Best team won tonight, England played for well 30 minutes and could of gone 2 or 3-0 up then decided to sit on a 1-0 which is a massive mistake and then fell apart after the 1-1 equaliser whilst Croatia absolutely dominated the midfield.
It wasnt so much just sitting on the goal as much as it was Croatia just dominating the game. England should scored more and that is their mistake. But Croatia has players with way more experience, both internationally and at club level, and it was only a matter of time until they started kicking into gear and dominating the lesser experienced English squad, which is exactly what happened.
. Quite simply, they haven't played like WC winners and have shown a baffling lack of adaptation when the opponent changes the game, they were completely stumped in the second half and seemed to have no plan to counter Croatia's dominant midfield.
Lets be honest, they aren't. England is clearly the weakest of the final 4. Besides Russia, probably also of the final 8. With more experience they will be more adept.
|The Fury said:
Now you know why
Croatia are the better team at the moment, ignore rankings, in this case they have more experience, more world class players. I put Croatia to win this game in this prediction league but wanted England to win because they are England.
If only England were able to find the back of the net more consistently. But I must say I hate how much they relied on passing back to the keeper.
I look forward to the 3rd place playoffs. Might actually be more exciting than the finals (though that depends entirely on whether France dominates the match or not)