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(ESPN FC)   In today's least-surprising story, a World Cup match ended in a 0-0 draw   (espnfc.com) divider line 68
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2014-06-16 05:37:00 PM  
No Gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooals?
 
2014-06-16 05:55:36 PM  
They don't do a penalty kick shootout in group play?
 
2014-06-16 06:10:57 PM  

downstairs: They don't do a penalty kick shootout in group play?


Thankfully not.  A boring game through 90 minutes would then go through an additional boring 30 minutes of overtime before the semi-exciting randomness of the shootout.
 
MBK [TotalFark]
2014-06-16 06:50:38 PM  
I think this was the first World Cup game that ended in a draw.

Nigeria and Iran aren't exactly great teams.
 
2014-06-16 07:51:28 PM  
I think soccer needs a better scoring system, make it more like American football, one in the goal is six points, let 'em take a penalty kick for an extra point.

If you want to get really fancy put a tiny goalpost above the goal so people could try and score a point or two field goal style.

/of course opinions like this can probably get you killed in some countries,
 
2014-06-16 07:52:47 PM  

downstairs: They don't do a penalty kick shootout in group play?


Nope. Teams get three points for a win and one for a draw. Top two advance
 
2014-06-16 08:06:48 PM  
Before today I thought the USA chances of advancing were zero. But given this win and that Portugal lost 1/2 its starting team anything is possible.

/still, the USA played like ass in their win so probably not.
 
2014-06-16 08:08:55 PM  

AlgaeRancher: If you want to get really fancy put a tiny goalpost above the goal so people could try and score a point or two field goal style.


From what I read of the WC thread, Ghana would have kicked our sorry asses if this were true.

/just a little high
 
2014-06-16 08:12:16 PM  

worlddan: Before today I thought the USA chances of advancing were zero. But given this win and that Portugal lost 1/2 its starting team anything is possible.

/still, the USA played like ass in their win so probably not.


They did. I see Ghana getting more points against GER/POR than the US.
 
2014-06-16 08:12:25 PM  
Fourteen games played, only one ended in a 0-0 draw, which subby hand picked, skipping over the 5-1 upset of Denmark over Spain, the 4-0 shellacking of Portugal by Germany, and every other match but one seeing at least 3 goals in it.

Good call on the Obvious tag, subby.
 
2014-06-16 08:14:51 PM  

SmackLT: Fourteen games played, only one ended in a 0-0 draw, which subby hand picked, skipping over the 5-1 upset of Denmark over Spain, the 4-0 shellacking of Portugal by Germany, and every other match but one seeing at least 3 goals in it.

Good call on the Obvious tag, subby.


Dutch over Spain, otherwise, you're correct on all counts
 
2014-06-16 08:16:17 PM  
Outside of this snorefest they've were all exciting matches.
 
2014-06-16 08:16:32 PM  

SmackLT: Fourteen games played, only one ended in a 0-0 draw, which subby hand picked, skipping over the 5-1 upset of Denmark? over Spain, the 4-0 shellacking of Portugal by Germany, and every other match but one seeing at least 3 goals in it.

Good call on the Obvious tag, subby.


Holland I think you mean.
 
2014-06-16 08:18:01 PM  

Lord Jubjub: SmackLT: Fourteen games played, only one ended in a 0-0 draw, which subby hand picked, skipping over the 5-1 upset of Denmark? over Spain, the 4-0 shellacking of Portugal by Germany, and every other match but one seeing at least 3 goals in it.

Good call on the Obvious tag, subby.

Holland I think you mean.


The Netherlands. Why they have too many names for their country is beyond me.
 
2014-06-16 08:18:10 PM  

brap: Outside of this snorefest they've were all exciting matches.


Iran/Nigeria was the snorefest.  This had its dull moments, but the 20 minutes is the soccer we love. . .pretty much.
 
2014-06-16 08:21:52 PM  

Trocadero: Lord Jubjub: SmackLT: Fourteen games played, only one ended in a 0-0 draw, which subby hand picked, skipping over the 5-1 upset of Denmark? over Spain, the 4-0 shellacking of Portugal by Germany, and every other match but one seeing at least 3 goals in it.

Good call on the Obvious tag, subby.

Holland I think you mean.

The Netherlands. Why they have too many names for their country is beyond me.


They don't. It's stupid tourists that can't keep it straight. Holland is a state in the Netherlands. They speak Dutch.
 
2014-06-16 08:23:33 PM  
Nigeria looked pretty outclassed in their recent friendly with the US so it's not surprising to see them play some uninspired soccer against another team who looked happy to take the single point.
 
2014-06-16 08:23:52 PM  

Lost Thought 00: Trocadero: Lord Jubjub: SmackLT: Fourteen games played, only one ended in a 0-0 draw, which subby hand picked, skipping over the 5-1 upset of Denmark? over Spain, the 4-0 shellacking of Portugal by Germany, and every other match but one seeing at least 3 goals in it.

Good call on the Obvious tag, subby.

Holland I think you mean.

The Netherlands. Why they have too many names for their country is beyond me.

They don't. It's stupid tourists that can't keep it straight. Holland is a state in the Netherlands. They speak Dutch.


It's only the English that call them Holland for some reason.
 
2014-06-16 08:30:18 PM  

Palmer Eldritch: Nigeria looked pretty outclassed in their recent friendly with the US so it's not surprising to see them play some uninspired soccer against another team who looked happy to take the single point.


Most of the Nigerian team are guys I recognize as "talented but generally disappointing players in the Premier League", so I wouldn't be surprised if they couldn't get their sh*t together against the Easter Island* national team.

/*yeah, the joke doesn't really work since Easter Island is property of Chile
//don't care
 
2014-06-16 08:31:18 PM  

Killer Cars: Palmer Eldritch: Nigeria looked pretty outclassed in their recent friendly with the US so it's not surprising to see them play some uninspired soccer against another team who looked happy to take the single point.

Most of the Nigerian team are guys I recognize as "talented but generally disappointing players in the Premier League", so I wouldn't be surprised if they couldn't get their sh*t together against the Easter Island* national team.


Chile would destroy...

/*yeah, the joke doesn't really work since Easter Island is property of Chile
//don't care


...dammit.
 
2014-06-16 08:34:57 PM  

TeamEd: Lost Thought 00: Trocadero: Lord Jubjub: SmackLT: Fourteen games played, only one ended in a 0-0 draw, which subby hand picked, skipping over the 5-1 upset of Denmark? over Spain, the 4-0 shellacking of Portugal by Germany, and every other match but one seeing at least 3 goals in it.

Good call on the Obvious tag, subby.

Holland I think you mean.

The Netherlands. Why they have too many names for their country is beyond me.

They don't. It's stupid tourists that can't keep it straight. Holland is a state in the Netherlands. They speak Dutch.

It's only the English that call them Holland for some reason.


My Dutch friends call it Holland as well. Though I guess technically only two states are Holland
 
2014-06-16 08:50:50 PM  

downstairs: They don't do a penalty kick shootout in group play?


No, if you can't defeat your opponent, you're not awarded a win.
 
2014-06-16 08:51:55 PM  
AlgaeRancher:

/of course opinions like this can probably get you killed in some countries,

No, because noone gives a shiat that you don't care about or understand the game.
 
2014-06-16 08:59:58 PM  

worlddan: Before today I thought the USA chances of advancing were zero. But given this win and that Portugal lost 1/2 its starting team anything is possible.

/still, the USA played like ass in their win so probably not.


the USA lost one of their best players too, though.  Hamstring injuries linger.
 
2014-06-16 09:02:22 PM  
actually we lost two top players today.  Fortunately, Ronaldo is not nearly 100% and Portugal is quite banged up.  But the USA is banged up and Ghana exposed a very poor USA defense.  Ghana had a lot of opportunities.  And Portugal and Germany will do a much better job of capitalizing on opportunities than Ghana did.
 
2014-06-16 09:06:45 PM  

Trocadero: The Netherlands. Why they have too many names for their country is beyond me.


CGP Grey to the rescue
 
2014-06-16 09:09:28 PM  

AlgaeRancher: I think soccer needs a better scoring system, make it more like American football, one in the goal is six points, let 'em take a penalty kick for an extra point.

If you want to get really fancy put a tiny goalpost above the goal so people could try and score a point or two field goal style.

/of course opinions like this can probably get you killed in some countries,


Make the field smaller and the sport would be interesting, fark the field is huge and makes for boredom.

Or just enclose it and make it indoor soccer, that shiat was fun to watch and play.
 
2014-06-16 09:10:05 PM  

nickdaisy: SmackLT: Fourteen games played, only one ended in a 0-0 draw, which subby hand picked, skipping over the 5-1 upset of Denmark over Spain, the 4-0 shellacking of Portugal by Germany, and every other match but one seeing at least 3 goals in it.

Good call on the Obvious tag, subby.

Dutch over Spain, otherwise, you're correct on all counts


Meant to say Netherlands, you're right
 
2014-06-16 09:45:59 PM  
Watch it, now.
ak7.picdn.net
Watch carefully.
 
2014-06-16 09:58:34 PM  

SmackLT: Fourteen games played, only one ended in a 0-0 draw, which subby hand picked, skipping over the 5-1 upset of Denmark The Swamp Nazis over Spain, the 4-0 shellacking of Portugal by Germany, and every other match but one seeing at least 3 goals in it.

Good call on the Obvious tag, subby.



FTFY
 
2014-06-16 10:03:09 PM  

phamwaa: Watch it, now.

Watch carefully.


I don't understand. Why are we looking at Ghana's chances of getting out of the group?
 
2014-06-16 10:25:34 PM  
Low scoring?  You bet!

And ties, ties, ties!

/oblig.
 
2014-06-16 10:28:03 PM  
A German win on Saturday and drawing Portugal on Sunday probably does it unless Portugal beats Ghana by six goals (or the U.S. loses by three or four goals and Portugal wins by two or three).

So, not knowing anything about soccer, what are the odds that we can pull a draw out of Portugal?
 
2014-06-16 10:32:14 PM  
Also, I have really enjoyed the games in this World Cup. That was the first draw and most games have either a boatload of goals or good finishes. Sometimes, we've even had both.
 
2014-06-16 10:34:42 PM  

Smelly McUgly: A German win on Saturday and drawing Portugal on Sunday probably does it unless Portugal beats Ghana by six goals (or the U.S. loses by three or four goals and Portugal wins by two or three).

So, not knowing anything about soccer, what are the odds that we can pull a draw out of Portugal?


However pouty and sad Ronaldo was after losing to Germany, he looked at the US defense and all his troubles melted away
 
2014-06-16 10:40:44 PM  

Smelly McUgly: A German win on Saturday and drawing Portugal on Sunday probably does it unless Portugal beats Ghana by six goals (or the U.S. loses by three or four goals and Portugal wins by two or three).

So, not knowing anything about soccer, what are the odds that we can pull a draw out of Portugal?


I'd say pretty good if we possess the ball a lot more than the US did with Ghana.
 
2014-06-16 10:42:44 PM  

Smelly McUgly: So, not knowing anything about soccer, what are the odds that we can pull a draw out of Portugal?


Nate Silver give the USA 29% to win, 29% to tie, and 42% to lose.  Not sure how much it's taking into account injuries and suspensions on both sides though.
 
2014-06-16 11:02:09 PM  

Smelly McUgly: A German win on Saturday and drawing Portugal on Sunday probably does it unless Portugal beats Ghana by six goals (or the U.S. loses by three or four goals and Portugal wins by two or three).

So, not knowing anything about soccer, what are the odds that we can pull a draw out of Portugal?


Depends on which Portugal shows up. If it's Ronaldo + 10 ball watchers as sometimes happens they USA has a decent chance.
 
2014-06-16 11:02:23 PM  

12349876: Smelly McUgly: So, not knowing anything about soccer, what are the odds that we can pull a draw out of Portugal?

Nate Silver give the USA 29% to win, 29% to tie, and 42% to lose.  Not sure how much it's taking into account injuries and suspensions on both sides though.


Portugal's star player, Cristiano Ronaldo- think of how important Aaron Rodgers is to the Packers and you get the general idea- completely sucked today against Germany and he's been battling an injury that he claimed was fine by gameday, but you know how athletes lie about injuries so they can get into big games. If he's weak, Portugal is prone to total implosion against basically anyone they line up against.
 
2014-06-17 01:47:10 AM  
I'm going to go against the grain here and say that low scoring games are far more entertaining then high scoring games in soccer.  There is something about knowing that you only need one goal to win or tie.  Everything hinges on making good on your chances when they arrive.  It's really intense at times.  I will admit that not ALL 0-0 games are interesting though.  Sometimes the teams suck and it really is a snorefest.  However, I still would prefer a 1-0 game over a 4-0 game any day of the week.
 
2014-06-17 01:59:37 AM  

You're the jerk... jerk: TeamEd: Lost Thought 00: Trocadero: Lord Jubjub: SmackLT: Fourteen games played, only one ended in a 0-0 draw, which subby hand picked, skipping over the 5-1 upset of Denmark? over Spain, the 4-0 shellacking of Portugal by Germany, and every other match but one seeing at least 3 goals in it.

Good call on the Obvious tag, subby.

Holland I think you mean.

The Netherlands. Why they have too many names for their country is beyond me.

They don't. It's stupid tourists that can't keep it straight. Holland is a state in the Netherlands. They speak Dutch.

It's only the English that call them Holland for some reason.

My Dutch friends call it Holland as well. Though I guess technically only two states are Holland


The other Dutch states suck, so everyone just calls them Holland.

Kinda like how New York State is New York City, a military academy and a bunch of hills.
 
2014-06-17 02:12:36 AM  

Smelly McUgly: So, not knowing anything about soccer, what are the odds that we can pull a draw out of Portugal?


Well given their best defender won't be in the game thanks to his red card against Germany, and Ronaldo is apparently still hurt? The odds aren't bad at all. Also the US is good enough that if Portugal screws up they can capitalize on it.
 
2014-06-17 06:12:55 AM  

mainstreet62: phamwaa: Watch it, now.

Watch carefully.

I don't understand. Why are we looking at Ghana's chances of getting out of the group?


Its how many people from the USA will give a shiat about it if the US loses just like most of the other nations once their team loses they quit watching.
 
2014-06-17 06:44:58 AM  
How do you have a tie in a farking tournament? What a stupid farking sport.
 
2014-06-17 06:55:12 AM  

SmackLT: 5-1 upset of Denmark over Spain


Given that an upset means "a surprising victory", it is indeed surprising to hear that Denmark defeated Spain, considering that the Danes aren't even in the tournament.

/ but otherwise I agree with you---this was the first 0-0 draw after many games with several goals apiece...
 
2014-06-17 07:03:51 AM  
A lot of people don't seem to consider that Germany will beat Portugal, making them a shoe in.  I think we will see Germany's B team and should walk with at least one point in that match, if not three.  If we can get one point against Portugal or even pull off the upset then we're golden.
 
2014-06-17 07:28:12 AM  

abhorrent1: How do you have a tie in a farking tournament? What a stupid farking sport.


Cry about it biatch.
 
2014-06-17 07:37:08 AM  

steamingpile: mainstreet62: phamwaa: Watch it, now.

Watch carefully.

I don't understand. Why are we looking at Ghana's chances of getting out of the group?

Its how many people from the USA will give a shiat about it if the US loses just like most of the other nations once their team loses they quit watching.


LOL. Where do you get this idea? It's as sound as thinking that the fans of the 30 teams that didn't make it to the Superbowl don't watch it, because their team is not in it. I guess it must be true of the USA?
 
2014-06-17 07:52:03 AM  

12349876: Smelly McUgly: So, not knowing anything about soccer, what are the odds that we can pull a draw out of Portugal?

Nate Silver give the USA 29% to win, 29% to tie, and 42% to lose.  Not sure how much it's taking into account injuries and suspensions on both sides though.


Nate doesn't leave anything to chance. You can bet it's factored in.
 
2014-06-17 07:53:12 AM  

phamwaa: 12349876: Smelly McUgly: So, not knowing anything about soccer, what are the odds that we can pull a draw out of Portugal?

Nate Silver give the USA 29% to win, 29% to tie, and 42% to lose.  Not sure how much it's taking into account injuries and suspensions on both sides though.

Nate doesn't leave anything to chance. You can bet it's factored in.


Even Nate can't know if Ronaldo and Dempsey are going to be 100%.
 
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