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Replying To Tirchonaill1:  "Delighted for Argentina tonight, how they didn't score another 2 or 3 I just don't know, Poland were pathetic, so disappointing for Mexico against the Saudi's.
I think Mexico would have given France a great game, as it is Poland v France will be like a bad prem lge game of top v bottom.
Messi had so much time on the ball tonight and his vision is unreal, hope they go along way and that they wallop the Aussies next time out.
Hype is building in John Bulls land, the sooner they are out the better, Shearer and Wright are getting harder to listen too, if that was possible."
England under Southgate never win a 50-50 game or when their underdogs, so a QF defeat to France certainly looks their faith.

TerribleFootwork (Wexford) - Posts: 217 - 01/12/2022 10:39:23    2449212

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Replying To TerribleFootwork:  "England under Southgate never win a 50-50 game or when their underdogs, so a QF defeat to France certainly looks their faith."
Bottlers supreme for sure. And not just under Southgate. Since I was born tbh!

Viking66 (Wexford) - Posts: 6131 - 01/12/2022 10:58:28    2449214

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Replying To Tirchonaill1:  "Delighted for Argentina tonight, how they didn't score another 2 or 3 I just don't know, Poland were pathetic, so disappointing for Mexico against the Saudi's.
I think Mexico would have given France a great game, as it is Poland v France will be like a bad prem lge game of top v bottom.
Messi had so much time on the ball tonight and his vision is unreal, hope they go along way and that they wallop the Aussies next time out.
Hype is building in John Bulls land, the sooner they are out the better, Shearer and Wright are getting harder to listen too, if that was possible."
Just Shearer and Wright, them all from top to bottom, thank heavens for Keane who brings them down a peg or two. England out next, then Americans followed by Australia, then we can relax and enjoy. Argentina or Germany would do it for me.

Saynothing (Tyrone) - Posts: 1385 - 01/12/2022 11:30:32    2449219

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Replying To Saynothing:  "Just Shearer and Wright, them all from top to bottom, thank heavens for Keane who brings them down a peg or two. England out next, then Americans followed by Australia, then we can relax and enjoy. Argentina or Germany would do it for me."
What have you got against the Americans and Australians?

Cockney_Cat (UK) - Posts: 1999 - 01/12/2022 11:43:39    2449220

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Argentina look to be back on track and on paper at least, have a straight-forward passage to the quarters. Poland were desperate last night though, so probably shouldn't read too much into it. I just think when the real pressure comes on in the latter stages Argentina could crumble. I hope not though. They're a great footballing nation with one of the best players ever. It would be nice to see them win it.

Lockjaw (Donegal) - Posts: 8176 - 01/12/2022 13:29:52    2449229

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Replying To Lockjaw:  "Argentina look to be back on track and on paper at least, have a straight-forward passage to the quarters. Poland were desperate last night though, so probably shouldn't read too much into it. I just think when the real pressure comes on in the latter stages Argentina could crumble. I hope not though. They're a great footballing nation with one of the best players ever. It would be nice to see them win it."
Wouldn't fancy Argentina myself, to many passengers like Di Maria on the team, taught Poland were awful last night, yeah the way the draw is shaping up they could get to semi final despite their deficiencies as Holland, Australia and US wouldn't be world beaters.

TerribleFootwork (Wexford) - Posts: 217 - 01/12/2022 13:52:04    2449234

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Replying To TerribleFootwork:  "Wouldn't fancy Argentina myself, to many passengers like Di Maria on the team, taught Poland were awful last night, yeah the way the draw is shaping up they could get to semi final despite their deficiencies as Holland, Australia and US wouldn't be world beaters."
Yeah Di Maria must be the most frustrating player to watch. God only knows what it's like to play with him. His decision-making for such an experienced player is inexplicable at times. They have a few other middling enough players as well. If they reach the semis having played well who knows though? Momentum can be a huge thing in sport and the best teams don't always necessarily win knockout tournament football.

Lockjaw (Donegal) - Posts: 8176 - 01/12/2022 13:58:59    2449237

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Replying To Lockjaw:  "Yeah Di Maria must be the most frustrating player to watch. God only knows what it's like to play with him. His decision-making for such an experienced player is inexplicable at times. They have a few other middling enough players as well. If they reach the semis having played well who knows though? Momentum can be a huge thing in sport and the best teams don't always necessarily win knockout tournament football."
That's a fair point bit of luck along the way can help too, for example a heavy hitter losing on your side of the draw, seen it in the euros over the years with Denmark and Greece while the Portugal team that won in 2016 was fairly average compared to Portugal teams which went before and after it.

TerribleFootwork (Wexford) - Posts: 217 - 01/12/2022 15:27:19    2449253

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Replying To TerribleFootwork:  "That's a fair point bit of luck along the way can help too, for example a heavy hitter losing on your side of the draw, seen it in the euros over the years with Denmark and Greece while the Portugal team that won in 2016 was fairly average compared to Portugal teams which went before and after it."
Greece likely 'made their own luck' in 2004 imo, and didn't fail a dope test either!! Seemed to have much more 'endurance' than other teams throughout the tournament, in the hot Portuguese sunshine.

Pope_Benedict (Galway) - Posts: 2712 - 02/12/2022 11:11:44    2449317

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