Friday, June 15, 2018

Mondiale Day Two

I paid no attention to the first two games, but Spain-Portugal is proving even more entertaining that expected. 2-1 Portugal at halftime, with Ronaldo scoring both goals.

WOW! Love him or hate him, Cristiano Ronaldo is simply awesome. Portugal came very close to stealing that game from a superior Spanish team.



Blogger pyrrhus June 15, 2018 3:14 PM  

2-2 now, after a picture perfect free kick and header across the goal. The technical skill displayed by both teams has been absolutely dazzling!

Blogger pyrrhus June 15, 2018 3:15 PM  

Excuse me, 3-2 Spain now, after another gorgeous goal.

Blogger Manuel June 15, 2018 3:17 PM  

3-2 Spain! They don't want to lose to their smaller neighbor.

Blogger Jon D. June 15, 2018 3:17 PM  

Viva Espana!!!

Blogger pyrrhus June 15, 2018 3:46 PM  

Ronaldo on the free kick, 3-3! Amazing game.

Blogger Sim1776 June 15, 2018 3:51 PM  

I totally spaced on today's matches. Too bad I have to go back to work next week.

Looks like a tie for Portugal-Spain.

Blogger Nostromo June 15, 2018 4:02 PM  

Fun game to watch. Spain obviously had a better team, but Renaldo is in a world by himself. Basically the GSWarriors against Cleveland Cavaliers. Portugal pulled out all stops to score the tying goal. Wish they had overtime.

Blogger BR MK June 15, 2018 4:08 PM  

I think the Spanish coach should not have taken off Iniesta and Diego Costa, when they were one goal ahead.

Blogger James Purcell June 15, 2018 4:12 PM  

I don't think I've ever seen Ronaldo look so "locked in" for a Portugal game. He usually seems content to take a loss when he knows his team is inferior.

Great goals in this game from both sides, but the last goal was incredible.

Blogger pyrrhus June 15, 2018 4:22 PM  

The Spanish goalie had one of the goals bounce off his hands, so bad day for Spain...

Blogger Miguel June 15, 2018 5:21 PM  

That was a close one. But Spain looked stronger. Portugal prety much is Ronaldo and thats it.

Blogger Eduardo June 15, 2018 5:22 PM  

Portugal X Spain was pretty good, but let's just face it, they are already qualified for the Play-Offs.

Both teams are pretty good, as expected from Western European teams, but nothing explosive, Portugal has Ronaldo, but the team lacks behind him, if only this was FutSal. Spain USED to be good, but now it feels a pretty run-of-the-mill top tier team, which is better then they used to be pre-2010, but nothing World Cup Worthy.

I wanna see the next days how other Euros will play see if there is any Doomsday-Machine-armed-with-the-Laser-of-Death-types of teams.

Uruguay was a let down, pretty lousy team, Marrocos, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Iran are your typical low technical quality team, sort like a Professional Amateur team. The Saudis were good at running and had good Side players but the team as a whole worked pretty bad. Especially the defense!

Russia is subpar, but in their group they are very likely to make it to the Play-offs.

BTW, Looks like all you have left to cheer is Mexico Vox, ssince there is no USA and Italy (actually the number of horrible teams they decided to have on the Cup is straight up weird XD)

Blogger Don't Call Me Len June 15, 2018 5:35 PM  

Contrast Spain-Portugal with yesterday's opener, and the most important issue about the World Cup shines through with a blinding glare: regional qualifying is a joke.

The quality of play is already inferior to the Champions League, and even league play in some of Europe's better leagues. When it goes to 48 in 2026, it will only get worse. Imagine the wait for tickets for Uzbekistan vs Burkina Faso!

Blogger Shane Farrell June 15, 2018 5:45 PM  

I remember when Cristiano Ronaldo played against Man Utd in a friendly in 2003 and destroyed John O'Shea at will though he was only about 18. For his first year he was still settling in to a new league and a different tempo. He was talented, but a bit gangly and fond of over-elaborating some of the tricks and passes. By 2007 he had matured into a phemoninal footballer and the perfect athlete. 2008 was probably his best season for United. He's continued on an amazing upward trajectory. You would have to consider him in the top 10
greatest footballers of all time.

Blogger great_o'rety June 15, 2018 6:10 PM  

But that's exactly what's great about mundial. It's not about technical quality of play only. And there were times when a greater heart or quicker legs took some teams farther then others went with their superior skills.

Blogger weka June 15, 2018 6:49 PM  

The last penalty from Ronaldo was a thing of beauty.

Blogger JC Skinner June 15, 2018 6:59 PM  

Costa, the fake Spaniard, is a terrible cheat. Portugal, while technically inferior, deserved to win that. Thankfully they had Ronaldo to ensure they avoided being utterly robbed. I look forward now to Spain being found out and removed from the tournament by a (Western European) team able to provide some justice here.

Blogger David Power June 15, 2018 8:02 PM  

Not qualifying for the World Cup was the best thing that ever happened to Italy.

Without the bread and circuses to distract them, the Italian people were able to focus on freeing their country.

I am desperately hoping that as many European teams as possible, especially England, get knocked out in the first round.

Blogger David Power June 15, 2018 8:09 PM  

1 Corinthians 13:11

Blogger Dire Badger June 15, 2018 9:05 PM  

Are the south American teams still doing backflips and screaming every time an opponent comes close?

Blogger Rocklea Marina June 15, 2018 10:02 PM  

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Blogger Rocklea Marina June 15, 2018 10:04 PM  

That last goal was incredible. You got the sense that it was always going in from the moment he shaped up for it.

Blogger Lazarus June 15, 2018 10:34 PM  

Rocklea Marina wrote:That last goal was incredible. You got the sense that it was always going in from the moment he shaped up for it.

Did you catch the close-up of his instant meditation technique before starting the move? it was like a flicker of Zen Conciousness.

Blogger Lazarus June 15, 2018 10:41 PM  

Be that as it may, his record is one goal per .79 games in world cup play. He just used up 2.37 games worth of goals in one game.

He may have used up all his goals for the first round. Somebody better step up.

Blogger Daniel Paul Grech Pereira June 15, 2018 11:53 PM  

The only good part of living in Toronto, is seeing the fans of each team cry as their teams lose, one after another.

Blogger Rocklea Marina June 16, 2018 12:01 AM  

Lazarus wrote:
it was like a flicker of Zen Conciousness.

Yep, in the Zone for sure.

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