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View Poll Results: Pick the winner of the FIFA WC 2014
Brazil 31 17.03%
Croatia 0 0%
Mexico 0 0%
Cameroon 0 0%
Spain 4 2.20%
Holland 24 13.19%
Chile 1 0.55%
Australia 1 0.55%
Colombia 0 0%
Greece 0 0%
Japan 0 0%
Cote de'Ivorie 0 0%
Uruguay 1 0.55%
Costa Rica 0 0%
England 1 0.55%
Italy 3 1.65%
Switzerland 0 0%
Ecuador 0 0%
France 1 0.55%
Honduras 0 0%
Argentina 33 18.13%
Iran 0 0%
Nigeria 0 0%
Bosnia and Herzegovina 0 0%
Germany 78 42.86%
Portugal 1 0.55%
Ghana 0 0%
USA 1 0.55%
Belgium 2 1.10%
Algeria 0 0%
Russia 0 0%
Korea Republic 0 0%
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Old 30th June 2014, 15:26   #271
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Robben cheated and a beautiful contest otherwise got marred into controversy. It's really time for FIFA to pull some strings and start doing post match analysis of play acts and start punishing the offenders. This play act/flopper menace has to go and go out fast. To me, there is not much difference between Suarez biting and Robben diving.
About the match, Mexico become too defensive and paid the price. May be the game should have gone to extra time had Robben not cheated and still the Dutch would've won it as they had the momentum going with them.
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Article about Robben diving.

https://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/blogs...203628281.html
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It's really time for FIFA to pull some strings and start doing post match analysis of play acts and start punishing the offenders. This play act/flopper menace has to go and go out fast.
This is the same FIFA that dragged it's feet on extra assistant referees and goal-line technology for years. The FIFA dictionary doesn't have 'quick', 'decisive' or 'effective' listed.

Diving should've been stamped out when it first started, now it's close to being an art form courtesy such stalwarts as Robben, Ronaldo, Suarez etc. Calls for stern retrospective punishment.

That being said, this entire controversy stinks of double standards. Everyone is all too happy benefiting from dodgy decisions, but get all high & mighty when one goes against them.

As for yesterday's game, there was contact in the Robben incident, just not big enough for the 'flailing arms' display, but which player doesn't go down in a heap at minimal contact these days? And there was at least one clear penalty-worthy incident against the same player earlier. Would the Mexican coach be willing to concede that penalty? "No sir, the referee got it right that time because it benefited me, but this one went against us so it's the referee's fault we got knocked out. Waa Waa Waa!"

How about not sitting back after ONE goal with 30+ minutes to play in a world cup knockout game? That was asking for trouble right there, Robben's antics notwithstanding.

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How about not sitting back after ONE goal with 30+ minutes to play in a world cup knockout game? That was asking for trouble right there, Robben's antics notwithstanding.
Very true Chetan. They were trying to defend with just one goal and that's were the coach was wrong. And in my opinion, in spite of Robben's theatrics, the penalty was deserved. It was foolish of the Mexican captain to go for the tackle from that position

Sad to see Mexico exit, though. They were an exciting bunch
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Oh Robben was bad; the acting was superb. That was just not a penalty.

2 matches where the better team lost now. First Chile and now Mexico.
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I was extremely happGreece eliminated.
In the final match of their group, Samaras dived, and got a penalty, to eliminate Ivory Coast. Not sure if many of you remember.

Ah, Karma! Well done.
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Oh Robben was bad; the acting was superb. That was just not a penalty.

2 matches where the better team lost now. First Chile and now Mexico.
Acting was superb. But that was still a foul and deserved a penalty (tackling without hitting the ball). Irony was that Robben was uncharacteristically still standing during two earlier attempts!!

French puts 2 in after almost sleepwalking through most of the 90 minutes. Another match where the better playing team is going out!!

This seems to be the strategy of the Europeans - conserve energy till 85th minute and then pile on at the end!!
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This seems to be the strategy of the Europeans - conserve energy till 85th minute and then pile on at the end!!
+ 1

Everyone is giving an almighty fight this finals. Algerians played fantastic yesterday and so did the Nigerians. If you are going out of a cup, that's the way to do it.

Neuer was immense yesterday. Can't wait for Friday!
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Well played by Algeria today morning. What a match. They really created some good opportunities in the first 20 minutes of the game. Their gk also did a great job. Sadly, the second goal scored by Ozil came off a defensive mistake. They soon scored and made it 1-2 after that. If only they had held, this match would have also gone to penalties. Well played Algeria!
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As for yesterday's game, there was contact in the Robben incident, just not big enough for the 'flailing arms' display, but which player doesn't go down in a heap at minimal contact these days? And there was at least one clear penalty-worthy incident against the same player earlier. Would the Mexican coach be willing to concede that penalty? "No sir, the referee got it right that time because it benefited me, but this one went against us so it's the referee's fault we got knocked out. Waa Waa Waa!"
So true. These things happen. In the same match one decision can go your way and one not. The Dutch should have been awarded the penalty for the foul committed earlier on Robben. And probbaly Mexico wouldn't have been able to even score 1 goal if the Dutch had scored that time. So they cannot blame the penalty for there defeat.
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Sadly, the second goal scored by Ozil came off a defensive mistake. They soon scored and made it 1-2 after that. If only they had held, this match would have also gone to penalties. Well played Algeria!
I actually felt that with two goals up and two minutes to go, the German defense let up a bit. They we dead tired as was evident from their runs both at the front and in the back. Full credit to Algeria to maintain their energy levels after two full hours of energy sapping football. The difference with Germany was quite evident at the end!
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While I await the Quarter-finals, the France vs Germany is one I am over eager about. Either way it pans, one of my most dis-liked teams is going out.
I place Germany above France in my list.

The Brazil vs Columbia will be a heart-breaker. I am a huge fan of Brazil, but Columbia( and Rodriguez) have grown so much in me. I will feel bad for either team losing. If Columbia go on to win, they go right on top of my list.
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Argentina scraping by. For all the talent at their disposal, they looked clueless for large periods, esp.in the second half and 1ET. Title contenders? Not if they play like this.
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Argentina scraping by. For all the talent at their disposal, they looked clueless for large periods, esp.in the second half and 1ET. Title contenders? Not if they play like this.
+1 to that.

I am a huge fan of the team, but if they are going to play the way they did today, then the title wont have their name on it.
Leaving a couple of runs and shoots by Messi and Di Maria, the entire game was below average.
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OMG! US vs. Belgium - what a match! More like Howard vs. Belgium. 15 saves and a world record!

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