Confederations Cup Third Place Open Thread: Italy v Uruguay

Anticlimactic? Perhaps, but third place leaves with a medal and fourth place with nothing. Add your thoughts.

49 replies
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    Amir Khalid says:

    Can Italy muzzle Luis Suarez? Or will the Uruguayan take a bite out of their defence?

    And next season, will the “Beware of Luis Suarez” sign still hang on the Shankly Gates?

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    Luis Suarez can consume a satchel of penii covered with NaCl.

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    moderateindy says:

    Anticlimactic………….a perfect synonym for soccer

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    Randinho says:

    @moderateindy: zzzzzzzzzz

    So don’t participate, okay?

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Uruguay don’t seem as interested in this match as Italy.

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    Poor goalkeeping by Muslera.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    And there it is, the Azzuri are one up.

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    Yatsuno says:

    @Amir Khalid: Well ennui can settle in if there seems to be little payoff at the en. Or Uruguay is just tired and ready for the off-season.

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    Suarez looks like Louis Skolnik from revenge of the nerds.

    Also, he’s one of those players that you hate until he’s on your squad.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    As a Liverpool fan, I can only agree. The club should let the ungrateful lout twist in the wind at least until the January transfer window.

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    Yatsuno says:

    @Amir Khalid: Remind me to never piss you off. :)

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    Randinho says:

    Credit Prandelli with not having his team park the bus after the goal.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    When he’s on your squad and biting opponents, or using racist language to them, or being rude to them, that doesn’t exactly endear him to you.

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    @Amir Khalid: You’re a good man, Amir, as I have seen quite a few ‘Pool supporters twist themselves in knots trying to downplay or justify suarez’ actions.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    I could add that people at the club have been more than generous in supporting Suarez, and they deserve better repayment than him demanding to leave.

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    @Amir Khalid: Good point. Going to be interesting to see who is playing up front for Liverpool next year.

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    Randinho says:

    All even. Should make the rest of the game interesting.

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    Yatsuno says:

    @Randinho: You’re missing a verb somewhere. :)

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    Randinho says:

    @Yatsuno: I saw it and corrected. One of the advantages of running the thread.

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    bill d says:

    Italy up!

    We’re #3! We’re #3!

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    Amir Khalid says:

    If it’s a draw after 90 minutes, do we have to go through the extra time/penalties rigmarole?

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @bill d:

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    bill d says:

    Those Italians sure are some nasty, mean players.

    When did that start?!

    Tie again on a penalty kick awarded after Italy cheated!

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Two all. Please God, let someone win this in 90 minutes. Just don’t let Suarez score the winner.

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    Haydnseek says:

    This has turned into a helluva game. Italy thought it was over, but Uruguay strikes back to make it 2-2. I would much rather be #3 and take home the bronze than #4 and take home…..nothing. Apparently both teams feel the same way. They’re playing hard.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @bill d:
    Are you sure that was a penalty? As in, from the penalty spot?

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    bill d says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    You’re right, my bad.

    Italy still cheated though.

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    Randinho says:

    Anyone other than Suarez and that would be called a penalty.

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    burnspbesq says:

    No football for me today. Still grinding my teeth after the Galaxy gave away three points last night.

    Only good thing about that game was the attendance: over 50K, a sellout at Stanford Stadium.

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    Alison says:

    @burnspbesq: DUDE SAME. I was a major sad panda last night.

    But for this match….come onnnnnn PKs! I actually love shoot-outs when I don’t give a fuck who wins :)

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    burnspbesq says:


    As an ex-keeper, I am decidedly un-fond of penalty shootouts.

    I actually think the most sensible overtime rule is in women’s lacrosse. If there’s no winner after regulation, the “first overtime” consists of two three-minute periods that are played to completion. If there’s no winner after 66 minutes, they go sudden-death, four minutes at a time.

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    burnspbesq says:


    F’in Zardes missed two that you or I could have finished. Still, I like that kid. He’s got a chance to be good.

    I thought Villareal sucked for the US at the U-20s, but Sorto played pretty well.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    A second yellow for Montolivo, and Italy are a player down.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    I miss “golden-goal” extra time. A little unfair, but tremendously exciting.

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    Alison says:

    @burnspbesq: Zardes definitely has potential, but yeah…and I think sometimes our strikers try to get a little too cute in the area. Just take the damn shot, rawr.

    But giving up two late goals…oy vey. We’re supposed to have such great defending :/

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    Haydnseek says:

    @burnspbesq: I agree. I thought the old sudden death “golden goal” format made the most sense. It increases the drama, and avoids the penalty shootout. Hockey gets it right. Soccer can too. Edit: Gahhhhh! Amir beat me to it.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    This is going to penalties.

  38. 38
    burnspbesq says:


    Well, there is the small matter of having FINA-certified judges available to evaluate the diving.

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    Alison says:

    Whee! I actually would love to see Uruguay win, since I assume Italy is favored. Yay underdogs!

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    Alison says:

    Well, that’s not a good start :P

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    MikeJ says:

    More important than third place in the tournament, why the fuck did the NYT spell “whisky” “whiskey” when referring to scotch in the xword this morning?

  42. 42
    Amir Khalid says:

    Forlan misses #1 for Uruguay. Aquilani scores for Italy. Advantage Italy.

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    Alison says:

    Woot, blocked!

  44. 44
    Alison says:

    and uhhh damn, blocked :P

  45. 45
    Alison says:

    Aw poo. Oh well.

  46. 46
    bill d says:

    Rats. Oh well, it was a good match.

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    Haydnseek says:

    @burnspbesq: Nothing that a blizzard of yellow cards wouldn’t cure. I hate diving. I mean, I really, really hate it. It’ll never happen, of course. Pity.

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    Jon says:

    This is the Olympics, so I don’t think there’s a medal for third. You’re just third. It might help your champions league coefficient or something, dunno.

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    Turgid Jacobian says:

    @burnspbesq: Yeah, result chafes, but NICE on filling that venue.

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