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Re: International Friendlies: 2015
« Reply #780 on: March 26, 2015, 04:32:32 PM »
Germany 2 Australia 2


Australia’s first real step on the road to Russia to 2018 should, in all likelihood, be its hardest, and the new kings of Asia depart the home of the world champions with positive signs ahead.

Joachim Löw promised an experimental line-up, but he was hardly scraping the bottom of the barrel bringing in second stringers of the calibre of Bayern Munich’s Holger Badstuber and Borussia Dortmund’s Ilkay Gündogan.

Ange Postecoglou, on the other hand, had to cobble together what team he could. Injuries meant the Australians were playing without their eternal saviour, Tim Cahill, and their star of the Asian Cup, Massimo Luongo, nor the two centre backs who served them served them so well during that tournament, Trent Sainsbury and Matthew Spiranovic. His bench might have suffered sunburn for its shortage of caps.

There were scrappy moments for sure, but the visitors showed plenty of intent in the early stages, comfortably working the ball around the German’s half, though without the firepower to finish it off.

Their makeshift defence, however, looked in all sorts of trouble as the home side produced wave after wave of attack. They found the back of the net midway through the half, only for it to be called offside. Little matter. Barely a minute later, Sami Khedira intercepted a pass in defence, ran it across the halfway line and up the wing to set up a waiting Marco Reus. Germany 1-nil.

The Australians began to work their way back into the game, and Mile Jedinak gave Germany’s third-choice keeper, Ron-Robert Zieler, his first test of the night with a long-range effort. The Socceroos’ continued positivity was eventually rewarded just before the break, when Nathan Burns threaded a cross through the German defence to James Troisi, who beat the fingertips of Zieler for the equaliser.

Fittingly, it all began with a throw in from left-back Jason Davidson, whose work all night, but especially in that opening half, showed why he had been picked up by the Premier League after the World Cup. His occasional rustiness also showed that he isn’t getting much game time there. Mathew Leckie also showed more promising signs in a taster of what he can expect in German’s top flight next season, though his finishing remains an issue.

Jedinak, the only survivor from 2010’s massacre in Durban, got his revenge shortly after the break, putting his side ahead with a free kick that curled over the heads of the German wall and then got a helping hand from Zieler. Troisi, one of Australia’s best performer on the night, followed up with another dangerous effort a few minutes later, but sent the ball wide.

Around the hour mark, Germany began producing the kind of inventive, fluid football the world has come to know from them. But it also produced Ryan and Wilkinson’s most composed efforts in defence, and opened the game up for Australia to counter attack.

The inevitable equaliser came in the 82nd minute, with Lukas Podolski finding enough space in the box to deliver the game’s fourth goal. It was the veteran’s first goal at any level for some time, though credit must go to fellow substitute (and EPL refugee) Andre Schürrle, whose work out wide had overtones of the decisive goal he set up in the World Cup final.

Another goal from the Australians was never really in the script, but importantly for Postecoglou’s side, it withstood any more advances on goal.

There was no winner, but Postecoglou says the scoreline was secondary to the way his team played. He certainly takes plenty more out of that performance than his German counterpart, whose middling post-World Cup form continues. That they couldn’t break down such a makeshift backline will be a concern as his team struggles for Euro 2016 qualification.

Things now get serious again for the Germans, who will travel to Georgia to continue their battle for a spot at Euro 2016. For the Aussies, a tie in Macedonia next week is followed by the early stages of World Cup qualification, which could see them travelling to Bhutan, East Timor, Kyrgyzstan and Guam over the next 12 months.

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Re: International Friendlies: 2015
« Reply #781 on: March 28, 2015, 03:40:29 AM »
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Re: International Friendlies: 2015
« Reply #782 on: March 28, 2015, 09:21:11 PM »
Mexico and Ecuador playing this game like they mean it.
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Re: International Friendlies: 2015
« Reply #783 on: March 29, 2015, 05:06:59 AM »
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Things now get serious again for the Germans, who will travel to Georgia to continue their battle for a spot at Euro 2016. For the Aussies, a tie in Macedonia next week is followed by the early stages of World Cup qualification, which could see them travelling to Bhutan, East Timor, Kyrgyzstan and Guam over the next 12 months.

Bhutan, the lowest-ranked team in FIFA, recently won their first match in seven years. Celebrated by a trip to KFC and a big do at the airport. Imagine if KFC was a motivator for a T&T victory ...

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Re: International Friendlies: 2015
« Reply #784 on: March 29, 2015, 07:48:49 AM »
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Things now get serious again for the Germans, who will travel to Georgia to continue their battle for a spot at Euro 2016. For the Aussies, a tie in Macedonia next week is followed by the early stages of World Cup qualification, which could see them travelling to Bhutan, East Timor, Kyrgyzstan and Guam over the next 12 months.

Bhutan, the lowest-ranked team in FIFA, recently won their first match in seven years. Celebrated by a trip to KFC and a big do at the airport. Imagine if KFC was a motivator for a T&T victory ...

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Re: International Friendlies: 2015
« Reply #785 on: March 29, 2015, 09:44:43 AM »
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Things now get serious again for the Germans, who will travel to Georgia to continue their battle for a spot at Euro 2016. For the Aussies, a tie in Macedonia next week is followed by the early stages of World Cup qualification, which could see them travelling to Bhutan, East Timor, Kyrgyzstan and Guam over the next 12 months.

Bhutan, the lowest-ranked team in FIFA, recently won their first match in seven years. Celebrated by a trip to KFC and a big do at the airport. Imagine if KFC was a motivator for a T&T victory ...
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Re: International Friendlies: 2015
« Reply #786 on: March 29, 2015, 09:51:51 AM »
Not a Dunga fan, but ah have to admit that he has this team playing with alot more heart and discipline. The Copa will be a big test, but so far so good.
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Re: International Friendlies: 2015
« Reply #787 on: March 29, 2015, 10:20:24 AM »
Chile played tough and Miranda should have been sent off for fouling Sanchez.  I see a Chilean step on Neymar too.
Firmino (who is that) left the defender for dead on his goal, well-timed run. Good pass too though I didn't see who did it.
And Neymar was playing a lil selfish again.  Too much beat and not enough pass.
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Re: International Friendlies: 2015
« Reply #788 on: March 29, 2015, 07:56:12 PM »


Ah see the US lose to Denmark. I am beginning to lose faith in Klinsman on whether he is de man to take the US to the next level.

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Re: International Friendlies: 2015
« Reply #789 on: March 31, 2015, 01:49:42 PM »
Italy v England at the moment ... Guess who is up?

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Re: International Friendlies: 2015
« Reply #790 on: March 31, 2015, 01:56:24 PM »
España perdiendo contra Hollanda. Medio tiempo. 0-2.

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Re: International Friendlies: 2015
« Reply #791 on: March 31, 2015, 02:18:38 PM »
Argentina v Ecuador tonight. Doh go expecting to ketch Messi. Not likely to play.

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Re: International Friendlies: 2015
« Reply #792 on: March 31, 2015, 02:29:49 PM »
Italy v England at the moment ... Guess who is up?

Townsend ... level terms.

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Re: International Friendlies: 2015
« Reply #793 on: March 31, 2015, 02:49:32 PM »
Italy v England at the moment ... Guess who is up?

Townsend ... level terms.

Italy's 1st half, England's 2nd...completely dominated and should have went on to win it.

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Re: International Friendlies: 2015
« Reply #794 on: March 31, 2015, 06:16:50 PM »
Cape Verde Islands 2 vs Portugal 0   ;D
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Re: International Friendlies: 2015
« Reply #795 on: March 31, 2015, 08:21:07 PM »
I watched the US vs Switzerland, 1-1 wasn't a bad game IMO. Now the US has friendlies against Mexico, Netherlands and Germany before the GC.

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« Reply #796 on: April 15, 2015, 04:10:46 PM »
So guys,  for the world cup I supported USA...idk if it's because they have a way of marketing themselves which appeals to the emotions of their viewers. ..but they had me...it was nail biting watching them...any who. ...I find this weird because I like the Mexico team more than the us and I think Mexico is better...even tho the results doesn't reflect it....any  one  feels the same?
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Re: International Friendlies: 2015
« Reply #797 on: April 15, 2015, 07:11:15 PM »
So guys,  for the world cup I supported USA...idk if it's because they have a way of marketing themselves which appeals to the emotions of their viewers. ..but they had me...it was nail biting watching them...any who. ...I find this weird because I like the Mexico team more than the us and I think Mexico is better...even tho the results doesn't reflect it....any  one  feels the same?

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Re: International Friendlies: 2015
« Reply #798 on: April 15, 2015, 08:48:00 PM »
U.S. beating Mex 2-0

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Re: International Friendlies: 2015
« Reply #799 on: April 15, 2015, 08:57:15 PM »
Final 2-0 win by the U.S.

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Re: International Friendlies: 2015
« Reply #800 on: June 03, 2015, 11:20:12 PM »
Netherland team to face US

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Re: International Friendlies: 2015
« Reply #801 on: June 05, 2015, 01:43:49 PM »
Netherland team to face US



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Re: International Friendlies: 2015
« Reply #802 on: June 05, 2015, 02:14:04 PM »
Memphis was quality, wasn't he?
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Re: International Friendlies: 2015
« Reply #803 on: June 05, 2015, 02:18:30 PM »
Netherland team to face US



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Re: International Friendlies: 2015
« Reply #804 on: June 05, 2015, 02:30:12 PM »
How about that? Are we ready for the Gold Cup.
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Re: International Friendlies: 2015
« Reply #805 on: June 05, 2015, 02:42:22 PM »
USA doh give up jed...them men have heart, i will give them that

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Re: International Friendlies: 2015
« Reply #806 on: June 05, 2015, 05:16:42 PM »
chile dominating el salvador...but I must say el salv back 4 would be hard for most gold cup teams to break.

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Re: International Friendlies: 2015
« Reply #807 on: June 08, 2015, 12:17:42 PM »
The 106th meeting between Norway and Sweden is in progress. Currently goalless at about 15' into the proceedings.

UPDATE: Turned out to be a very, very entertaining friendly. Zlatan wasn't at his best, but he had a look or two. Subs on both sides were influential.

The highlight: Norway's 16 year old left-footed prodigy, Martin Odegaard. Unconfirmed reports indicate he might be loaned out by Madrid, possibly destined for the Premier League. His pass selection will catch your attention.

On the whole, either team could have walked off with the win, but, for me, Norway might have been the more deserving. Hope they progress out of European qualifying.

Big football day in Sweden: just as Sweden's men sign off, the Swedish women kick off versus Nigeria.
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Re: International Friendlies: 2015
« Reply #808 on: June 09, 2015, 06:48:31 PM »

Highlights from the USA 4-3 win over Netherlands. Where de orange kook-aid drinkers?  ;D


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Re: International Friendlies: 2015
« Reply #809 on: June 10, 2015, 01:01:54 PM »
The US is getting decent chances, but Goetze opens the scoring!!

 

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