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originally posted by: mirageman
a reply to: UKTruth
My observations were that Southgate was playing the percentages with this game. Even if Belgium's 2nd team were better than England's. There was no real incentive to go for it and bust a gut. The objective was to avoid yellow cards and injuries. We'd have happily taken 1st place but 2nd place leads to a path clear of Brazil if we make it past Colombia.
It may or may not turn out to be a good result. But we football fans tend to make knee-jerk reactions in the moment and judge everything by the performance in our club/country's last match. The real test is Colombia now.
England, Colombia, Sweden or Switzerland will be world cup semi finalists in 2018.
originally posted by: gortex
Final whistle , France 4 Argentina 3.
That's how a knock out game should be played.