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Number333

Ecuador went from impressing extremely well these first two matchups to playing insanely conservative as all they need is a draw in the 3rd match and now it's killing them vs Senegal. Woof.


ManLikeNosaka

I don't think I've seen "playing for the draw" actually result in a draw ever


Amenemhab

France - Denmark in 2018 was an impressive example. I'm never getting those 90 minutes back.


akskeleton_47

The only 0-0 that WC


Ricky_Berwick

Oh wow. I thought people were exaggerating about all the 0-0s we've seen this WC but that does put things into perspective


mahades

What a game it was!


Blukay

The worst game I’ve ever seen. I’ll remember it forever


maverick4002

Didn't a draw get them both through? That tends to always happen in final games when a draw will get both teams through. This is a different scenario


LibertarianSocialism

France had already clinched, just needed a draw or win for better seeding. (Though that seeding got them Argentina in the RO16.) So extra inventive for neither to try hard.


ForwardSheepherder2

streets wont forget nigeria iran 2014


MehrzaadMir

Goochannejad had 3 attempts that game, the header should've went in


GR-MWF

Happens plenty, we selectively remember the matches where it blows up in their faces.


Lambchops_Legion

Yes 0-0 is often boring, thus easily forgettable


aveniner

We did it with Mexico tbh But we will play for a draw tomorrow in a decisive game and get crushed lol


Senuf

There's no guarantee, pal. Remember that your team is going to play against Argentina, and we're equally driven to epic glory as to catastrophic failures. Source: am Argentine.


Rektile7

Nahh, Lewa got the monkey off his back and scored a WC goal, he is putting 4 past Argentina


Number333

England against the US lmao


ManLikeNosaka

I'm so happy I couldn't watch that so my statement still stands lol


BeefCentral

Such an anticlimactic Friday night. So annoying.


BigReeceJames

You can't expect anything else with Gareth. We need to not lose by 4 goals or more tonight, hopefully that's enough for him to just send out a team to try to win. But, it wouldn't surprise me at all if he just sent them out to avoid losing, even though we should win by a big margin if we actually try to play.


online_predator

Hope that trend continues this afternoon lol


Tidelag

Let me introduce you to the game between Sweden and Denmark in Euros 2004 were a draw, 2-2, 3-3, ... X-X, would secure them first and second place in the group and send Italy home.


ManLikeNosaka

I was 2 years old in 2004 so I can't be blamed for not remembering that one


Schwiliinker

actually it happens pretty often


EasyModeActivist

Netherlands vs Ecuador lol


Agus-Teguy

Russia vs Spain


mintz41

England against the US and Scotland


Flukes_Pet_Ocelot

I've seen it work multiple times, albeit mostly in Lower League Club Football. Big Bad Steve Evans is the master


tchebagual93

https://youtu.be/YetC8TKfe9E May i present to you this MLS playoff game in which we (RSL) won the match without a single shot in 120 minutes. And I don't just mean no shots on goal. No shots, whatsoever.


Zloggt

It’s…definitely a strange choice to do this… Hopefully in the second half they can step it up again…


royalewithcheese4272

I don’t think they’re playing for a draw, they’ve said they want ti go and win and in theory this is an attacking and dynamic line up, reslly think the nerves are getting to them, they need to settle down, be more precise in passing.


thesecondfire

> Woof. *Wolof


GambianSlange

Rrekk


ThePr1d3

> Woof Wolof*


Macducci

Just CONMEBOL things


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n22rwrdr

No they're not


HongKongChicken

He is literally playing


RG_Oriax

How are they missing him?


doobie3101

He's just all the way up the pitch and they miss him.


RG_Oriax

lmao


Best_Cook

Ghosting like Benzema


KillForFood

Maybe he meant Antonio Valencia?


Its_ABR12

Valencia is there, problem is that they just went out there hoping for a tie


hufusa

He’s playing isn’t he?


Amopax

They’re not. He is playing. What are you talking about?


gundogod

No they aren’t


plainranger

They are at the gates of direct eliminations games, the pressure is eating them a good slap in the face should bring them back at level they show against Netherlands is Alfarez job to do that.


Alpha_Jazz

He’s dogshit at penalties im amazed they let him take it


jdono927

I was surprised too but with Mane out they don’t have a ton of options


barely1egal

I'd honestly have the goalie on pens over him. He's a wonderful player on his day, but the worst pen taker I think I have ever seen. Loses his bottle even in champion games. Amazed he kept his composure here.


Garouvs

Pressure makes diamonds I guess.


Powerjugs

Seemingly so. The man who has fluffed more penalties for us goes and does this on the World's biggest stage. Fair fucks to him, can't knock that.


the_beast93112

Even with Mane in they don't have a ton of options


mykolasj

Hehe, year ago when Mane missed a pen bunch of senegalese argued that it should've been sarr who took it


SpyMonkey3D

Well, he earned it Thanksfully, their goalkeeper didn't even do anything


ThePr1d3

He scored the one to win the cup vs Paris, it's all that matters to me


vireshwarsidhu

Senegal have been great this half


Conscient-

Playing for a draw never goes well


PoppinKREAM

They key is matching the tempo and tenacity of the opposition. When going for the draw it's easy to end up playing lackadaisical football, which is what we're seeing from Ecuador. Should be an entertaining second half though! Ecuador will need to open up.


PM_something_German

The key is to play your normal football and go for a goal or two. You just can't go for a 0-0 against an even opponent they'll always find a way to score.


BigReeceJames

Yeah, this really is it. You have to play the way you normally do whilst being more solid. You only need to go back to England Vs USA to see how bad England looked because the players were just told to go out and not lose instead of playing to their strengths with an emphasis on remaining defensively solid.


SERVEYSAH

Problem is if you want to match tempo and tenacity playing to destroy/nullify as a defender against top quality teams technically/physically, you have to exert almost double of the effort to contain and chase ball carriers/possible threats. And after 3/4 of the match your team will be completely exhausted. That’s what happened to Mexico vs Argentina from 65 minute onward. I think for everything there’s a balance and you have to find ways to keep the ball calmly and intelligently so you can get some oxygen and then continue fighting in defense. You don’t even have to attack just keep the ball and look for dead balls in your favor. Mexico lacked that. As well as being shit in attack of course....


thesecondfire

U.S. are hoping that's true too.


Nasty133

This is exactly why I'm glad the US has to win vs Iran today to advance.


TacticalTuchel

I believe that we can win


ima_be_the_greatest

FIGHT


BigReeceJames

Yeah, as strange as it sounds, going into the final game of a group or the second round of a fixture needing a result often gives the team a better position to work from. They can have a game plan from minute 1 and stick to it. Whereas the team that only need a draw will often go in with one idea and then have to completely change when something happens. That's going to be an even bigger deal with Iran because their manager has been making very questionable decisions the whole tournament that could be seen to be hamstringing his team and the decisions he'll have to make for tonight will be much harder than any previous ones


Cantax1

It's the mentally which is impossible to overcome. If you go attacking and lose then the blame stays forever


KubaBVB09

They look insanely good in this game


GeraldJimes_

They were very good against the Dutch too. Just got the wrong side of the breaks.


doubleABC

They have been good in the last 2 games too, if this team had mane i could see them being a dark horse


BeardedGirl

If they send Ecuador home I’ll be shocked lol


aveniner

Really? I know they lost Mane but Senegal were favoured to get out of this group before tournament


IMKudaimi123

Yeah I actually thought they’d make quarters at least with Mane


Schwiliinker

don't think they would beat any good team regarldess


A_Round_of_Gwent

They would have won against the Netherlands with Mane imo, considering that they looked great against them and just lacked finishing. Unless your definition of "good team" is "Brazil and France".


Schwiliinker

I mean ecuador should have beaten netherlands so idk if they are a good team. But I mean we'll likely play them in quarters and we'll see then


A_Round_of_Gwent

Maybe that means Ecuador are a pretty decent team themselves?


rytmen

They almost beat netherlands


Schwiliinker

so did ecuador


LibertarianSocialism

Yeah I would have said they were even at least.


MarginOfCorrectness

I don't think they were. Aren't they ranked lower for instance?


Scalenuts

Ranking don't really matter, Belgium are not the second best team in the world for instance.


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A_Round_of_Gwent

They had a fairly decent run in the 2013 AFCON, and they did well in friendlies and world cup qualifying matches in that year. And since the FIFA ranking only cares about wins, and not "who you won against", they were ranked 27th at the start of 2014.


Morethanlikely

Rank rarely matters in the World Cup. They are still African champions


Midnight_Maverick

Huh? They are like 19 spots above Ecuador in the FIFA world rankings


Schwiliinker

yea but that ranking is useless, ecuador was third in south america. Im actually surprised they aren't winning considering they deserved to beat netherlands


A_Round_of_Gwent

>Im actually surprised they aren't winning considering they deserved to beat netherlands Senegal also deserved a draw, if not a win, against the Netherlands.


Midnight_Maverick

Player for player, Senegal are a better team. End of.


nadiwereb

FIFA rankings don't mean anything, though. According to the FIFA rankings, Saint Lucia and South Sudan are better than Moldova. (Just to be clear, they're really not.)


TacticalTuchel

These rankings are ridiculous


that0neGuy22

no


A_Round_of_Gwent

In the FIFA rankings? That's wrong. Senegal are 18th, while Ecuador are 44th. Ecuador are actually one of the worst teams in the world cup if you only looked at FIFA rankings (I think only Qatar, Ghana, and Saudi Arabia are ranked lower than them).


skyrimisagood

Why? They have better and more well known players than Ecuador.


BeardedGirl

Ecuador has been arguably better than Senegal up to this game imo


TheGermAbides

Yes agree in the previous two games, but Senegal is clearly outplaying Ecuador through this half. Ecuador is going to need to open things up, that could be curious.


Morethanlikely

They are a team that specialises in boring 0-0, 1-1 draws. Just look at their games leading up to the world cup


A_Round_of_Gwent

Senegal went 1-2-0 in their AFCON group this year and scored only 1 goal in their group matches (and it was a penalty), and their coach Aliou Cisse often gets criticised because he plays "boring, defensive football", so what you said kinda applies to Senegal as well.


Morethanlikely

Yeah, but they've shown the ability this game to take initiative. It's up to Ecuador to prove they too can go forward and play attacking football


A_Round_of_Gwent

I think it's mainly because Senegal *need* a win, so they're pushing for one by playing offensively, while Ecuador are fine with a draw. But yeah, Ecuador need to understand that playing for a draw almost never works, and they should attack more.


A_Round_of_Gwent

Maybe, but tbh Senegal have looked great in their other 2 games as well. They were just very unlucky to lose against the Netherlands imo.


skyrimisagood

Lmao


GreatSpaniard

It's true tho. Senegal were awful vs the Dutch while Ecuador should have beat them


Killerpasser101

They weren’t, Holland are just better


watanabelover69

“If he was any more laid back he’d be horizontal”


Mcool18

Hincapie out here playing rugby


Boucot

Used to do cycling before


tarakian-grunt

Tour de Qatar this month.


CandidEnigma

Absolutely ridiculous challenge haha


CaptainJingles

And he argued it. Lol.


CandidEnigma

Yeah, pointing at his shoulder. No idea what point he was trying to make haha


elgrandorado

Torres is a buffoon for letting Sarr get possession in the box like that. If I was Alfaro, I would kneecap him at half time.


St_SiRUS

Can’t do that in rugby either lmao


DiseaseRidden

Incredibly blatant, can't argue that.


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Such a dumb penalty to concede, pen all day.


PoppinKREAM

So dumb from the defender. And right before half time


Who_ate_my_cookie

That’s the result of playing hectic, bunch of tackles and balls flying everywhere then suddenly you barrel into a striker in the box and now you conceded a penalty.


RG_Oriax

Very stupid tackle.


KJones77

Clear pen. Awful mistake for Ecuador, but really well taken by Sarr. All that pressure, yet great composure.


TheJeck

Why can he do that for Senegal but every penalty he's taken for us has been fucking dreadful?


Obi_Myke

Senegal, Watford in that order.


ThePr1d3

My dude casually forgetting Rennes as \#1


rytmen

Because stakes are higher


TheJeck

Every Watford game has massive Stakes... on the kits.


thewrongnotes

Too much pressure living in the shadow of the greatest penalty taker ever (Troy Deeney)


Cynorks778

Imagine claiming no foul on that lol I’d be embarrassed.


Bobson567

Ice cold


Bobson567

Anyone know what his celebration meant?


Slovikas

Sarr 👉😶


MarcusAurelius121

One of the dumbest penalties I've ever seen. Just a braindead tackle.


JesusFist

Competing with Zimmerman's slide tackle through Bale's legs on matchday 1 for dumbest pen in the tournament.


MarcusAurelius121

Zimmerman's was probably worse seeing as all he had to do was stand there.


dragon8811

LETS FUCKING GOOO LIONS Senegal is playing good as well well deserved


SquirtingTortoise

Nice penalty honestly, right in the corner


Arsenal_Analysis

Goal was coming when Ecuador started time wasting Need Cifuentes second half


fuckimbackonreddit9

Sarr has been nothing short of amazing this half. Mans a workhorse


cquinn32

sarr has been cooking them all half


MinimMrvetina

Wtf was he thinking


hella_swella_fella

Lmao we are massive


DiseaseRidden

How the hell was this posted before my live TV broadcast


cedped

PSGAcademy gets his feed from a quantum wormhole 1 minute into the future.


watanabelover69

Because PSGAcademy


thesecondfire

"Hello, je viens du futur. Arretez d'acheter le Bitcoin." -- PSGAcademy


No_Plum8003

He's so good I used to think he was a bot lol


axnjxn00

your tv is delayed


dph_abuse

Good decision, good pen


GermanHabsFan

Oh Piero :(


Moresty

after having two great games too :(


lordshelton

Hicampe bro you can’t even complain. Great pen


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policeinterceptor_mw

Would’ve put good money on him missing


georgezipppppp6

Easiest pen call the ref will ever have


Kilogrammys

Bruh they haven’t even finished celebrating and this post is up


ManLikeNosaka

The post was up as soon as the ball touched the net for me lmao


zi76

That was a really clumsy block off.


Cules2003

Is it me or the Ecuador keeper is really short? For a keeper I mean


Boucot

He's 1.89m


policeinterceptor_mw

Great penalty - now start taking them like that for us please


SaintArkweather

Sene-Goal!


-zimms-

It's so annoying to see players complain about the call when it's so blatantly correct.


Mystery1887

Totally deserved goal.


deep639

Great penalty.


GreatSpaniard

CONMEBOL and CONCACAF not looking too good right now bruh...


GeorgeS2411

Watford player scoring at a World Cup let’s go !!!


Whool91

Dubz is such a shit video host. Please can we get the main posted videos to be from somewhere that isn't laggy and slow


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With the way things are going, I don’t see Ecuador challenging Mendy in the 2nd half with their current play.


Jabari313

Teammate is next to him by the time he's shooting lol


angiotensin2

So, good for Holland as this stand?


MightySilverWolf

Netherlands were never in any danger of being eliminated anyway.


am_ur_pal

Hincapie looked nervous all game


Frick_KD

Fantastic penalty


RosemaryGoon

Ecuador keep didn't look ready at all for this penalty lol flat footed right up until the kick


tomasbj

Well deserved


0100001101110111

Probably good for Ecuador it’s happened early, playing defensively clearly wasn’t working.


leftysarepeople2

Whats the celebration?


kingofgames-3laa

Please Senegal don't sleep the 2nd half


TheLimeyLemmon

Very cooly taken


jjune4991

Damn. A perfect no look shot too.


AcePilot95

Hincapie 💀


AstronomerPlayful857

Is the tv logo blurred due to some copyright issues ?


swiftcleaner

Ecuador playing like actual shit right now, so frustrating edit: As soon as ai posted this, Ecuador scored LMAOO edit2: nvm


godfrey1

wtf is this ref doing during penalty, trying to distract the player? lmao