Yeah, Walker as a centre back is a bit odd but there's always Gary Cahill to come in and Walker move to right wing back to replace Trippier. Lots of options!Chrill wrote:Trippier and Walker on the pitch at the same time is weird, that's all I'm saying. You won though, so all is good.
The Japanese team helped clean up the stadium, after their 2 - 1 victory of Columbia yesterday. Which is rather nice of them. I bet you won't see another team doing that during the world cup!
As did Senegal!Redirect Left wrote:The Japanese team helped clean up the stadium, after their 2 - 1 victory of Columbia yesterday. Which is rather nice of them. I bet you won't see another team doing that during the world cup!
Ah, so they did. Although the BBC article doesn't mention it beyond a little footnote. The Guardian is bit more in their favor though.Chrill wrote:As did Senegal!Redirect Left wrote:The Japanese team helped clean up the stadium, after their 2 - 1 victory of Columbia yesterday. Which is rather nice of them. I bet you won't see another team doing that during the world cup!
Sir Alan Sugar (or Lord Sugar, if you prefer) has been heavily criticised for a tweet, comparing Senegal players to beach sellers in Marbella. With some people and media outlets labelling it 'racist'. Despite Alan Sugars comment, they won their match 2-1 against Poland, so they've not started badly at all.
I didn't really find it that racist at all. But I tend to take things at face value, in this case clearly a joke based upon factual observations.Chrill wrote:Yes, I did see his comment. It's not slightly racist, it's extremely racist. Oh well, that's just the way things are these days. Racism is rampant and becoming socially acceptable.
We could have won that, now we lost. Mountain to climb if we are to go through, need to take down Mexico and most likely needs two goals to do it. Unless of course South Korea stuns the world and takes points away from Germany, which I assume they will not.
Anyway, tense game and surely tense final games now too for this group. This sort of thing is what's worth about watching the World Cup
Depends on the Group you are in. Going strictly by current Group standings on the left side of the bracket you'd face:Redirect Left wrote:As generally speaking the top of each group will have a tougher time onwards in match drawings.
France, Nigeria (probably Argentina), Russia (probably Uruguay), Spain (or Portugal), Brazil, Germany (or Mexico/Sweden) and Japan.
On the right side you'd face:
Portugal (or Spain), Uruguay (probably Russia), Croatia, Denmark (or Australia), Mexico (or Sweden/Germany), Switzerland and Senegal (maybe Colombia).
So, to me, it looks as if the LEFT side currently will probably be the more difficult one, on paper. And that's indeed where the group winner goes. But, Germany and Brazil could also easily switch sides as goal difference will most likely define their position and then you'll face either of them when you could have avoided them by winning the group ... so, you know. You can speculate a lot but imo you just need to play your best ^^
I really agree with you. None of the favorites are too convincing. Brazil looks set to go through, but others have struggled. Germany and Argentina in particular, Argentina needs a whole lot of luck to pull through from their group.Redirect Left wrote:Seems like there are no obvious winners emerging so far!
I could see France doing well, as it stands. Or a real surprise performer, how about Uruguay or Croatia?
My candidates would be:
Japan. Nobody expected much of them; they were a bit lucky but worked hard and are in a good position now. They won't go far but people expected them to go out in the group, so ... but they still might mess it up ^^;
Mexico. After the first game most might have picked them; the second was much weaker and it's tough saying how good they are now. But potentially they could turn into a real surprise, I think. They seem to be blessed with a pretty strong midfield.
Switzerland. Two strong games and every chance to win their group ahead of Brazil. Many picked Serbia as the surprise-team in this group, so maybe a warranted choice - if they top the group, they might end up playing Mexico; and who knows what's possible then?
Well, for Sweden to progress we have to beat em and on paper Mexico ought to win but I'd say it's a 60-40 to Mexico in reality. After all, Sweden beat France and sent Netherlands+Italy home during the qualifiers. We got to Russia the hard way.Pyoro wrote:Mexico. After the first game most might have picked them; the second was much weaker and it's tough saying how good they are now. But potentially they could turn into a real surprise, I think. They seem to be blessed with a pretty strong midfield.
If you watch S Korea vs Mexico, the first 15-20 minutes Mexico had nothing at all. Then, South Korea messed up their own defence. Sweden can easily maintain such a defence for 90 minutes. All we need is one goal. 1-0 to Sweden is very possible. If we can score against Germany, we can do it to Mexico. And we know we can keep Mexico away from our goal.
I expect the same today. France will probably grind down Denkmark, but can Australia beat Peru to steal 2nd in the group? We have seen with Morocco that teams that are already out still want to perform at a World Cup.
Also, Croatia will probably beat Iceland, but can Argentina beat Nigeria? Normally you'd expect them to, but they looked incredibly unsettled so far.
It's going to be interesting.
In order of finishing position:
A: Uruguay, Russia
B: Spain, Portugal
C: France, Denmark
D: Croatia, Nigeria (sorry Iceland. Sorry Argentina)
E: Brazil, Switzerland
F: Mexico, Germany (Sorry Sweden!)
G: Belgium, England
H: Colombia, Japan
Which should give us this round of 16. Oh boy, let's build a table.
And the following quarter finals:
And the following semi finals:
Croatia Switzerland (whaaaaat!)
And the final, then:
Nah... Nah, I don't think it will go down this way. Nope. Switzerland, in the finals? Nah.
From a footballing perspective, I just want an exciting, unpredictable world cup, as we appear to be having. A good final hopefully too!
From an English perspective, I want football to come home!
Umm, that's an interesting prediction. Wrong, but interesting nonetheless!Chrill wrote:And the following quarter finals:
Also, VAR; that's been rather controversial this World Cup. What are our opinions on it? I'm still undecided personally.
On a VAR note, I don't fancy the way it works right now but I appreciate its existence. In my opinion, the referees with the camera should have the right to overrule the head referee. They should also have an extremely limited time frame so as to not interrupt the game. Perhaps, a team should have 2-3 calls per game where they request VAR to be used.
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