World Cup 2018: Hoo Ya Rootin Fer!?

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Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Jul 11, 2018 - 01:45pm PT

Congrats Croatia, and well done to a young English team.

France - Croatia coming...

The excellent French team is the favorite... anything can happen...
Russ Walling

Social climber
from Poofters Froth, Wyoming
Jul 11, 2018 - 01:47pm PT

One sided? hmmmm.... I watched the whole match and would not say that at all... England a bit flat after the equalizer, but a good game on the whole.

Not enough shots on goal to really make it happen though... refs a bit inconsistent but equal...

Go Croatia!!!! Frenchies be damned!!!
mooch

Trad climber
Tribal Base Camp (Riverkern Annex)
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 11, 2018 - 02:08pm PT
A few missed oppotunities for Kane in the first half. Stoked that Croatia is head to the finals against France. Gonna be a tough fight for them, especially against this young lad....

John M

climber
Jul 11, 2018 - 02:27pm PT
I was mostly reacting to the contention that Croatia was much better. It was a good game until England went flat. The first half could have been 2-0 England, or 1-1. It just looked to me like England had more chances and won more balls. Then they just seemed to go flat. Some of that can be attributed to Croatia's forwards, who in the second half turned it up another notch and were contesting every ball, whereas England's backs were playing sloppy. Because of that, Croatia tied it up and England seemed to lose their way.

I like Croatia. They have had some tough fought matches. I didn't know if they would have enough in the tank after their win over Russia. I will root for Croatia over France. Go American Fries! Oh wait.. it was Freedom Fries. oops.. bringing politics into it.
blahblah

Gym climber
Boulder
Jul 11, 2018 - 02:37pm PT
Look I don't know much about soccer but I know something about a good old fashioned butt whuppin when I see one. Admittedly I started watching after England scored and wasn't paying that much attention anyway, but I saw enough to see that England was desperately hanging on for dear life most of the game.
Here are the relevant stats:
Shots (on Goal)
Croatia: 22 (7)
England: 11 (1)

The 22 to 11 margin is pretty much a blowout I'd say, but the real diff is between the shots on goal (which I think is the only way to score in this game, unless there's another way I don't know about).

I did see Croatia got penalized a little more so they could have cheated some, hard for me to say.
kief

Trad climber
east side
Jul 11, 2018 - 02:49pm PT
England rode the luck of the draw throughout the tournament. Has any team ever gotten so far while creating fewer chances against such marginal opposition? Ten goals out of twelve from set pieces. One goal an accidental deflection. Yeah, they demolished Panama. Meanwhile Belgium disposed of Brazil and Croatia took apart Argentina. Croatia seem unlikely to prevail on Sunday, but least it will be a final with two teams that played memorable football to get there.
stevep

Boulder climber
Salt Lake, UT
Jul 11, 2018 - 03:01pm PT
Yeah, that was not really great showing from England. They did look better for much of the first half, but didn't really take enough advantage of it.
They never really played any strong teams at full strength...Belgium played their B team, and Colombia was missing James Rodriguez.
Against a Croatia team that should have been much more tired, it was England that looked like they ran out of gas and ideas.

Maybe next time try picking fewer Spurs players ;-)
Climberdude

Trad climber
Clovis, CA
Jul 11, 2018 - 04:50pm PT
Go Croatia!
ms55401

Trad climber
minneapolis, mn
Jul 11, 2018 - 09:07pm PT
Plucky Croats.

I imagine the proper term is Croatian but I stick with Croat.

GO, CROATIA
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jul 12, 2018 - 11:44pm PT
England had the game in hand and then played not to lose while Croatia played to win. I was splaining that to La Femme about 30 seconds before Croatia scored their first. Full credit win.

Final should be very entertaining but France is too big, too fast, and too skilled with a better keeper.
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Jul 13, 2018 - 05:28am PT
and...it would be hard for me to imagine the Croatian players being able to recover in time after such an effort. France not only has an extra day of rest but was able to take care of business with Belgium in 90 minutes.

edit - blahblah, the Belgian side also had quite a mix of folks with African roots.
blahblah

Gym climber
Boulder
Jul 13, 2018 - 10:05am PT
Interesting article about how the French team could be regarded as a Pan-African team

https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2785862-why-france-are-carrying-africas-hopes-in-the-world-cup-final?utm_source=cnn.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=editorial

I'm not trying to start a "black people are better at sports" type post (even though at certain types of running at least (maybe all types), they sure seem to be, and soccer has a lot of running involved I think), just interesting that the "native" Frenchmen are getting more than a little help out there.
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Jul 14, 2018 - 09:21am PT
Belgium 2 , England 0

yawn.

England goes out as 4th best team, and gets $22 million in prize money? for what? they won only 2 games in regular play, against powerhouses Panama and Tunisia.

On the other hand, Belgium goes out with head held high, having lost only one game, and they presented great spectacle in every one of those games.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jul 14, 2018 - 10:05am PT
Roberto Martinez is a genius for getting those guys to play so well. They don’t have overwhelming talent. Fellaini is past his prime and I don’t think Lukaku has reached his, plus he could stand to lose 15 pounds.

Really like Croatia but I gotta go with La Femme’s crew. We’ll be watching it on top of a mountain in arctic Sweden! WOOT!
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Jul 15, 2018 - 08:11am PT
first ten minutes and it's Croatia who are playing like they want it
ms55401

Trad climber
minneapolis, mn
Jul 15, 2018 - 08:30am PT
that was a superb Croatian strike

good match so far
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jul 15, 2018 - 08:31am PT
Perisic certainly put a bulge in the old onion bag! Helluva game!

It’s partay time in Sverige! Woot!
Credit: Reilly
the Fet

climber
Tu-Tok-A-Nu-La
Jul 15, 2018 - 09:17am PT
Refs need to give more penalties for grabbing other players. The beautiful game is getting ugly.
ms55401

Trad climber
minneapolis, mn
Jul 15, 2018 - 09:28am PT
garbage time now at 4-2

put in Carmelo Anthony!!
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jul 15, 2018 - 09:45am PT
There must not be a word in Croatian for ‘quit’. Respect!

BTW, a tip of the hat to the refs for this game and the vast majority I saw.
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