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24 minutes ago, Audax said:

Quieroz, the Iranian manager is Portuguese... so Ronnie's a superstar, that is so, but Nani in the last Euro and in the 2000s, Deco, Figo and those others, they have had a lot of fine players.

Nani, really? In the same breath as Ronaldo and Figo.

Nani is to Ronaldo what Carlton was to the Fresh prince... see what I did there :) 

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He has a couple of lines through the rest of the article On Alf Ramsay: ’He didn’t know the players like Walter Winterbottom, he was a bit naive at first. To be honest, the lads took the pis

Great piece in The Times today talking to England players from 1954 until 2014. Bryan Douglas talks about ‘58 and ‘62. It’s probably behind a paywall, so:      

Bullshit. They were nasty and tried every dirty trick in the book. Got what they deserved - out. 

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Just now, Husky said:

It's quite funny seeing internet world cup logic:

Supposedly Panama, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia and Egypt are terrible teams that's why Russia and England got through so easily . . .

Yet, when it's Spain and Portugal struggling . . equally as crap teams like Iran and Morocco are supposedly almost World beaters. ?

I agree, you can only beat what's in front of you. And England crushed Panama and Tunisia. I think the reason England were so good is that the weaker nations are not able to handle the constant stream of crosses and were also shit-scared of Kane, they seem much better equipped to handle the passing game of Spain etc. as that is more of what they are used to.

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Just now, Blow-in said:

Nani, really? In the same breath as Ronaldo and Figo.

Nani is to Ronaldo what Carlton was to the Fresh prince... see what I did there :) 

I said Portugal has had fine players, Pepe is another.  My point, is Portugal really are more than Ronaldo.

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Ronaldo booked after a VAR review, borderline one but I think the ref got it right, the fact a lot think it’s a red shows how much it’s still down to opinion no matter how many angles you see.

VAR helps but it can’t make it all perfect

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Just now, Ewood Ace said:

If this game had a decent ref Iran would be level at the very least. The officiating so far in this tournament has been excellent but this ref has been awful.

What’s he got wrong? I’ve not seen anything obvious 

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Just now, Tom said:

What’s he got wrong? I’ve not seen anything obvious 

Gave Portugal a pen then never was and then failed to give Iran one for a similar incident. Should have sent Ronaldo of and has given every 50/50 or soft decision to Portugal. At last he gives Iran a decision although he couldn't really not.

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Ok now that’s one that didn’t need reviewing he’s become a little too reliant this ref.

Tricky game to ref as both teams have acted awfully around him

Hes just given a penalty now to Iran that never was a penalty after reviewing VAR, user error that 

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Just now, Tom said:

Ok now that’s one that didn’t need reviewing he’s become a little too reliant this ref.

Tricky game to ref as both teams have acted awfully around him

Hes just given a penalty now to Iran that never was a penalty after reviewing VAR, user error that 

But the VAR considered all the incidents to be clear and obvious errors. That is four people studying incidents from lots of angles and then supported by the on field referee. It's farcical and I think will become even more ridiculous when we get to the knock out stage.

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Just now, arbitro said:

But the VAR considered all the incidents to be clear and obvious errors. That is four people studying incidents from lots of angles and then supported by the on field referee. It's farcical and I think will become even more ridiculous when we get to the knock out stage.

Arbitro:

Can the VAR room rule one way and the referee reject it? It almost seems that happened in the Egyptian/Saudi match. Thanks.

 

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Just how can the modern day footballer be refereed. Watching the Portugal v Iran game and the lot of them are like petulant school boys. I love football but, as one who has had a keen interest in Rugby League for twent five years, cannot believe how every single decision is argued by the players and nothing is done about it. Any one who surrounds the ref, mouthing off, should be booked. End of.

Turning to VAR, what a farce. No way was that a penalty. Again, it should be like Rugby League. Let the ref referee the game. Give him the responsibility but, if he is not sure about some major decision, let him ask the VAR team for a second look. The football way is going into it way too deeply and taking the responsibility away from him. He may as well not be on the pitch.

I won’t go into the blatant cheating, rolling about, feigning injury and so on. Effing *ankers.

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Iran could/should have won that in the last 2 minutes. That miss will haunt their player for the rest of his life - assuming the Supreme Leader doesn't throw him in jail

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Iran should leave with heads held high ..conceded two goals in a group with Portugal and Spain. .one which is a wonderful goal.. they have mixed it with the best and looked comfortable ..I clapped them at the final whistle. Well done Iran 

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