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Belgium vs England - (3rd/4th) - 15:00 - 14/7/18

JimW

支那暗杀团
My team drew 6-6 in a pre-season friendly against a NL South side. Possibly two sides trying "none at the back"?
 

JuanTwoThree

Spurius Bollox
Every time I hear 'Hazard' pronounced with the stress on the 'ard' (hazárd) I'm reminded of Trevor and Simon the barbers in 'Going Live', when a rat in the hair cupboard was called a 'health hazard' repeatedly, with the stress on the 'ard'.

I expect it's only me.
 

LiamO

Well-Known Member
When france scored early, sat back and then attacked on the break (as they have done all through a tournamnet they may well win) Courtois and Hazard moaned like fuck (Courtois even called it 'anti-football' before Griezmann hit back by asking did he think he played Barcelona type football for Conte's Chelsea?).

Wonder what they will call it today?

So England beat two poor teams, two decent ones... and lost every time they played a team with genuine quality (England Reserves also lost to Belgium reserves)

On the bright side...

Looking for some decent sport to watch (I flipped between a pretty one-sided Al-Ireland Hurling quarter final between Clare and Wexford and this dross) I chanced upon a brilliant finish to the (Red-hot favourites) Kerry V (unfancied, even though they beat Dublin well last week) Kildare u-20 Football semi-final on TG4 (the Irish language broadcaster). Kildare hung on for victory by a point and will face Mayo in the Final.
 
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SpookyFrank

Self-cleaning oven, the whole bit.
When france scored early, sat back and then attacked on the break (as they have done all through a tournamnet they may well win) Courtois and Hazard moaned like fuck (Courtois even called it 'anti-football' before Griezmann hit back by asking did he think he played Barcelona type football for Conte's Chelsea?).
A genuinely great team will still get goals past an opposition that's parked the bus. If you're going to piss and moan every time a team plays defensively then perhaps football is not the game for you.
 
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LiamO

Well-Known Member
A genuinely great team will still get goals past an opposition that's parked the bus. If you're going to piss and moan every time a team plays defensively then perhaps football is not the game for you.
Is that directed at me or Hazard & Courtois SpookyFrank ?

Cos I am fully cognisant of the 'beauty' of this french team's style and they were the ones crying about it.

Until they adopted it themselves today of course. Mind you, they were not playing against real quality opposition and were never put under any real pressure today.
 

SpookyFrank

Self-cleaning oven, the whole bit.
Is that directed at me or Hazard & Courtois SpookyFrank ?

Cos I am fully cognisant of the 'beauty' of this french team's style and they were the ones crying about it.

Until they adopted it themselves today of course. Mind you, they were not playing against real quality opposition and were never put under any real pressure today.
Directed at the Belgians.
 

editor

hiraethified
England are shit. Practiced at set pieces, can't score (or defend) in open play. Look firward to these hyped ''heroes' going out early in 2020/22
They got lucky with the group draw and proved - twice - that they simply haven't got enough skill to defeat a decent team. That said, they made the most of their luck and finishing 'fourth' in the World Cup is not something to be sniffed at. And I still like Southgate.
 

pocketscience

Well-Known Member
So, England beat two poor teams, two decent ones... and lost every time they played a team with genuine quality (England Reserves also lost to Belgium reserves)
Or seen another way: beat everyone they came up against but lost to 2 of the top 3 teams in the world.
 

Wilf

Slouching towards Billingham
Mean spirited post: assuming he gets it, Kane's golden boot will be the softest ever. 3 (?) very well taken pens, 1 deflection. Bit gripey I know, but he's probably been England's least effective player over his last 3 games. Suppose Lineker had a few pens when he got it... must check... maybe others did too... So, what the fuck am I on about.
 

pocketscience

Well-Known Member
Great goal!
Bloody hell, you're still about. You've had quiet tournement by your standards.
It started so promisingt with the obligatory patronising lecture about the English national anthem in the opening game, then telling us how we'd "never learn" after the Tunesia equaliser, gloating prediction of a 1-1 draw with Panama.
Then you just seemed to fade away for a while.
But right on queue you reappeared, giving it the large after columbia scored their last minute equaliser. That didn't work out either did it :p
I was looking forward to you comments in the ABE thread too. Your absence (while ddraig took all the flak) was duely noted. ;)
 

pocketscience

Well-Known Member
They got lucky with the group draw and proved - twice - that they simply haven't got enough skill to defeat a decent team. That said, they made the most of their luck and finishing 'fourth' in the World Cup is not something to be sniffed at. And I still like Southgate.
Don't you think Colombia are a decent team? Sweden?
 

1927

Funnier than he thinks he is.
Just like the first time around!

Kane and Lukaku probably still keen on trying for the Golden Boot. It has actually been a decent match quite often, tho probably not when both teams had reasonable hopes of reaching the final.
Surely thats the case every time, when did losing semi finalists not have reasonable hopes of reaching the final?
 

1927

Funnier than he thinks he is.
They got lucky with the group draw and proved - twice - that they simply haven't got enough skill to defeat a decent team. That said, they made the most of their luck and finishing 'fourth' in the World Cup is not something to be sniffed at. And I still like Southgate.
To be fair Belgium have been a very good team over the last 5 years. Any team who could manage 2 wins against them in that time would have to be pretty special.
 

sealion

Well-Known Member
that they simply haven't got enough skill to defeat a decent team.
I think it's the manager being limited tactically thats hindered them. The players can perform in the prem and champions league. Southgate had no answer when Croatia took hold of the game, apart from a bit of hoof. Team spirit and being nice will only get you so far.
 
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