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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Mondiale Day 3

I didn't bother watching the France-Australia game. Argentina-Iceland has been a very good game between two very different teams. I can't believe Bjarnisson missed that sidefooted attempt at an open net, but Iceland made up for it only a few minutes later. Aguero's goal was a nicely placed, highly technical shot which gave the goalie no chance to block it, and I thought the ref's no-call on the inadvertant handball on the ground in the Icelandic box was an excellent one.

Argentine looked to overwhelm them for a little while after they scored, but Iceland is tough and didn't crack. It wouldn't shock me if they wore the Argentines down in the second half and pulled off yet another upset.

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Blogger Lazarus June 16, 2018 10:19 AM  

Historic first use of the VAR system in France v Oz

Blogger Lazarus June 16, 2018 10:23 AM  

Messi denied! Reputation for not showing up in international play re-inforced

Blogger Rocklea Marina June 16, 2018 10:31 AM  

Icelands 4 4 2 zonal defence is impressive.

Blogger BR MK June 16, 2018 10:41 AM  

Messi is awfull today.

Blogger Ransom Smith June 16, 2018 10:56 AM  

Messi would play better internationally had he joined Spain we had was offered the chance.
He spend so little time playing with the Argentinian team, there's a clear issue with chemistry.

Blogger Sterling Pilgrim June 16, 2018 10:58 AM  

I like that soccer seems to parade distinct nations and their pride, but most of what I see is “muh world sport” and recruited third worlders wearing the flags of the west. Meanwhile baseball stadiums can’t get butts in the seats.

Blogger Rocklea Marina June 16, 2018 11:03 AM  

and recruited third worlders wearing the flags of the west.

You want homogeneity, check out Iceland. Every surname bar the goal keepers ends in "son".

Blogger Ransom Smith June 16, 2018 11:07 AM  

Meanwhile baseball stadiums can’t get butts in the seats.
I can help the MLB out but they won't go for it.
1. no stepping out of the batters box AT ALL unless for injury.
2. Fix ticket prices

Blogger Jamie-R June 16, 2018 11:26 AM  

Gay.

France was struggling, our defence & midfield earned respect. Refs used the review system to incorrectly correct a correct call of no penalty. If video review is going to be used to carry out what appears to be an Every World Cup Vendetta against Aussies, then they will be questioned as to its worth & mocked on twitter for it. It's hard to not see a pattern when strong branded teams are put to the sword by Australia & the refs seem to panic, now at multiple World Cups. How about not siding with all the betting money for once.

Blogger Jamie-R June 16, 2018 11:28 AM  

Messi is also a what, a superstar? Yeah okay. Ronaldo deserves all the plaudits. I don't see why Messi is so great, I don't watch rigged Spanish leagues, but every World Cup he looks decidedly average as a superstar.

Blogger Gritón del Desierto June 16, 2018 11:35 AM  

As an argentine,I think our problem was overconfidence.We though that ,since we were not playing against Brazil,Spain or (God forbidd) Germany,we though that it was easy.After all "¿Quien te conoce,Islandia?" (Who knows You ,Iceland?).But they took us for surprize.They were solid and they have more whites :v.
A lot of people blames Messi and think he's a sellout that "only plays well when plays form Barcelona",but today his performance was good in the second half,the others were a bit slow and Iceland becoming a shield didn't help

Blogger Eduardo June 16, 2018 12:40 PM  

Games are pretty fun so far, I am enjoying this cup a lot. Peruvian team has nice ball control, and Denmark seems worst then Iceland!

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@3

It is even more like a 5-4-1, and indeed those guys feel like a military unit going into formation, brilliant.

@4

Not really, Iceland was great today, their zone-based defense pretty much made sure Messi couldn't drible them and shoot. Messi was defeated by the cold-hearted tactics of the Vikings.

@5

Messi was usually badly employed in the past. But most of the problem is that the Argentinian team just plain sucks, it got better in the final stretch of the qualifiers, so you can't ask much from Los Hermanos.

@6

It is true that FIFA has a globalist arm, but there is no way you come out from watching one of these games thinking: "wow we are DUH SAME!". The differences in teams are too deep to not be noticed.

@9

Obviously they are no fans of Crocodile Dundee XD.
Hey Aussies have a great team, they look like Rugby players this year, playing very rough and showcasing strength... BUT completely lack the ability to make offense into goals. Shame they lost, they deserved the tie, but you can't win in Soccer without knowing how to score goals (take adavantage of an attack). Italy had the same problem with much better players and they still sucked in Brazil's World Cup.

@11

The Argentinian Squad doesn't help at all, it lacks the pressure from the stronger Argentinians teams like 1998 squad. Anyways let's not forget... you guys almost weren't in the cup, so you gotta go easy on the expectations, the team may still get better like in the last Cup.

Blogger Eduardo June 16, 2018 12:48 PM  

Well, manure just came out of my TV after this horrible Penalty XD.

Annnd hence why Peru was so bad in the qualifiers XD. Gotta bring back Guerrero Gareca!

Blogger BR MK June 16, 2018 2:11 PM  

Sorry for Peru. In football it is as important to avoid mistakes as it is to build opportunities to score. Before goal, there was three against three but one Peruvian defender abandoned his position to go after the Danish player with the ball.

Blogger eharmonica June 16, 2018 3:01 PM  

Peru-Denmark was a corker. Schmeichel was nails. And a bit lucky.

Blogger MendoScot June 16, 2018 4:22 PM  

I am ashamed.

I slept in, and apparently so did they.

Still, the question on how they are going to use VAR is an interesting one. I don't see it going the American way.

I've liked the Icelanders ever since they beat the English.

Blogger Don't Call Me Len June 16, 2018 5:55 PM  

@12 - The "but the Argentine squad" argument doesn't really hold up: the Portugal team that won the Euros is one of the weakest ever to win an international competition, especially what is probably the world's most keenly contested competition.

The root of the problem is really Messi's lack of leadership ability and the fact that they've never found anyone to fill that void, on or off the pitch.

Blogger Eduardo June 16, 2018 9:55 PM  

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Blogger Eduardo June 16, 2018 9:59 PM  

let me fix something here...

@17

Well I got pull the Brazilian Line and make fun of my Neighbours XD.

Still, I do think that Argentina's team is at fault here. Think like this: The Team was really bad >>> Messi got pissed and wanted to quit (He quitted actually) >>> The team hates him now >>> Messi can't rule over people that don't like him >>> The team has no leader so it will inevitably sucks (since they are not really 10 Maradonas)

Seriously you had to see them play the Qualifiers, the team was unrecognizable! It couldn't attack, it couldn't defend, Messi couldn't play... South America is just going for the ride this year. ALL our teams sucks this year, Except Colombia (FREAKING COLOMBIA!) If Brazil is still that Mentally weak 7x1-against-Germany-type of team, then this year all South America has is Colombia.

Blogger BR MK June 17, 2018 6:56 AM  

Brazil is much stronger than it was four years ago. It all begins with the coach. And he selected the players only by their quality (in the last tournament, there were some strange selections,e.g. the goalkeeper). We will see today. From all the accounts, Swiss are strong but I bet Brazil will win

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