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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. Nasher

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    Lets not forget Russia got the WC in the first place by bribing FIFA AND they let it stand knowing years in advance lol

    But England's main problem, as in the past, is finishing the easy goals. 1 on 1 with the keeper and still failing just isn't good enough to win a world cup.
     
  2. Derek W

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    Well at least now it's only 2 games of we woz robbed instead of one more of its coming home crap. What will the studio do at half time since they won't be able to see what's happening in the England camp now?
     
  3. Kerplunk

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    What is the point in the 3rd place play off?
     
  4. 4K8KW10

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    Both teams to get their bronze medals ;)
     
  5. Psycho Ned

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    Fifa to make a few more quid in ticket sales.
     
  6. neoboy

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    I actually for once had little confidence in England as Croatia, despite the group stage, did not impress in knockouts and with extra time looked on a weary side from the start.

    They, however, did have that spirit that England has lacked for as long as I remember them playing from 90s onwards. They do also have the players with the creative and accurate delivery into the box that England has lacked this tournament.

    Couple that with England's impotence in open play and the constant lapses in concentration, meant their spirit prevailed. They dozed off on two corners and the second goal was just your schoolboy error over two defenders not communicating.
     
  7. adam cool dude

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    Pickford the one guy who has been a beast. Best since Seaman that is for sure.
     
  8. Kenai

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    Pad out the fixture list a bit, let the finalists rest properly and have the losers put on an exhibition match so it doesn't seem like a 3 day gap
     
  9. Merlin5

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    On 6 December 2012, UEFA announced the 2020 Finals would be held in multiple cities across Europe to mark the 60th anniversary of the tournament. The selection of the host cities does not mean an automatic qualifying berth is awarded to the national team of that nation.
    UEFA reasoned that the pan-European staging of the tournament was the logical decision at a time of financial difficulty across Europe.Reaction to UEFA's plan was mixed across Europe.[16] Critics have cited the expanded format (from 31 matches featuring 16 nations to 51 featuring 24) and its associated additional costs as the decisive factor for only one nation (Turkey) having put forward a serious bid.
     
  10. toshj

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    Think that bizarre miss from Harry Kane was the turning point. It turned slowly at first, and we were still on top when the whistle went for half time. Second half and we dropped that little bit deeper and deeper, with the 5-10 minutes before the equaliser we were a shade of the side in the first half.

    Thought we just needed a bit more positivity going into the last 20 minutes, and needed a bit of luck to reach ET. Started that well, but Stones header that was cleared off the line seemed to be the stuffing that went out of us. Was really disappointed to see Sterling off the pitch, as Vida was one tackle away from a mistake when up against Raheem.
     
  11. Kill_Phil

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    Ref was crap, dunno how half the Croatia team wasn't booked, especially rebic who should have been off for multiple fouls.

    Main issue though for England was/has been wasting far too many chances. You simply cannot get away with it at this level.

    9 out of 12 England goals this tournament were from set pieces...
     
  12. neoboy

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    The media will still put a positive spin on it and then say Southgate was resting players for Euro 2020 ;)
     
  13. Nasher

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    He missed 2 penalties, one for each team. Handball by an England player in the box and an elbow in the face by a Croatian at their end. The linesman missed at least 1 corner as well.

    I don't see the point in VAR if they just pick and choose when to use it.
     
  14. Rroff

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    I forgive him for being a bit cocky and overconfident - he was one of the few players who turned up and turned it up.
     
  15. Yadda

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    This closing montage needs the Pistols version of My Way.
     
  16. Kenai

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    1 Jordan Pickford
    2 Kyle Walker
    3 Danny Rose
    4 Eric Dier
    5 John Stones
    6 Harry Maguire
    7 Jesse Lingard
    8 Jordan Henderson
    9 Harry Kane
    10 Raheem Sterling
    11 Jamie Vardy
    12 Kieran Trippier
    13 Jack Butland
    14 Danny Welbeck
    15 Gary Cahill
    16 Phil Jones
    17 Fabian Delph

    18 Ashley Young
    19 Marcus Rashford
    20 Dele Alli
    21 Ruben Loftus-Cheek
    22 Trent Alexander-Arnold
    23 Nick Pope


    I wonder if Southgate will go for third or let those who haven't played much have a go?
     
  17. james_2k

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    Amen
     
  18. TheOracle

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    When are we ever going to host a world cup?
     
  19. adam cool dude

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    Agreed Everton will do well to keep him. De Gea was terrible at this world cup by contrast.
     
  20. Nasher

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    When we shower the FIFA boss in notes.