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World Cup 2014 - Match day 12


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Another tasty evening of football ahead


 


Chile, Croatia and the Netherlands have all looked impressive so far and can use tonight to prove their true credentials.


 


Brazil the favourites  and home nation have under performed so far but will probably need a win to keep on course the Brazil-Argentina final that I would love to see

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Spain lining up with:

 

Reina, Albiol, Juanfran, Iniesta, Villa, Torres, Alonso, Ramos ©, Koke, Alba, Cazorla

 

No Costa, Fabregas or Dave... Booooo!

 

 

Australia: Ryan, Davidson, Spiranovic, Leckie, Taggart, Oar, Bozanic, Jedinak ©, McKay, McGowan, Wilkinson

 

I've only heard of one of them. 

 

 

 

Netherlands: 1-Jasper Cillessen; 2-Ron Vlaar, 3-Stefan de Vrij, 5-Daley Blind, 7-Daryl Janmaat; 6-Nigel de Jong, 20-Georginio Wijnaldum, 11-Arjen Robben, 10-Wesley Sneijder; 17-Jeremain Lens, 15-Dirk Kuyt
 
Chile: 1-Claudio Bravo, 4-Mauricio Isla, 17-Gary Medel, 18-Gonzalo Jara, 2-Eugenio Mena; 20-Charles Aranguiz, 21-Marcelo Diaz, 5-Francisco Silva, 16-Felipe Gutierrez; 7-Alexis Sanchez, 11-Eduardo Vargas
 
 
How is Dirk Kuyt  still playing for the national team? 
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I knew this would happen...Spain don't want to be last...

 

We lose our two experienced heads, and are no longer able to string together an attack, because these young lads just don't have the technique.

 

We don't look to have the attacking threat without Cahill.

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Seems Mata can't get a start either. Wonder if one of the reasons he went to Man Utd after just half a season of not being number 1 choice was to save his World Cup spot... How's that working for you.

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Seems Mata can't get a start either. Wonder if one of the reasons he went to Man Utd after just half a season of not being number 1 choice was to save his World Cup spot... How's that working for you.

 

Poor bloke, I feel for him. And that's not sarcasm  :smile:

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Still 0-0 at Netherlands-Chile. I'm enjoying the peace and quiet in my neighbourhood. Long may it stay that way.

 

Edit: in case anyone thought I am supporting the Dutch team, I removed my Carlo-in-orange photo. He is now not wearing orange.

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3-0....our inexperience finally showing

 

Shame...because in the previous games we at least threatened in attack...take Cahill out and it's a different team.

 

Our defence has been made up of spare parts after a number of injuries, and it shows against a team with Spain's technical ability. We're getting caught out to simple lofted balls over the top, losing the players making the run. Frustrating to watch.

Saved our worst performance for last.

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I thought watching both games at once would be beyond my computer (and to a lesser extent me as well) but we both rose to the occasion magnificently.

 

I'm glad we got to see a proper Spain performance and some Iniesta magic before they went home. Great assist from Fabregas for the third, good to see Torres (and Mata) chipping in too.

 

Also it's worrying to see van Gaal getting such good results out of such a sh*t defence (on paper) considering he will be spending an entire season with Chris Smalling following this.

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I thought watching both games at once would be beyond my computer (and to a lesser extent me as well) but we both rose to the occasion magnificently.

 

I'm glad we got to see a proper Spain performance and some Iniesta magic before they went home. Great assist from Fabregas for the third, good to see Torres (and Mata) chipping in too.

 

Also it's worrying to see van Gaal getting such good results out of such a sh*t defence (on paper) considering he will be spending an entire season with Chris Smalling following this.

 

The Dutch defense isn't terrible. No recognizable names, but very solid players overall. De Vrij, Jaanmat, and Blind are nothing to laugh at. Martins Indi is pretty good as well.

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The Dutch defense isn't terrible. No recognizable names, but very solid players overall. De Vrij, Jaanmat, and Blind are nothing to laugh at. Martins Indi is pretty good as well.

 

Haha forgive my ignorance, I won't pretend I have any deep knowledge of Dutch football.

 

To be honest I rate Blind and Janmaat quite highly. I don't really know the other two very well, although they haven't done much to suggest they are sh*t, so that was very unfair of me. I just saw Ron Vlaar as one of the first names on the teamsheet and balked!

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