Maximus Decimus

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  1. Maximus Decimus

    FIFA World Cup 2018

    Uruguay are another who played badly but are through.
  2. Maximus Decimus

    FIFA World Cup 2018

    I'm not 100% it was a penalty but I can certainly see why it was given. For me intent and context has to come into play. The fact that Walker gains no advantage from it suggests it was more likely to be an accident or it is a player looking for a foul than being on purpose. In opposition to this, taking out England's most dangerous player during a corner is a clear advantage.
  3. Maximus Decimus

    FIFA World Cup 2018

    The worst thing about it is that it was from an unthreatening situation. The ball was going over their heads so it seemed a bizarre moment to want to give a penalty away. The only real problem is that of course the Kane ones were 100 times worse. As ever it's interesting reading the foreign press through the wonder if Google translate. The Germans thought the pen was harsh and showed a couple of memes about Kane being wrestled to the ground. The French used it to make the point that we were hypocrites for going on about fair play and then trying to put the penalty taker off by booing.
  4. Maximus Decimus

    FIFA World Cup 2018

    Even at 1-1 it was an improvement on 2016, especially in the first half. Tunisia scored off a lucky penalty and did nothing else, Iceland outplayed us. It was a bit disappointing how we went off the boil in the second half but it wasn't completely dreadful. All we need to do is teach Henderson which direction the goal is and we'll be reet.
  5. Maximus Decimus

    FIFA World Cup 2018

    You could make a good argument that we've overachieved in winning a world cup. We've failed so badly apart from that instance that without it and the baggage that comes with inventing the game and having the world's best league, we're no more a sleeping giant than a Poland, Ukraine or Russia.
  6. Maximus Decimus

    FIFA World Cup 2018

    https://youtu.be/d-uK_uOV1fE
  7. Maximus Decimus

    FIFA World Cup 2018

    Go on say it... We're gonna win the World Cup!
  8. Maximus Decimus

    FIFA World Cup 2018

    This is a geniune possibility! That I would of course bite your hand off for, I'll just be happy to get out of the groups.
  9. Maximus Decimus

    FIFA World Cup 2018

    Couple of games today where the refs have been having none of it. Was good to see. This Brazil game on the other hand... if somebody nudges you in the back why would both of your feet lift way off the ground?
  10. Maximus Decimus

    FIFA World Cup 2018

    This is of course true! Today's result raises the possibility though that we could end up playing really well in the groups and getting a worse draw than if we'd finished second. With us being England, we now face two scenarios: 1) We'll go out in the groups 2) We'll fly through, beat Belgium and then meet an underperforming Germany in the quarters. And lose. Runners up Belgium will end up getting Mexico in the quarters and sailing through.
  11. Maximus Decimus

    FIFA World Cup 2018

    If we were to be fortunate enough to make it to the quarters it was looking like we'd be certain to face Brazil or Germany. Today means it could be far more beneficial to finish 2nd in our group as it stands. It was good to see them do well. I've always thought of them as a bit of a sleeping giant with all the right ingredients for a good side. Relatively near the South American giants, huge population and a football mad country.
  12. Maximus Decimus

    FIFA World Cup 2018

    Definitely something in this, even as late as Italia 90. It just felt like it was further away and more exotic. On the football side of it Mexico have just put in the first half performance of the tournament so far. Should be 2 or 3 up.
  13. Maximus Decimus

    FIFA World Cup 2018

    For a nation that isn't getting excited about our chances things are going rather positively at the moment. Well until tomorrow evening...
  14. Maximus Decimus

    FIFA World Cup 2018

    It's also something only open to a small number of well off people. Believe me if I could be in Russia now I would!
  15. Maximus Decimus

    FIFA World Cup 2018

    I suspect you're in a significant minority amongst sporting fans.