scbriml wrote:Neither Mexico or Poland seemed particularly interested in going flat-out for a win which would have put them in control of their group, instead they played out a fairly tame 0-0 with Lewandowski surprisingly missing a penalty.
Yeah with the shock Saudi win it’s anyone’s guess in that group as to who makes it through. Potentially all 4 nations have an equal chance of making it out of the group, who thought we’d be saying that just one day ago! This is why the WC is the best, all predictions mean squat when the game starts.
Denmark and Tunisia also played out a 0-0, but at least it was a little more entertaining than the earlier game. This match was also notable for the extraordinary appearance of Christian Eriksen less than 18 months after suffering a cardiac arrest on the pitch during the delayed Euro 2020 tournament.
Tunisia proved a solid opponent, put real pressure on the Danes and had a solid defence. Both will take the game to France.
In the last match of the day, France looked very impressive in their 4-1 win, despite going a goal behind to Australia. France now have additional injury concerns after losing defender Lucas Hernandez early in the game.
Australia is a shadow of a footballing nation now. The team they’ve brought to Qatar would be lucky to win a game in a European domestic 3rd division league. Even with that opposition France showed up well, their structure and players moved well and communicated and passed superbly, so all that talk of the French camp being in disarray was obviously bunkum.
Tunisia and Denmark will be more of a challenge but I’m fairly confident the “World Cup Winner’s Curse” ends this year. I thought Benzema’s loss would’ve hurt them but Giroud, Mbappe and Griezmann can easily provide the firepower.
In other matches the Dutch showed they can definitely get to the quarters with a gutsy effort over Senegal. A shame Senegal are missing Mane because with a bit more firepower they could’ve done better up front.
England won easily but let’s face it Iran have other issues going on at the moment, and after their first GK was subbed off his replacement was useless. England also let in two easy goals at the end. They did have a good offensive performance but I still have my doubts when they come up against a good side, but that won’t happen until the quarter finals probably.
The USA is too young and Wales lacking good players to have much of an impact beyond the group stages.
Good games coming up tonight, I’ll be interested to see how Germany, Croatia, Spain and Belgium perform in their first matches and how they may go throughout the tournament.