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Re: 2022 World Cup GDT
« Reply #150: November 25, 2022, 05:12:59 PM »
Part of last nights festivities included people speculating about all the athletes apparently hocking junk food, e.g. if Beckham has ever eaten a Dorito
Spice girl won’t let him.

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Re: 2022 World Cup GDT
« Reply #151: November 25, 2022, 05:20:01 PM »
Draw seems a fair result.  If USA cannot beat Iran they would get embarrassed in the next stage anyway.

The 'problem' (if we can call it that) is that Berhalter had clearly prepared the side for a much sterner test than they got - but that then signalled, to the Global Powerhouse, that they could essentially coast through the game; that the Stars And Stripes might contain, but would be unlikely to score unless they got a fortunate break. And so it proved - Maguire et al had control of the 18 yard box all night. That allowed a 'point will do ' approach to prevail - the priority, for the GP, was not to lose the game, and all but ensure qualification. Tournament play, I'm afraid...

If there is a criticism to be made, of Berhalter, it was his seeming unwillingness to change tactics once it became blatantly obvious that the GP were backing off. I can understand that the US fans were loving it, and the GP's approach made Team USA look better than they actually are, but stifling the opposition (even when they're letting you do it) isn't enough. Similar to Canada, the other evening - competent at the back, well set up and effective in midfield, not very good in the final third. Berhalter's doing a great job, but it's still a 'work-in progress' - better things to come. I'd like to see the S&S get through - your next opponents are eminently beatable.

So it's Great Satan v Axis Of Evil. Sounds like the next Marvel blockbuster... ;)

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Re: 2022 World Cup GDT
« Reply #152: November 25, 2022, 05:36:16 PM »
The 'problem' (if we can call it that) is that Berhalter had clearly prepared the side for a much sterner test than they got - but that then signalled, to the Global Powerhouse, that they could essentially coast through the game; that the Stars And Stripes might contain, but would be unlikely to score unless they got a fortunate break. And so it proved - Maguire et al had control of the 18 yard box all night. That allowed a 'point will do ' approach to prevail - the priority, for the GP, was not to lose the game, and all but ensure qualification. Tournament play, I'm afraid...

If there is a criticism to be made, of Berhalter, it was his seeming unwillingness to change tactics once it became blatantly obvious that the GP were backing off. I can understand that the US fans were loving it, and the GP's approach made Team USA look better than they actually are, but stifling the opposition (even when they're letting you do it) isn't enough. Similar to Canada, the other evening - competent at the back, well set up and effective in midfield, not very good in the final third. Berhalter's doing a great job, but it's still a 'work-in progress' - better things to come. I'd like to see the S&S get through - your next opponents are eminently beatable.

So it's Great Satan v Axis Of Evil. Sounds like the next Marvel blockbuster... ;)
I know they focused on Pulisic hitting the post but McKennie (sp?} had what i thought was an easy one before that and just kicked it over the goal. I suppose if the USA had gotten a goal England would have gotten some energy.  They know they will get through and are saving their energy.  Can’t blame them. 

We stayed with the world powerhouse. That’s our story and we are sticking to it.

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Re: 2022 World Cup GDT
« Reply #153: November 25, 2022, 05:41:45 PM »
So it's Great Satan v Axis Of Evil. Sounds like the next Marvel blockbuster... ;)
isn't that basically the first half hour of the first Ironman?

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Re: 2022 World Cup GDT
« Reply #154: November 26, 2022, 04:20:43 AM »
isn't that basically the first half hour of the first Ironman?

Don't tell Marvel... ;)

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« Reply #155: November 26, 2022, 04:29:24 AM »
A couple of details just to close-out...

GP had just eight shots, only attempting fewer against the Republic Of Ireland in 1990, when they registered six, and seven against Poland in 1986.

Had it not been for the late free-kick, the Global Powerhouse would have registered zero attempts, on the USA goal, in the whole of the second half... :shock:  :roll:

Not sure if the draw allows for it, but all eyes will be on the France game, today - once the outcome is known, the GP numbercrunchers will be trying to establish what points / goal difference combination might allow us to avoid France until the semis, rather than the quarters (better for marketing purposes to lose in the Semis... ;)).

(edit - great headline over here (cue 'The Boss'...)    'Yawn In The USA...' )

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Re: 2022 World Cup GDT
« Reply #156: November 26, 2022, 08:47:13 AM »
Getting ready for France, this afternoon...


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Re: 2022 World Cup GDT
« Reply #157: November 26, 2022, 09:01:23 AM »
Giving out penalty kicks like candy at Halloween.

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« Reply #158: November 26, 2022, 09:57:48 AM »
Where are all the female Saudi fans? Oh sorry. I will respect their cultural differences.

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Re: 2022 World Cup GDT
« Reply #159: November 26, 2022, 11:51:26 AM »
Ah - the World Cup. The tournament to conjure up the passion, romance and excitement of the game...

Today's fixture being played at Stadium 974... :lol:   ;)

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Re: 2022 World Cup GDT
« Reply #160: November 26, 2022, 11:52:52 AM »
Happy Danish supporters chanting 'Neymar, Neymar' everytime Mbappe is within range... :lol:

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Re: 2022 World Cup GDT
« Reply #161: November 26, 2022, 01:18:44 PM »
Where are all the female Saudi fans? Oh sorry. I will respect their cultural differences.

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Re: 2022 World Cup GDT
« Reply #162: November 26, 2022, 06:04:27 PM »
So, as far as the England group goes, as I understand it, either Iran or the USA advance if with a win.  If it is a tie, Iran advances if England wins or ties. If Wales wins and  Iran ties, then 3 teams would have 4 points (the USA would have 3).  Wales would have a better goal differential than Iran, but Iran won the head to head.  So, which two teams advance? 

I think EN said England advances with a win, a tie,or a loss unless they lose by 5 goals to Wales. 

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Re: 2022 World Cup GDT
« Reply #163: November 26, 2022, 06:42:00 PM »
Deep breaths, everyone - here we go...

England missed the chance to seal a last-16 spot with a game to spare as they were held to a scoreless draw by the USA.

It means that all four teams still have a chance of reaching the next round going into the final group games.

England are in the strongest position with four points from two games and Southgate's side will advance if they avoid a four-goal defeat by Wales on Tuesday.

A win would guarantee England top spot, but they can still draw and finish top unless Iran beat the USA or the USA beat Iran by at least four goals. England will also finish top if Iran and the USA draw and they don't lose to Wales by four or more goals.

Wales still have a chance of reaching the last 16 despite losing to Iran on Friday. To qualify, Wales must beat England and hope for a draw between the United States and Iran.

If the USA-Iran match does not end in a draw, Wales must beat England by four goals to advance.

The United States must win to progress, while Iran will go through with a draw unless Wales beat England.

Simple, isn't it?... ;)

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Re: 2022 World Cup GDT
« Reply #164: November 26, 2022, 06:50:49 PM »
Just to cover all bases, here's the full qualifiaction criteria (in order of validity)

    1. Points accrued

    2. Goal difference

    3. Goals scored

    4. Head-to-head results

    5. Fair play: the team that has accumulated the fewest indiscipline points wins (a yellow card equals one point, a red card shown for two yellows equals three points, a                 direct red card equals four points and a direct red card shown to a player who was already on a yellow equals five points)

   6. Lots drawn

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Re: 2022 World Cup GDT
« Reply #165: November 26, 2022, 06:56:06 PM »
Mexico is is deep Doo Doo. Quite the goal by Messi.

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Re: 2022 World Cup GDT
« Reply #166: November 27, 2022, 05:54:26 AM »
Thought I'd enjoy the novelty of Sunday morning soccer (like Sunday morning football, in the US, for the NFL London games). Oh dear - pretty dire stuff. You won't take long with the 'lowlights' of Japan v Costa Rica. Japan unrecognizable as the team that defeated Germany. No application, or endeavour, from either side. Pitch is too 'slick', so players are having difficulty measuring the weight of passes - this also causes lots of fouls. It's also the first game to be played in real heat - even with the stadium air-con, it's 41.0C , so it's the first game where the 'extra-break rule' is potentially in play (the fourth official can call an extra-break, mid-half, for players to take on fluids, if felt necessary).

UK booth crew 'only one minute of added time...mercifully.... ':lol:

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Re: 2022 World Cup GDT
« Reply #167: November 27, 2022, 07:04:58 AM »
Second half not much better - Japan woke-up, somewhat, but Costa Rica stifling play. They only had one shot, in the whole of the second-half - and scored, thanks to some poor Japanese goalkeeping (way too far off his line...). So the group is now wide-open - Germany will be mightily relieved...

One for the trivia buffs - the Costa Rica player - Yeltsin Tejeda - is named after the former President of Russia... ;)

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Re: 2022 World Cup GDT
« Reply #168: November 27, 2022, 11:03:47 AM »
YEEEESSSS!!!  COME ON CANADA!!!   :woop: :woop: :woop:

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« Reply #169: November 27, 2022, 11:05:06 AM »
YEEEESSSS!!!  COME ON CANADA!!!   :woop: :woop: :woop:
Turned it on a minute late and missed that. Wild group. Belgium was spanked it looks like.

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Re: 2022 World Cup GDT
« Reply #170: November 27, 2022, 11:26:52 AM »
Phew!!! Wafflemen survive... ;)

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Re: 2022 World Cup GDT
« Reply #171: November 27, 2022, 11:36:41 AM »
Great save - but Canada losing their way, a bit...(poor balls hit out of play when clearing the box...)  :roll:

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Re: 2022 World Cup GDT
« Reply #172: November 27, 2022, 11:37:56 AM »
See above - there was an aire of inevitability about the equalizer... :roll:

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Re: 2022 World Cup GDT
« Reply #173: November 27, 2022, 11:45:14 AM »
Oh dear..you could see it coming. Canada losing their shape - there were five Canadians chasing the earlier pass... :shock:

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Re: 2022 World Cup GDT
« Reply #174: November 27, 2022, 11:51:42 AM »
Vital Canada didn't concede again, before half time - hopefully, they can use the break to regroup... ;)