Lakenheath Old Boys

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Brasil '14 - Day 14

"He cheats, he dives, he hates the Jackson 5 - Luis Suarez! Luis Suarez!" It's the day after the Suarez - Chiellini biting incident and FIFA have apparently already opened disciplinary hearings. There is also a bit of football to be played today, starting with Group F. Argentina are already through and merely need a draw to top the group ahead of Nigeria, who will qualify second with a point as well. In the other one, Bosnia will try to win their first match at a World Cup tournament against Iran, who will need help from the Argies to qualify ahead of Nigeria.

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Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Argentina name an unchanged team: Romero, Zabaleta, Federico Fernandez, Garay, Rojo, Gago, Mascherano, Di Maria, Messi, Higuain, Aguero.
Subs: Orion, Campagnaro, Biglia, Perez, Maxi Rodriguez, Augusto Fernandez, Demichelis, Palacio, Alvarez, Lavezzi, Basanta, Andujar.

Nigeria replace Victor Moses with striker Michael Babatunde: Enyeama, Ambrose, Yobo, Omeruo, Oshaniwa, Onazi, Mikel, Babatunde, Odemwingie, Emenike, Musa.
Subs: Ejide, Uzoenyi, Gabriel, Egwuekwe, Odunlami, Oboabona, Azeez, Nwofor, Uchebo, Ameobi, Agbim.

Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Italy)

11:57 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Finally an attacking line-up for Alex Sabella, me old LUFC chum.

11:57 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And we're away in the first round of matches today. With Messi playing, he could threaten Neymar's Golden Boot claim.

And right on cue, Messi nets a rebound after Aguero had a shot off the post. What a start. He's on three now and has scored in all three matches!

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

GOAL! Nigeria fire themselves right back into the match.

1-1!

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

Ambrose spread it wide to Musa who did the rest, jinking inside and finishing with a curler past Romero.

Wonderful start to the match!

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

Oh - now it's Di Maria testing out the goalkeeper.

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

Now Messi finds Higuain with a sumptuous ball and he tries to round the keeper but finds side netting.

12:09 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

No goals yet from either Bosnia or Iran.

12:10 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Lavezzi getting an early match here as Aguero troops off with a knock.

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

This is all Argentina right now, in terms of possession at least. Nigeria are holding them off comfortably enough, and when they do get close to goal, the dependable Enyeama is in the way.

12:39 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Messi has a last minute free kick chance now.

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

Into the second half and this is a real Christmas cracker of a match. It's 3-2 now with a brace from Messi (including a superb free kick) and a bobbly one off the knee from a corner from center back Rojo. Nigeria have answered with a brace from Musi.

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

Oh - Messi nearly with his hat-trick. He's really showed up today.

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

Messi is withdrawn while on a hat-trick. Sabella has no sentiment.

1:22 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Musa was bearing down on his hat-trick and was foiled by Zaba.

1:39 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Ambrose nearly leveled matters there but hit the side netting. Close call.

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

That's it - Argentina will go through top and Nigeria go through second to probably meet France in the next stage.

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

I'm back for the Group E fixtures, now. I'm plumping for France v. Ecuador at the Maracana rather than watching the Hondurans kick lumps out of the Swiss.

3:55 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The team news for this afternoon's match:

France: 1-Hugo Lloris; 15-Bacary Sagna, 21-Laurent Koscielny, 5-Mamadou Sakho, 17-Lucas Digne; 14-Blaise Matuidi, 19-Paul Pogba, 22-Morgan Schneiderlin, 18-Moussa Sissoko; 10-Karim Benzema, 11-Antoine Griezmann

Substitutes: 2-Mathieu Debuchy, 3-Patrice Evra, 4-Raphael Varane, 7-Remy Cabella, 8-Mathieu Valbuena, 9-Olivier Giroud, 12-Rio Mavuba, 13-Eliaquim Mangala, 16-Stephane Ruffier, 20-Loic Remy, 23-Mickael Landreau

Ecuador: 22-Alexander Dominguez; 4-Juan Carlos Paredes, 2-Jorge Guagua, 3-Frickson Erazo, 10-Walter Ayovi; 16-Antonio Valencia, 14-Oswaldo Minda, 6-Cristian Noboa, 7-Jefferson Montero, 15-Michael Arroyo; 13-Enner Valencia

Substitutes: 1-Maximo Banguera, 5-Renato Ibarra, 8-Edison Mendez, 9-Joao Rojas, 11-Felipe Caicedo, 12-Adrian Bone, 17-Jaime Ayovi, 18-Oscar Bagui, 19-Luis Fernando Saritama, 20-Fidel Martinez, 21-Gabriel Achilier, 23-Carlos Gruezo

3:58 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

French hot-shot Kareem Benzema is on three goals from the first two matches. He also missed a penalty and had one ruled out at the end of that crazy match against the Swiss. He could be on for the Golden Boot.

3:59 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Didier Deschamps with a typically Gallic expression on the sideline.

4:02 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'm having a good laugh typing in phases such as "Ouch! You just bit me, you big gorilla!" into the Babelfish translator.

4:07 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Shaquiri has put the Swiss 1-0 up in the 6th minute.

4:08 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Griezmann tries a pop but it's well wide.

4:10 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

So the Swiss are on 6 points now. But they'll need a boat load of goals to beat the French tally.

They're on -2 and France on +6, so they'll need to effect an 8 goal shift.

4:14 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And they need Ecuador to win as well. A tall order. In all likelihood now, the Swiss will take on Argentina and the French will the relatively easy task of Nigeria, as the gods intended it.

4:16 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Uh oh - someone's limping off now for Ecuador.

4:17 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Christian Noboa has just gone off for a head wound and has come back on with a hairnet straight out of Coronation Street. Do they not have gauze on the Ecuadoran bench?

4:30 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The Swiss have gone 2-0 up. They still need an Ecuadoran goal and six more of their own to avoid Argentina.

4:42 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That's half-time, then. France merely trying to play out the string at a walking pace. 0-0.

4:47 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh what a save from Dominguez from the shot by Griezmann. Sagna found him so well.

5:05 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And Antonio Valencia has been shown a straight red for a really nasty tackle, raking straight down Matuidi's leg.

5:08 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Hairnet model Noboa nearly got a goal back.

5:12 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Ecuador are right up against it but they're giving it a go with ten men.

5:17 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Varane is coming on now for Sakho.

5:18 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

It opened up for Benzema but he shot wide.

5:22 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

hey blue devil!

5:24 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

This game is confirming my France suspicions - they are formidable in the counter-attack, but without Valbuena or Ribery, their halfcourt offense is a bit uninspired.

5:26 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

of course, maybe France just wants to make the Swiss sweat

5:27 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

oh dear, Pogba

5:31 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

In the earlier game, Argentina finally came alive offensively, but defensively, that exposed some frailties. In any case, a highly enjoyable match - much better than this.

5:36 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Wow - hat-trick from Shaquiri today. He's on three for the tournament now.

5:49 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Hi there Red Devil - good to hear from you today. I agree with your assessment of Les Bleus. They should be able to get by Nigeria in the next round but will lose to the first decent team.

5:50 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

In the other game, Honduras puts the "F" in CONCACAF with their performance at this WC. One goal for, NINE against. three solid losses.

5:50 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

The French may do well if the next round is Germany.

5:52 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Enner Valencia is the real deal. We'll miss him, but overall, the Swiss have more to offer.

5:52 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Yeah - Honduras have really let down the CONCACAF side. They might make a decent Championship level outfit if managed by the likes of Neil Warnock.

5:53 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

What about the performance of Antonio Valencia as captain. Straight red today for a shocking tacle.

5:54 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Messi is finally coming into form, which is good for my bets.

5:54 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

So Benzema misses out on the his chance to add to his Golden Boot tally.

5:54 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Yeah, Antonio Valencia did not stand out at all. He was disappointing throughout.

5:55 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Now I have to decide whether I want to watch the Swiss game, the Iran-Bosnia game from earlier, or England-Costa Rica from yesterday. I figure it should be the Swiss, since they are going through and will be an interesting foe for the Argies.

5:57 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Yes, indeed. Was there any national hand-wringing today over the Italy exit and the Suarez biting incident?

5:58 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

I was happy to see that the mention of Suarez and the ref was minimal. Unbelievably, they seem willing to actually point some fingers at themselves at this stage.

6:00 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

I feel the Marchisio call was a bit harsh but defendable. It was easily a yellow card. In any case it really did not change the complexion of the game much as the Uruguayans were bypassing the midfield anyways in their attacks.

6:03 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That's quite remarkable. I don't think that the English media and public would be that mature about it. I'm sure that had Suarez bitten Gary Cahill there would have been calls for his summary execution.

6:04 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

I think the personnel repercussions are so heavy that the resignations got more attention than the bite.

6:06 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

I opted for the Swiss game. The first goal is a nice shot, but the Honduran goalkeeper's non-attempt is pretty laughable.

6:07 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Have a good night!

Group G matches tomorrow should be great. I am hoping Algeria-Russia becomes a good match. Russia has to start showing something.

6:13 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Cheerio!

6:14 PM  

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