November 19, 2013

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle:

A place to discuss the sports stories that aren't making news, share links that aren't quite front-page material, and diagram plays on your hand. Remember to count to five Mississippi before commenting in anger.

posted by huddle to general at 06:00 AM - 9 comments

There's something familiar about Qatar's new Al-Wakrah stadium, but I can't quite put my finger on it.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 02:13 PM on November 19

There's something familiar about Qatar's new Al-Wakrah stadium, but I can't quite put my finger on it.

The women of the world would exhort you to look more closely. Maybe spend a little time around the perimeter before focusing on the negative space.

posted by tahoemoj at 03:04 PM on November 19

Speaking of, Ronaldo scored again tonight in the second leg of the Portugal-Sweden world cup qualifying play off to follow up on the goal that gave Portugal a 1-0 win in the first game.

The away goals rule means that Sweden now have to score three to win, so Zlatan has woken up and immediately put in two goals because he can.

Nicely set up with 15 minutes to play for him to grab his hattrick in front of home fans to send Sweden to the World Cup and be named King of Everything.

Or, you know, Ronaldo to get a hattrick. Whichever.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 04:19 PM on November 19

And then 2 from Ronaldo in response.

posted by yerfatma at 04:22 PM on November 19

Sweden out, France came back to beat Ukraine and Iceland didn't make it.

What a terrible evening.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 04:40 PM on November 19

Same five countries from Africa as last time: Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Algeria and Ghana. Disappointed not to see Ethiopia qualify.

Greece through as well. Given their economic circumstances, it's nice to see they save money by driving to the ground in the same bus that they park in front of goal.

posted by owlhouse at 10:14 PM on November 19

By the way. It seems that Qatar is already prepared for a Brazilian World Cup.

posted by owlhouse at 12:05 AM on November 20

I was hoping Egypt could get past Ghana though after the first leg it was a foregone conclusion. Especially if USA got drawn against Egypt in the group so we could see Michael teach his dad a few lessons ;)

Portugal is surely going to offer a field test of the Single Great Player hypothesis next summer, I think.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:26 PM on November 20


posted by Drood at 09:27 PM on November 20

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