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Old 06-17-2018, 01:32 AM   #31
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I get all that, but to be punished a goal because a player literally dives makes me sick.
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Old 06-17-2018, 01:50 AM   #32
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What do you mean by “dive” though? I suspect this player did know fine well he was about to get clipped. I also suspect he could have avoided it with relative ease. I imagine he ignored that possibility because he knew if he fell, he’d get a penalty kick.

But he did get contacted, and he did fall from the contact.

To me, a dive is when a player makes a motion to express a false contact or exaggerate a minimal contact. I don’t think either of those things happened here. I think the player just chose not to play on because he knew he was going to be given a freebie.

It’s bullshit and it speaks about the sport for sure. I don’t think it’s a dive though, just a clear sign that the most successful soccer players are soft as, and that’s the fault of the game.
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Old 06-17-2018, 07:42 AM   #33
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The Australian did not win the ball. He slightly touched the ball which was still in possession of Griezmann. Then the defender locked Griezmann's leg which caused him to fall, which happens pretty easily if you're running at full speed you know. If that had not happened, Griezmann would have been able to get a shot away. Clear penalty.
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Good game between Germany and Mexico going on right now. Germany can't seem to find that equalizer. Will be a great win for Mexico if they can hold on for another 25 minutes!
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Mexico were fantastic in that first half. Best performance of the tournament so far.
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Viva MExico! What a performance!
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Old 06-18-2018, 04:20 AM   #37
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Come on England, bring that trophy home :-)
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Old 06-18-2018, 09:25 AM   #38
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Let's smash these. Or just win, at least.
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Big expectations for Belgium!
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am i the only one who finds it slightly suspect that the lowest ranked team before the tournament is suddenly demolishing its opponents in the world cup finals that's being held on its home soil, and oh yea it also happens to be the same country that was responsible for the largest sports cheating scandal of this decade?
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Some pretty crazy results overnight!
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I mean it’s a good story and it makes sense, but Russia was the “lowest ranked team” in FIFA rankings that are power rankings on crack. They also played two absolutely awful teams that were victims of said cracked out power ranking (Egypt is a one man army).

Russia is typically a lot better than they were heading into the Cup. Now, with home field... one should expect them to clear group play, and maybe past Go16 before getting eliminated by a serious contender.
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i would be 100% fine with giving them the benefit of the doubt if it wasn't for this:

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it also happens to be the same country that was responsible for the largest sports cheating scandal of this decade
as a pro cycling fan, i've learned that the "fool me once..." quote is pretty apt.
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I’d be less in the crowd of imaging them cheating, more in the crowd of imagining the refs have been threatened.
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that's what i'm getting at. i don't think the team is doping but i wouldn't be shocked if some rubles were changing hands behind closed doors.
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