World Cup Day 24 | Socceroos | A-League
And now there are two (well, technically four) with France v Croatia in the World Cup Final, while Arnie channels his inner scientist by saying goalscoring is all in the mind12 July 2018 | FT Editor
At a glance
- Croatia, 2 (Ivan PERIŠIĆ 68', Mario MANDŽUKIĆ 109') v England, 1 (Kieran TRIPPIER 5')
As our writer, Tony Tannous, commented on Twitter such is the joy with the Croatian win that it seems all of the 4.2 million Croatian people in the world are actually on his Australian Twitter timeline! Congratulations to Croatia. They looked out of it at half-time but came back and just kept getting stronger - and what about Luka Modric?! If England had taken their chances in the first half, and not played like schoolboys for two-thirds of the second half, it may have been different. Instead, it's:
- Belgium v England for the 3/4 play-off (surely, the most useless match in a tournament?), Saturday midnight AEST
- France v Croatia, World Cup Final, Sunday, Monday 1am AEST
If you slept through the excitement and want to catch-up, the match report and Ray Gatt's live blog here.
Some top photos here of the Mandžukić goal celebrations via photographer Yuri Yurisky who was inadvertently at the bottom of the celebration ruck.
Peter Fitzsimons gives his interpretation of what different actions on the football field mean.
Graham Arnold told Vince Rugari that this "talk" that we can't score goals from open play is just that - talk, and it's all in the mind. It's not a new thought. There was an article on the importance of the mental aspect of play in the New Scientist two years ago. Who knew Arnie would read New Scientist?
Arnold says he will look closely at his striking options for the Asian Cup.
Brisbane Roar has requested their opening round match of the A-League be against Central Coast Mariners. The reason given for this is so they can 'troll' former coach, now Mariners' coach, Mike Mulvey. But could it also be so they can get what they will see as an 'easier' 3 points to kick-off the campaign?
It's looking likely that Daniel Arzani will stay with the 'City Family' and be purchased by Manchester City and immediately loaned-out - perhaps back to Melbourne City or in Europe, such as NEC Breda, AZ Alkmaar, PEC Zwolle or PSV Eindhoven. Arzani is on holidays for another nine days but he has started fitness training with the new Socceroos strength and conditioning coach, Dr Andrew Clark.
Canberra's A-League bid has launched its membership drive saying it wants 5,000 members.
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