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post #235 of 1211
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Originally Posted by Chilli Dipper View Post


I was talking about Brazil's second round match.
Oh yeah that will be interesting, but I think Chile might sneak in there.
post #236 of 1211
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Originally Posted by RJH999 View Post

Oh yeah that will be interesting, but I think Chile might sneak in there.

Possibly, but my gut says Spain comes out of the tunnel hungry for blood tomorrow. They're a lot better than they played in the second half against the Dutch. There is a team from the Iberian peninsula who's done as far as this tournament is concerned, but Spain isn't it.
post #237 of 1211
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Your predictions are as bad in soccer as they are in golf! a2_wink.gifa3_biggrin.gif

Ouch! Sadly very true.
post #238 of 1211
Russia-South Korea game is exciting but neither one can get great scoring chances. Could this be the 2nd straight 0-0 draw of the day?
post #239 of 1211
Goalkeeper don screwed up. Big time.
I like how Randall posted that and six seconds later they score
post #240 of 1211
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Originally Posted by RJH999 View Post

Goalkeeper don screwed up. Big time.
I like how Randall posted that and six seconds later they score
Ha, it figures. I was watching with a minute delay on my dvr too and didnt realize. Embarrassing but not as embarrassing as those soft hands of the Russian keeper.

I think that fired Russia up cuz they got one back. Can they erase the mistake?!?!
post #241 of 1211
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Originally Posted by RandallT View Post

Russia-South Korea game is exciting but neither one can get great scoring chances. Could this be the 2nd straight 0-0 draw of the day?


1-1, not even close. :-X

 

I would say you called it, pretty much.

 

Soccer is the one sport where 2-1 victories are historic. . .

post #242 of 1211
Group H is interesting. Algeria made Belgium panic today. Who knows with matches against Korea and Russia, maybe they can advance. A good draw for South Korea, not so much for Russia. Assuming Belgium takes 9 points, Russia and South Korea probably end with 4. Goal Difference will decide who gets destroyed by Germany.
post #243 of 1211
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Originally Posted by RJH999 View Post

Group H is interesting. Algeria made Belgium panic today. Who knows with matches against Korea and Russia, maybe they can advance. A good draw for South Korea, not so much for Russia. Assuming Belgium takes 9 points, Russia and South Korea probably end with 4. Goal Difference will decide who gets destroyed by Germany.

 

Do you know how they decide the number of points? Is it based upon attempts made or something like that?

post #244 of 1211
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Originally Posted by Lihu View Post

Do you know how they decide the number of points? Is it based upon attempts made or something like that?
3 Points for a win, 1 for a tie, 0 for a loss
post #245 of 1211
I can literally watch John Brooks winner and Ian Darke all day.
post #246 of 1211
Today we'll see how the Netherlands will do against Australia. The expectations are huge since that last match against Spain. I predict it will be a very difficult match for the dutchies.
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Originally Posted by yrew View Post

Today we'll see how the Netherlands will do against Australia. The expectations are huge since that last match against Spain. I predict it will be a very difficult match for the dutchies.
If the Netherlands don't win by at least 3, i'll eat crow.
post #248 of 1211
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Originally Posted by RandallT View Post

Russia-South Korea game is exciting but neither one can get great scoring chances. Could this be the 2nd straight 0-0 draw of the day?

 

I'm trying to give soccer a chance, but I find that I really don't understand much of it.  I watched the last 15 minutes of this game yesterday.  It was tied 1-1, so I thought the closing minutes would be exciting with everyone frantically trying to put a ball in the net.  In that time there were probably 4-5 players lying on the ground at various times for no apparent reason.  At one point the referee was standing over one guy laughing and telling him to get up.  Are they just trying to draw fouls?  Do the other players get mad at their teammates for sitting down in the final minutes of a tie game? 

post #249 of 1211
I hope you don't have to. Although we won against Spain, I don't expect the ausies are going at it like Spain. And if you look objectively at all the moment from where the goals came from, you have to admit that it was because Spain gave away a lot of room behind the defenders. Or it was a corner or it was cassillas making a big mistake.
post #250 of 1211
Holy 2 goals.
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What a goal that was by Cahill!

post #252 of 1211
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Originally Posted by dsc123 View Post
 

 

I'm trying to give soccer a chance, but I find that I really don't understand much of it.  I watched the last 15 minutes of this game yesterday.  It was tied 1-1, so I thought the closing minutes would be exciting with everyone frantically trying to put a ball in the net.  In that time there were probably 4-5 players lying on the ground at various times for no apparent reason.  At one point the referee was standing over one guy laughing and telling him to get up.  Are they just trying to draw fouls?  Do the other players get mad at their teammates for sitting down in the final minutes of a tie game? 

Yah, I hear you but I'm not the best judge of excitement, because I actually enjoyed the Kaymer domination at the US Open. I found it interesting that he kept his foot on the pedal, but it was nearly universally panned.

 

Anyway, at the end of a match, quite a few players are at the point of exhaustion. There are no subs in and out in soccer. You get 3 per match, and if you leave the field by being replaced, you're done. Often when you get injured, you will get attention on the sidelines by a trainer and let the team play with 10 while you hopefully recover.  Those guys have been moving for 90 minutes, and if I recall correctly, that game was basically in the middle of a rain forest with high humidity and hot temps. That's enough to drain even the fittest athletes. 

 

I don't remember guys just lying on the ground, but if you saw that, I guess it happened. These guys train their lives for the World Cup, so I'd bet most of them give every ounce of energy in they have. So yes, their teammates would probably not appreciate someone slacking off and just lying on the ground for the final minutes. So whatever it was, I doubt it was laziness. Maybe they were faking a foul or something. Soccer is definitely known for some of its antics to get the ref to call a penalty. Many refs will taunt right back and penalize a guy for obviously faking it. They'll even hand out cards for faking, so the players don't have too much leeway in trying to fall down to fake the ref.

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