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WORLD CUP 2018 18 May 2018 13:38 #7644

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Full Guide inc, Match Times & Dates, Whole think Kicks off June 14th Thursday.

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WORLD CUP 2018 18 May 2018 13:51 #7646

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England fans & Volgograd veterans to play friendly with Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard
15 May, 2018 14:04

Ex-England and Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard will take part in a friendly match between UK football fans and Volgograd veterans on the day of England v Tunisia on June 18 in the city, TASS reports.

Former FC Rotor Volgograd striker and current FIFA World Cup 2018 ambassador for Volgograd, Aleksandr Nikitin, announced the friendly match between England fans, volunteers and veterans with the all-important participation of former midfield dynamo Gerrard.

“The idea for the match with the participation of former England player Steven Gerrard came from the English side. Without doubt we supported this idea,” Nikitin explained to TASS at a football training session at Volgograd College of the Olympic Reserve.

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WORLD CUP 2018 18 May 2018 23:10 #7665

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One to watch for Tunisia if he is selected could be Khazri (AM/LW), been a revelation on loan in France where he has also figured as a striker this season scoring a few goals, can drift but suddenly come to life, possesses decent set piece technique but also suffers from occasional temperament issues. Just how do Sunderland keep knackering it up with players like this?
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WORLD CUP 2018 15 Jun 2018 08:07 #8683

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Russia opens World Cup with historic 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia
14 Jun, 2018 16:56

An energetic Russia secured the biggest World Cup opening match win since 1934, as it raced to a 5-0 victory over Saudi Arabia, with rising star Aleksandr Golovin at the heart of the home team’s best moves.

In a match-up of two predominantly domestically-based squads that play on different continents, with opening game jitters to take into account, even the Russian media stuck a cautious tone in advance.

But the home side in red immediately opened as the more enterprising group, ratcheting up the tempo against a Saudi Arabia that looked vulnerable at the back, though not without technical quality going forward.

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WORLD CUP 2018 16 Jun 2018 07:59 #8695

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Mohamed Salah absent, Luis Suarez woeful & a Cristiano Ronaldo-inspired Iberian classic
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16 June 2018
Some dreadful World Cup games were rescued by last-gasp goals on Friday, while David de Gea struggled in a crazy game between Spain and Portugal.

Just one match on the opening day of the 2018 World Cup left us feeling shortchanged, but three back-to-back games on Friday felt like the true start of the tournament.

Jose Gimenez’s late header earned Uruguay a 1-0 win over Mohamed Salah‘s Egypt, Iran gained a dramatic stoppage-time victory against Morocco and Spain and Portugal shared a memorable 3-3 draw.

The Good
Russia vs. Saudi Arabia was as one-sided as The Rock wrestling Barry Chuckle, Uruguay’s win over Egypt was ugly and Morocco vs. Iran was grim—then came an absolute classic between Spain and Portugal.

If the opening three matches reeked of mediocrity, the battle between the two Iberian rivals has instantly become a World Cup group stage classic.

The match had so much to offer, whether it be the joy of Pepe not winning a free-kick after being elbowed by Diego Costa in the lead up to his equaliser, De Gea’s incredible mistake, Nacho’s stunning half-volley or Cristiano Ronaldo’s free-kick that sealed his hat-trick.

We were expecting something cagey but instead got treated to an exhibition of attack-minded, bonkers brilliance, and it has sparked the competition into life.

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WORLD CUP 2018 16 Jun 2018 09:47 #8696

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Watched the Spain v Portugal game last night. WOW! :cheer: Good to see Spain fighting back but they always had a decent pedigree in the World Cup. As did Italy and France along with Brazil and Germany. Wonder how they will all fare this time? Love the Brazil national anthem! :lol:
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WORLD CUP 2018 16 Jun 2018 19:57 #8713

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Portugal V Spain was a great game, I saw it too and was rooting for the Portugese as they rarely seem to beat the spaniards. Hat trick from Ronaldo in the first game, maybe this could be his year.

France were extremely lucky to get 3 points, over the course of the game Australia were the better side. I think Deschamps realised the Aussies could be a bit physical and so he played both Kamte and Pogba in deeper roles which had a negative effect and France struggled to get forward unable to capitalize on a strong front three. I think Giroud or Benzema will start the next game to give a bit more muscle and the midfield will be tweaked within a different shape as with three points on the board they can relax and play a little more. As for Umtiti he is well named, one of the most idiotic ways to give away a penalty (and with it the lead they had just taken) that I've ever seen. Teams who are lucky often do well though which might spare my blushes as I picked France to win.

Argentina look a shadow of the usual standard, barely anybody near enough to Messi's wavelength. It did not surprise me that Iceland picked up a point thanks to an uncharacteristic poor penalty from the great man himself. Iceland could do well I think, goalie looks pretty good.
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WORLD CUP 2018 17 Jun 2018 08:35 #8717

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Will be watching the Germany and Brazil games today. Both these teams were always a force to be reckoned with in the past but if their strategies have not changed they should fare well. Royal Ascot begins on Tuesday so with my sport being horse racing, it`s going to be a busy week keeping up with that and the footy games!
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WORLD CUP 2018 17 Jun 2018 10:06 #8722

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Watched the Recordings last night of , France v Australia, 1st half France was crap, but went on to Win in the second half,
With 2 Australian Family members visiting me, they were less then pleased.
Next watched Recording of Egypt v Uruguay, Gutted Salah was not playing, recon thats why Egypt lost :(
At 3am gave up and went to bed
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WORLD CUP 2018 18 Jun 2018 09:23 #8766

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Roberto Firmino features, Timo Werner and Germany stunned & Slaven Bilic shines yet again
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Philippe Coutinho reminded us of his talents on Sunday, but Neymar, Gabriel Jesus and Germany all struggled to kick on at the World Cup.

After four matches in a row on Saturday, the World Cup schedule outrageously only served up three the following day, which frankly isn’t good enough.

We were treated to another exciting day of action though, as the tournament goes from strength to strength.

The Good
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, June 3, 2018: Brazil's Philippe Coutinho Correia during an international friendly between Brazil and Croatia at Anfield.
Right, let’s not be jealous because he left us for a more successful team: Coutinho is something else.

On an evening where Brazil failed to convince for large periods, Liverpool’s former hero scored a goal we have seen many times before.

Bending an outrageous 25-yard strike into the top corner, it was yet another beauty at this World Cup, and Coutinho was his country’s best player.

Roberto Firmino also made a late cameo, and the fact that he did more than Jesus in that short period suggests he should start the Selecao’s next game.

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WORLD CUP 2018 19 Jun 2018 08:32 #8793

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Two-goal Kane gives England 2-1 World Cup opening victory over Tunisia in Volgograd

18 Jun, 2018 19:58

England claimed an opening game World Cup victory after a double from captain Harry Kane gave them a 2-1 win against Tunisia in Volgograd.

Kane turned in a header in second-half injury time after Tunisia had earlier canceled out his 11th-minute goal with the Group G rivals appearing destined for draw.

England started with vigor in Volgograd, and Kane gave England the lead their early dominance deserved when he turned in a header after Tunisia goalkeeper Mouez Hassen could only palm away a John Stones shot into his path.

That came after England spurned two golden chances in a bright opening five minutes, when Jesse Lingard saw his shot saved and Raheem Sterling somehow turned wide with the goal at his mercy just moments later.

Much had been made of the midge insects invading Volgograd during the day, and England continued their flying start with Henderson testing new keeper Farouk Ben Mustapha, who had replaced the injured Mouez Hassen shortly after the England goal.

Tunisia grew into the game, however, and had a shot through Sassi just before half an hour when Harry Maguire was caught on the ball.

Their breakthrough came in controversial circumstances on 35 minutes, when Kyle Walker was adjudged to have elbowed Fakhreddine Ben Youssef in the box. The Tunisian appeared to make the most of it, but it wasn’t overturned by the VAR and Ferjani Sassi stuck the spot-kick past a diving Jordan Pickford.

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WORLD CUP 2018 19 Jun 2018 09:19 #8794

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That Tunisian team should be renamed the Klingons! They get a penalty yet England don`t when Kane was so obviously brought down by one of their players?!! Typical of football and not right this wasn`t drawn to the attention of the referee. Good win though, they deserved it having been pushed and pulled all though the game.
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WORLD CUP 2018 19 Jun 2018 10:42 #8797

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Yep good win. Playing/trying until the end ( all we want to see) How VAR never come into play ill never no as Kane was wrestled a few times. Impressed with Rashford and Loftus when they come on and they are for sure knocking on the managers door. Sterling is quality for City but has yet to turn it on like he can in a England shirt and no doubt will kop it from the press.
Keown baffled me as was knocking Hendo who i thought had a great game and some really good passing on show . Linguard needs a bit more composure in the box as the boy has talent. Still as long as he keeps getting chances he will score.
In a really good position to get out the group now so happy with that. Wont be taking down my flag just yet. Jazzed it up a bit #Free Tommy Robinson
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TW35 wrote:
Yep good win. Wont be taking down my flag just yet. Jazzed it up a bit #Free Tommy Robinson

Fully Agree with the Flag Jazz up. B)
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Jubilant Russians fill streets after World Cup win over Egypt
19 Jun, 2018 21:22

Jubilant Russians fill streets after World Cup win over Egypt
Russians are taking to the streets to celebrate after their team beat Egypt to all but seal their place in the World Cup knockout stages.

Russia beat Egypt 3-1 in front of a raucous St. Petersburg crowd thanks to an own goal from Ahmed Fathy and strikes from Denis Cheryshev and Artem Dzyuba.

The win gives Russia two wins from two in Group A, after their opening game 5-0 demolition of Saudi Arabia last week.

Only an extremely unlikely series of events involving the Saudis beating Uruguay tomorrow would see Russia deprived of their first taste of World Cup knockout action since competing as an independent nation following the collapse of the Soviet Union.

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I am well pleased How well Russia have done so far, What with all the Media Lies and Anti-Russian shit from Britain & America;
Now would it not be a kick in the teeth for UK/USA if Russia go on to WIN The World Cup.
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Poor Mo Salah seemed to be in no mans land last night with only a few tasty morcels on the ball. His team didn`t seem to get the ball to him often enough? Good win for Russia all the same, but their joy might be turned to tears once they meet teams like Spain, Portugal, Belgium et al. England will also need some luck.


One tip today. Cracksman - 4:30pm Ascot. B) Cliffs of Moher might run him close though.
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WORLD CUP 2018 21 Jun 2018 00:18 #8857

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Good luck with the GeeGees comply, I've a couple of weeks plus before the tour de France gets going.

This world cup is one of the most open I can remember. No clear favourite has emerged but some are clearly giving bare minimum effort. Belgium looked a bit lazy to me but I have seen them like that before and they can also do that Chelsea thing when they kill teams off with a 15 minute purple patch scoring two or three goals.

Isn't it interesting to hear all the pundits saying wonderful things about this country with apparently so many horrible attitudes the media they work for have been ramming down our throats. The Russian team are playing like something out of the late 1940s early fifties, non stop attacking football no let up even when they have scored, really great to see but I also agree sterner tests are around the corner unless they get lucky draws.

Party pooper time: I am already sick of VAR as it doesn't rule out mistakes still being made and can potentially hold the game up a lot longer than it has so far - dreading if that happens when we get to an extra time or penatly shoot out. Been plenty of spot kicks already.

England might grow into the tournament now they have got three points which should calm any nerves and add a bit of confidence. Sterling's had enough chances now and is clearly lacking the necessary cutting edge at this level. I also would go with Loftus-Cheek, he is quite mobile for a big lad and would help take the physical load off Kane a bit. Maguire got my vote, not seen an England centre half get forward that much in a long time, could be very useful if they develop that tactic.
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Cracksman got beaten into second but something not right with the horse and the trainer and jockey seemed to know before the race got underway saying he was `not firing` and although he finished a good second, the horse that beat him was seven lengths behind him on their previous meeting. Idiots should have put him away for an autumn campaign anyway as it was only 19 days since he had a gruelling race at Epsom where they said he cracked his head on the stalls before racing. Seems to me the horse should have been given more time between those races.


Verc wrote: I am already sick of VAR as it doesn't rule out mistakes still being made and can potentially hold the game up a lot longer than it has so far

It`s a shame they didn`t give England a penalty the other evening when Kane was so obviously barged to the ground, yet this VAR didn`t pick up on it? Or did but the officials chose to ignore the incident? Shocking.
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And Yet Another World Cup Shock

21 Jun, 2018 20:47
‘Messi didn’t turn up again’ – Schmeichel as Argentina suffer 3-0 World Cup rout against Croatia

RT special World Cup host Peter Schmeichel says Lionel Messi “didn’t turn up” as Argentina were routed 3-0 by Croatia in their Group D encounter in Nizhny Novgorod.

Messi and Argentina’s World Cup hopes are hanging by a thread after they were thumped by Croatia thanks to second half goals from Ante Rebic, Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic.

Croatia’s win booked their placed in the last 16 with one game to spare, while Argentina remain on just one point from their two games after their opening draw with Iceland.

When asked whether the game had been a horror show, goalkeeping great Schmeichel said: “I’m not sure it was a horror movie, why do we care so much about Argentina? We should praise Croatia for what they did tonight," before going on to criticize Messi’s performances so far at Russia 2018.

“We talked about the big players, the big stage, when you come to these big events like the World Cup, the big players they perform.

“Today, Messi, who is a big player, didn’t turn up again, like he didn’t in the game against Iceland,” Schmeichel said.

Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli has openly stated that this is “Messi’s team” – but former Denmark international Schmeichel said that La Albiceleste were now paying for it with the Barcelona star misfiring.

“When you design your team to be around Messi, then you pay for it, and they absolutely paid for it today, they were smashed by Croatia. The scoreline was a fair reflection of the game,” he said.

The game also saw tempers run high on several occasions, as Argentina became increasingly frustrated.

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WORLD CUP 2018 22 Jun 2018 07:58 #8892

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Croatia deserved the win. Expected more for Argentina but they stayed at home.
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