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    Great goals and good skills from the Russians but the Saudis were mince and would make any team look good. If the Russians go far in this competition itíll be a fix.


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    Saudi Arabia were atrocious but Russia did well. As someone with money on Suarez to be top scorer Iím pleased.
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    At least it has taken the pressure off Saudi of getting beaten badly.

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    Russia as always very athletic, reasonably well organised but lacking in individual talent and a leader on the park.

    They'll progress to the ko stages with ease but will lose against decent opposition.

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    May be controversial but giving Saudi a game on the last day of Ramadan was a bit naughty.

    Game took place at 8.00 p.m. local time. No food or drink had passed these boys lips since 4.00 a.m. They were bound to be dehydrated and off the pace.

    I think the critics should cut them some slack.

    Egypt playing today, just after Ramadan and, in my opinion, they must also still be feeling the after effects.

    And, by the way, if Salah plays, he won't last 10 minutes. Uruguay's street wise defenders will make sure of that. First challenge on him will be physical.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Famous Fiver View Post
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    May be controversial but giving Saudi a game on the last day of Ramadan was a bit naughty.

    Game took place at 8.00 p.m. local time. No food or drink had passed these boys lips since 4.00 a.m. They were bound to be dehydrated and off the pace.

    I think the critics should cut them some slack.

    Egypt playing today, just after Ramadan and, in my opinion, they must also still be feeling the after effects.

    And, by the way, if Salah plays, he won't last 10 minutes. Uruguay's street wise defenders will make sure of that. First challenge on him will be physical.
    The draw is based on pre-set arrangements. SA could just as easily have been drawn to play next week.

    How many of the team are practising Muslims? And, I'm sure they could find an imam to give them dispensation for the day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CropleyWasGod View Post
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    The draw is based on pre-set arrangements. SA could just as easily have been drawn to play next week.

    How many of the team are practising Muslims? And, I'm sure they could find an imam to give them dispensation for the day.

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    I think itís a fair point.

    Saudi Arabia has a very strict interpretation of Islam - even if given a dispensation many of the players might have felt obliged to observe the fasting anyhow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jacomo View Post
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    I think itís a fair point.

    Saudi Arabia has a very strict interpretation of Islam - even if given a dispensation many of the players might have felt obliged to observe the fasting anyhow.
    My main point, though, was that the draw itself appears to be above board. There's no warmed balls involved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hibrandenburg View Post
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    Russia as always very athletic, reasonably well organised but lacking in individual talent and a leader on the park.

    They'll progress to the ko stages with ease but will lose against decent opposition.
    I don't know if we can assume Russia are through, Egypt have an excellent defensive record and Uruguay obviously the favourites for the group. Really looking forward to Salah vs Cavani and Suarez later on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hibrandenburg View Post
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    Russia as always very athletic, reasonably well organised but lacking in individual talent and a leader on the park.

    They'll progress to the ko stages with ease but will lose against decent opposition.

    Canít see them getting out of this group.

    Uruguay and Egypt are both far superior teams.

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    I actually liked what Saudi Arabia tried to do yesterday. They tried to play football, getting the ball down and stringing some nice passes together. They just lacked a quality of player to do it well enough.

    Couple of decent games today - looking forward to Spain vs Portugal tonight, and Egypt vs Uruguay could be decent. I know nothing of either Morocco or Iran, but I'll probably catch the first half at work.

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    Salah starts on the bench. Not surprising considering his recent injury and the fact that Uraguay hardly have shy and retiring defenders

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mon Dieu4 View Post
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    Salad starts on the bench. Not surprising considering his recent injury and the fact that Uraguay hardly have shy and retiring defenders
    Not surprising. He's been looking a bit green recently.

    Boom. We're off.

    Edit... you changed it. Spoilsport.

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    I just came on to make a salad pun but it looks like I mayo have been too late.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mon Dieu4 View Post
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    Salah starts on the bench. Not surprising considering his recent injury and the fact that Uraguay hardly have shy and retiring defenders
    C'mon the pharaohs. I only get to watch the first half and then it's back to work

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    Quote Originally Posted by CropleyWasGod View Post
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    Not surprising. He's been looking a bit green recently.

    Boom. We're off.

    Edit... you changed it. Spoilsport.
    I had a feeling that someone saw it

    Don't think I've ever knowingly typed Salad in my phone before little alone Salah

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mon Dieu4 View Post
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    I had a feeling that someone saw it

    Don't think I've ever knowingly typed Salad in my phone before little alone Salah
    Lettuce hope you're more careful in future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CropleyWasGod View Post
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    Lettuce hope you're more careful in future.
    My posts are always a mixed bag

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mon Dieu4 View Post
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    My posts are always a mixed bag
    It's because you're an absolute rocket...

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    Salad only on the bench. I can see Uruguay winning this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hibsbollah View Post
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    Salad only on the bench. I can see Uruguay winning this.
    Nah. Uruguay are a bunch of fruits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jacomo View Post
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    I think itís a fair point.

    Saudi Arabia has a very strict interpretation of Islam - even if given a dispensation many of the players might have felt obliged to observe the fasting anyhow.
    According to MOTD, the SA team mostly took advantage of exemptions.

    So they were just *****

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    I never really considered the ramadan aspect for Egypt. Probably a factor in SAs non performance yesterday.

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    mon Uruguay, make me money ££

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    Quote Originally Posted by hibsbollah View Post
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    I never really considered the ramadan aspect for Egypt. Probably a factor in SAs non performance yesterday.
    Did you see the game a couple of weeks ago when the Tunisia goalkeeper went down with a slightly suspect injury just as the sun was setting?

    All the players went off and started munching dates and guzzling water.

    It's a bit pish for Egypt to be playing at this time.

    It must be really tough for muslims with ramadan falling at this time of year, when the days are so long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smartie View Post
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    Did you see the game a couple of weeks ago when the Tunisia goalkeeper went down with a slightly suspect injury just as the sun was setting?

    All the players went off and started munching dates and guzzling water.

    It's a bit pish for Egypt to be playing at this time.

    It must be really tough for muslims with ramadan falling at this time of year, when the days are so long.
    The game is being held in Yekaterinburg which currently has daylight between 4am and 10pm. They can't really have them playing at 2am.

    I might be wrong on this but I believe Muslims who live in the extreme north or south of the world, and who will therefore have periods during the summer of almost entire sunlight, have the option of fasting during the hours of daylight in Mecca so maybe they could be observing that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hibsbollah View Post
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    I never really considered the ramadan aspect for Egypt. Probably a factor in SAs non performance yesterday.
    I'm sure they have a dispensation. Could be wrong tho.

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    Strange stadium design? Looks like some of the seats behind the goals are uncovered so they'll get soaked if it rains.

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