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Post by sportsczy on Sat Jun 21, 2014 4:37 pm

http://www.lequipe.fr/Football/Actualites/Echographie-rassurante-pour-sakho/476051

MRI showed nothing muscular. Just a knock. Sakho is available for the game against Ecuador.

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Post by Ganso on Sat Jun 21, 2014 4:45 pm

I'm viewing the next possible matches and it's ridiculous how we will have Colombia,Germany,Brazil,France,Chile/Holland,Uruguay/Italy in one side of the bracket while the other side is full of scrubs + Argentina and Chile/Holland.

It's criminal how we will have a Germany vs France match in quarter finals already
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Post by sportsczy on Sat Jun 21, 2014 4:48 pm

tbf, France have an easy road to the quarters (on paper). So i'm not complaining Laughing Of course, Argentina has it the easiest...

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Post by Ganso on Sat Jun 21, 2014 4:57 pm

by "road" you mean 1 match (R16).I mean,it's very possible that France, who have been a top 3 team so far, get eliminated in quarter finals already.It sucks when you look at the other bracket and see how the quality is lower
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Post by sportsczy on Sat Jun 21, 2014 5:17 pm

I mean the pool play wasn't that difficult either (although they made it a lot easier for themselves). The teams were beatable for France + times/venues avoided the crazy hot weather. Can't really complain.

We were the worse ranking European team going in and we got the easiest road of all the Europeans. FIFA Laughing

That said, both the Euro and FIFA have to stop with this draw bs. Just do full seeding. Like that, every NT would play every game, even friendlies, very seriously. CL and Europa comps should be full seedings too.

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Post by messixaviesta on Sat Jun 21, 2014 10:30 pm

@rwo power wrote:
@messixaviesta wrote:Actually Switzerland didn't go out on goal difference - they were lower on points than Chile. However you are right that they could have gone through if they beat Honduras. Also agree with the rest of your comments. Switzerland could win but it's going to be really tough.
I corrected that already - but you were too fast with your reply Very Happy  (I'd better check stuff before writing + posting  :facepalm: )

Let's say - Switzerland have to win against Honduras with as many goals as possible, or they are out as they can't rely on France winning against Ecuador, especially if France decide to rest players.

Agreed. Relying on the other result in the last set of the matches can be fatal.


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Post by sportsczy on Tue Jun 24, 2014 6:53 am

After the close practice yesterday, l'Equipe is predicting this lineup:

Lloris - Sagna, Koscielny, Sakho, Digne - Pogba, Schneiderlin, Matuidi - Sissoko, Benzema, Griezmann

6 new players Laughing Never played together either. I don't expect a very good game from France in this one... especially with Sissoko replacing Valbuena.

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Post by Great Leader Sprucenuce on Tue Jun 24, 2014 1:06 pm

I dunno what Deschamps will do but id play Sissoko in same role he did against Switzerland and Pogba in Valbuena's position.

I know its not natural for him but i trust his superior talent.
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Post by Insoucious on Tue Jun 24, 2014 8:44 pm

Indeed, this is the likely squad that will start against Ecuador

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Post by rwo power on Tue Jun 24, 2014 9:47 pm

So France won't help Switzerland Sad

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Post by RealGunner on Wed Jun 25, 2014 7:46 pm

#FRA XI v #ECU: Llloris; Sagna; Koscielny, Sakho, Digne; Pogba, Matuidi, Schneiderlin; Sissoko, Benzema, Griezmann

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Post by sportsczy on Wed Jun 25, 2014 7:55 pm

@RealGunner wrote:#FRA XI v #ECU: Llloris; Sagna; Koscielny, Sakho, Digne; Pogba, Matuidi, Schneiderlin; Sissoko, Benzema, Griezmann

Yeah. A brand new team. I think France are going to have it really tough tonight. Very, very defensive.

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Post by RealGunner on Wed Jun 25, 2014 7:56 pm

Should have benched Benzema IMO. He is super important for R16 and Remy could have done a decent job upfront against Ecuador.
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Post by sportsczy on Wed Jun 25, 2014 7:57 pm

He's going for the top scorer thing though... Deschamps will give him a half and then sub him out.

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Post by rwo power on Wed Jun 25, 2014 8:27 pm

Honduras: Valladares (c) - Beckeles, Bernardez, Figueroa, O.  Garcia - Claros, Espinoza - W.  Palacios, J.  Garcia - Bengtson, Costly

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Switzerland: Benaglio - Lichtsteiner, Djourou, Schär, Rodriguez - Behrami, Inler (c) - Shaqiri, G.  Xhaka, Mehmedi - Drmic

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Ottmar Hitzfeld shuns the Basel connection again No

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Post by Hapless_Hans on Wed Jun 25, 2014 10:51 pm

Shaquiri adding three for the FC Bayern WC goal domination Proud

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Post by RealGunner on Wed Jun 25, 2014 11:01 pm

Shaqiri :bow:

France and switzerland through. Honduras out along with Ecuador.

France Vs Nigeria
Switzerland Vs Argentina
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Post by sportsczy on Wed Jun 25, 2014 11:07 pm

France game was zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. France was playing a defensive lineup and Ecuador parked the bus Laughing. And then DD pulled a Mourinho and lined up 4 strikers and no AM.... result was a few opportunities (should have scored one for sure at least), but no real continuity.

In the end, there were 6 changes and the team was new.... as a result, the team wasn't cohesive obviously. Won the group and you'll get a normal lineup in the next one.

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Post by Insoucious on Wed Jun 25, 2014 11:52 pm

That was a B squad, France lacked of luck on some actions, Ecuador goalkeeper did great, he saved Ecuador couple of time.
First half was very boring, second one better (probably because of red card) but not amazing.
Nevertheless this game was a game without pressure for France because they were almost qualified unlike Ecuador that was playing his qualification.
Round of 16 will be way more different.
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