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    Third place game is up. Belgium is back to the same formation they used against Brazil. Back to 3 -4 - 3. Who knows had Martinez kept that formation the result with France might have been different. 6 games he used it and then changes it for one all important one (!)

    England sticks to 3 -5 -2 but pulls out the existing midfielders and replaces with people from the previous Belgium game. Five changes, to get people to play and some world cup experience as this isn't that important a game. Walker goes out and Jones comes in. Walker was quite good i thought as a defender. Not that it made a difference as they lost again and this time by one more goal (!)

    Five minutes in and England are already a goal down. Feels like another is imminent. England just aren't convincing here at all. They do have a reason to win though as then they'd end up in third place which is better than the result they got back in 1990

    80' and England are two down

    Last group game had England & Belgium both using their 'B' teams and England went one down there. These are their 'A' teams and the result is even better in Belgium's favour.

    19 of the players here are in the English league some on opposing sides play together in clubs in the UK. Good natured game no cards shown

    Belgium wins and is in the top 3. Best result they've ever achieved at the world cup

    Unless Griezman or Mbappe score hatricks tomorrow, Harry Kane looks good to win the golden boot with six goals scored in the entire tournament. He could have got more if luck was there.
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    Some football trivia

    Brazil 1958

    Argentina 1978

    France 1998

    ?????? 2018


    See a pattern ?

    Every twenty years, a team won their first ever WC : )

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    Bet with my cousin over half a bottle of Vodka. Me --> Croatia - 2 <--> 1 - France. Him - France, whatever the score. And goat liver fry.

    I am @ home, can't drink like a madman now. :D
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    Everybody's backing France but i'd like to see an underdog win.

    Croatia have made life interesting by gifting the French an own goal. Last matches hero Mandzukic inadvertently headed the ball into his own goal in an attempt to defend from a free kick. Mandzukic it has to be said is pretty good in the air with his height and heading the ball no matter which side's netting : D

    Ten minutes later after that disaster, the Croats compose themselves and equalise. They appear confident and are taking to the French

    Dunno, these guys seem pretty pumped, determined to beat the French even if it means recovering from their own mistakes : D

    This game is looking good with two croat goals already, not the cagey defensive affair

    Oh dear, will the Croats concede a penalty now ? damnit the french win a penalty. That handball looked involuntary to me. Bah! they're called it 'unnatural movement' of the hand hence penalty.

    Croats one down again. Can things get any harder for the Croats. Can France have it any easier.

    An own goal and now a conceded penalty : ((

    French have put another two in, their own goals. We've had five goals so far.

    ha! Manduzkic put one in. Redeemed himself. It's 4 -2, 6 goals now..

    Come to think of it so has Perisic, made up by scoring one for the handball that gave away the penalty
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    Shit! France 4 - 2 Croatia. Go Croatia, Go!!!
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    I think there is no doubt that the two best teams of this tournament are playing now.

    Can just feel there is another Croat goal imminent

    Shots on goal: Croatia 14 : France 7
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    And FRANCE wins FIFA WC 2018 4 goals to 2. Congratulations France!

    I should gamble less. Lost a 1000 bucks! :D :D
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    Hats off to Russia 2018 for a most memorable World cup : D

    I don't care what anyone says...

    THE CROATS ARE HEROES !!!

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    I didn't have a dog in the fight, but would have rooted for the Croats as the underdogs.

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    This shouldn't be happening in Russia, or anywhere else...

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    Croatia & Belgium impressed right from the start so its fitting they are in the top three by the end

    Teams that ought to be proud, Russia, England, Japan & Denmark. Korea also for scoring two in stoppage time and forcing the previous champions Germany out.

    Korea 2 Germany 0 is a score line you never expect to see.

    Uruguay and to an extent Colombia were hobbled because they lost a key player. These two i'd have rooted for more than the over hyped Brazil & Argentina. Nobody will miss Neymar's play acting then again the same could be said about Suarez too

    What amazed me was the Panama fans. Panama were down six to England and then their team score a goal, their first ever at a world cup and the Panama fans celebrate like they just won the match : D
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