Lakenheath Old Boys

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Brasil '14 - Day 13

For the first time since 1958, England have failed to get out of the group stage, so we had the sad spectacle this afternoon of watching England play out the string against bloody Costa Rica, who have already, shockingly, qualified for the Round of 16, having won two matches. How will Woy handle this one? Will he go for broke and scrap the old boys Gerrard and Rooney and go with the kids? Or will he go with the same side in the vain hope of three points? I would love to see the former, but I fear the latter will be the reality. Join me to see what happens, won't you?

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Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - that is embarrassing. The Guardian's webpage is featuring the Italy v. Uruguay, while it's relegated the England match to tiny font and position. Well, I suppose the other one is the one that counts today?

11:37 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Well, well, well. I underestimated Woy. He's made nine changes from the side that failed against Italy and Uruguay. Here are the line-ups.

England: Foster, Jones, Smalling, Cahill, Shaw, Lampard, Wilshere, Milner, Barkley, Lallana, Sturridge. Subs: Hart, Johnson, Gerrard, Jagielka, Rooney, Welbeck, Henderson, Lambert, Sterling, Baines, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Forster.

Costa Rica: Navas, Gamboa, Duarte, Gonzalez, Miller, Diaz, Ruiz, Borges, Tejeda, Brenes, Campbell. Subs: Pemberton, Acosta, Umana, Bolanos, Myrie, Barrantes, Francis, Granados, Calvo, Urena, Cubero, Cambronero.

Referee: Djamel Haimoudi (Algeria).

11:39 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

So Foster replaces Hart in goal, Phil Jones comes in for Glen Johnson, Smalling replaces Jags, and Shaw in for Baines at the back. In midfield, Lamps replaces his fellow old boy Gerrard, Wilshere comes in for Welly, Milner for Sterling, Barkley in for Rooney, Lallana in for Henderson and Sturridge and Cahill remain.

11:41 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

In the one that counts:

Italy: Buffon, Chiellini, Bonucci, Barzagli, De Sciglio, Marchisio, Pirlo, Verratti, Darmian, Immobile, Balotelli. Subs: Sirigu, Thiago Motta, Candreva, Abate, Cassano, Cerci, Aquilani, Parolo, Paletta, Insigne, De Rossi, Perin.

Uruguay: Muslera, Caceres, Gimenez, Godin, Pereira, Gonzalez, Arevalo Rios, Rodriguez, Lodeiro, Cavani, Suarez. Subs: Munoz, Fucile, Gargano, Hernandez, Forlan, Stuani, Perez, Maxi Pereira, Ramirez, Coates, Lugano, Silva.

Referee: Marco Rodriguez (Mexico)

11:46 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Robbie Savage has savaged the England line-up for today, wondering why the likes of Milner and Lampard - both veterans of past failed campaigns - are part of Woy's starting XI.

11:52 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The FA have confirmed that Woy will stay on for the Euro '16 campaign. Not sure why.

11:53 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Ominously, Belo Horizonte was the city where an improbably Joe Gaetjens goal for the USA beat England in 1950.

11:54 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Here come the teams marching out to the sound of the rubbish World Cup anthem.

11:54 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Loud and determined support for the England boys - well done, lads!

11:55 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And we're away in Belo Horizonte.

12:00 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Joel Campbell has a deflected effort off Cahill that nearly flies in. Close call!

12:02 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

It will be hard for Arsene Wenger to ignore Campbell after his performances at this World Cup.

12:03 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

A wayward ball out of play from Lampard sums up England's World Cup campaign. We haven't been good enough.

12:04 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Michael Owen writing in the tabs this morning has backed The Neviller as the next England manager. Extraordinary! Macca thinks it's a nonsense.

12:05 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The Ticos have dominated the opening proceedings.

12:05 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

In the other one, of course, one of either Italy or Uruguay will be going home. Italy will be favorites, as they have the tournament pedigree and one goal better off. A draw would see them through.

12:06 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Bloody hell - Gary Cahill with a total miscue!

12:06 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Lallana was fouled off the ball - the Nigerian ref is letting a lot go. Whistles from the crowd.

12:08 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That was a bit better. Sturridge with a long range effort that grazed the post. Would have been a nice one.

12:13 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

England fans singing the Python classic "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life." Nice gallows humor.

12:13 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Fifteen minutes in and, the Sturridge effort aside, Costa Rica have looked the better side.

12:14 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Wilshere's got his head in his hands, which seems a slight overreaction to seeing his attempted through-ball to Sturridge get cut out, but I suppose that's the kind of passion we're looking for.

12:15 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Still 0-0 in the other one, which will suit the Italians.

12:16 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

England are doing a bit better now. Milner turns nicely on the right and attempts a pass to Sturridge which a defender slides to divert back to the keeper.

12:22 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Lallana has not looked the player that he was in the friendlies leading up to this World Cup.

12:22 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The Ticos now have a free kick from about forty yards. Borges lining it up....

Oh - clipped off the bar!

12:23 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Ben Foster just got a touch on that, so it's a corner. Cleared out.

12:23 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Barkley tried a nutmeg on the edge of the box!

12:24 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Still no goals in the other match half way into the first half.

12:25 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - nearly dropped to Jack Wilshere in the box there!

12:25 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

No real incentive for Italy to push it in this match, really, as they would fancy meeting either Colombia or Ivory Coast, the likely opponents from Group C.

12:26 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - should have been a penalty for England!

Nice cross over and knock down to Sturridge who was bundled over by Duarte. Close thing.

12:27 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Obviously this isn't a classic tournament for England, but Uruguay should have been down to 10 men for most of match two, and that did look like a penalty. So we can always blame the referees.

12:30 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Half an hour gone and Bryan Ruiz does Barkley with a Cruyff turn.

12:31 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

England have a corner now....

12:33 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Duarte and Cahill are wrestling like crazy at this corner.

12:34 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Phil Jones knocked that one back and Sturridge had a free header. Over the bar - poor miss.

12:35 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Barkley nearly played Wilshere in there. Better from England.

12:37 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

We seem to be limping toward two draws that would see Costa Rica top Group D and Italy go through second.

12:38 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Now Costa Rica attack, and Cristian Gamboa's cross from the right is well collected by Foster.

12:41 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Decent stuff between Barkley and Sturridge. Wild slash of a shot in the end, though.

12:42 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

One more good oppo here from a Lampard free kick...

Straight to the keeper - oy vey!

12:45 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Complete miss by Phil Jones and he's lucky to get away with it.

And the ref thankfully blows for half-time. Total rubbish. 0-0.

12:45 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Teams coming out of the tunnel for the second. Come on, England!

1:00 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

England get us going in the second half.

1:02 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

This match is waiting for the other two lazy sides to get started in the other one. And away we go....

1:03 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Adam Lallana romps up the pitch and wins a free kick.

1:06 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Bloody hell! The ball dropped to Sturridge in the box after a deflected effort from Shaw and miscontrolled it. Bugger!

1:07 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Navas is down now after having been caught by Sturridge.

1:08 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

So that's two big chances that Sturridge has spurned now.

1:08 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

FFS! Sturridges touch has been horrible today!

1:10 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Barkley miscontrols the ball and picks up a yellow for tugging the shirt. Perfect!

1:11 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And now it's Phil Jones' turn to completely miss the flight of the ball. England's players look as if they've just learned the game.

1:12 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And now it's a nasty one from Lallana on Bryan Ruiz and he picks up a yellow.

1:15 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Still 0-0 in both matches heading for the hour mark.

1:15 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Lallana broke free but then crossed straight into Navas' arms when Sturridge was lurking.

1:16 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Costa Rica bringing on Bolanas and taking off Brenes.

1:17 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Barkley surges forward and Rodriguez fouls him, picks up a yellow.

1:18 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Lamps over this one - would make a fitting end to his England career.

Sadly, he fires into the bottom of the wall. Shocking.

1:19 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Still 0-0 in the other one, but Marquisio has been sent off for a bad stamp on a player. Italy down to ten men.

1:20 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

A first change for England, with Raheem Sterling replacing Lallana.

1:21 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Shot! Save! Bolanos strikes the ball hard and true towards goal from 20 yards, and Foster saves and holds.

1:21 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Sturridge misses another big chance! He should have had a hat-trick today.

1:23 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Sturridge rushes forward and goes down in the box. No penalty. Bloody hell!

1:27 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That's four big chances missed by Sturridge now.

1:28 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Now Costa Rica have a chance from a corner.

1:28 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Foster is fouled as he rises to catch.

1:29 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Wilshere is coming off and Steven Gerrard is coming on - why?!

1:30 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Surely it's Gerrard's last match for England. He must retire now.

1:31 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Gerrard has a chance to float a corner in now. Lamps can't direct it on goal. This is sad.

1:33 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Milner off after a nothing match. And here's Wayne Rooney - the big failure of this tournament.

1:34 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Still 0-0 in the other one and Uruguay must roll the dice now.

1:35 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Borges off and Barrantes on for Costa Rica.

1:36 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

78 mins: England haven't had a shot on target yet.

That sums it all up.

1:37 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I've just switched over in time to see Godin nod home a header for Uruguay!

Italy may be going home with England!

1:40 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Italy have nine minutes to save this one!

1:40 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - that was jammy. A bit off the shoulder, a bit off the back. But they all count, right?

1:41 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I missed it but apparently Suarez has gone in for a nibble on Chiellini! The two benches are livid but Suarez is still on the pitch.

1:42 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Pirlo over the ball now and I've abandoned the England shower.

1:43 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Pirlo with a tame effort that goes wide. Deflected apparently but it's a corner.

1:43 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I've just seen the Suarez incident again. He does seem to lean in for a nibble but it's not as conclusive as the Ivanovic one. And it doesn't help that Chiellini was holding his face like a numpty.

1:45 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Motta nearly in there.

1:45 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Only a few minutes now. We could easily have Spain, Italy and England out at the group stage. Advantage South America and Central America, then.

1:47 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Suarez one-on-one with Chiellini but the Italian defender stands tall.

1:47 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Five minutes of stoppage time to play.

1:49 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

England v. Costa Rica into stoppage time as well. Shouldn't be much.

1:49 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - this isn't good. The England fans seem to be in a bad mood and police are moving in as scuffles are breaking out. Brazilian fans chanting "Eliminado" at England fans. Poor form.

1:50 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Uruguay are corner flagging it now to chants of "Ole." Italy seem to be going out.

1:51 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

England have ended 0-0 with Costa Rica and will fly home tomorrow with merely a point from three matches.

The pundits may gripe about the defending, but I don't see that as the main weakness. We simply have to score more than two goals in three games. Playing against the likes of Balotelli and Suarez, we're always going to concede a few but we need to score more.

1:53 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

One last roll of the dice for Italy. Cassano lobs it into the box but Godin the hero nods out. Must be time now.

1:53 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Buffon is up for one last free kick. Wow!

1:54 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Pirlo chips in but it's too long.

1:54 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Uruguay have a throw in now - ref looks at his watch....

1:54 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That's it - Italy are out!!!!

1:55 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Well, the Suarez controversy will go on and on. If there is a camera angle that shows a clear bite, then he should be banned for life.

But Uruguay are through to meet probably Colombia in an all-SA Round of 16 match.

1:56 PM  

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