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Well, I thought Messi did everything he could, played with guts, was taken down numerous times, including a couple of very rough tackles (Quadrado). He did miss one good chance, but it wasn't a 100% scoring chance. He is cursed with the National team. 

See if you agree with me... at the 3:40 mark on the video there should be a penalty imho.

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Yes, the Colombian pushed Messi aside before even going for the ball. That could be a penalty.

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22 minutes ago, erwbol said:

Yes, the Colombian pushed Messi aside before even going for the ball. That could be a penalty.

 When the Colombian defender got a hold of the ball, he passed it to his GK, who grabbed it, which is a no-no in the box.

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9 minutes ago, Dmitry said:

 When the Colombian defender got a hold of the ball, he passed it to his GK, who grabbed it, which is a no-no in the box.

Of course! :eye:

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We don’t get the Copa on my system but, to be honest, I’ve never been able to get interested in the Copa or South American football, generally. 

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I stand corrected; we do get some of the games. 

I looked at some upcoming matches and I see Japan and Qatar are in the Copa. Last time I checked, they were not part of South America geographically nor did they speak Spanish or Portuguese. Of course, I could be wrong ;)

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This is my second Copa. I've watched several Centanario matches when they came here 3 years ago...saw Messi 2x, watched him miss the penalty in the Final.

Copa is a LOT of fun, there is a lot of rough play though. There are rivalries there that are way more intense than the UEFA.

I'lll be watching Chile-Japan tonight. Chile is all pumped to go, especially since Arg is blowing it. Japan and Quatar are the invited guest-teams this year.

7 minutes ago, Brad said:

I stand corrected; we do get some of the games. 

I looked at some upcoming matches and I see Japan and Qatar are in the Copa. Last time I checked, they were not part of South America geographically nor did they speak Spanish or Portuguese. Of course, I could be wrong ;)

Saw yours when I posted already. Yeah, they invite one or two teams from elsewhere, to beat on, like the USA and Mexico...

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I don’t find the physicality in the Latin American game appealing. I can always watch American football for that. 

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The French team benefited from a couple of home field calls today. It’s good to be the host. 

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Watched Chile beat Japan 4:0, in the company of of my Chilean friends, along with much food and red wine. The match didn't start well for Chile, but at the end Japan's "youth and inexperience" took the better of them. I don't know the specs, but by the looks of them, the only 180 cm.+ player on their team may have been the goalie.  They dominated the first 30 minutes with their incredible speed. The Chilean wing-backs just couldn't cope. Japan had 3 real clear goal-scoring chances, but they lacked a finisher.

In other news, Platini was arrested.

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Spain advanced to the knockout stage for the first time and for its efforts it gets to play -- in all likelihood -- the US  Well, it will be a learning experience. They kept the Germans, the number 2 team in the world to one goal, so maybe they can do the same here.

1 hour ago, Dmitry said:

Watched Chile beat Japan 4:0, in the company of of my Chilean friends, along with much food and red wine. The match didn't start well for Chile, but at the end Japan's "youth and inexperience" took the better of them. I don't know the specs, but by the looks of them, the only 180 cm.+ player on their team may have been the goalie.  They dominated the first 30 minutes with their incredible speed. The Chilean wing-backs just couldn't cope. Japan had 3 real clear goal-scoring chances, but they lacked a finisher.

In other news, Platini was arrested.

Chile beating Japan 4-0.  Well, that's a shocker, isn't it.

There was an article in this weekend's Times about Platini, about how he hoped to clear his name when his suspension ended. I have no doubt he's guilty. 

In Exile on His Home Turf, Michel Platini Runs Out the Clock on His Ban

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Brasil looked terrible tonight. They had the majority of possession tonight, at least 67%, but couldn’t score.  Well, actually they did, twice, but VAR nullified them. They weren’t playing a top team but yet couldn’t score. Credit Venezuela with a good defensive effort. 

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Platini's arrest is sad news. He was one of the idols of my childhood. Me and my grandfather watched him play West Germany in the 1982 Mundial, a year later my grandfather was gone.

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Unfortunately, he's no longer that person and has never been able to explain the $2 million he received from Blatter. That semifinal was a classic though. It's still confounding that Italy won. 

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Three times they scored..unlucky. I only watched the highlights, which doesn't tell much about the flow of the match. Venezuela is a scrappy team, with a solid keeper.

Argentina-Paraguay tonight. It's do or die for Leo.

 

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Boy, this Argentinian team is so lackluster. Messi just  doesn't make miracles like Maradona did. 

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A terrible effort. No creativity.  A typical South American affair, a lot of fouling. No ebb and flow. Arg was lucky to get that pk call. 

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There is a simple explanation for this ongoing tango shit-show: Argentina’s had 9 coaches in 14 years. 

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A somewhat entertaining match tonight between Uruguay and Japan. Very free flowing, especially the first part of the second half. At the very least, better than the squalid matches of the last couple of days. 

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I watched it also. Excellent 99 minutes of slugging soccer! The Japanese team found its finisher tonight. Uruguay weren't lucky. Two crossbars. 

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Argentina won 2:0, but I'm concerned no less than before. This is not a good team.

Tonight is the Uruguay:Chile match! That's the one to watch!

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France managed to prevail over Brasil in extra time. The French coach said that nothing less than the Finals is acceptable but they face the US next and I don’t see them winning. Whoever designed the brackets should have placed France in the other one. 

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Spain and US are tied at half time and Spain is playing well, with growing confidence. US has never lost this early in the knockout stage. Could this be the time. 

Vamos España!! 

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