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Saturday, July 07, 2018

Quarterfinals Day 2

England is the better team, but Sweden is solid at the back. Russia shouldn't be able to play with Croatia, but given all the upsets in this World Cup, who can say anymore.

At the end of the first half, England is up 1-0 and controlling the game easily. They could have had a second goal if Sterling could either a) finish one-on-ones or b) pass the ball to his open teammates.

And it's over. 2-0 England. Gareth Southgate has clearly had his team working hard on penalties and set plays.

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29 Comments:

Blogger SemiSpook37 July 07, 2018 11:19 AM  

Sterling’s thinking too much. They compared him with Rashford, who would have buried it or got it to the open man.

Blogger Desillusionerad July 07, 2018 11:31 AM  

Our (swedish) defense isn't the best it's been in the WC, but the problem is out inability to score - Berg, just cant score...

Blogger Difster July 07, 2018 11:52 AM  

The English team looks a lot less English than the Swedish team looks Swedish.

Blogger pyrrhus July 07, 2018 11:53 AM  

England 2-0, just looked stronger and faster the whole game.

Blogger Trinian July 07, 2018 11:54 AM  

England Wins 2 - 0 ! Two headers win it for England.

Blogger pyrrhus July 07, 2018 11:54 AM  

Both teams looked a lot more like their nations than the French or Belgian teams....

Blogger Desillusionerad July 07, 2018 11:56 AM  

oh well, England wins not unfairly, but gods, why couldn't they manage a single goal...
- Anyone but me thinks Mcguire should have gotten a second yellow card?

Blogger Heterodox July 07, 2018 12:05 PM  

It's really amazing to see how so many of these teams look nothing like the nations they represent. Eventually it will be our Africans versus your Africans. Kind of defeats the point of the world cup.

Blogger Eduardo July 07, 2018 1:46 PM  

Sweden did a pretty Mudball performance...

Let's all hope Russia wins it all XD. (nahh it will be France...)

Blogger Simon July 07, 2018 2:00 PM  

And the mighty England go marching on. We in the semis now.

Blogger pyrrhus July 07, 2018 2:36 PM  

Wow, brilliant Russian strike on a sudden counterattack, after Russia was on defense the first 30 minutes...1-0

Blogger Ex-Pat July 07, 2018 3:15 PM  

Belgium wins it all - as previously stated. As you were.

Blogger Jack Amok July 07, 2018 3:54 PM  

Extra Time is the dumbest thing. Just stop the freaking clock like every other sport does.

Blogger Jabari July 07, 2018 4:33 PM  

Wait, overtime isn't sudden death? I thought they changed to that some time back.

Matters here, Russia just tied it 2-2 after Croatia scored first in overtime.

Blogger Desillusionerad July 07, 2018 4:38 PM  

They tried sudden death a few WCs ago, but it was pretty universally panned - But god what a game, not the best of the WC, but the most exciting.

Blogger Paddy J S July 07, 2018 5:54 PM  

If England win, we (irish) will never hear end of it

Blogger Durandel July 07, 2018 6:03 PM  

I hope in the future any international competition has the requirement that only natives can play for their country, not immigrants and athletes on lease from dirt world countries.

Blogger Jack Amok July 07, 2018 6:18 PM  

If England win, we (irish) will never hear end of it

Eh, Rugby World Cup is next year. You can laugh at 'em when the Eagles take them down in pool play.

Blogger weka July 07, 2018 7:54 PM  

@Jack Amok. Would love to see the USA take out the English at the rugby world cup, bit they are not good enough or fit enough. The English have an Australian coach who knows the game owls won in the last 40 minutes.

I think England will lose to Australia, after France beats the All Blacks. We are usualku weak at big tournaments.

Blogger Lazarus July 07, 2018 8:23 PM  

England has a shot. Get past Croatia and they play a Euro team. Plus, their goalie is hot and the coach is competent.

Blogger KPKinSunnyPhiladelpia July 07, 2018 10:11 PM  

Durandel wrote:I hope in the future any international competition has the requirement that only natives can play for their country, not immigrants and athletes on lease from dirt world countries.

Good luck with that. Let me know how it turns out.

Blogger KPKinSunnyPhiladelpia July 07, 2018 10:26 PM  

You have to give mad props to the Russians. Besides the team being, you know, RUSSIAN, they played their guts out in every match. It's fitting that they lose to a team that is, you know, CROATIAN.

The touranment has been fun, but the soccer is not the greatest. I haven't looked at the stats, but I bet most goals have come from set pieces and penalties, rather than the run of play. Packed defenses are the rule, as is the case with modern soccer. Presses high and counters are the exception as the premium is placed on getting behind the ball quickly and establishing solid defensive lines and cutting off passing lanes. Thus the ball is in the air too much with the weak teams, and the great technical teams, like Spain and Germany, can't muster good chances with precise passing.

It means the soccer is either sloppy or ineffective. But it's a tournament, so there's always the underlying drama.

It's all the fault of Jose Mourinho. He has revolutionized modern soccer with his defense first philosophy, which is why he won the Champions league with a less than stellar Porto. His approach works. Klopp at Liverpool and Pep at Man City try to play the more old fashioned way, and they succeed more than they fail. But watch Jose win the EPL in the next couple of years with a bunch of 1-0 victories.

Blogger Lazarus July 07, 2018 10:39 PM  

The touranment has been fun, but the soccer is not the greatest.

High level club teams should always outshine national teams. The English team is the closest to a club team in the tournament. They all play in the English premiere league, which is consistently the best in the world because of the market in which it exists.

Blogger Thad tuiol July 07, 2018 11:39 PM  

Russian team was not 100% Russian, they had a Brazilian mutt playing for them. WTF was that all about?

Blogger Jack Amok July 07, 2018 11:57 PM  

The English have an Australian coach who knows the game owls won in the last 40 minutes.

Eddie has a track record of making a team good for two years, then collapsing. England is collapsing right now. He overtrains them, and makes weird picks for the squad.

A stretch for the US to beat them, but... Big Joe and AJ... and the US team is pretty fit.

Blogger Nikephoros II Phokas July 08, 2018 12:14 AM  

I'm rooting for Croatia over the African teams.

Blogger szopen July 08, 2018 3:07 AM  

Rooting for Croatia. I'm hoping they will win the Championship, even though it's very unlikely.

Blogger Insight July 08, 2018 4:04 AM  

Hmmm doesn't Brussels hold an important place in the EU/NWO?

Blogger Ranger July 08, 2018 4:17 AM  

finals will be BelgiumxEngland, Belgium will win and this will be used against Brexit

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