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WORLD CUP 2018 - Matchday Thread

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Said at the beginning that I have a tendency to root for the underdog, and those are the games I'll remember from this tournament:

 

Germany losing to Mexico and S Korea

Argentina being held by Iceland and then losing to Croatia

Brazil drawing with Switzerland and then going out to Belgium

Spain going out to Russia on pens

 

... and England progressing further than any of us expected

There have been some stand-out games too, so for me the overall score is either seven or eight out of 10 - depending on today's final

 

It's ironic but aside from their 4-3 win over Argentina, games involving France have been grim to watch

And aside from that 3-0 win over Argentina, Croatia's mardiness has left a bigger impression on me than their scintillating football

 

So if entertainment is the main consideration, then perhaps I should've been rooting for Argentina?  :mellow:

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Best World Cup ever


VAR works now too


Great event

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rubbish day for me wanted Croatia and Anderson in the tennis 

 

 

however,I think I may have spotted a prospect not many people will have noticed him but there's a young lad called mbappe  bit out there but I reckon the kid might do a job 

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Just waiting to see if the ref gets struck down by a bolt of lightning

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France  4-2  Croatia ... 1-0 Own goal from a free kick that should never have been given

                                           Zees could only appen to Frahnce!

                                     1-1 Top strike and that feeling that justice has been done

                                     2-1 Seriously.. wtf?  Ball to hand from a distance of about a foot

                                            After studying VAR for an eternity, ref decides to award a penalty - FIX

 

                                     How France went in at half time ahead is one of those mysteries that will always cast doubt on the integrity of

                                     international competition - they'd barely been out of their own half and their one shot at goal was the 'penalty'

 

                                     3-1 'Against the run of play' being an understatement, the goal was perhaps less surprising than the glowing praise

                                           heaped on Pogba by the BBC commentary team - "Cometh the man" excuse me? He'd done nothing all game

                                     4-1 Six minutes later and now it's Mbappe's turn to have his bottom kissed

                                           4-1!! Two good strikes but how did it come to this?

                                     4-2 Lloris provides a moment of pure comedy - just surprised the ref didn't find a reason to disallow it

 

                                      Apart from Croatia tiring badly, Mbappe falling over his own feet and Pogba missing an absolute sitter - that was it

                                      I'd already decided long before the final whistle that I didn't care who won, but the best side on the day lost ... IMO

                                        

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21 minutes ago, Ethel The Tree said:

France  4-2  Croatia ...                    I'd already decided long before the final whistle that I didn't care who won, but the best side on the day lost ... IMO

                                        

Thanks very much Ethel for all your World Cup Reports ...

You've done us all proud .....

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11 minutes ago, OWLERTON GHOST said:

Thanks very much Ethel for all your World Cup Reports ...

You've done us all proud .....

He is a top man OG. I had Croatia in the sweep at work, £350 if they'd won, bit gutted TBH

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Disputable decisions aside, the Croatia side played their hearts out, but were well held by a French side that relied on tempting the opposition forward, then hitting them on the break and at speed. I think Croatia, along with Belgium, who thrashed us in the semi-final play-off, are two young teams who will only improve. As for France, how does their Manager get Pogba into a world-beater, when Man.Utd can't?

All in all, despite some superb performances by most of our young lads, we were justifiably FOURTH.   

 

A little aside for those who cry out for a 20-a-year striker, a little fact. 

Harry Kane got the golden boot for 6 goals (4 Penalties), whilst on the Croatia side , no fewer than 10 players scored. The days of the old Centre Forward, or even the current lone striker, are long gone. Every member of the side MUST contribute to scoring. 

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