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    horror goalkeeping again....is it like they decided not even to attempt any actual keeping this time?
    Otamendi needs a red. Messi absent yes (ego eh? ) Show me a player without ego or self-esteem.
    Sampaoli probably out of a job, but the tattoeed sausage as you so nicely put, did pretty well as a coach of Chile few years ago.

    I just do not know why they seem so lethargic, without ideas or a plan and also not taking chances has become a habit. That Perez goal goes and Caballero doesn't have a
    brain fade and this could be a resurgence of Argentina post.. That's life and especially football. They really good players/teams with potential win diddly squat if they cannot
    show energy, intensity and structure. No tactical plan A/B, lack of decent midfielders or any wingers, playing Messi out of his position, depending on his superhuman skills to get out of trouble (and he fails to deliver making everybody look like a chump), school playground defending and goalkeeping quality = out of the world cup.

    maybe it is better this way. I see cr7 with another cup and cementing the narrative that he is the greatest of all time

    Croatia (ex Yugo) have always produced good players. Not that they are clean and non egositic or anything (Rebic/Mandzukic do plenty of that stuff)
    98 team was really good and got to SF as well, I can see this team doing the same atleast.

    Also seeing Messi hapless like this in a blue+white shirt just only puts in contrast the enormous contribution of Xavi, Iniesta, Alves, Alba et al in his undoubtedly amazing goal-scoring talent.
    Tito Vilanova = :champion:

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    Great refereeing for Argentina once more. If it goes on like this, soon football will merge back with rugby again. These days they will give a penalty only of the player takes the ball in his hand and runs with it for a while.

    I saw a few minutes from the France Denmark fixed game earlier too. Beautiful

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    Allez les Bleus!
    “There is a great man who makes every man feel small. But the real great man is the man who makes every man feel great.”

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    My sympathies to Senegal. It's harsh to go out on the number of yellow cards given the varying attitudes of refereeing. I think it would be better to have a play-off and resolve the issue on the pitch.
    Duncan Rollo

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    ^yeah, refs are notoriously inconsistent

    play-off might take too much time/money/energy to organize but they do need to do something like maybe "away" goals in the CL

    Japan apparently played legally but very much against the spirit of the game by waiting for Colombia to win and not try anything themselves.
    2nd round looks much better, but=one half is much more difficult (ARG v FRA, URU v POR, BRA v MEX) vs the other one which ENG were happy to be in...
    Tito Vilanova = :champion:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Storm
    2nd round looks much better, but=one half is much more difficult (ARG v FRA, URU v POR, BRA v MEX) vs the other one which ENG were happy to be in...
    Theoretically you're right, taking into account the fame of these teams. But honestly, none of these impressed me on this WC and I'm really disappointed with the quality of their performance.

    I hope Croatia will play the final.
    Vs Brazil.
    Ce-ti pasa tie, chip de lut?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gadjo_dilo View Post

    I hope Croatia will play the final.
    Vs Brazil.
    I'm hoping for France vs Belgium, and Spain vs England in the simi's, and an epic final between France, and Spain!
    “There is a great man who makes every man feel small. But the real great man is the man who makes every man feel great.”

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    Well deserved wins for France and Uruguay.
    Both Messi and Penaldo have to go home now. ��
    Ce-ti pasa tie, chip de lut?

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    Mother Russia through, Spain out (I guess deservedly, Pique idiotic again like with Barca)
    Tito Vilanova = :champion:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Ben View Post

    Always amazed how they deliver so many great players from so few Croatians.
    Uruguayans are even fewer. And they won the WC twice.
    Ce-ti pasa tie, chip de lut?

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