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Quarter-Final - Saturday 7th July - Russia 2-2(p) Croatia

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Kick-off 7pm.

Venue - Fisht Stadium

Results so far:
Spain 1-1 Russia (Russia won 4-3 on penalties)
Croatia 1-1 Denmark (Croatia won 3-2 on penalties)

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Russia should win, but Croatia have more individual quality. Modric was great against Denmark, but as a "team" they still haven't impressed me. Its a tough one to call but I'm going for the hosts in this.

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3 hours ago, Blue said:

Russia should win, but Croatia have more individual quality. Modric was great against Denmark, but as a "team" they still haven't impressed me. Its a tough one to call but I'm going for the hosts in this.

Really? Croatia has a team might have been the best during the group stages, and I thought Modric was 'eh' against Denmark, and I think there is no way that Russia should 'win' this match. xD

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Just now, Eco said:

Really? Croatia has a team might have been the best during the group stages, and I thought Modric was 'eh' against Denmark, and I think there is no way that Russia should 'win' this match. xD

Not for me, and trust me I tried to find positives in Croatia but I couldn't aside from their pressing, which has been good.

Russia have looked good but I'm undecided if it will last.

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Just now, Blue said:

Not for me, and trust me I tried to find positives in Croatia but I couldn't aside from their pressing, which has been good.

Russia have looked good but I'm undecided if it will last.

We are on totally separate pages. I thought Russia looked so anti-football against Spain that I couldn't call it 'good'. It's the worst kind of football out there..I hope they get smoked. Croatia have a lot more talent and I think should be the clear favorites in this game. 

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@Blue had predicted Croatia to lose all four games so far xD close

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Just now, Marc said:
 
@Blue had predicted Croatia to lose all four games so far xD close

Quote them all. I only predicted them to lose against Argentina and Denmark.

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5 minutes ago, Blue said:

Quote them all. I only predicted them to lose against Argentina and Denmark.

Can't press the quote button because the topics are closed but:

Group D
Croatia 0-2 Nigeria, 20.00

Group D
Argentina 2-0 Croatia, 19.00

Group D
Iceland 1-0 Croatia, 7pm

Sunday 1st July
Croatia 0-2 Denmark, 19.00

Prediction league topics btw.

4 losses, 7 goals against, 0 for

Where's that gun in mouth, crying face emoji when you need it?

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And what did you accomplish by proving that? xD

I don't think Croatia are good, you got a problem with that? I haven't been impressed with them and I even tried to. They've got some good things about them but I've got no agenda. I've just not been impressed.

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On paper Croatia are much better than Russia. But Russia keeps doing better than everyone expects them too. However, I hope Croatia rapes Russia so hard, thoroughly and brutally that the Croatia national team is arrested after the match for violating Russia's gay propaganda laws.

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10 hours ago, Blue said:

And what did you accomplish by proving that? xD

I don't think Croatia are good, you got a problem with that? I haven't been impressed with them and I even tried to. They've got some good things about them but I've got no agenda. I've just not been impressed.

It proved that you’ve been wrong 4 times in a row and then lied (again) about being wrong. 

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Croacia are the better side but home advantage is boss here. Russia to advance I'm sure.

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2 hours ago, Machado said:

but home advantage is boss here

For more reasons than just the footballing side of home advantage. 

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9 minutes ago, SirBalon said:

For more reasons than just the footballing side of home advantage. 

Are you insinuating corruption? Russian haven't had a dubious decision yet, fully deserve to be where they are.

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The only thing Russia have had go significantly in their favour is the fact that they got to play Saudi Arabia first and win 5-0 for a huge confidence boost. No doubt that was significant. You could argue that Salah being injured and the Lopetegui saga have affected their other opponents but if you want to piece that all together into a pro-Russia conspiracy then you should see a shrink.

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1 hour ago, Harvsky said:

The Russians can be very dangerous. Novichok in particular is one to watch out for.

Heard he’s got a killer touch.

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The Icarus style documentary in the future about Russia's World Cup will be an interesting watch.

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1 hour ago, Harvsky said:

The Russians can be very dangerous. Novichok in particular is one to watch out for.

I had to Google that :dam:

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On paper Croatia should easily win, but on paper so should have Spain. Croatia always functions better as the underdog and usually crumbles under pressure of being favourites. It depends on how much the Russians can bully them and tire Modric/Rakitic the same way the Danes did. Not sure if hoping for penalties will be best strategy for Russia, since unlike De Gea, Subasic is pretty good at saving penalties. Still, I'm gonna bite my lip here and say the hosts win this in a very tight contest. Just a feeling...

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Surprised people seem to be backing Russia here.

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Croatia really need to think about how to create the kind of game in which a team of their quality rises to the top....

Dont concede set pieces or penalties but concede enough possession that it's not a 90-10 stoke city holdout game...

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Although i have predicted Russia to win but i can't digest another Russian win. 

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Mandzukic is the most underrated player in the world if you ask me.

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Cheryshev is actual class one of the revelations of the World Cup. Great player. Really want to see Croatia v England in the semis though because I think that would be one of the games of the tournament.

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Croatia are both over-achieving and playing as less than the sum of their parts. I didn't know that was possible.

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Russia fully deserves to be playing the quarter-finals. Their tournament has been nothing like the South Korea farce, in 2002.

But what Toni meant was that the home side, usually, gets favorable decisions in key moments, historically, which is true. Italy, in the 1930's, or England in 1966 confirms this.

If Russia wins tonight, next Wednesday will be absolute carnage between the two sets of fans.

 

 

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