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Re: World Cup: football & teams discussion, plus in-game comments (no flooding!)
« Reply #5240 on: November 30, 2022, 09:07:19 pm »
Argentina on the face of it seem to have an easy one against Australia, but Australia did beat them 41-26 a few months ago so you never know.

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« Reply #5241 on: November 30, 2022, 09:07:42 pm »
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« Reply #5242 on: November 30, 2022, 09:07:52 pm »
Hope France slaughter Poland.

Same. I get Poland just wanted to progress, but they threw away a chance to attack a vulnerable Argentine defence and instead played the odds that Mexico wouldn't score enough. They were fortunate to get away with it. They could have had Australia in the next round if they were arsed and even that wasn't enough of an enticement

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« Reply #5243 on: November 30, 2022, 09:09:05 pm »
think it was the Mexican one, Rogelio, not the bitter

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« Reply #5244 on: November 30, 2022, 09:12:58 pm »
Same. I get Poland just wanted to progress, but they threw away a chance to attack a vulnerable Argentine defence and instead played the odds that Mexico wouldn't score enough. They were fortunate to get away with it. They could have had Australia in the next round if they were arsed and even that wasn't enough of an enticement

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« Reply #5245 on: November 30, 2022, 09:14:54 pm »
Mexico has themselves to blame so fuck them. You just needed to score 1 more vs S.Arabia and you're even allowed to concede, you just get it done ffs.

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« Reply #5246 on: November 30, 2022, 09:18:16 pm »
Netherlands/USA and Argentina/Australia is an interesting 'bracket' - Logic probably suggests Argentina will be the ones to make it to the semi final but I feel either of the other three would all be interesting shouts. I wouldn't expect Australia to beat Argentina but if they win that they can certainly do one of Holland or The Americans. The Dutch are probably the next best shout but other than Van Dijk and a couple others they don't have loads of quality.

England vs France looks pretty likely too for the quarters.
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« Reply #5247 on: November 30, 2022, 09:19:32 pm »
Mexico has themselves to blame so fuck them. You just needed to score 1 more vs S.Arabia and you're even allowed to concede, you just get it done ffs.

Harsh. They did try and got some very good chances on target and a close offside goal called off.
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« Reply #5248 on: November 30, 2022, 09:20:38 pm »
Netherlands/USA and Argentina/Australia is an interesting 'bracket' - Logic probably suggests Argentina will be the ones to make it to the semi final but I feel either of the other three would all be interesting shouts. I wouldn't expect Australia to beat Argentina but if they win that they can certainly do one of Holland or The Americans. The Dutch are probably the next best shout but other than Van Dijk and a couple others they don't have loads of quality.

England vs France looks pretty likely too for the quarters.
Argentina-Netherlands have this "secret rivalry" going on in WC's so i think i should be a fun quarter final.

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« Reply #5249 on: November 30, 2022, 09:20:40 pm »
Always a good day when Mexico loses.  :)
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« Reply #5250 on: November 30, 2022, 09:21:49 pm »
That Michniewicz must be the most cowardly and inept manager in this tournament, and this World Cup is filled with cowardly and inept managers. It truly was soul-destroying shameful football, the kind I don't remember seeing in a long time. The worst thing about it, is that Poland does have some interesting players upfront, but they choose a system to protect two ancient snails in Glik and Krychowiak, which makes it impossible for any team to try to even think of a high line. The fact that a player like Klich didn't make the cut for a team that can't play three passes in a row, is incredible.

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« Reply #5251 on: November 30, 2022, 09:22:52 pm »
Maybe FIFA should fix that a World Cup qualification being decided on yellow cards, because it's very unfair.

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« Reply #5252 on: November 30, 2022, 09:31:06 pm »
Netherlands/USA and Argentina/Australia is an interesting 'bracket' - Logic probably suggests Argentina will be the ones to make it to the semi final but I feel either of the other three would all be interesting shouts. I wouldn't expect Australia to beat Argentina but if they win that they can certainly do one of Holland or The Americans. The Dutch are probably the next best shout but other than Van Dijk and a couple others they don't have loads of quality.

England vs France looks pretty likely too for the quarters.

England-France, Brazil-Spain and Holland-Argentina look good bets for the quarter finals, along with probably Portugal against Croatia/Belgium or Germany.

Not that a shock isn't out the question.
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« Reply #5253 on: November 30, 2022, 09:34:07 pm »
My builders are Polish and they’ve been bloody fantastic on my bathroom this last few weeks so I’m supporting them. And I had a great holiday in Japan so they’re my second team.

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« Reply #5254 on: November 30, 2022, 09:38:32 pm »
Not sure I heard that right but the BBC earlier said if Poland went level on yellow cards they would have to do a raffle ;D

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« Reply #5255 on: November 30, 2022, 09:45:05 pm »
That Michniewicz must be the most cowardly and inept manager in this tournament, and this World Cup is filled with cowardly and inept managers. It truly was soul-destroying shameful football, the kind I don't remember seeing in a long time. The worst thing about it, is that Poland does have some interesting players upfront, but they choose a system to protect two ancient snails in Glik and Krychowiak, which makes it impossible for any team to try to even think of a high line. The fact that a player like Klich didn't make the cut for a team that can't play three passes in a row, is incredible.

I hate watching Poland in any tournament, always dour to watch, but they could argue it was a gamble that paid off.

Argentina should have beat them by more though and Mexico should have won by more. Just got really lucky.
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« Reply #5256 on: November 30, 2022, 09:56:35 pm »
Was rooting for Mexico to go through because I've spent a few months living there and I'm heading back in a couple of weeks. Lovely people and amazing country.

Not a great team, mind. That said, Poland were absolutely shite too.

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« Reply #5257 on: November 30, 2022, 10:04:44 pm »
I’ve been underwhelmed by all of it to be honest. Liverpool have well and truly skewed my bar of standards this last 5 years.

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« Reply #5258 on: December 1, 2022, 12:28:23 am »
Argentina on the face of it seem to have an easy one against Australia, but Australia did beat them 41-26 a few months ago so you never know.
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« Reply #5259 on: December 1, 2022, 12:39:56 am »
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« Reply #5260 on: December 1, 2022, 03:12:06 am »
Argentina on the face of it seem to have an easy one against Australia, but Australia did beat them 41-26 a few months ago so you never know.

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« Reply #5261 on: December 1, 2022, 03:44:08 am »
1978: Mario Kempes missed a pen for Argentina in their third group game.

1986: Maradona missed a penalty for Argentina in their third group game.

2022: Messi missed a penalty for Argentina in their third group game.

We know how the tournament ended in '78 and '86, will '22 follow?😉😉

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« Reply #5262 on: December 1, 2022, 05:52:39 am »


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« Reply #5264 on: December 1, 2022, 07:10:49 am »
Be funny if Croatia knock out Belgium.

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« Reply #5265 on: December 1, 2022, 09:41:31 am »
Cant see Belgium beating croatia, theyve been awful, and because if the gd, they need to win, a draw is no good even if morocco lose to canada(unless morocco lose by 4

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« Reply #5266 on: December 1, 2022, 10:06:50 am »
On paper, tonight Spain are going to knock Japan out easily, right? Depressing.  :butt
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« Reply #5267 on: December 1, 2022, 10:27:48 am »
1978: Mario Kempes missed a pen for Argentina in their third group game.

1986: Maradona missed a penalty for Argentina in their third group game.

2022: Messi missed a penalty for Argentina in their third group game.

We know how the tournament ended in '78 and '86, will '22 follow?😉😉



I see this is all over social media. Has anyone actually fact checked it?
I can't find anything that confirms Kempes missed a penalty in their 3rd group game. You'd think it would be in the match highlights, but I've watched 3 clips on youtube and none of them show a penalty being missed.

Same with 1986, Argentina beat Bulgaria 2-0, but there is no missed penalty in the highlights.
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« Reply #5268 on: December 1, 2022, 11:12:16 am »
I see this is all over social media. Has anyone actually fact checked it?
I can't find anything that confirms Kempes missed a penalty in their 3rd group game. You'd think it would be in the match highlights, but I've watched 3 clips on youtube and none of them show a penalty being missed.

Same with 1986, Argentina beat Bulgaria 2-0, but there is no missed penalty in the highlights.
That bit of trivia is totally made up.

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« Reply #5269 on: December 1, 2022, 11:32:46 am »
That bit of trivia is totally made up.

Shows how easy it is to spread a lie.
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« Reply #5270 on: December 1, 2022, 11:35:01 am »
Differently shaped balls...

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« Reply #5272 on: December 1, 2022, 11:53:04 am »
High-pitched?

Clutching at straws, maybe...
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« Reply #5273 on: December 1, 2022, 12:01:06 pm »
Ben White has flown home and left England's World Cup training base.

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« Reply #5275 on: December 1, 2022, 12:25:36 pm »
Entered a 27-person last standing competition for this. I got through the first two rounds using Switzerland & Senegal (the other two used England & Senegal, and Belgium & Brazil).

For the third round, the other two are already through courtesy of the Netherlands - I've got Morocco in this afternoon's match, which I'm only now becoming a bit nervous for!

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« Reply #5276 on: December 1, 2022, 12:28:15 pm »
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« Reply #5277 on: December 1, 2022, 01:47:23 pm »
1978: Mario Kempes missed a pen for Argentina in their third group game.

1986: Maradona missed a penalty for Argentina in their third group game.

2022: Messi missed a penalty for Argentina in their third group game.

We know how the tournament ended in '78 and '86, will '22 follow?😉😉



Yeah well they got off lightly in those two previous tournaments as the Socceroos didn’t qualify for them ;D

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« Reply #5278 on: December 1, 2022, 01:57:12 pm »
Ben White has flown home and left England's World Cup training base.

The Arsenal defender is not expected to return to Qatar to rejoin the squad after being given permission to leave for "personal reasons."

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« Reply #5279 on: December 1, 2022, 02:11:28 pm »
From the Grauniad:
Croatia are unchanged; Belgium are not. Roberto Martinez has made four changes to the side that lost to Morocco on Sunday. The Hazard brothers and Michy Batshuayi are dropped; Amadou Onana is suspended. In come Dries Mertens, Yannick Carrasco, Leander Dendoncker and Brighton’s Leandro Trossard.
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