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FIFA 2022 World Cup Draw

Yoda

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So the Aussies are through after today's playoff

Keeper is a clown
Agreed

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Croatia defeated France yesterday. That result plus the result yesterday in Honduras means Canada will be seriously challenged getting out of its group.
 

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Croatia defeated France yesterday. That result plus the result yesterday in Honduras means Canada will be seriously challenged getting out of its group.
Please...

The results this window have absolutely no bearing on form going into the WC.

First off, Canada was always going to be "seriously challenged" to get out of its group - they are the lowest ranked team of the four.

As for these results, Croatia had a decent window but only scored four goals in three games. They are solid and Modric, on his day, remains world class, but this was a team of European based players finishing off a season before time off. Let's wait and see who is healthy and in form come September/October.

Case in point, Belgium got smashed by Holland, turned around and stomped Poland and then drew Wales - what does that tell us? Absolutely f*ck all. Let's see where Lukaku ends up in the offseason, let's see if Alderweireld and Vertonghen are playing regular football next season.

Canada, essentially, wasted their window. The Iran friendly was the key game and we all know what happened there. Then they had the labour dispute, so they axed the Panama tune up. They rolled Curacao but that was the minimum expectation with the Caribbean side playing their third game of the window having already got a split home and away with Honduras and then travelling across the entire continent to play a fresh Canada side at home.

If you are trying to take anything out of that Honduras debacle your are foolish. That game never would have been played if it was not mandatory. Maybe you can conclude that Canada was stubborn in not adapting their game for the conditions, but then you have to consider what, if anything, they were trying to get out of the match. Do they want to throw out the systems and tactics they trained all window to try and win this match or do they want to try and get some miniscule feeling for how they might approach Qatar? The whole thing was a fools errand.
 

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Ticos grab the last spot with their victory over New Zealand today.

Ticos keeper is not a clown. He's pretty good actually.
 

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Costa Rica was at one time down and out for the 4th spot and managed to pull it off to get to the qualifier game. Kudos to them.

To me Jamica was the most dissapointing team and should have finished 4th.

Covid and politics and lack of organization cost them. They should have been a 4th place team. I look back at at the header goal they scored at home vs USA that was a clean goal and was disallowed hurt them bad as they dropped points and the us got crucial points. Really was the turning point for them. Playing in front of empty stadiums didnt help as well.
 

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Please...

The results this window have absolutely no bearing on form going into the WC.

First off, Canada was always going to be "seriously challenged" to get out of its group - they are the lowest ranked team of the four.

As for these results, Croatia had a decent window but only scored four goals in three games. They are solid and Modric, on his day, remains world class, but this was a team of European based players finishing off a season before time off. Let's wait and see who is healthy and in form come September/October.

Case in point, Belgium got smashed by Holland, turned around and stomped Poland and then drew Wales - what does that tell us? Absolutely f*ck all. Let's see where Lukaku ends up in the offseason, let's see if Alderweireld and Vertonghen are playing regular football next season.

Canada, essentially, wasted their window. The Iran friendly was the key game and we all know what happened there. Then they had the labour dispute, so they axed the Panama tune up. They rolled Curacao but that was the minimum expectation with the Caribbean side playing their third game of the window having already got a split home and away with Honduras and then travelling across the entire continent to play a fresh Canada side at home.

If you are trying to take anything out of that Honduras debacle your are foolish. That game never would have been played if it was not mandatory. Maybe you can conclude that Canada was stubborn in not adapting their game for the conditions, but then you have to consider what, if anything, they were trying to get out of the match. Do they want to throw out the systems and tactics they trained all window to try and win this match or do they want to try and get some miniscule feeling for how they might approach Qatar? The whole thing was a fools errand.
What do you mean???

This looks pat for the course

;)

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