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32 minutes ago, RUPERTKBD said:

Full disclosure: Portugal (along with Italy) is my least favorite international side, so the result is a bit disappointing....

 

...however, that disappointment is tempered somewhat by the thought of how much tougher it gets for them after this. :)

They have a knack of grinding out wins when they need it. Last euros they benefited from the change in format to best 4 third place teams getting through, other years they would have been eliminated in the group stage. 

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18 minutes ago, UKNuck96 said:

They have a knack of grinding out wins when they need it. Last euros they benefited from the change in format to best 4 third place teams getting through, other years they would have been eliminated in the group stage. 

The only things that made it bearable last time was the fact that pretty boy had nothing to do with the final win....

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INTENSE game for France, they played to their strengths and their tactics were on point. 
 

Sure, it wasn’t pretty from an objective fan’s stand point, but as a frenchman, I am unbelievably proud of that squad. i would’ve liked more changes (Giroud and Coman for Mbappe and Benzema around the 70th), but clearly DD was weary of messing up the tactics in place, and it paid off. 

 

The germans will be very scary this tournament... teams better prepare for them! 

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1 hour ago, BoKnows said:

 

 

Gotta feel bad for the Haiti goaltender especially since he shouldn't even have been playing.  Haiti was unable to play three or four of their starters, including their captain and main goaltender, due to some sort of visa problems.  I was glad Canada scored two more goals so this goal wasn't that important.

 

That being said, Canada won the game 3-0, 4-0 on aggregate and are in the final qualifying round for the World Cup!

 

Granted, playing against Mexico and the US will be different than playing Haiti and Suriname. But this team has potential.  Canada is in the final round with seven other teams.  They play fourteen games between September and February.  Top three teams get into the World Cup while the fourth place finisher has a last chance playoff possibility against some other team from another conference.

 

This should be fun!

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You have to figure that Mexico and the US will advance. That leaves Jamaica, Costa Rica and Honduras, all ranked ahead of Canada....

 

It will be tough, but certainly within the realm of possibility....

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