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1 minute ago, Ackter said:

Whatever happened to golden goals?

Worst rule ever.

Everyone was scared to take any risks and most games would just end up with teams passing it around.

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1 minute ago, Ackter said:

Whatever happened to golden goals?

It was scrapped a decade and a half ago :D

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1 minute ago, GunmaN1905 said:

Worst rule ever.

Everyone was scared to take any risks and most games would just end up with teams passing it around.

That's what's happening right now.

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The least these two poor sides could do for us is give us the drama of penalties. 

Then again, the boring bastards will probably score in the 119th minute to deny us. 

Edited by craigcwwe
119th minute not 199th. :D

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1 minute ago, GunmaN1905 said:

Worst rule ever.

Everyone was scared to take any risks and most games would just end up with teams passing it around.

tbf the “silver goal” was the worst rule ever, where they stopped after the first 15 minutes of ET if there had been a goal but carried on if not.

only ever decided one match at Euro 2004 iirc, then scrapped again

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Just now, Rob1981 said:

tbf the “silver goal” was the worst rule ever, where they stopped after the first 15 minutes of ET if there had been a goal but carried on if not.

only ever decided one match at Euro 2004 iirc, then scrapped again 

Yeah, Dellas scored for Greece in 105th minute against Czech in the semis.

What a team.

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1 minute ago, craigcwwe said:

The least these two poor sides could do for us is give us the drama of penalties. 

Then again, the boring bastards Spain will probably score in the 199th minute to deny us. 

Spain so boring the ref is gonna fall asleep and not blow the whistle so we watch for 3 hours :D

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Considering how much faster and technically better football got over the last 20 years, it's amazing that there's so few players that can regularly score goals from outside the box. Especially midfielders.

 

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Now that teams generally play defence first and more disciplined, might be worth reintroducing golden goal at least.

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As woeful as Spain have been, Russia have offered absolutely nothing. Spain are here for the taking but Russia with no ambition at all.

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Considering how bad DDG is at saving penalties, I fancy Russia if it goes that far. 

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rodrigo on is the right call, but taking off Asensio is the wrong one, Hierro is clueless

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3 minutes ago, JDownie said:

Spain so boring the ref is gonna fall asleep and not blow the whistle so we watch for 3 hours :D

Feel like this game has been on 199 minutes. :D

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Extra time is awful. Aways.

Have they changed the penalty rules at all?

They should adopt the Tennis Tie-Breaker rules where you need to win by two clear goals.

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1 minute ago, G-Man11 said:

As woeful as Spain have been, Russia have offered absolutely nothing. Spain are here for the taking but Russia with no ambition at all.

Can you blame them? They are giving themselves way more chance of going through letting Spain knock the ball backwards and forwards 40 yards from goal than actually trying to attack.

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I've never gone down screaming after being fouled playing football.

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1 minute ago, JDownie said:

Considering how bad DDG is at saving penalties, I fancy Russia if it goes that far. 

You've just guaranteed he saves 2 or more with that comment :D 

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1 minute ago, Ackter said:

Extra time is awful. Aways.

Have they changed the penalty rules at all?

They should adopt the Tennis Tie-Breaker rules where you need to win by two clear goals.

No thanks I don't want penalties to continue into the next day.

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3 minutes ago, G-Man11 said:

As woeful as Spain have been, Russia have offered absolutely nothing. Spain are here for the taking but Russia with no ambition at all.

A bit harsh. I don't think they have the energy.

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1 minute ago, Heartwork said:

No thanks I don't want penalties to continue into the next day.

Tie-breaker is way fairer than just sudden death tbh.

It wouldn't be so bad if they trashed Extra Time and just went straight to it.

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Just now, GunmaN1905 said:

So much for Spain easily making it to the semis.

They haven't even scored today. Russia did it for them.

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I've only been back from work since the 60th minute and it feels like I've watched a full match ffs :D 

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1 minute ago, Redshift said:

A bit harsh. I don't think they have the energy.

Well yeah they are dead now, but they really didn't offer any counter threat in normal time after equalising.

3 minutes ago, Readingfanman said:

Can you blame them? They are giving themselves way more chance of going through letting Spain knock the ball backwards and forwards 40 yards from goal than actually trying to attack.

Yes. I'm bored :D

I don't have a problem with teams sitting tbh, in fact I think that's a good idea for them but even when they had legs they didn't  offer the counter threat the Morocco and Iran showed could be effective against this side.

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7 minutes ago, Pukey said:

You've just guaranteed he saves 2 or more with that comment :D 

Probably. Would be bloody typical. 

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Rodrigo's produced more quality attacking play in one dribble than most of his teammates in the previous 105 minutes put together

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I much prefer Spain without Costa, was pretty excited to watch them with Rodrigo up top and now wondering what would have been.

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9 minutes ago, Ackter said:

Extra time is awful. Aways.

Have they changed the penalty rules at all?

They should adopt the Tennis Tie-Breaker rules where you need to win by two clear goals.

We're not getting the ABBA pens for this World Cup unfortunately. 😕

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1 minute ago, craigcwwe said:

I feel sorry for Spanish Dave in goal having to watch this turgid ****. :(

He got used to watching turgid **** over the years in United.

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15 mins to go and Spain finally realise they are risking going out if they don't actually try.

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Thing is we all know what De Gea can get like when he hasn't had to save any shots for a while (opening match anyone?)

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Just now, Confused Clarity said:

We're not getting the ABBA pens for this World Cup unfortunately. 😕

They've scrapped it in England now I think.

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Just now, Heartwork said:

Thing is we all know what De Gea can get like when he hasn't had to save any shots for a while (opening match anyone?)

7 shots on target against him, 6 goals so far 

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Just now, Andrew_ said:

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If anyone asks how the game today went, just show this gif.

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