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Croatia certainly the best side here, a lot of things not coming off for them.

I really hope they click better in the second half, from an entertainment point of view, 2 poor games so far today.

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1 minute ago, kingjericho said:

On Portuguese TV they said as well he could at least tried to reach that... great goal, no chance for the keeper in my view.

That's what I hate about most people and goalkeeping comments.

Goalkeepers, especially ones playing on this level, simply have the instinct and know if they can get the ball or not. He had no chances there. Trying to dive for it could've just ended in the ball hitting the bar and deflecting into goalkeeper's back.

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1 minute ago, georginho_juventusygr said:

Buffon could have saved that.

I'm sure 'someone' will be along shortly to point out that David Marshall would have saved it while eating a sausage roll!

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Peter Shilton seems to agree with Neville, for what's that worth: 

@GNev2 right on ITV Croatia goalkeeper too far off his line for Russia goal ! If he was 2yds off his line he could have maybe got a couple of steps in and dived for it maybe saving it !!

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If 2 former defenders are saying he should've been further back, I'm going to accept the keeper wasn't well positioned.

Whether he could've saved it is harder to judge and more for the opinion of former goalkeepers, but ultimately irrelevant to me, it's a great goal. If he does it twice then it's time for further scrutiny.

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1 minute ago, craigcwwe said:

I'm with Neville on this. GK was way too far off his line which meant he gave himself no chance with the shot, not hard to grasp. 

Aye, I'm with Dixon in the sense that he's probably not stopping that, but he's definitely way too far forward, so he's never even got a prayer

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Just now, Constantine said:

Expected much more from this Croatia side, especially vs this old and tired Russia team. They'll still get their narrow w, but it's disappointing... 

No team has managed to easily crack parked buses this tournament.

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Based on their knockout games so far Croatia aren't really all that. Modric and Rakitic don't influence their games enough considering their credentials.

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2 minutes ago, Weezer said:

Based on their knockout games so far Croatia aren't really all that. Modric and Rakitic don't influence their games enough considering their credentials.

To be fair, there have been a few flicks and passes that just didn't come off, on another day they would.
Easily the better team tonight.

I hope they win as I think Croatia vs England will be a tight open affair, sick of these backs to the walls teams.

England vs Russia will be all England trying to break them down while Russia try to hit on the counter, basically what we seen today With England vs Sweden.

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Will it count as a Brazilian title if Russia and their Brazilian player Mário Fernandes win this WC? :) 

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Just now, PMLF said:

Will it count as a Brazilian title if Russia and their Brazilian player Mário Fernandes win this WC? :) 

If it does, then I'm counting the title Simone Perrotta won with Italy in 2006 as England's. :p

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Just now, CFuller said:

If it does, then I'm counting the title Simone Perrotta won with Italy in 2006 as England's. :p

And Argentinian.

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4 minutes ago, PMLF said:

Will it count as a Brazilian title if Russia and their Brazilian player Mário Fernandes win this WC? :) 

If England win, i can see Jamaica doing the same

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3 minutes ago, CFuller said:

If it does, then I'm counting the title Simone Perrotta won with Italy in 2006 as England's. :p

 

3 minutes ago, GunmaN1905 said:

And Argentinian.

Such a generous player, helping so many countries win the World Cup. :D 

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8 minutes ago, daylight said:

To be fair, there have been a few flicks and passes that just didn't come off, on another day they would.
Easily the better team tonight.

I hope they win as I think Croatia vs England will be a tight open affair, sick of these backs to the walls teams.

England vs Russia will be all England trying to break them down while Russia try to hit on the counter, basically what we seen today With England vs Sweden.

England's attack would much rather face Vida and Lovren. That's just another penalty waiting to happen.

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1 minute ago, PMLF said:

 

Such a generous player, helping so many countries win the World Cup. :D 

That was Camoranesi.

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