World Cup Day 7 Thread

Submitted by Salinger on June 20th, 2018 at 7:55 AM

Matches of the day are:

Portugal v Morocco 8am ET

Uruguay v Saudi Arabia 11am ET

Iran v Spain 2pm ET

On the surface, each game is 1/2 way interesting. Morocco, Saudi Arabia, and Iran all have very tough opponents. I'd be shocked, SHOCKED, if this wasn't 3 wins for the 3 favorites, but of course that's why they play the games. Tally Ho!!

Comments

Hoek

June 20th, 2018 at 8:47 AM ^

I also feel bad for Salah, but the way Russia is playing they will be very tough to beat.Although if Russia wins group A they will face the runner up of Group B, either Portugal or Spain. If it is Portugal I could see Russia winning easy if Portugal keeps playing D like this.

mtzlblk

June 20th, 2018 at 4:30 PM ^

I was in Buenos Aires for an extended period and the women there are spectacular.....a mix of latina and european and overall smart and cool. 

I went to a Boca vs. River Plate game there and that was a sports experience that rivaled (perhaps surpassed in some respects) an M/OSU game.

skurnie

June 20th, 2018 at 8:51 AM ^

Morocco has had some good chances in the first half. I think they're good for a goal in the second half...too bad Ronaldo probably is, too. 

L'Carpetron Do…

June 20th, 2018 at 10:09 AM ^

Yeah man, they were snake-bit. An own-goal in the 90th+ minute gave them the L against Iran and now they couldn't score vs. Portugal despite countless chances.  they really controlled the game. I definitely feel for them. 

But, I also think they got a little too cute and sometimes passed up shots or riskier plays to make the fancy, controlled pass. At the same time,they also missed the open man a handful of times and they also missed opportunities to push it and run. Interesting but frustrating team to watch.

Chuck Norris

June 20th, 2018 at 10:02 AM ^

Damn, Morocco controlled possession pretty well. You can make the case that they've outplayed both of their first two opponents, but are 0-2. C'est la vie.

Salinger

June 20th, 2018 at 10:43 AM ^

Not game related, but anyone else annoyed by Alexi Lalas? The guy is kind of a turd burger on TV. My opinion, maybe others don't find him so annoying?

Wolverine862

June 20th, 2018 at 10:48 AM ^

Yea, at this point he always comes off as smug, and like he is making these great points, even though most of it is rehashed hot takes that are better summed up by others.  Ive heard hes good on his podcast of actually having good, valid, researched points, but as a live presenter, Ive always found him to be too smug/arrogant for my taste.

Wolverine862

June 20th, 2018 at 10:52 AM ^

Lets see if Suarez can actually finish off a chance this time around, cuz he definately didnt have his shooting boots on in Uruguay's first game vs Egypt

Salinger

June 20th, 2018 at 10:55 AM ^

Good to hear that 7 Nation Army is still getting airplay for player entry to the field of play. It's like a national anthem in and of itself, is it not?

TrueBlue2003

June 20th, 2018 at 1:57 PM ^

They're coming from the AFC (Asian Football Confederation) which gets 5 teams in despite never really being competitive as a region.  FIFA gives them more spots than they'd merit to expand the popularity of the game. 

It's good for the game overall, good for interest in the tournament but makes it such that the best 32 don't make it. It's like letting a 15 seed automatic qualifier into the NCAA tournament over a team that just missed an large berth.  They got in because their qualification standards were easier.

UEFA (the European teams) also has a qualification process that leaves a lot up for chance. They split the 54 teams into 9 groups of 6 based 1) on the FIFA world standings which are very flawed, and then by pure random chance (rather than a more equitable snake method).

And then they only have two rounds of qualifying so you have to win your group to automatically qualify or you have to get second and then beat out one other team in a two leg playoff.  Other federations like CONCACAF do another full round robin amongst the top 6 teams so the luck ends up leveling out more.

The Netherlands were pretty unlucky to get put in a group with France which was ranked 22nd somehow.  So they had to beat out France or Sweden which they were unable to do.

Italy drew Spain into their group, whereas somehow Romania (?!), and Wales were in Pot 1 so the groups that drew them were super easy.  Not surprisingly, both teams failed to even finish in the top 2 of their groups.

It's a pretty bad way to do qualifications but the real flaw is the ranking system they use and I'm sure that'll change the same way the WC is changing the ranking methodology they use. 

 

L'Carpetron Do…

June 20th, 2018 at 12:57 PM ^

Agree 100%. Always watched games on Telemundo, much more fun. Although I did like the British guys they brought over a few years ago for the English broadcasts on ABC/ESPN.  

Is it JP Dellacamera the American announcer who pronounces every foreign name with some phony accent/ flourish? I can't stand that for some reason. I always feel like he actually ends up mispronouncing them anyway.