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FIFA WC14 : R16 : USA vs Belgium

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I expected this ....enjoy the fairy tale...I am sure tomorrow morning u will see lots of news papers hyping this sport up which will be forgotten in month :icflove: Anyway it's time for me to sleep Again :bye: :bye:
95% of americans don't follow soccer. You are the one that who is hyping that USa is hyping. Hype is what we do in India.

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No...but media is making these results look like miracles While very fact is they did not even improve their performance from last cup.. Btw every team like Italy etc I am sure are damn disappointed and obviously regressed and are getting flak...
What media.. :hysterical: Most of the time they talking MLB, NBA. Only a small portion of time is devoted to this. INdia has more hype about football than USA even though we do zilch in that sports.

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well played' date='they took a team of extremely talented individuals to the brink,i think Belgium will find Messi a better finisher but i dont trust the rest of the argentine team.[/quote'] They need to build a core group of 25 people. Not just 2 or 3 good players are enough

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I dont know why people are praising this game so highly. US team came alive only in last 10 mins of Extra time.. otherwise, they played a poor game. Giving plenty of chances to Belgium. It was because of Tim Howard the scorecard read 1-2 otherwise it could have been 1-5 easy. Very poor defensively.. their both goals were cuz of defensive line breaking down. Tim Howard for President!!

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I dont know why people are praising this game so highly. US team came alive only in last 10 mins of Extra time.. otherwise, they played a poor game. Giving plenty of chances to Belgium. It was because of Tim Howard the scorecard read 1-2 otherwise it could have been 1-5 easy. Very poor defensively.. their both goals were cuz of defensive line breaking down. Tim Howard for President!!
True that. Belgium GK, Courtois , was sitting duck and swatting flies until the last 10 minutes. 95% of the game was at US's box. Stunning from Howard but there were also some very amateurish finishes from Belgium strikers. Hazard was slick throughout the game, Kompany stood as an unmoved loyal guard at the defense and Lukaku did his job. Hats off to Ogiri as well. USA did quiet well early on but they were giving away their possession straight away after crossing the midfield. Some poor play from both sides, but the 105 minutes in the game, it was Belgium all the way. US had some close shots, thought it was quiet obvious Belgium would hold them off considering how good their defense has been.

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What media.. :hysterical: Most of the time they talking MLB' date=' NBA. Only a small portion of time is devoted to this. INdia has more hype about football than USA even though we do zilch in that sports.[/quote'] Seriously. We actually have every sport for every season. NFL then NBA ND then MLB. Heck we hype freaking college sports more than soccer. Heck even golf and hockey has more coverage.

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Seriously. We actually have every sport for every season. NFL then NBA ND then MLB. Heck we hype freaking college sports more than soccer. Heck even golf and hockey has more coverage.
I went to one of the conference rooms the other day at work and a couple of old white guys were watching Golf when the frickin world cup was going on :facepalm:

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I am not getting the whole hype around America's performance today. Howard was awesome. But besides that the scoreline should probably have been 5 - 1. Belgium was crushing them all along. It was a non-contest.

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I am not getting the whole hype around America's performance today. Howard was awesome. But besides that the scoreline should probably have been 5 - 1. Belgium was crushing them all along. It was a non-contest.
Last i know goalkeeper is also part of the team. If i use if and but, USA had chance to score 5 goals as well..

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I am not getting the whole hype around America's performance today. Howard was awesome. But besides that the scoreline should probably have been 5 - 1. Belgium was crushing them all along. It was a non-contest.
No one outside of America does ..:cantstop:

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I am not getting the whole hype around America's performance today. Howard was awesome. But besides that the scoreline should probably have been 5 - 1. Belgium was crushing them all along. It was a non-contest.
Way I saw the game it could have gone either way.

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Last i know goalkeeper is also part of the team. If i use if and but' date=' USA had chance to score 5 goals as well..[/quote'] Yea, Howard was awesome as I said. But if the USA played an epic game today which bodes that they will semi-final / final material in the next 8 years then I'd expect Algeria to be world cup winners in the next 8 years. I was supporting the US today. There is a disconnect between the hype and their performance.

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Yea, Howard was awesome as I said. But if the USA played an epic game today which bodes that they will semi-final / final material in the next 8 years then I'd expect Algeria to be world cup winners in the next 8 years. I was supporting the US today. There is a disconnect between the hype and their performance.
Don't think anyone was hyping. They were merely hyping the encounter not the team itself. Considering the lack of depth this US team has done well. Jozi,s injury very early in the World Cup was a setback for them. Then they lost Fabian in this game. There is no depth in the side. Take out Neymar, Messi, Suarez from their respective teams . Let us see how they play. USA lacked such forward. They depend on combination play which they did only at the end. They emerged successfully from the group of death . Then they were up against a very good young side.to their credit they defended well. Lot of predictions were it was going to be a massacre which was not the case. By 89 the minute USA had a real chance to take the lead which they squandered.

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Its hyperbole to compare Neymar, Messi, Suarez to Altidor and Fabian. The US team showed up for 5 mins at the end of the extra time. For the rest of the match they just stayed deep in their territory focusing purely on massacre prevention. All the credit to Howard - he deserved the MoM. But having to make 16 saves also reflects how lopsided the encounter was.

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Its hyperbole to compare Neymar, Messi, Suarez to Altidor and Fabian. The US team showed up for 5 mins at the end of the extra time. For the rest of the match they just stayed deep in their territory focusing purely on massacre prevention. All the credit to Howard - he deserved the MoM. But having to make 16 saves also reflects how lopsided the encounter was.
That is how football has always been. Remember Brazil vs Argentina match in the 90s where Brazil dominated the game for 89 minutes and couldn't score in the 1 minute Argentina had a chance and scored a goal and won the match. Doesn't matter whether you broke their defense or not . How much you score that counts . Infact US was at least 5 time they were 5 yards away from goal. Unlike Howard saved for US the goal keeper didn't save. Largely poor execution.

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Besides when did rooting for a team became hyping a team. Even the commits were not predicting that. Nobody predicted USA was going to win. They merely appreciated their efforts. If that is called hype the. Every team in this World Cup is hyped up teams.

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Game was on a knife edge until US defended unfortunately slipped. That was all they needed.
I think that's where probably we don't understand football or probably is the nature of Football game. All 8 matches of round 16 were kind of on knife-edge but still from all 8 matches, favorite progressed to next level.

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I am not getting the whole hype around America's performance today. Howard was awesome. But besides that the scoreline should probably have been 5 - 1. Belgium was crushing them all along. It was a non-contest.
Put it this way if Lukaku had started would have been 5-1.... Origi showed glimpses of potential but he's only 19 and lacked a composed finish and often failed to retain the ball upfield. Lukaku has done well for 2 premier league seasons, 6'3 100 kegs he's a big unit. And that showed immediately when he barged past the left back and set up first goal. Then what a finish for the second... Amost had 3rd once again showing his strength to retain ball then his dribbling skills to set up shot. I have seen him dribble very well before, in 5-1 win Belgium had in lead up to world cup he was superb too with hat trick. Can't believe Belgium dropped him cause of couple bad games, he is alot more than a target man. But good news is they have now got their combination right. In 3-4 years time Belgium will be genuine contender to win in Euro's and WC's. What a turnaround :hatsoff: Remember they did not even make the World Cup in 2006 and 2010. They also gotta start with Mirallas next game, Mertens has done well but Mirallas was just skinning the US left back at will. Miralles Lukaku are teammates at club too so there's good link up there.

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I think that's where probably we don't understand football or probably is the nature of Football game. All 8 matches of round 16 were kind of on knife-edge but still from all 8 matches' date=' favorite progressed to next level.[/quote'] Not quiet.. Chile striker missing a penalty, Mexico punished for diving.. you just have to say favorite team was more lucky.

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Favorites won simply cause they were better throughout their matches' date=' but didn't get the breaks they needed and finally got them in OT or PK.[/quote'] Favorites are only on paper. Costa Rica topped the group which had 3 previous world champions. Bit of luck can go either way. This is why teams that depend on one or two individuals always have a risk of llosing badly to an a team who play as a team. In a good team like germany if couple of players are switched off, others can turn it on as they have more than one or two good players. you need bench strength. you need 4 or 5 good players not just 1 or 2. This way you cover the bases. Teams with better bench strength will be more dangerous in extra time scenario. Other team will be totally wiped out with no real good replacements.

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Put it this way if Lukaku had started would have been 5-1.... Origi showed glimpses of potential but he's only 19 and lacked a composed finish and often failed to retain the ball upfield. Lukaku has done well for 2 premier league seasons, 6'3 100 kegs he's a big unit. And that showed immediately when he barged past the left back and set up first goal. Then what a finish for the second... Amost had 3rd once again showing his strength to retain ball then his dribbling skills to set up shot. I have seen him dribble very well before, in 5-1 win Belgium had in lead up to world cup he was superb too with hat trick. Can't believe Belgium dropped him cause of couple bad games, he is alot more than a target man. But good news is they have now got their combination right. In 3-4 years time Belgium will be genuine contender to win in Euro's and WC's. What a turnaround :hatsoff: Remember they did not even make the World Cup in 2006 and 2010. They also gotta start with Mirallas next game, Mertens has done well but Mirallas was just skinning the US left back at will. Miralles Lukaku are teammates at club too so there's good link up there.
Spot on. It was a treat to see Origi's pace every time he got the ball but he lacked the finish that Lukaku showed. This is an amazingly talented Belgian team. They stand a very good chance to advance past Argentina.

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Howard made a lot of saves' date=' but the commentators kept saying something about a technical deficiency which made him sit too early or something like that.[/quote'] Football you can't get too technical. It is not cricket. They come from all angles, all heights, all speed, sometimes ball come out of nowhere. Your reflex, educated guesses good athleticism will help you save more goals than any technique.

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