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Jason

Final - Knockout Stage Thread

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Congrats Belgium fans, goodluck in the semis, it will be a cracker for sure, 2 great teams with a wave of young talent. Cheers

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5 hours ago, communicate said:

Wait, I thought courtois is supposed to be some kind of overrated diva gk. 

Yeah :)

not to me though... still there is only so much you can do when the player wants out.

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21 minutes ago, Johnnyeye said:

any toughts?

 

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Not much creativity in both teams. I hope we see an exciting game.

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England dominating this, great header by Mcguire, need to get that 2nd goal asap to avoid any surprises, Sweden will try to go for it in the 2nd half for sure, not the best game so far, but England need to put this game to bed.

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Raheem sterling provide quick movement that not many player in England squad can do but his finishing is atrocious. 

Btw it is difficult to understand whether this England team is good or not. They haven't played  anybody good in this wc, maybe Colombia but James was injured plus they scored all of their goals from set pieces

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i dont see England getting to the final, they will be exposed by a much better team, but football is too unpredictable, who knows? they've done the hard part already, congrats on reaching the semis England fans. Cheers

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7 minutes ago, Johnnyeye said:

i dont see England getting to the final, they will be exposed by a much better team, but football is too unpredictable, who knows? they've done the hard part already, congrats on reaching the semis England fans. Cheers

Imo this England team will probably win this wc. Btw let me just say it, they are not really good. But they keep scoring via set pieces which is important in knockout tournament and they can play maybe Russia in the next round 

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England is in the final now.
Next opponent is Putin's Russia.
England will win this wc if against France.
Against Belgium they have to bribe Eden.

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Elite club football has ruined national team football. It's the flipping World Cup but it feels like watching a bunch of Evertons and West Hams for the most part.

Anyway, this England team is average. But they're in the semis and actually have a very good chance of making the final. Ain't that something.

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8 minutes ago, communicate said:

Imo this England team will probably win this wc. Btw let me just say it, they are not really good. But they keep scoring via set pieces which is important in knockout tournament and they can play maybe Russia in the next round 

they wont win it, maybe they can reach the final, set pieces alone wont win you a World Cup, for me France, Belgium or Croatia are strong candidates to win it, but i can be wrong. We'll see

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England are definitely not a goal machine (forget Panama).
But they are hard to beat.
Greece of 2004 were not a goal machine either but they won the euro.

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England were the clear favorites against Sweden, so just well done, no surprise there.

croatia is the clear fav against Russia and if through, will be a slight favorite against England.

brazil and Belgium was a toss up. Some would say brazil was a slight fav, but I just don’t think much of brazil midfield esp without casemiro: brazil has nothing like KDB too

France will be a slight fav against Belgium (would be against brazil too imo).

the most likely outcome is France and Croatia in the final, with france world champions. Of course anything can happen at this point.

 

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3 minutes ago, Robguima said:

England were the clear favorites against Sweden, so just well done, no surprise there.

croatia is the clear fav against Russia and if through, will be a slight favorite against England.

brazil and Belgium was a toss up. Some would say brazil was a slight fav, but I just don’t think much of brazil midfield esp without casemiro: brazil has nothing like KDB too

France will be a slight fav against Belgium (would be against brazil too imo).

the most likely outcome is France and Croatia in the final, with e world champions. Of course anything can happen at this point.

 

England were not clear favourites.
Sweden took on stronger opposition than England did.
But today they were disappointing.

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42 minutes ago, cosmicway said:

England were not clear favourites.
Sweden took on stronger opposition than England did.
But today they were disappointing.

Well, because they were good as a team. You need more than that at this level though. Sweden just has no overall quality and their players don’t really play in very competitive leagues for th most part.

i know folks here are not fans, for obvious reasons, but stones, Ali, and sterling are excellent players and important ones at elite clubs. Sweden has nothing remotely similar to Kane since zlatan left. Can also cite dier and couple others as good players too.

Sweden did amazingly well considering the quality in the squad.

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