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post Jul 8 2018, 07:45 PM
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The second semi-final sees England take on dark horses Croatia. The last time we were at a semi-final my parents were still teenagers ohmy.gif


The game is live on ITV. Please use this thread for speculation, pre and post match chat on the England v Croatia game.


How do you see this going?
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post Jul 8 2018, 08:14 PM
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1-0 to England. Hoping England play well. If they manage to beat Croatia with a large lead I'd be more confident in them being able to win against Belgium or France in the final.
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post Jul 8 2018, 08:16 PM
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Iím interested to see how England line up and whether we set up as normal or we go to flood the midfield with either Delph/Dier with Henderson. Personally I feel it will be another really tight game. I suspect Croatia will tire quicker than we will, which could be a massive factor in the latter stages of the game.
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post Jul 8 2018, 08:25 PM
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I can still scarcely believe we're here. I really have no clue on this game at all, theoretically we should be much fresher than Croatia so if it goes the distance once again we should be favourites but can't allow myself to read too much into that.
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post Jul 8 2018, 08:31 PM
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There's no way this isn't gonna go to penalties!! smile.gif

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post Jul 8 2018, 08:32 PM
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Oh god we have Ian Wright Lee Dixon Glenn Hoddle and Clive Tydsley to listen too!!
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post Jul 8 2018, 08:40 PM
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QUOTE(Steve201 @ Jul 8 2018, 09:31 PM) *
There's no way this isn't gonna go to penalties!! smile.gif


Croatia's last 2 KO games have gone to penalties!

I am less confident about this than I was about Sweden, Croatia have been impressive so far. I expect it'll either go to penalties or Croatia will sneak through with a 2-1 win. I hope I'm wrong though!
Whatever happens the team have another game definitely (the 3rd place playoff) and can come home with their heads held high. : )

The last meeting of the two countries in 2009 was a massive 5-1 defeat for Croatia but that was a WC qualifier, and may have been revenge for the qualification game against them for Euro 2008 (Steve 'Wally with the Brolly' McClaren).
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post Jul 8 2018, 08:55 PM
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Yep, the only good game Walcott ever played for England too that one!^
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post Jul 8 2018, 09:02 PM
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Thing is I don't really want Croatia succeeding via another pen shootout as it'll look like they have fluked their way to a final!
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post Jul 8 2018, 09:06 PM
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There's a lot riding on this game. Peru went into the World Cup as the holders of the Unofficial World Cup. They lost to Denmark who subsequently lost to Croatia. Therefore, Croatia are the current Unofficial World Champions and Wednesday will be their first title defence.

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post Jul 8 2018, 09:19 PM
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Aha I forgot all about that side competition! Over 18 years since we held the honour.
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post Jul 8 2018, 11:05 PM
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This will be a very close game and it could go to extra time, maybe even penalties. I've got a feeling that Croatia will win this though probably with a goal in the last few minutes of the match. Hopefully England will win instead as this kind of opportunity to get to a World Cup final might not come around for decades after this, I don't want anyone from Group D winning the World Cup as well laugh.gif


Also the England Women's team got to the semi final of the World Cup and the European Championship in recent years but lost both times so it would be nice to see a change for England.
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post Jul 9 2018, 08:04 AM
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Honesty not sure.

But this will be one of the most watched matches for a long time.
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post Jul 9 2018, 05:11 PM
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Who would you say has been the best player for England so far?
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post Jul 9 2018, 05:22 PM
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I sincerely hope we win this since we have come this far, I've never expected to see them in the Semi's I think the score will be 2-1 to England, it just seems too good to be true, sometimes I have to pinch myself and the underdogs in this competition. We need to win this now, if we end up losing in the final to France, I don't mind that at least we got there.
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post Jul 9 2018, 05:50 PM
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QUOTE(Mack. @ Jul 9 2018, 06:11 PM) *
Who would you say has been the best player for England so far?


Henderson or Stones for me.
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post Jul 9 2018, 09:13 PM
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QUOTE(Mack. @ Jul 9 2018, 06:11 PM) *
Who would you say has been the best player for England so far?


Kane Trippier & Pickford would be my top 3. Hendo has been good but I'm docking him points for missing his penalty.
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post Jul 9 2018, 10:00 PM
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Potentially more than 20m will be the figures for this game. I think England have the best chance that we may get for many years to reach a final.
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QUOTE(Mack. @ Jul 9 2018, 11:00 PM) *
Potentially more than 20m will be the figures for this game. I think England have the best chance that we may get for many years to reach a final.


Surely be more like 30m? There will be less public screenings so can see more people tuning in at home. Probably 80-85% audience percentage share.
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post Jul 10 2018, 02:06 PM
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Whatever happens, we will finish in the top 4 - something no-one would have predicted at the start of the WC!
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