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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. Yas786

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    Unlucky England to lose to Croatia but when you meet a quality side you have to pick up your game ;).

    Was a great start by England and first half they bossed Croatia about. But **** me what happened in the second half?? It was like they totally forgot how to play lol.

    First Croatian goal was a bit flukey to be honest but second one was sublime by Mandzukic. In all honesty Pickford should have been sent off for wiping out Mandzukic when he was one on one with Pickford. No way did Pickford get any of the ball but karma can bite and next time Mandzukic made certain the ball went in the net.

    But either way England or Croatia would get picked apart by France in the final.

    Valiant effort lads, made so much easier with an easy run to the semifinals. Just glad it didn’t go to penalties.

    Who knows Southgate might get this team to win the WC in 4 yrs time.
     
  2. Richard_16v

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  3. Shamikebab

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    If he didn't the ball would have been in the back of the net...
     
  4. Kerplunk

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    Location: Bournemouth tbh

    Is it me or was VAR used less and less in the latter stages of the world cup? Seems the group stages had loads of VAR calls...
     
  5. Azza

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    Que? What game did you watch?
     
  6. McBain

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    You might want to watch that again.
     
  7. neoboy

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    No qualms about Pickford challenge, good job from him.
     
  8. McBain

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    It was an awesome challenge, kept us in the game at the time.
     
  9. Shamikebab

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    Some would say defenders realised they couldn't get away with some things any more and changed their approach.
     
  10. Robbo

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    While we’ve done well overall, I always felt we’d struggle against a top quality side. Yes, you can only beat the teams infront of you, but they were lesser teams on the whole, which helps.

    I was a bit disappointed with Kane, while he’ll probably get the golden boot, I thought he could have done more in most of the games, and he messed up that chance tonight to make it 2-0.

    Sterling lacked end product as he so often does.

    I think the defence were clearly at fault for both goals tonight, certainly the second one, they switched off.

    Ultimately the team isn’t that great, we lack that spark you get from the very best players.

    All in all though, a decent tournament for us.
     
  11. 4K8KW10

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    I think England's performance was fine.

    The only team in the tournament that can beat any other team is France. France has been impressive.

    There is nothing wrong in England to not being consistent enough to overcome today's hurdle - after all the referee was against them anyways.
     
  12. Milkybk

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    Kane was awful all match. No threat in front of goal, no energy, no runs, no hold up play and no leadership. I felt he let the team down. When your the talisman striker and the captain you have to show more against big teams.
     
  13. neoboy

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    Actually that's another thing that's bugging me, why is Kane the captain. He just seems way too quiet and I rarely see any passion from him, much rather see Henderson with the armband on.
     
  14. Shamikebab

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    Kane has to be the worst potential golden boot winner for many, many tournaments. 3 penalties, one deflection he knew nothing about.
     
  15. 4K8KW10

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    At one moment, I wondered why you don't have Gareth Bale - but then I realised he was playing for another country.
     
  16. Milkybk

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    Rather lose in the group stages than have a Welshman play for us. :p
     
  17. weyland yutani

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    Well done Croatia :D

    England have been nursing a semi for the cup ever since thrashing Panama ha
     
  18. koolpc

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    Awesome result! England are coming home! Lol
     
  19. Rroff

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    I thought against Sweden it was strategic - making him anonymous that game made a lot of sense but becoming almost completely invisible this game I dunno what to think.
     
  20. RoboCod

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    A great overachievment for us. It's bitter sweet but it was expected really. So proud they got all the way to the semis. Could never have expected that.