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Old 28 November 2022, 08:15 AM   #121
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Sane could have won that for Germany. So much more dangerous when he came on. Silly to continue to play Muller but that Bayern Munich bias is showing its crack. Sule at RB was dumb too but at least they changed that.
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Old 28 November 2022, 09:14 AM   #122
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I don't know why you guys want to support England, I have to but would rather back the USA the way no-plan-B Southgate is killing our team again, so painful to watch.

France and Mbappe are looking good, while Argentina and Messi are looking bad and even worse, uninterested...

And that was the kick he needed, great strike!
I support the US. It’s just if (OK, when) they lose I have a genetic attachment to the other countries that allow me to support them. If a player has to show a genetic connection to play on a countries team then the fans have to have one to root for them.

I think Germany is out though… Japan LOSING today? That was unexpected. Now CR have more points than Germany and a Japan - Spain tie is all needed to end G’s WC. J and S are into the next round with a tie, it effectively a ‘friendly’.
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Old 28 November 2022, 09:22 AM   #123
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I support the US. It’s just if (OK, when) they lose I have a genetic attachment to the other countries that allow me to support them. If a player has to show a genetic connection to play on a countries team then the fans have to have one to root for them.

I think Germany is out though… Japan LOSING today? That was unexpected. Now CR have more points than Germany and a Japan - Spain tie is all needed to end G’s WC. J and S are into the next round with a tie, it effectively a ‘friendly’.
Incorrect. A Spain and Japan tie and a German win over CR by 2 goals has Spain and Germany advance just like a Spanish win and any German win by just 1 goal. Even if Spain lost Germany could theoretically still advance together with Japan in this case if they scored a boat load vs CR.
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Old 29 November 2022, 01:31 AM   #124
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Incorrect. A Spain and Japan tie and a German win over CR by 2 goals has Spain and Germany advance just like a Spanish win and any German win by just 1 goal. Even if Spain lost Germany could theoretically still advance together with Japan in this case if they scored a boat load vs CR.
Yes Japan losing in the group of death means they are probably now out even after beating Germany as the Germans will probably thrash CR and Spain will beat Japan or at least draw.

Very poor from Japan, played like England, after a peak game they looked slow and listless. Belgium are another one who really need to shape up.
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Old 29 November 2022, 03:46 AM   #125
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Bwahahaha... even the Swiss goal keeper couldn't believe it!

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Old 29 November 2022, 03:56 AM   #126
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i knew brazil would score but they have been nothing without neymar. all the attention on super fast and strong guys has made their team very ordinary and with zero attacking from their full backs they are a pretty boring team to watch today. i remember 94 brazil team was considered a joke in brazil but still won it, i think if it was not for neymar this would be the same. no flair.
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Old 29 November 2022, 11:25 AM   #127
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Old 30 November 2022, 01:48 AM   #128
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That explains a lot, Blanksy.
I know.....not an excuse, but just a reason.
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Old 30 November 2022, 05:23 AM   #129
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Well someone's got to say it, but what a boring unimaginative team we (England) have. All we seem to do is pass it back to our own 18 yard box.
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Old 30 November 2022, 07:19 AM   #130
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Old 1 December 2022, 12:53 AM   #131
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i knew brazil would score but they have been nothing without neymar. all the attention on super fast and strong guys has made their team very ordinary and with zero attacking from their full backs they are a pretty boring team to watch today. i remember 94 brazil team was considered a joke in brazil but still won it, i think if it was not for neymar this would be the same. no flair.
Not sure I agree, we need to wait till Friday's match to know exactly what effect Neymar being out will have. Switzerland had the best defense of all european countries going into the WC, so they were playing for a 0-0 (they had 0 shots at the goal). With 8 players completely dedicated to prevent balls from coming in, the game itself becomes boring and its an attrition activity until you're able to score. Every time Brazil faces an offensive strategy it plays much better because it's just a different dynamics to the game. But I agree, some flair is missing at the moment.
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Old 1 December 2022, 01:39 AM   #132
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Would not look forward to returning to Iran if I were on that team. Defections coming?
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Old 1 December 2022, 03:16 AM   #133
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i knew brazil would score but they have been nothing without neymar. all the attention on super fast and strong guys has made their team very ordinary and with zero attacking from their full backs they are a pretty boring team to watch today. i remember 94 brazil team was considered a joke in brazil but still won it, i think if it was not for neymar this would be the same. no flair.
neyman is absolutely not the reason why brazil would win or would not. that is rather evident - hence why he hasn't won much other than ligue 1.
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Old 1 December 2022, 03:21 AM   #134
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neyman is absolutely not the reason why brazil would win or would not. that is rather evident - hence why he hasn't won much other than ligue 1.
Agree. Neymar is generally overrated.
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I knew this surreal desert world cup would be weird, but no so weird as to have Rashford scoring two! In fairness he looked really confident and hungry and was a breath of fresh air after the previous dour game. Foden and Henderson also played well so bodes well for Senegal.

Well done to Australia, did not see that coming.
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Old 1 December 2022, 05:40 AM   #136
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Agree. Neymar is generally overrated.
After yesterday, yup, he's no Rashford.

They have so many attacking options they won't miss him, and have Casemiro behind, the player of the tourny for me so far, he's been excellent for Man Utd too, as has Eriksen but not so good for Denmark, and Fernandes has been playing well too, even Ronaldo is making things happen, altho not as much as his agent.

Throw in Maguire, Shaw and Rashford and the Utd boys are having a good WC.
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I never saw that coming.
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Old 2 December 2022, 08:51 AM   #138
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So cool

Have a great time and Go Canada Go
They've gone.
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Old 2 December 2022, 08:54 AM   #139
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Germany out...again......Spain, chose not to help 'em.
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Old 2 December 2022, 09:05 AM   #140
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They've gone.
Indeed.

Still proud of our team and being in the World Cup is a big deal for our country.

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Canada finishing top of the Conacaf was surprising. Perhaps the stage was a little too big this time but in 4 years they will be home and perhaps advance to the knock out rounds.

With Mexico and Costa Rica gone the only Concacaf rep remaining is the US. Will be tough vs. Holland, but the young guys are playing better than they did in qualifying. With what happened today and the 1st round in general, anything can happen.
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Canada finishing top of the Conacaf was surprising. Perhaps the stage was a little too big this time but in 4 years they will be home and perhaps advance to the knock out rounds.

With Mexico and Costa Rica gone the only Concacaf rep remaining is the US. Will be tough vs. Holland, but the young guys are playing better than they did in qualifying. With what happened today and the 1st round in general, anything can happen.
Thank you Phillip

Obviously w were hoping to,put up some points but I agree with you, the experience was an important steps for our program.

I agree the next round will be amazing to see what unfolds.
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Well, after today, the US & Australia have been eliminated. The US played well and had several chances, but the difference was the finishing of the Dutch as compared to the Americans. The team is very young and should be a building block when they are home in 4 years as long as they still send their best players to Europe to develop rather than the MLS.

Very disappointed in Gio Reyna. I remember watching his father when he played for the national team. Young Reyna was very inactive off the ball and walked a great deal of the time. When you're 20 years old in only your 2nd game in the WC and subbed on after the first half, you have to go non stop 100% of the time especially when your team in down 1. Hope the squad sits down with him after this to watch the film and corrects this.
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Old 4 December 2022, 09:54 AM   #144
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The Australian Socceroos are out, but they can be proud of how they played. They made an impact here at home. We got up early to watch, and my kids were very into it. My son was going for “Australia… and also just Messi…”
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I for one am upset that they annulled Ecuador's 3rd gol against Netherlands which would have meant a win. Ecuador clearly dominated that game even Van Gaal said so.
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OK, for now two winner-takes-it-all games were played and the favorites won. I was happy for the "newcomers" US and Australia but the big names played better when it counted. Let's see how it goes...
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Well Mbappe was cherry picking but damn if it wasn’t fun to watch. If England moves past Senegal I look forward to the quarterfinals match.
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Well Mbappe was cherry picking but damn if it wasn’t fun to watch. If England moves past Senegal I look forward to the quarterfinals match.
The guy knows how to bend the ball pretty nicely
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The guy knows how to bend the ball pretty nicely

Man he has all the tools. His one touch redirections are the most entertaining aspect for me. He plays with the flair of a Brazilian.
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England turnovers on back passes and McGuire defensive liability is a recipe for disaster. Pickford save of the 3 Lions tourney thus far.
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