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Day 14: PAR-NZL, SLO-ITA, CMR-NL, DEN-JPN


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#1 Spacemans Bong


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Posted 24 June 2010 - 06:53 AM

does what it says on the tin.

hup! win it for the eyebrow.


Edited by Spacemans Bong, 24 June 2010 - 06:55 AM.


#2 Phil Plantier

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Posted 24 June 2010 - 07:32 AM

I'm ready for a day when my heart isn't in my throat for several hours.

#3 ifmanis5


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Posted 24 June 2010 - 08:51 AM

Buffon out again for Italia. With all the English and French problems, the Italians have escaped the horns of the general fan but they have been mediocre at best so far. Lots of lineup changes today and still no Pirlo.

#4 Zomp


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Posted 24 June 2010 - 08:59 AM

You know, you could do a lot worse then a Gattuso-De Rossi center midfield.

Would like to see what the Hamsik hype is all about. Didn't get to see much of Napoli this year and he's underwhelmed so far.

#5 cheekydave

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Posted 24 June 2010 - 09:01 AM

Ok you guys are really good at this so

What has to happen for NZ to qualify today for the knock out round?

#6 ifmanis5


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Posted 24 June 2010 - 09:04 AM

QUOTE (cheekydave @ Jun 24 2010, 10:01 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Ok you guys are really good at this so

What has to happen for NZ to qualify today for the knock out round?

Howard Webb hands out 10 red cards. Which is always possible.

#7 finnVT

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Posted 24 June 2010 - 09:14 AM

QUOTE (cheekydave @ Jun 24 2010, 10:01 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Ok you guys are really good at this so

What has to happen for NZ to qualify today for the knock out round?

I think...

If NZ win, they advance.

If NZ draw, they advance if Italy also draw while scoring fewer goals.

If NZ draw, they advance it Italy draw while scoring the same number of goals, if they win the coin toss.

#8 Joe D Reid

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Posted 24 June 2010 - 09:24 AM

I think that's right--it's not that NZ have complicated scenarios or need help in other games, it's that nobody can see them digging out another result.

#9 ifmanis5


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Posted 24 June 2010 - 09:25 AM

Yes! Italy losing 1-0!

#10 Zososoxfan

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Posted 24 June 2010 - 09:32 AM

QUOTE (Joe D Reid @ Jun 24 2010, 10:24 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I think that's right--it's not that NZ have complicated scenarios or need help in other games, it's that nobody can see them digging out another result.


If scores hold, it's Paraguay and Slovakia through at 1 and 2 respectively, correct?

#11 EastCoasterOutWest


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Posted 24 June 2010 - 09:33 AM

QUOTE (Zososoxfan @ Jun 24 2010, 07:32 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
If scores hold, it's Paraguay and Slovakia through at 1 and 2 respectively, correct?


What was all that talk about easiest road?

#12 DLew On Roids


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Posted 24 June 2010 - 09:33 AM

If the ITA-SVK score holds and New Zealand scores a goal, they will win the group.

#13 Maalox


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Posted 24 June 2010 - 09:33 AM

QUOTE (finnVT @ Jun 24 2010, 10:14 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I think...

If NZ win, they advance.

If NZ draw, they advance if Italy also draw while scoring fewer goals.

If NZ draw, they advance it Italy draw while scoring the same number of goals, if they win the coin toss.

Another possibility you did not consider?

#14 finnVT

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Posted 24 June 2010 - 09:36 AM

QUOTE (Maalox @ Jun 24 2010, 10:33 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Another possibility you did not consider?

For NZ to advance? I don't think so, but I certainly could have missed something. If either Italy or Slovakia win, NZ needs to win to advance.

#15 Dummy Hoy


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Posted 24 June 2010 - 09:36 AM

QUOTE (Maalox @ Jun 24 2010, 10:33 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Another possibility you did not consider?


I don't think so, because if Italy loses, Slovakia wins and advances, which means Nz has to win.

#16 Zososoxfan

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Posted 24 June 2010 - 09:41 AM

QUOTE (EastCoasterOutWest @ Jun 24 2010, 10:33 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
What was all that talk about easiest road?


Uh, what? You don't like Uruguay, Korea, Ghana, compared to Holland, Slovakia, Brazil, and Spain (potentially)??? That's absurd.

#17 Mugsys Jock


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Posted 24 June 2010 - 09:41 AM

"Italy are too bad to be true, here, so far"

Great commentary. Love theese play-by-play guys

#18 Maalox


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Posted 24 June 2010 - 09:42 AM

QUOTE (finnVT @ Jun 24 2010, 10:36 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
For NZ to advance? I don't think so, but I certainly could have missed something. If either Italy or Slovakia win, NZ needs to win to advance.

Nope, you're right. I was misremembering NZ-SVK as a win. (They just celebrated as if it was.)

#19 EastCoasterOutWest


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Posted 24 June 2010 - 09:42 AM

QUOTE (Zososoxfan @ Jun 24 2010, 07:41 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Uh, what? You don't like Uruguay, Korea, Ghana, compared to Holland, Slovakia, Brazil, and Spain (potentially)??? That's absurd.


Just meant first knockout round. I'd rather have NZ than Ghana. After that, yeah, we might have the best option until we run headlong into Brazil.

#20 SumnerH


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Posted 24 June 2010 - 09:42 AM

QUOTE (Maalox @ Jun 24 2010, 10:33 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (finnVT @ Jun 24 2010, 10:14 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>

I think...

If NZ win, they advance.

If NZ draw, they advance if Italy also draw while scoring fewer goals.

If NZ draw, they advance it Italy draw while scoring the same number of goals, if they win the coin toss.


Another possibility you did not consider?


Oh, yeah:

* If NZ win, SydneySox commits seppuku.

#21 Ahriman


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Posted 24 June 2010 - 09:43 AM

What the hell happened to #7's head on NZ? Looked like his scalp was flopping around in the wind.

#22 ifmanis5


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Posted 24 June 2010 - 09:44 AM

That was ugly. I think I saw his bone.

#23 soxfan121


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Posted 24 June 2010 - 09:47 AM

Winner of the worst suit at the World Cup goes to the gaudy, broad pinstriped number worn by the Slovakian coach today. It looks like he bought it as a part of the Sopranos costume liquidation sale.

#24 Zososoxfan

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Posted 24 June 2010 - 09:47 AM

Just because it's fun to speculate, there's potential that 1/4 of the final 16 draw could be:

Paraguay vs. Japan and Switzerland vs. Ivory Coast. More likely, it's Paraguay vs. Japan/Denmark and Chile vs. Portugal, but that's still child's play compared to England, Germany, Argentina and Mexico. Then again, what isn't?

#25 NYCSox


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Posted 24 June 2010 - 09:48 AM

Following on the computer, so can someone tell me if the NZ offense looks as utterly inept as it does on Gamecast?

#26 EastCoasterOutWest


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Posted 24 June 2010 - 09:48 AM

Every time they say Vitek, I think about the draft.

#27 Worst Trade Evah


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Posted 24 June 2010 - 09:51 AM

Wow, that guy's knee was laid open. Ugly.

#28 Joe D Reid

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Posted 24 June 2010 - 09:52 AM

This has not been a good tournament for European teams in blue.

#29 cheekydave

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Posted 24 June 2010 - 09:55 AM

Just saw this on twitter

the " goooaaaaaaaaaal" dude calling Donovans goal yesterday.

Pretty funny.

http://www.fanaticos...landon-donovan/

#30 NYCSox


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Posted 24 June 2010 - 10:00 AM

That is awesome. I love Andres Cantor.

#31 jose melendez


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Posted 24 June 2010 - 10:10 AM

QUOTE (soxfan121 @ Jun 24 2010, 10:47 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Winner of the worst suit at the World Cup goes to the gaudy, broad pinstriped number worn by the Slovakian coach today. It looks like he bought it as a part of the Sopranos costume liquidation sale.

I've spent a lot of time with Slovaks--they love ugly double breasted suits.

#32 Zososoxfan

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Posted 24 June 2010 - 10:13 AM

Is Univision not carrying the Italy-Slovakia game online?

Edited by Zososoxfan, 24 June 2010 - 10:13 AM.


#33 Phil Plantier

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Posted 24 June 2010 - 10:22 AM

Hopefully SVK learned that you can't sit on a 1-0 lead.

#34 Phil Plantier

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Posted 24 June 2010 - 10:25 AM

Skrtl with the closest last-ditch hack off the line possible.

#35 wibi


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Posted 24 June 2010 - 10:25 AM

Wow ... No goal but thats about as close as they come

#36 ifmanis5


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Posted 24 June 2010 - 10:26 AM

Pirlo getting Italy going finally. They drew the easiest group and now they might not even get out of it.

#37 DLew On Roids


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Posted 24 June 2010 - 10:28 AM

Stock really should have scored there. Amazing that he was given so much space 20 yards out. They were inviting him to shoot into any corner.

#38 Phil Plantier

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Posted 24 June 2010 - 10:28 AM

Anyone watching the NZL game? Are they going for it or are they happy with the draw (which would be an impressive, if relatively empty, achievement)?

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Posted 24 June 2010 - 10:30 AM

QUOTE (Phil Plantier @ Jun 24 2010, 10:28 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Anyone watching the NZL game? Are they going for it or are they happy with the draw (which would be an impressive, if relatively empty, achievement)?

Neither team really appears to be falling over themselves to score a goal. It's probably going to end up 0-0.

#40 dwightinright

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Posted 24 June 2010 - 10:30 AM

Someone should interview Rossi if Italy doesn't advance, and ask how it feels to not make the WC team for Italy and they get bounced, when he was probably a lock for the advancing US team.

#41 ifmanis5


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Posted 24 June 2010 - 10:31 AM

2-0!!!!

#42 Phil Plantier

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Posted 24 June 2010 - 10:31 AM

Wow. 2-0.

#43 mahky bellhorn

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Posted 24 June 2010 - 10:31 AM

See ya in another 4 years, floppers.

#44 jose melendez


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Posted 24 June 2010 - 10:32 AM

Sweet. I hate Italy football so much.

#45 MoGator71


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Posted 24 June 2010 - 10:32 AM

Wow, Italy were coming and boom, 2-0. They're fucked.

#46 Bosoxen


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Posted 24 June 2010 - 10:32 AM

Bye bye, dickheads.

#47 Phil Plantier

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Posted 24 June 2010 - 10:32 AM

Through 2 games Slovakia looked like the worst of the European sides. A stunning turnaround.

#48 Hendu's Gait


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Posted 24 June 2010 - 10:32 AM

VTEK!

Back to Tennis.

Edited by Hendu's Gait, 24 June 2010 - 10:33 AM.


#49 mahky bellhorn

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Posted 24 June 2010 - 10:32 AM

Not that it's realistic, but it would be sweet if Slovakia could take down the Netherlands and Brazil and we could get a good ole USA-Slovakia semi-final.

#50 OilCanShotTupac


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Posted 24 June 2010 - 10:32 AM

Wow. The big-time European nations are not covering themselves in glory in this tournament.