Day 2 GAME THREAD: This is more like it

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Announcers are spot on in that we could really see this match open up in this last 20 minutes. With Spain and Portugal being in the group, a draw doesn't really do either of these teams any good.
 

GoDa

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Clearly they weren't spraying enough water in his face, or slapping him hard enough.
 

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I know this ref, right?
Going back to this: Cuneyt Cakir might be the best ref in the world. Yeah, Turkish ref doing Iran and Morocco, whatever - if there's one guy you give a total pass to, it's him. Just always has a masterful command of the game, keeps it from ever getting out of hand, knows how to get players to chill the fuck out without having to give them marginal cards just to keep order, and rarely gets a key call wrong. You can't ask much more.
 

PedroSpecialK

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Agreed that Çakir has officiated this pretty perfectly - down to not giving Iran respite on the time wasting and adding 6’
 

Jed Zeppelin

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Hervé Renard is one steely-eyed son of a bitch. Perfect for such devastating moments as a manager.
 

DennyDoyle'sBoil

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Own goal in late stoppage time.... oof. Brutal.
Own goal in late stoppage time, when you were the team that wanted the extra time because of the other team's time wasting trying to hold on for a draw that you'd now take.

After your country just lost its bid for the World Cup.

It doesn't get much worse.
 

ypioca

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By the final, we'll be sick of Jon Hamm's voice. Volkswagen ads, the Fox intros, and the trailers for Tag.

I had no idea Ronaldo sounded like Andre The Giant.

This has been a post about voices.
 

Morgan's Magic Snowplow

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I’m a massive Iniesta fanboy but you have to wonder whether Asencio or Vazquez would be a better choice at this stage in his career. He isn’t the same player and Spain badly lack a wide player who can stretch the defense, make dangerous runs, and get into the box. Silva, Isco, Iniesta as the three behind Diego Costa are too similar.
 

bosox4283

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I’m a massive Iniesta fanboy but you have to wonder whether Asencio or Vazquez would be a better choice at this stage in his career. He isn’t the same player and Spain badly lack a wide player who can stretch the defense, make dangerous runs, and get into the box. Silva, Isco, Iniesta as the three behind Diego Costa are too similar.
Spain are expecting a lot from Koke and Busquets with four players in front of them that don't really play both ways (Silva, Isco, Iniesta, Costa).
 

coremiller

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Nobody made "why is no one from Spain singing the anthem" joke, you guys are falling down on the job.
 

DennyDoyle'sBoil

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It’s legit. He played for the contact but it’s a pen.

This is my issue with var though. Even after the replay it’s a tough call.
Yeah, second angle it was a penalty. Leaving the leg there is a professional play for sure.

He's not my favorite person in the world, but I'm not sure there's another human I'd pick for a big pressure penalty over Ronaldo.

Edit: As for replay on penalties, hopefully it will stay reserved for true situations that can be reviewed by video like whether contact was in the box and whether there was contact at all.
 

coremiller

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Yeah, second angle it was a penalty. Leaving the leg there is a professional play for sure.

He's not my favorite person in the world, but I'm not sure there's another human I'd pick for a big pressure penalty over Ronaldo.
He did miss the highest pressure penalty he's ever taken (in the 2008 Champions League final), although it was a long time ago.
 

McBride11

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I mean he pushed the ball past and the Spain guy cut his legs? It’s a PK.

Now im watching on a small tv in zagreb. Sadly i leave before Croatia plays tmrw nite.
 

fletcherpost

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Seen em given, seen em not given. Ronaldo was selling it, and he's one of the best at it. Looked like there was a wee bit of contact.

Who cares as long as Ramos is beeling. But i do love David Silva. Torn.