Special Event: Special Event: 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup: Round of 8
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The quarterfinals!
posted by restless_nomad (194 comments total)
 
Norway-England today!

I'm gonna go out on a limb and suggest VAR will play a role.
posted by nubs at 8:43 AM on June 27 [2 favorites]


Yes, but we will also have to check on VAR to make sure their foot didn't come off the line while making the post.

VAR has confirmed this is a good post!

I'm hoping ever so much to get enough work done today that I can take a late and extended lunch tomorrow to watch USA-France, hoping that it is indeed-- to borrow Megan Rapinoe's phraseology -- a total shitshow circus.
posted by Homeboy Trouble at 8:55 AM on June 27 [1 favorite]


We have settled on a strategy for tomorrow's #USAFRA: I (American) will wear my France jersey along with the boychild, and the husband (French) and the girlchild will wear their USA t-shirts. And we shall cheer for both teams, and hope the winner takes it all the way through to the end.
posted by Liesl at 10:02 AM on June 27 [3 favorites]


oh, I dunno if I should make a front pager for this one. Seems redundant? But how else do we direct traffic here?
posted by the man of twists and turns at 10:35 AM on June 27


WOW the Swedish newspapers are serious about their paywalls.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 10:56 AM on June 27




My US jersey is en route, and will hopefully get here in time for the match tomorrow. So excited!
posted by damayanti at 11:07 AM on June 27


Rooting for England on account of Mead & Greenwood, also Japan should be playing England (sorry Norwegians).
posted by flamewise at 11:10 AM on June 27


Greenwood's been pulled for Stokes. I'm not versed enough in the two players to know why to prefer one over the other. To my eye, Greenwood looked a bit ropey late in the last game, so it might just be a fitness thing?
posted by suckerpunch at 11:45 AM on June 27


I predict VAR will win on penalties. The game will have 47 minutes of added time.
posted by GenjiandProust at 11:45 AM on June 27 [5 favorites]


Gaaah come on Norway!
posted by TwoStride at 12:03 PM on June 27


Well, that was fast--1-0, England, right at about 2 minutes in to the game.
posted by damayanti at 12:04 PM on June 27 [1 favorite]


Well, that was fast.
posted by ceejaytee at 12:04 PM on June 27 [1 favorite]


Jinx!
posted by ceejaytee at 12:05 PM on June 27 [1 favorite]


Nice to see the posts getting to shine. They were so dominant last year.
posted by GenjiandProust at 12:08 PM on June 27 [5 favorites]


Maybe England should stop giving the ball away so much.
posted by ceejaytee at 12:21 PM on June 27 [1 favorite]


I am enjoying England giving away the ball but am not enjoying Norway's bafflingly poor decisions at passing to no one inside the box.
posted by TwoStride at 12:23 PM on June 27 [2 favorites]


Both teams are passing a little wildly.
posted by GenjiandProust at 12:25 PM on June 27 [2 favorites]


I thought I was neutral for this one but I seem to be favoring England. We visited both countries on summer vacation last year, and I loved Norway. But still, it feels like I will be disappointed if England lose.
posted by ceejaytee at 12:25 PM on June 27 [1 favorite]


Where is VAR when you need it? (she says, wanting England called for a handball)
posted by TwoStride at 12:32 PM on June 27


I will say that Icelandic-Norwegian María Þórisdóttir is reminding me of the Icelandic central defenders of my youth by knocking people over left, right and center. Makes me feel a bit nostalgic, actually.
posted by Kattullus at 12:35 PM on June 27 [2 favorites]


Norway, please stop being terrible. PLEASE.
posted by TwoStride at 12:40 PM on June 27 [2 favorites]


That was a very nice goal for England.
posted by GenjiandProust at 12:41 PM on June 27 [1 favorite]


Nikita Parris has been on fire today.
posted by ceejaytee at 12:42 PM on June 27 [3 favorites]


Yeah, Norway cannot figure out how to defend against Parris who just seems totally comfortable taking it to them.
posted by TwoStride at 12:46 PM on June 27 [1 favorite]


Not sure if this is true, but I'm gonna throw it out : Norway might have a problem when Saevik tracks back to defend. I think Minde moves up in that case and leaves a void, and then she can't track Parris (or whoever makes a run into that space). Gotta stick with your man.
posted by suckerpunch at 1:00 PM on June 27 [2 favorites]


In the case where I'm describing, the centerback isn't sliding over, too, but that's not a great fix for the problem. The space just moves closer to goal.
posted by suckerpunch at 1:03 PM on June 27


They are getting rough with Parris.
posted by GenjiandProust at 1:07 PM on June 27


Norway is too slow and hesitant when they have the ball near goal. No sense that they really want to win.
posted by TwoStride at 1:10 PM on June 27


Ok I fully admit that England is by far the superior side today but this ref is also terrible. Bronze should have been carded for basically diving and grabbing the ball.
posted by TwoStride at 1:13 PM on June 27


I'm telling you, England! Though, man^H^H^Hwoman, Parris & Wilde I guess.
posted by flamewise at 1:14 PM on June 27


Norway just haven't shown up at all. How on Earth did no one challenge Lucy Bronze there?
posted by Kattullus at 1:14 PM on June 27 [2 favorites]


You are kidding, the shove with the forearm was the first thing to be blown for, make your own judgement on whether anything happened after that, but the first contact alone was a foul.

Very well taken third goal.
posted by biffa at 1:15 PM on June 27 [1 favorite]


Good lord, Norway.
posted by GenjiandProust at 1:23 PM on June 27


Oh hey, now that Utland's on, Norway have suddenly shown up to play. Mind you, this England team doesn't look likely to collapse.
posted by Kattullus at 1:23 PM on June 27 [2 favorites]


So why didn't Utland start? She appears to be the only one with some competitive desire still going.
posted by TwoStride at 1:25 PM on June 27


Even when England is being ridiculous, they are covering, and Noway is unable to capitalize on anything.
posted by GenjiandProust at 1:27 PM on June 27 [1 favorite]


GenjiandProust: Noway is unable to capitalize on anything.

This typo is the truth.
posted by Kattullus at 1:28 PM on June 27 [1 favorite]


Norway looking much better now, but it’s really a bad idea to give your opponent a three goal head start.
posted by Bloxworth Snout at 1:30 PM on June 27 [2 favorites]


The Norwegian goalkeeper looked tough as nails all the way down to the ground in that replay.
posted by biffa at 1:34 PM on June 27 [2 favorites]


So you're up 3-0, why would you not sub out Ellen White?
posted by TwoStride at 1:34 PM on June 27 [1 favorite]


Cos she's level for the golden boot?
posted by biffa at 1:35 PM on June 27 [1 favorite]


She's not pulling ahead for that if she's injured/tired next match.
posted by TwoStride at 1:38 PM on June 27 [1 favorite]


No, I don't think it's a good reason, I'm just wondering whether it might be the reason.
posted by biffa at 1:39 PM on June 27 [1 favorite]


That was a hell of a save by Hjelmseth. Too bad it's essentially meaningless.
posted by Kattullus at 1:40 PM on June 27 [3 favorites]


Yeah, but I'm happy that Hjemlseth at least gets that highlight.
posted by TwoStride at 1:42 PM on June 27 [4 favorites]


There's the yellow card that's been coming for Thorisdottir.
posted by TwoStride at 1:44 PM on June 27 [2 favorites]


It’s the Battle of Stamford Bridge all over again.
posted by GenjiandProust at 1:45 PM on June 27 [1 favorite]


Yeah, we won that one but it didn't go so well against France in the next round.
posted by biffa at 1:48 PM on June 27 [4 favorites]


What does the Guardian mean by: “Thorisdottir gets the first booking of the night for a rather agricultural challenge on Ellen White.” Agricultural?
posted by GenjiandProust at 1:53 PM on June 27 [1 favorite]


Ploughed?
posted by biffa at 1:53 PM on June 27 [1 favorite]


Garden variety?
posted by nubs at 1:55 PM on June 27 [1 favorite]


I believe it's a euphemism for "dirty".
posted by Kattullus at 1:55 PM on June 27 [1 favorite]


Also, more creepy touching by Neville
posted by GenjiandProust at 1:55 PM on June 27 [1 favorite]


An 'agricultural challenge' usually means someone was scythed down, but honestly it just gets used when someone tackles a player's legs out.
posted by suckerpunch at 1:56 PM on June 27 [4 favorites]


Thanks! I have so much to learn!
posted by GenjiandProust at 1:59 PM on June 27


Well I thought England were looking a lot stronger tonight. Tighter, more aware of each other positionally, building more opportunities. Looked good.

Just saw a German guy interview Nikita Parris, she is maximum Scouse, not sure what he made of it.
posted by biffa at 2:04 PM on June 27 [1 favorite]


I had to work today, so recorded this match and just caught up.

Just here to apologize for my snippy comments after England-Cameroon about England not looking like a match for Norway. Congrats Lionesses!

Very glad I should be able to watch the rest of the quarterfinals live - I keep adding loads of extended recording time on the matches I record to watch later, which seems to be a bit of a jinx. None of them have been even close to needing extra time, let alone penalties.

Pleasantly surprised by the lack of VAR this match, play really zipped along.
posted by the primroses were over at 4:06 PM on June 27 [2 favorites]




For the first time ever in my life, I'm headed out to the pub to watch the game tonight.
posted by kyrademon at 9:04 AM on June 28 [2 favorites]


I bought tickets to the semis and finals back in October, figuring I would roll the dice on the USA getting that far. It figures, then, that arguably the most important match of the tournament would be a quarterfinal in a different city. So here I am in Lyon trying to decide where to go to see the match. (My more travel-experienced friend suggests that an Irish pub is the best place to locate other Americans abroad, so maybe that will be it.)
posted by egregious theorem at 9:44 AM on June 28 [2 favorites]


I mean, I generally root for the USWNT, but now because of the exchange between Rapino and #45 they have to win.
posted by TwoStride at 11:23 AM on June 28 [1 favorite]


So excited for this game. I'm hoping for USWNT domination, but I'm guessing that it's going to be an incredibly close match. I believe that we will win!
posted by handwich at 11:43 AM on June 28


I hope the team with the red, white, and blue flag wins.

Basically, I hope they kick VAR’s ass.
posted by GenjiandProust at 11:52 AM on June 28 [4 favorites]


I'm heading out to find a bar with the game so I can cheer for the *ahem* красный, weiß & azul! Let the total shitshow circus begin.
posted by Homeboy Trouble at 11:56 AM on June 28


Allez les Rayures Verticales!
posted by Kattullus at 11:58 AM on June 28


From the Guardian: “No VARc de Triomphe, please!”
posted by GenjiandProust at 11:59 AM on June 28 [1 favorite]


Here's hoping it lives up to the hype.
posted by nubs at 12:00 PM on June 28 [3 favorites]


A yellow card already?
posted by GenjiandProust at 12:04 PM on June 28


A goal already?



:)
posted by handwich at 12:06 PM on June 28 [1 favorite]


Yeah Megan!
posted by cmfletcher at 12:06 PM on June 28 [2 favorites]


That was a pretty blatant arm-bar from Mbock. And I thought the crossbar had that goal but it was back of the net!
posted by TwoStride at 12:07 PM on June 28 [2 favorites]


What a lucky two-and-a-half tunnel shot! Well good, this'll get the game going nicely!
posted by flamewise at 12:09 PM on June 28


USA 1 - 0 FRA, Rapinoe on a free kick through traffic. video
posted by the man of twists and turns at 12:11 PM on June 28


I am shocked that ball didn't hit anybody.
posted by nubs at 12:11 PM on June 28


That noise from the crowd is insane.
posted by flamewise at 12:13 PM on June 28 [2 favorites]


The tempo so far has been insane.
posted by cmfletcher at 12:19 PM on June 28 [3 favorites]


Yeah I just remarked at the 17-minute mark that it had seemed like a full half already!

Rapinoe's ankles are taking a beating already.
posted by TwoStride at 12:21 PM on June 28


Is it “Kick the Shit out of Rapinoe Day?”
posted by GenjiandProust at 12:22 PM on June 28


Dunn and Lavelle need to step it up for the US. Dunn's gotten beat on defending and Lavelle has twice taken the ball inside the box with no plan or poor passing.
posted by TwoStride at 12:26 PM on June 28 [1 favorite]


The heat must be brutal.
posted by GenjiandProust at 12:30 PM on June 28


Uh-oh, Alex Morgan looking shaky after a ball to the face/head.
posted by TwoStride at 12:31 PM on June 28 [1 favorite]


And that was a handball on France. Ref swallowed her whistle?
posted by TwoStride at 12:36 PM on June 28


VAR seems to be minding its manners.
posted by GenjiandProust at 12:49 PM on June 28


USA 1 - 0 FRA at the half
posted by the man of twists and turns at 12:51 PM on June 28


Hot take: these two teams are not only the best but may also be the diviest, and that augurs poorly for the future of the sport.
posted by Homeboy Trouble at 12:54 PM on June 28


This ref is doing a lot of talking to the players.
posted by TwoStride at 1:09 PM on June 28 [1 favorite]


I think the US needs to make a change to the defense. I'd take out Dunn, maybe?
posted by TwoStride at 1:10 PM on June 28


Hot take: these two teams are not only the best but may also be the diviest, and that augurs poorly for the future of the sport.

I dunno, one of the UK commentators keeps pontificating about how the women’s game has so much less diving and dissent and how great it is, and frankly it feels patronising to me.
posted by Bloxworth Snout at 1:16 PM on June 28


Lavelle subbing off is a good call, too. Kelly O'Hara took a brutal shot to the boob, it looks like. Ouch.
posted by TwoStride at 1:20 PM on June 28


Homeboy Trouble: Hot take: these two teams are not only the best but may also be the diviest, and that augurs poorly for the future of the sport.

Diving is also, famously, in the eye of the slow motion beholder. A lot of falls look like dives when viewed in slow motion.
posted by Kattullus at 1:21 PM on June 28 [4 favorites]


[frankly it feels patronising to me.] ...Maybe because British pearl-clutching about diving has so often been xenophobic, so I’m suspicious of the inverse as well.
posted by Bloxworth Snout at 1:21 PM on June 28


The heat must be brutal.

I think it might be cooler than it was for the last USA game.

Interesting point, if USA win this, England are def qualifying for the Olympics. (Max 3 European teams.)

I may not be the first to point this out but is Tilda Swinton a cert to play Rapinoe in the movie?
posted by biffa at 1:22 PM on June 28 [4 favorites]


I scared the hell out of my cat on that goal.
posted by firechicago at 1:22 PM on June 28 [4 favorites]


GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAL! :D Rapinoe!
posted by Hermeowne Grangepurr at 1:23 PM on June 28 [3 favorites]


Rapinoe!
posted by TwoStride at 1:23 PM on June 28 [3 favorites]


Meanwhile if everyone thinks the heat is brutal now, WTF is gonna happen in Qatar? FIFA is so corrupt.
posted by TwoStride at 1:24 PM on June 28 [2 favorites]


I might be talking outta my posterior, but I thought Qatar was dry heat whereas the problem in France this week has been high heat combined with high humidity?
posted by Faintdreams at 1:28 PM on June 28


I mean, dry heat at 115 is still gonna be brutal. I lived in a place with summers like that for a few years and it was like getting punched in the face by the heat.
posted by TwoStride at 1:31 PM on June 28 [1 favorite]


Uh-oh, it's VAR time on a possible Tobin Heath goal!
posted by TwoStride at 1:33 PM on June 28


That time it was my wife who made the cat jump off the couch
posted by firechicago at 1:33 PM on June 28 [1 favorite]


I repeat my sentiment that it's bullshit when you're a toe offside.
posted by TwoStride at 1:34 PM on June 28


Cascarino in for Gauvin. I am as jingoistic as the next non-Trump-voting American/USian, but I want nothing more in the world right now than a successful header goal for France.
posted by the primroses were over at 1:35 PM on June 28 [1 favorite]


Wait wait...no VAR?
posted by spbb at 1:35 PM on June 28


@spbb they showed a quick shot of the VAR for the goal: she was offside by a toe
posted by handwich at 1:37 PM on June 28 [1 favorite]


TwoStride: I mean, dry heat at 115 is still gonna be brutal. I lived in a place with summers like that for a few years and it was like getting punched in the face by the heat.

The 2022 Men's World Cup in Qatar will run from late November to mid December, when the average temperatures are not unlike a Northern European summer.
posted by Kattullus at 1:37 PM on June 28 [1 favorite]


I want nothing more in the world right now than a successful header goal for France.
It's been a really quiet game for Renard, the tallest player on the pitch.
posted by TwoStride at 1:37 PM on June 28 [1 favorite]


And I jinxed it for the US! Sorry.
posted by TwoStride at 1:38 PM on June 28 [1 favorite]


Hells bells, I should wish bigger.
posted by the primroses were over at 1:38 PM on June 28 [3 favorites]


RENARD!

Je m'espoir que nous pouvons gagner!
posted by Kattullus at 1:38 PM on June 28 [1 favorite]


I live in southern Arizona, where a dry 115 is not unheard of. I'd say it and a humid 101 are similarly awful, just in somewhat different ways. To be fair, I've never played sports in the latter.

And there's that goal! Everyone here who's not me is very excited.
posted by egregious theorem at 1:38 PM on June 28


ok, no more wishes from the primroses were over, ok?
posted by Hermeowne Grangepurr at 1:39 PM on June 28 [1 favorite]


Oh my. France 1 Usa 2 at 81 minutes. Now it's interesting !
posted by Faintdreams at 1:39 PM on June 28


USA 2 - 1 FRA, Renard in 81'
posted by the man of twists and turns at 1:40 PM on June 28


primroses, if you'd like to wish for me to win Powerball tomorrow...
posted by TwoStride at 1:40 PM on June 28 [1 favorite]


Le Sommer is out, Asseyi is in.
Mewis is out, Lloyd is in.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 1:41 PM on June 28


I'm the 7532025th person to say this, but I have absolutely no idea anymore what is a handball and what isn't.
posted by Kattullus at 1:43 PM on June 28 [3 favorites]


And I'm the 7532025th person to have no idea how extra time is calculated by the refs.
posted by TwoStride at 1:48 PM on June 28 [3 favorites]


5 min stoppage time. Rapinoe off, Press in.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 1:50 PM on June 28


France. keep. Losing. Posession. of. The damn. Ball (grr)
posted by Faintdreams at 1:52 PM on June 28 [2 favorites]


Hmmm. That was (at least the part I watched) very entertaining!
posted by Faintdreams at 1:53 PM on June 28


And it's over! 2-1 USA. I'd like a less shaky wide defense and less bus-parking against England, but they got the job done against a talented team!
posted by TwoStride at 1:54 PM on June 28


Whew! That was grueling.
posted by GenjiandProust at 1:54 PM on June 28 [1 favorite]


USA 2 - 1 France in 90 + 5.
Some USA vulnerabilities, but can England, or anyone else, capitalize?
posted by the man of twists and turns at 1:55 PM on June 28 [1 favorite]


It's about time England won a semi. And this time nearly everyone will be supporting us!
posted by biffa at 1:56 PM on June 28


Choose now Megan Markle...
posted by cmfletcher at 1:57 PM on June 28 [5 favorites]


Did I just see USA get a team talk from someone with a man bun?
posted by biffa at 1:58 PM on June 28


Are they praying?
posted by biffa at 1:59 PM on June 28


Bien joué, les Bleus!
Bien tenté, VAR!
posted by villanelles at dawn at 2:03 PM on June 28 [1 favorite]


*les Bleues

Désolé, Mme Touvenot.
posted by villanelles at dawn at 2:21 PM on June 28 [1 favorite]


As a quiet fan of the U.S. team since 1999:

usa. usa. usa.
posted by kyrademon at 2:32 PM on June 28


That was an intense match. France looked like the better team a lot of the time, and I don't think it was all just that the US's defensive posture.

I hate the really cheap timewasting, like the very languid substitutions and throw ins etc. OTOH I love when the team with the lead dribbles into the corner and plays "u want this?"; that's just good clean fun.
posted by fleacircus at 8:28 PM on June 28 [3 favorites]


Read the Guardian liveblog after watching, and I feel like they saw a completely different game. The entire thing was "Ellis has no idea how to field her players. Morgan is ineffective today. Naeher is weak. Dunn is in the wrong position and overmatched. Rapinoe is actually a terrible player who somehow gets lucky over and over. Lloyd shouldn't even be on the field. Heath is great but no one ever passes to her so it doesn't matter. The outside backs are vulnerable. The offense is sputtering. Oh btw the US won." WTF?
posted by kyrademon at 1:21 AM on June 29


The Guardian's MBM has been particularly lazy this time around. I can't help but feel it's signaling their disinterest in the women's game.
posted by TwoStride at 5:20 AM on June 29 [2 favorites]


Netherlands controlling the game so far but looking a bit hesitant in the final third.
posted by TwoStride at 6:11 AM on June 29 [1 favorite]


I dunno, I thought Morgan was ineffective and Heath seemed like the only person who could beat her defender. As for Rapinoe, "terrible player who somehow gets lucky over and over again" is probably ironic whining.
posted by fleacircus at 6:25 AM on June 29 [2 favorites]


I'm torn. Morgan notably hasn't scored since the Thailand match... but she still tends to draw two defenders whenever she gets the ball. I'm not sure she's up for a full 90 minutes anymore. It would make more sense to sub her out for Carli Lloyd as the game progresses, maybe?
posted by TwoStride at 6:55 AM on June 29


It looks so hot on that field. I am cheering for either team to pull ahead in the second half. Today is not the day for extra time.

Impressed by the fans - good crowd noise given the heat and not full stadium.
posted by the primroses were over at 7:06 AM on June 29 [2 favorites]


Rapinoe is actually a terrible player who somehow gets lucky over and over.

“What is the definition of a good player, Alex?”
posted by Etrigan at 7:18 AM on June 29 [6 favorites]


Kudos to the band in the crowd that's still going strong despite the heat. The crowd is vpretty quiet, for the most part, though that might be because a lot of them are trying to hide in the shaded parts of the stands.
posted by TwoStride at 7:18 AM on June 29


The heat must be shrinking the goals.
posted by fleacircus at 7:25 AM on June 29 [3 favorites]


Oh man, that was a great chance missed by the Netherlands on a free kick! The Netherlands totally dominating this half so far but just can't get the goal.
posted by TwoStride at 7:26 AM on June 29


Gosh those looked like very stern and heartfelt words from the ref.
posted by biffa at 7:29 AM on June 29


Nice goal. Been coming for a while, glad it finally turned up.
posted by biffa at 7:31 AM on June 29 [2 favorites]


I'm glad the ref finally gave a card for dissent. I don't like how several teams have been doing the thing where multiple players come over to argue with the ref whenever there's a call.
posted by TwoStride at 7:31 AM on June 29 [1 favorite]


Agreed, I much prefer some stamped authority to some of the bullshit the refs put up with in the round of16.
posted by biffa at 7:34 AM on June 29 [2 favorites]


At this rate, Italy is gonna finish the match with 10 players.
posted by TwoStride at 7:40 AM on June 29 [1 favorite]


Nice header!
posted by Pendragon at 7:42 AM on June 29


The Amsterdam bartender just put on Viva Italia in this raucously celebrating bierkroeg. Hup hup Holland!
posted by Seeba at 7:45 AM on June 29 [1 favorite]


Sounded like the line judge was encouraging the players "no fouls, no fouls, no fouls" while they were in the corner there.
posted by fleacircus at 7:56 AM on June 29


Germany having most of the possession and attack so far but Sweden with two good chances in the last two minutes.
posted by TwoStride at 9:43 AM on June 29


Goal Germany! Really nice shot from Magull.
posted by TwoStride at 9:47 AM on June 29 [1 favorite]


Germany scores!
posted by GenjiandProust at 9:47 AM on June 29


I don’t have a favorite in this game. Mostly, I’m hoping no one dies of heat stroke.
posted by GenjiandProust at 9:49 AM on June 29 [3 favorites]


I'm definitely rooting for Germany but also hoping everyone weathers the heat ok.
posted by TwoStride at 9:51 AM on June 29 [1 favorite]


Wow Sweden just tied it up! Game's gonna be interesting now!
posted by TwoStride at 9:52 AM on June 29 [1 favorite]


That was some goal there.
posted by GenjiandProust at 9:52 AM on June 29


Of course, I’m worried VAR will discount it....
posted by GenjiandProust at 9:53 AM on June 29


I'm hoping for a Sweden win. Losing to Germany in the final after crushing the colonials in the semi would be just too painful.
posted by biffa at 9:54 AM on June 29 [1 favorite]


This Germany / Sweden game is so much more quiet than the Italy / Netherlands game. I never thought I'd miss the trumpets. But at least it's not the plastic drone of vuvuzelas!

Great goals on both sides.
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 9:57 AM on June 29 [4 favorites]


I'm glad they're taking these cooling breaks.
posted by ceejaytee at 10:03 AM on June 29


I’m not sure I’ve ever seen people so grateful for a cold towel.
posted by GenjiandProust at 10:04 AM on June 29 [2 favorites]


Jakobsson and Blackstenius are so dangerous on these runs deep into Germany's line.

We'll see if Germany made adjustments at the half.
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 10:34 AM on June 29 [1 favorite]


Both the goals in this first half were just lovely. I know set pieces are important to the game and the strategies are interesting and yadda yadda yadda, but I do love it when the goals come in the course of play. I am aware this makes me a terribly basic fan.

Do people think VAR is coming up less in the quarterfinals due to a shift in officiating or coincidence?

And another great goal!
posted by the primroses were over at 10:36 AM on June 29 [1 favorite]


Goal!!
posted by ceejaytee at 10:37 AM on June 29


Oh, Germany!
posted by GenjiandProust at 10:37 AM on June 29


Germany has got to get it together. I don't think Schueller is gonna be able to continue.

I think that the level of play is definitely elevated which obviates some of the VAR need, but also they clearly have decided to be less ticky-tacky about, say, handballs. And even this match I cannot figure out what the ref has decided is a foul.
posted by TwoStride at 10:38 AM on June 29 [3 favorites]


That's the third time Schuller has gone to ground clutching her leg, I don't think she's going to finish this game.
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 10:41 AM on June 29


Lindahl seems to like taking chances.
posted by GenjiandProust at 10:46 AM on June 29 [2 favorites]


Super disappointed with Germany's play; Sweden wants it far more at the moment. And in particular, I think the German strategy of playing it back so often--in this heat--is not paying off for them at all.
posted by TwoStride at 10:52 AM on June 29 [1 favorite]


Looks like the heat is taking its toll.
posted by GenjiandProust at 10:54 AM on June 29


Fischer out for Sweden, they have two subs left.

Germany has 0, Oberdorf having just come on.

And Blackstenius with another breakaway run. Germany's had a lot of possession but they haven't been able to do much with it.
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 11:01 AM on June 29


It also looks like Germany can’t leverage any of its advantages....
posted by GenjiandProust at 11:01 AM on June 29


Lindahl just punched Popp in the head while going for a ball.
posted by TwoStride at 11:11 AM on June 29 [1 favorite]


And VAR, which has been so quiet all game, rears its ugly head.
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 11:12 AM on June 29 [2 favorites]


And the Eye of VAR falls on the land!
posted by GenjiandProust at 11:12 AM on June 29


Is the unofficial motto of this World Cup “I don’t know what’s a foul/handball/offsides anymore” or is that just me?
posted by GenjiandProust at 11:14 AM on June 29 [1 favorite]


Well, damn. Good game, Sweden.
posted by TwoStride at 11:25 AM on June 29 [5 favorites]


Oh, Germany.
posted by GenjiandProust at 11:26 AM on June 29


Very well deserved. Sweden have been so impressive this tournament.
posted by villanelles at dawn at 11:26 AM on June 29 [2 favorites]


Well done Sweden!
posted by ceejaytee at 11:29 AM on June 29


Asllani and Jakobsson have been my favorite players of the World Cup so far. Both very creative players who also defend very effectively. And they can read each other’s intentions very well. Asllani’s pass to Jakobsson, before her cross to Rölfö, is what made Blackstenius’ goal possible.

I’m looking forward to Sweden-Holland.
posted by Kattullus at 11:33 AM on June 29 [4 favorites]


I am glad that I did not go to the German bar to watch the game, that would have been rough!

Blackstenius was a serious threat to Germany all game, she could have picked up another goal if things had gone just slightly differently.
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 11:33 AM on June 29 [2 favorites]


So glad I took the day off for the second semifinal. I will see y'all an hour or so after the first semifinal - I'll have to record that one.
posted by the primroses were over at 11:38 AM on June 29 [1 favorite]


How is it that football players who move with such grace and assuredness while playing the game, look like they’re not coordinated enough to eat yoghurt without incident once they start dancing?
posted by Kattullus at 11:40 AM on June 29 [4 favorites]


Different skill sets and training; coordination and muscle memory do not automatically translate from one physical skill to another. My spouse is a trained, highly skilled dancer, and I suspect that if asked to get a football around a defender she would end up flat on her face.
posted by kyrademon at 2:36 PM on June 29 [1 favorite]


Y’all, I (an American) was at both the France-US game and the Germany-Sweden game. Holy hell, the atmosphere at the France-US game was like nothing I have ever experienced before. It truly felt like a final. The crowd was majority supporting Les Bleus, but both sets of fans were at full throat before the anthems. Nothing nasty, just everyone rooting as hard as humanly possible for their side. Just wow, absolutely thrilling to be there (and screaming my lungs out for the US!). The Germany-Sweden game was fun, and great quality of play, but so much more of a relaxed feel. Smaller stadium, more neutrals rather than large contingents for each side, but thoroughly entertaining.

Watching from the stands for the France-US game, I think Crystal Dunn played out of her mind and had her best game at left back by a country mile. Mewis seemed to be off by a half step, I thought she should have been subbed earlier. Overall, a clutch performance by the US when they needed it.

I also have to say, everyone we spoke to in Paris was excited about the game. Random strangers, both French and American, would approach us and start talking about the game (we were in US jerseys) because both sets of fans were so amped up! I love this game.
posted by Bunny Boneyology at 3:15 PM on June 29 [12 favorites]


Bunny Boneyology, I'm envious!!
posted by TwoStride at 5:44 PM on June 29 [1 favorite]


Finaly! I did not have to buy beers for my german friends this year! Revenge!!!
posted by Rabarberofficer at 8:20 AM on June 30 [3 favorites]


I'm really looking forward to Tuesday night's England-USA match. Two pacy teams who are good on the attack, it could easily be a goal-fest.
posted by winterhill at 2:47 AM on July 1


should I keep making front page posts? They don't get much action, it's all over here....

Maybe just one for the final?
posted by the man of twists and turns at 9:38 AM on July 1


This is definitely the place for discussion.
posted by GenjiandProust at 9:50 AM on July 1 [2 favorites]


Yeah, I think most people are looking for it here.

We thought very hard about getting tickets and dragging over to Lyon for the semi but we've done a bit too much driving and training around when we are supposed to be relaxing so I guess we'll watch it in a bar if we can find one or watch it at the hotel with commentary from the mixed bag in here.
posted by biffa at 9:57 AM on July 1 [1 favorite]


Just posted a new thread for the semifinals. Thanks to the man of twists and turns for the nudge.
posted by LobsterMitten at 8:46 AM on July 2


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