Spain - Czech Republic (R)

Discussion in 'Group D - Spain, Czech Republic, Turkey, Croatia' started by nirvaanfc, Jun 12, 2016.

  1. nirvaanfc

    nirvaanfc Member

    Juventus
    Italy
    Jan 13, 2004
    Trinidad & Tobago
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    Juventus FC
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    Italy
    https://footballfutbolcalciosoccer.blogspot.com/2016/06/euro-2016-preview-group-d-spain-czech.html

    In the group without a clearly weaker team (aka the Group of Death), with Croatia having won the opener (it should have been a wider margin than 1-0 - their finishing and the post kept the scoreline down), this game becomes intriguing. Just imagine if the Czechs win how fun this group could be.

    Spain have such a talented squad, the Czechs are clearly inferior on paper. Games thus far have all been tight all the way through, this shouldn't be that different.
     
  2. Jamooky

    Jamooky Member+

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    you started this thread last night? damn, son
     
  3. Jamooky

    Jamooky Member+

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    Czechs starting well.
     
  4. Jamooky

    Jamooky Member+

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    Morata just took out the AR. If he had endured the same challenge, he'd still be rolling around.
     
  5. Mikebsiu

    Mikebsiu Member+

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    Czechs can barely get the ball in the Spanish half. Total domination by Spain.
     
  6. Jamooky

    Jamooky Member+

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    0-0 at half. Total domination by Spain, yes. But the Czechs seem pretty comfy. Cech has made a few good saves, but Spain's build up is painfully slow. Not sure the Czechs care to score today.
     
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  7. Jamooky

    Jamooky Member+

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    Can't believe Arduriz is the 2nd half option for Spain in 2016.
     
  8. Jamooky

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    Spain is getting openings, but either wasting them or waiting too long to shoot.
     
  9. Jamooky

    Jamooky Member+

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    It took 88 minutes, but Spain finally has their goal. Iniesta cross onto Pique's head. Even he couldn't eff it up.

    That'll be that.
     
  10. glennaldo_sf

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    Doha, Qatar
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    And that's that.... czech please!
     
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  11. Jamooky

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    Czech with a chance - shot directly at de Gea.
     
  12. Jamooky

    Jamooky Member+

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    That match had almost zero intensity. Felt like a friendly.

    On to the next . . .
     
  13. Mikebsiu

    Mikebsiu Member+

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    Very disappointing by the Czech. Worst team of the tourney so far.
     
  14. Italy-Azzurri-Fan

    Nov 15, 2014
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    Are you being sarcastic? The Czechs played amazing defensive football. They just couldn't hold on for the whole 90 min and its not surprising against the former champions.
     
  15. Jamooky

    Jamooky Member+

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    It's a balancing act - if you play the style the Czechs did, and can't hold out, it looks really bad. But if they opened up the attack, they may have conceded 3 or 4 instead. Would they be credited for their style then? Nope. They tried what they had to try, it just didn't work. Almost worked - but that's how it goes.
     
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  16. d3rd3vil

    d3rd3vil Member

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    Spain is playing the same amateurshit again. Not surprised if they score maximum once every match. But Czech played 4-2-3-1, why? Many teams already showed how to play against Spain. The midfield it is. Thats where you need the most players and then you have to play forward ofc Czech lost the ball nonstop.
    I wont watch one more Spain shit game with their countless balls near the goal and absolutely NOTHING to show for.
     
  17. Jamooky

    Jamooky Member+

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    They have 3 points to show for it. That's really all that matters.
     
  18. d3rd3vil

    d3rd3vil Member

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    Yeah well it sure is I am just criticing the way they play the way it looks for the viewer.
     
  19. Jamooky

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    I get it - but their concern isn't to be aesthetically pleasing, their concern is progressing through the tourney. The way the Czechs set up, I'm not sure how you wanted Spain to play. They were guilty of waiting too long to pull the trigger, but it's not their fault that the opponent wanted no part in possessing the ball.
     
  20. d3rd3vil

    d3rd3vil Member

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    Yeah but that's exactly what they try to do: to play aesthetically. Thats the point. Fooling around nonstop not scoring. No speed forward.
     
  21. Jamooky

    Jamooky Member+

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    fair enough. That's down to team selection, I think. Not too many classic international quality finishers in their pool, and those that are aren't in the squad.
     
  22. Juanele

    Juanele Member+

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    There are better players more suited to our style of play but they weren't selected. For example, Paco Alcacer was our leading scorer in the qualifiers but he wasn't selected for the finals here. The big criticism today is that our players didn't shoot quickly enough, the opportunities were there but they just didn't finish them. Otherwise, not sure what else you can do against an opponent who plays like the Czech Republic did today.
     
  23. Jamooky

    Jamooky Member+

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    Precisely. The only world class "shoot on site" player in the pool, Diego Costa, is probably chillin' in Ibiza right now. So, that's what you get - a ton of possession and a glut of missed opportunities.
     
  24. glennaldo_sf

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    United States
    Nov 25, 2004
    Doha, Qatar
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    I would say Northern Ireland looked very limited.... from the games I saw...

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  25. nirvaanfc

    nirvaanfc Member

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    Italy
    I think you hit the nail on the head. If Pique had not headed home Iniesta's fantastic feed, we would have been crediting the Czechs with a defensive masterclass. That being said, it may be a loss but by keeping the goal difference, this may still be beneficial for the Czechs.

    I think they could hurt the Turks, which really will be the only win they need once they aren't blown out in the other two. That'll likely be enough to make it as a best third placed side.
     

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