Lakenheath Old Boys

We are all former students at Lakenheath High School and other public schools in East Anglia. We were in school in the 70s and 80s and drank deeply from the well of British culture of those decades - the pints, the telly, and of course the footie!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Match 10 - France v. Honduras

We've just ordered a couple of pizzas and are bunkering in for the second match of the day - the mentally fragile French against the thuggish Hondurans. The French will be missing their talismanic forward Franck Ribery. How will they hold up today? We'll see next - join us here on the LOB.

111 Comments:

Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The team news out of Porto Alegre for this afternoon's match-up:

France - Lloris, Debuchy, Varane, Sakho, Evra, Pogba, Cabaye, Matuidi, Valbuena, Benzema, Griezmann. Subs: Ruffier, Cabella, Giroud, Mavuba, Mangala, Sagna, Digne.

Honduras - Valladares, Beckeles, Bernardez, Figueroa, Izaguirre, Najar, Palacios, Garrido, Espinoza, Bengtson, Costly. Subs: Lopez, Chavez, Montes, Garrido, Palacios, Martinez, Delgado.

2:45 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The French backroom staff seems to have gone down the Germany 2006 route and coordinated their outfits, sporting dark blue suits and open-necked white shirts. They look pretty good, but remains to be seen whether they stick with this approach on the touchline. Hopefully.

2:52 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Teams in the tunnel this afternoon. Looks like a lovely day at Porto Alegre.

2:53 PM  
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3:00 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It sure us. Great to enjoy the pleasure of your company.

3:01 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And we're away at Porto Alegre, with the customary anthems. Poor show there from the hosts.

3:01 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

They were still working on the bathrooms and parking lot yesterday. What a joke.

3:02 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Shocking work from the Brazilians.

3:03 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Jerry Bengston runs the ball out of play - that's his forte.

3:04 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Definitely a pro Honduran crowd.

3:06 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

A lot of Hondurans in the crowd, starting up the "Ole" chants. A bit early for that, I suspect.

3:06 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The cartoon villain Patrice Evra picks up a yellow card early doors.

3:07 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Evra with a meaty challenge on Najar and booked for that. Najar in the streets of Alex

3:08 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

First set piece opportunity for the French now.

3:09 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Paul Pogba wins my "Spent Too Much Time Working on his Hair" award for this match.

3:10 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Wilson Palacios with a foul just outside the box. Balbuena with a training ground routine gone wrong.

3:11 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And another free kick from around the same spot.

3:11 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Well stated Bob. A great cosmetology observation.

3:12 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Cheers, mate. There are plenty of candidates.

3:12 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Valbueno over yet another free kick now.

3:14 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Valbuena not pleased with the challenge by Ysaguirre.

3:14 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Chance! The ball falls to Matuidi who hits it first time. The keeper did well to save it onto the bar.

3:15 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Oh. The free kick was headed away then Valladares tipped a short from Matuidi off the top of the bar.

3:16 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Brazi ref will need to produce some cards if the Hondurans continue to resort to their thuggish tactics.

3:18 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Bloody hell, this is boring. We're only 20 minutes in and Les Bleus are already boring the pants off me.

3:21 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Well wide by Cabaye.

3:22 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Important France coach clothing update: Deschamps has kept his suit on, the rest seem to have changed into trackies.

Booooooooooooo.

3:22 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The frame of the goal comes to Honduras' rescue again and Greizmann hits the upright.

3:23 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Greizmann heads off the bar from a cross by Evra.

3:24 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Another chance goes begging as Benzema plants a header well over the bar from Cabaye's cross.

3:24 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

This tim nBenzemoi heads over from a cross by VĂ lbuena.

3:25 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Pogba seems to have lashed out at a Honduran player and now all hell has broken loose.

3:26 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A fight breaks out after Pogba was fouled then henlashed out.

3:26 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Yellow cards all round for that bit of nonsense.

3:27 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Pogba and Wilson palacios both booked.

3:28 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

3:34 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

It's been more or less all France so far, but Honduras have a couple of half attacks, one of which ends as Najar shanks a cross from the right way over the bar.

3:35 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Maynor Figueroa tries to reprise that goal he scored for Wigan at Stoke a few years ago from just inside his own half, but the under-worked Hugo Lloris just peers at at the ball quizzically as it sails high, high over the bar.

3:36 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

As usual, Benzema - Mr. Fancy Pants Read Madrid - has been stinking it up like a block of camembert left out in the sun.

3:37 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Gooner has just called for Olivier Giroud to come on in the second half and I couldn't agree more. This has been abject stuff from the French.

3:41 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Hello Gents,

I'll be around for a few minutes, before I put Sofia to bed. This has been the most unbalanced match of the tourney so far. Total French domination, but without much vision. The midfield is physically strong, but without Ribery, it lacks imagination.

3:42 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Penalty to France and Wilson Palacios goes for a second yellow! Couldn't have happened to a nicer bloke.

3:43 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Ok. game over.

3:43 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Though they are missing Ribery, I think Griezmann is a pretty intelligent, useful player. He's my favorite frog so far.

3:44 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Goober called it. Wilson Palacios sent off for a second yellow as he foulwdbPogba in the box.

3:44 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Goal. Big deal.

3:44 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Welcome, Red Devil. This has been my least favorite match of the tournament so far. France are clearly the superior outfit but because of Deschamps conservative approach, they've made heavy weather of breaking down the Hondurans.

3:44 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Benzema scores from the spot. Not a great penalty but the keeper Valladares went the other way.

3:45 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Goal .Benzwmoi blasts in the penalty.

3:45 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Happy Father's Day, Red Devil!

3:45 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

What better proof could there be that this match does not matter than the fact that Benzema actually scored?

3:46 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Three minutes of stoppage time.

3:46 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Wow. I completely forgot that it is Fathers' day. I was too busy taking care of the kids ;)

3:47 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cabaye booked for a naugty challenge.

3:47 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Well, I noticed that Chiara posted on FB earlier that she thinks of Father's Day as a March event. Is that the Italian tradition?

3:48 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Welcome Red Devil. Happy Father's Day.

3:48 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Half-time - 1-0 France

The French should be able to see out a comfortable victory now.

3:49 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Agreed, Blue Devil. France is about control first, so it is pretty boring stuff. It's a weird mix between a few talented, skilled players, plus a lot of fast, strong athletic players, who are a bit lacking on precision. Thus, it always seems to break down right before the end.

3:49 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Oh man, there goes CONCACAF's sterling record.

3:50 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Valladares punches away the free kick from Valbuena as France lead 1-0 at the half.

3:52 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Boniek Garcia has come on for the Revs Jerry Bengtson.The second half is underway.

4:05 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

My New England Revolution Jerry Bengston has gone off to be replaced by Boniek Garcia, while Bernardez has been replaced by Osman Chavez.

4:06 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! The first real workout for the goal-line technology as Benzema whacks one in off the upright.

2-0!

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

It's really an own goal as Benzema didn't score. But definitely over the line on the FIFA goal-line technology-enhanced replay.

4:08 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Benzema scores again? That means the result was never in question.

4:09 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

So that's 33 goals now in 10 matches. 3.3 goals per game - marvelous action for the punters. And more to come!

4:09 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

I wonder if Boniek Garcia is named after Zbigniew Boniek, Poland's all-time great?

4:10 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Goal! 2-0 OG by the Honduras keeper as. Benzema had a shot come off the post. Goal line technology to the rescue.

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

That was my thought. I wouldn't have imagined that there were lots of Poles living in Honduras, no?

4:11 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Boniek Garcia booked for a horrible foul on Evra.

4:12 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And - speak of the devil - our boy Boniek picks up a yellow for some distincly ungraceful action there, hacking down Evra.

4:12 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Matuidi has a clear chance but is foiled by Valladares.

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

So has there been some unbridled celebrating on the streets of Tuscany after last night's heroics, Red Devil?

4:15 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Great save by Valladares from Matuidi off a pass from Greitmann. Sissoko on for Pogba.

4:16 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Jorge Claros on for Alex's Najar.

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

Hugo Lloris could have been taking a nap this afternoon.

4:21 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Cabaye off and Mavuba on now.

4:24 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Most of the area here was sleeping before the match started last night. Now they are all claiming they watched the match, but I am dubious. They don't get really excited until they win elimination matches, and they did not really feel great rivalry with the British.

4:24 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Into the side netting by Matuidi off a pass from Bwnzema.Should have scored. Mavuba on for Cabaye.

4:24 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That sounds positively condescending, Red Devil. I'm offended. ;-)

4:26 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

YUm. Benzema sandwich.

4:27 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A rare Honduran attack as Boniek Garcia shot at Lloris.

4:28 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

The Italians understand their rivalry with and domination of the German, but other than that, it is the Argentines and Brazilians with whom they feel greater rivalry. I don't know if they feel much vis-a-vis the French (2000 and 2006 finals). Overall, the Italians -as soccer fans - are very insular, and just don't know much about other countries. Add to that how young the British team was, except for Rooney and Gerrard, they just did not know players who are up and coming EPL stars (like Sterling).

4:30 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Horrible foul by Figueroa on Valbuena. not even a card.

4:31 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Another absolutely scything challenge from Figueroa there. And no card from the lenient referee. Harry Redknapp must be calling some Honduran agents.

4:31 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

3-0 France as Benzema finally gets on the board. No question this as the Real man found the roof of the net. Great strike.

4:31 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Hattrick by Benzema. Could there be a more deserving golden boot winner? He could easily have 6 goals after the group phase. I was not impressed by Switzerland or Ecuador.

4:32 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

So Benzema has a brace and almost a hat-trick.

4:32 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL 3-0. Benzema drives it in the roof of the net after a couple of blocked shots off the free kick.

4:32 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Nor I, Red Devil. I had heard a lot about Shaquiri, Xaka and Drmic but wasn't impressed.

4:33 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Just saw the replay of the goal. Goalkeeper closed his eyes.

4:34 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Only two. The second was an OG by the keeper.

4:34 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

So, is the 2nd goal officially an own-goal?

4:35 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And Gooner is pleased to see his boy Olivier Giroud up off the bench.

4:36 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed about the earlier match. Hilarious that the keeper closed his eyes.

4:36 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Yes - o.g. by Valladares. Probably had his eyes closed on that one too.

4:37 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Goober is delighted as Giroud is on for Valbuena.

4:37 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed with Bob about the second goal.

4:38 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Blue Devil, what did you mean, thuggish?

4:41 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

that was close to the hattrick

4:43 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

LOL! These Hondurans learned their football from the death squads, I suspect. Shockingly, only Palacios was carded today. I suspect that FIFA gave referees a directive to let a lot go. I've never seen such lenient officiating in a major tournament.

4:44 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

It's great, the Italian commentators are talking about the player of the match trophy that Benzema will receive today. They claimed it is the ugliest trophy in sport. Anyone seen it who can cofirm?

4:48 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Three minutes of stoppage time.

4:49 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I haven't, actually. Surely there 64 of those things hanging around, are there?

4:50 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Well that's quite enough of that. The French will be happy to have survived that with their limbs all intact.

4:52 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

France easily defeat the thuggish Honduras 3-0.

4:53 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Hey Boys
France win by three nil
Hondy become only the third team after Cameroon and Greece not to score

4:53 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Bob, you have a mac as well. Is there a way to update the little pop-up window in our blog chat? I always end up having to comment before it updates (hence I am so chatty).

4:53 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Next game could be the match of the day, if Bosnia have a good game. They are not quite Croatia-quality, but they are quite latin in style, so they may match up well with Argentina.

4:57 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

He Red Devil
I have a Mac and I have my mouse set to have a right click and just reload

5:39 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Looks done and dusted for the Argues.

7:38 PM  

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