And that is the place the plot thickens. For the subsequent 4 days, groups will transfer on, groups will meet the sword, and the drama ramps as much as 11. I’m right here to be your house coyote for it!
Game of the day
Ecuador 1 – 2 Senegal
As U.S. followers discovered the hardest means, when you’ve gotten a sport the place one staff solely wants a draw and the different wants a win, it’s higher for storytelling functions if the staff that should win scores first. Because then only a single purpose can swing feelings utterly the different means and again once more, and the staff in the lead now has to stability defending with searching for a second to clinch it.
Senegal acquired the first purpose, and deservedly so when Ismaila Sarr was fouled after which proceeded to bury the penalty. Senegal had Ecuador beneath their thumb for the complete half, as the latter struggled to determine easy methods to play for a tie with out PLAYING FOR A TIE. They solely managed two blocked Enner Valencia photographs in the first half.
But then Ecuador made two subs at half, acquired on the entrance foot far more, Moises Caicedo equalized off a nook, benefiting from Senegal having a person on the line to only loiter behind the pack going for the preliminary header off a nook to bury the second ball.
And that is the place that stability, that coronary heart-down-to-your-ankles feeling kicks in. Because in the midst of attempting to determine easy methods to play the remainder of the match, Kalidou Koulibaly scored off one other second ball off a nook, a real captain’s purpose that he lashed into the web.
And that is the place the World Cup is particular, because it’s the solely match that may swing you from ecstasy to despair or in the different path in an on the spot like this. Ecuador had been clearly shellshocked and by no means actually had it. In some methods it’s worse than holding on and giving it up in the final minute. By solely getting a glimpse of going via for simply two minutes, having it snatched away earlier than they might even see the complete form of it left them in a stupor. They solely had three photographs after going behind, and by no means appeared like they’d tie it up. Having two huge occasions that spring up the reverse feelings occur so shortly collectively paralyzed them, as it will to anybody. How do you come to phrases with going behind once more once you haven’t even had time to return to phrases with the new state of the match after you’ve tied it?
Senegal are full worth for advancing, having just about pinned the Dutch to nothing for many of that match and utterly nullifying Ecuador for the most half. They might be a problem for England.
Holland 2 – 0 Qatar
This was a match that occurred. The Dutch haven’t been spectacular in any of their matches, however didn’t should be to lastly put the full waste-of-time hosts out of their and our distress. The second gear the Oranje have been caught in was greater than sufficient for this one.
USA 1 – 0 Iran
We clearly have a ton on this one already.
England 3 – 0 Wales
This one wasn’t far more of an occasion than the Holland-Qatar workers assembly, and Wales weren’t actually any extra spectacular than Qatar for the match. England had been capable of rotate their lineup to begin just a little, after which lots all through the match. The first half was principally a funeral dirge, till England acquired bored in the second half and determined to have Marcus Rashford scorch the Welsh protection together with his pace.
Goal of the day
Let’s eulogize the departed
Wales and Qatar – Oh they acquired it! Wales and Qatar! They ate it! Way means too dangerous! They acquired it! Wales and Qatar! (that’s just a little Sleater-Kinney joke for all you pretty folks).
Ecuador – They ought to have crushed The Dutch however couldn’t discover a winner and acquired their chins above the bar for simply an on the spot earlier than crashing to Earth. They will probably be again, as a majority of the squad was beneath 25 and Ecuador has been considered one of the hotbeds of growth recently. But it’s a lesson in that in a brief match, you higher win the video games you dominate, as they did towards the Netherlands. With Qatar being so horrible, everybody acquired a free spot on the bingo card and the pattern for everybody was down to only two video games. Ecuador, fairly merely, didn’t rating sufficient whereas doing most every little thing else proper.
Iran – I might like to landing dance on Carlos Quieroz ending up on his ass once more, simply as he did in the AFCON, simply as he did in African qualifying, as a result of he’s considered one of the final true authors of sufferball that’s such a chore to observe. Hopefully extra nations will transfer on from the Quieroz kind and try and play their means out of the group stage as an alternative of simply attempting to repel, repel, repel. But restricted groups will at all times assume that is their surest option to gaining factors in a bunch stage, and due to that managers like Quieroz will nonetheless have jobs.
But the Iranian gamers might be missed, who risked a lot in this match. Their no-promoting their very own anthem in the first sport reportedly acquired their families back home threatened. They confirmed everybody what place sports activities can maintain in a society, and gave extra oxygen to the protests and actions again residence that can hopefully writer vital change there. They took on way over simply attempting to get Iran to the Round of 16 for the first time, which is greater than sufficient stress for any participant. Applause to them.
Did Alexi Lalas say something silly?
He was undoubtedly feeling his oats at halftime, claiming Iran “wanted no part of this game,” given the means they’d sat again and tried to defend and created nothing. Which makes one surprise if Lalas had watched Iran or a Quieroz-led staff play earlier than. But would it not make any distinction if Lalas truly watched every other video games?
Also his energy rankings bit on daily basis is a Geneva Convention violation.
Did VAR fuck something up?
Boy we certain thought it was going to with the handball on Shaq Moore or the late penalty shout on Carter-Vickers, didn’t we? But neither had been wherever near being value a glance, and fortunately we didn’t get the one ref in the sales space having a foul day who simply needed to fuck shit up. Phew.
Did Qatar fuck something up?
More tales of fans with rainbow attire being detained earlier than finally being let go, which simply smacks of doing it to do it as a result of all the safety should understand how this ends by now. They simply need to harass followers now.
THE FUCKIN’ YANKS ARE MOVIN’ ON!!!!!!