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Re: soccer soccer soccer

Postby stitchface » Thu Jun 21, 2018 6:32 pm

Derwood wrote:I have a really bad habit of turning on these games after all the goals have already been scored, only to watch an hour of scoreless soccer


Unfortunately, I think the length of the tournament coupled with the timing at the end of the club season is leading to a lot of teams conserving energy and sitting on 1-0 leads. Should be even worse with 48 teams.
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Re: soccer soccer soccer

Postby Derwood » Thu Jun 21, 2018 6:41 pm

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Derwood wrote:I have a really bad habit of turning on these games after all the goals have already been scored, only to watch an hour of scoreless soccer


Unfortunately, I think the length of the tournament coupled with the timing at the end of the club season is leading to a lot of teams conserving energy and sitting on 1-0 leads. Should be even worse with 48 teams.


This is a 0-0 game, and the player just missed. Wide open. Could be fatigue, could tension. Who knows, but a couple of seemingly easy goals just completely missed
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Re: soccer soccer soccer

Postby soccer10k » Thu Jun 21, 2018 7:33 pm

I love Argentina sending in crosses with one or two guys in the box when Croatia has 8 in there as if those two guys will actually get on the end of it.
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Re: soccer soccer soccer

Postby cl smooth » Thu Jun 21, 2018 7:39 pm

rip argentina
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Re: soccer soccer soccer

Postby soccer10k » Thu Jun 21, 2018 7:41 pm

cl smooth wrote:rip argentina


They need a Nigeria win or draw tomorrow. A win would be ideal because then they could finish tied with Iceland on 4 points. A tie and they need Croatia to actually try because then they’d have to group locked up.
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Re: soccer soccer soccer

Postby Derwood » Thu Jun 21, 2018 7:44 pm

soccer10k wrote:I love Argentina sending in crosses with one or two guys in the box when Croatia has 8 in there as if those two guys will actually get on the end of it.


It feels like Argentina is playing two men short right now
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Re: soccer soccer soccer

Postby cl smooth » Thu Jun 21, 2018 7:51 pm

hot damn, croatia is bringing the heat today
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Re: soccer soccer soccer

Postby soccer10k » Thu Jun 21, 2018 9:24 pm

So just going with 538’s current favorites gives the following:

Left side matchups
Russia-Portugal
France-Iceland
Brazil-Germany
Belgium-Colombia

Right side matchups
Uruguay-Spain
Denmark-Croatia
Switzerland-Mexico
England-Japan

That’s just a little lopsided.
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Re: soccer soccer soccer

Postby stitchface » Thu Jun 21, 2018 11:32 pm

soccer10k wrote:
cl smooth wrote:rip argentina


They need a Nigeria win or draw tomorrow. A win would be ideal because then they could finish tied with Iceland on 4 points. A tie and they need Croatia to actually try because then they’d have to group locked up.



Doesn't really matter - they aren't going to win anything with that midfield. Similar to US, they needed to invest in younger players earlier.
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Re: soccer soccer soccer

Postby Derwood » Fri Jun 22, 2018 1:06 pm

Why is half the stadium empty at this Brazil vs. Costa Rica game?
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Postby cl smooth » Fri Jun 22, 2018 1:23 pm

Derwood wrote:Why is half the stadium empty at this Brazil vs. Costa Rica game?


i've watched just about all of the game and the stadium looks full to me. where do you see empty patches of seats?
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Re: soccer soccer soccer

Postby Derwood » Fri Jun 22, 2018 1:39 pm

cl smooth wrote:
Derwood wrote:Why is half the stadium empty at this Brazil vs. Costa Rica game?


i've watched just about all of the game and the stadium looks full to me. where do you see empty patches of seats?


Might've been a ton of people late getting back to their seats after halftime. Huge sections of midline seats were empty at the start of the half
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Re: soccer soccer soccer

Postby sneakypower » Fri Jun 22, 2018 1:40 pm

that Neymar flop is so brutally embarrassing
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Re: soccer soccer soccer

Postby Derwood » Fri Jun 22, 2018 1:45 pm

sneakypower wrote:that Neymar flop is so brutally embarrassing


Totally, though I get he's frustrated. The entire half has been in Costa Rica's end and Neymar has had half a dozen scoring chances that he's whiffed on
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Re: soccer soccer soccer

Postby cl smooth » Fri Jun 22, 2018 1:56 pm

and just like that, brazil scores 2 goals in stoppage time.
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Postby UMFan83 » Fri Jun 22, 2018 2:02 pm

cl smooth wrote:and just like that, brazil scores 2 goals in stoppage time.


Took them 180+ minutes to get their horsefeathers together but now they are on course for a good tournament.
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Postby Transmogrified Tiger » Fri Jun 22, 2018 3:51 pm

sneakypower wrote:that Neymar flop is so brutally embarrassing


I said out loud "ha ha, ya got got" to the TV when it got overturned
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Postby UMFan83 » Fri Jun 22, 2018 7:15 pm



OK you guys are taking the Red Sox imitation too far.
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Re: soccer soccer soccer

Postby Cubswin11 » Fri Jun 22, 2018 8:32 pm

UMFan83 wrote:https://twitter.com/madkenney/status/1010238080643629056

OK you guys are taking the Red Sox imitation too far.

Hopefully this means they are ready to show no regard for the LT because they are sitting on so much money
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Re: soccer soccer soccer

Postby Transmogrified Tiger » Fri Jun 22, 2018 9:22 pm

I did not realize that several Swiss players were Albanian, and that making Albanian celebration signs after they scored against Serbia was signalling to their comrades, many of whom are in Switzerland to...escape Serbian genocide. That's some kind of gratifying win to beat that country in a comeback.
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Re: soccer soccer soccer

Postby stitchface » Sat Jun 23, 2018 5:03 am

Transmogrified Tiger wrote:I did not realize that several Swiss players were Albanian, and that making Albanian celebration signs after they scored against Serbia was signalling to their comrades, many of whom are in Switzerland to...escape Serbian genocide. That's some kind of gratifying win to beat that country in a comeback.



no kidding. I didn't know that either. oh what a goal by Musa (yea, I'm a little behind). My dream scenario now is an Iran win Monday coupled with Argentina and Croatia wins Tuesday . . . it's ok to dream? Right?
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Re: soccer soccer soccer

Postby stitchface » Sat Jun 23, 2018 6:16 pm

terrible refereeing - Sweden screwed twice already
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Re: soccer soccer soccer

Postby cl smooth » Sat Jun 23, 2018 7:59 pm

elite football with Germany and Sweden on display this afternoon.
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Re: soccer soccer soccer

Postby soccer10k » Sat Jun 23, 2018 9:24 pm

cl smooth wrote:elite football with Germany and Sweden on display this afternoon.


Yep, that was a fun one.

We're also set up for Mexico to suffer a devastating elimination. They're in as bad of a position as you can be in while having won both games. If Germany beats South Korea by multiple goals and Sweden beats Mexico by any score, Mexico is out.

If Germany and Sweden win, they'll all have 6 points. If Germany wins by multiple goals, they'd be at least +2 on goal differential. If Sweden beats Mexico by one goal, Germany would be +2 at least, Sweden and Mexico would be +1. Germany would go through as group winner and Mexico would be out on H2H with Sweden.

It's a lot, but I don't think it's crazy for Germany to beat South Korea by 2+ and Sweden to beat Mexico.
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Re: soccer soccer soccer

Postby stitchface » Sat Jun 23, 2018 9:51 pm

today is the first day that the VAR really failed in my opinion. There was a clear foul for Mexico to recover the ball before their second goal and even worse was the missed penalty for sweden. Why the latter wasn't reviewed is beyond me.
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