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Portugal

Mexico

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17th June - Russia vs New Zealand, 4pm
18th June - Portugal vs Mexico, 7pm

21st June - Russia vs Portugal, 4pm
21st June - Mexico vs New Zealand, 7pm

24th June - Mexico vs Russia, 4pm
24th June - New Zealand vs Portugal, 4pm

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I'll go with Portugal as winners of the group, and likely Mexico as the runners up, but I'd be wanting Russia.

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Russia on top against New Zealand. Recognise a few NZ players. 

Russia need to pepper the goalie because he doesn't look very confident. 

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1-0 to Russia. Fully deserved and well worked. 

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3 minutes ago, Toony said:

What channel is this on?

you can watch the first half now on ITV+1 xD 

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7 minutes ago, HoneyNUFC said:

The Russian fans haven't even bothered showing up. Poor.

There is literally no part of me that is looking forward to a World Cup being hosted in this country next year.

I'm more excited about The Championship next season and I have no affiliation to it.

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No atmosphere and Russia vs New Zealand is an absolutely abysmal curtain raiser. Yawn, hope it's more interesting in the coming days.

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Was really looking forward to watch the Portugal-Mexico game but with the todays cricket game they wont be showing it have to look for a online stream now

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Won't surprise me in the slightest if Mexico get something from this, or even win. 

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Embarrassing line up. Tired of all the old players i.e Nani, Quaresma, Moutinho... Is this 2008 or 2017?

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Just now, HoneyNUFC said:

Should I bet on Mexico then? :ph34r:

I've got under 2.5 goals on this. Probably two teams more focused on not losing the game.

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Ugh - I hate video replays already. Just takes the human element out of it. 

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Just now, Cannabis said:

Pepe scores but the VAR rules it out for offside. We remain at 0-0!

was VAR correct to rule it out?

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3 minutes ago, Eco said:

Ugh - I hate video replays already. Just takes the human element out of it. 

Wonder if you'll still hate it if a goal is ruled out against you that was offsides....

All for it. Getting sick of teams losing due to bull shit officiating. 

4 Portuguese players were offsides. Imagine if that fucking stood. 

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Fair decision but the waiting time is annoying and very anti-climax. I can't get used to it.

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5 minutes ago, Cicero said:

Wonder if you'll still hate it if a goal is ruled out against you that was offsides....

All for it. Getting sick of teams losing due to bull shit officiating. 

4 Portuguese players were offsides. Imagine if that fucking stood. 

LIkely will. I'm all for getting the call right, but I think offsides can sometimes be up the ref's descrection. If a guy is offside, but no where near the ball, are they are going start calling those too? 

The VAR was obviously the correct call, and I'm glad they got it right, but I wonder how they will handle it when it's not as obvious. 

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Also, will they look at goals that were clearly scored but the ref incorrectly put off the offside flag? 

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Portugal scores, this time no question. 

Beautiful set up. 

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Shit lineups or not, I find Fernando Santos' Portugal side very interesting tactically. I enjoyed them at the Euro's despite most of their games being low scoring. Hopefully they win the whole thing here.

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1 minute ago, LaSambadeStGermain said:

Shit lineups or not, I find Fernando Santos' Portugal side very interesting tactically. I enjoyed them at the Euro's despite most of their games being low scoring. Hopefully they win the whole thing here.

I wouldn't mind Portugal or...Chile actually to win it. 

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Just now, Eco said:

I wouldn't mind Portugal or...Chile actually to win it. 

Anyone but Chile or Mexico to me.

Please not those 2. I'm not worried about Mexico as to me they don't have a chance. Chile on the other hand...

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Just now, LaSambadeStGermain said:

Anyone but Chile or Mexico to me.

Please not those 2. I'm not worried about Mexico as to me they don't have a chance. Chile on the other hand...

Oh course I want anyone but Mexico, but I do like Chile. Got pull for Medel. 

Mexico ties it up thank to Chicarito. 

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9 minutes ago, Eco said:

LIkely will. I'm all for getting the call right, but I think offsides can sometimes be up the ref's descrection. If a guy is offside, but no where near the ball, are they are going start calling those too? 

The VAR was obviously the correct call, and I'm glad they got it right, but I wonder how they will handle it when it's not as obvious. 

this was the problem. There were errors being made by officials which had a direct consequence on the outcome of the game. This is what they want to eradicate. 

8 minutes ago, Eco said:

Also, will they look at goals that were clearly scored but the ref incorrectly put off the offside flag? 

i think they'll let the play continue to see if a goal is scored or likely to be scored and then review it if necessary. So yeah it'll work both ways.

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