PBP Match Thread: Argentina vs Croatia, 21 June 2018 [R]

Discussion in 'GROUP D: Argentina, Croatia, Iceland, Nigeria' started by bigsoccertst1, Jun 21, 2018.

  1. bigsoccertst1

    bigsoccertst1 Member+

    United States
    Sep 22, 2017
    #1 bigsoccertst1, Jun 21, 2018
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    Just giving a hand to our mods.

    MOD EDIT: Much appreciated. - Paul Calixte

    Hi everyone,

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  2. Doppel

    Doppel Member

    Jun 21, 2014
    Croatian starting eleven:

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  3. bigsoccertst1

    bigsoccertst1 Member+

    United States
    Sep 22, 2017
  4. Kamtedrejt

    Kamtedrejt Member+

    Internazionale Milano
    Albania
    Mar 14, 2017
    Hamburg
    Club:
    FC Internazionale Milano
    Nat'l Team:
    Albania
    Only change compared to first game is Brozović takes over central midfield role from Modrić. Modrić plays more offensive role. Kramarić on the bench.
     
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  5. HomietheClown

    HomietheClown Member+

    Dusselheim FC 1971
    Sep 4, 2010
    Club:
    --other--
    Been waiting for this one for a while.
    May the best team win.
     
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  6. kennytt

    kennytt Member+

    LA teams, OC SC
    May 26, 2001
    Santa Ana, OC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Messi should calm down and deliver...
     
  7. kennytt

    kennytt Member+

    LA teams, OC SC
    May 26, 2001
    Santa Ana, OC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Croatia is well known for "giant killer", something like Mexico so Argentina should not expect an easy game. May the best team win...
     
  8. Kamtedrejt

    Kamtedrejt Member+

    Internazionale Milano
    Albania
    Mar 14, 2017
    Hamburg
    Club:
    FC Internazionale Milano
    Nat'l Team:
    Albania
    My expectation is a quality game by both sides. I hope Croatia can defend top position in the group. After having watched France against Peru I don't necessarily want to meet them in the Round of 16.
     
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  9. zahzah

    zahzah Member+

    Jun 27, 2011
    Club:
    FK Crvena Zvezda Beograd
    Croatia - another tall team: 10 out of 11 players over 180 cm, 8 out of 11 taller than Argentina's tallest player. Plus Modric delivering the freekicks. Mark my words - 2 setpieces goals for Croatia.

    Argentina - again. They ignore what they are up against and decide to play their smallest players. Some balance, any balance would be appreciated. Meanwhile Argentina is playing with only two players over 180 with your tallest player 183 cm. Did the amount of goals off of setpieces not teach them anything?

    And what the hell is Salvio still doing in the team? He doesn't have the faintest clue how to defend.

    I'm sorry, but the coach seems to have lost it...
     
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  10. kennytt

    kennytt Member+

    LA teams, OC SC
    May 26, 2001
    Santa Ana, OC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Saw Maradona chanting as a fan in the stand...His presence puts more pressure on poor Messi...lol
     
  11. zahzah

    zahzah Member+

    Jun 27, 2011
    Club:
    FK Crvena Zvezda Beograd
    Chant of death.
     
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  12. Suyuntuy

    Suyuntuy Member+

    Jul 16, 2007
    Vancouver, Canada
    Yep. 12 years here, a gazillion posts, and I must have started three threads in total. Hate doing it.

    Thanks to the OP.
     
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  13. kennytt

    kennytt Member+

    LA teams, OC SC
    May 26, 2001
    Santa Ana, OC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    He's always someone controversial on and off the field...Then and now...but entertaining...lol
     
  14. zahzah

    zahzah Member+

    Jun 27, 2011
    Club:
    FK Crvena Zvezda Beograd
    After seeing both squads and how they set up I believe this will be a high scoring game and might end up somewhere in the region of a 5-2 Croatia thrashing.
     
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  15. ShortyMac

    ShortyMac Member+

    Barcelona
    Apr 10, 2011
    Ohio, USA
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Ganar, Argentina! Go, Messi!
     
  16. kennytt

    kennytt Member+

    LA teams, OC SC
    May 26, 2001
    Santa Ana, OC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Wow...Modric looks very short...Camera has to go way down...lol
     
  17. kennytt

    kennytt Member+

    LA teams, OC SC
    May 26, 2001
    Santa Ana, OC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    That's good...The more goals, the better...
     
  18. Suyuntuy

    Suyuntuy Member+

    Jul 16, 2007
    Vancouver, Canada
    Pope Francis must be praying.
     
  19. kennytt

    kennytt Member+

    LA teams, OC SC
    May 26, 2001
    Santa Ana, OC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Messi vs Modric are the same size
     
  20. kennytt

    kennytt Member+

    LA teams, OC SC
    May 26, 2001
    Santa Ana, OC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    This should be the best game of the day
     
  21. zahzah

    zahzah Member+

    Jun 27, 2011
    Club:
    FK Crvena Zvezda Beograd
    Modric is Croatia's smallest player. In fact he is 10 cm smaller than Croatia's second smallest player.

    Modric would be about average height though in this Argentina team.
     
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  22. zahzah

    zahzah Member+

    Jun 27, 2011
    Club:
    FK Crvena Zvezda Beograd
    BTW Goal average per game must be way down. So many 1:0 or 1:1 games...
     
  23. kennytt

    kennytt Member+

    LA teams, OC SC
    May 26, 2001
    Santa Ana, OC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Good info...Thanks...
     
  24. Paul Quack

    Paul Quack Member

    May 3, 2009
    Club:
    Northampton Town FC
    Come on Croatia!
     
  25. zahzah

    zahzah Member+

    Jun 27, 2011
    Club:
    FK Crvena Zvezda Beograd
    To be exact:
    Messi 170 cm
    Modric 172 cm
    Brozovic 181 cm (Croatia second smallest player)
     
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