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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #325 on: June 24, 2014, 02:46:51 PM »
Group D.  Italy vs. Uruguay

Winner: Uruguay, 1-0

What Was At Stake:  Winner advances as the Group D runner-up (since Costa Rica ended up drawing England), loser is eliminated.

The Better Team Was... Man, this was an ugly game, possibly the ugliest yet this tournament with 39 fouls, 4 yellow cards, 1 red card, and Luis Suarez taking a bite out of an Italian opponent's shoulder.   I suppose the better team was Uruguay, simply by virtue of self-destructing less than Italy did?

Man of the Match: Usually, I give this award to the player who most affects the outcome of the game in a positive way, but since there were no real standouts in this ugly game, I'll award this ironically to Claudio Marchisio (ITA) whose blatant foul in the 59th minute got him a red card and left Italy down one man for the rest of the game.

thanks, Dashenka.  :-)
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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #326 on: June 24, 2014, 05:14:31 PM »
One a positive note, though, Buffon had one hell of a game. Suarez will likely be banned from this world cup, at least, and severely cripple Uruguay in the Round of 16

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #327 on: June 24, 2014, 05:32:45 PM »
Group C.  Cte d'Ivoire vs. Greece

On paper, this was a snorefest of a game.  In reality, it was a nailbiter.   Ivory Coast only needed the draw in order to advance; Greece needed to win.   The momentum of the game shifted in the 42nd minute when Samaris scored for Greece; then Wilfried turned the tables back in the Ivorians' favor in the 74th minute with a beautiful pass by Gervinho.  Things looked grim for the Greeks; then, in stoppage time, a foul on forward Georgios Samaras set up a penalty shot that Samaras neatly knocked into the net.  After the US match against Portugal, I can certainly empathize with the Cte d'Ivoire fans, who had the rug pulled out abruptly from under them at the very last minute.

Winner: Greece, 2-1

What Was At Stake:  Winner advances to face Costa Rica (assuming a Colombia win, which was the case) in the round of 16; loser is eliminated.

The Better Team Was... Of their three games, this was by far the best Greek performance.  Ivory Coast simply looked frustrated as they were shut down again and again.  And as for the Greeks, they didn't simply "park the bus" in front of their goal, but attacked smartly, pushing the Africans off-balance.

Man of the Match: An argument could be made for Samaras, but I'll give this to the Greek defense for smart and capable defending, for denying Yaya Toure, Gervinho, and Didier Drogba the opportunity to move their team forward in the tournament.

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #328 on: June 24, 2014, 06:34:51 PM »
You know, I completely forgot to say yesterday that I admired the class with which Neymar handled himself after being shoved out of bounds by the Cameroonian player.  He refused to respond to the insult, instead letting his actions on the field speak for him.   That is the mark of a true world-class player.

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #329 on: June 24, 2014, 07:44:41 PM »
I was quite impressed with Greece today...I did not see that coming! But, I'm happy for them. :)

Neymar only looks like a brat...he's really a class act!

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #330 on: June 24, 2014, 07:48:08 PM »
I was quite impressed with Greece today...I did not see that coming! But, I'm happy for them. :)

Neymar only looks like a brat...he's really a class act!

With Spain and Italy out, I am soooooooo content.

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #331 on: June 24, 2014, 08:00:22 PM »
With Spain and Italy out, I am soooooooo content.
I concur. XD

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #332 on: June 24, 2014, 08:30:27 PM »
I concur. XD

Now GO HOLLAND!

*Traitor to the USA*

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #333 on: June 24, 2014, 08:32:53 PM »
Vai Brasil! O Brasil o nmero um!

;D My family has never rooted for USA! haha...

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #334 on: June 24, 2014, 09:39:58 PM »
USA first needs to make it to the Round of 16 lol

Ya'll might just be wasting your breath if Ghana comes out on top.  ::)

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #335 on: June 25, 2014, 03:51:35 AM »
Man of the Match: An argument could be made for Samaras, but I'll give this to the Greek defense

I say this as a Glasgow Rangers fan (Samaras plays for Celtic), but I can't stand Samaras, something about the way he carries this continual expression of a dog that's been asked to explain Capitalism.

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You know, I completely forgot to say yesterday that I admired the class with which Neymar handled himself after being shoved out of bounds by the Cameroonian player.  He refused to respond to the insult, instead letting his actions on the field speak for him.   That is the mark of a true world-class player.

To be honest, I think it's really the mark of a grown up. Having said that, there are talents on his level who haven't advanced that far yet (yes, I'm looking at you Balotelli) so I still consider it a very good sign.

-A

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #336 on: June 25, 2014, 08:17:55 AM »
Vai Brasil! O Brasil o nmero um!

;D My family has never rooted for USA! haha...
Isso ai (insert foul word here)! Da-Lhe Brasil!

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #337 on: June 25, 2014, 11:53:29 AM »
Messi Hair is carrying the Argentina team...

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #338 on: June 25, 2014, 03:05:54 PM »
Group F.  Argentina vs. Nigeria

Winner: Argentina, 3-2

What Was At Stake:  Although there was a slight possibility of Iran advancing instead of Nigeria, this match was largely ceremonial, determining who would win the group.

The Better Team Was... Argentina, who played (I thought) the best of its three games so far.  I still think they have so far failed to live up to their billing, but as long as Messi remains healthy, perhaps they don't have to worry so much?

Man of the Match: Who else? Lionel Messi.  Although Ahmed Musa's (NGR) two goals were beautiful.

My thoughts and condolences go out to those who were killed or crippled in today's bombing in Nigeria.

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #339 on: June 25, 2014, 03:12:03 PM »
So far, every team I've cheered on has lost!

Only one thing left to do...

"Go Brazil! Woo!"

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #340 on: June 25, 2014, 05:54:59 PM »
Group E.  France vs. Ecuador

Winner: Tie, 0-0

Man, this was a snoozer of a game.  I thought Benzema was going to go wild on the Ecuadorians, but instead he couldn't seem to find the net.  I wish I had watched Shaqiri score his hat trick instead over in the Switzerland-Honduras match.

What Was At Stake:  France are advancing and all but have the group locked up; Ecuador were fighting for survival.  They needed to win in order to advance, but failed to do so and are eliminated.

The Better Team Was... Neither team really impressed me in this game.  I'd say the scoreline was deserved.

Man of the Match: Alexander Dominguez (ECU), who made a couple of good (but not great) saves.


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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #341 on: June 25, 2014, 06:13:57 PM »
I've been covering the tournament for a few football magazines/newspapers (I freelance as a football writer). One of the teams I've written a lot about has been the Ivory Coast. I've written about them so much in the past year-2 years that I've grown quite emotionally attached to them (to the point where I'm quite close to some of the players due to interviews and whatnot). Imagine my heart last night when they were knocked out in such a cruel, cruel way - I was close to tears!

That aside, brilliant tournament so far, even more pleasurable than roleplaying. ;)

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #342 on: June 25, 2014, 06:45:07 PM »
Messi Hair is carrying the Argentina team...
Better Messi Hair than Suarez Teeth!! ;D

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #343 on: June 25, 2014, 07:15:28 PM »
I've been covering the tournament for a few football magazines/newspapers (I freelance as a football writer). One of the teams I've written a lot about has been the Ivory Coast. I've written about them so much in the past year-2 years that I've grown quite emotionally attached to them (to the point where I'm quite close to some of the players due to interviews and whatnot). Imagine my heart last night when they were knocked out in such a cruel, cruel way - I was close to tears!

I can imagine, Castor Troy.  That was an emotional roller coaster of a match.

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #344 on: June 25, 2014, 07:16:33 PM »
Also, how FIFA will likely punish Suarez


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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #345 on: June 26, 2014, 07:46:11 AM »
I've been covering the tournament for a few football magazines/newspapers (I freelance as a football writer). One of the teams I've written a lot about has been the Ivory Coast. I've written about them so much in the past year-2 years that I've grown quite emotionally attached to them (to the point where I'm quite close to some of the players due to interviews and whatnot). Imagine my heart last night when they were knocked out in such a cruel, cruel way - I was close to tears!

That aside, brilliant tournament so far, even more pleasurable than roleplaying. ;)

I really don't see why they just can't introduce challenges (maybe 3 or so per match) for things such as penalties and red cards.

They've done goal-line technology, challenges are the next step me thinks

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #346 on: June 26, 2014, 08:20:29 AM »
*nods* That really the only thing missing. For faulty offside calls too.

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #347 on: June 26, 2014, 10:43:04 AM »
Any other Americans watching the US-Germany game?

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #348 on: June 26, 2014, 10:48:08 AM »
Yes, I'm ready to watch USA & Germany (at work, but we've got it on the TVs here). Though, I only root for USA if they're not playing Brazil ;)

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #349 on: June 26, 2014, 10:48:54 AM »
Yes, I'm ready to watch USA & Germany (at work, but we've got it on the TVs here). Though, I only root for USA if they're not playing Brazil ;)

LOL! Fair enough.