World Cup Dy 5 11/24: Thankful for even more football!

67YAZ

Member
SoSH Member
Dec 1, 2000
6,328
Ghana can take heart. 2 goals from open play is a great confidence boost, even if the Portugal backline looks shaky af.

the Black Stars can be more positive against Uruguay & Korea. There’s opportunity in this group.
 

Vinho Tinto

Member
SoSH Member
Dec 9, 2003
6,758
Auburn, MA
even if the Portugal backline looks shaky af.
Pepe being known for being a shitbag, and not one of the best CBs of his generation, is what it is; but he would always bring it for Portugal (Getting suckered into a red by Mueller in Brazil being the big exception). He was Portugal's best player at Euro 2012.

He's now a squad player for this team, and Porto, but I believe he can give Portugal one last quality performance before retiring.

Edit: Santos can go really off script and give Antonio Silva some run at CB.
 

OCST

Sunny von Bulow
SoSH Member
Jan 10, 2004
22,641
The 718
Watching this game makes me remember why I don't often watch professional soccer. All the flopping and faking and raising of hands at every event and players complaining, complaining, complaining. Feh.
Yeah this is obnoxious. You can stay out of the thread you know.
 

Ale Xander

doesn't like to back it in
SoSH Member
Oct 31, 2013
55,862
John is putting in on strong. Calm down dude, it’s a first round robin game in a crappy venue
 

teddykgb

Member
SoSH Member
Jul 16, 2005
10,332
Chelmsford, MA
He's at least one level above Patricio and Jose Sa. He's going to keep his spot, but he almost pulled a Buckner.
He was really shaky on the ball played back to him too. Mishandled with feet then sliced into touch. My uncle who is extremely biased claims he’s best in the entire world with his feet (which is laughable) but the early returns weren’t great.

Id love to see anyone but Danilo partnering Dias. Nothing against Danilo it’s just not his natural position. I’d play Pepe but the young kid isn’t a bad shout either.
 

Ale Xander

doesn't like to back it in
SoSH Member
Oct 31, 2013
55,862
Is what 14 did common now? (laying on the ground behind the wall, block the between the leg attempt)
 

67YAZ

Member
SoSH Member
Dec 1, 2000
6,328
Is what 14 did common now? (laying on the ground behind the wall, block the between the leg attempt)
Yeah, last few years it’s become pretty standard in shooting range. Still not sure how they decide who gets that job.
 

Time to Mo Vaughn

RIP Dernell
SoSH Member
Mar 24, 2008
6,352
This aged well
Let's be honest, his name wasn't really mentioned for almost the entire game outside of his goals and anyone who can stand could have put in the first one.

The second one was really really pretty. I'll give him full credit on that. Slow mo makes it even more impressive.
 

BrazilianSoxFan

Member
SoSH Member
Apr 11, 2006
3,373
Brasil
Let's be honest, his name wasn't really mentioned for almost the entire game outside of his goals and anyone who can stand could have put in the first one.

The second one was really really pretty. I'll give him full credit on that. Slow mo makes it even more impressive.
Brazil already has way too many people that needs the ball to play well. A forward that just sits in the right place to tap the ball in is exactly what we need. And if said forward can make goals like that second one, then it's a no-brainer.
 

Kliq

Member
SoSH Member
Mar 31, 2013
19,753
Yeah just looking at the lineup, with Neymar/Vinicius/Rafinia playing behind the striker, it would make sense to have a high workrate guy as the #9.
 

singaporesoxfan

Well-Known Member
Lifetime Member
SoSH Member
Jul 21, 2004
10,958
Washington, DC
Brazil already has way too many people that needs the ball to play well. A forward that just sits in the right place to tap the ball in is exactly what we need. And if said forward can make goals like that second one, then it's a no-brainer.
Exactly: it may be true that anyone who can stand could have scored that first goal, but Brazil has way too many players who would not be standing where Richarlison was
 

rodderick

Member
SoSH Member
Apr 24, 2009
9,886
Belo Horizonte - Brazil
Brazil have a good variety of forwards who can come in and perform in different contexts. Richarlison provides less link up play than Gabriel Jesus, but he's more physical and has better box presence while still giving the attack some mobility, he's the player I'd start especially due to how well he's historically performed in that role for the Seleção, even though that's not really the position he's played in club football. Pedro is more of the traditional "number 9" archetype and I expect him to be the guy coming off the bench late in games when Brazil needs a goal.