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Semi-final 2 (GER 2-0 FRA)

Postby Zenith » Wed Dec 16, 2015 2:22 pm

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Re: Semi-final 2

Postby Zenith » Sun Jul 03, 2016 9:03 pm

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Re: Semi-final 2 (GER - FRA)

Postby Callum » Sun Jul 03, 2016 9:04 pm

Giroud to score a hat-trick.
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Re: Semi-final 2 (GER - FRA)

Postby Cripps » Sun Jul 03, 2016 9:07 pm

Hummels and Gomez out.

Giroud and Gotze to come in.

Bastian and Khedira doubtful.
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Re: Semi-final 2 (GER - FRA)

Postby gooney » Sun Jul 03, 2016 9:47 pm

I honestly fancy Giroud to cause the germans problems in the air. Doesnt he always score against Neuer as well
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Re: Semi-final 2 (GER - FRA)

Postby GoonerAlexandre » Sun Jul 03, 2016 11:15 pm

Giroud versus Ozil

Ozil to assist Giroud by mistake
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Re: Semi-final 2 (GER - FRA)

Postby Va-Va-Voom » Sun Jul 03, 2016 11:22 pm

GoonerAlexis wrote:Giroud versus Ozil

Ozil to assist Giroud by mistake


If Ozil played Giroud in he'd miss out of habit.
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Re: Semi-final 2 (GER - FRA)

Postby Big17 » Sun Jul 03, 2016 11:28 pm

Buzzing for this. Both teams will be going for it. Should be a cracker.
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Re: Semi-final 2 (GER - FRA)

Postby Cripps » Sun Jul 03, 2016 11:31 pm

The Great One wrote:Buzzing for this. Both teams will be going for it. Should be a cracker.

As long as it's better than the absolute shite World Cup game
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Re: Semi-final 2 (GER - FRA)

Postby Angelito » Mon Jul 04, 2016 4:32 am

Gomez' injury is a major blow to the Germans. France don't have any such injuries/suspensions to worry about. Hummels missing this is probably the biggest blow. It's going to be really tight. Ozil, Kroos, and Muller need to up the ante.
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Re: Semi-final 2 (GER - FRA)

Postby Mike Dean » Mon Jul 04, 2016 7:32 am

If Germany did not have serious injury/suspension issues, I would have picked them over France because of their superior team play. However they have three big loses.

Losing Gomez is a serious serious blow. The team did not have any rhythm on offense until Gomez was inserted as a striker. Having Gomez up front allowed Muller to have more freedom and he was able to link up better with Ozil. Gomez also allowed a more physical presence up front. The Gotze experiment as a false 9 simply did not work.

With Khedira out, it puts a lot of pressure on Kroos. Khedira provided balance to their midfield. Schweinstiger is old and slow. He was able to make up for it because of his excellent positional awareness but that was against an italy side that slows things down. He will have a very hard time staying with the pace of the French side that attacks a lot especially after having played almost the entire match including overtime against Italy.....and that is if he is even fit to play to begin with. Apparently he strained a ligament in his knee in the match against Italy.

Big big big loss with Hummels out due to accumulation of yellows. Hummels + Boateng is a very experienced backline which was needed against France. Hummels being out, puts a lot of pressure on Boateng. Mustafa will be brought it to replace Hummels. While Mustafa is pretty solid himself, Hummels is more mobile and offers more on attack as well on occasion.

Germany has an edge in team cohesion and confidence. Unfortunately that gap closed down because of France's display against Iceland. I am sure the French team feels great about itself now.

On the fitness/tiredness issue. Germany will have an extra day of rest but France played a far less grueling game and less minutes than Germany did and they dont have the injury/suspension issues as the Germans. If the Germans fall behind early, the physical and mental fatigue will start taking a toll on them. France also gets a well rested Kante back, who was also serving a suspension due to accumulation of yellows.

Germany needs to attack the French defense and keep them under pressure. We all know that Kos can have a few brain farts here and there. Also, France's weakest point is Adil Rami. Germany should hope that Deschamps stupid enough to put him back in the lineup after the suspension he has served for yellows. Rami is incredibly slow and gets caught out of position far too often. Their version of Mertesacker.

There is one area where Germany has a definite advantage over France and that is at goalkeeping. Neuer is one of the best if not the best while Lloris is quiet average and more importantly a Spur. So he is bound to choke.
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Re: Semi-final 2 (GER - FRA)

Postby GoonerAlexandre » Mon Jul 04, 2016 8:34 am

There is also the fact that Giroud's performance in crunch games is pretty crap. Expect another Monaco from him
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Re: Semi-final 2 (GER - FRA)

Postby Mike Dean » Mon Jul 04, 2016 8:45 am

Further confirming that Muller asked Ozil to take the penalty against Slovakia.

"I will not be taking any penalties during a match in the next two weeks," Muller said. "I will work on my technique, and come back stronger in one, maybe two months. I will yield to others." - Muller

Also, Kudos for Ozil for taking up on the offer despite sucking at penalties himself. At least he was not afraid to take them.
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Re: Semi-final 2 (GER - FRA)

Postby Santi » Mon Jul 04, 2016 8:46 am

Giroud hattrick but Germany win :pray:
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Re: Semi-final 2 (GER - FRA)

Postby Nuggets » Mon Jul 04, 2016 3:20 pm

I think the French are going to have an ass whupping.....:D
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