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    Quote Originally Posted by Uppercut View Post
    Hmm, I think the opposite. There's developing a bit of a consensus that the way to win international tournaments is to be functional, with Uruguay taking the Copa America and Zambia taking the ACON. At club level the Mourinho-era blanket defences are struggling to deal with fluid modern attacks but international teams can't develop the kind of understanding that club teams can. Especially since the overwhelming public pressure is usually to pick the best player in each "position" with no real consideration of how they'll combine.
    Yeah I would not disagree with any of this and as I say it is in hope rather than expectation but hope I will continue to do until it is dashed.

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    Nice open start to this one
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    Holland's build up play has been decent so far, final ball is lacking though IMO.

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    And well, I never saw that coming.


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    van Persie calling for anything, theres gonna be a stonewall pen they don't get due to his cry wolf tactics.

    Fact is whenever they get it out wide, there is no-one in the box
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    Bloody hell. Just switched over from the rugby. Did not expect that scoreline.

    HT highlights look all Netherlands tho; seem to have had a very solid shout for a pen too.
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    Dutch forgetting the old adage 'play to the whistles'. Too busy shouting at the ref to realise they still had the ball.

    Absolute robbery from Denmark should they hold out.

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    Come on. How is that not a pen? Most blatant robbery since the second leg of the Chelsea/Barca semi in 2009.

    Credit to the Danes and all, but **** me.

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    Should have had a pen at the end, but otherwise Holland can have no qualms about the result. Pretty rubbish performance by them.

    Denmark good value though.

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    Was rooting for the Danes, but there was two pretty clear penalties not given.

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    Looks bad for the Dutch from herein tbh. Quite fancy Germany to win tonight and against Denmark. Wouldn't bet against Denmark beating Portugal based on what we just saw either.

    In any event, the match against Germany will pretty much be a must win for Holland now, and I don't like their chances.

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    Still can't decide who to support in this

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    Still can't decide who to support in this
    For maximum schadenfreude I think an early humiliating Germany exit and a tearful Ronaldo during a dramatic Portugal defeat in a knockout game would be the plan - the latter part would be pretty likely if they made it through their group.

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    Heh @ 'injury' after a bit of a robust challenge on the German (who didn't make a meal of it surprisingly) - perfectly timed with the referee coming over to possibly brandish a card.

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