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Post by BarcaLearning on Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:54 pm

Oh well, this feels a bit strange why Belgium lost by jsut the corner. France probably better overall but still, it just feels so Meh. Gonna be more or less neutral now for the remainder of the WC...

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Post by Freeza on Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:54 pm

@Kaladin wrote:Varane has been incredible


Greatest defender in the world this year

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Post by terrance511 on Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:55 pm

mbappe already learned cronaldo soft 2nd last pass

what an heir

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Post by Jay29 on Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:55 pm

As predicted, France had all the answers to Belgium's attack.

Hernandez and Pavard barely crossed the halfway line, so there wasn't space down the sides of the centre backs for Lukaku to use. Their midfield played close to the backline, denying any space for De Bruyne and Hazard to run through. Lukaku was a non-entity since he had no service.

France had to be incredibly hard working and disciplined, but then they have been all tournament. It's possible to do when they have quality like Griezmann and Mbappe in attack.


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Post by Adit on Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:55 pm

France the worse team into the final.

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Post by BarcaLearning on Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:56 pm

The 3 teams left pretty much are more cautious and defensive, which proves once again just how important that is for a WC, defense.
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Post by sportsczy on Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:56 pm

I'll never make fun of Italian football again. We've mastered it.

We're in the final ffs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Post by Luca on Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:57 pm

@sportsczy wrote:I'll never make fun of Italian football again. We've mastered it.

We're in the final ffs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I was just about to post this sweet irony Proud

Congrats sports, well deserved victory

France allowed Belgium the width that they wanted and they swung in useless cross after cross, unreal
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Post by Freeza on Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:58 pm

How is Didier Deschamps only 49?

Guy looks 80

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Post by Great Leader Sprucenuce on Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:58 pm

Ref pissed me off in that game tbh, loads of play acting from the French completely ignored while Belgium players get hacked down and no free kick.
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Post by Babun on Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:59 pm

I'm sorry Sports but this French team is disgusting in many ways given the talent and players at the disposal. Mbappe alone in the last minute made me dislike France even more. I am afraid you guys have something like 70% chance of winning this WC..
Congrats to you personally anyways cheers

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Post by sportsczy on Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:59 pm

@Luca wrote:
@sportsczy wrote:I'll never make fun of Italian football again. We've mastered it.

We're in the final ffs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I was just about to post this sweet irony Proud

Congrats sports, well deserved victory

France allowed Belgium the width that they wanted and they swung in useless cross after cross, unreal

You can't play more Italian than that. So many of my teams have been beaten with this tactic that it feels good to be on the other side for once....

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Post by S on Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:00 pm

Most boring team to win a World Cup?

Save us three lions/Croatia :coffee:
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Post by sportsczy on Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:00 pm

@Babs... thanks.

Germany also used to play this way also until the 2000s. All the NT titles other than WC 2014 came with playing pragmatic football.


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Post by Cruijf on Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:01 pm

@Great Leader Sprucenuce wrote:Ref pissed me off in that game tbh, loads of play acting from the French completely ignored while Belgium players get hacked down and no free kick.


Yeah agreed.

Overall this game made me really dislike France tbh. They have the best attack in the world and all they do is park the bus, waste time, and break up the play?

Not to mention Mbappe is complete scum.

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Post by Cruijf on Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:01 pm

@S wrote:Most boring team to win a World Cup?

Save us three lions/Croatia :coffee:


Spain '10 was probably more boring but this France is up there.

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Post by Babun on Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:02 pm

@sportsczy wrote:@Babs... thanks.

Germany also used to play this way also btw until the 2000s.

Nope, we had the 2-0 philosophy. The 1-0 one was entirely Italian.

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Post by zigra on Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:02 pm

Might not have been great to watch but France did the right thing. Belgium simply didn't know what to do. Didn't create anything while France really should have scored a few more.
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Post by farfan on Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:02 pm

@Cruijf wrote:
@S wrote:Most boring team to win a World Cup?

Save us three lions/Croatia :coffee:


Spain '10 was probably more boring but this France is up there.


France 98 was probably more boring than this team. Laughing
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Post by sportsczy on Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:03 pm

@Babun wrote:
@sportsczy wrote:@Babs... thanks.

Germany also used to play this way also btw until the 2000s.

Nope, we had the 2-0 philosophy. The 1-0 one was entirely Italian.

I was on the other side of the German 1-0 philosophy in WC 1986. There was no such thing as 2-0 policy... trust me.

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Post by BarrileteCosmico on Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:04 pm

@S wrote:Most boring team to win a World Cup?

Save us three lions/Croatia :coffee:

Spain 2010, 7 games, 8 goals

At least France-argentina was an entertaining game for neutrals, Spain had no such thing

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Post by S on Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:05 pm

@Cruijf wrote:
@Great Leader Sprucenuce wrote:Ref pissed me off in that game tbh, loads of play acting from the French completely ignored while Belgium players get hacked down and no free kick.


Yeah agreed.

Overall this game made me really dislike France tbh. They have the best attack in the world and all they do is park the bus, waste time, and break up the play?

Not to mention Mbappe is complete scum.

Consider me part of the football's coming home brigade Molenation


Yep. MBappè is slowly starting to get c*nt-ish. Must be that Neymar effect.
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Post by futbol_bill on Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:05 pm

That in my opinion was a fabulous game. i would have preferred Belgium, but it was a fair result. IMO, the two best games of tournament were this one and Belgium / Brasil.

Congratulations Sports. it was as easy as you had predicted, but no less the WC is yours. I don’t believe wither of the other two teams are any where near as good as Belgium.
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Post by Great Leader Sprucenuce on Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:05 pm

Honestly the inconsistency of the ref annoyed me more than anything France did Laughing

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Post by S on Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:06 pm

@BarrileteCosmico wrote:
@S wrote:Most boring team to win a World Cup?

Save us three lions/Croatia :coffee:

Spain 2010, 7 games, 8 goals

At least France-argentina was an entertaining game for neutrals, Spain had no such thing


Just baiting tbh but agreed. That Spain side was the most annoying to watch by far.
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Post by sportsczy on Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:07 pm

@Great Leader Sprucenuce wrote:Honestly the inconsistency of the ref annoyed me more than anything France did Laughing


He almost cost us that Australia game (he was the ref in that game for us too). He allowed Australia to mug us. I think we got intel on how he refs and used it in this one since we'd seen him in action before.

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