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    Quote Originally Posted by Wireman View Post
    What does Argentina need at this point? Obviously, a win. But what about the other game?
    In theory, if Nigeria were to stomp Iceland by 4, then Argentina could control their own destiny. All they'd have to do is win, and have Iceland either draw or not win over Croatia by more than Argentina wins by. Any other scenario will require something more than Argentina doing just well enough. For instance, if Iceland and Nigeria tie (giving Iceland 2 points to Argentina's 1), Argentina could beat Nigeria by 15 and it wouldn't matter if Iceland were to win by just a single goal over Croatia.

    Realistically, Argentina is still very much in a spot to advance. Iceland is highly unlikely to beat Croatia. Argentina has historically owned Nigeria at the World Cup. There's a lot of scenarios where Argentina advances with a win over Nigeria and Iceland loses to Croatia. The nightmare scenario for Argentina is if Iceland manages to win tomorrow. Then, Iceland need only draw with Croatia to advance and there'd be nothing Argentina could do about it.

    I started to map out every scenario, but there's still a lot of combos in play. Suffice it to say that if Iceland wins tomorrow, Argentina is on death's door. A draw would be best because that would mean Nigeria would have to be gunning for a win as well, and couldn't just sit back. If Nigeria were to win tomorrow, they're likely to play a far more defensive game against Argentina. Nigeria would maybe come out of that if Iceland managed to grab a lead against Croatia, but that would still be bad for Argentina because they'd need Iceland to still lose.
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    This afternoon, after the match, a certain song from Evita was playing through my head - "Don't cry for me Argentina".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wireman View Post
    What does Argentina need at this point? Obviously, a win. But what about the other game?
    If Iceland beats Nigeria today, it’ll be pretty tough. They’ll be on one point to Croatia’s six and Iceland’s four, so then they’ll have to turn around and make up at least a four goal differential on the last day.

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    Keylor Navas doing Keylor Navas things in goal for Costa Rica today. Still about half an hour left but he has been amazing keeping Brazil out of the goal so far.

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    All these teams are doing is kicking the ball out of bounds. For being the worlds best they look terrible.

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    Nigeria killing it. Iceland’s defense has melted.

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    Don’t these guys get paid to practice free kicks?

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    11 players from Serbia have last names that end in “c”. Several in “vic”.
    I just think it’s interesting to observe the names from all the different countries.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hoops5 View Post
    11 players from Serbia have last names that end in “c”. Several in “vic”.
    I just think it’s interesting to observe the names from all the different countries.
    After seeing some of the post-game of Iceland's first game, I noted that every name I saw ended in "son."

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    Quote Originally Posted by tcjkbt View Post
    After seeing some of the post-game of Iceland's first game, I noted that every name I saw ended in "son."
    I believe that the old Nordic naming conventions are enforced by law in Iceland.

    So if you’re a boy born to a man named Sigurd, your last name will always be Sigurdsson. A girl, Sigurdsdottir.

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