Semi-Final: Croatia vs England

Discussion in 'World Cup 2018 Talk' started by Aevius, Jul 8, 2018.


Who will advance to the finals?

Poll closed Jul 11, 2018.
  1. Croatia

    11 vote(s)
  2. England

    22 vote(s)
  1. Crocrodile

    Crocrodile Well-Known Member

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  2. Rain Dance

    Rain Dance Well-Known Member Trusted

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  3. carlito'sway

    carlito'sway Well-Known Member

    You are really painting with a broad brush, aren't you?
    Just an advice, generalizations like that are almost always unhelpful and off the mark, so go easy on them.
  4. carlito'sway

    carlito'sway Well-Known Member

    Not a big fan of this France style and general team play, but it is a serious stretch to say that France have been the most defensive team in the tournament. A number of teams would beg to differ......
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2018
  5. Rimaal

    Rimaal Questionable Taste

    Passionate is one thing, acting like a Pool fan is another. England fans went full Liverpool.
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  6. blaze_of_glory

    blaze_of_glory The wheel turns Moderator

    Meanwhile back in 2016

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  7. rich 1990

    rich 1990 Not Actually a Moaner

    You're generalising generalisations.
  8. Makingtrax

    Makingtrax Hoping Emery cloud has a silver lining

    I take your point about Valdano, but it was published in a main stream newspaper and Gary Lineker, probably the biggest and most respected UK TV pundit, tweeted this before the match to highlight how good Modric is. So I reject your Ronaldo analogy.

    You judgement is too harsh
  9. pacstud

    pacstud Well-Known Member

    If anyone didn't believe during qualifiers, the Croats abject deconstruction of Argentina should have made everyone a believer. A true team with an insane midfield.

    And correct me if I'm wrong, but they've basically played an extra game?

  10. Crocrodile

    Crocrodile Well-Known Member

    Compared to France, yes, 90 mins more even though we could/should have won all 3 in regulation. Wouldn't change anything for the world, they 've grown stronger and resilient through it. Warriors.

    So pumped for the final, I like our chances given that France hasn't seen such a combative front 3, faced a midfield of our stature in terms of quality and our defense has been statistically one of the best.

    The lads will be ready to play through pain, sickness, fatigue. They will be ready.

    +unfinished business from 1998 WC.
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  11. arsenalforlife14

    arsenalforlife14 Well-Known Member

    Playing defensively doesn’t necessarily means boring.
    If you play a defensive tactic, but you counter with clever play, great through passes, dribble skills... Even if the score is zero, it’d be good to watch.

    If you play attacking football, but all you do is playing long ball. Even if you scored 10 goals, it’d still be a boring match.
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2018
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  12. krackpot

    krackpot Well-Known Member

    For me, it depends on how much Pogba wants it.

    Belgium will probably thrash England, though. Unless they fix their fullbacks. And midfield
  13. Kajgod

    Kajgod Member

    So, an Englishman and a Frenchman walk into a bar again.

    "Why so sad?", says the Frenchman, "it's just football."

    "Let's see how you'll handle it, come Sunday", says the Englishman.
  14. GunnerUK

    GunnerUK Member

    Did we really tho. Maybe we seemed Overzealous at times and some thought we had the god given right to make the final but I personally don’t think a huge Majority actually thought we would win the World Cup. France is clearly the better side and we would of struggled against them. I was even really nervous against Sweden and thought we’d go out. The “coming home” stuff is just a song that Represents our football team it was a song from 1996 when we hosted the euros so football was coming home. Just feel the England team gets a lot of hate on AM for reasons I’m not entirely sure there are way more national teams you could hate more. Italy for instance are a really cocky and arrogant side.
  15. GunnerUK

    GunnerUK Member

    Saying that from my last post at least Arsenal Mania is not as bad as RedCafe.

    They have a thread titled “let’s all laugh at England”


    With hundreds of posts slating the national side
  16. Vinci

    Vinci The Sultan of Unai

  17. American_Gooner

    American_Gooner Not actually American. Unless Di Marzio says so. Moderator

    Nazi salutes and all the rest of it...
  18. GunnerUK

    GunnerUK Member

    I take it you’re Croatian Croc. You must be buzzing today your whole country must be in Ecstacy. Credit where is due you boys were excellent yesterday your senior players like Modric and Mandzukic showed why they play for the worlds best. Better team won no doubt.

    Scenes if you win the World Cup...
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  19. GunnerUK

    GunnerUK Member

    Embarrassing stuff. They are total idiots.

    The real England fan have no connection to these Milwall and Chelsea chavs
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  20. misko

    misko New Member

    It's really sad for the best player of the tournament Kane, he deserved to play the final

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