#1 Russia 5-0 Saudi Arabia ~ Group A

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Re: Russia v Saudi Arabia Match thread ~ Group A

Postby Faithless on Thu Jun 14, 2018 4:27 pm

The Old Man of Storr wrote: Followed by a clear offside which the linesman ignores - partizan or wot ? :)


There's something about Russia and Linesmen.......nope can't quite think what :?
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Re: Russia v Saudi Arabia Match thread ~ Group A

Postby 61dicksey on Thu Jun 14, 2018 4:45 pm

2-0 good goal
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Re: Russia v Saudi Arabia Match thread ~ Group A

Postby WCpete on Thu Jun 14, 2018 4:47 pm

That was some West Ham like defending by SA. They had more defenders on their bums in the box than they do on the sub's bench.
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Re: Russia v Saudi Arabia Match thread ~ Group A

Postby bristolhammerfc on Thu Jun 14, 2018 5:50 pm

Been like watching a mid table Championship Game. Russia could have been 6-0 up

There needs to be better qualification rules if this Saudi team were the best from their region.
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Re: Russia v Saudi Arabia Match thread ~ Group A

Postby Macca1973 on Thu Jun 14, 2018 5:55 pm

61dicksey wrote:See how Smolov gets on seeing as we were linked with him


Was utter garbage. No pace, poor touch, doesn’t even look a grafter, nothing about him really. Never make it in the Premier League, Championship standard at best.
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Re: Russia v Saudi Arabia Match thread ~ Group A

Postby Faithless on Thu Jun 14, 2018 5:56 pm

bristolhammerfc wrote:Been like watching a mid table Championship Game. Russia could have been 6-0 up.


Nearly made it to 6!
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Re: Russia v Saudi Arabia Match thread ~ Group A

Postby brothernero on Thu Jun 14, 2018 5:57 pm

That was Pretty Comprehensive. But also entertaining. Good Start. :thup:
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Re: Russia v Saudi Arabia Match thread ~ Group A

Postby James P on Thu Jun 14, 2018 5:59 pm

More entertaining than I was expecting. Decent start to the World Cup. Long may it continue.
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Re: Russia v Saudi Arabia Match thread ~ Group A

Postby WCpete on Thu Jun 14, 2018 6:02 pm

I agree about Smolov. Slow, plodding, overweight, one footed, poor touch. I'm assuming he had an off day, but it will have had to be a very off day for him to be worth all the interest.
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Re: Russia v Saudi Arabia Match thread ~ Group A

Postby e17 on Thu Jun 14, 2018 6:05 pm

James P wrote:It’s a shame they changed it from the holders playing the opening match of the tournament. At least you were guaranteed at least one decent side in the game.

Cameroon smashing the **** out of Argentina remains the greatest opener ever

I suspect Saudi Arabia might not win this World Cup
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Re: Russia v Saudi Arabia Match thread ~ Group A

Postby e17 on Thu Jun 14, 2018 6:09 pm

48 teams at the next World Cup

There’ll be a few Saudi Arabia’s
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Re: Russia v Saudi Arabia Match thread ~ Group A

Postby Puff Daddy on Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:51 pm

That's not the way to kick off your World Cup campaign is it ? A 5-0 thumping. The Saudi's ain't coming back from that
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Re: Russia v Saudi Arabia Match thread ~ Group A

Postby Puff Daddy on Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:09 pm

bristolhammerfc wrote:Been like watching a mid table Championship Game. Russia could have been 6-0 up

There needs to be better qualification rules if this Saudi team were the best from their region.


Why else do you think I called this Leeds Utd v Wigan ?
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Re: Russia v Saudi Arabia Match thread ~ Group A

Postby pablo jaye on Fri Jun 15, 2018 5:41 am

Does anyone smell a whiff of Argentina 6-0 Peru from the 1978 World Cup?
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Re: Russia v Saudi Arabia Match thread ~ Group A

Postby Korea Hammer on Fri Jun 15, 2018 6:05 am

Strange performance from Saudi Arabia really. For every misplaced pass (and there were a lot) you had a silky 'we play on the floor' move. But they fell apart really. In qualification, they finished ahead of Australia.

I agree that 48 teams will be a mistake. It's nice to have the odd minnow thrown in, but not 15 of them.
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Re: Russia v Saudi Arabia Match thread ~ Group A

Postby westham,eggyandchips on Fri Jun 15, 2018 7:47 am

pablo jaye wrote:Does anyone smell a whiff of Argentina 6-0 Peru from the 1978 World Cup?


Well Saudi Arabia are an extremely rich country, so do they really need the money? :wink:
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Re: Russia v Saudi Arabia Match thread ~ Group A

Postby James P on Fri Jun 15, 2018 8:03 am

pablo jaye wrote:Does anyone smell a whiff of Argentina 6-0 Peru from the 1978 World Cup?


Just thought Saudi were pony to be honest.
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Re: Russia v Saudi Arabia Match thread ~ Group A

Postby Forever Moore on Fri Jun 15, 2018 8:49 am

Samba wrote:Robbie F***ing Williams.
Another reason, if needed, to swerve the opening ceremony.
Perhaps he'll eat some nuclear sushi..

Glad I missed it. Why him FFS.
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Re: Russia v Saudi Arabia Match thread ~ Group A

Postby sendô on Fri Jun 15, 2018 8:50 am

Yep, just imagine when it's 48 teams and there's a dozen or more Saudi Arabias?

It'll completely devalue the tournament if the group stage games are mostly first rate nations thumping second rate nations 3 or 4 nil.
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Re: Russia v Saudi Arabia Match thread ~ Group A

Postby sendô on Fri Jun 15, 2018 8:51 am

Samba wrote:Robbie F***ing Williams.
Another reason, if needed, to swerve the opening ceremony.
Perhaps he'll eat some nuclear sushi..

Apparently the fat dancer from Stoke is in a bit of trouble with the twitterati for appearing to stick his middle finger up at the camera.
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