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  1. Davrum

    2018 Semi Finals - FRA vs BEL & ENG vs CRO

    Did you somehow fail to scroll down half a page and see when Panama tried to pull the exact same malarkey against England? Or do you just have a terrible, terrible memory?
  2. Davrum

    2018 Semi Finals - FRA vs BEL & ENG vs CRO

    How can you say that man?!?!? If Lukaku gets a hat trick and Kane fails to score the golden boot belongs to Belgium!!! You mean the Ashley Young who was the key provider for the opening goal against Sweden?
  3. Davrum

    2018 Semi Finals - FRA vs BEL & ENG vs CRO

    God dammit, that kid is so cute I can't even hate Vida for his horrendous hair anymore.
  4. Davrum

    2018 Semi Finals - FRA vs BEL & ENG vs CRO

    Really wonderful heart shown by Croatia. Just a heroic performance all round. Given their brutal first two group stage games it seemed unlikely they would be the ones to finish the semi as the stronger side but they really made it look quite easy in the end.
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    2018 Semi Finals - FRA vs BEL & ENG vs CRO

    If Vida didn't want all these jeers he shouldn't sport such an assault of a hairstyle.
  6. Davrum

    2018 Semi Finals - FRA vs BEL & ENG vs CRO

    England all over them, completly bossing the half. Croatia has nothing left in the tank. It's coming home.
  7. Davrum

    2018 Semi Finals - FRA vs BEL & ENG vs CRO

    Croatia look spent already. Look in Modric's eyes. He has nothing left. It's coming home.
  8. Davrum

    2018 Semi Finals - FRA vs BEL & ENG vs CRO

    Noooooooo, 1982 was effing brill. The magnificent Brazil of Socrates, Eder, Serginho, Zico and Falcao were ACTUAL LITERAL POETRY. The last true Jogo Bonito side - a pure joy to watch every time they did their thing. Plus we had stuff like Bryan Robson with the 27 second goal against France, Northern Ireland defeating their Spain hosts, Teen Maradona getting sent off, the wonderfully odd second round being another group stage. And one of the best finals for a long, long time, including the greatest goal celebration in the history of football. It's funny you say the club stuff is what matters given how many players and former players have been saying over the course of the tournament that for them nothing tops/topped representing their nation. The country/corporate divide always fascinates me when it comes to the fan viewpoint. ETA: The commentator's viewpoint too. It always seems like a waste to me when a World Cup commentator mentions a player's employer instead of something which means something so much more to them as they carry out the highest honour in the sport. "Now here's Paul Pogba who grew up in the commune of Lagny-sur-Marne in the eastern suburbs of Paris" is waaaaaaay more evocative - not to mention accurate - than "Now here's Paul Pogba from Manchester United."
  9. Davrum

    2018 Semi Finals - FRA vs BEL & ENG vs CRO

    Heh, I was only 4 for 1978, and living in New Zealand, so have no memory of it. Zidane's France were right up there, but I consider them a pre-Ronaldo's Brazil side. Even though a few were still around all the way through till 2006 their true glory days were before Ronaldo won the World Cup for Brazil. The Spanish and Germans played some very neat football in more recent times but had not even a quarter of the charisma of Ronaldo's Brazil and Zidane's France, or even Bergkamp's Netherlands, and, as such, not the same type of thrill for me. Aside from the borefest of Italia '90 we had record low numbers of goals in 2006 and 2010, with notable uptick in scoring in 2014 and 2018. All that said, I mostly get where you're coming from. There've been goals aplenty but 2018 has kind of lacked in sex appeal.
  10. Davrum

    2018 Semi Finals - FRA vs BEL & ENG vs CRO

    As an old man whose first World Cup was Espana '82 I kind of get where you're coming from, but then for me there hasn't been a massively thrilling international team of the type you seem to be alluding to since the Brazil of Ronaldo, Cafu, Roberto Carlos et al at the start of the millennium. That said, as a neutral, so far I consider this to be the most entertaining World Cup overall since France '98.
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    2018 Semi Finals - FRA vs BEL & ENG vs CRO

    I mean, I wouldn't call them "weak" per se, and like I said I'll be hollering for a Belgian victory, but it has to be said that in terms of creating legit goalscoring chances Brazil didn't just create more against Belgium than they had against any other opponent, they created more against Belgium than almost anyone had against any other opponent. Only one game in the entire tournament featured a side which created more than Brazil did in that game. And to be clear, even with a questionable non-penalty call or two for Kompany taking Jesus down or Vertonghen's fingers in Neymar's eyeball, I'm not saying Brazil "deserved" to beat Belgium - creating an avalanche of opportunities doesn't mean jack if you go on to waste them in numbers so great they become comical - my worry as one who roots for the Red Devils is simply that if there is another side who wield as much creative firepower as Brazil at this tournament then it's France.
  12. It's probably wishful thinking but I'm picking England to set piece their way past a hobbling Croatia. Of course the Croats are more star-studded but their flash group phase play hasn't carried over to the two knock-out round ties which have emptied their gas tanks in a physical sense, and perhaps in an emotional sense too, especially given the political turmoil which is a part of their story. Meanwhile, the plucky, unfancied youngsters from Gareth's Gang practically strolled past Sweden and rather than controversy and strife at home are backed by a nation who have rightfully fallen madly in love with them. From the other semi, it'd be so much fun to see Martinez's Men continue to ride the wave of luck which has seen them escape from two group phase matches they could so very easily have lost, but given how little trouble even a stuttering Brazil had cutting through them time and time again to create an avalanche of opportunities it's tough not to see France just having too much firepower. Want: Belgium vs England final. Predict: France vs England final.
  13. Davrum

    2018 Quarter-finals

    Heh, and never mind the monumental contribution from our gracious Russian hosts!
  14. Davrum

    2018 Quarter-finals

    THE GODS WERE LISTENING!!!
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    2018 Quarter-finals

    Job done! Hopefully the late game goes to extra time and saps England's opponent for the semi.
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