the minnows achieved it. The Russians don't have a player who would get near the Spanish squad, If they engage them in an open game they get murdered...but here they are, a nation in rapture.
Good football was in short supply yesterday, but football isn't just about the good stuff, it's about tactics, desire, bravery, determination, team work. All of these things are there to be appreciated.
I don't understand how Evertonians could complain about yesterday. This is the most entertainment we've had in years. It was better than anything we saw at the old lady last season. The desire, passion and drama were from another planet..
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