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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 11th July 2018, 01:24   #301
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Looks like Belgium really didn't have the pedigree. They looked so scared and lost from the 4th minute or so. Nothing new to offer. Lukaku hardly had a touch.
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Exactly. They were trying to play possession football, but that is not what matters in these crunch matches, it's all about penetration and finishes.

France are determined to be champions and if it's not for England, they are in for a cake walk.

Somebody should put a look out notice for Lukaku!
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France will be holding the world cup trophy. Belgium didn't played their game they should have tried attacking after conceding the first goal with full energy. Lukaku was an Oblivion today not sure where was he playing, rather than winning ball and creating chances he was praying to touch the ball. Anyways I wish to see the final between France and Croatia.
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Belgium played well below par today. Was quite surprising to see them, it was almost as if they were drained out having peaked too early. France got through with the one goal from a setpiece, which only goes to underline the importance of strategies around these in this WC.

I hope Croatia get the better of England tomorrow. If not, it will be the master of setpieces playing each other in the finals.
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I guess in the end the experience of being on the big stage helped France. Belgium looked a bit too overwhelmed with the occasion.
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Belgium looked better team in first half. However, the goal early in second half probably deflated their spirits. Every Belgium player, Hazard included, was just standing still seemingly drained of motivation. However, not calling the foul committed on Hazard just outside the French box was a glaring blunder by referee. If may be that free kick was awarded, the result may have been different.

For all the talent of Mbappe it was frustrating to see him fake dives and waste time towards the end. I have observed that the difference between winners and losers in this world cup has been the ability to fake dives and grab attention of referee to gain free kick / penalty kick. This is setting very bad example for the youngsters.
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Croatia sleepwalking thus far, England busy throwing themselves to the turf.
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England vs Croatia looks like they are playing the first round of matches and does not have the intensity of a Semi finals. I guess England could have been on the tougher side of the tournament where Brazil or Argentina could have been on the other side. With this quality of game England does not stand a chance to win against France!
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It's early, but Croatia is showing the signs of loosing. They also are looking slow in run and in reflexes. Tackles, passes and shots are not like winners, right now.

Come on Croatia.
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England by far have been the better team. Their movement has been better and look more a threat from open play. Their finishing must improve though. Kane chance especially should have been buried.

Croatia must be cursing themselves now. They have looked more lively in the last few mins. They do not want to hear the half time whistle.
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England defenders and mid fielders have completed neutralized modric's effect in this match so far. but England though leading, also missed couple of chances. hope they will not regret it later?
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What a goal by Kane. I mean miss by Kane. Golden boot. Sheesh.

Croatia looked the better side in the last few minutes of the first half. Me thinks they will score in the first few mins of the 2nd.

EDIT - nice goal by Croatia. And a miss...that was a bad miss. They could have buried the match!!

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France have nothing to fear from either of these two.

Croatia are asleep, and England can neither play nor play-act as good as the French, though they're giving the acting bit a good go.

Edit: England caught napping! Trippier went for the spectacular clearance instead of a routine block on Perisic which he was well-placed for.

Edit 2: Croatia are suddenly wide awake, and England are scrambling.

Croatia, who couldn't hit a barn door in the first 60 mins, are suddenly pinging 30 yarders to boot-laces.

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this is what happens if you don't take your chances when you are leading by a single goal!
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Croatia have been showing more urgency in the 2nd half. Seems they got a well deserved earful from their manager. The last few mins have shown what they can do when Modric is afforded space.

That Persic miss! Hope it doesn't come back to haunt Croatia.
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