2018 FIFA World Cup



  • France were great, some great play from young Mbappe on a grand scale. His pace is frightening, bit more composure near the end of the game and they could have had a second.

    I also believe France will win it now though It wouldn't surprise me if Croatia were to win it either, they have some really impressive players.

    If your superstitious you can draw some comparisons to the 1998 World Cup.

    France and Denmark both qualified from Group C
    Argentine and Croatia in the same group
    England and Tunisia in the same Group
    Last time Croatia reached the semi-finals

    You can also say last time we had a all European semi-final Was in 2006....



  • Croatia, hot damn! This was a surprise in my book, but a pleasent one at that. After Germany and Uruguay they were my third favourites in the tournament. Really cool to see them reach their best achievement in a World Cup like this!

    ...though I feel a bit sad for England, this really felt like their turn now. They played really well through the whole tournament.



  • Man, it was the outcome I expected but it still hurts. The pride in the national team has been reignited like a wildfire. So the nice thing is that it hurts in a good way, feeling emotional about your national team is a great feeling :)



  • bittersweet with it not coming home

    I was for sure rooting for a France-England final, but I can't be mad with Croatia they've done well and it is good to see a new face in the finals, I'll still be rooting for France but it would be nice to add a new champ to the list.


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    With that early goal I was pretty sure that England would hold it to the end, I think they relaxed a little bit too much. Hoping now that France - Croatia will be a good final



  • I'm still sad that England didn't make it to the finals.



  • After a month of football, this is IT! France - Croatia, let's go!



  • Yup. I'd love to see Croatia win but I think the quality and legs will eventually count for France.



  • man, not even half-time and already one hell of a game, technically rooting for France, but I'll be happy to see either of these two as the champs.



  • That penalty was really unfortunate, it didn't seem that intentional from Perisic, but yeah, I get it.



  • Good match so far. Croatia's aggressive play is fun to watch, many potential chances were created.



  • @sentinel-beach yeah very unfortunate, didn't seem like an intentional hand in any way but it clearly got in the way of the ball so hardly any debate about it.



  • and France has shown they are very deserving World Champs, feels bad for Croatia to have the game end up like this for them in a matter of minutes they played an incredible first half

    edit:

    And Mandzukic scores as I finish writing this, maybe I shouldn't call it just yet



  • Lloris... -_-



  • An insane match.



  • What a match! I wouldn't have thought that France would win by a sizeable lead, considering Croatia's great first half performance, but i guess that drained their energy, as France's control got tighter and they couldn't keep up with it. Lloris's fatal mistake didn't turn out to be just that either.

    Good job France, as i expected! A deserved win. I bet somebody's having fun now @Axel



  • Well. It didn't go as I would've liked, but good job France, congratulations. Very efficient team. And it was great to watch Croatia's playstyle, very entertaining and aggressive. I love watching these images now, all those emotions, on both teams faces. Croatia's circle a moment ago felt very emotional, Dalic's speech.



  • Yeah seeing a team huddled like that and the fans reaction is really commendable for the Croats, after losing the final of WC it has to take a lot from them, but they've got a lot to be proud of and it's good to see them with their heads held high.



  • The rain added a nice element to all this. :) I don't know, I like it somehow. It makes everyone more equal out there, presidents and all.

    It was great seeing both Macron and Grabar-Kitarovic out there, congratulating the players. Especially Macron seemed like a sports guy, nice to see him having something tangible and important to say to everyone.



  • The Bracket Challenge results are now final as well, I just remembered. Our top three:

    1. @iboshow 176
    2. @tokeeffe9 172
    3. @bam541 168

    Congratulations you three! Well predicted! The rest of us enjoyed the surprises. ;)

    @A7X458 also had 168 points, but they're listed as 4th. I'm guessing there's some tiebreaker logic behind that. Good job as well, anyway!
    I was 11th out of 21, so right there in the middle. I'll take it.