World Cup: QF: Russia vs. Croatia, 7/7/2018

Discussion in 'Soccer' started by Live in the Now, Jul 1, 2018.

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Who advances?

Poll closed Jul 7, 2018.
  1. Croatia

    70.5%
  2. Russia

    29.5%
  1. Jussi

    Jussi Registered User

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    Maradona at the '94 WC.

    And yes, it's well known Lewis and others were protected by USOC/track & field federation. Just like IAAF protected major athletes under whathisname.
     
  2. pukovnik

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    Dario Srna last year I think.
     
  3. Corto

    Corto Faceless Man

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    First half was rubbish. The two man midfield with Modric and Rakitic wasn't working as they weren't free enough to go forward and noone was there to help them win balls.

    Second half, much better, should've ended the game after the Perisic chance and the way Croatia controlled play with Modric and Rakitic more free, first with Kramaric involved in play more and then with Brozovic coming on.

    Russia was fighting, but no offense, their strategy was Akinfeev hoofing the ball at Dzyuba in the 2nd half.

    If Vrsaljko isn't fit for the England game... Well, that's a problem. While he's somewhat limited offensively, his defensive ability is what makes him a top-5 RB in Europe.

    I'm happy though. :) :) :)
     
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  4. Jussi

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    Major footballer. ;)
     
  5. Khomutov

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    Smolov WTF
     
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    I haven't seen many penalties that missed like Fernandes' did. Yikes.
     
  7. mw2noobbuster

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    If you want to see a disgrace of a penalty, go watch Zaza kick against Germany in the EURO. Funniest I've ever seen.
     
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  9. Wee Baby Seamus

    Wee Baby Seamus Yo, Goober, where's the meat?

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    I'll never not chuckle at this :laugh:
     
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    Did I say that?

    Fact: they toyed with Germany.
    Fact: they parked the bus against Romania after Suker scored on a PK.

    You don't have to be so defensive. IMO the Modric generation is better than Suker generation, but that's surely debatable.
     
  11. Khomutov

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    Badest penalty was Baggio in 1994.

    Ever.
     
  12. mw2noobbuster

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    I hear from multiple sources that he is still running up to kick, to this day.
     
  13. Duchene2MacKinnon

    Duchene2MacKinnon Dybalascibar

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    To think Marcelino who gets ZERO credit on here made him look something resembling a footballer.even for a short period of time.

    Seriously, why does he continue to be ignored on here. Is it becuase only a handful of posters watch non Barca/madrids games
     
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    I don't know about notable but river plate just got hit with a scandle involving multiple players. Some were/are considered big prospects.
     
  15. cgf

    cgf FireBednarsSuccessor

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    Please, not listening to enough Serbian music is why we wrecked you in 96, and you needed a sending off to beat us in 98 :naughty:
     
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    Wasn’t Fred done for doping a few years ago?
     
  17. Live in the Now

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    I remember that, and I also remember it got ignored when those players were transferred.

    People should look up microdosing. If any individual has a good doctor they can't get caught. It's a new era and most everyone is doing something, the difference with Russia is, it seems they have a team/government program, which is always easy to find out about. Too many people have to know about it and not say anything.
     
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    kovacro Uvijek Vjerni

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    Fact: Germany had 10 men for 50+ minutes so they should have toyed with them given the quality of their side. I just wonder if people actually recall that. Croatia then went onto score their 3 goals after that.

    Romania - Rd. Of 16, Suker scored, I think at the very end of the 1st half. Dunno if they really parked the bus but for some reason I recall the game being fairly non descript. Not one of the best games of that tourney.

    I agree with their plan today. It was too defensive. Modric and Rakitic sat too deep. They should have played higher and forced the issue on the Russians. They gave them too much respect.
     
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    Apparently no one can go to hockey and football finals at the same time. Even Germans and Russians. Maybe Canada will try in 2022?:D
     
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    Initial claim ignores the fact that Rodchenkov revoked his accusations in court. That's why Russians were returned their medals and still hold number 1 spot in Sochi Olympics. Lying in court is pretty dangerous game and he didn't dare to play it. Athletes that never failed a test were banned from the next Winter Olympics including South Korean athlete competing for Russia. How Rodchenkov did in court came only well after the Seoul Olympics but wasn't reported in the Western media. Basically "state sponsored doping program" looks like a bogus at this point.

    If someone attempts to play trust-don't trust game then let's not hide behind whataboutism. Dr Mark Bonar of UK getting cought recently and how many such doctors are out there?! UK's out of nowhere success in London Olympics could raise some eyebrows, they performed like never before out-medalling Russia, a country with quite bigger population, and these days they are outperforming China too, standing only behind US. It cannot be explained by "crowd support" as we are mainly talking about power oriented sports, not game sports like soccer. And how can we forget pretty big number of US top names testing positive. So yeah lets not hold Russians to some special/higher standards here.
     
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    I agree with the last part. IMO Modric and the rest have too much talent compared to the Russia and Denmark to leave it all to luck at the end. They should have won it fair and square well before that.
     
  22. Wee Baby Seamus

    Wee Baby Seamus Yo, Goober, where's the meat?

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    Okay I'm rewatching this entire shootout right now, and man I forgot just how bad it was.
     
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  23. Chimaera

    Chimaera same ol' Caps

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    I completely agree that many teams and players probably dope. I’m not ignorant in that. Sure, these are elite athletes, but the bounce back from injuries and sheer physiques that some have at their late 30s is crazy.

    But I do think Russia is a bit more blatant about it with their state sponsored program.

    I know FIFA doesn’t care, but I would be interested in seeing what is actually done to try and test.


    And yes, a lot of track athletes have some questions about them.
     
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    Russian rocket and Croatian rocket

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    kovacro Uvijek Vjerni

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    They tend to do that. Play to the level of their opposition.

    They were inches away when Perisic hit the post, but yes, should be decisive enough to win it in 90’.
     

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