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    Quote Originally Posted by Furball View Post
    It is absolutely meaningless.

    It usually results in a decent game of football because the shackles come off and the players are a bit liberated by the game being meaningless, but nobody cares who wins or loses this game. When people look back on this World Cup they'll remember that England were beaten semi finalists, not that they finished 3rd or 4th.
    I actually had to look up on wikipedia whether or not we won or lost it in 1990 (we lost), and Italia '90 was basically my first sporting memory. Everybody just remembers England going out on pens to the Germans. It is as if the 3rd place match didn't even take place.
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    All about Kane securing the golden boot

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    Tbf it’s englands biggest game since the same event in 1990. You should be embracing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgey View Post
    Tbf it’s englands biggest game since the same event in 1990. You should be embracing it.
    Haha it isn't actually though. On paper it is, but not really.


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    Starting like they finished vs Croatia.

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    I hadn't realised this started at 3.00pm.
    Looking at the Guardian's running commentary, the midfield has been non-existent again and Kane's barely had a touch again. Is that a fair description?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wpdavid View Post
    I hadn't realised this started at 3.00pm.
    Looking at the Guardian's running commentary, the midfield has been non-existent again and Kane's barely had a touch again. Is that a fair description?
    Yeah. It’s exactly like the Croatia game after half time, except Belgium are a bit better than Croatia were.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgey View Post
    Tbf it’s englands biggest game since the same event in 1990. You should be embracing it.
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    What Stones did to Hazard there really should be a red card.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Furball View Post
    What Stones did to Hazard there really should be a red card.
    I can think of plenty of more deserving offences that I've seen at this WC

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    Weird how VAR seems to have become a complete non-entity since the knockout rounds started.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uppercut View Post
    Yeah. It’s exactly like the Croatia game after half time, except Belgium are a bit better than Croatia were.
    Watching the 2nd half, it just strikes me that we're narrowly losing to a superior and more experienced side. We've created a couple of openings either side of being too loose in the final third. It would help if they didn't keep falling to Dier, but at least he's trying to get on the end of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wpdavid View Post
    Watching the 2nd half, it just strikes me that we're narrowly losing to a superior and more experienced side. We've created a couple of openings either side of being too loose in the final third. It would help if they didn't keep falling to Dier, but at least he's trying to get on the end of them.
    Tbh though if Lukaku had brought his first touch today then it'd be 3-0.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MW1304 View Post
    Weird how VAR seems to have become a complete non-entity since the knockout rounds started.
    Yes, the officiating has been really weak; almost a throwback to the 1970s. As we speak, a clear foul on RLC leading to the Belgian break-away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spark View Post
    Tbh though if Lukaku had brought his first touch today then it'd be 3-0.
    True enough.

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