Arsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7791 posts, RR: 23 Posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1236 times:
Thoughts, analysis and predictions please.
England "only" need a draw, but don't be fooled, Spain only needed a draw against Portugal also, but they ended up being eliminated. England have to improve their game or it could end in tears, we need to pass the ball better and keep posession when things heat up. We were in the same position in Euro 2000 and ended up going out against Romania.
The Croatians are mentality strong and have a lot of technical ability, as they showed against France, they are definitely no pushovers and i can see England getting knocked out if they're not careful. However tricky this game is, England should get through, if they don't, well that's too bad and we'll have no one to blame but ourselves. If England are to win it (and i'm not convinced yet) we have to beat the likes of Croatia and maybe even France again.
It should be a good game of football, Croatia have to win and they'll push England all the way, i just hope the England players fulfill their potential.
Andreas From Germany, joined Oct 2001, 6104 posts, RR: 34 Reply 2, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1218 times:
As I pointed out earlier, it would be a cruel and unusual punishment for you guys to get kicked out by anybody else but Germany, you are used to that historically and you wouldn't have a problem there . Therefore I wish you the best to move on to the quarterfinals!
Gman94 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 1239 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1202 times:
The problem with Spain last night was that they approached the game in the wrong way. Going out a playing for a draw is not in the English mentality, it's win or bust with us unlike sides from the continent (I know it's mostly lose before you German's start ), and the good news it that we can't go out on penalties yet . England win 1-0 in a nervous affair with Owen getting on the score sheet finally.
Andreas From Germany, joined Oct 2001, 6104 posts, RR: 34 Reply 6, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1195 times:
Oh yeah? There are sides from the continent, that are able to play for a draw and do succeed? Well, humour me then...name a few...or at least one! (Don't even try to come up with Germany...everybody knows that's hogwash!)
EGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12426 posts, RR: 40 Reply 19, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 1090 times:
Bah, that Rooney player is overrated!
I think England played well in the first half, the only problem was the lack of conviction in attack (Only Rooney had a shot from outside the box besides Gerrards deflected shot, and he scored), too many silly balls that didn't come off. England had most of the possession and Croatia were poor, didn't deserve their goal either.
Congratulations to Switzerland for equalizing against France, lets hope they can get a winner (or four ) in the second half.
Racko From Germany, joined Nov 2001, 4838 posts, RR: 21 Reply 21, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 1081 times:
Rooney is a bastard, but a talented bastard. Duel of the worst goalkeepers in the tournament tonight, I guess. Croatia don't look dangerous enough to score even one more goal, even though the English basically refused to defend they failed to become dangerous in front of the goal. Why the hell is Terry playing (or rather messing around) again instead of King?
I feel a bit insulted by the French. They play as if this was not the Euro 2004 but the sunshine-beach tournament in Lloret de Mar. Still, they will go through as well (and might even win the whole thing...)