KNOCKOUT DAY 4: SWE vs SUI, COL vs. ENG

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Sweden has now knocked out / helped knock out Netherlands (UEFA qualifying group), Italy (UEFA qualifying playoff), Germany (World Cup group), and Switzerland. That's quite the amazing resume.
 

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I hope its a PK just so Granqvist gets to score. He deserves it.
 

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If anything, it's more likely to be a red outside the box, since there isn't a sense of adding insult to injury by sending a player off on top of a goal being scored off the penalty.
I thought it was an in the box rule, but I’m clearly wrong.

No question it was an intentional denial of a goal-scoring opportunity.
 

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Hand on his back for sure, but based on his footwork that looked like a total dive to me.
Tbh I thought it was a dive as well. Olsson had been fishing for a penalty and shouldn't be rewarded for a tiny bit of contact. Not that it really mattered in the end.

Holy smokes, Sweden to the Quarterfinals!
 

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Is it just me or did 3 minutes of stoppage time seem absurdly low? I was expecting 5, and I’m usually really good at estimating it.
 

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I thought it was short for sure. Figured Swiss would get 2-3 chances to get at, not 1 and out.

I thought Olsson stepped on the ball on first look.
 

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Is it just me or did 3 minutes of stoppage time seem absurdly low? I was expecting 5, and I’m usually really good at estimating it.
Seemed low, yeah. I think the assistants are playing it much more by the book than the prior practice of estimating it, this tournament.
 

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@DennyDoyle'sBoil on the way out of the stadium I’m seeing a few people with signs offering tickets for the next round. So there is at least some underground market, at least for those already with Fan ID.
 

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@DennyDoyle'sBoil on the way out of the stadium I’m seeing a few people with signs offering tickets for the next round. So there is at least some underground market, at least for those already with Fan ID.
Thanks. Yeah, I've seen tickets being resold online too, but I don't understand it, because friends who have gone have said that they got both scanned every time. I was thinking about trying to go over for a last minute game and was wondering about the secondary market. But, I would need a ticket through official channels for the fan ID anyway, because I don't have a visa, so it won't work.
 

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This tournament has been awesome. But it is missing the English garment rending and pearl clutching to which I have become comfortably accustomed.

Something needs to happen to change that narrative and right quick.
 

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Of all their announcers, Fox picked their one Scottish guy to call England's game. Cruel.
 
Oh, on the subject of England doing well in World Cups, if you haven't read Pete Davies' All Played Out (also known I think as One Night in Turin) - about England's run to the semifinals in 1990 - you really owe it to yourself to read it. The single most brilliant book about any World Cup I've ever read, by far.
 

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I feel like I've spent the entire day watching players in red kick balls directly into players in yellow.
 

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England seem the better side by far. This one feels inevitable, to the extent you can ever say that about soccer.
 

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Thanks. Yeah, I've seen tickets being resold online too, but I don't understand it, because friends who have gone have said that they got both scanned every time. I was thinking about trying to go over for a last minute game and was wondering about the secondary market. But, I would need a ticket through official channels for the fan ID anyway, because I don't have a visa, so it won't work.
Yes, you have to scan both every time for sure. I sold one pair of tickets through official channels in Brazil (long story) so you might be able to get a fan ID that way. I would guess the Sweden QF would be the best bet, because of the German effect. But it would be cutting it close for sure.

I’d give you mine (we are leaving tomorrow) but since it’s also the visa for getting into Russia, I wouldn’t recommend that :)
 

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Yes, you have to scan both every time for sure. I sold one pair of tickets through official channels in Brazil (long story) so you might be able to get a fan ID that way. I would guess the Sweden QF would be the best bet, because of the German effect. But it would be cutting it close for sure.

I’d give you mine (we are leaving tomorrow) but since it’s also the visa for getting into Russia, I wouldn’t recommend that :)
Do they have high def tvs in the gulag?
 

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They seem pretty evenly matched to me. Sometimes tactics involve conceding possession. Both teams are clearly amped up anyways, every ball being contested.
Colombia look good in the midfield, but they have nobody menacing in the final third -- Sterling has looked dangerous all game. Trippier finding space. Kane lurking. Colombia can maybe make something out of nothing or get a lucky break like Sweden did today, but I think England are the far more dangerous and likely to score barring a change in tactics or personnel.
 

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Colombia look good in the midfield, but they have nobody menacing in the final third -- Sterling has looked dangerous all game. Trippier finding space. Kane lurking. Colombia can maybe make something out of nothing or get a lucky break like Sweden did today, but I think England are the far more dangerous and likely to score barring a change in tactics or personnel.
I'm just not seeing as much danger from England as you are. A couple of nice switches that lead to decent crosses. They are establishing possession further upfield, but don't look that dangerous to me. I'd give them a slight edge so far.
 

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Colombia are a bunch of whiners. Every damn call.

Edit: and now a stupid head butt. But I could do without the Neymar-like histrionics.