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Tue 15/05/18 Saudi Arabia 2 - 0 Greece View events More info
Fri 18/05/18 Iran 1 - 0 Uzbekistan   More info
Fri 25/05/18 Kuwait 1-1 Egypt   More info
    China PR 1-0 Myanmar   More info
Sun 27/05/18 Nigeria 1-1 Congo DR   More info
Mon 28/05/18 Korea Republic 2 - 0 Honduras   More info
    Bosnia-Herzegovina 0-0 Montenegro   More info
    Turkey 2-1 Iran   More info
    Italy 2-1 Saudi Arabia   More info
    Portugal 2-2 Tunisia   More info
    France 2-0 Republic of Ir…   More info
    Argentina CANC Nicaragua   More info
    Argentina - Haiti   More info
    United States 3 -0 Bolivia   More info
    Mexico 0-0 Wales   More info
Tue 29/05/18 Peru 22 : 00 Scotland   More info
    Panama 23 : 00 Northern Ireland   More info
Wed 30/05/18 Japan 07 : 25 Ghana   More info
    Austria 15 : 45 Russia   More info
Thu 31/05/18 Romania 11 : 00 Chile   More info
    Luxembourg 15 : 00 Senegal   More info
    Slovakia 15 : 45 Netherlands   More info
    Morocco 17 : 00 Ukraine   More info
Fri 01/06/18 Korea Republic 08 : 00 Bosnia-Herzegovina   More info
    Czech Republic 08 : 00 Australia   More info
    France 16 : 00 Italy   More info
    Tunisia 17 : 00 Turkey   More info
    Albania - Ukraine   More info
Sat 02/06/18 Thailand 08 : 30 China PR   More info
    Austria 13 : 00 Germany   More info
    England 13 : 15 Nigeria   More info
    Sweden 14 : 45 Denmark   More info
    Montenegro 15 : 15 Slovenia   More info
    Belgium 15 : 45 Portugal   More info
    Republic of Ir… 16 : 08 United States   More info
    Iceland 17 : 00 Norway   More info
    Mexico 21 : 00 Scotland   More info
Sun 03/06/18 Brazil 11 : 00 Croatia   More info
    Costa Rica 15 : 00 Northern Ireland   More info
    Saudi Arabia 15 : 00 Peru   More info
    Spain 16 : 00 Switzerland   More info
Mon 04/06/18 Italy 15 : 45 Netherlands   More info
    Serbia 16 : 00 Chile   More info
    Morocco 17 : 00 Slovakia   More info
    Russia - Turkey   More info
Tue 05/06/18 Romania 14 : 30 Finland   More info
    Czech Republic - Nigeria   More info
Wed 06/06/18 Norway 14 : 00 Panama   More info
    Belarus 14 : 00 Hungary   More info
    Belgium 15 : 45 Egypt   More info
    Korea Republic - Bolivia   More info
Thu 07/06/18 England 16 : 00 Costa Rica   More info
    Portugal 16 : 15 Algeria   More info
    Iceland 17 : 00 Ghana   More info
    Croatia - Senegal   More info
    Iran - Lithuania   More info
    Uruguay 20 : 00 Uzbekistan   More info
Fri 08/06/18 Switzerland 14 : 00 Japan   More info
    Germany 14 : 30 Saudi Arabia   More info
    Poland 15 : 45 Chile   More info
    Spain - Tunisia   More info
Sat 09/06/18 Hungary 12 : 30 Australia   More info
    Finland 13 : 00 Belarus   More info
    Sweden 14 : 15 Peru   More info
    France 16 : 00 United States   More info
    Denmark 16 : 00 Mexico   More info
    Estonia 16 : 00 Morocco   More info
Sun 10/06/18 Austria 11 : 00 Brazil   More info
    Korea Republic - Senegal   More info
Mon 11/06/18 Belgium 15 : 45 Costa Rica   More info
    Paraguay - Japan   More info
Tue 12/06/18 Poland 13 : 00 Lithuania

Greece beaten 0-2 by Saudi Arabia, I'll change this to another list if someone can find a better one.

Times are Brazilian times as I have taken the list from Soccerway which shows times based on someone's IP.

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4 minutes ago, Readingfanman said:

Argentina have one friendly. Against Haiti. Seems a bit of a waste of a friendly slot.

It's just to say good bye to their fans in Argentina.

The waste is not playing that friendly but rather not playing any others when there are plenty of dates available.

Friendlies at this point don't need to be against good teams anyway.

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Quite a few of these on your obscure TV channels which is good news, and bet365 might livestream a few on their "In Play with Ray" thing.

That Iran v Uzbekistan the other night was 1-0 Iran if you are updating the OP with the scores :)

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18 minutes ago, Rob1981 said:

Quite a few of these on your obscure TV channels which is good news, and bet365 might livestream a few on their "In Play with Ray" thing.

That Iran v Uzbekistan the other night was 1-0 Iran if you are updating the OP with the scores :)

I have now updated it.

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4 hours ago, PMLF said:

It's just to say good bye to their fans in Argentina.

The waste is not playing that friendly but rather not playing any others when there are plenty of dates available.

Friendlies at this point don't need to be against good teams anyway.

Doesn’t need to be a good team but Argentina have no idea what their best formation or strike force is. This game won’t exactly answer any questions.

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Not even that expensive.

Should be a good game.

I think Dalić will try Brozović-Rakitić midfield.
Modrić plays higher up for the NT and so far Badelj was the holding midfielder next to Rakitić, but if Brozović can keep his form from the past couple of months, that's a scary trio.

Rebić should get a chance up front on the opposite wing of Perišić. With Mandžukić in the middle, that's some incredible amount of running and physical presence from the front 3.
Kramarić is the other option, Dalić really likes him, but he's not really a winger or a lone no9. Wrong system.

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Egypt trailing 1-0 in Kuwait after 15 minutes.  No sign of Wigan's Sam Morsy in the starting eleven for Egypt.  Needs to do something in the friendlies if he gets a chance otherwise he may be trimmed from the final squad.

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A few of today’s friendlies are on bet365 live streamed, just need an account on there with some money in it

7.15 Turkey v Iran

7.45 Italy v Saudi Arabia

7.45 Portugal v Tunisia

Thought the Saudis would want a proper test before the WC to be honest, not one of these tinpot countries that haven’t even qualified.

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3 hours ago, Rob1981 said:

7.45 Portugal v Tunisia

Should be Benfica CB Rúben Dias' first cap. Meanwhile I think we're also without Ronaldo since he played Saturday in the CL final.

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3 hours ago, GunmaN1905 said:

Nah, that was never the problem. He always looked like a very intelligent, tactically sound player.
But one of those guys who completely lacked ability to shoot. Or finish anything.

That's a good description of him. He's ****ing great running the game in midfield. But he's not a finisher at all.

We're far too soft in defence but 2-2 is harsh. Tunisia's 2nd came out of nowhere. Slightly worrying though, at the moment it feels like anyone can easily score against us.

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In stoppage time in the Turkey/Iran game, a Turkish player stopped a goal with his hand like Suarez and got himself sent off

In a friendly.

What a silly sod.

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46 minutes ago, Razzler said:

How did Tunisia look?

Was this a foot off the pedal situation or what?

Tunisia were surprisingly positive with the ball at their feet, building from the back etc, but just not enough talent to execute it consistently, they constantly lost the ball back to us. I only watched from the end of the 1st half when it was already 2-1, but their 2nd goal came out of nowhere in a set piece.

We looked off our best game in our 2nd half, too many subs, soft in defence, not coordinated enough in attack. But this isn't the first friendly that goes wrong, the Netherlands(!) smashed us, we were losing to Egypt until minute 92 (only to win 2-1 with 2 injury time Ronaldo goals), so we're starting to build a negative pattern lately which is a little concerning.

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Not sure if we in England are in danger of underestimating Tunisia.  Nobody seems to be talking about them yet and if you look down their squad list they don't really have any standout players from any big club sides.  But they are 14th in the world at the moment, which is their highest ever FIFA ranking apparently and makes them the best ranked African side by miles.

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4 hours ago, Rob1981 said:

Not sure if we in England are in danger of underestimating Tunisia.  Nobody seems to be talking about them yet and if you look down their squad list they don't really have any standout players from any big club sides.  But they are 14th in the world at the moment, which is their highest ever FIFA ranking apparently and makes them the best ranked African side by miles. 

To be honest they didn't look impressive at all. They have decent technique like all north africans do but lack that extra quality top teams have.

They did score 2 goals from 3 chances, though.

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5 hours ago, Rob1981 said:

Not sure if we in England are in danger of underestimating Tunisia.  Nobody seems to be talking about them yet and if you look down their squad list they don't really have any standout players from any big club sides.  But they are 14th in the world at the moment, which is their highest ever FIFA ranking apparently and makes them the best ranked African side by miles.

To qualify for the World Cup they beat Mauritania in a play off then topped a group with Guinea, Libya and DRC.

Hardly outstanding quality there

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21 hours ago, Rob1981 said:

Not sure if we in England are in danger of underestimating Tunisia.  Nobody seems to be talking about them yet and if you look down their squad list they don't really have any standout players from any big club sides.  But they are 14th in the world at the moment, which is their highest ever FIFA ranking apparently and makes them the best ranked African side by miles.

You know full well we're going to underestimate everyone!! :p

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On 29/05/2018 at 10:15, Rob1981 said:

Not sure if we in England are in danger of underestimating Tunisia.  Nobody seems to be talking about them yet and if you look down their squad list they don't really have any standout players from any big club sides.  But they are 14th in the world at the moment, which is their highest ever FIFA ranking apparently and makes them the best ranked African side by miles.

Draw with them opening game, only beat Panama 2-0 (whilst Tunisa lose to Belgium by one goal) and go into last game knowing we need a result in case Tunisa beat Panama and have a better H2H.

That would be typical England. End up losing and scraping through because Tunisa beat Panama only 1-0 :D 

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