Discussion in 'Soccer' started by HajdukSplit, Mar 18, 2019.
Thank God England has turned it around, the last thing we need is Kosovo beating England as well
Kosovo’s defense will be their issue if they make Euros, attacking wise they are fine for their standards
Obviously Keane's mistake but Barkley had time to turn and go forwards rather than pass back. An assist at both ends for Keane though.
Sterling's been great. Sancho good too.
Goals flying in at the moment, Kosovo cut the lead to 5:3, Portugal retake the lead in Lithuania while Iceland twice come from behind to equalize with Albania
CR7 continues GOAT international form
I'm kind of sad to see the Kosovo unbeaten run coming to th end
Still to be determined whether Ronaldo has all
4 goals or just the hatty. Some sources are crediting him with 4, wholesome others are crediting the keeper with an own goal on Portugal’s second of the night.
Iceland with the most disappointing result of the day losing in Albania and falling off the pace that France and Turkey have set at the top of the group.
England - Kosovo 5:3
Montenegro - Czech Rep 0:3
Can't really see England dropping points in this group, although they still go to Czech, Bulgaria and Kosovo so maybe they slip up there but they handled Kosovo with ease today who are the form team in this group. Czechs with a very important win against Montenegro. Czechs/Kosovo will fight for 2nd, they both play England (Czechs at home) and Kosovo go to Prague. On paper Kosovo have the tougher fixtures remaining but the Czechs will need to get a result in Sofia too
Lithuania - Portugal 1:5
Luxembourg - Serbia 1:3
Two expected results although at point Lithuania was tied. CR7 scored 4 goals. Ukraine in good shape for second, Portugal with the edge in second place with a game in hand and one point above Serbia. Portugal with the exception of a trip to Ukraine only play the group minnows
Albania - Iceland 4:2
France - Andorra 3:0
Moldova - Turkey 0:4
Turkey had an easier time away in Moldova than home to Andorra and are on top due to H2H with France on 15 points. Iceland fought back twice in Albania but wound up losing so they are now three points back. Still tough group to call, France could wrap it up in October playing Iceland away and Turkey at home. Iceland still have to go to Turkey in November
You don't want them to become the new Iceland ?
Looks like the Cinderella-story of Iceland is coming to an end.
So basically after roughly 2/3rds of qualifying
Pretty Much Qualified: Belgium, Russia, Italy
Good Shape: England, Ukraine, Germany, Spain
I only put Spain in good shape because they still go to both Sweden and Norway and I won't assume any results
Scotland, Belarus and Georgia are pretty much out of the running for top 2 in their groups but have the Nations League fallback
If qualifying ended today this would be the playoffs (I'm assuming I got this correct )
League A: Netherlands vs. Hungary; Switzerland vs. Iceland
League B: Bosnia vs. Israel; Austria vs. Wales
League C: Scotland vs. Bulgaria (what a joke, have either team won a game in the group?); Norway vs. Serbia
League D: Georgia vs. Belarus; Macedonia vs. Kosovo
England - Kosovo was like a drunk Fifa game. Great fun. Midfield and defence were shite though.
Netherlands have the tiebreak over Germany now IIRC. As long as they don't 'slip up' they should finish 1st in that group.
Has Rice really been that bad? Haven't seen either match.
Concerning to see England match Kosovo in the ways they did today.
Rice looked tired, not bad.
Maguire and Keane on the other hand, they were REALLY bad.
Concerning on a different level, I guess. He's really not a player West Ham can afford to rest. Does all the work in front of the defense.
I just saw a fair bit of whining about him online.
Xhaka-esque pen to concede
Imagine spending $130m between Maguire and Keane. Yikes.
The players you could buy with that kind of money.
During the Scotland v Belgium broadcast the play-by-play guys were laughing how it's unbelievable Scotland will still have a chance to qualify for the EURO
They're our direct competition for second place, so I certainly don't want them doing well, but wow, the idea of them becoming the hipster option for Euro 2020? barf
Rice wasn't bad, one bad pass which lead to Kosovo's 2nd. He was good against Bulgaria.
Here, if you believe these things, are the odds of qualifying after doing 10,000 simulations: Football rankings: 2020 UEFA EURO qualification: 10000 simulations (11 September 2019)
Of course the games are played on the pitch and not on computers
At 99% or higher: Belgium, Italy, Spain, England, France, Russia, Germany, Portugal, Ukraine (98.9)
90+%: Netherlands (97.8), Turkey (95.7), Poland (93.9), Croatia (92.8), Finland (91.5), Switzerland (90.7)
80-89%: Denmark (84.5), Czech Republic (83.6), Sweden (80.1)
50-79%: Austria (69.7), Slovakia (66.3), Rep of Ireland (65.9), Wales (56.3), Serbia (52.6)
*This has all the League D playoff teams at under 50%, it has Georgia as the favorites to win the playoff but Kosovo has the higher chance of qualifying because they have a second path in their group. If Rep of Ireland and Wales don't finish in the top two of their groups, one will not make it as they are in the same league for the playoffs so the next favorite to make it is Hungary or Romania as these calculations have Iceland very low in both automatic qualifying and the playoff
Interesting tidbit - England requested that UEFA shift the game against Czech Republic in Prague this Friday to a different date because they are afraid the Friday night date and cheap Czech beer will make their fans lose their legendary English civility. UEFA has refused, the game is going ahead as planned, around six thousand English fans are expected.
Incredible really. Also Making plans for the boorish Bulgarians , trying to take the shine off the skeletons in their own closet. Racism still exists pretty much everywhere.
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