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Champions League Winner?

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Im so happy for Croatia, its their first final so far. If I had to be fair, Id say France deserves more for having played better than Croatia during the World Cup, not to mention only facing hard opponents on the second stage (Argentina, Uruguay and Belgium) while Croatia faced 3 easy teams (Denmark, Russia and England).

But, regardless of whats fair, my heart will be with Croatia. I predicted them to make it to the finals, but Id love even more if it was Brazil instead of France. xD

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WoodenPints said:

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.

Mummelmann said:
. 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:
Azhraell 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)



Kerotan said:
Apart from the fact I hate England I actually really like Croatia and tipped them as my dark horses so happy to see this result. Great day. Footballs not coming home xD

Croatia were lucky in my eyes, scraped through against Russia and Denmark, were let off the hook by a toothless England. Also, the ref was very lenient tonight, biased almost. Again, hate England all you like, but I find it hard to support a Swastika waving racist bunch like Croatia. France, beautiful.

 

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Azhraell said:
KingCherry said:
A lot of English haters on this forum like elsewhere, not sure why you'd go for Croatia over England.

Now you know why

Oh, no, I don't know why? Please explain? Looking forward to the matches this weekend, I think Belgium v England could be a good game. The final will be an easy France 3 - 0 Croatia affair.



KingCherry said:
Kerotan said:
Apart from the fact I hate England I actually really like Croatia and tipped them as my dark horses so happy to see this result. Great day. Footballs not coming home xD

Croatia were lucky in my eyes, scraped through against Russia and Denmark, were let off the hook by a toothless England. Also, the ref was very lenient tonight, biased almost. Again, hate England all you like, but I find it hard to support a Swastika waving racist bunch like Croatia. France, beautiful.

Salty, much?

Not hard to see why people weren't supporting England.



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England's main issue this whole knockout stage has been scoring goals from open play.

KingCherry said:
Kerotan said:
Apart from the fact I hate England I actually really like Croatia and tipped them as my dark horses so happy to see this result. Great day. Footballs not coming home xD

Croatia were lucky in my eyes, scraped through against Russia and Denmark, were let off the hook by a toothless England. Also, the ref was very lenient tonight, biased almost. Again, hate England all you like, but I find it hard to support a Swastika waving racist bunch like Croatia. France, beautiful.

Well it's hard to support England after what you did to Ireland for 800 years and even today you still rule over about 20% of our island. So say what you like about Croatia but they couldn't possibly be as bad as England in a historical sense.

 

Anyway up the the Croatians. All of ireland were behind them today. Huge night of celebration for us. 



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HomokHarcos said:
England's main issue this whole knockout stage has been scoring goals from open play.

Not really the problem is what I mention earlier during the QF's it's a playmaking issue, the players have the ability but the decision making and vision needs work an example is Sterling the were a number of cases in the tournament where he got into a good situation but goes on to try and shoot or run through a crowd of players instead of passing to someone near by who is unmarked. A number of players were doing it and this forced Kane to go deeper in the pitch to restore some composure but as a result our main finisher is not up field, the were many cases today were the final ball is coming from Kane to someone like Alli when it should be the other way around.

The amount of chances that could have been created from better decision making alone would have solved the open play scoring issue but that can only come with experience.



Kerotan said:
KingCherry said:

Croatia were lucky in my eyes, scraped through against Russia and Denmark, were let off the hook by a toothless England. Also, the ref was very lenient tonight, biased almost. Again, hate England all you like, but I find it hard to support a Swastika waving racist bunch like Croatia. France, beautiful.

Well it's hard to support England after what you did to Ireland for 800 years and even today you still rule over about 20% of our island. So say what you like about Croatia but they couldn't possibly be as bad as England in a historical sense.

 

Anyway up the the Croatians. All of ireland were behind them today. Huge night of celebration for us. 

So supporting the Nazis in their history is okay in your book then?



Croatia win, good riddance England! Football is not coming home!

World Cup Final: France 2 - Croatia 1.

3rd place match: Belgium 2 - England 1