OT: World Cup Day 10 Thread

Submitted by bacon1431 on June 23rd, 2018 at 11:18 AM

Belgium already won handily against Tunisia, 5-2. Two goals apiece for Lukaku and Hazard. 

Mexico is currently playing South Korea. Mexico would like at least a draw, but a win would most likely see them through the group stage. Over 15 minutes in and South Korea haven’t mounted much of anything. 

At 2pm, Germany takes on Sweden in a big big match. A win for Sweden and they clinch the knockout stage. I imagine they’ll play for a point though as getting two points from Germany and Mexico clinches a group stage appearance for Sweden. Germany in a must not lose situation, but are most likely going for the win. 

All games on Big FOX today. 

Comments

bacon1431

June 23rd, 2018 at 11:28 AM ^

Mexico goes ahead on a Vela penalty after a handball on Korea. Bit of bad luck, but it was the right call. Korea had almost scored just a couple minutes earlier. 

southern_blue_fan93

June 23rd, 2018 at 11:28 AM ^

Neither Germany or Mexico want to finish 2nd in the group and get to face Brazil. Who, while they won 2-0 against Costa Rica, have not looked impressive yet.  Expect that to change in the knockouts, especially if they have a change to avenge the 7-1 drubbing they received in 2014 on home soil from Germany.

bacon1431

June 23rd, 2018 at 12:01 PM ^

I’d say that 3 of the broadcast teams have been solid to very good (Holden and his partner, Wagner and her partner and the Mexican broadcast team). The others, along with the studio analysis, have been pretty bad. Particularly the studio teams. Honestly, they remind me of the news team at Parks and Rec, expect they’re not supposed to be a comedic tool. 

Lou MacAdoo

June 23rd, 2018 at 1:39 PM ^

I feel like fox has always had brutal studio teams in every sport. That team for baseball was brutal. Football has always had some oddballs, and this World Cup has really been bad. It’s like they overlook the ability to express your thoughts clearly and concisely. The number one priority is past fame. 

bacon1431

June 23rd, 2018 at 12:27 PM ^

Chicarito scores his 50th national team goal to put Mexico up 2-0. Got started after a missed foul, but is what it is. Mexico deserve to be up.

Their performance makes our missing the WC hurt that much more. A lot of people thought the talent gap was closing between us, but I think it has always been pretty big. Mexico is just a huge mess of a federation, causing them to underachieve most years. I hope we can get Osorio for next manager of the USMNT. I think he’s been brilliant for them. 

snarling wolverine

June 23rd, 2018 at 5:07 PM ^

I think Concacaf membership doesn’t help either the U.S. or Mexico.  The level of competition is too weak overall.  With the field going to 48 teams, I’d like to see a single confederation for the Americas.

The other issue with Mexico is that they play most of their friendlies in the U.S. to make more money.  It may leave them unprepared to go abroad.  (Though this year their fans apparently have taken over their match sites.)

jmblue

June 23rd, 2018 at 2:37 PM ^

Not often you hear that someone with a Finnish name (Toivonen) scored a World Cup goal.  (Finland's never qualified.)

 

 

 

Chris of Dange…

June 23rd, 2018 at 2:43 PM ^

Is anybody else experiencing serious audio lag (like about a full second) on the DirecTV 4K channel?  I had it on both Belgium-Tunisia this morning and Nigeria-Iceland yesterday.

ToledoWolverine

June 23rd, 2018 at 4:03 PM ^

I started off rooting for Sweden. But Germany scratched and clawed, down a man no less, their way to a win.

 

Also, Boateng and Rudiger are not very good. Rudiger was making some lazy ass passes all game long, and Boateng makes one bad decision after the next. 

Tom Bombadil

June 23rd, 2018 at 10:30 PM ^

Man, as a Germany fan, it feels so much like the shot. Just like Michigan basketball, they still need to get their scheisse together, and they're winning in ways that they normally don't. Hoping, like Michigan, that Germany can use this as the spark to motivate them to push forward and make a deep run. Still lots of work to do to get to the round of 16, though.