World Cup Day 17 Open Thread

Submitted by M-Wolverine on June 27th, 2010 at 10:03 AM

Well, I'm awake. And I'm kinda curious how much interest there will be now that the US is done. England/Germany is a classic matchup. Argentino/Mexico isn't bad either.



June 27th, 2010 at 10:33 AM ^

2-0 from Podolski and could easily be 3-0.  Guess the only hope now is to implement that time honored English tradition of begging the Americans to come save their ass at halftime.

turbo cool

June 27th, 2010 at 10:38 AM ^

England pisses me off. They have so much talent, though a bit overrated, they should be able to beat any team in the world on any given day. However, they are just a bunch of prima donna's. With that said, they just scored. WAIT WHAT?! THAT ISN'T 2-2??!

EDIT: holy crap england were robbed.


June 27th, 2010 at 10:58 AM ^

...the Referees assistant was about 20 yards out of position on Lampard's goal and it certainly looked like Jermain Defoe was onside on the header off the wood. There is either a high level of incompetence in that crew (unlikely given FIFA's ref ratings on each game leading to different match placements) or there is some influence playing out.

It's hard enough to play the 11 Germans on the field; thank God Neuer is, well, Neuer.


June 27th, 2010 at 10:40 AM ^

WOW England got jobbed there!. Willing to bet instant replay for goals will be in the next WC. The English media will go nuts about that goal for the next 4 years if they lose this game.


June 27th, 2010 at 10:44 AM ^

This guy is making Calamity James look rock solid.  Totally lost on the goal and caught off his line twice now (the BS disallowed goal and Defoe's header off the bar where I thought he was actually onside).


June 27th, 2010 at 10:58 AM ^

We've had a couple exciting shootouts (US-Slovenia, South Korea-Nigeria) but nothing like this with teams that also have the skill to take their chances.  Throw in a little controversy and it is a no brainer for me.


June 27th, 2010 at 11:27 AM ^

...we're going to get 3 (and a half) goals in the second half, are we?

Live: well, 1 more at least...

Edit: then again....Germany doing their part...


June 27th, 2010 at 11:31 AM ^

I'm sure the English media and English fans will use the disallowed goal as an excuse. But the English have been outclassed by the superior Germans for most of the match.


June 27th, 2010 at 11:37 AM ^

"Hey, we would have only lost by 2"? If Germany is done. It's one thing if Germany had packed it in. But they may not be done.

England's defense looks as bad as ours. With worse goalkeeping. Say what you will about our Tourney...but we may have done our best work by winning our group and avoiding Germany. Glad this wasn't us.


June 27th, 2010 at 11:42 AM ^

...I appreciate that you, like the rest of the world, will enjoy England taking this beating but do you think that outclassed is really accurate? The disallowed goal was a major point in the game and clearly impacted the England performance thereafter. Anyone who has played any football is going to understand the difficulty of playing one goal down versus level. England had plenty of the ball and significant chances to finish. Outclassed seems pretty ridiculous.

Congratulations to the German team on the result. I will hope they beat Argentina 50 - 0.


June 27th, 2010 at 12:01 PM ^

I agree, but England were way too over aggressive in trying to catch up from down 1-2...and when you add in the fact that they didn't play good defense against a great counter attacking team...well perhaps they should have played more within their means as they controlled most of the possession.


June 27th, 2010 at 12:01 PM ^

Chances you say? The Germans could've been up 4 goals instead of 2 by the time the English started to play this game. They were surely robbed of a goal and probably in overly dramatic English fashion they went into the locker room at half time grabbed their cry towles and called it a day. You had your hopes up. And we American fans had our hopes up as well. But in this tounament more times than not the cream rises to the top.


June 27th, 2010 at 1:18 PM ^

FWIW, I tuned in as a pretty neutral observer.  I started pulling for England when they fell behind 2-0, but only because I wanted a good game.  Germany certainly controlled play overall, but the second half may have unfolded differently if it had been 2-2 at intermission instead of 2-1.  As it was, Germany had the luxury of playing more defensively and waiting for counter-attacks while England had to press the issue.  I did think England played well for the first 20 minutes or so of the second half, but that third goal broke their backs.