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Today’s 1-1 draw between Croatia and Italy (how the Italians managed to screw that up I do not know) means the stage is set for a three-way dogfight for the two qualifying spots in the group – or possibly four-way, if Ireland manage to pull off an unlikely win over the Spaniards. As the saying goes, “Spain have Xavi and Iniesta, but Ireland have Long-Cox.” I can neither confirm nor deny these rumours.

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Jamper
06.14.12
Hope Ireland can pull off a good result. I do not know how Italy could manage to lose the points, but still it's my fav after Portugal and i hope they can save their asses

robin
06.14.12
don't think italy need to worry too much. i love croatia but i can't see them taking even a point off spain, same with ireland tonight. as for italy beating ireland...



Wolfhorde
06.14.12
I really doubt Ireland is gonna get much out of this, last game looked really sloppy. I think at best for Ireland this is gonna be a draw

Jamper
06.14.12
Still, if Ireland pulls off a draw tonight, it would leave Spain in need of a good result against croatia, which would help Italy. However, i think this is gonna be a 3 0 for Spain

Dave de Sylvia
06.14.12
Assuming Spain win tonight, a 2-2 draw will put both Spain and Croatia through. Conspiracy theory.

Recspecs
06.14.12
Ooo young Casillas looked sexy.

Recspecs
06.14.12
But yeah Italy wtf.

Jamper
06.14.12
that's Torres...

Wolfhorde
06.14.12
"Assuming Spain win tonight, a 2-2 draw will put both Spain and Croatia through. Conspiracy theory."
That seems a bit far out there but I could see that happen if the circumstances fit.

AngelofDeath
06.14.12
"Ooo young Casillas looked sexy."

lol

Fortheloveofmusic
06.14.12
Dang it, I just posted my big theory over in the other thread, and now this one's made

fish.
06.14.12
Lol 1-0 already

Ireland are fucked

Wolfhorde
06.14.12
Lol, there you go.

robin
06.14.12
sorry dave

AngelofDeath
06.14.12
Hell of a goal from Torres.

Fortheloveofmusic
06.14.12
Fairly conventional goal from Spain, not that that's a bad thing.

fish.
06.14.12
Why have so many people got Given and Irish defenders in their team? They have no chance in this group.

Jamper
06.14.12
this is gonna hurt..

Recspecs
06.14.12
Great goal by Torres, the Irish back line is tragic.

fish.
06.14.12
"Today’s 1-1 draw between Croatia and Italy (how the Italians managed to screw that up I do not know) "
Cos their squad is distinctly average at the moment. Before the Spain match, they hadn't scored since November or something.

fish.
06.14.12
So hope Spain get a clean sheet. I get 12 points if they do and it would so make up for taking Gekas and RVP out of my squad just before both of them scored.

Wolfhorde
06.14.12
It seems more like 'playing average' than 'being average'.

fish.
06.14.12
When has this squad ever shown they're better than that though? I mean, they have Pirlo and Buffon, but the rest aren't particularly amazing.

Fortheloveofmusic
06.14.12
To save my fantasy team, I need Alba or Busquets to score and/or get an assist. Odds of that happening?

AngelofDeath
06.14.12
Man, they're just teeing off lol. Way too much time and space afforded for Spain's offense.

Oblivioncry
06.14.12
just got back home from work, how is the game so far?

robin
06.14.12
depressing.

fish.
06.14.12
It's just Spain constantly with the ball

Fortheloveofmusic
06.14.12
"just got back home from work, how is the game so far?"

Spain-72%
Ireland-28%

Basically says it all.

phishing
06.14.12
I mean don't get me wrong Spain are obviously great and everything but watching them completely dominate the game bores the hell out of me. They could do with a bit more 'bang', which I suppose messi does for barca, if iniesta wasn't on this game would be sleep inducing at best

fish.
06.14.12
"They could do with a bit more 'bang'"
It's not their fault. When strong attacking/midfield teams like Spain face defensive teams like Ireland, you get a deadlock and the game turns boring as the Spanish can't get the space to show off their brilliance.

Fortheloveofmusic
06.14.12
I love the way Spain plays, I could watch it all day. It's like Chess on meth.

Shuyin
06.14.12
these Irish supporters are being fantastic, even with their team being destroyed.

Torres scored an amazing goal as well.

fish.
06.14.12
"It's like Chess on meth."
I'll remember that one

JamieTwort
06.14.12
I always enjoy watching Spain play even if they do sometimes lack "bang".

phishing
06.14.12
it's just watching them do this for like five years gets a little tiresome

i dislike their absolute refusal to shoot and desire to just pass it into the net because, like you say, against defensive teams like ireland(defensively rigid) it's so tight it's extremely difficult, and consequently it results in them just passing around ball-hogging for the whole game which hardly makes for a great spectacle, technical skill aside

phishing
06.14.12
i appear to have said defensive twice without even realising

MO
06.14.12
vicious

Oblivioncry
06.14.12
how does one clean beer out of a keyboard?

MalleusMaleficarum
06.14.12
one doesnt simply clean beer out of keyboard

Pentagon
06.14.12
Not really convinced by Torres, he's scored a goal, but he has lost possession numerous times. And out of the three (big) chances he's had he has scored one.



phishing
06.14.12
good save from given there, made up for conceding the first goal in questionable circumstances

Fortheloveofmusic
06.14.12
Here's a stat I got from the Guardian MBM: Xabi Alonso completed more passes in the first half than the entire Ireland team.

Not sure how accurate this is, but I wouldn't be surprised.

Rail
06.14.12
I don't why Trappatoni refuses to use James McClean. I mean, if you're going to steal good players at least give them some minutes on the pitch.

Oblivioncry
06.14.12
great from the irish keeper. (i think i managed to squeeze out the last beer drop out of my keyboard...but now everything here stinks of bear, just like in a stadium xD)

fish.
06.14.12
Never understood why Torres was so praised.

David Silva practically passed the ball into the goal. It went in so slowly

Oblivioncry
06.14.12
the irish should stop trying to counter fast once they get the ball. the rather should try to slow down the pace, concentrate and pass the ball steady into their half. they just loose the ball right away because they are too risky with it. the irish need someone like schweinsteiger.

Oblivioncry
06.14.12
into the other half*

phishing
06.14.12
Never understood why Torres was so praised.

not even back in like '07/'08/'09? the guy used to be an absolute beast, i remember how he bossed vidic with frightening ease when they flattened utd 4-1 at old trafford


fish.
06.14.12
ah well I didn't really pay attention to football between 2007-2011

Fortheloveofmusic
06.14.12
Am I the only person that thinks Iniesta is twice the player for Spain than he is for Barcelona?

JamieTwort
06.14.12
He's awesome for both.

rockandmetaljunkie
06.14.12
TORRES TORRES TORRES TORRES

rockandmetaljunkie
06.14.12
I'm just wondering how much time has passed since Torres scored again 2 goals ?

fish.
06.14.12
Ireland are out

if they end up scoring though I am gonna be so pissed

Wolfhorde
06.14.12
"I love the way Spain plays, I could watch it all day. It's like Chess on meth."
Yeah, they play amazingly precise and safe for the most part.

Shuyin
06.14.12
oh that second goal was evil

Rail
06.14.12
Ugh, I captained Arshavin instead of Nando.

phishing
06.14.12
I'm just wondering how much time has passed since Torres scored again 2 goals ?

I think he got a double against Chelsea for Liverpool at the beginning of the season just finished

Rail
06.14.12
He scored a hat-trick against QPR not that long ago.

fish.
06.14.12
He scored 2 or 3 for Chelsea quite recently actually

sportsboy
06.14.12
FABREGAS!!!

fish.
06.14.12
4-0

Wolfhorde
06.14.12
Holy shit Ireland just got annihilated.

Rail
06.14.12
The Irish haven't taken a beating like this since Easter 1916.
Good times!

phishing
06.14.12
actually now I think about it he bagged two against Genk (it still counts!) in the CL group phase

for ireland having gone to euro2012 on the back of 14 games unbeaten and a respectable amount of clean sheets in the process, they've been absolutely dreadful at the back against both spain and croatia

rockandmetaljunkie
06.14.12
He scored 2 goals in a cup match on March. Still that's a long time for a striker of his calibre.

Rail
06.14.12
Just Googled the hat-trick against QPR. It was April 29th, so only six weeks or so.

rockandmetaljunkie
06.14.12
It must be the hairstyle

fish.
06.14.12
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS
12 points are mine

Dreamflight
06.14.12
What a massacre.Still the irish fair play was nothing short of amazing.

Fortheloveofmusic
06.14.12
AnarchistFish, who are you in fantasy?

Adabelle
06.14.12
Have 0 Spain players in my fantasy team..

fish.
06.14.12
"AnarchistFish, who are you in fantasy?"
Casillas as captain and Jordi Alba.

fish.
06.14.12
Although I don't go up in the Sputnik league at all...

If only I'd kept RVP and Gekas ughhh

fish.
06.14.12
oh wait I have gone up

but still, if only I'd kept RVP and Gekas and I'd be up even higher ughhh why am I so competitive

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