12:00 p.m. EDT - Switzerland vs. Ecuador
3:00 p.m. EDT - France vs. Honduras
6:00 p.m. EDT - Argentina vs. Bosnia
Looking forward to the late game. Should be goals all over the place.
I need to know which teams winning will benefit UM the most. Why hasn't anybody put out a rooting interest guide yet?
France losing benefits UM because France losing benefits everyone. Except the French.
Now that is some logic I can get behind
Rutgers beating Penn State and Maryland beating Ohio State.
Germany tomorrow. We want them fat, bored, and happy when they play us.
Has there been a bad game yet?
on if you're Spanish
I have 0-0, 3-0 and 1-0 predictions here. For some reason, I think the ARG-BIH game is going to be really tight.
has not been as fun
Swiss are putting the pressure on - getting interesting.
There haven't really been any blatant dives this game. It's refreshing.
Edit: Of course as soon as I say that...
GOOAAAAAAALL. Ridiculous, Ecuador doesn't take advantage of a chance on one end and The Swiss score on a great counter attack. Good game, especially the last couple of minutes.
He was attempting a perfect shot when all he needed to go was to get it on goal.
Classic over analysis. He didn't control it with the first touch, so he tried to settle it look up, then shoot. But in that case, I agree with you, just kick it on goal and maybe something good will happen even if it isn't the most controlled shot.
Yeah, that has to be a shot on 1st touch....He tried to play it, and had a bad 1st touch and couldn't get back in control before the defender stepped in.
Insane ending!!! This has been an unreal start to the World Cup. Beautiful game on full display.
Wow, what a finish by the Swiss. Kudos to that Swiss player on getting fouled, but just popping right back up on the run to keep possesion of the ball and play the advantage. That's the reason they won.
That guy is the anti-Sergio Busquets
Made the right call playing the advantage
The game was almost perfectly called and I liked the refs decisiveness and control of his emotions. The Swiss offsides on the dummy ball was not correct but was a very difficult call to make for the AR because it was tipped (unfortunately by the defender, not by the man playing a beautiful dummy).
Is it sad that we even feel the need to comment on an official making the correct call?
I thought that game was called quite well. One of the most well officiated games you'll see. Only thing odd was he kept letting Ecuador move the ball a good ways out of his designated stripe on free kicks. Though that was king of weird, though not impactful really. Not much point in drawing the line if they don't have to stay in it.
Looked like the Swiss were complaining because he didn't care if Ecuador moved the ball out but their wall line was drawn relative to the ball marker. Didn't really seem a big deal, just strange.
Well they did wrongly disallow that Swiss goal in the second half because the linesman was out of position
Yea, I can see how that was a tough call though. from the reverse angle it actually did look like the Swiss player may have chipped it. it was really only clear he didn't from the broadcast side of the field (to me anyway)
Why do American commentators/journalists insist on referring to teams in the plural when it comes to soccer, but refer to them in the singular in basically every other team sport (i.e. "Michigan is playing great defense!"....**now talking about soccer**... "America are playing great defense!"). I think they only do it because the British/Euro announcers do it and it drives me freaking crazy.
My girlfriend is in the Peace Corps in Ecuador right now. She went to mass with her host family this morning and everyone was wearing their national team jerseys. Tough ending and she says everyone is gutted
Literally or figuratively? /s
I've got Honduras in another 2-1 match.
Did you know Rising Star premiere's next Sunday?
How can the Brazilians be so incompetent?
Man, I cannot even wait for Qatar's World Cup!
Honestly, I feel like the actual WC itself would go smoothly in Qatar, but the process by which everything is completed is where the problem is. Qatar is a wealthy country and they will have things organized because they have the money and there is no shortage of poor people in the world trying to work their way up and taking the risk of working in Qatar to do so. So if they're able to keep the bid, they'll have everything ready. But it'll have just been done in a corrupt and inhumane manner.
Trying to play soccer in one of the hottest places in the world in summer probably won't go well. I feel like the games themselves will be poor relative to what they could be.
I thought they just didn't show it...but I didn't have the volume up. The skipped the anthems altogether?
So you can't see that they're faking it.
When you get hurt. You don't automatically cover your face --- you also don't roll another 10 yards likely worsening the injury.
You grab what hurts and curse loudly like a normal person.
Do you mean to tell me you've never done six flips and a barrel roll after getting tripped? Then you're a better man than me. What's Jimmy Olsen doing these days Superman?
I know literally zero things about Honduras except that it's in central America but go them! Fuck France.
This is disgraceful...the flopping, the diving, it's gross. This is by FAR the worst display in the World Cup thus far.
And going in, I absolutely wanted France to lose, because it's France. And watching Honduras to win because they're CONCACAF. Not anymore, they're embarrasing to watch.
Did you not watch the qualifying games vs Honduras?
Overreactin a bit? Clearly you must have forgotten about some of the dive fasts Italy, France, and the Netherlands have put on in past World Cups.
And they finally got watch was well deserved...a second yellow and a man sent off.
That's pretty much just Honduras. One of the most unwatchable teams in the WC, along with Greece.
As much as I want a good result for CONCACAF, to hell with Honduras.
Alright never mind. Honduras is pissing me off.
I really don't the flailing of the arms from the French player was rally necessary.
That call was such bullshit. Don't they know I want France to lose?
That referee just decided the game on that call.
That call was warranted.
The penalty maybe. There were a lot of those plays in the Columbia/Greece game yesterday that let go. The card and the sending off definitely was not.
The French player should have been carded for flailing his arms like he had been shot. Football and hockey palyers brake bones and don't go on like he did.
How the hell was it warrented? It was a call in favor of France.
in the box that blatantly impedes a goal is ared card. crystal clear.
To start with it wasn't a straight red card so it can't be an automatic red.
It was a yellow card foul but because Palacios is an instigator, it was his second.
It was his second yellow so it was an automatic red, just not in the way she meant I guess.
and impeding a goal in the box is automatic red.
It's not crystal clear. It was a call in favor of France. I believe you are ignoring that key peice of information, and makinig your judgement as if it were a different team and deserved a fair judgement.
Outside of group H this the easiest group. Wouldn't expect whoever advances from this group to go far.
is painful to watch.
get off the ground... put the effing stretcher away. go watch a hockey game to learn about toughness and stop faking injuries.
That first half was gross.
to watch them roll around like they blew an acl when they're faking and stalling. cheating is part of the game but that was out of control.
Is about to change to an 8-1-0 formation.
This could get ugly. Palacios is such a heel, which really cost his team today
That was AWESOME!
Hurray technology! Own goal all the way
Wow that was close.
They probably got so excited to finally use the goal line technology for a legitimate reason.
It seems like France always gets those close calls (the handball to knock Ukraine out of qualifying a few years ago).
This was definitely a goal and should have been ruled as such right away. Really not that controversial.
The only question about this one is if it should be retroactively credited to Benzema (which would give him a hat trick) or remain as an own-goal.
I was once happy when France won the cup in Paris
The Honduras coach looks displeased.
He was playing the ball, but definitely checked my man into the turf.
Bosnia looked very good vs. Mexico.
I assume Argentina will come prepared, but if not, they better watch out
I think these are the two that come out of the group (not a far fetched prediction, I know).
But it's literally what everyone is complaining about...great play to take the tackle, get up, keep going and make something happen.
I understand you can't do this every time, but there's still some in between with this and rolling around like a fish out of water trying to get a call.
The tackle he run through was harder than 50% of the tackles we've seen this world cup.
Kudos to playing on and TAKING 3 points for your team. The exact opposite of what we saw yesterday when someone is rolling around in the opposition's box and that other team goes right down the field and scores.
do not signal advantage unless you go down and flop. One way to rectify the issue is focusing on acknowledging fouls even if a player doesn't go to ground
But I haven't seen too many advantages given.
My only point wasn't about the refs, he did the right thing. I was just to say, when I see a guy get taken down, do two barrel rolls, get up and keep on going....then I see a guy not even get touched and act like someone used a Halo rocket launcher on his arm, it's like "why can't their be any in between?"
The refs are calling fouls. You don't need to roll all over the place and cry and hold your limbs as if they're about to fall off (and then get up and take off full speed once you finally acknowledge that a foul was or wasn't called).
I understand trying to draw a call, I understand getting up slow when you're winning to milk the clock. But everything else, it's like, take the call/no call and play. Rolling around isn't changing anything, it's not like the ref calls a foul and then sees the guy rolling everywhere and goes "oh wow, he's really hurt, I should give a yellow."
Or if it's a no call, rolling doesn't make a ref stop the play 15 seconds later and go "my bad guys, he's still on the ground, that was a foul back there..."
I got to hold Messi's hand and walk out to the Maracana.
That kids story >>> any other kids story
Own goal. Argentina 1-0. 3rd minute.
I think unless they're more "intentional" like a guy trying to clear, but clears into his own net...I think the goal should go to the shooting player.
If I kick it or head it off you to my advantage, give me the goal.
and the official scorers.
International competitions seem to be more strict about own goals, England's leagues on the other hand seems to be fairly liberal with allowing deflections and such to go to the offensive player. At least it seems that way.
They even have a committee to settle goal disputes after the fact if a player doesn't like the conclusion.
Didn't know that about the leagues in England.
I just think, you're only going to play in so many international games, give the goal to the player unless he didn't have anything to do with the ball going in (like the Brazil own goal in the first match).
That was definitely an own goal too...the header was well wide of the frame and the B-H defender angled it back in.
However, the OG in the France game shouldn't even be up for debate.
Anyone know a good place to watch tomorrow's US game in Boston?
Check the American Outlaws Boston Chapter on Facebook or the Outlaws' page
But I'm going to go out on a limb and say any bar with TVs...
Boston is like one of the 2-3 most patrotic cities in the country, it's diverse, it's got an MLS team.
I could be way wrong, but I bet it's going to be insane in that city tomorrow evening.
I'm sure you can't go wrong with wherever you usually like to go.
I moved here a month ago. Much like Jon Snow I know nothing
Pretty entertaining Argentina-Bosnia/Herzegovina match thus far. BH has played well and had a few chances late 1st half to tie this up.
That little fucker can BALL! Well done.
He's like a white Argentinian Norfleet who plays soccer
What's funny is I was sitting here watching him and I was like "he reminds me of someone at Michigan" and it wasn't Sam McGuffie and I couldn't put my finger on it so I gave up.
Nope, Dennis Norfleet is EXACTLY who I was trying to think of.
He moves just like him, it's so sudden and he looks like he's running 100mph even though he's not really THAT much faster than everyone else.
Put Messi in the slot and hit him on a bubble screen.
Yeah, and Cristiano Ronaldo is like a white Devin Gardner.
Allez les bleus