(F17) World Cup Results

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Broncos218

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Please post match results here


During the World Cup, post-game write-ups are mandatory. Even if it's something short, this will give others something to work with when it comes to World Cup content.


GROUP MATCHDAY 1
Poland - Chile
Switzerland - Russia
Greece - Sweden
Brazil - Portugal
Colombia - Cote D'Ivoire
Denmark - Austria
England - Mexico
Norway - Wales

GROUP MATCHDAY 2
Poland - Switzerland
Chile - Russia
Greece - Brazil
Sweden - Portugal
Colombia - Denmark
Cote D'Ivoire - Austria
England - Norway
Mexico - Wales

GROUP MATCHDAY 3
Russia - Poland
Chile - Switzerland
Portugal - Greece
Sweden - Brazil
Austria - Colombia
Cote D'Ivoire - Denmark
Wales - England
Mexico - Norway
 

Jocko

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England 1 - 4 Mexico
8 (6) Shots (SOT) 9 (6)
45% Possession 55%
20 Tackles 14
1 Fouls 0
0 Cards 0
0 Offsides 0
3 Corners 2
70% Pass Acc. 84%

Match Events:
:goal:J. dos Santos (55')
:goal: A. Guardado (72') :assist: J. dos Santos
:goal: H. Lozano (74')
:goal: J. Hernandez (85') :assist: P. Aguiar

:goal:H. Kane (88') :assist: J. Wilshere

:trophy:J. dos Santos


El Tri roared out the gate in their World Cup Group D opener against England, opening up a big lead on their way to a 4-1 victory.

Mexico manager Jocko unveiled a new formation for the game, "The Concacaf," a 4-5-1 designed to slow down the speedy English 4-3-3. El Tri still struggled to stop quick runs through the midfield, and both sides managed a handful of chances while clinging to a scoreless draw at the break.

But the Mexican tactics began to pay off in the second half. Jonathan dos Santos turned an interception into a quick counter-attack goal, putting a nifty body feint on England CB Chris Smalling and finishing past Jack Butland.

Andres Guardado added a second twelve minutes later, after a series of passes around the Mexican midfield. Dos Santos found Guardado at the top of the English box. Despite having little space, Guardado turned and hit a screamer into the top left corner before defenders could close him out.

Winger Hirving Lozano added another goal two minutes later on a classic counter-attack. Guardado intercepted a pass, and found Javier Hernandez running free with a through ball. English keeper Jack Butland came out to make the one-on-one save, but the ball fell right to Lozano for an easy follow. Mexico wrapped up their scoring in the 85th minute when Hernandez headed in a Paul Aguiar cross.

England pulled a goal back in the 88th minute when Harry Kane did what only Kane can do -- rising above two defenders to flick Jack Wlishere's corner kick backwards and into the goal at the far post.

Mexico next faces Wales in Group D play, while England takes on Norway.
 

Zikry

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Russia 3 - 2 Switzerland

Shatov brace just about edges it in one of the matches of the tournament

14 Shots 7
10 SOT 3
49% Possession 51%
16 Tackles 34
79% Passing 68%

:goal:Russia: A. Kokorin (10') :assist: O. Shatov
:goal:Russia: O. Shatov (24') :assist: F. Smolov
:yellowcard:Switzerland: J. Djourou
:goal:Switzerland: B. Embolo (34') :assist: V. Stocker

:goal:Russia: O. Shatov (87') :assist: D. Cheryshev
:goal:Switzerland: A. Mehmedi (90') :assist: R. Rodriguez
:trophy:O. Shatov
Both teams came into their group opener searching to get some points on the board, and the neutral was in for a treat as a 5 goal thriller took place. The Russians were in control early, and unlucky to not go ahead as Dzagoev's initial shot was parried by the keeper, but his rebound came crashing off the post. 4 minutes later however the Russians made their early pressure count, as a long chipped ball from midfield found Shatov on the wing, and his pass inside took a slight deflection off a Swiss defender, kindly pushing it towards Kokorin who made no mistake; powering it into the back of the net on a one timed effort. 14 minutes later the Russians looked to be running away with the game as Shatov sprinted down the wing, taking a pass from Smolov in stride, and seeing the keeper inch off his line tried a chip shot that looked to have not hit the mark; however the shot was just out of the reach of the keeper who got fingertips to it and nothing more, as it nestled into the back of the net. Credit to the Swiss who seemed to wake up after the 2 goals, and with their first and only shot of the half Embolo was able to rifle a ferocious shot from 35 yards out, beating the hapless Akinfeev to give Switzerland new life in the game.

The second half was littered with missed chances for the Swiss, and in the 87th minute the Russians seemingly killed off the game as the ball fell kindly in Shatov's path who was able to place if off the inside of the post and in. The Swiss, however, never say die, and Milan's new left back Rodriguez put in a pin point cross that Mehmedi was able to head in to get it back to 3-2. That would be the last action of the game, as the final whistle brought a sigh of relief for the Russian coach who will surely have to work on the defense if this team is to make significant progress in the World Cup.
 

hkyjck

hckyjck
Poland - Chile
0 Goals 1
9 Shots 15
7 SOT 10
52% Possession 48%
14 Tackles 20
2 Fouls 1
1 :yellowcard: 0
0 :redcard: 0
0 Offsides0
3 Corners 4
74% Pass Accuracy 73%

Match Events
17' :goal: M. Diaz :assist: E. Vargas
28' :yellowcard: J. Blaszcykowski
:redgloves: C. Bravo
:trophy: M. Isla (8.9)



Chile get hard fought 3 points to open 2017 World Cup​
In a match that saw 17 shots on target, Chile were the only ones to find the back of the net. Chile started off the game strong peppering the Polish keeper. They opened the scoring in the 17th minute when Sczcesny punched the ball off of a corner right to Eduardo Vargas who then passed to Marcelo Diaz in the box who turned and powered one past the keeper. Chile almost doubled their lead short after halftime after some nice build up play but the Polish keeper held strong. Claudio Bravo deserved much of the praise as he continually stopped the Polish attack from short range capping off an almost perfect performance by snatching a ball that was surely headed for the top corner. Manager Hckyjck will be happy to get all 3 points but said there is a lot to work on heading into the most difficult game of the group stage vs Russia.

gg KJLamb23
 

Jocko

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Mexico 1 - 0 Wales
7 (4) Shots (SOT) 9 (6)
57% Possession 43%
14 Tackles 26
1 Fouls 2
0 Cards 1
0 Offsides 0
2 Corners 4
81% Pass Acc. 76%

Match Events:
:goal:J. dos Santos (45') :assist: H. Lozano

:yellowcard: B. Davies
:redgloves: G. Ochoa

:trophy:H. Lozano

Mexico managed just one moment of creativity, but it was enough to grind out a 1-0 win against Wales and take the early pole position in Group D play.

Hirving Lozano threaded a pass between two defenders to find Jonathan dos Santos near the penalty spot just before halftime, and the midfielder slotted home his second goal of the TSL World Cup.

The game was a midfield battle. Mexico controlled possession, but found the Welsh midfield tough to break down. Likewise, the Mexican midfield prevented Gareth Bale from running wild.

But the Welsh brought on Sam Vokes in the second half and started attacking through the air. Bale almost equalized in the 50th minute but headed a corner kick off the post. With Wales pressing late, Man of the Match Lozano found himself running clear on goal after a corner clearance but couldn't curl his shot around Welsh keeper Wayne Hennessey.

The win gives Mexico six points through two games. But with other Group D games yet to play, El Tri have not yet guaranteed qualification to the knock-out stage. Mexico's final Group D match is against Norway.
 

Zikry

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Chile 0 - 4 Russia

Kokorin and Mamaev star in Russia's most impressive win to date

4 Shots 10
2 SOT 7
52% Possession 48%
22 Tackles 16
71% Passing 79%

:goal:A. Kokorin (8') :assist: O. Shatov
:goal:O. Shatov (52') :assist: P. Mamaev
:goal:P. Mamaev (72') :assist: O. Shatov
:goal:A. Dzagoev (85') :assist: P. Mamaev
:redgloves:I. Akinfeev
:trophy:P. Mamaev
2 matches into the World Cup and Russia might have finally solved the puzzle that is the front 3. Kokorin came in from the start after his impressive first game and again didn't disappoint as he made it 2/2 for opening the scoring in the group, as he played a neat one two with Shatov before rifling it near post past Claudio Bravo. Fedor Smolov, the man most criticized in the Russian attack, missed a glorious opportunity in the 14th minute, and his night wouldn't last long as a clearly frustrated coach subbed him off in the 35th minute for Pavel Mamaev. The new front 3 of Kokorin - Shatov - Mamaev ran the show in the 2nd half, as first Shatov scored his third of the competition as he was found wide open by Mamaev, juking past a defender before placing it into the back of the net. In the 72nd minute the impressive Mamaev made it 3, as he took a through ball from Shatov down the right wing and blasted it far post, with Bravo's touch on the ball doing nothing in terms of the final destination being the back of the net. The 85th minute saw Russia wrap up the game as a fortunate deflection saw Mamaev on the ball, who chipped it into the area for Dzagoev to head home, killing the game at 4-0. With the front 3 impressing in the 2nd half, look for them to start the final game of the group against Poland.
 

Lou

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Brasil 0 - 3 Portugal
19 Shots 7
11 On Target 6
55% Possession 45%
16 Tackles 18
1 Fouls 2
9 Corners 1

11' :goal: (POR) C. Ronaldo :assist: Nani
26' :goal: (POR) C. Ronaldo :assist: R. Sanches
84' :goal: (POR) C. Ronaldo :assist: R. Pereira

CS (POR) R. Patricio
MOTM (POR) C. Ronaldo 10.0​

The opening match of Group B saw Brazil take the pitch against Cristiano Ronaldo and his Portuguese side. the 1st 10 minutes saw both teams battle at midfield, but in the 11', Ronaldo took matters into his own hands. He embarrassed T. Silva on a breakaway and had a clear 1 on 1 vs the keeper, which he deftly placed in the back of the net. Brazil's offense immediately went aggressive, and in the next few minutes, they missed 2 possible equalizers from inside of 10 feet. However, Portugal calmly collected themselves, working their offense. Renato Sanches found Ronaldo high in the box, where he made a quick move and again blew by Thiago Silva for yet another goal.

On the defensive side, Portugal buckled down. Rui Patricio was the brick wall that Portuguese fans have come to expect from the world class keeper, as he continued to turn away potential goal after potential goal from the Brazilian side. When the dust cleared, Patricio had made 14 saves en route to the 1st clean sheet in the group. To make matters worse, late in the game, Ronaldo was given space to run and he made the Brazilians pay, netting a hat trick and nailing down the Man of the Match.

Portugal will play Sweden in match 2, where any points gained could be the difference between either team advancing to the Quarterfinals. This game will be played Thursday @ 1130 PM EST.

GG redwings8831
 

Broncos218

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Matchday 2

(Broncos218)
Colombia
2-0 Denmark
(ASinghal31)


Full Match Video
Match Facts
2 Goals 0
5 Shots 7
2 SOT 4
46% Possession 54%
8 Tackles 14
0 Fouls 1
0 :yellowcard: 0
0 :redcard: 0
0 Offsides 1
2 Corners 3
80% Pass Accuracy 78%

Colombia:
:goal: J. Rodriguez (44')
:goal: L. Muriel (55') :assist: J. Rodriguez
CS: D. Ospina

Denmark:
(no events)

MOTM: J. Rodriguez - Colombia (9.5)​

James Dazzles In Colombia Win
Colombia came into today's match wanting a strong start before their game with defending champs Ivory Coast, and the South American team looked a bit sluggish at the start. The Danes managed to play strong defense for much of the first half, but an eventual foul led to a game-changing free kick. In the 44th minute, Colombia's captain James Rodriguez stepped up and drilled a deep free kick to the far post past the diving Kasper Schmeichel and into the net for a 1-0 lead. Then 10 minutes into the second half, a corner kick from James found Luis Muriel, who headed it off of the post and into the net to make it 2-0. The Colombian defense managed to hold strong all the way through the 90th minute, and Colombia came away with a big win as a result. "We looked wide-eyed to start the game, but we later settled down," said Coach Bronc. James Rodriguez played sensationally for Colombia, perhaps single-handedly earning them the victory and earning MOTM honors in the process. "James was top-form today, that's what you need from your captain to get things going," Coach Bronc went on to say. Colombia will face their biggest test tomorrow, when two-time finalists Ivory Coast suit up for their World Cup opener.

gg ASinghal31

All goals (2):

Match Recap:
 

TankeAguilar

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Poland 0 - 3 Switzerland



4 shots 11
2 on target 8
57 % Poss 43
19 Tackles 31
2 Fouls 2
0 :yellowcard: 0
0 :redcard: 0
1 offsides1
2 corners 2


:goal: V. Stocker
:goal: B. Embolo :assist: V. Stocker
:goal: V. Stocker :assist: X. Shaqiri


:redgloves: Y. Sommer
:trophy: V. Stocker

Swiss team treated their second game as a final, knowing that they would return home empty-handed if they did not succeed, so Coach Tank did not hold back and demanded the best of his squad.

Starting the game, the Polish GK made a spectacular save denying a goal for Mehmedi, the Alpines marked very strongly (characteristic implemented by his coach) and did not allow his rival to pass the last quarter of the field. In the 24th minute, a Polish defender mishandled the ball on a pass by Inler, allowing Embolo to steal the ball and advance to the goal. Sczcesny tried to contain the shot but allowed a rebound, which Stocker did not waste. Apparently this was a very strong blow for the Polish, because just three minutes later Embolo found a great opportunity to add a second but just barely missed. For much of the first half, the Swiss team had several great opportunities but could not materialize them including a Stocker header off the post while the Polish struggled to finish their own opportunities.

In the second half, Coach Kyle knew he had to improve because with this defeat, he would be eliminated from the World Cup. Early in the second, Milik made a deep run into the box, but a spectacular save by Sommer kept Poland off the scoreboard. Going to the 52nd minute, Stocker fed an accurate deep ball to Embolo who finished past the keeper for the second goal of the match and his second of the tournament. In the 66th minute, Poland attacked continuously, earning a corner, resulting in a cross from Grosicky to Lewandowski, who buried the shot in the back of the net only to be whistled offside. Heading into the 79th minute, with Poland playing in a disorderly fashion, the "alpine Messi" Shaqiri cut in from the right, drawing defenders all around him. He eventually found Stocker alone in the box, who scored once again to mark Switzerland's third of the match.


A very important victory for the Swiss team who with a tie against Chile in their next match could qualify to the next stage.

Gg KJLamb23
 

Thedoctor05

Well-Known Member
England 1 - 1 Norway
10 (3) Shots (SOT) 8 (4)
49% Possession 51%
14 Tackles 14
1 Fouls 0
0 Cards 0
0 Offsides 1
6 Corners 4
78% Pass Acc. 78%

Match Events:
:goal: Kamara (32')(P.K)
:goal: Lallana :assist: Kane (44')

:trophy:Lallana​


After the humbling defeat of the group favorites. The manager The Doctor was facing a do or die situation against Norway. After reviewing the tape, it was decided to change formations from a 4-3-3 to a more possession driven 4-5-1 formation.

After a few minutes in the game, it was clear that this formation worked better for ENG since there were a lot less exploits to the defense, and the attack looked better than it looked the whole first match.

However England went down a goal on a very dubious penalty call. After counter initiated by Norway's Aleesami run and pass to King. King ran towards the defense, and was battling a ball shoulder to shoulder with Cahil, and after the ball went out of bounds, to the surprise of everybody watching, the ref called a PK that was coolie taken by Kamara that buried it on the lower left*.

Pressure by ENG had to increase because they could not afford another lost. This lead to a great team goal where Ali took the ball in midfield, found Kane that made an outstanding lob through ball to Lallana that found himself one-on-one with the keeper that made an initial save, but the rebound benefited Lallana who hit it and with the help of the post found the net. **

This tie, keeps Eng hopes alive and await Wales at the final match of the group stage.

Fans were left to wonder where was this ENG squad against MEX.

*
https://clips.twitch.tv/BombasticCrunchyRadicchioRalpherZ
**
https://clips.twitch.tv/PopularRacyTapirCclamChamp
 
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ASinghal31

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Denmark 1 - 0 Austria

6 (1) Shots (OT) 6 (2)
50% Possession 50%
11 Tackles 13
3 Fouls 0
0 Cards 0
0 Offsides 1
0 Corners 1
78% Pass Acc. 75%

Match Events:
:goal: K. Dolberg (56') :assist: P. Sisto

:redgloves: K. Schmeichel
:trophy: P. Ankerson

After dropping their first group match to Colombia, Denmark could not settle for anything less than a win in this one. Denmark got the better of the early chances but failed to capitalize on any of their opportunities. It seemed like Austria was ready to break the scoreless draw in the 53' when Alessandro Schöpf diced through the middle of the defense, but his shot hit off the post and away to keep the score level.

The miss proved to be costly as just three minutes later, Denmark found the back of the net on a beautiful run and chipped ball from Pione Sisto to Kasper Dolberg, who slid the ball past the keeper just before he could grab it. Austria ramped up the offensive pressure after that, but they struggled to find space on the offensive end as the Danish defense shut down most lanes.

Denmark gets a much needed win that puts them at 3 points with one match left against the reigning World Cup champs.

Gg rschwep
 
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wSeals9

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Côte d'Ivoire 4 - 1 Austria
8 (5) - Shots (OT) - 5 (2)
52% - Possession - 48%
25 - Tackles - 12
2 - Fouls - 1
No Cards
3 - Corners - 0
80% - Passing - 75%

:goal: (13') Gervinho :assist: W. Zaha
:goal: (31') M. Arnautović
:goal: (42') S. Doumbia :assist: Gervinho
:goal: (78') D. Drogba :assist: S. Aurier

:owngoal: (89') A. Dragović

:trophy: S. Doumbia (9.3)
The Ivorians got their World Cup off to a flying start against their opponent from last cycle's final. Zaha found the late run of Gervinho in the 13th minute, who scored the first goal with a right-footed shot that curled past the Austrian keeper in the 13th minute. The Austrians fought back to tie the game in the 31st as a scramble in the box fell kindly to Arnautović for a goal from close range. The Ivorians regained the lead 12 minutes later as Gervinho found a streaking Doumbia over the top of the defense who finished off his 1-on-1 attempt calmly.

Didier Drogba asserted his presence on the game in the 2nd half as he scored on a header and caused an own goal to extend the lead to 4-1. The Ivorian defense was able to limit the Austria's attempts for the remainder of the game and earn a crucial win. They will look to keep this level of intensity up in their remaining games against Colombia and Denmark.

Gg rschwep
 

TheeEverbro

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Norway 3 - 1 Wales
14 (9) - Shots (OT) - 14 (9)
58% - Possession - 42%
16 - Tackles - 18
1 - Fouls - 2
No Cards
3 - Corners - 0
85% - Passing - 76%

:goal: (62') J. King :assist: M. Elyounoussi
:goal: (70') M. Elyounoussi :assist: O. Kamara
:goal: (71') G. Bale :assist: J. Allen
:goal: (72') J. King :assist: O. Elabdellaoui

:trophy: M. Elyounoussi (9.4)

Norway Scores 3 in 2nd Half to Beat Wales

Following a 1-1 "fortunate" draw in their World Cup opener vs England, Norway and Wales were set to battle. Th Welsh needed a draw at minimum, but coach Everbro knew Daveok would have his side pushing hard all match for a much needed 3 points. "They set the tone early on," commented the Norwegian coach. "Wales managed the tempo in the opening minutes and for much of the first half," he added. Norway's first scoring chance came in the 15th minute, when Tarik Elyounoussi laced a free kick off the bar and into the crowd to get the ball rolling. Following that, the Norwegians had very little chances in the first half. Rune Jarstein, Norway's keeper, saved several strong attempts by Gareth Bale and company in the first 45, and both sides went to the locker room goalless.

The second half would see 4 goals, all within a 10 minute span. The Welsh continue their poyous atack early in the second half but were unable to beat Jarstein. It was at this point that the Norwegians found their rhythm. Following a missed scoring opportunity by Ola Kamara, Mohamed Elyounoussi dribbled along the right side of the goal, passed back to a cutting Joshua King, and King finished off the run by faking a sliding defender and sending a left-footed shot that was out of reach of Wales keeper Hennessey. Wales, needing points in the match, then went to the bench for answers. However it was the Norwegians that expanded the margin to 2 goals as Mohamed Elyounoussi struck a magnificent ball from outside the box into the far corner of the net. As Norway had just finished celebrating their lead, Gareth Bale cut through the defense and seconds later he beat Jarstein from distance, cutting the lead in half. Not one minute later Joshua King slickly dribbled by the Welsh backline and after Hennessey saved his first attempt, he knocked home the rebound, which seemingly took the energy out of the Wales squad. Jarsetin was challenged a few more times but kept the score at 3-1, eliminating Wales, and placing Norway in prime position to advance.

"Jarstein was incredible tonight. Our attack fed off his energy and leadership," said Everbro of his keeper following the match. Wales fired 14 shots, 9 on target, and Bale's long-distance stunner was the only one to beat him. "Our passing was also much improved tonight, our guys found the rhythm in the second half. We're going to need that for 90 minutes against Jocko and his Mexican side," he added. Markus Henriksen and Havard Nordtveit controlled the midfield with their passing ability, completing 26 of 30 on the night. "Kamara didn't have his best night, missing on his only attempt. We need to have him more involved in the flow of the game, if we want to make a deep run," coach Everbro finished with.

Group D standings:
Mexico: 2-0-0, 6 points, +4 GD (clinched top 2 finish)
Norway: 1-1-0, 4 points, +2 GD
England: 0-1-1, 1 point, -3 GD
Wales: 0-0-2, 0 points, -3 GD (eliminated from top 2 spots)

A win will clinch the division for the Norwegians while a draw will guarantee a second place finish.
A loss and an English draw/loss will also send Norway through.
A loss and an English win will then come down to goal differential (Norway currently +5 over England)
 

shiftee

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Greece 5 - 1 Brazil

15 (13) Shots (SOT) 12 (8)
55% Possession 45%
11 Tackles 24
1 Fouls 1
0 Cards 1
3 Offsides 0
6 Corners 2
82% Pass Acc. 73%

Match Events:
:goal: Greece: V. Torosidis :assist: K. Fortunis
:goal: Greece: I. Fetfatzidis :assist: V. Klonaridis
:goal: Brazil: Neymar :assist: D. Costa
:goal: Greece: K. Fortunis :assist: K. Mitroglou
:goal: Greece: V. Klonaridis :assist:K. Mitroglou
:goal: Greece: A. Samaris :assist:K. Fortunis
:yellowcard: Brazil: Neymar

:trophy:Greece: K. Fortounis


Greece were able to surprise everyone in the stadium when they were able to take an early 1 goal lead less than 10 minutes into the game. Brazil didn't seem to get rattled though as they went on the attack but were turned away by the Greece keeper on 2 straight chances. Fetfatzidis put Greece up by 2 shortly after that attack with a powerful shot from outside the box. Brazil would get one back moments later on a super tight angle shot that beat the keeper, hit the cross bar and into the net. Greece carried the 1 goal lead into the 2nd half and stayed persistent. Fortunis regained the 2 goal lead for Greece shortly after the restart. Brazil starting to push up, leaving the defenders a bit exposed, Greece was able to take advantage and score 2 more to come away with the shocking result. Bench boss shiftee commented after the game "The game was played a lot tighter than the score would indicate. We are happy to have come away with an important win tonight."​
 

Broncos218

Well-Known Member
Matchday 1

(Broncos218)
Colombia
0-0 Ivory Coast
(wSeals9)


Full Match Video
Match Facts
0 Goals 0
5 Shots 7
3 SOT 4
51% Possession 49%
9 Tackles 16
0 Fouls 0
0 :yellowcard: 0
0 :redcard: 0
0 Offsides 0
1 Corners 3
78% Pass Accuracy 77%

Colombia:
CS: D. Ospina

Ivory Coast:
CS: M. Sayouba

MOTM: D. Ospina - Colombia (7.6)​

Stalemate Leaves Colombia-Ivory Coast Goalless
Coach Bronc had this match circled on his calendar once the draw was announced, as Colombia's coach was looking forward to getting back at the Ivory Coast team that eliminated his Portuguese squad from last year's World Cup. Ivory Coast looked like the better side out of the gate, but Colombia withstood their attack and began to settle in. Both teams found shooting opportunities hard to come by, but Ospina and Sayouba also did exactly what they needed to do to earn clean sheets. "It was a hard-fought, grueling 90 minutes today," said Coach Bronc. "Both teams were waiting to pounce on that one mistake, but both sides were too good and that mistake never materialized." The draw is also a big boost to Colombia's hopes of advancing, as now the South American nation just needs a draw against Austria to clinch a top-2 spot. A Denmark loss or draw would also be good enough for Los Cafeteros, but Bronc won't be playing it safe in his final group match. "You never want to play not to lose. We're going to try and defeat Austria and do everything we can to atain the top spot in the group."

gg wSeals9

Match Recap:
 

CxMACx10

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Sweden 4 - 1 Portugal

:trophy: Z. Ibrahimovic

Match Events:
:goal: Z. Ibrahimovic :assist: P. Wernbloom
:goal: D. Pereira :assist: Nani
:goal: Z. Ibrahimovic :assist: O. Wendt
:goal: J. Durmaz :assist: Z. Ibrahimovic
:goal: Z. Ibrahimovic


Zlatan steals the show with a a hat-trick and an assist as Sweden earns a huge 3 points against Portugal. Ibrahimovic struck first just before halftime with a great solo run before his shot took a luck deflection into the corner. Just after the start of the second half, Portugal answered. Nani slipped a pass between the legs of a Swedish defender and Pereira made no mistake finishing. From that point on it was all the Swedes. Zlatan made it 2-1 with a tight angle finish between the keepers legs. Just 4 minutes later Zlatan made a nice layoff pass to Durmaz who doubled the lead. Ibra got his hat trick just 4 minutes later with a left footed rocket. In a game, that was relatively even statistically, the Swedish superstar outshined the Portuguese one and that was all the difference.​
 

CxMACx10

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Greece 0 - 1 Sweden

:trophy: Z. Ibrahimovic
:redgloves: K. Johnsson

Match events:
:goal: Z. Ibrahimovic


In a battle between the two group favorites, it took a lucky bounce to find a winner. A Zlatan shot in the 57th minute banged off a pair of Greek defenders before miraculously falling back at his feet, allowing him to tuck away the games only goal. The Greeks will feel unlucky to not come away with a point and have a chance at winning the group. Instead, it's the fighting Zlatans that lock up first place in the group and avoid a Quarterfinals clash with Russia.
 

CxMACx10

Well-Known Member
Sweden 1 - 0 Brazil

:trophy: S. Larsson

Match Events:
:goal: Z. Ibrahimovic :assist: S. Larsson

Sweden makes it 9 points out of 9 in the group stage with a 1-0 win over Brazil. After being battered and eliminated in their first two matches, Brazil came out looking to play to a 0-0 draw with an ultra defensive formation. It totally shut down the Swedish attack but Zlatan was able to get his head on a corner and earn the victory.​
 

Zikry

Well-Known Member
Russia 1 - 1 Poland

14 Shots 7
5 SOT 4
44% Possession 56%
16 Tackles 16
82% Passing 70%

:goal:Russia: O. Shatov :assist: A. Kokorin (13')
:goal:Poland: R. Lewandowski (56')
:trophy:O. Shatov
In a game that didn't mean much for both nations, Russia and Poland played out an entertaining 1-1 draw to wrap up their group A matches. Having already qualified as top of the group, Russia came into this game relaxed and showed it early, as Shatov's brilliant one time effort off a Kokorin pass rattled off the bottom of the cross bar and in for the early 1-0 lead. Credit to the Polish team though who had nothing to play for, but battled back after controlling much of the play in the second half as Lewansdowski was able to pick up a loose ball in the box and slot it in the back of the net. Russia now await the winner of the Greece vs Portugal matchup while Poland wrap up their World Cup experience with their best display of the group, coming away with a point.
 

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Côte d'Ivoire 3 - 0 Denmark
16 (12) - Shots (OT) - 5 (3)
46% - Possession - 54%
15 - Tackles - 6
1 - Fouls - 1
No Cards
6 - Corners - 0
79% - Passing - 82%

:goal: (21') Y. Touré
:goal: (35') S. Doumbia
:goal: (78') D. Drogba


:redgloves: M. Sayouba
:trophy: Y. Touré (9.3)
The Ivorians wrapped up a tough group with an emphatic 3 - 0 victory over Denmark. Yaya Touré opened the scoring shortly after 20 minutes with a ping pong goal that hit a defender, bounced onto the post, then deflected off the same defender and into the net. Doumbia added a second goal 14 minutes later where the defender knocked the cross into Seydou Doumbia's path for a tidy right-footed shot past Kasper Schmeichel. After hitting the post twice earlier in the game, Didier Drogba finally got his goal as another deflection fell kindly and bounced up to the Ivorian striker for the header. Schmeichel was able to turn the shot onto the post but it bounced into the net for the goal that would kill off the game. The Ivorians will now turn their focus to the knockout stage in hopes of retaining their World Cup title. Gg ASinghal31
 
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