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#1200675 - Sat Jul 07 2018 10:26 AM Re: 2018 World Cup
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I don't have a dog in the fight but my Great-Grandfather was from the East Midlands so YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#1200680 - Sat Jul 07 2018 12:36 PM Re: 2018 World Cup
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Loc: Greece
Russia might be keeping you company guys. What a goal by Cheryshev.

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#1200683 - Sat Jul 07 2018 03:31 PM Re: 2018 World Cup
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Wow! England will meet Croatia who won 4-3 on penalties. 'ere we go, 'ere we go, 'ere we goooo.

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#1200708 - Sun Jul 08 2018 03:28 AM Re: 2018 World Cup
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Loc: Lancashire England UK         
Ah Chris, the famous (infamous?)"earwig" song, difficult to remember the words!

"Earwigo, earwigo, earwigo,
earwigo, earwigo, earwig ohhh,
eawig ohhhh......EARWIGO"

For many years, England football fans "National Anthem" Lol

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#1200786 - Tue Jul 10 2018 12:06 AM Re: 2018 World Cup
Lpez Offline
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Registered: Thu Aug 01 2013
Posts: 778
Loc: Mexico
Hello friends.... Oops, I vanished indeed. Life got busy and well, I wasn't able to write or check on this forum. I will try to post everything before tomorrow's exciting match. Thank you all for keeping the discussion going! I look forward to exchanging more opinions. My upcoming posts will probably be extremely long... oh well. Feel free to read or not read! Can't believe this is coming to an end. frown Chat soon!

Also, congrats to all my English friends who seem very happy!
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#1200809 - Tue Jul 10 2018 07:02 AM Re: 2018 World Cup
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Good to see you Eddy. Sometimes things in our real life have to come first.

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#1200852 - Wed Jul 11 2018 12:45 AM Re: 2018 World Cup
C30 Offline
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Loc: Lancashire England UK         
France v Belgium...........interesting, if not nail biting, game..........evenly contested, very little to choose between the two teams, but France got the edge.

So France v Croatia or England in final, which must make France red hot favourites to win............but................we shall see.

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#1200853 - Wed Jul 11 2018 12:56 AM Re: 2018 World Cup
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Allez les rosbifs !

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#1200883 - Wed Jul 11 2018 12:10 PM Re: 2018 World Cup
veronicavee Offline
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Loc: Algarve Portugal
England score!

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#1200890 - Wed Jul 11 2018 01:28 PM Re: 2018 World Cup
veronicavee Offline
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Loc: Algarve Portugal
1-1

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#1200896 - Wed Jul 11 2018 02:22 PM Re: 2018 World Cup
veronicavee Offline
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Noooo!

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#1200897 - Wed Jul 11 2018 02:41 PM Re: 2018 World Cup
veronicavee Offline
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Feel like I just played that game. Farewell England!

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#1200899 - Wed Jul 11 2018 03:13 PM Re: 2018 World Cup
C30 Offline
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........and that, for England, as far as this world cup is concerned, is that!

IMO the better team won, but ought to have won by a greater margin. England were not expected to get this far, it is not difficult to see why!

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#1200900 - Wed Jul 11 2018 03:13 PM Re: 2018 World Cup
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Get in there!!! England's coming home.

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#1200905 - Wed Jul 11 2018 04:23 PM Re: 2018 World Cup
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C30...have to say I normally have respect for what you write. However, there comes a time to disagree. I don't think the other team were the better team...maybe the roughest. There again that's is just my opinion!

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#1200906 - Wed Jul 11 2018 04:43 PM Re: 2018 World Cup
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For most of the match England appeared to be the better team, to me at least.
This result leaves English supporters in a quandary, who to support in the final.

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#1200907 - Wed Jul 11 2018 05:03 PM Re: 2018 World Cup
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Quandary? No quandary as most won't bother supporting anyone else in the final and why should they? Ask any Scot if they'd support England and they'll happily tell you that they'd support anyone except England... I couldn't care less who wins the tournament now.

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#1200932 - Wed Jul 11 2018 11:19 PM Re: 2018 World Cup
Lpez Offline
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Registered: Thu Aug 01 2013
Posts: 778
Loc: Mexico
Apologies for the delay. This is a recap of the round of 16.

The Games
France 4-3 Argentina
One of the best World Cup matches by far. This really showed how round of 16 raises the bar as both teams performed well (Argentina did much better than I thought they would.) France showed dominance though, and a great understanding between Griezmann and Mbappe (what a player!) I predict France will be in the final and even win, most likely. Glad Argentina is out, as they really had nothing to compete for the championship.

Uruguay 2-1 Portugal
Although kind of surprising, it makes sense that Cristiano Ronaldo could not always carry the weight of the whole team. Portugal, collectively was not a particularly strong team and Uruguay took advantage of that. Unfortunately for them, their star Edinson Cavani left the match injured and that seriously affects Uruguay's chances against France.

Spain 1 (3)-(4) 1 Russia
In a shocking turn of events, the hosts Russia, who are the worst ranked team in the competition, eliminated one of the favorites to win: Spain. Even though Spain passed the ball countless times, it wasn't enough to finish the match, and in penalties, Russia did the unthinkable. It was about time, as Spain took a hard hit with the firing of coach Julen Lopetegui a day before the World Cup began. A World Cup of surprises!

Croatia 1 (3)-(2) 1 Denmark
The first 10 minutes of the match were perhaps one of the most exciting ones in the tournament, with two goals within six minutes. Sadly, the rest of the match turned out to be very uneventful and quite boring. In the end, Croatia took it to extra time and then penalties to defeat Denmark despite a spectacular performance by Danish keeper Schmeichel.

Brazil 2-0 Mexico
No surprises here. Mexico has yet to overcome this hurdle of the "fifth match"/quinto partido and make it through the round of 16. Mexico simply does not have the quality to compete with the world's best 8. It is yet another disappointment that is no longer sad to me, because it's always the same. I don't even think Brazil was as good as everyone says, but Mexico has nothing to compete with. Sad. But normal.

Belgium 3-2 Japan
What a great match this was! The Japanese team surprised everyone with two goals at the beginning of the second half and were about to eliminate Belgium. Japan, a nation which qualified through the fair play criteria since it had less yellow cards than Senegal. Amazingly, Belgium came back from behind and scored three goals, including one at 94', that put a great team in quarter finals.

Sweden 1-0 Switzerland
A pretty "meh" match, little emotions and a lot of defensive play. The result was expected though, and Sweden went through the next round. I keep wondering how different it could've been for Mexico had it passed as first place of the group instead of second... Ahhhh...

Colombia 1 (3)-(4) 1 England
In perhaps the dirtiest match of the competition, Colombia and England fought hard for the last spot in the quarter finals. Colombia had to play without their injured star James Rodriguez, which most certainly affected their chances negatively. Colombia plays very differently with and without James. It was a good effort, but England was the better team. At the end, they had to break the penalty shootout curse and successfully passed to quarter finals.

The Refs
Iranian Alireza Faghani did a good job in FRA v ARG, he is one of the best in the World Cup, but it's very likely that a UEFA referee will get the final. Maybe he'll get the third place match. Mexican Cesar Ramos actually did a fantastic job in URU v POR, and he is a strong candidate for the third place match. People say he will be in the final, but I am almost certain it will be Bjorn Kuipers from the Netherlands, who did yet another great job in Spain v Russia. I am almost certain he will get the final. Another horrible performance by Argentine Nestor Pitana, who I don't understand why FIFA keeps designating him, this time in CRO v DEN. Italian Gianluca Rocchi and Senegalese Malang Diedhiou were fine in BRAvMEX and BELvJAP. Slovenian Damir Skomina, also one of the best refs of the competition, was good in SWEvsSWI, and to conclude, an atrocious performance by USA ref Mark Geiger. Perhaps the worst refereeing job in the entire World Cup. Geiger missed some clear yellow (and red) cards, especially for deserving Colombian players, through the penalty call was correct. It is important to understand that VAR and the ref are always communicating, even if it doesn't appear obvious. I watched an hour and a half press conference by Pierluigi Collina, I know what I'm talking about! Geiger lost control of the match and then started booking for undeserving fouls. He is always very controversial in international competitions, I don't know if he gets nervous or something. Who can forget that Mexico vs Panama semifinal in the Gold Cup that he officiated? Don't know what I'm talking about? Look it up, you will have fun.

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#1200935 - Wed Jul 11 2018 11:25 PM Re: 2018 World Cup
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It's amazing how witty the people who post on Twitter are.
How original is this:
"and now ENGLAND"S coming home! (har har har!)
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#1200944 - Thu Jul 12 2018 01:00 AM Re: 2018 World Cup
Lpez Offline
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Registered: Thu Aug 01 2013
Posts: 778
Loc: Mexico
Apologies for the delay. This is a recap of the quarter-finals.

The Games
Uruguay 0-2 France
Mbappe has shown that he has potential to become the world's next top player... and he's only 19! A great game by France, a team that continues to prove that it may be the next champion. Uruguay really suffered from not having Cavani in the field, and also missed many clear chances.

Brazil 1-2 Belgium
Another match that will go down as one of the best of Russia 2018. Brazil and Belgium fought hard, but surprisingly, it was Belgium who played better and won the match. An early own goal by Brazil paved the way for Belgium, which played a spectacular first half. Even though Brazil created chances in the second half, even scoring, it was not enough to defeat a hopeful and brave Belgium. Way to go for them.

Sweden 0-2 England
Even though Sweden had asserted themselves as a powerful team by beating South Korea, Mexico, and Switzerland (and almost tying with Germany,) they did nothing in this match. The English squad was far superior and obtained a well-deserved win that gave the people of England hope (as many of you can attest to!) This generation of young English players has great things awaiting them.

Russia 2 (3)-(4) 2 Croatia
What seemed to be the most boring quarter-final on paper turned out to be one of the most exciting ones. Russia and Croatia both gave it their all, and took it yet again to extra time and penalties (both had done it in their previous matches.) Cheryshev opened with an amazing goal, again. Can't help but wonder what would've happened if Dzagoev had never injured himself in the opener against Saudi Arabia. Cheryshev would not have come in as a substitute and we would have missed all his magic! He turned out to be Russia's star, and wasn't even considered to start! At extra time, Croatia scored a goal that seemed to end the match, but Fernandes gave Russia more hope minutes before the end, taking it to penalties. In the end, it was Croatia who took the victory and earned a place in the semi-finals.


The Refs
Sometimes I don't understand FIFA's way of behaving. Even though there is no official rule stating that refs should not be from a confederation of a participating team, it is an unwritten rule. Nestor Pitana, who has not done a good job in my opinion, was appointed for Uruguay v France when there is a clear conflict because he is Argentinian (not only are Argentina and Uruguay football rivals, but France just eliminated Argentina days before!) Should this impact his work? Probably not. But why leave room for misinterpretations if there are so many other referees to choose from? Pitana didn't do that bad here, but I really hope they don't give him the final. He does not deserve it. Serbian Milorad Mazic was good at BRA vs BEL. Bjorn Kuipers from Netherlands, the best referee in Europe, probably the world, and of this tournament, led Sweden vs England very well. He is my candidate for the final. Brazilian Sandro Ricci also did a good job in RUS vs CRO in what was probably his last match in Russia.

Thanks!
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#1200945 - Thu Jul 12 2018 01:03 AM Re: 2018 World Cup
C30 Offline
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Registered: Sat Nov 13 2010
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Loc: Lancashire England UK         
veroni.........We agree to disagree! smile

For medical reasons, I have to monitor my blood pressure......last night's reading was way up. I wonder why! Lol

Who to support in final? Tend to agree with sisterseagull, not overly fussed WHO wins. On form shown though, France has to be favourites.

Yes England did well......if they win the 3rd place (pointless match IMO), it will be like coming 4th in Olympics final.....scant consolation.

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#1200954 - Thu Jul 12 2018 07:42 AM Re: 2018 World Cup
veronicavee Offline
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C30, agreed.

The final, I would like to see France win. To be honest my World Cup finished on Wednesday.

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#1200959 - Thu Jul 12 2018 12:08 PM Re: 2018 World Cup
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Nestor Pitana from Argentina will officiate the final between France and Croatia. A shame, I don't think he deserved it. Bjorn Kuipers was much more deserving.

Iranian Alireza Faghani will officiate the third place match between Belgium and England.
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#1200961 - Thu Jul 12 2018 12:50 PM Re: 2018 World Cup
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This is a recap of the semi-finals. I will be offline for the third place and final match, so I will post those recaps on Monday. Thank you all for following these threads and commenting your opinions. At times we disagreed, and that made the discussion even better. I really enjoy doing this and I hope you did as well. Hopefully, we will see each other again in four years! I will write an extensive number of quizzes about this World Cup, so please feel free to check those out as they are published. Thank you again!

The Games and Their Refs
France 1-0 Belgium
One of the best matches of the tournament, as expected. Belgium played a good game, but France was superior and earned its spot in the final. Players of the quality of Griezmann, Mbappe and Pogba really shined. Lloris also gave a great performance. I predict France will win the World Cup, and well-deservedly so. A very good performance by Belgium though, that is a generation of players that can achieve even better things. Andres Cunha from Uruguay did an OK job.

Croatia 2-1 England AET
With the early English goal by Trippier (an excellent one), it seemed that we would watch an amazing final: France vs England. However, Croatia fought back and after the first goal, the young English players panicked and didn't know how to react. The consequence? At extra time, the Croatians caught the defense off-guard and scored a goal that sealed their first pass to a WC final in history. Good for them. As for England, just like Belgium, it is a generation with great potential and I'm sure they will come back with an even better game. Turkish Cuneyt Cakir did a good job as well.

What's Next
THIRD PLACE MATCH
Belgium vs England - July 14, 2018 at 8am FST -- Referee is Alireza Faghani (IRA)

FINAL
France vs Croatia - July 15, 2018 at 9am FST -- Referee is Nestor Pitana (ARG)

Thanks!
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#1201017 - Fri Jul 13 2018 01:44 PM Re: 2018 World Cup
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If the Belgium vs England game is shown here on Saturday...I will watch and support England. I know it's not the same, but, they are still our team.

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