World Cup Quarterfinal Day 2: Morocco/Portugal & England/France

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There's no way these games can live up to the ones we just watched right? It's like during March Madness when there's a set of games with buzzer beaters and upsets and then the evening set of games comes on and it's just Kansas drilling someone from the MEAC 75-49. But we shall see!

10 am: Morocco vs. Portugal--no one is rooting for Portugal right? If Ronaldo is on the bench even he is probably pulling for Morocco. Portugal is a favorite here (-140 to win, -320 to advance) but screw that, it's Morocco all the way. The Atlas Lions aren't just here to get a participation trophy. Morocco 2-1.

2 pm: England vs. France--I mean, I guess this is a pretty big game. France is the favorite here (+150, -130) but man, that's pretty effing close. France has been pretty amazing so far, and England has been pretty good, outside of the US game. These teams have been scoring goals and though I love him, Lloris can be shaky at times. England is going to press and press this game and I hate to say it, but I think Lloris bungles one early, England gets out in front, and holds off a late French charge. Kane gets one, Callum Wilson another, Mbappe pulls one back, but that's all, it'll be 2-1 to the Three Lions.
 

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Everyone seems to know the score
They've seen it all before
They just know
They're so sure
 

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Portugal is not even going to try to accommodate CR7 which will free them of their emotional burden. We will see Portugal’s best performance of the tournament.

I think Morocco *can* hang with them but it’s going to be tough. Heard a good piece on NPR about the whole Arab world getting behind Morocco. It’s a huge huge deal. Will that be more inspirational or is it crushing pressure?
 

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Portugal is not even going to try to accommodate CR7 which will free them of their emotional burden. We will see Portugal’s best performance of the tournament.

I think Morocco *can* hang with them but it’s going to be tough. Heard a good piece on NPR about the whole Arab world getting behind Morocco. It’s a huge huge deal. Will that be more inspirational or is it crushing pressure?
I don’t doubt Portugal has a good shot but you think they will outdo that beat down of Switzerland?
 

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I know I'm going to be doing a triple-take all through this one on the kits. I keep thinking Morocco is Portugal.
 

67YAZ

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Ziyech snatched at a half chance. He needs to be more patient or incisive.
 

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I’ve been critical of Santos but he’s played a really attacking team here and benched Ronaldo which is the right move but a risk. I’m still not happy with how much of a 433 this is — Felix is too wide left and Fernandes wide right but I can’t complain he was too defensive.

Morocco seem content to leave Guerreiro as the free man. Santos really should bring Cancelo into that position if that’s how they want to play
 

DJnVa

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Right. Okay. But how are they determining ‘home team’ at this stage? Both Mar and Por won group stage. Same with Eng Fra. Im guessing the latter wont be red - blue due to color blindness concerns.
It's all done before the tourney I believe. Winner of R16 Game 8 is home team in Quarterfinal 2, etc.
 

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Morocco is so disciplined and great at keeping their shape so far. They’ve gotten some chances but the finishing hasn’t been there.
 

67YAZ

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Morocco have grown into this match. They know they can go to toe to toe right now.
 

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Also great respect to the Mar team. Arent gooning up or having frequent dives.
The goalie got crushed around 20 min and rollled over and checked on the Por guy.
 

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few shaky moments at the end there, but by and large it’s pretty awesome that Morocco are inviting Portugal to press them because they are confident that they can break it and be off to the races on the other end