World Cup 2018 Playoff - Greece v HRVATSKA - November 12th, 2017 - Page 4 - Xtratime Community
View Poll Results: Who will win this World Cup Playoff?
*** Who cares, HRVATSKA is going to World Cup 2018 in Russia WOOT!!!!!! *** 4 44.44%
HRVATSKA by 2+ Goals 2 22.22%
HRVATSKA by 1 Goal 2 22.22%
Scoreless Draw 0 0%
Draw with goals (1-1, 2-2, etc) 1 11.11%
HRVATSKA by 1 Goal 0 0%
HRVATSKA by 2+ Goals 0 0%
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post #61 of 121 (permalink) Old November 12th, 2017, 21:57
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Strinic played well again, besides the lob in the first half where it hit the ribcage of the Greek player (got bailed out there).
Please tell me that you are kidding.

The Greeks were going around him like he was nothing, and he was very lucky not to give up a PK. His awareness is just not there at times as he gave up the ball many times. Good teams would have made us pay dearly.

Sorry, but he did not play very good. No offense my friend.
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post #62 of 121 (permalink) Old November 12th, 2017, 21:59
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Congrats on qualifying

Dalic asked Sokratis to give him his jersey btw
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post #63 of 121 (permalink) Old November 12th, 2017, 21:59
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what a boring game after all the excitement in the first leg... but that was kinda expected after the 4-1 result. In the end who cares since we are headed to Russia next June!


Bravo Vatreni Bravo
Just keep the piva coming!!
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post #64 of 121 (permalink) Old November 12th, 2017, 22:01
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I thought this was a too passive approach by Dalic. Being content with just holding onto the result can backfire in most cases. Hard to say who was the best player. Strinic played well again, besides the lob in the first half where it hit the ribcage of the Greek player (got bailed out there). Vida very solid too. Others were ok. All in all, too timid and safe performance
Yes Dalic talked about playing attacking but its not easy. Greeks were playing a high line as they knew they had to attack more. We definitely sat back more then in Zagreb but we played smart. There was never any panic which is a good sign.
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post #65 of 121 (permalink) Old November 12th, 2017, 22:02
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Yes Dalic talked about playing attacking but its not easy. Greeks were playing a high line as they knew they had to attack more. We definitely sat back more then in Zagreb but we played smart. There was never any panic which is a good sign.
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Strinic is ok and the best we have to be honest. He was very good going forward in Zagreb. Pivaric just sucks and should never be in the national team again.
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Please tell me that you are kidding.

The Greeks were going around him like he was nothing, and he was very lucky not to give up a PK. His awareness is just not there at times as he gave up the ball many times. Good teams would have made us pay dearly.

Sorry, but he did not play very good. No offense my friend.
I'm not. He wasn't flawless obv. He wasn't skinned by anyone and always held his ground. There was an instance where Modric ran into his space causing confusion, which lead to needlessly giving up possession.
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Strinic is ok and the best we have to be honest. He was very good going forward in Zagreb. Pivaric just sucks and should never be in the national team again.
We need another LB regardless.

Justifying Strinic using Pivaric speaks volumes. When did I say we should start Pivaric? When did I even mention him? Why is it that when I make observations about Strinic, Pivaric automatically is mentioned?

This position is our weak link, regardless what anyone says.

Strinic was good for 30 minutes in Zagreb. The rest of that game was him being him.

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I'm not. He wasn't flawless obv. He wasn't skinned by anyone and always held his ground. There was an instance where Modric ran into his space causing confusion, which lead to needlessly giving up possession.
He was skinned many times, and players went around him effortlessly.

What about the PK that could have easily happened? A good team would have made us pay dearly today. He did not play well.

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We need another LB regardless.

Justifying Strinic using Pivaric speaks volumes. When did I say we should start Pivaric? When did I even mention him? Why is it that when I make observations about Strinic, Pivaric automatically is mentioned?

This position is our weak link, regardless what anyone says.

Strinic was good for 30 minutes in Zagreb. The rest of that game was him being him.
Strinic is the best we have i believe . I was for giving Barisic a chance as i could not watch Pivaric anymore. Barisic looked solid for Osijek when i saw him.
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Strinic is our best LB option. That doesn’t mean he’s good.

Most boring game I think I’ve ever watched but the job is done.
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Strinic is the best we have i believe . I was for giving Barisic a chance as i could not watch Pivaric anymore. Barisic looked solid for Osijek when i saw him.
I have no issues with giving Barisic a shot. I just don't want us to rest on our laurels regarding our LB spot.

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Strinic is our best LB option. That doesn’t mean he’s good.
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Most boring game I think I’ve ever watched but the job is done.
Brother it is right up there on the boring scale! However, the beers taste lovely!!

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Boring but effective as the Greeks would say.
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We need another LB regardless.

Justifying Strinic using Pivaric speaks volumes. When did I say we should start Pivaric? When did I even mention him? Why is it that when I make observations about Strinic, Pivaric automatically is mentioned?

This position is our weak link, regardless what anyone says.

Strinic was good for 30 minutes in Zagreb. The rest of that game was him being him.
Dude , you are being to hard on the fella, take a chill pill and enjoy this moment, time for a Karlovacko or two ....

We had Leovac and Pivaric in the squad yet they didn't get a minute of play. Strinic i far from perfect, but right now there is nobody that's better than him and playing Vrsalko there is a compromise too.
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I was very happy with that game. There's a time to be entertaining and there's a time to be pragmatic. Dalic has the obligation to pick the right approach and the players are obliged to execute. In both matches, all parties did their job very well. Sto tu vise ima trazit?

As in the first game, we pressured high very well. The only difference between the two games is that in this second one we didn't take chances going forward, preferring instead to retain shape at all times. The onus was on Greece to demonstrate some quality in the middle and create opportunities. Unfortunately for them, that's not their game.

Very happy!
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Dude , you are being to hard on the fella,
Indicating or making an observation about a player not having a good game is far from being too hard on anyone or anything.

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As mentioned previously, that is exaclty what I am doing.

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We had Leovac and Pivaric in the squad yet they didn't get a minute of play. Strinic i far from perfect, but right now there is nobody that's better than him and playing Vrsalko there is a compromise too.
All this because I made an observation about his game play?

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I was very happy with that game. There's a time to be entertaining and there's a time to be pragmatic. Dalic has the obligation to pick the right approach and the players are obliged to execute. In both matches, all parties did their job very well. Sto tu vise ima trazit?

As in the first game, we pressured high very well. The only difference between the two games is that in this second one we didn't take chances going forward, preferring instead to retain shape at all times. The onus was on Greece to demonstrate some quality in the middle and create opportunities. Unfortunately for them, that's not their game.

Very happy!
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Ivan Rakitic: "We have this special bond. When you put the sacred Croatia shirt on you become another person...this is something all of us have in us, and it will be in us to the very last moment.”

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Very well played today by the boys...they played to the game plan to perfection, and the Greeks couldn't do anything.

Too bad Perisic's rocket wasn't a mm to the left, what a goal that would have been.

As for the guys, a few thoughts:

Suba-didn't have to do anything apart from a late save in traffic where he held onto the ball, was a nice save. He was sure and composed today. Though anytime we pass it back to him, I wonder if he'll f it up.

Vrsaljko-excellent game at the back. He made some nice tackles, was composed.

Strinic-what can I say, he's the best we have the left back.\ unfortunately. I wish for a Jarni back there but we just can't seem to produce anyone quality there and we have to make do. He did okay though it seemed it was the Greek game plan to try and go down his side. He did what he had to do.

Vida-rock solid as usual. Him and Modric were/are our most consistent players all campaign. Again, well played, no worries with him at the back, read the game well, and won his aerial duels.

Lovren-another great game from the big man. I know he is going through some tough times personally and at Liverpool, but for us, he delivered. Was excellent today. Won literally every aerial challenge and also on the ground. When he plays like this with Vida, we are a tough nut to crack.

Perisic-made some nice runs, helped on the defensive end, and almost scored a rocket.

Mandzo-warrior, and did what he needed to do to help us win. Made a great tackle that was called a foul. Only complaint was what were him and Modric doing on that one free kick that they ended up wasting. Just get in the box Mandzo, and do your thing.

Rakitic-great game again today. Was great in the air. Sprayed the ball around the park, defended well. Too bad he shanked that one free kick at the top of the box, but other than that, was excellent.

Luka-was Luka. Noting more to say. He got us to the WC. Simply the best midfielder in the world. End of discussion. We are so lucky to have him.

Kalinic-really impressed with his ability to control the ball in tight spaces, created some free kicks for us. Nicely played by him.

What more to say, we did it the hard way again via the playoffs. We have too much talent to have to do it this way, but I'll take it.

Off to Russia we go.
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