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    Quote Originally Posted by Pothas View Post
    Yeah Belgium and USA was just brilliant. I mean it was amazing in extra time but it was pretty damn good in normal time as well.

    If USA 'parked the bus' then they did not do it very well because Belgium had so many chances.
    They had 2 banks of 4 sitting deep with a 9 th man back with them for long stretches. The amount of saves by Howard shows that it didn't nullify the Belgians as they would have hoped.

    The quarter final will all depend on how conservative Argentina is. I expect Belgium to be cautious.

    I'd rather talk about the Columbia game. Can James do it again? Will Brazil attack?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tangles View Post
    The amount of saves by Howard shows that it didn't nullify the Belgians as they would have hoped.
    Yeah, this is basically what Pothas just said.

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    A lot of Belgium's chances (and both their goals) came on the counter, which wouldn't be possible if USA were just parking the bus but doing it badly. It was an open game with both sides going for the win but finishing very badly.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Uppercut View Post
    A lot of Belgium's chances (and both their goals) came on the counter, which wouldn't be possible if USA were just parking the bus but doing it badly. It was an open game with both sides going for the win but finishing very badly.
    I don't think it was that open until Wondalowski came on with 18 to go. That's when the US started pushing the game a bit. To their downfall eventually as Besler was beaten for the first goal quite high up the pitch. Before then Belgium had a lot of possession with the US quite deep.

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    Ken Early has predicted that Cabaye will spot Neuer wandering into defence today and score the winner from his own half. The thought of that happening has got me really excited about the match.

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    Yeah heard a few people suggesting this is going to happen. Would be so good.

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    Pains me to say it, but I really fancy the French today. Really think Jerry's lack of pace is going to be their undoing. Deschamps must move Benzema back to the middle.

    Low strikes one as an inflexible soul (I mean, he still has that haircut...), but surely Sammy K into the middle and Lahm to right back is just so screamingly obvious?
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    Colombia are insane value today - paying over $4 at the TAB over here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby View Post
    Low strikes one as an inflexible soul (I mean, he still has that haircut...), but surely Sammy K into the middle and Lahm to right back is just so screamingly obvious?
    We've been saying it all tournament, but the pundits who really know their way around German football all seem to agree he should stay in the middle. Khedira and Schwein, as well as being unfit, apparently did a disastrous job of that role in qualifying. Dunno if I'm convinced but it's maybe not as obvious as it seems.

    I'm on the France+Colombia double too, but I have a feeling Deschamps will start Giroud, which looks like a mistake to me.

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    I'm on Germany + Colombia paying $11.05. I'll be a very happy man if it gets up.

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    Does Neuer play that far away from goal normally? Is he just making up for the lack of pace in front of him? They look beatable if France turns up.

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    France and Colombia for me today. Make it happen, lads!

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    Not sure Germany have raised expectations enough to crash out yet. Can see them routing the French today then getting destroyed in the semis.
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    I'm not making any bets on the quarters specifically as I suck at football betting but I still have my pre-WC outrights on France/Netherlands to win the cup - both at 25/1ish and Robben for Golden Ball at 41/1 all of which are reasonably alive.

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