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View Poll Results: Who do you think will win the world cup ?
Russia 5 2.65%
Germany 46 24.34%
Argentina 18 9.52%
Australia 0 0%
Belgium 21 11.11%
Brazil 30 15.87%
Colombia 0 0%
Costa Rica 1 0.53%
Croatia 8 4.23%
Denmark 0 0%
Egypt 0 0%
England 9 4.76%
France 29 15.34%
Iceland 0 0%
Iran 0 0%
Japan 0 0%
Mexico 2 1.06%
Morocco 0 0%
Nigeria 0 0%
Panama 0 0%
Peru 1 0.53%
Poland 1 0.53%
Portugal 7 3.70%
Saudi Arabia 1 0.53%
Senegal 0 0%
Serbia 0 0%
South Korea 0 0%
Spain 7 3.70%
Sweden 0 0%
Switzerland 0 0%
Tunisia 0 0%
Uruguay 3 1.59%
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Old 6th July 2018, 21:50   #271
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Agree Strawhat although I would say Brazil and Belgium in that order. Personally I hope Belgium wins tonight though. I have had enough of Neymar's theatrics.
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Good match but the second goal knocked the wind out of Uruguay - who already looked lackluster after missing Cavani.
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Great start to the Belgium-Brazil match. Both attacks look fluid and pacy. Two, inside penalty box, chances missed already by Brazil.

Have to say Brazil's tight man-to-man marking has been impressive.

Edit: Nobody marking Kompany during corner which lead to the goal. Against run of play that goal, to be fair.

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So the World Cup is slowly changing into a Europe Cup with Brazil on the verge of being thrown out by Belgium!
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Brazil have had many chances (some very close). They just haven't been clinical. Neymar's finishing was questionable having made some neat runs behind Belgium's defense. Coutinho and Neymar have to really step up for Brazil to have any chance in this.
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Brazil have had many chances (some very close). They just haven't been clinical. Neymar's finishing was questionable having made some neat runs behind Belgium's defense. Coutinho and Neymar have to really step up for Brazil to have any chance in this.
The chances for Brazil making it is very slim! I already see a Belgium vs France Semi finals!
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This counter from Belgium is killing me! Lukaku - what a player. Always knew he was strong but he is just holding the attack together.

If Belgium win this match, I predict them winning the World Cup!
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Just now Neymar should have gotten a yellow card. What an actor he is!

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So there it is! We have an European Semi-finals hence forth! Brazil was awesome in the second half! Belgium seemed very tired to do anything in the second half. If this is how they would play against France, then they stand no chance!
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No way Belgium are going to have a cake walk over Mbappe and Griezmann. Belgium depends mostly on counter attack and they are lucky that there has been a lot of chances missed by Brazil. If it was not for Courtois, Belgium would have wasted all their skillful dribbles, blocks and coolness. I feel that whoever wins the France vs Belgium will go on to take the cup, unless otherwise the final opponents are Croatia who by themselves are a different mettle, not unbeatable but will make it really difficult.

I really wanted Neymar to get a yellow card for all the diving in the box, though he has the best penetration inside the box than any other player.

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France vs Belgium is going to be a fascinating contest. The two underachieving teams that many (including me) thought were more a collection of individuals rather than a group. Belgium have been the most impressive side in this tournament. I believe they have got the edge. The likes of Lukaku, De Bruyne, Hazard, Fellaini have flourished and I see it would be very hard for France to contain them.
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France vs Belgium should have played the finals. The remaining of Croatia, Russia, England, Sweden don't hold a chance against either. Just hope that the winner of France vs Belgium lifts the world cup.
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France vs Belgium should have played the finals. The remaining of Croatia, Russia, England, Sweden don't hold a chance against either. Just hope that the winner of France vs Belgium lifts the world cup.
Well, one would really hope for that to happen right? But, given the number of upsets we have seen this World cup, I wouldn't be surprise if one of the teams you mentioned actually picks the cup! Apart, from that, I do agree that Belgium is the strongest of them all.

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So there it is! We have an European Semi-finals hence forth! Brazil was awesome in the second half! Belgium seemed very tired to do anything in the second half. If this is how they would play against France, then they stand no chance!
I too think that France will beat Belgium if Belgium plays like they did in the second half.

England is lucky to get easier opponents in the round of 16 as well as the QF as well as the semi-final (if they reach).

Is it just me, who does not mind France or Belgium or Croatia or even Russia winning, but not England.
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Sweden is the only country left who has not received any votes in our poll. They came from the qualifiers upsetting Italy.

Even the Russians can be a dark horse with the backing of their twelfth man.

Happy that all time winners and recent winners including Brazil, Germany and Spain are not winning again. Now I don't mind anybody winning the cup this time

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