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Just now, ArsenalFan7 said:

We’re already into the pointless passing around the pitch phase then :/

It’s the dreariest play style imaginable.

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Oh Pique you moron. Jumps naturally then lifts his hand up again.

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This atmosphere is ****ing terrible for an unfancied host nation.

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1-1, it will be awesome if Russia can beat Spain, maybe even happen a huge miracle and they win the whole thing.

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I've not agreed with all the ball to hand penalties but that one definitely was for me.  I'm fine with jumping arms raised but he left it high longer than necessary, even looked like his arm started to come down and he raised it again

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Just now, Orzelek said:

No chance for de Gea

Wasn't even that great of a penalty, it's just that De Gea decided to pick a side.

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1 minute ago, G-Man11 said:

This atmosphere is ****ing terrible for an unfancied host nation.

Obviously jinxed it :D Though even the goal celebrations looked fairly muted tbh.  Feels like a proper crowd of day trippers.

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They always say he waited for the keeper to move. Looked like he just picked a side and whacked it.

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1 minute ago, The_jagster said:

He clearly leaves his hand up knowing what he's doing imo

Even if he's not doing it to think "ooh I might stop a shot with my hand" it's an unnatural position. You can seem him jump and his right arm goes down, so on that basis it's a penalty.

Although I think you're right as well and he knew exactly what he was doing, which begs the question as to how thick is he when so many have been given for similar and much more debatable incidents.

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2 minutes ago, Andrew_ said:

Textbook handball.

They will probably use that as an image in referees textbooks post WC. And that's your standard handball.

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Just now, Andrew_ said:

Did he even get a card?

Got a yellow

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1 minute ago, G-Man11 said:

Obviously jinxed it :D Though even the goal celebrations looked fairly muted tbh.  Feels like a proper crowd of day trippers.

Doesn't even feel like a home crowd. Feels like everyone is rooting for spain

 

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Has Pique not watched the rest of the World Cup?

Think his teammates deserve it for a performance so dull and gutlessly possession-oriented I don't think they'd even managed a shot

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2 minutes ago, G-Man11 said:

Obviously jinxed it :D Though even the goal celebrations looked fairly muted tbh.  Feels like a proper crowd of day trippers.

This is pretty normal in a WC though, Brazilian fans in the 2014 WC were nothing like the usual people who go to the stadiums here, same thing must be true in Russia now.

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Iniesta has definitely been missed. Asensio and Silva very quiet. Isco less so but hasn't done much with it yet.

Imagine he'll be the first sub, but not sure who for.

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Just now, PMLF said:

This is pretty normal in a WC though, Brazilian fans in the 2014 WC were nothing like the usual people who go to the stadiums here, same thing must be true in Russia now.

Yeah, knockout phase tickets are too expensive for your average football fan in countries like Brazil or Russia.

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things just ticking over nicely.

at this rate all we have to do is turn up for the Final vs France. even then with the way things are going Mbappe will break his leg... Griezmann will have the runs and half the French defence will be suspended.

will the bus tour go around the country?

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Dull game so far, especially when compared to yesterday's two games. In general Russia looks poor and Spain looks like not bothered to do more then the minimum required.

 

The penalty was definitely good for the game, as it might give Russia some more hope and also forces Spain to do something now.

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Just now, GunmaN1905 said:

Yeah, knockout phase tickets are too expensive for your average football fan in countries like Brazil or Russia.

That and club fans are not so attached to the national team (at least in Brazil), while many casual fans or people who don't even like football much buy tickets for big events like the WC.

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5 minutes ago, G-Man11 said:

Obviously jinxed it :D Though even the goal celebrations looked fairly muted tbh.  Feels like a proper crowd of day trippers.

Well, they've sent all their hardcore fans to work in Siberia for the world cup, iirc.

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1 minute ago, GunmaN1905 said:

Yeah, knockout phase tickets are too expensive for your average football fan in countries like Brazil or Russia.

Yup hence 'day trippers'. Basically middle class families turning up for the occasion rather than major football fans. Inevitable but **** :(.

Mexican wave in probably your only ever home knock-out WC tie is just pathetic, no matter how boring Spain is.

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