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I really want them to win the whole thing now.
The Croatian defence were clearly all over the place
"you should NEVER give a boy a man's job, everybody knows that"
I am going to win my sweepstakes :D
They'll get knocked out in the next round.
they'll be destroyed
They're proving to be a very resilient side. That's sometimes enough in such a short tournament if you get huge slices of luck as they have done so far.
Shocking 118 minutes, but the rest made up for it.
Did you hear it when someone described their centrebacks as the worst in Turkey? They can't be that bad surely?
and they have two players who are good to watch, which is two more than Greece had.
Turkey have some flair and nice passing.I think Arda will be a good buy if Newcastle get him, unless they turn him into rubbish.
3 more players are suspended now aren't they? Tungay, Arda and a defender. The first two who were key tonight for Turkey.
...though that was probably cramp.
I missed that. Oh right. Might be a bit tricky then. I still wouldn't write them off. They'll give them a game.
the next greece?
and against a real class team i think theyll be thrashed.
Southgate should totally play Tuncay as a midfielder.
Rustu will save every one. With his bum. Accidentally.
yeah but you are ignoring his urge to inexplicably run out after a ball he is never gonna get
modric is wasted in that side, the other players couldnt finish if they were from finland. or something along those lines. croatia were far better, turkey will be anihalated in the next round meaning fucking germany get to the final. fucks sake.
still love modric though. and croatia. everyone loves a team that cant take penalties to save their lives.
I could imagine him owning some cornershop, chasing young rascals out with a broom.
And then they'd find out his name and call him Fatih Boom Boom and he'd get really upset.
croatia were the perfect team to adopt, now theyre fucking out because of those jammy bastards :(
Simic was amazing, as were the whole Croatian defence really until that phantom minute. Really didn't want Turkey to win, the way they play football is shite.
And it's also resulted in me cheering on the Germans again. Too much of that is surely unhealthy!
they really missed someone like eduardo tonight. if they had him in the team i think they would have been one of the teams really contending for it, some of modrics play just needed a quality striker on the end of it.
olic works hard but hes not really that good.
and yeah turkey are just anti football, sit back for the whole game, dont even attack, yet STILL manage a jammy goal in the dying minutes
coming from 2-0 down, three last minute goals? The only jammy one was Cech's mistake. They might not be thrilling but they're hardly Bolton Wanderers either.
the rest is just fucking boring dirge of them defending, not particularly well but riding their luck/ conceding one or two goals. as someone said, the quality of their last minute goals means the shit they play for the rest of the game gets overshadowed.
to wins out of nowhere is a neccesary part of football anyway. There are plenty of sides playing expansive, attacking football. Tournaments need Turkeys too.
interesting football is where its at!
Attacking exciting football is now the dominant force in world football and it's brilliant, but long-ball negativity has just as much right to be there. It's part of our heritage and I hope sides scraping past superior opposition without playing at all well never goes out of football.
yeah it can work, but as a spectator its a bit shit to watch, and id rather good teams win by playing excellent football
or words to that effect. I'd hate it if every team played like Holland. It would get boring very quickly.
only livened up after nearly 2 hours of football!
i dont blame countries with less talented squads from playing like this, just i prefer people playing nice football!
I meant Simunic. Too much -ic.
though as a half-turk, i am quite depressed by my half-nation's victory tonight. we will get trounced in the semi final. anyway, fuck that, COME ON TURKIYE!!!
im not really so silly i wouldnt have noticed many countries spell their name a lot different to how we do in english
are a bit melodramatic.
I got bored after sixty minutes of watching this so I'm not sure if they really deserve it but fair play to them, they never give up.
tedious shit for hours, then a twist that everyone talks up like the greatest thing ever.
(except turkey's football this tournament aren't as bad as his films)
Rü?tü is a one man show!
trying to show off with your fancy letters.. not so clever now are you#
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Maybe as a general lookalike, Hackman. But that picture up there - it's like he's doing a Brando impression.
and yes, it's irrational. and no, i can't provide anything subjective as to why that's the case. But Turkey beating Croatia has lessened the tournemant for me, somehow. Sorry, Turkish, but I really wish you'd lost painfully.
but basically Turkey are getting away with playing negative football for enormous quantities of matches and somehow getting through. That result wasn't good for the tournament. Poor Croatia, I wanted them to win it. I'm all about Holland now.
either one. still love croatia though.
I hope Slaven Bilic comes and manages a team in the Premiership sometime. He's a hero. And you guys are going to be awesome with Modric in your midfield next year.
Felt so sorry for Srna after the penalties, he looked a broken man.
there was no way they could lift themselves for the penalties after that!
He really does look a class player doesnt he? Hell benefit from having some decent players around him, not that croatia are bad but with keane/ berbatov (if he stays) on the end of his balls should be excellent :D
nah, jokes. I've actually got a MASSIVE THROBBING VEINY BONE ON
seriously though, amazing yeah? Like, best thing ever? YES DAMN STRAIGHT MOTHERFUCKER, THAT WAS THE BEST THING EVER. MY LIFE JUST PEAKED
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some of you guys are fucking dicks
Turkey played the better football for large parts of the game (the first half, the last part of the 2nd half, all of extra time) although lacked a bit of cutting edge. Croatia benefitted from a superbly solid defence and some brilliant balls from Modric which cut through our frankly godawful defence (especially our right back)
but yeah, forget about all that bullshit about how Croatia were "sitting back, soaking it in". That's nothing but an extension of the BBC lob on for Bilic, mixed with a distrust of the heroic Turks
Seriously: GOL 119, GOL 120 = MEGAHYPERWIN
where Turkey were better was the first half of extra time. For the rest of the game they showed a complete lack of ambition and looked like they were happy as long as they didn't concede - aka playing for penalties.
Obviously it worked for them so I can't criticise them for playing like that but still, it's not the kind of football that I'd like to be successful.
it was obvious what their gameplan was. credit to them as it worked, but theres no way on earth they played the better football for most of the game.
they were far better in the first half. Croatia had the better chances but Turkey played some seriously great football
end of the game - obviously Turkey
all of extra time - obviously Turkey
i agree that most of the second half was pitiful, but on the whole we played well. And we actually played GOOD FOOTBALL most of the time, except for the long ball period
but yeah, how can you hold anything against Turkey? Last minute heroism is fucking incredible in every sense, and only a snooty football technician would think otherwise. Sport is supposed to be drama ffs
that i look like the Turkey captain.
is this good?
i've yet to really watch a turkey match and i'm too filled with suspense to check google images.
I probably look nothing like him anyway.