Discussion in 'Soccer' started by Live in the Now, Jun 26, 2018.
Well there are good winners and bad winners congrats to all of you
Best of luck to Hrvaska..
I don't mean any disrespect to our Danish posters here, this is a happy moment for Croatian fans, not a slight to Danes, who played a great game, so don't take it the wrong way:
Croatia finally slayed the dragons of the Turkey loss in 2008. Huge mental hurdle for those boys.
Watching the celebrations, Kovacic couldn't lift up his arm so I doubt he will be available for the next match
Btw how is that not a red card on the on Rebic? Last man hacked Rebic down before he was about to put it in the net.
were going to the finals. book it.
There is only one ticket for Ceca's concert left, who picks it first....
Great keeper but a bit of a dick.
When the Aussie’s had the PK against him, he was yelling at the taker “c’mon c’mon!” It was hilarious.
He can complain all he wants. He’s going home.
At the end of the day, he’s a f***ing solid keeper. Would love him on my club.
I'm happy Croatia was able to squeak by because I don't expect them to play this poorly again. I think they should be in the final, unless they manage to lose to England.
I like the optimism, but it’s one game at a time.
Let’s get by the Russians first.
3 times since it's 7 vs 7 at their age.
The pressure is immense. No goalie is afraid of a penalty kick. They can only win. A striker has no excuse but nerves.
They showed the replay and his movement remained fluid, but the guy seems to have a bit of an entitlement problem, possibly from growing up as a dynasty player. Doesn't take away from him being a great keeper though, definitely in the running for the team's best player that game
Spoken like someone who hasn't taken a penalty in his life.
So let me get this straight, are you implying I'm a bad winner because I think it is ridiculous to hate a guy for missing a penalty?
This win feels even better in the morning reading statements from Danish players.
I had posted this a couple pages back:
Btw regarding yellow card/red card. Here’s the relevant section of the laws of the game:
I think this win will galvanize the Croatian team as they got that big hex off there back. Really felt good for Modric who put an unbelievable ball to Rebic which lead to a pk which he took very poorly. Took real nerves to step up and take another pk and slot it in the net.
I bet the game was a nailbiter for Croatian and Danish fans, but for neutral fans it was pure agony watching this. It was boring as f***, nothing happened. I can't decide if this game or Spain - Russia was more boring, where nothing happened as well. Both goalies were good, but more than most, most of those penalties were garbage.
If the games today are as boring as these two were... oh boy.
I think Croatia vs Spain would have been a good game as both countries want to play attacking football. Both the Russians and Danes play organized physical football. Danes were really giving Croatia all kinds of problems with long balls and throw ins as they were winning most of the duels.
"This boat looks awkward. It's listing heavily".
"Spoken like someone who never has built a boat in his life."
"This house looks awkward. The roof is obviously not holding the rain out".
"Spoken like someone who never has built a house in his life."
"This ski-jump looked like it was done by a scared monkey".
"Spoken like someone who never has jumped a ski-jump in his life."
And so on. And so on.
Those penalties were awful. Just shoot the ball down, hard, somewhat close to the post. This is supposed to be professional players.
Despite all the bickering between Denmark and Croatia fans, I fully support your team to go all the way - They are a very talented and likeable bunch!
Btw, the wife and I, just booked a 10 day stay in Makarska, and the stay overlaps the final.
Would be hella fun if it incl. Croatia.
Good luck Croatia!
Don't take offense to it, his dad was the same, a huge chirper.
But he does come off as arrogant at times, even in the Danish press, I guess that is a reflection of him growing up as the son of a legend, who himself could also be a bit arrogant - I think this is important for a goalie tho, all the good ones do seem a bit entitled/arrogant.
Btw, no Danes bar Schmeichel have said anything. Eriksen feels like shit, and keeps seeing his miss everytime he closes his eyes, or so he said.
So a certain poster should maybe stop seeing demons everywhere and just enjoy the win - Win with grace you know.
In youth football, I used to take penalties for my team. It was, at the time, a club in the highest division of Croatian youth football, aged 14, 15 and 16.
I was tall and played CB, I always took a run at the ball from a mile and the goalkeeper assumed I'd kick it high somewhere and I always just put it low right in the corner, always worked, goalkeepers barely moved.
Until one time the penalty was for our tournament life in at a youth tournament. A small, insignificant tournament, but it seemed massive to us.
All of a sudden the goalkeeper looked 2.5m tall and the goal looked like it was a handball goal.
And that one time, I didn't take the penalty like I always did, it was just different, your mind plays tricks on you (I still scored, the ball sort of went through the goalkeeper, I just shot it without even aiming).
Also, in youth football, low and in the corner works - at WC level, if the goalkeeper guesses, you're toast.
The only sure way to score is to blast it high - but the risk in shooting is twice as big then.
Now amplify that pressure by about a million. Or billion.
Take into account the opposing goalkeeper doing his antics to throw you off further.
Penalty shootouts are hard, man. The pressure is off the charts and it's ALL on the shooter.
There are teams that perform better (watch the Holland-Brazil 1998 shootout to see 5 perfect penalties by the Brazilians), but as a rule, most players are under such pressure that scoring that penalty is no mean feat.
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