WCQ: Russia x Portugal [P+R]

Punkt

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decisive match for the russians at the Lokomotiv Stadium next wednesday

Group 3 table:

Portugal 23
Slovakia 18
Russia 18
Latvia 14
Estonia 14
Liechtenstein 5
Luxembourg 0

the russians have to win to don't let the slovakians get an advantage for the playoff place.

Portugal could get the WC spot if win and Slovakia don't get the 3 points against Latvia.

my bet: 1-2 Portugal :)
 
It'll be a tough game for us, but I'm fully confident we can come out with at least a tie. That'll essentially put us in the WC and leave Russia and the Slovaks to fight it out for 2nd..

I'd be satisfied with a 0-0. Although Figo, Deco, and the boys seem fired up for a win in Moscow. We'll see..
 
V

Virgo

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as we're virtually qualified already unless something really bad happens, I'm affraid the players put on our usual portuguese half assed effort.
 

Hopeunited

Starting XI
1-7 Portugal

No, really, 0-2 Portugal. Cristiano Ronaldo and Simao.

Russia's been so crap lately, Portugal should ensure their qualification without much sweat.
 

Ruinz

Club Supporter
It wont be an easy match and I dont see another trashing to Russia, I predict a draw 2-2.
 

Bonzi

Starting XI
it will be completely different game in comparison with the first one in Portugal. new coach, new squad...
i predict 2-1.
 

Internazionale

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Dragan T said:
C'mon Pornotugal!
LOL !! HAHAHA !! :D :D
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Russia will pull everything they've got in this match to claim 2nd spot. I'm not surprised if Russia can win this match.

Russia 3-2 Portugal.
 

[dfm]

Senior Squad
If Ricardo don't screw up we might have a chance of winning this game... :chew:

IMO the result will be 1-1 or 1-2... anyway i'm crossing my fingers to see another pathetic display of that guy we all know but still a win for us...

BTW what u guys think of the flash interview of Scolari after yesterday's game? I think he was ridiculous with that sentence of "palhaçada" about the players that are benched in his clubs and playing regularly in the NT... that's because of these statements i don't like this brazilian, it was about time to see what other people clearly see, the better players in his clubs should be the ones that play...
 

Yossarian

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I have Russian roots. I will rape a dozen virgin sheep before the kickoff of this match to bring good luck and fortune to my Fatherland's National team.


(8) If I were a tree, I'd be an Evergreen....oh yes, if I were a tree, I'd be an Evergreen....oh yes, If I were a tree, I'd be an Evergreen. (8)


(A Russian folk song sung by the fans before the start of big sporting events)
 

INFESTA

Official
We already have players in great form (Andrade, Deco...) which might prove crucial against Russia. Our lads are very motivated and it'll be a battle out there. My bet: we won't lose this game and will score at least one goal.

FORÇA!
 

Nuno

Starting XI
[dfm] said:
If Ricardo don't screw up we might have a chance of winning this game... :chew:

IMO the result will be 1-1 or 1-2... anyway i'm crossing my fingers to see another pathetic display of that guy we all know but still a win for us...

BTW what u guys think of the flash interview of Scolari after yesterday's game? I think he was ridiculous with that sentence of "palhaçada" about the players that are benched in his clubs and playing regularly in the NT... that's because of these statements i don't like this brazilian, it was about time to see what other people clearly see, the better players in his clubs should be the ones that play...
We haven't lost a game in a very long time, yet you still question Scolari. I know some of his decisions raise eyebrows, but have some faith. The guy took us further than any other coach has. I for one am glad that Scolari doesn't listen to the media or to club fans.

My opinion:
All our gk's are the same. They're all frangos. Baia was in WC 2002, Moreira's a kid(not a prodigy like Casillas), Quim doesn't play enough, and Ricardo gets retarded sometimes. What's most important is the defence in front of them and we have a World Class defence. IMO Ricardo gets screwed over at Sporting because they have a ****ty defence. Polga should be playing for Luxemburg the way he plays.

Now as for strikers, who the f*** do we have. Pauleta IS Portugal's best striker. He plays the most games, scores the most goals, and has the most experience. Pauleta's goals yesterday were very classy. Nuno Gomes is too inconsistent, Postiga scores once in a blue moon, and....wait no and. There is noone else. Hugo Almeida??? Please, he ain't ready.

So in conclusion, our problem is the fact that we don't have much depth available for those two positions. Every other position is superb. Trust in Scolari people, he hasn't let us down. Trust that he will make the right decisions. The emotion he showed for our team and country during the Euro won me over. He cares about our team and about winning regardless of all the criticism he recieves from idiots on their soap boxes. What our team needs most from us is complete support. The same type of support that Algarve gave Ricardo yesterday.
 

[dfm]

Senior Squad
Nuno79 said:
I know some of his decisions raise eyebrows, but have some faith. The guy took us further than any other coach has.
Maybe because he had one of the best portuguese NT's of all-time to coach...

Nuno79 said:
I for one am glad that Scolari doesn't listen to the media or to club fans.
Guess what he did after the defeat against Greece in the opening game of Euro? He listened everyone's else opinion and chaged the team, the results in the next games proved that all the people and the media had reasons to complain about his decisions... and we only lost the final because of the "great ability" of Ricardo in crosses... :rolleyes:

Nuno79 said:
My opinion:
All our gk's are the same. They're all frangos. Baia was in WC 2002...
If it wasn't Baía against Korea we could have lost by 5 goals...

Nuno79 said:
What's most important is the defence in front of them and we have a World Class defence.
Yes our NT defenders are great but with such a moron behind them is hard to play with many confidence...

Nuno79 said:
Now as for strikers, who the f*** do we have. Pauleta IS Portugal's best striker. He plays the most games, scores the most goals, and has the most experience. Pauleta's goals yesterday were very classy. Nuno Gomes is too inconsistent, Postiga scores once in a blue moon, and....wait no and. There is noone else. Hugo Almeida??? Please, he ain't ready.
In this i agree with everything u said, still Pauleta sometimes can really get on my nerves, he's nothing more then our most efficient striker... unfortunately we don't have a best player in his position.

Nuno79 said:
Trust in Scolari people, he hasn't let us down. Trust that he will make the right decisions.
Sorry but i can't trust in a guy who thinks Ricardo is the best GK in our country... i really can't. Isn't the fact of losing an Euro Final because of his stupidity enough to let us all down?

Nuno79 said:
What our team needs most from us is complete support. The same type of support that Algarve gave Ricardo yesterday.
In the moment the best portuguese players are in the field and we don't see ridiculous decisions my country will ALWAYS have my full support.
 

Punkt

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and after the match when he will have to return to the club? or his plans are to not return?
 


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