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PWC14 Second Round: Netherlands v Croatia

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lov Our first all-European tie in the second round sees Job De Wit’s Netherlands side – who topped Group B with 5 points – take on intothefireuk’s Croatia team – who came out of Group A’s nail-biting climax also with 5 points.

R16 2: Netherlands v Croatia - Which Do You Pick?

  • CROATIA: Mayales 59%
  • NETHERLANDS: Child Of Lov 41%

Total Voters: 49

Poll closes: 1 May 2014 @ 13:00

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Hear the tracks below the cut, and pick your winner.

NETHERLANDS: The Child Of Lov – “Give Me”

“It may be a bit strange, but apparently it’s not against the rules of Pop World Cup football to enter a player who is no longer with us. The 18th century legend of the Flying Dutchman may be an antecedent here. The Child of Lov, who passed away late last this year at the age of 26, takes the Netherlands into the knockout stages. The Croatian defense never saw him coming.”

CROATIA: Mayales – “Ti Dobro Znas Kome Pricam”

“Having scraped through by the thinnest of margins, the team, after prolonged celebrations, have returned with a more confident and relaxed style. This may may be a dangerous tactic but if we can withstand the early onslaught we feel this formation has the stamina to see it through. The bonus appearance of the team mascot “tiddles” in the accompanying video will hopefully spur the team on to success.”

RESULTS: South Korea took yet another three points to win Group H with ease, and lay down a marker – the highest-scoring team in the group stages. Algeria’s two left them safe in the second qualification spot, with Belgium (one point) and Russia (none) missing out. Algeria will play Ghana in the second round, with South Korea’s clash with USA perhaps the most-anticipated game of the tournament so far. Congratulations to Iain Mew and Katherine, commiserations to Glynn and Chelovek Na Lune. Final Standings: 1. South Korea – 8 points. 2. Algeria – 5 points. 3. Belgium – 3.5 points. 4. Russia – 1 point.


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    lonepilgrim on 27 Apr 2014 #

    One of the more ill-tempered matches of the tournament so far. Both teams seem to be nursing a grudge and with studs flying the officials have to show a couple of yellow cards to the Netherlands for some repeat offences. Croatia’s claws are out too but there are moments of greater subtlety in their passing play that help to unpick the Dutch defence. It’s a close match, settled in extra time.

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    lartsaegis on 27 Apr 2014 #

    With a couple of Diana Slowburners out on the pitch today, this looks like a match that won’t so much count to speed as it correlates to attack, to a high rate of slamming shots on goal, but a more tentative game that relies on textural set-pieces and graceful crosses. The knockouts deserve a little caution and as Paul Banks of Interpol says: “such a cautious display” indeed, but the goal here is to have that subtle force of a lion’s cage, and the loser in today’s game will have suffered for the lack of boldness that symbolic strength implies.

    Netherlands rely on a steady, dubby-plucked bassline, trip-hop-touched drums, harsher touches in the guitar-licks that have the coarse texture of a beard in bed behind it, a funk-soul vocal that is certainly soulburning — it’s a chimerical set of superb fundamental core strength and resolve, but apparently relies on a chorus that becomes more and more grating for how much it’s employed in the track’s runtime.

    Croatia seems to show a bit more vulnerability, the singer and the sparseness of the instruments seem to seductively show their neck and back at a few barer paced places in this tracks more open space, but the vibe of this track reminds me of Duffy’s Smoke Without Fire, only this seems more in the stage of smoldering than still burning, which is attractive in its own right, but that sort of subdued power can be easy to miss for people who don’t appreciate the difference. The austere singer and her even more austere hair cut nick this game for me and my memories of Portishead’s Sour Times. Definitely a game finished in extra time though.

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    chelovek na lune on 28 Apr 2014 #

    Fittingly, a late night contre-temps, where everything is in shades of grey, with subtlety and half-light doing both teams favours. The driving, obsessive persistence from the Netherlands is complemented by incidental flourishes in the bass that show the team at their best; just as it is the apparently incidental touches accompanying the accusatory southern European moodiness of the Croats – the brass ejaculations, especially, but the ticking-timebomb metronome too – that highlight the superior quality of their team, and that get them the 89th minute header they were looking for.

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    Matt DC on 29 Apr 2014 #

    Judging by the comments this tie isn’t quite firing the imagination, but maybe that’s not surprising with two teams this low-key. I’m favouring Croatia’s controlled slow-burn approach over the Dutch, who, well I hate to speak ill of the dead, but it’s a bit of a mess.

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    thefatgit on 29 Apr 2014 #

    Croatia channel their love of latter-day Bond themes and 80’s coffee table soul and run with Hammond Organ and moody guitars. It’s broody and dark, but their femme fatale striker lazily patrols the box looking for the perfect pass. They might get more luck from their midfield.

    Netherlands also adopt a moody and cautious approach. Scared to lose? Scared to win? Two sides of the same coin. There’s no room for fear in PWC. As the match goes on, their louche funk works its way into the reckoning. Playing slowly from the back and pushing their midfield high up the park, leaves them open to counter-attack, but they do just enough here to keep their opponents shooting from distance, while the Dutch strikeforce carve open scoring chances against an opposition defence under pressure.

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    Tom on 30 Apr 2014 #

    This one ends tomorrow afternoon so get the votes in!

  7. 7
    Kat but logged out innit on 1 May 2014 #

    Even men with steel hearts love to see a cat on the pitch! Croatia get my vote here…

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    Tom on 1 May 2014 #

    I have to agree with the general tone of the thread – this was not really a game for the neutral. The Ewing commentary box was split – Isabel appreciated the (slightly) higher workrate of the Dutch side, while I thought the Croats marshalled their torch song defense more admirably. A vote draw from us, then.

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    lartsaegis on 1 May 2014 #

    Croatia do indeed bag this 3-2, congrats to them to making further good on their miracle win, looking forward to their future output once again.

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