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. Pouchkine

    Pouchkine Registered User

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    If Croatia don't reach the final, their so called golden generation would be a huge failure.
     
  2. Elliman

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    Dream scenario for Russia?

    Russia gets an early PK & red card for Croatia. Russia wins 1-0

    Sweden beat England on PKS.

    Belgium knocks out Brazil
    Uruguay beats France

    Russia defeats Sweden

    Russia into the final.

    I’d assume they would prefer another crack at Uruguay? Over Belgium?
     
  3. Elliman

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    I think reaching the semis is enough.
     
  4. Pouchkine

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    They would be huge favorites over Sweden and favorites over England though. It would be a failure not to reach the final.
     
  5. Pouchkine

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    Russia the dream scenario would be beating Sweden and France for the World Cup, two famous victories!
     
  6. kovacro

    kovacro Uvijek Vjerni

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    They may be favorites IF they get by Russia but to say 'huge' is a bit much.

    I don't even know if bookmakers would make them a favorite v England. If so, it would be marginal.

    Of course, it all depends on if players pick up a knock or get suspended going into a potential semi as that could change things.
     
  7. Pouchkine

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    That's true.
     
  8. N o o d l e s

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    I would normally agree with you but the way the bracket has opened up I think otherwise. They're clearly the most talented team on that side of the bracket and not reaching the final would be a massive miss opportunity.
     
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  9. Suiteness

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    They're nowhere near as talented as Croatia, not even close.
     
  10. YNWA14

    YNWA14 Onbreekbaar

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    Croatia nowhere near as talented as Croatia?

    Interesting.
     
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    :laugh: For some reason I thought he was talking about England.
     
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    Ivan13 Super Joe!

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    So the FIFA disciplinary commission decided to give out a warning to the CFF and Danijel Subašić because he broke the dress code by having a t-shirt of his tragically lost friend under his jersey and revealed it after the game. What kind of a sick, twisted individual do you need to be to do that? The same goes for the moron who asked him about Hrvoje at the press conference making him cry and guys who then took I don't know how many pictures.
     
  13. pukovnik

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    I don't know who called them "golden generation", but whoever did that should inform us about medals and trophies they won at Euros, WC's, CC's...
     
  14. kovacro

    kovacro Uvijek Vjerni

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    Stay classy FIFA. They’re a bunch of ****sticks.
     
  15. Pouchkine

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    So at the moment what is the probable Russian XI?
     
  16. Stray Wasp

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    My heart says Croatia. My gloom says Russia.
     
  17. Eisen

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    Nothing against Olic but CSKA legend? He played a handful opf games there.
     
  18. Eisen

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    I completely get where you are coming from and I have sympathy for it. But we all know that it's forbidden. Has been for a long time.
     
  19. Firsov99

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    Respectfully disagree. I am not a CSKA fan, but I talk to the team’s fans very often. Olic is adored by CSKA fans. He was a part of the CSKA golden age. In just four seasons in Russia Olic won 3 championships (the 2003 win was the first one since 1991), two Russian Cups, and two Russian Supercups. And most importantly he helped CSKA to win the UEFA Cup, the first European Cup ever won by a Russian team. Trust me, he is loved their.
     
  20. Eisen

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    Fair enough, thanks, I didn't know he was that beloved there.
     
  21. Cassano

    Cassano nyeah eh

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    Agreed. They choked hard against Portugal in the Euros and they have no excuses not to get past Russia and England.
     
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    Expecting home cooking in a couple of hours ...
     
  23. Blender

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    Likely Croatia's last chance for a while to have some success, so time for them to put up some results with their "golden" generation.
     
  24. kovacro

    kovacro Uvijek Vjerni

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    If this group of players wins something, then they can be labelled as “golden”, otherwise they are just another generation of players that will come and go.
     
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    Exactly why I put it in quotes. You can't be a golden generation unless you have hardware.
     

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