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WORLD CUP 2018 29 Jun 2018 09:17 #9046

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I think Tuesday`s game will tell us a lot Paul. Meaning, whether Mr Southgate`s plan was to lose last night. Sweden have always been a decent side and I wasn't surprised to see them beat Mexico. Things are hotting up, but would be a shame if England were knocked out before landing a chance to get to the semi`s.

Agree, England went into last nights game with the wrong mentality,
If they want to stay in the competition, And with luck lift the Cup, they need to pull ther collective
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WORLD CUP 2018 29 Jun 2018 11:27 #9048

The England game last night was more like a pre-season friendly. Also, most of those not in the 1st team showed why they're not in the 1st team. Rashford is good as a later substitute but for 90 minutes...no way. The problem is the club he is with stifling his talent, and he doesn't seem to have the confidence he showed when he first appeared on the scene. Other players had a shocking game... Dier (more like Dire) should never wear an England shirt again, I've never rated that twunt! Jones was utterly useless, and that young Liverpool lad (sorry Paul!) Trent Alexander-Arnold had a shocker too. His corner taking/free kicks were very poor, no idea why he was the first choice to take free kicks. Of the few 1st team players who did play last night, Pickford hardly fills me with confidence, almost responsible for a comical own goal.

As for the so called "easy" route, that remains to be seen. Colombia aren't going to be the easy victory so many people believe, and if they do win then they have Sweden or Switzerland, again both not easy games. Yes this is probably the most "open" world cup for many years but England just don't have that winning mentality in the big competitions. I'd love to see them win the World Cup but I think at best we might get to the quarter finals. I hope I'm wrong!
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WORLD CUP 2018 29 Jun 2018 13:23 #9050

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Completely agree Tarquin, Deeply disappointed in Trent Alexander-Arnold, performance,
They are in for a hard battle with future games coming up.
I now wonder just how far England is going to get. :(
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WORLD CUP 2018 29 Jun 2018 23:34 #9058

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Southgate already knows what the vast majority of those players can bring and I am struggling to name one who showed any kind of improvement. One or two tweaks was all that was required. Cahill in for one of the back three made sense but Jones is an emergency option. Naturally give your no2 keeper a chance in a game like that with little riding on it but he strangely didn't do that. Neither Vardy nor Welbeck look suited to this line up and should be kept purely for attacking substitutions. Henderson looked to be really taking to this tournament and surely needed testing against better opposition as did most of the team. All this not risking mullarkey is pathetic imho. England's key players will have not had a game for around 10 days by the time they face Colombia who kept basically the same line up and maintained the ever crucial momentum. Although Rodriguez looks crocked he has not played very well so an enforced change in that position might actually make them stronger. I make Colombia slight favourites.
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WORLD CUP 2018 30 Jun 2018 09:21 #9060

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France v Argentina: French desperate for flair as Messi carries nation’s hopes again
29 Jun, 2018
The World Cup knockout stage begins on Saturday when France take on Lionel Messi and Argentina in a blockbuster clash in Kazan between two of the tournament favorites.

Argentina scraped into the knockout stages thanks to a dramatic late win in their final Group D game against Nigeria.

For France, progress was more serene as they topped Group C with two wins and a draw in their three games – although many question whether their uninspiring performances bode ill for the tougher tasks ahead in Russia.

RT Sport looks ahead to the eagerly-awaited match at Kazan Arena.

Two-time winners Argentina endured a helter-skelter group stage which saw talisman Messi misfire in the opening game draw against Iceland – in which he missed a penalty – before the Barcelona man was largely anonymous in the 3-0 thrashing by Croatia. With the pressure on against Nigeria, Messi finally produced a sublime opening goal to give his team the lead early on, although the Argentinians still needed a late winner from the unlikely source of defender Marcos Rojo to scrape into second place.

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WORLD CUP 2018 30 Jun 2018 15:01 #9062

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Argentina & France just kicked off. Lets see who is the hungrier side.
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WORLD CUP 2018 30 Jun 2018 18:41 #9065

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Wild celebrations in Paris as France book World Cup last 8 spot with win over Argentina
30 Jun, 2018

French fans took to the streets of Paris to celebrate their team’s thrilling World Cup win against Argentina, which booked their team’s place in the quarter-finals in Russia.

Teenager Kylian Mbappe scored a second-half double as his team came from behind from to run out 4-3 winners.


After the game, raucous fans could be seen flooding onto the Paris streets, setting off flares and blowing whistles.

France opened the scoring in Kazan through a first-half penalty from Antoine Griezmann, before finding themselves 2-1 behind after a stunning goal from Angel Di Maria and a deflected finish from Gabriel Mercado.

Defender Benjamin Pavard produced a stunning volleyed equalizer to level the scores, before a quick-fire double from Mbappe, 19, in the 64th and 68th minutes gave France a two-goal cushion.

Substitute Sergio Aguero pulled an injury-time goal back for Argentina, but it was too little too late as Lionel Messi and Co. crashed out of the tournament.

With the victory, France set up a last 16 clash in Nizhny Novgorod with the winners of the Uruguay-Portugal last-16 match.

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www.rt.com/sport/431361-france-argentina-paris-reaction/

I Watched the game this afternoon, Brilliant, Second half was "Electric"
Its all getting Very Exciting.
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WORLD CUP 2018 30 Jun 2018 20:46 #9067

France v Argentina definitely the best game of the tournament so far. Not a big fan of either side, but I slightly prefer France so a bit happy with the result. They could go all the way if they play like that every game, though their defence is a little bit suspect.

Watching the Uruguay v Portugal game right now, unfortunately on ITV, Uruguay currently winning 2-1 I hope it stays that way. I much prefer the BBC coverage to ITV, way better pundits (though I do like Bilić a hell of a lot, the rest of them leave me cold) such as Drogba and Zabaleta, though he's sadly finished his stint. Also, no mind-numbing adverts!
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WORLD CUP 2018 01 Jul 2018 00:06 #9068

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Uruguay erupts in ecstasy after eliminating Portugal for World Cup last 8 spot

30 Jun, 2018

Edinson Cavani’s amazing double has sent Montevideo into wild celebrations. The 2-1 victory over Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal has propelled Uruguay into the World Cup quarterfinals, with reverberations across the entire country.

Following their team’s amazing performance, fans poured into the streets of Uruguay's capital in wild celebrations. Carrying national flags and singing football anthems, they paralyzed traffic on the streets dancing their joy away.

The star of the game that sent Cristiano Ronaldo's team back home was Paris Saint-Germain's striker Edinson Cavani, who opened the score with an amazing header on the 7th minute, following an amazing cross-field assist by Barcelona's Luis Suárez.

It took Portugal nearly 60 minutes to answer, with a technically executed header by Pepe on 55 minutes following a high ball cross from the corner. Uruguay, however, soon demonstrated their hunger to win, with Cavani’s one-touch curler.

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WORLD CUP 2018 01 Jul 2018 08:56 #9069

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WOW and WOW! Both very high energy games and good outcome for Uruguay. They played their legs off to beat Portugal! France seem to be back to winning ways too so England will need to up their game on Tuesday to go forward. Getting exciting now!
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WORLD CUP 2018 01 Jul 2018 17:53 #9076

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Russia 4-3 Spain (pens) - Heroic hosts snatch improbable shootout victory to stun Spain in Moscow

1 Jul, 2018 16:41
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Russia pulled off a spectacular and improbable victory to stun Spain after extra time and penalties at Luzhniki Stadium to keep their home World Cup hopes alive and send one of the pre-tournament favorites packing.

In the end, it was a dramatic 4-3 penalty shootout that decided the game, scoring the winner after a Sergei Ignashevich goal and Artem Dzyuba penalty in normal time meant the two sides could not be separated after 120 minutes of football.

With the result, Russia booked a quarterfinal date in Sochi on July 7 against either Croatia or Denmark in the day’s other last 16 tie.

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www.rt.com/sport/431418-spain-russia-world-cup-pens/

Brilliant Result; Despite Dreadful Anti-Russia Biased BBC Commentary, Full Match Report Later.
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WORLD CUP 2018 02 Jul 2018 08:10 #9082

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‘The fighting spirit was amazing’ – Jose Mourinho on Russia’s shock World Cup win over Spain

1 Jul, 2018 21:38

Russia won 4-3 on penalties after the game had finished level at 1-1 following extra time at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium.

Goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev was the hero for the hosts, pulling off two stops to hand his team the win and send Russia into a World Cup quarter-final against Croatia.
Spain were heavy favorites going into the game and dominated possession for large periods. They took the lead on 12 minutes through an own goal from Sergei Ignashevich, but Russia equalized from an Artem Dzyuba penalty and kept the Spaniards at bay for the remainder of the game and extra time.

Speaking to RT by telephone, Manchester United manager Mourinho was full of praise for the World Cup hosts.

“The Russian team surprised lots of people,” Mourinho said. “They became strong since they faced a lot of critics, people thought they wouldn’t qualify from the group stage, but they did it and they built fantastic spirit in the team.”

Two-time Champions League winner Mourinho also praised Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov, saying he had got the tactics spot on by controlling the game from a defensive base.

“I think the manager chose the right tactics to do it by being very strong by the defensive point of view, by giving the initiative to Spain by being in control defensively, which they did,” Mourinho said.

“The fighting spirit was amazing in between the players,” he added.

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WORLD CUP 2018 02 Jul 2018 08:13 #9083

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Zagreb erupts in joy after Croatia’s nail-biting World Cup victory over Denmark

1 Jul, 2018 23:21

Croatian fans are celebrating their team’s laborious but stylish victory over Denmark in a penalty shootout. Millions of excited Croats are now looking forward to their clash with Russia in the World Cup quarter-finals in Sochi.

A tense atmosphere at Zagreb’s main square and across the country during the nail-biting battle of goalkeepers, after an exhausting 30 minutes of extra time, immediately turned into a wild party fest the very minute Croatia beat Denmark 3-2 in a penalty shootout in Russia’s Nizhny Novgorod on Sunday night.

Torches were lit and people, some with tears in their eyes, started hugging, kissing and embracing each other as the tense 120-minute match came to a victorious end with the final penalty successfully performed by Barcelona’s midfielder Ivan Rakitic.

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WORLD CUP 2018 02 Jul 2018 12:23 #9089

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Uruguay could be the surprise package I feel. Russia came into the tournament being labelled the worst team! :whistle: Wonder how far they will get? Croatia too can be feisty. Looking forward to England`s game tomorrow evening. Will be interesting to see their formation since the last game and their energy levels. Watching some of those other teams made me think stamina is required as well as creating some chaos near the goal!
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WORLD CUP 2018 02 Jul 2018 15:59 #9091

Whoever decided to have Gary Neville on ITV needs taking outside and shooting. His commentary on last night's match was bloody woeful. He's even worse than his brother Phil....

Spain got what they deserved, all this overrated totally dull "tiki-taka" football gets on my tits! Yeah they had about 800 passes in the game but I reckon at least 750 of those passes were either backwards or sideways. Glad Russia got through. As for last night's match, yet another tedious game, despite the 2 goals in the first 4 minutes after that it was a struggle to stay awake...

As for looking forward to the England game... I never look forward to an England game as it usually feels me with dread! It'll be a tight game against Colombia, just hope it isn't a penalty shootout as my nerves wouldn't be able to handle it...
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WORLD CUP 2018 02 Jul 2018 17:57 #9092

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Caught the second half of the Brazil v Mexico game earlier. Didn`t fill me with excitement as the Brazil they used to be but they won regardless. Each game seems to turn up a surprise so who knows what`s going to happen from here on in! I really liked the attacking focus of both Uruguay and Russia. Taking shots at goal without fiddling about with their feet too much was inspiring. I felt some players hold on to the ball too long in an attempt to possess it for as long as possible and end up being swamped by the opposition when they should just pass the damn ball or fire it at goal and take a chance!
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WORLD CUP 2018 03 Jul 2018 08:34 #9093

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Gutted for Japan. Just when they had the game in the bag Belgium drew 2-2 and then pinched it in the dying minutes with a very late goal. Couldn`t believe what I was seeing! :huh:

England tonight.
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WORLD CUP 2018 03 Jul 2018 09:11 #9094

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Late winner sends Belgium into World Cup quarter-finals after thrilling comeback against Japan

2 Jul, 2018 19:57

A Nacer Chadli strike with 20 seconds left in stoppage time set up a quarter-final date for Belgium with Brazil, after the Red Devils overcame a two-goal deficit against a Japanese side who fought tooth and nail in Rostov.

Goals for Genki Haraguchi and Takashi Iniu within six minutes of each other in the second half suggested that perhaps the biggest upset of the World Cup yet was on the cards, but Belgium showed their character by fighting back with three goals in the last 25 minutes to claim the win.
It was a hugely demoralizing climax to the game for Japan, who only qualified for the round of 16 by virtue of having received fewer yellow cards than Senegal, the team they finished deadlocked with in Group H.

The game’s five second-half goals came in contrast to a first half in which neither side created any clear-cut chances. Japan started the brighter of the two sides, with Shinji Kagawa impressive as the creative fulcrum behind Yuya Osako. As the first stanza wore on, however, Belgium appeared to sharpen their attack. Romelu Lukaku had a good chance on 20 minutes, swiveling in the box to let a shot fly past Kawashima’s goalpost.

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:woohoo: Anyone else still wondering what happened last night?!!!!!! I was sat watching that last Colombian player taking the final penalty and knew England`s progression could be halted there and then. England DESERVED to go through given the dirty game Colombia were playing. It would have left a sour taste in the mouth had they won. Really pleased for the England team in that respect. Onwards now to play Sweden, who I`ve always thought were a decent side, even without the wonderful Henrik Larsson from Celtic all those years ago!
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England 4-3 Colombia (pens): Three Lions give Colombia marching orders with tense shootout win

3 Jul, 2018 20:53

England have knocked Colombia out of the Russia 2018 World Cup with a dramatic penalty shootout victory to exorcise their spot-kick demons and progress to a quarter-final versus Sweden in Samara.

The game finished 1-1 after a 57th minute Harry Kane penalty was canceled out in normal time stoppage time by a Yerry Mina header at the very death from a corner with every Colombia player piled into the box.

England finally won a shootout with Eric Dier's spot kick after a heroic Jordan Pickford save in the shootout and a missed Colombia penalty gave them victory.

Before kick-off, you’d have been forgiven for thinking the match was being played in Bogota, such was the presence of Colombia fans at Spartak Stadium. The surreal sight of sections of yellow shirts in the upper tiers of Moscow’s second World Cup venue stood above flags that read ‘Swindon’, ‘Chesterfield’, and ‘Macclesfield Toffees’.

However proudly sung by Harry Kane and his England team, ‘God Save the Queen’ was a mere murmur to ‘¡Oh gloria inmarcesible!’ in the stadium. When the action got underway, England began the brighter of the two, a series of early corners on both sides were well defended by a compact Colombia.

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