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Sec 103 : 7/5/2024 10:37 am
Germany vs Spain
France vs Portugal.

I got Spain and Portugal in close matches.
What you got?
Both games today have the quality to be a final  
bluefin : 7/5/2024 11:32 am : link
Spain starting lineup (4-3-3): Simon (GK) — Carvajal, Le Normand, Laporte, Cucurella — Pedri, Rodri, Ruiz — Yamal, Morata (c), Williams.

Germany starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Neuer (GK) — Kimmich, Rudiger, Tah, Raum — Can, Kroos — Sane, Gundogan (c), Musiala — Havertz.
Germany v Spain should have been the Euro final  
Rick in Dallas : 7/5/2024 11:37 am : link
Great matchup
Really impressed with Nico Williams.
France needs to show they can finish in final third v.
Portugal.
1 thing you can be sure of …there will be lots of diving from both  
Spider56 : 7/5/2024 12:05 pm : link
Spain and Portugal. It’s a taught art form on the Iberian peninsula.
How was that not  
Jon In NYC : 7/5/2024 12:11 pm : link
a yellow on Kroos?

Awful referring.
competitive  
RasputinPrime : 7/5/2024 12:46 pm : link
and tight. Germany hasn't scored more than 1 goal in a match against Spain since 2000.

Not sure i'm seeing that change today.
referees  
RasputinPrime : 7/5/2024 1:33 pm : link
in love with yellow laundry today. Taking the game out of the players boots.
Glad it got tied up  
UConn4523 : 7/5/2024 1:50 pm : link
Germany dominating the second half
Wirtz!  
bluefin : 7/5/2024 1:52 pm : link
wow German pressure pays off
incredible goal  
RasputinPrime : 7/5/2024 1:54 pm : link
now finish them.
Spain went too defensive  
Bobby Humphrey's Earpad : 7/5/2024 1:59 pm : link
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Pedri out the rest of the Euros if they advance.  
DCGMan : 7/5/2024 2:03 pm : link
Bummer for Euro fans but good news for Barca it wasn't worse.

My hatred for Kroos has grown exponentially today.
Portugal - France lineups  
bluefin : 7/5/2024 2:12 pm : link
Portugal XI:
Costa
Cancelo, Dias, Pepe, Mendes
Vitinha, Palhinha; Bernardo
Fernandes, Ronaldo, Leão

France XI:
Maignan
Koundé, Upamecano, Saliba, Hernández
Tchouaméni, Kanté, Camavinga
Griezmann
Kolo Muani, Mbappé
the fix is in  
RasputinPrime : 7/5/2024 2:26 pm : link
that was a clear handball in the penalty box. Unbelievable what billions of dollars will do to a game.
RE: the fix is in  
bluefin : 7/5/2024 2:29 pm : link
In comment 16548694 RasputinPrime said:
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that was a clear handball in the penalty box. Unbelievable what billions of dollars will do to a game.

Blatant - Taylor needed to call that and if there was a doubt let VAR negate it.
Wow!  
Optimus-NY : 7/5/2024 2:32 pm : link
Goodbye to zeee Germans!
Sick goal  
UConn4523 : 7/5/2024 2:33 pm : link
Germany just blew too many chances
spanish gold  
RasputinPrime : 7/5/2024 2:39 pm : link
in many pockets
Taylor should have never been the referee for this game  
Rick in Dallas : 7/5/2024 2:47 pm : link
He lost control the game 3 minutes in on non yellow to Kroos blatant foul on Pedri.
I have seen less on hand balls called in box. Why there was no penalty check is crazy.
RE: How was that not  
Sec 103 : 7/5/2024 3:15 pm : link
In comment 16548636 Jon In NYC said:
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a yellow on Kroos?

Awful referring.

Actually a RED ! ! !
RE: Spain went too defensive  
Sec 103 : 7/5/2024 3:16 pm : link
In comment 16548682 Bobby Humphrey's Earpad said:
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Agree
Costa has been brilliant  
bluefin : 7/5/2024 3:21 pm : link
if he keeps it up his days at Porto are numbered
Uneventful half: 1 shot on target entire first half  
Rick in Dallas : 7/5/2024 3:48 pm : link
France has disappointed me do far in y to tournament
Where is the creativity in final third???
RE: Uneventful half: 1 shot on target entire first half  
DCGMan : 7/5/2024 4:20 pm : link
In comment 16548722 Rick in Dallas said:
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France has disappointed me do far in y to tournament
Where is the creativity in final third???


I think this has always been the knock, if you want to characterize it, on Deschamps French squads. Expected more creativity in attack during his era.

He has 1 WC, 1 WR runner up, and 1 Euro runner cup, so what do I know?
There  
AcidTest : 7/5/2024 4:43 pm : link
has been a little more action the last 20 minutes or so. Portugal has had a few really good chances. France also had at least one. But I do think we are headed for extra time and maybe penalties.
Roberto Martinez Masterclass  
Bobby Humphrey's Earpad : 7/5/2024 7:34 pm : link
Basically Ronaldo was the coach, as there is no logic for taking Bruno Fernandes and Rafael Leao off and then not putting Diogo Jota on to replace Ronaldo. We know who the coach really was for that team.

Deschamps wasn't any better. Get Giroud in the game with Dembele instead of Muani and Thuram. The pragmatism is mind-blowing.
Feel bad for Portugal  
PatersonPlank : 7/5/2024 7:56 pm : link
Thats likely the last game for that Portugal "generation". I was hoping they could make the finals
RE: Feel bad for Portugal  
DCGMan : 7/5/2024 10:18 pm : link
In comment 16548791 PatersonPlank said:
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Thats likely the last game for that Portugal "generation". I was hoping they could make the finals


Agree to an extent. France underachieved in the group stage forcing this quarterfinal matchup.

As a Barca fan, I used to despise Pepe, but his play this tournament has won me over.
To France's credit  
BH28 : 7/5/2024 11:16 pm : link
That was a shootout clinic. Facing a hot goalie, I don't think one of their penalty shots had a chance of being saved even if Costa guessed the right way every time.

Should be training material for every team.
Finals Worthy!!!  
ColHowPepper : 7/6/2024 10:47 am : link
Missed being with the boys yesterday but we had plans out with friends, grrr.
But what a match! ESP-ALE was a corker. Goodness, how RM left its mark on these. Recollections:

Kroos a thug on Pedri, by early design, CONCACAF tactics to slow Spain down. Taylor should have given YC. (Both Centers yesterday EPL mainstays) but Olmo made GER pay Ha!
Morata playing not high enough H1 and ESP not clicking, imo
To see Williams and Lamal on same side was scintillating
Stark change: mid 2H ESP could not maintain possession, passes awry
Carvajal and Rodri (RM) had to stablilize
Ruddiger began sending crosses into the box and Spain on back foot
imo cumulative physical play of GER had Spain MFs and Fs second guessing, looking behind, slowed them down wore them out
Kimmich (very worthy successor to Lahm), what a header back to Wirtz and so late...could Spain collect themselves?
ESP took so many F skill positions off the field, but Real Sociedad
Call of the match--call of the tournament!!??
Clattenburg imo closed ranks with his former EPL colleague Taylor in not awarding PK on Currurella hand ball, was NOT close to his body, think we've all seen Penalties called for far less, crazy, and not even a VAR review?? wtf
What was Carvajal thinking on the takedown for his 2nd YC, the angle wasn't there but he (and Pepe later) were studs
Olmo again on the cross into a wide open area and Merino, my gosh how high he elevated: Neuer could only watch
What a match!!!!

POR - FRA a snoozer by comparison. Mbappe clearly bothered, lost a lot of aggressiveness.
And it's hard to figure Duchamps tactics, France doesn't want to move forward, but they keep winning.
Hard to figure POR substitutions, Leao its most dangerous player had plenty in his tank, imo.
A sad QF for Ronaldo
Spain has so many disqualified for the SFs on Tuesday, will hurt, but I still like Spain, in part because I don't think Mbappe will play full out. Fabián Ruiz underrated.
One of my favorite friends in the world is English, but I'm not in his  
Optimus-NY : 7/6/2024 1:22 pm : link
corner today sadly. I'm rooting for Switzerland. Link for the match is below:

England vs. Switzerland - Euro Qtr. Final Match
YEESSSS!  
Optimus-NY : 7/6/2024 1:32 pm : link
Right in front of the Swiss fans too!!!!
England aren't slouches.  
Optimus-NY : 7/6/2024 1:45 pm : link
1-1. Let's see how the last minutes of regular time go here. How much ET will the ref give?
England advances despite being outplayed  
Bobby Humphrey's Earpad : 7/6/2024 2:45 pm : link
I have no idea what Southgate's plan is, nor what some of these Man City players are doing. Switzerland deserved better.
RE: England advances despite being outplayed  
Optimus-NY : 7/6/2024 3:05 pm : link
In comment 16549066 Bobby Humphrey's Earpad said:
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I have no idea what Southgate's plan is, nor what some of these Man City players are doing. Switzerland deserved better.


Yeah. I'm still miffed about it personally.
The Dutch survive Turkey  
BH28 : 7/6/2024 5:01 pm : link
I would love it if the USMNT showed the same type of grit as Turkey. At least it makes for entertaining games.
I think the players on England are so good they are winning  
PatersonPlank : 7/6/2024 5:20 pm : link
despite their coach. As we have seen from other matches getting this far is extremely hard to do, and to get here without any real plan is amazing. They are just basically playing pick-up soccer at this point
Congrats to the England and Holland BBI supporters.  
Optimus-NY : 7/6/2024 7:21 pm : link
They've got a dare on Wednesday at 3 om EDT for the 2nd Semifinal.

Spain and France in Semifinal #1 on Tuesday at 3 pm EDT.
for me  
ColHowPepper : 7/7/2024 1:40 pm : link
ENG-NED is a toss-up but I think NED is a tougher nut to crack even if ENG has more skill and star power. Neither side loses player to suspension

ESP-FRA Spain will be w/o Pedri (Kroos cynical and heavy thuggery), Carvajal (red (2 YC) vs GER), and LeNormand (2nd YC vs Ger). Defies comprehension that France has yet to score in the run of play in these Euros 24. Mbappe has 3 more days to shake off the effects of broken nose/mask. Dembelle has been its most impressive player in attack. Heart is with ESP (only if Unai-Simon avoids another catastrophic lapse of judgment) and Spain has been the most impressive side for the tourney. Loss of Dani can't be underestimated, but I think they go through.
RE: Germany v Spain should have been the Euro final  
Gruber : 7/7/2024 4:59 pm : link
In comment 16548622 Rick in Dallas said:
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Great matchup
Really impressed with Nico Williams.
France needs to show they can finish in final third v.
Portugal.


France and England are better than Germany.
This is not a great German side.
RE: England advances despite being outplayed  
Gruber : 7/7/2024 5:01 pm : link
In comment 16549066 Bobby Humphrey's Earpad said:
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I have no idea what Southgate's plan is, nor what some of these Man City players are doing. Switzerland deserved better.


England weren't outplayed.
a lot of action in ESP-FRA!  
Del Shofner : 7/9/2024 3:27 pm : link
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Took long enough for the ref to blow the damned whistle!  
Optimus-NY : 7/9/2024 4:56 pm : link
Bye-Bye France!

Lamine Yamal's 17th birthday is in 4 days. Amazing young star in the making. The Final will be played the day after his birthday. Spain is the best team in this tourney. England and Holland are playing for 2nd place tomorrow. This game was the real Final the way I see it.
England  
Pete in MD : 7/10/2024 3:02 pm : link
v Netherlands now
Huge Dutch  
Pete in MD : 7/10/2024 3:03 pm : link
crowd.
Goal Netherlands  
Bobby Humphrey's Earpad : 7/10/2024 3:09 pm : link
Great shot. Stones has been terrible this tournament.
nice goal by Watkins in the 90th  
Del Shofner : 7/10/2024 4:51 pm : link
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RE: nice goal by Watkins in the 90th  
Gruber : 7/10/2024 5:10 pm : link
In comment 16551303 Del Shofner said:
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Ollie Watkins, Ezris Konsa - ex-Brentford.
Ivan Toney - current Brentford.

Pretty impressive given the size of the club and their history.
whoa didn’t see that coming  
ColHowPepper : 7/10/2024 10:17 pm : link
Southgate was right—once the opportunity for failure had passed, team seized the positive vibe, completely different looking side today
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