World Cup Russia 2018 Thread

What a fabulous game! Thought Spain edged it and was surprised that they took Costa off, who looked hungry and a constant threat.  Ronaldo continues to show was a footballing genius he is and Portugal will feel they earned their draw.  

Christopher_M posted:
dave marshall posted:
Christopher_M posted:

Wondering if we've just had the Goal of The Tournament with Nacho's! #helluvastrike

Nope, Ronaldo's just taken that one.

Fair enough Dave, but get me with me hashtags. Not bad for an old un 

This old un singularly failed to register the significance of the hashtag ............... I'm so last century. 

Great game, though.

So after Ronaldo's Roy of the Rovers turn on Friday night Messi again failed to shine in an Argentina shirt as they were held to a 1-1 draw by those incredible Icelandic super heroes! These first group stage matches can disappoint sometimes when most teams are more focussed on not losing than on winning however things will pick up as teams have to win to qualify for the next stages. 

Today we will get a first look at the World Champions Germany v Mexico and also the team with most to prove after the last world cup Brazil v Switzerland but first up is Costa Rica v Serbia at 1pm.

Nothing I have seen so far has made me change my mind about Germany retaining their title but then again we haven't seen Brazil yet who on paper should win this tournament without breaking into a sweat.

Love it! The Germans completely underestimated Mexico and were ponderous - and they were punished for it. Chicharito, Lozano, the rest of the team, the manager, the raucous fans were all magnificent!

A great, classic WC upset, even better than Iceland holding off Argentina yesterday.

¡Viva México!

Muller, van Hummells, Noyer, Gomez are past their best plus Shweinsteigger and Lalm have retiredi. Ozil has caught Rooneys/Owens disease where you burst onto the scene as a youngster and then decline with every season.

Hence my prediction on page 2 of the Germans not making it as far as the last 4. It would fill me with great joy to see them go out on penalties.

wenger2015 posted:

I wouldn’t write the Germans off just yet, despite not playing well they could have easily ended up with a draw. 

It’s certainly making it a much more interesting tournament.... 

100% agree the Germans will be in amongst it in the latter stages of this tournament.

Bob the Builder posted:
wenger2015 posted:

I wouldn’t write the Germans off just yet, despite not playing well they could have easily ended up with a draw. 

It’s certainly making it a much more interesting tournament.... 

100% agree the Germans will be in amongst it in the latter stages of this tournament.

It is a remarkable fact that tournament winners appear to have lost the first match relatively often.

but... Scheisse!

(I support the Germans during this tournament)

thebigfredc posted:

A thought for tomorrow....Tunisia are Africa's highest ranked team of 21st compared with Engerland's 12th and didn't lose a group game. Draw?

The Tunisians will be a tricky opponent, although they do have some key players missing....

Their seems to be a good vibe around the England set up, I am quietly confident of a good performance and an England win.

I thought Neymar looked very fetching in his long stockings and shaggy perm last night.                                                                                                                                                                    

Well our opening match has arrived I have tried to avoid taking about our chances either way and for once it seems most of the country are with me. Let's hope they put on a decent show tonight and make a good start because of all the sides I have seen so far you wouldn't' say any of them were unbeatable.

Bob the Builder posted:

I thought Neymar looked very fetching in his long stockings and shaggy perm last night.      

Not to mention something resembling a Nike swoosh cut into his hair on the back of his head!

I saw the second half and thought the Swiss organised good on the counter, but not quite good enough to win it. Brazil didn't quite look a team (at this stage )for all their individual brilliance.

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