And this is where the plot thickens. Over the next four days, teams will advance, teams will encounter swords and the drama increases up to day 11. I’m here to be your space wolf for that!
game of the day
Ecuador 1 – 2 Senegal
As US fans have learned the hardest way, when you have a game where one team just needs to draw and the other needs to win, it’s better for the team to score first for storytelling purposes. Because then a single goal can turn emotions completely the other way and vice versa, and the team in front now has to balance defending with looking for a second to claim it.
Senegal conceded first and deservedly when Ismaila Sarr was fouled and then took the penalty. Senegal dominated Ecuador for the entire half, as the latter struggled to figure out how to play a draw without a TILE. They only saved two shots from Enner Valencia in the first half.
But then Ecuador made two substitutions in the first half, attacking more with the front foot, Moises Caicedo equalized from a corner, taking advantage of the fact that Senegal had a man in attack who just loitered behind the line to make it. First hit from the corner to bury the second ball.
And this is where that balance, that heart-pounding ankle feeling comes into play. Because while he was trying to figure out how to play for the rest of the game, Kalidou Koulibaly scored another second ball from the corner, a genuine captain’s goal that he hit the back of the net.
And this is where the World Cup becomes special, as it is the only tournament that can take you from ecstasy to despair or in another direction in an instant like this. Ecuador was clearly shocked and never really had it. In a way, that’s worse than holding on and giving it up at the last minute. Just a quick glance at it for a mere two minutes, being snatched away before they could see its full form stunned them. They had only three shots after falling behind, and never looked like they would equalize. There were two major events that spawned conflicting emotions that happened so quickly that they were paralyzed, just like anyone else. How do you accept falling behind again when you haven’t even had time to accept the new state of the game after you’ve drawn it?
Senegal totally deserved to go ahead, having kept the Netherlands near-impossible for most of that game and completely nullifying Ecuador most of the time. They will be a challenge for England.
Netherlands 2 – 0 Qatar
This is a match that happened. The Dutch failed to impress in any of their games, but in the end they didn’t need to to help the time-wasting hosts get out of their misery and ours. . The second gear that Oranje got stuck in is more than enough for this gear.
We obviously have a lot on this already.
England 3 – 0 Wales
This was no more of an event than a meeting between the Dutch-Qatar staff and Wales really wasn’t more impressive than Qatar for the tournament. He can rotate their lineups to start a little, and then a lot throughout the game. The first half was essentially a funeral, until England got bored in the second half and decided to let Marcus Rashford burn through the Welsh defense with his pace.
Goals for the day
Let’s eulogize those who have passed away
Wales and Qatar – Oh they got it! Wales and Qatar! They ate it! Way too bad! They got it! Wales and Qatar! (it’s a little Sleater-Kinney joke for all your lovely ones).
Ecuador – They should have defeated the Dutch but couldn’t find a winner and let their chin go over the bar for a split second before falling to Earth. They will probably return, as the majority of the team is under 25 and Ecuador has been one of the hot spots of development lately. But it’s a lesson in a short tournament, you better win games where you dominate, like they did with the Netherlands. With Qatar so bad, everyone gets a free slot on bingo cards and the everyone sample is only two games left. Ecuador, quite simply, didn’t score enough points while doing pretty much everything else.
Iran – I enjoyed the touchdown dance when Carlos Quieroz finished with his butt kick again, like he did at AFCON, like he did in the Africa qualifiers, because he was one of the The ultimate real author of the game of pain and suffering is well worth a look. Hopefully there will be more countries going forward from the Quieroz elimination and trying to play through the group stage instead of just trying to push back, push back and push back. But limited teams will always think this is the surest way to get points in the group stage, and because of that, managers like Quieroz will still have jobs.
But will miss the Iranian players, who have risked a lot in this tournament. Their unsold song in the first game is said to have been received family returned home threatened. They have shown people what place sport can hold in society, while also adding oxygen to protests and movements back home, hoping to create significant change there. They have done more than just try to get Iran into the Round of 16 for the first time, which is more than enough pressure for any player. Clap for them.
Did Alexi Lalas say anything stupid?
He was certainly feeling comfortable at halftime, claiming that Iran “didn’t want to be in this game”, judging by the way they sat back and tried to defend and create nothing. This makes one wonder if Lalas has ever watched Iran or the team led by Quieroz play before. But would it make any difference if Lalas actually watched any other games?
Also his ranking of power a little bit every day is a violation of the Geneva Convention.
Does VAR damage anything?
Boy, we definitely thought it was going to happen with the ball hitting Shaq Moore or the late penalty with Carter-Vickers, didn’t we? But neither of them was worth watching, and luckily we didn’t get a single recommender in the booth having a bad day just wanting to do bad. Edema.
Did Qatar spoil anything?
More stories of fans with rainbow outfits detained before finally being released, this is simply doing it to do it because all security must know how this ends now. They just would like to harass fans now.
TYPICAL ACTIVITIES ARE UP!!!!!!