(F17) World Cup Results

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Chile 1 - Switzerland 0
7 Shots 16
4 SOT 11
52% Possession 48%
16 Tackles 38
1 Fouls 1
0 Offsides 0
3 Corners 11
67% Pass Accuracy 64%

Match Events
6' :goal: E. Paredes :assist: M Diaz
:redgloves: C. Bravo
:trophy: E. Paredes (8.8)

Chile, Bravo shine to secure spot in final 16 at World Cup

Claudio Bravo was the whole story as Chile got the crucial 3 points to seal a spot in the final 16 of the World Cup. All the Swiss needed to advance was one point but the Man City stopper played the game of his life in stopping them from finding the back of the net. Embolo and the Swiss attack came up firing with shot after shot peppering the Chilean goalkeeper but Chile caught them on the counter to find the only goal of the game. Marcelo Diaz found Paredes in the box who turned the Swiss defender around and then powered it past the keeper. The rest of the half was all Swiss as most of the play was in the defending third for Chile. Switzerland kept racking up corner after corner but somehow Bravo always found a way to get a fingertip on every shot that came his way. Manager hckyjck was very relieved to go into the half still up one nothing.

Chile came out in the 2nd half with some extra fire knowing that they couldn't let the opposing side continue the onslaught against their keeper. They almost doubled their lead with some nice play from Alexis Sanchez but to no avail. Claudio Bravo continued his stellar play in the 2nd half keeping the Swiss off of the scoreboard and securing all 3 points for his team.

Hell of a game TankeAguilar !​


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Mexico 0 - 3 Norway
3 (1) - Shots (OT) - 14 (10)
48% - Possession - 52%
13 - Tackles - 13
1 - Fouls - 1
No Cards
0 - Corners - 6
74% - Passing - 79%

:goal: (20') J. King :assist: T. Elyounoussi
:goal: (47') J. King :assist: M. Elyounoussi
:goal: (73') O. Kamara :assist: J. King

:redgloves: R. Jarstein
:trophy: J. King (9.5)

Norway Win Group D!

Norway came into Matchday 3 with the group D title in their sights, and it showed, as they nearly scored in the opening minutes. Joshua King cut brilliantly towards the goal and was met with a perfect pass at his feet, but was unable to beat Ochoa in the 2nd minute. Several strong attempts in the following minutes by the Norwegian side were halted by Ochoa as well. In the 20th minute, Joshua King found the net on a corner, and the Norwegians had some breathing room.

Mexico's chances were limited throughout the first half and following the break, Joshua King found the back of the net a second time. A perfectly timed run with a magnificent lobbed pass resulted in a 2-0 advantage, and left the Mexican side up in arms. Norway continues to dominate the match deep into the second half and in the 73rd minute Ola Kamara finished it off following some brilliant passing.

With these 3 points, Norway is crowned group D champions with 7 points total and will now face group C runner-up Colombia in the knockout stage.


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Matchday 3

Austria 1-4 Colombia

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Match Facts
1 Goals 4
8 Shots 7
6 SOT 5
50% Possession 50%
12 Tackles 18
0 Fouls 2
0 :yellowcard: 0
0 :redcard: 0
0 Offsides 0
7 Corners 1
78% Pass Accuracy 75%

:goal: G. Burgstaller (68') :assist: D. Alaba

:goal: J. Rodriguez (48') :assist: Falcao
:goal: Falcao (65') :assist: J. Cuadrado
:goal: J. Cuadrado (85') :assist: F. Diaz
:goal: J. Lerma (87')

MOTM: Falcao - Colombia (9.6)​

Convincing Win Puts Colombia Into Quarterfinals
Colombia was guaranteed a Quarterfinal spot unless they lost and Ivory Coast lost. With the games being played simultaneously, word reached the Colombia camp that the halftime score of the other match was 2-0 in the Ivorians favor, while Colombia and Austria remained tied at 0-0. That result sounded good to the Colombians, but it didn't stop them from coming out firing in the second half. James Rodriguez and Falcao both headed in goals to make it 2-0 Colombia by the 65th minute. However, an Austrian goal brought the difference back down to 1, and word eventually made way that the Ivorians took a 3-0 lead. At that point, Colombia would've needed 3 late goals to tie Ivory Coast for first, so the Colombia manager instead took out a couple of his superstars in favor of some defensive subs. However, those subs (Farid Diaz and Jefferson Lerma) managed to assist on one goal and score the next, making it 4-1 Colombia in the 87th minute. At that point, Colombia went all-out attacking to try and match the Ivorians in the group, but it was too little too late. "I'd be lying if I said the result didn't play a part in our gameplans," said Coach Bronc. "You never want to pay too much attention to the circumstances you can't control, but at the same time, it would be foolish not to recognize those circumstances and adjust for them." Regardless, Colombia still came away with a very impressive win and level with the defending World Cup champions in a tough Group C. "We accomplished our goal for the group, and that was to advance to the next round," Coach Bronc continued. Colombia will get Norway next in the Quarterfinals, a team heating up at just the right time. "They may have not gotten the fanfare like Russia and Sweden so far, but they were most definitely worthy of the first place finish in their group and they'll be a tough test for sure."

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Wales 1 - 2 England
13 (7) - Shots (OT) - 11 (6)
46% - Possession - 54%
24 - Tackles - 28
1 - Fouls - 1
No Cards
3 - Corners - 4
74% - Passing - 79%

:goal: (17') A.Lallana :assist: Henderson
:goal: (45') D.Alli :assist: A. Lallana
:goal: (51') T. Lawrence :assist: S. Vokes
:trophy: Lallana
End of a disappointing WC run for ENG
Lets paint the stage: After a horrible showing in the opener game, (4-1 loss vs Mexico), and the outstanding performance by group rivals Norway, England faced an uphill battle to move to the next stage. They needed Mexico to defeat Norway, and overcome the GD in the last game against Wales. Final group game of the W.C Wales V England in a Do or die situation for the Lions. It all pointed to a very exciting match. England started firing on all cylinders with the first chance at goal at the 6th minute where deli found Henderson making a run inside the box, only to have the shot stopped by Hennesee. The high octane attacking that England displayed left many holes in the back that Wales was able to exploit creating various chances, that were not able to convert. Things looked better at the 17' min when Lallana smashed one in after a terrific assist by Henderson. Right before HT, Alli found the back of the net giving ENG a 2-0 advantage. Wales coach clearly inspired them during the HT talk, because they came onto the pitch determined to come back to the game, and it paid off when Vokes assisted Lawrence to bring them back. The rest of the game was a back and forth between ENG and wales both missing clear shots at goal. At the end, the result did not matter, as Norway took the win against Mexico making them Winners of group D with Mex as the runner up.


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Norway 1-2 Colombia

Falcao struck twice to lead Colombia to the Semifinals

Full Match Video
Match Facts
1 Goals 2
8 Shots 2
4 SOT 1
53% Possession 47%
12 Tackles 10
0 Fouls 0
0 :yellowcard: 0
0 :redcard: 0
0 Offsides 1
3 Corners 0
80% Pass Accuracy 75%

:goal: O. Kamara (67') :assist: M. Henriksen

:goal: Falcao (39') :assist: J. Cuadrado
:goal: Falcao (87')

MOTM: Falcao - Colombia (9.1)​

Falcao, Falcao!
A season ago, Coach Bronc's World Cup run ended in the Quarterfinals with a loss to eventual champions Ivory Coast. This time around, Colombia's manager was determined to not suffer the same fate. Colombia looked the better side throughout the first half, and that effort paid off when Falcao received a nice pass from Cuadrado and rifled the shot into the net for a 1-0 Colombia lead. "We looked fantastic that first half, but I also didn't feel comfortable with just the 1-goal lead," said Coach Bronc of his feelings at the half. Those doubts eventually came to fruition when Ola Kamara, star for the MLS' Columbus Crew, tied the match in the 67th minute with a beautiful strike of his own. That forced Colombia to push forward in the attack again, and Falcao found his brace in the 87th minute when his ground shot hit the post and deflected in. "He couldn't have placed that any better," said Coach Bronc of the shot. Norway nearly equalized as time was set to expire, but couldn't quite snag a final goal before the final whistle had been blown. "The lads earned this hard-fought win, and now we can look on to the Semifinals and begin prepping for our next opponent." That next opponent will be either Sweden or Switzerland, with the two nations set to battle Sunday night at 10 ET.

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Sweden 4 - 2 Switzerland

:trophy: E. Forsberg

Match Events:
:goal: E. Forsberg :assist: P. Wernbloom
:goal: Z. Ibrahimovic :assist: E. Forsberg

:goal: E. Forsberg
:goal: B. Embolo :assist: J. Drmic
:goal: E. Forsberg :assist: Z. Ibrahimovic
:yellowcard:F. Schar
:goal: J. Drmic :assist: B. Embolo

Sweden advances to the World Cup semi-final on the back of their two stars Emil Forsberg and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Many jokes have been made about this Swedish team being a one man show, but the Bundesliga star Emil Forsberg wanted to prove that it is at least a two man act. He bagged a hat-trick and added an assist in a perfect 10.0 performance in the 4-2 win over Switzerland. Zlatan still added a goal and an assist, but make no mistake that this was the Forsberg game.

Just 5 minutes in, Forsberg sent a curler into the top corner to give the home side the lead. Zlatan made it two (with an assist from Forsberg) twenty minutes later. Forsberg got his brace and made it 3-0 just before halftime after a blocked shot fell right to host feet for a tap in. Breel Embolo pulled one bag for Switzerland to give them life as he bodied the Sweden backline before firing home. The hope didn't last long as Forsberg delivered the nail in the coffin just 6 minutes later as Zlatan found him running in behind the Swiss backline. Josip Drmic added a late tall for the Swiss but it was far too late. The Swedes will move on and face Colombia in the Semi-Final Tuesday night.



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Côte d'Ivoire 2 - 1 Mexico
10 (6) - Shots (OT) - 2 (1)
50% - Possession - 50%
19 - Tackles - 12
0 - Fouls - 1
No Cards
2 - Corners - 1
81% - Passing - 83%

:goal: (4') D. Drogba :assist: W. Zaha
:goal: (14') A. Guardado :assist: Chicharito
:goal: (49') W. Zaha :assist: S. Doumbia

:trophy: W. Zaha (8.5)
The Ivorians punched their ticket to the semifinals with goals from Didier Drogba and Wilfried Zaha. Drogba did his damage early with a near post header that slipped past Ochoa. El Tri struck back as the Ivorian defense lost track of Guarded as he slipped in behind and was found to finish coolly past Mande Sayouba. The Ivorians would have to wait until the second half to find their second goal but they struck in quick fashion again just a few minutes into the half. Seydou Doumbia found some space with some sleek dribbling and stood the ball up for Wilfried Zaha for a header. The Ivorians weren't able to add to their tally as they missed several good chances to increase the lead but two goals proved to be enough as Mexico didn't manage a single shot in the second half. The Ivorians will now wait the winner of Greece and Russia in the semifinals.


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Greece 1 - 0 Portugal
13 (6) Shots (SOT) 9 (5)
52% Possession 48%
18 Tackles 17
4 Fouls 1
0 Cards 0
1 Offsides 0
4 Corners 3
83% Pass Acc. 72%

Match Events:
:goal: Greece: K. Mitroglou :assist: V. Klonaridis

:redgloves: Greece: O. Karnezis

:trophy:Greece: P. Tachtsidis​


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World Cup QF:

Russia 3 - 2 Greece

Russia's most hated striker from the group stages, Smolov, repays manager's faith with a brace

8 Shots 9
6 SOT 6
47% Possession 53%
10 Tackles 12
78% Passing 82%

:goal:Greece: K. Mitroglu (29') :assist: I. Fetfatzidis
:goal:Russia: F. Smolov (39') :assist: A. Samedov
:goal:Russia: F. Smolov (49') :assist: A. Kokorin
:goal:Russia: A. Dzagoev (51') :assist: A. Samedov
:goal:Greece: K. Mitroglu (69') :assist: K. Fortounis
:trophy:A. Samedov
After claiming to have "figured out" the front 3 after the second group stage game, the lineup for today's crucial quarterfinal matchup stunned many. Back in came Smolov, who looked destined for the bench after his poor showing so far, as he replaced Mamaev in a move that was unexpected. "Smolov showed some good signs coming in off the right in the front 3" said the coach pre match when asked about his change upfront; "Mamaev understands his role and accepts it, time for Fedor to show what he's capable of".

Russia put on the early pressure but without really threatening at goal, as the closest they came was a header off a corner that was cleared off the line. Greece soaked up the pressure well and were able to score off their first, and only, chance of the half, as Mitroglu found himself alone at the edge of the area and curled it in at the far corner, really leaving Akinfeev with no chance at it. 1-0 to the Greeks and suddenly the pre match talks of this being a 1-0 Greece win creeped into the coach's head. In the 39th minute however, Fedor Smolov was able to score his first of the competition and what a time to do it, as he was able to create space, took the pass in stride, and rifled in a shot with the outside of his foor into the net! 1-1 at halftime.

The Russians clearly got a good talking to at halftime, as they came out and blitzed Greece to start and were able to score two goals in the space of two minutes. First, Smolov ended a move that really showed Russia's attacking threat going forward. Shatov took two defenders from midfield towards the near sideline before passing it inside to the marauding left back Schennkov, who brilliantly one time passed it to an onrushing Kokorin who had the simple task of laying it off to Smolov with an empty net in front of him. 2 minutes later Dzagoev made it 3 as, similarly to the first, he took a pass from Samedov in stride before finishing it far post past the hapless Greek keeper. Mitroglu would grab one back for Greece, as his ferocious shot from the edge of the box rattled in off the post and in; and with 21 minutes + stoppage time still left Russia decided to go full defensive, bunkering down in a 5-3-2 to close out the match. With the full time whistle came joy and the realization that this team will have to do something that has never been done before in TSL World Cup history; deny Ivory Coast a ticket to a final. Can they do it?



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Sweden 2 - 0 Colombia

:redgloves: K. Johnsson

:goal: E. Forsberg :assist: Nilsson-Lindelof
:goal: Z. Ibrahimovic :assist: P. Wernbloom

The two man scoring show of Forsberg and Ibrahimovic showed up once again while lifting Sweden into the World Cup Final. Emil Forsberg got the Swedes on the board first as Nilsson-Lindelof made an inspiring run from his CB position before slipping it through to Forsberg for the goal. Ibrahimovic sealed the deal with a world-class solo effort where a flurry of step-overs and fake shots found him some space to slot it home. The big Swede will hope to find his finishing form for earlier in the tourney in the final. Sweden awaits the winner of Russia and Ivory Coast.​


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Russia 2 - 1 Ivory Coast

Shocker! Russia squeezes past Ivory Coast to the final; face qualification group "foes" Sweden

7 Shots 14
5 SOT 8
41% Possession 59%
13 Tackles 11
74% Passing 88%

:goal:Ivory Coast: S. Doumbia (7') :assist: D. Drogba
:goal:Russia: A. Dzagoev (12')
:goal:Russia: M. Fernandes (59') :assist:A. Samedov
:trophy:M. Fernandes
In an all "African" clash; Russia came into this game as the underdog facing off against two time World Cup finalists Ivory Coast. The jitters seemed to get to the team early on, and Ivory Coast took a deserved lead as Doumbia made Fernandes look like a fool with the scoop and turn, before firing it into Akinfeev's leg and into the net. For the second straight knockout match Russia found themselves a goal down early, and yet again the team fought back right away, and 5 minutes later Smolov was able to create some space and send in a cross to a wide open Dzagoev, whose initial header was saved by the keeper but the kind rebound saw him slot it into the empty net to level the score. Both teams would hit the post in the first half and as the half came to a close, a flurry of Ivory Coast chances were blocked and stopped as the halftime whistle brought with it a sigh of relief from the Russian coach.

The goal to separate the sides came in the 56th minute, as a Samedov corner was headed in by the Brazilian-Russian Mario Fernandes; who's header from beyond the penalty mark somehow found the bottom corner past a sprawling Sayouba in net. The next 34 minutes would see Lady Luck intervene several times, as key blocks and saves seemed to deny certain equalizers for the Ivory Coast, and as the final whistle blew the Russian fans celebrated what is surely their biggest achievement in their soccer history. Onto the final where two teams, and managers, who have never been there before will match up. If the qualifiers are anything to go by, this is Sweden's to lose, however the new found confidence instilled into this Russian team should make this a final to remember.


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Cote d'Ivoire 1 - 0 Colombia
13 (4) - Shots (OT) - 4 (1)
50% - Possession - 50%
10 - Tackles - 6
0 - Fouls - 0
4 - Corners - 2
78% - Passing - 78%

:goal: (28') S. Doumbia :assist: Gervinho

:redgloves: M. Sayouba
:trophy: S. Doumbia (8.8)

Coming off a disappointing result against Russia, Ivory Coast was faced with the pressure of losing their manager after 3 seasons with another loss. The Ivorians responded with one of their best performances of the cycle against a familiar Colombian team. These two teams played to a scoreless draw in the group stages. A tactical switch to take off Drogba and insert Kessie into the midfield proved vital as the Ivorians dominated the midfield early. After a few great saves and near misses, Doumbia was able to find the one goal that was needed after a long shot caromed off the post and into the attacker's path. The Ivorians were never able to find a 2nd goal to put the game away but were able to limit Colombia's chances with a strong defensive performance. This result ensures that Seals and the Ivorians will still be together for a 4th consecutive cycle.


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Sweden 1 - 2 Russia

Russia's man of the moment, Smolov, scores a brace to shock heavily favored Sweden

6 Shots 9
2 SOT 5
48% Possession 52%
10 Tackles 14
81% Passing 80%

:goal:Russia: F. Smolov (18') :assist: O. Shatov
:goal:Sweden: Z. Ibrahimovic (66') :assist: S. Larsson
:goal:Russia: F. Smolov (71') :assist: A. Kokorin
:trophy:F. Smolov

THIRD TIME THE CHARM! Russia, losers to Sweden twice in qualifying, strike back in WC Final.
The man who was (purposely?) left off the previews by the World Cup bookkeeper Broncos218 ends up being Russia's cult hero as Smolov matches his brace from the quarterfinals to give Russia the most unlikeliest of titles. After being the underdog in both knockout rounds previous to this, Russia knew what they had to do in this game, and that was to go on the offensive. Russia were able to control much of the first half and were rewarded with a halftime lead when a brilliant backheel assist by Shatov was lashed into the net first time by Smolov past the Swedish keeper. "Our plan was to always have a man in front and behind Zlatan when Sweden had the ball; in the qualifiers he scored 4 of the team's 6 goals against us and we tried our best to make sure that wasn't going to happen again. His quality still prevailed as he was able to score the equalizer off a header, but for the most part we were able to contain him to off balanced shots from outside the box today".

The second half saw the inevitable Swedish equalizer come from the man, Zlatan, who was able to meet a Larsson cross from the wing and easily head it into the goal. At this point the Russians, who felt they were in control of the game, felt a little more nervous about the result here, but 5 minutes later Smolov was able to restore the lead giving the team that confidence again that yes, they were worthy of being int his final. "Smolov showed his professionalism to all of Russia and to us, the coaching staff, this World Cup. Subject to being benched after a dismal group stage we wouldn't be here without his 2 goals vs Greece and his 2 tonight. Credit to him for showing why he deserved to be in this starting 11 on this special night for all of Russia". After the second goal Russia decided to sit on what they had, going 5-3-2 and were fortunate enough to be playing on a night where Zlatan wasn't at his peak, as he missed 3 half chances near the end of the game that could have really swayed this result. As the final whistle blew the Russian manager sat on the bench in disbelief that the team he so openly criticized during the qualification for the World Cup had gone on and done, what at the time felt like, the unthinkable. With the win the management team will immediately look at renewing their contract with the Russian FA for another year, as they look to hopefully be able to defend their title in a year's time.

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