World Cup Day 4 11/23: OH CANADA!

DJnVa

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This doesn't necessarily look like the most appetizing slate of games on paper, but we don't play on paper--Group F kicks off on match day 4 and that looks like a very tough group.

We start off with Croatia vs Morocco at 5 am. Croatia sits just outside the world top 10 with some names you recognize like Lovren, Kovacic, Modric, & Perisic. Morocco, led by Ziyech and Hakimi has a lot of international experience as well. This is a tough, tough group though and every single point is going to matter.

At 8 am we have Germany taking on Japan as the Axis Powers go head to head. I'd expect Germany to pull away in this game, but Argentina/Saudi Arabia say "Not so fast my friend...". For pure chaos, I'd love a draw here, but I don't see it.

At 11 am Spain gets to face some CONCACAF THUNDER in Costa Rica--this group figures to be the easiest to call as Spain joins Germany as pretty large favorites to advance. Much like the 8 am game, I'm not expecting much...

We end our day with Belgium and Canada. Belgium is the world #2 and Canada hasn't played in the WC since 1986, and have never scored a WC goal. That should end this year, but will it end in this game? Might be tough, but Canada did top the CONCACAF qualifying group. I'd expect this to be a fun, competitive game in a group that I could see any of the 4 teams advancing.

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SocrManiac

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Also… This is the magic of the World Cup. I’m up early to watch two teams that have fairly long odds and I fucking love it.

A buddy has been texting me with “Qat_ar” because of the logo and now I can’t unsee it.
 

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So I realized if I'm getting up at 5am, I should try to be a little bit productive. Watched the first half from the treadmill. 4.3 miles in just over 40 minutes. Need to set my alarm for five minutes earlier and have more of my shit ready as I missed the first seven minutes.

But I am loving these game times overall. Just about perfect for east coast.
 

Ale Xander

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So I realized if I'm getting up at 5am, I should try to be a little bit productive. Watched the first half from the treadmill. 4.3 miles in just over 40 minutes. Need to set my alarm for five minutes earlier and have more of my shit ready as I missed the first seven minutes.

But I am loving these game times overall. Just about perfect for east coast.
These game times would be great if they were like 6 hours later
 

SocrManiac

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These game times would be great if they were like 6 hours later
Joking aside, it sounds like the early games are warmer than expected. Weird that the games in a desert would be hot, I know. I'm surprised we haven't seen the now standard hydration breaks.
 

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Joking aside, it sounds like the early games are warmer than expected. Weird that the games in a desert would be hot, I know. I'm surprised we haven't seen the now standard hydration breaks.
Wasn’t it 81 degrees with low humidity for this morning’s match?

Modric is an amazing player, but the Croats are otherwise boring to watch.
 

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Massively disappointed that Tomiyasu isn't starting for Japan, but it appears to be fitness related since coming back from injury. I'm sure we'll see him early second half.
 

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Only 9 games in and already three times as many goalless games as in the entire 32 game first round last time.

Surely just a small sample oddity not trend but interesting. It feels like the soccer hasn’t been great so far, but I think I always have that thought at the beginning of international tournaments aa I adjust to the differences from watching club soccer.
 

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I was just opining to my wife and daughter that Japan was going to struggle because they give up 3 inches and 30 pounds on average, and right then Japan scores. Flag was up but it was a terrific counter.
 

SocrManiac

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It's an interesting thought experiment to try to parse the event's timing with its quality. The players from Europe should be at or near peak fitness and not overly exhausted. Is this more representative of what those players are capable of without the fatigue from a long season? Conversely, the players from South America, who are traditionally in the middle of their season, are fatigued from their end of season.
 

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That was perhaps dumber than the penalty the US conceded. The Japanese defender was easily going to gain possession. Zero reason for the keeper to make that play.
 

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It's an interesting thought experiment to try to parse the event's timing with its quality. The players from Europe should be at or near peak fitness and not overly exhausted. Is this more representative of what those players are capable of without the fatigue from a long season? Conversely, the players from South America, who are traditionally in the middle of their season, are fatigued from their end of season.
The counter to that is that the European-based players are definitely at good match fitness, but the compressed “game every 3 days for a few months” schedule for the top teams has left a lot of them tired or with nagging injuries
 

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Gonda's rebound control has been atrocious. He's going to get bailed by an offside here but it's not the first ball he hasn't dealt with.