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Round of 16: Belgium versus Japan

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Someone should remind Carrasco that he's playing wing back :D.

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Just now, Heartwork said:

Kawashima not really the most reliable keeper in the world. Likes to punch.

And spill. 

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7 minutes ago, JDownie said:

Big Rom is scoring another 2+ this game. He looks ready to smash em in. A matter of time I think. 

I know they are going for his aerial threat, but they should get him pulling into the channels and running at the defenders too, his movement has already caused trouble when he's done so

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Belgium remind me a bit of us in terms of their passing play (Not quite as possession oriented of course) and their quick transitions. Playing good stuff so far. 

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Still a lot of these Japan players playing in the J-League with a bunch also in Germany. Given how well they've generally played (final 10 of the Poland game aside), can argue for some of these players getting some handy moves after the tournament ends.

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Quite an even game so far. Really enjoying this despite it being 0-0.

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Witsel needs to stop skying it from 20+ yards. 

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Belgium don't like to press much. Maybe they're trying to save their energy.

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This is so far a much more even and interesting game then I expected :thup: 

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Huh Kawashima spent a year at Dundee Utd in 2015-16. Played 16 games before moving to Metz where he's played 35 games in 2 years, so still very much second choice there.

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If the Japan player knew a little bit more about that, he'd've been in. Almost helped by a Courtois blunder.

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There is absolutely no way this match is still goal-less after another 45 minutes.

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9 minutes ago, martplfc1 said:

Lukaku such a mismatch in this team. Will always be a threat but his touch is awful.

Eh, his touch is actually a lot better than he's given credit for. Even then he was trying to play that straight though, nearly worked before it was picked off.

There's a perception still around him, despite the fact he's loses the ball to a poor touch considerably less per game than Salah, Mane and Jesus for example, and at the same rate as Aguero and Firmino

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Just now, Bliss Seeker said:

Klinsmann's accent is hilarious 😂

You can tell he was US based for a while!

If Belgium don't **** this up, Carrasco is going to be a serious liability against Brazil.

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Nothing unexpected from Japan. They may not have world class players but they are not a team of plodders either.

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Also nice to have 45 minutes with no rolling and screaming. Must have tackling set to easy. :)

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1 minute ago, DB08 said:

Nothing unexpected from Japan. They may not have world class players but they are not a team of plodders either.

Yeah their manager has them so well drilled tactically.

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Just now, DB08 said:

Nothing unexpected from Japan. They may not have world class players but they are not a team of plodders either.

Was hilarious how many people on here wrote them off.

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Just now, Baptista_8 said:

Was hilarious how many people on here wrote them off.

I didn't

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Still hard to see beyond Belgium, but with a bit more composure Japan look dangerous on the counter. And Belgium really need someone who can pick a cross.

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Just now, warlock said:

Still hard to see beyond Belgium, but with a bit more composure Japan look dangerous on the counter. And Belgium really need someone who can pick a cross.

Not to mention Courtois doesn't look entirely comfortable today

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I may or may not have fallen asleep during the first half.

Japan's number 14 looks dangerous.

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"Locker room"

Okay, Klinsmann's definitely speaking like an American now. :D

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5 minutes ago, G-Man11 said:

You can tell he was US based for a while!

If Belgium don't **** this up, Carrasco is going to be a serious liability against Brazil.

Meunier too. Willian and Neymar will give them nightmares

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Just now, Constantine said:

Meunier too. Willian and Neymar will give them nightmares

Meunier is dodgy defensively true but at least he's sort of playing his position. Half the time Carrasco is going walk-about and popping up in the centre of the box, going to leave him absolutely miles out of position on the break, so he wont even be in position to make a really **** attempt at tackling Neymar.

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9 minutes ago, Nordan said:

Also nice to have 45 minutes with no rolling and screaming. Must have tackling set to easy. :)

They forgot to download the Neymar mod. :( 

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Dembélé would be a better fit at LWB I think. Bit like Delph for us. 

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