Group H ends in a disgraceful show of bad sportsmanship with Japan passing the ball endlessly sideways, and Poland allowing them to do just that.
Senegal go out of the tournament on the fair play rule. Such irony. The World Cup hasn’t seen such appalling behaviour since Germany v Austria in 1982 fixed their result to both qualify at the expense of Algeria. This game led to final group games being played simultaneously.
Group G was the expected anti-climax predicted, with everything more or less decided beforehand.
So we have avoided Brazil just as Gareth planned….
Probs lose to Colombia though!
All very well trying to avoid Brasil in the 8th’s but I would prefer to play Japan over Columbia in order to at least get that far
Crikey, it may be 30 degrees outside, but there is an awful lot of indoor time this weekend
It is inevitable that the suits should arrange a cockup like yesterday. but things could have been worse had we drawn with Belgium, then both groups would have been sorted by “fairplay”.
Do you think Belgians are happy with their win? They picked up two obvious yellow cards and could have been playing for the draw.
No football today, not even any cricket. Might have to talk to Mrs R. 😦
I noted how RC yesterday went for Senegal and Japan in their respective games, because he wanted representatives from Asia and Africa in the knock outs
How does anyone else decide when otherwise impartial
Eddie is obviously war record
Erik Scandi or underdog
Me? Mmm, must think, but something along the lines of are they an attacking goal machine kinda side, and would I like to live there
Yip, that’s part of the live bit, but also culture, geography, culture and shit
Cleanest fair play record?
Is it any wonder England were awful last night with a midfield of Dier and Delph. The game was crying out for JW to add a little zest and creativity.
Most bizarre national dress?
Not having Ronaldo, Messi or Neymar?
culture AND culture….more coffee me thinks
Best Mascots? Snappiest dressed trainer? Fans?
I give up
hu.mour boys. How could one live in Germany or Japan, or Scandinavia?? dead serious, studious, conscientious so and sos
this is not my view, someone sent it to me yesterday, but I thought it was funny:
after morocco, iran and egypt went out of the competition, England is the last Muslim country left in this WC
Good Morning, lieblings,
Fair play seems a fair enough way to break an impasse, but it is so subjective as some referees are truly awful and do not give even yellows for tackles that are red, and others give yellows like confetti — that’s allowing 4 years of planning and training for the affected countries knocked out in such a way.
So, let’s go for it — have a telephone vote by the refs and let them decide who gets the bullet, and having set a precedent they can also vote for who is the winner of the WC.
Still bollix — so how about just letting both teams go thru, and telling Columbia to take a hike? 😀
I have just heard [12:15 Friday] that Calum Chambers is signing a 4 year contract extension today.
This must be because the new guy rates him, and instead of being released (which was heavily rumoured in the waning months of AW’s reign) he is seen as a possible replacement for the older CBs such as Kosser and Passthepolos – maybe.
Interesting. Calum’s problems when played at RB were his obvious lack of pace — that should not be such a problem when played at CB — anyway fingers crossed it works out.
I hope the following teams win –
Golden Boot CR7
Golden Ball Modric
Not sure if it all matches up right, but seems about right.
That was easy.
Now I need to think about who will come runners up to Arsenal next season
Good for England to be in the lower half of the draw. I hope you make it to the Semis and more.
RC – semis?? This country is ready for the finals and winning the game! The flags, the t-shirts, Harry Kane songs flooded the country, uprising sir
– Gutted about Senegal as there is no African team now in the tournament
– If I were the French coach, this is how I would line up vs Argentina:
Lloris – Pavard, Varane, Kimpembe, Hernandez – Tolisso, Kante, Matuidi – Pogba – Mbappe, Giroud -> A 4-3-1-2 with Tolisso and Matuidi and without Griezmann
BUT this is how we will line-up:
Lloris – Paverd, Varane, Umtiti, Hernandez – Pogba, Kante, Matuidi – Mbappe, Giroud, Griezmann
In the end we will lose despite talented players
Eddie – As I said earlier, you don” have the mean players needed to win a WC unless Maguire, Henderson and Kane show some more agressive attitude, you won’t win it.
In 98 and 00, when we won WC and EC, we had:
Desailly, Lizarazu, Deschamps, Vieira, Henry – these guys they can play rough and even Zidane played rough and you need to instill fear in your opponents as well
RC. I cannot believe France will start without Greizmann. To have Lemar, Dembele and Greiz on the bench would be a sadness for the viewing public, they are all great players
RC – nothing to do with me, I am Croatian 🙂
he doesn’t know his geometry, you can draw a surface under any 3 points in the space, but not always under any 4. So it seems we the fans are the spare fooking leg at the table
Thank God football is back today. Yesterday was simply ghastly 🙂