World Cup Day 5 Thread

Submitted by Salinger on June 18th, 2018 at 8:39 AM

It's ON!

Sweden v S. Korea NOW

Belgium v Panama @ 11am ET

Tunisia v England @ 2pm ET

I'm working now, so can't be watching all day, but here's hoping the the Three Lions can finally play like a team on the biggest stage.

Comments

Salinger

June 18th, 2018 at 9:05 AM ^

The only dismantling that's taken place so far has been Russia over Saudi Arabia, so I don't expect that. On paper it should be an absolute murderfest, but I expect Tunisia to play with 11 men behind the ball, keep their D very compact and force England to play down the channels. If Trippier has a big day bombing down the right, I think England win by a 2. If They try and play through the middle then anything could happen.

Belgium should tear Panama apart.

AdamBomb

June 18th, 2018 at 9:03 AM ^

Sweden - South Korea 0-0 at half, Sweden got some decent chances at the end of the first half. I'm hoping this one ends in a draw for Germany's sake. I'm expecting England to choke, per usual, at some point in this tournament, but they should be able to take care of Tunisia.

FreddieMercuryHayes

June 18th, 2018 at 9:49 AM ^

Since the USMNT didn't make it, my rooting interest is for everyone to loose and every fanbase to have a terrible time.  Especially Mexico.  They're the Ohio State of the soccer world, in that their fan base is terrible and they are terrible and should cease to exist.  Can't believe they beat Germany.  

Salinger

June 18th, 2018 at 10:26 AM ^

I could do without their overuse of Lucha Libre masks for sure, but in general I only dislike Mexico b/c their our biggest rival. On the global stage, I hope they beat the establishment. 

IMO, Mexico is not like Ohio State b/c Ohio State is the establishment. Maybe more like MSU. 

But I can't lie and say I wasn't rooting for Mexico yesterday, b/c I was, and I never root for MSU or OSU.

FreddieMercuryHayes

June 18th, 2018 at 11:12 AM ^

I mean, of course, the only reason to dislike Mexico is because they're the US's main rival.  I mean otherwise, they're just a bunch of regular ol' people from a fine country.  But this is sports.  I need no other reason than that they're a rival to hate them with the fire of the sun.  I see them as OSU because they're the main regional power that stands in the US's way from dominance of the conference if only the US could get out of it's own way.  Just like UM.  But either way, all that matter is that Mexico lose so bad they decide to dismantle the whole program and all the dual nationals declare to play for the US.

ken725

June 18th, 2018 at 11:55 AM ^

This 3 5 2,  3 4 3 or  whatever formation Martinez has them in is not working. Harzard and Mertens are too narrow and occupying all the space that De Bruyne should be operating in.

Playing De Bruyne in a CDM is terrible and really under-utilizes his skill set. Martinez already screwed himself when he left Nainggolan off the roster. He would have been perfect to put in the MF freeing De Bruyne to play more like he does for Man City.

FreddieMercuryHayes

June 18th, 2018 at 12:28 PM ^

Hasn't that been pretty much the story with Belgium in recent years though?  On paper as much talent to seemingly go toe to toe on the biggest stages with the global powers, but just never can seem to put it together.  I feel like they're the perennial 'dark horse' to win at every big tournament since I've been watching soccer.

At least they still make great beer.

FreddieMercuryHayes

June 18th, 2018 at 1:36 PM ^

I mean, yes, I've been watching soccer since like 2012 closely.  Hence why I qualified it with recent years.  But even in the early part of this decade, Belgium had some really nice players on the roster used for Euro qualifying; Hazard, Kompany, De Bruyne, Dembele, Mertens, Fillaini, Benteke, Lukaku.  Granted, they were all younger and not in current form, but still, that's a lot of talent to lose to not qualify for Euros over Turkey.  Kind of fits the narrative that they have a lot of talent, but the national team can't quite put it together.

mgobaran

June 18th, 2018 at 12:10 PM ^

What a great one touch strike. It's fun rooting for the underdog and all, but when talent produces a moment of brilliance like that. Wow. 

bacon1431

June 18th, 2018 at 7:55 PM ^

I thought England played okay. The gap between the nations is closing. Nobody can expect to wipe the floor with “smaller” nations every time out anymore.