***Official 2018 FIFA World Cup thread***

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  1. Kdawg954

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    God Mbappe is so good already. If he can stay healthy he is gonna dominate soccer conversation, like Messi and Ronaldo have, for the next decade and change.
     
  2. phins_4_ever

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    Dembele is not good today. He had so many unforced errors in midfield....goodness.

    Good game though.
     
  3. Kdawg954

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    Giroud looks like an old man out there.

    He is like a rich mans Mario Gomez (he at least defends and can hold up play)
     
  4. phins_4_ever

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    :laugh:laugh:laugh:laugh
     
  5. phins_4_ever

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    Belgium has to come up with something. France is not Japan. If they go up 2-0 I doubt they will gave that back.

    Finally, Dembele is out.
     
  6. Kdawg954

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    Yea Dembele was horrid today.

    When play opens up as Belgium starts to press. . . It gon get gud.
     
  7. phins_4_ever

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    Belgium completely flat. De Bruyne has now the Dembele disease as well. Too many unforced errors.

    Hazard is the only one with a fight. And that was clearly a foul on him.
     
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    I think Hazard could be suffering a little bit from the “Neymar” disease last game. I rewatched the Belgium/Brazil game . . . He was over embellishing more than anybody in that game between the falls on soft contact and loud screams followed by quick celebration.

    Refs aren’t being as friendly to him today . . . .that first drop was a foul, the second one wasn’t.

    But he is an absolute beast on the dribble. The best I have seen this Cup between his speed and possession control. Messi doesn’t have that speed anymore.
     
  9. phins_4_ever

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    The stoppage time is an indication of Belgium in the second half. No urgency, mistakes and a coach who is clueless. And France does the minimum required.
     
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    France V England Final but France wins it all.
     
  11. Kdawg954

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    Man Croatia has a ****ty defense. They look tired. Those 2 extra times seem to be taking there toll.

    I mean Harry Kane needs to make that 2-0. Suppose to be a top level #9, guys like Lekaku, Cavani and Lewandoski score there.

    England has another goal in them and I don’t see Croatia getting 2.

    That was a pretty boring first half tho.
     
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    Oh snap game on . . . .1-1
     
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    Wow what a goal, the defender went low and Perisic took it high. Excellent stuff.
     
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    Oh wow England is shook right now
     
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    Finally that game is interesting. lol
     
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    Man this has been a completely different game since the goal.
     
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    If Croatia loses this one they only got themselves to blame.
     
  18. Kdawg954

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    England is so vulnerable right now. They look as inexperienced as their age would suggest.

    Croatia needs this in regular time.
     
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    I want Croatia to win just cuz they are an underdog and they have worked their butts off this cup
     
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    Good lord what a whiff from Kane
     
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    Croatia must have no depth they feel comfortable with. No subs yet
     
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    Holy smoke!!!! What a header save
     
  23. phins_4_ever

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    Both teams look tired.
    All the chances are a result of lack of concentration.
     
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    Man great save from Pickford. That sneaky Mandzukic
     
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    England is gonna have hell these last 15. They are definitely mentally finished
     
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    And as I type that . . . .2-1 Croatia . . . .Manduzic . . . .the rich mans Giroud!!
     
  27. phins_4_ever

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    Now it's gonna be really tough on them. They got 12 min left.
     
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    I corrected your post. :laugh
     
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    That was ****ty from England.
     
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    Yea the ref should of stopped play. I get Croatia didn’t stop play when the England man was down, but it was away from play. Mandu was down right in the thick of it.
     
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    If that happens during the play and the ball stays in play I expect either team to keep playing at this stage - until the ref blows the whistle. But that ball was out and England made the throw in very fast. That is ****ty.
     
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    Why is the Croatia guy going for goal . . . .ice this ****
     
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    There it is . . . .the hooligans will be rampant tonight
     
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    England gonna be England. :laugh:laugh
     
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    Did you mean where he had that guy wide open guy in the middle?
     
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    I think Perisic passed it out wide to ice it and instead the guy shot a cross to the goalkeeper.

    I mean obviously not as extreme as the Falcons Super Bowl blown lead . . .but sometimes the obvious play is not the right choice due to needing execution. Run that clock and ice the game.
     
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    Modric was pretty meh today but guy runs his heart out for sure.

    Star of the game was a Perisic though. Excellent stuff from him today.
     
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    It certainly wasn't Modric's best game (the Trippier goal was a direct result of his foul), but in the 2nd half when Croatia needed it, he and Rakitic stepped up and completely bossed the middle of the park. I can count on one hand the number of times Henderson and Alli touched the ball in the 2nd half - the domination was that complete.

    Having said that, England have a bright future. Sterling, Alli, Rashford, Lindgard - all world class attackers and all under 25. They just need some connecting play, some sophistication, some possession to their game - you can't just play 100% direct attacking football all the time. Well ok, maybe you can - but I just don't think you can win a World Cup that way.
     
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    I'd be careful about predicting the future of any national team. It seems like a very narrow window of opportunity. Technically Germany was the team to beat and everybody said after their last WC "the future is theirs". So many young players and so much talent coming out. Remember Goetze?

    For England there will never be be an easier path to the finals as they had this year. And they make the same mistake like other Golden Generations before them (Chile, Belgium etc): they are happy with what they got with that young team. In 4 years that young team will be considered "old" and other teams got younger and faster.
    France does the right thing. They say we got a young team and we are not happy until we have the cup. They know that this opportunity will not present itself. Croatia knows that this is the last opportunity for their second Golden Generation (after 1998). With a WC every 4 years you get one chance and then you have to rebuild for the next WC.
     

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