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Can't help bearing a football grudge against the Danes for the string of humbling/torporific encounters against us over the last few years but fair play to them for demolishing Russia after the Eriksen thing and all.. Wales v Denmark should be a fun fixture. 24 teams almost inevitably results in a bit of a compromised tournament format but the one upside is a relative lack of dead rubbers on the final round of group games as one win can get you through. Very interested to see how Scotland get on tomorrow night, this Croatia team is there for the taking if they really go for it.
 

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They should bring it back to 16 teams, 4 groups of 4.
Denmark are going to go through to the second round with 3 points whilst quite possibly some other third-placed team with 4 points won't get through, LOL

Like the 24 teams thing, what a load of fucking bollocks. It's exactly like I said once they announced that Nations League shit, some people are like "Oh isn't it great for North Macedonia that they can play in the tournament?" Yeah good one lads, it's as great for them as it was great for Ireland to go to Poland and get fucking tanked in all 3 games. Loada shite.
 

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16 teams was perfect, they never reduce these things back down once they've expanded them though. There aren't really any properly elegant 24 team tournament structures.. The 1982 World Cup format with the second group stage would avoid the 3rd place teams going through but that 2nd group stage format has its own problems. I would actually not mind if they just went whole hog and made it 32 teams and ditch most of the qualifiers, use the Nations League to eliminate 23 teams.

Scotland had a go of it but scoring more than one was a tall order with their forward options, Gilmour being out was a big loss. Croatia had enough class to dominate possession and gradually lever the game in their favour.. Probably a bit hasty of me to write off a team containing Modric and Perisic, even if they are getting on a bit. Gvardiol and Vlasic look decent.
 

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That was the first game Croatia played somewhat half-decent in, and at the same time Scotland's worst game of the tournament, unfortunately for them.
The 16 team tournament worked well because you got 4 groups where pretty much every team had a chance to get to the next round. This current shit gives us 6 groups where you know teams like North Macedonia are fucked barring some kind of miracle. But hey Hungary can still get to the second round, all they have to do is beat Germany tomorrow, no problemo right
 

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the 1986, 1990 and 1994 World Cup's had the same 24 team format as the current Euros.
in '86 as it was two points for a win and Bulgaria and Uruguay both got out of their groups with only 2 points from two draws! Hungary beat Canada in 86 but two defeats including a 6-0 defeat to the USSR meant they missed out on best 3rd place slot.

Scotland have a decent team but like Ireland they a really stuck for goals. they created plenty chances over the three games but if your centre forward only got 12 goals in 40 Championship games for QPR then you are going to struggle.

England have strangely struggled to score or even create chances and but their suspect defence hasn't conceded yet.
Southgate has a lot of questions about his team selection and his substitutions were poor.
if they go a goal down against a good team it looks ominous for them, I always thought a group of death team would beat them, especially now.
 

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The details of Dalian's death got little publicity at the time but it was an open and shut case.
PC Benjamin Monk tasered Dalian for 33 seconds (6 times what is standard) and after kicked Dalian in the head twice to the extent Dalian's blood was found on his boot.
The other PC (who was also Monk's girlfriend) hit Dalian with her baton while he was lying on the ground after being tasered and has yet to be sentenced.
The Atkinson family had to wait five years to get a conviction.
 

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The details of Dalian's death got little publicity at the time but it was an open and shut case.
PC Benjamin Monk tasered Dalian for 33 seconds (6 times what is standard) and after kicked Dalian in the head twice to the extent Dalian's blood was found on his boot.
The other PC (who was also Monk's girlfriend) hit Dalian with her baton while he was lying on the ground after being tasered and has yet to be sentenced.
The Atkinson family had to wait five years to get a conviction.

Really dreadful stuff.
 
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