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FIFA World Cup 2018 - Semi-finals [10/11 July] **spoilers**

Discussion in 'The Football Stadium' started by Cosimo, Jul 7, 2018.

  1. Merlin5


    Joined: Aug 17, 2009

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    Location: Finchley Central, London

    How is it possible to go from such euphoria after the first goal in the first 5 minutes to such depression in 120 minutes.
  2. Kenai


    Joined: Apr 5, 2009

    Posts: 18,570

    See this is where I'm not sure, if we'd played the entire game like the first 30 minutes sure but when they show such a lack of desire to reach a World Cup Final as we just saw for the last hour it's difficult to see that positively.

    The overall achievement of getting this far is great but going out with such a whimper is incredibly deflating
  3. Lakeland


    Joined: Nov 1, 2005

    Posts: 5,420

    Was meant to be a throwaway comment to be fair but no, more a case of him not wanting England to win.
  4. james_2k

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Aug 28, 2012

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    personally for the opposite of man of the match would be kane. did he do anything??
  5. Nate75


    Joined: Mar 21, 2005

    Posts: 10,443

    well done England.

    Looking forward to more
  6. McBain


    Joined: Oct 17, 2002

    Posts: 21,824

    Location: Lancs/London

    No way, France all day. I don't think I can carry on watching a sport where Lovren wins a world cup winners medal.

    All in all proud of the team though, it's young and will learn from this experience. I will actually look forward to the Euro qualifying campaign, I can't remember the last time I looked forward to watching England play before this competition.
  7. BaZ87


    Joined: Jun 9, 2004

    Posts: 37,488

    It's incredible how unfit he looks. He barely made it into the 18 yard box.
  8. adam cool dude


    Joined: Oct 22, 2002

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    Location: Boston, Lincolnshire

    Would have been nice to see what would happen if we had the ox or Lallana. Modric and rakatic dominated the midfield in which we lacked.
  9. Irish_Tom


    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 12,455

    I for one am very proud of this team, they’ve achieved more than anyone expected them to.

    We could have so easily finished this game off in the first half, just needed that extra bit of clinical finishing.
  10. james_2k

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  11. Trusty


    Joined: Mar 12, 2006

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    Location: On A Rocket

    Sad times. I'm wounded. We didn't take our chances in the 1st half... :(
  12. drunkenmaster


    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 33,111

    Lots of people talked about it all tournament because we've failed to produce goals from open play all tournament. We've looked poor and ended up scoring a lot of set pieces. kane spent half the tournament backing into players and flopping over, not quite as badly as Suarez but there were another half dozen today, rather than get it down and pass it and get some play going he mostly was winning freekicks or losing the ball.

    All tournament it's been patently obvious our lack of creativity, creating better chances from open play and inability to play a final ball to someone in a direct position to score rather than playing people into the channels who then have to find something and failed to do so for most of the tournament.
  13. Calpol

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    Joined: Oct 3, 2010

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    England over achieved for the first time in two generations. That is progress.
    The country will be disappointed but much happier than ever before. The team and manager emerge with credit. I bet them to be knocked out in the semi so I'm happy as I'm 70 quid better off and Ive got it doubled with France to win.
    Well done to England. Young team but they have found their level for now. Plenty time to improve.
  14. james_2k

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    well one thing you can say for certainty, they reignited the passion in England for our team. no question.
  15. Rroff

    Man of Honour

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    What I found incredibly deflating is how so many of the hyped players did... nothing - it was an incredible achievement for Southgate to get us this far and there was some players who were remarkable but some who really should have done better just didn't turn up when it was most important and that really soured it for me.
  16. dunker


    Joined: Sep 16, 2003

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    as a pro backseat pro footy player, looked to me like our England team lost that game due to less physical fitness than Croatia. also Harry being violently fowled three times probably didn't help.

    and no, if Harry had past it, rather than a goal attempt, the goaly still woulda got it i rekon
  17. Minusorange


    Joined: Nov 25, 2005

    Posts: 4,988

    Never expected them to reach the semi's so can't really complain about the team overall, but the match itself it just feels like we gave it away to Croatia after the 1st half :(
  18. mmj_uk


    Joined: Dec 26, 2003

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    I'd rather us win it by beating some quality teams anyway, it would feel a little hollow scraping through with a lot of luck involved like Greece/Portugal etc.
  19. Psycho Ned


    Joined: Jul 25, 2003

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    Location: Northants

    I've been massively gutted when England have gone out in the past (1996 and 2002 spring to mind) as it felt like we could have won those ones. Tonight I feel down but not devastated if nothing else after about 10 years of misery I actually enjoyed watching England again :)

    Few tweaks (time to blood Sessignon next season) and we might be contenders in the Euros.
  20. Pigeon_Killer


    Joined: Nov 21, 2005

    Posts: 32,007

    Didn't he pick up an injury earlier in the tournament? If he was injured he should've been dropped, if not you've got to ask why he was played so deep when he's by far our best finisher.