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    World Cup 2018

    I fear we might see Croatia perform better than they have in the last two rounds where they’ve seemed bereft of ideas at times against teams happy to sit deep.
    Obviously hope not and England can certainly beat them if they don’t play a lot better


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    Amazed, and delighted for Southgate, that they are still in it, but think France/Belgium would have been a better final. France going forward have been awesome at times. If England can beat Croatia, I can't see them beating the French or the Belgians and I think it would be a more of a shame to get to the final and then lose.

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    In Moscow for today’s game. Hopefully be at Final where I’m pleased that our opponents would be France as I think Belgians would have been a much greater threat
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    Didn't manage to see any of yesterday's football (either the WC or the Hoops' 0-3 CL qualifier win) having been stuck in A&E when Mrs O was rushed in by ambulance after taking unwell while out with her sisters-in-law.

    She got home last night after they concluded her blood pressure had appeared to take a sudden dip for no obvious reason. She's feeling much better so maybe I'll get peace to catch a recording on i-player or catch-up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tout Seul View Post
    In Moscow for today’s game. Hopefully be at Final where I’m pleased that our opponents would be France as I think Belgians would have been a much greater threat
    Wow, enjoy the occasion TS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tout Seul View Post
    In Moscow for today’s game. Hopefully be at Final where I’m pleased that our opponents would be France as I think Belgians would have been a much greater threat
    Enjoy today and hope you get to the final supporting our boys.
    Agree we’d have a better chance against France than we would’ve done against Belgium IF getting through


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    Disagree, France look to have less weaknesses than Belgium, I guess that's why they're in the Final.

    I'm not sure we'll get through tonight heart so wants it but heads says it's 40/60 chance. So hope I'm wrong.

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    Are Croatia any stronger than Sweden?
    Ah! but a man's reach should exceed his grasp......

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    Having backed Englandshire to win once the draw opened up (also have France), I'll be relatively content if they get through, though part of me will be happy to have done my dough if they don't!

    On balance, I think they should be able to beat Croatia unless it goes to penalties - you'd always fancy Subasic to save 1 or 2.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Colin Phillips View Post
    Are Croatia any stronger than Sweden?
    Yes

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    I don't know what I'll be doing for entertainment if Croatia don't go through.

    I've spent the last couple of turgid matches making up names for players for a few teams:

    (The '-ic' enings are to be pronounced '-itch')

    The Croatian joyrider young player - Stolavan Ranitinadic

    Russian hardman - Kiki Zbozov

    Russian coach (while they were still in it) - Pulashokov

    Croatian midfield dynamo - Harin Olovripic

    Russian diver - Gerim Sentov

    Croatian gay player - Harkat Yuyabic
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    You are a cumudgeon DO!��
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    That's the politest thing I've been called in the recent past, TS

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    Fvck sake.. Croatia are playing like a side crippled by fear.

    This could end up a cricket score.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Desert Orchid View Post
    Fvck sake.. Croatia are playing like a side crippled by fear.

    This could end up a cricket score.
    No need to worry. They're going home.
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    A bit like an Epsom Derby horse England were tonight, who had the speed but not enough stamina.. A great effort though to get this far. Best team on the night won. No complaints here. We could definately have been 3/0 up at half time, but equally Croatia could have been 3/1 or 4/1 up by full time.
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    World Cup 2018

    Some dodgy refereeing decisions there but congrats to Croatia who were the better team over the 120 minutes IMO.
    We could and should have put it out of their reach by half time though


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    I haven't been at all impressed by the refereeing. VAR has been a positive. Getting to the semi-final I honestly believe flatters England who struggled to beat Scotland on the way through and we know we're sh1te.

    With sides like Spain, Germany, Argentina etc underperforming it's a bit like a race falling apart because the good horses, for whatever reason, haven't shown their form.

    I've been very impressed with Southgate. He's shaping up as the best England manager since Bobby Robson.

    Fair play too to the ITV commentary team. I thought they were as measured and impartial as any commentating team could be, not over-reacting in the face of some poor decisions against England.

    But for the sake of our sanity, thank fvck they're out. No offence, guys.

    PS - I reckon France will slaughter Croatia.
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    Think they should release the same song with the new decades innit...

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    First time I've ever been gutted to see englandshire lose
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