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 11 - Argentina v. Bosnia and Herzogovina

We've building to this moment all day long - Messi in the Maracana. This is the stage where we've all been waiting for the supposed best player in the world to prove himself on the biggest stage. His idol Maradona did it - now is little Lionel's time. In front of them, the rugged Bosnians. Should be a real treat. Join me or else, lads.

183 Comments:

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).

5:39 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

5:40 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

LINE-UPS

Argentina v Bosnia-Hercegovina (23:00 BST)
Posted at 22:31
Argentina: Romero, Zabaleta, Campagnaro, Federico Fernandez, Garay, Rojo, Maxi Rodriguez, Mascherano, Di Maria, Messi, Aguero. Subs: Orion, Gago, Biglia, Perez, Higuain, Augusto Fernandez, Demichelis, Palacio, Alvarez, Lavezzi, Basanta, Andujar.
Bosnia-Hercegovina: Begovic, Mujdza, Bicakcic, Spahic, Kolasinac, Besic, Hajrovic, Pjanic, Misimovic, Lulic, Dzeko. Subs: Fejzic, Vrsajevic, Vranjes, Ibisevic, Susic, Sunjic, Ibricic, Medunjanin, Visca, Hadzic, Salihovic, Avdukic.
Referee: Joel Aguilar (Slovakia)

5:41 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Ten games down
Ten wins, Ten losses
No draws

LONG MAY IT CONTIUE

5:44 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Thanks for the technical support, UWS. That's exactly right. I tend to do as "Control" + track pad right under the most recent post and then click on "Reload."

5:45 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Welcome gents! We've got sausages and chicken on the grill, corn in the pot and caprese salad on the table all ready. Gooner has just mixed us a gin and tonic and summertime is easy. Loving the World Cup!

5:46 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Thanks for posting the line-ups, UWS. I'm not happy at all about the conservative approach that Sabella has opted for. Why leave the talents of Gago and Higuain on the bench in favor of destroyers such as Mascherano? Surely Argentina can roll these Bosnians.

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

Long may it continue, UWS.

5:50 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Deary me, it's Derek Rae and Roberto Martinez on the commentary. And a Salvadoran referee. ESPN and FIFA doing everything they can do to ruin this event.

5:53 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hello B Bob Redl Devil and UWS Great to chat with everyone.

5:53 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I agree . I enjoy seeing lots of goals and no draws.

5:55 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Anthems over, we're down to the real biz. Come on!

5:58 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Disgraceful behavior from the Argie fans booing the Bosnian National anthem.

5:58 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Definitely a partisan Argentine crowd.

5:59 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

They're off from the Maracana.

6:00 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I wonder if any of the Brazilians in the crowd will boo the Argentines. And just as I type that, the boos start.

6:01 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I am here for kick off after a lovely Father's Day steak
Happy Father's Day to all you dads out there

6:01 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Happy Father's Day, mate - you've earned your steak dinner.

6:02 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

First agricultural challenge on Aguero. Won't be the last.

6:02 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

GOAL!!

OG… the goals keep flowing.. two minutes in!!

6:03 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Classic finish… reminds of the liverpool lad at Burnley?

6:04 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Messi floats a dangerous ball over and a Bosnian defender Kolasinic turns into his own net. The Argies really didn't need the help.

1-0 Argentina

6:04 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Naughty by Mudjza on Aguero and Goal Mess I took the free kick and Kolasavic put into his own goal.

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

I was about to note that the Argies looked a bit short, and that I did not see them being much of an aerial threat on set pieces. Now it's 1-0.

6:04 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Let's have some more goals, eh?

6:05 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I was thinking the same thing before the Bosnians pressed the self-destruct button. Crikey!

6:05 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Happy Father's Day UWS. You have earned that steak. Well done.

6:06 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Another corner that went sailing past several Bosnian defenders. What are they playing at?

6:06 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

So, did you hear the ESPN lot saying that the rules says a rebound of the keeper is not an OG. They want the goal to go to Benny

6:07 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Cheers BD and MUR

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

That's a lot of own goals for the tourney so far. It's as if Chelsea were playing (especially during Mou's reign, it seemed that every second goal they scored was a deflection own goal).

6:07 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Now a chance for Bosnia to respond.

6:08 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Pijanic has a free kick headed away for a corner that is cleared.

6:08 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Unfortunately, this is a rubbish group. There is no need for Bosnia to even tie this game, so I am not sure that falling behind will necessarily draw them out more.

6:10 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The ESPN crew especially Casey Keller were numpties today. A definite OG by the Honduras keeper.

6:11 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

One from the Guardian blog:

"The Bosnians are already nervous about Messi and the Argies. They've got Pjanic in the midfield."

Boom boom!

6:11 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

OGs leading the scoring charts with three… damn… I should have picked him!!!!

6:11 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Possibly not Red Devil.

6:11 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

OGs leading the scoring charts with three… damn… I should have picked him!!!!

6:11 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I liked the name they have given
Group E

The Group of Life

6:13 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Bosnia almost in there… why wasn't #11 following up

6:14 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Gooner has just gone to check the sausages, saying "don't let them score again while I'm gone" and the Bosnians promptly launch a long ball that Hajrovic nearly got onto.

6:14 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Misimovic fouled just outside the box by Masch after Mihalovic chipped the ball over the defense and the keeper did well to block from Jerko.

6:15 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I quite enjoyed that too, UWS.

6:15 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I was thankful that they gave Lexi the England game off… he is so anti-England it is stunning

6:15 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Messi is missing

6:17 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Pjanic does well to dispossess Messi there. Still no real magic from the little man.

6:17 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Is it too late to change my pick of Argentina in the final? They look very tentative for the moment, and have great difficulty advancing the ball with much purpose. Messi is dribbling way too much. The defense was very static on that dangerous chance a few minutes back.

6:17 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I wish he had the rest of the World Cup off.

6:17 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I think that's the way that Alex Sabella - an Elland Road legend - has organized the side tonight. They're built not to lose.

6:18 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I picked them to win it!!!

6:18 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Shoot it Lionel!!!

6:18 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Speaking of Elland Road… who is the new Gaffer
An Italian?

6:19 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I guess the sausages are done!!

6:21 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

How could Messi be left so criminally wide open. He looks very unsure of himself out there.

6:21 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Another chance for Messi to shine but he fluffs his lines. I think he's just realizing he's not facing the back line of Sporting Gijon tonight.

6:22 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The own goal aside, this has been very even. Bosnia have been composed. They play good football, but are just missing that crucial killer touch.

6:22 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I haven't heard that we've hired anyone yet.

6:23 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

If he scores tonight will we have a celebration out of Pjanic at the Disco?

I've got a million of these.

6:24 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I'll miss the Germany Portugal match because of work
I am at a workshop so will have the phone running
I do have Watch ESPN App… wonder if I can sneak a peak

6:25 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I do like the foam on around the ball and at the wall

No more cheating

In the Prem next year?

6:26 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

First yellow goes to Rojo. Would a second mean "rojo for Rojo?"

Boom boom!

6:26 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Marcos Rojo booked for a wreckless foul. One more and Rojo will get a rojo.

6:26 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Work? What's that, mate? Sorry.

6:27 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

I cannot believe how many crosses I have seen this tourney that manage to squeak through the crowd and hit the ground. It really shows the new mentality of the defenders who are focused foremost on obstructing their opponents. Often this leads to noone being responsible for actually heading the damn thing out.

6:28 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Are Ghana watch the U.S tomorrow?

6:29 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I really thought Messi would have a great tourney!

Maybe a lucky goal off his bum may change his form

6:29 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I'll be home for that match

6:29 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Just leave the puns to me today, mate. Otherwise I'll creating a Pjanic.

6:29 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Yeah.What is work?

6:30 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

SHUT IT MUR!!!!!

6:30 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I like he's a big game bottler.

6:31 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I was in fine form yesterday.

6:31 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Again, Tim Cahill has more World Cup goals than Rooney, Ronaldo and Messi… COMBINED

6:31 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

LOL! We've been suffering from MUR's awful puns all weekend.

6:31 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Its been a Messi performance by the Argues.

6:32 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Are you still in DC?
If so, when do you go home?

6:32 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Clearly Tim Cahill is the best footballer on the planet.

6:32 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Great save by Begovic from Masch.

6:33 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'm driving back Tuesday morning, mate. Hoping to make it back to Fred-town in time to watch Brazil v. Mexico.

6:33 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I am in DC till next Sunday.

6:34 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Are you kidding me!!


YOU LUCKY BUGGER!!!!

6:36 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

When are you heading to Scotia?

6:37 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Little big man got some serious ups there. Aguero's time in the EPL has made him quite the headball threat.

6:37 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

We're over at Johnnos again for an all-American BBQ.

6:39 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Where are you Ghana watch the US match?
Is Steve off of work? John?

6:40 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Great header…great save

Bosnia are the more dangerous

6:41 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

almost another own goal there.

6:41 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

What was that… looked like an England cross!!

6:43 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Argentina stink!!


Kathy told me there was no room for the trophy anyway!!!!!

6:45 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Shoot it Mess

6:45 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

watching Messi help out on defense makes one think Rooney actually tracks back a bit.

6:45 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

watching Messi help out on defense makes one think Rooney actually tracks back a bit.

6:45 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Rooney tracks back too much
He never gets in the damn box

6:46 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Iran and Nigeria must be licking their lips and saying "if we were any good, we might give Argentina some problems."

6:46 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Half time… not too good from Argies

Most goals at this stage since 1958

6:47 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Rooney tracks back to get the ball, but he does not help out much. Messi will stand 5 metres away from an opponent who has the ball and do nothing.

6:48 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Enjoying some bangers and HP sauce, lads.

6:48 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

OK, I'm off to bed. This is not must-see tv like last night or even Chile-Australia.

My wife is heading out of town, so I will be responsible for the kids plus for watching Germany and the US, so I need a good night's sleep.

Enjoy the game!

6:50 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I agree, UWS. There was some criticism of Hodgson playing Roon "out of position," but I think that was just Roon being Roon.

6:52 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Well he was playing out on left wing!
I think Rooney doesn't belong as the top man because he goes back too much
I think Sterling should be out wide and Rooney play behind Sturridge

7:01 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Players coming out for the second half
Wonder why the Maracana's capacity is far down
It used to fit 200,000

7:02 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Argentina making TWO changes
Higuain in for Maxi Rodriguez

7:03 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That's what the doctored ordered - Gago and Higuain on for the second half. I could be running this outfit.

7:03 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Get your rest, mate. It's a big day tomorrow.

7:05 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Gago for Campangnaro and Higuiain for Maxi Rodriguez. That's more like io from Sabella.

7:05 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Just finished the Bangor's and HP. That was my reason for the lengthy absence.

7:08 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good night Red Devil. There is plenty of action tomorrow.

7:09 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Where is he?

7:10 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

If a front four of Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain and Angel Di Maria can't get goals then we may as well all give up and go to bed

7:11 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Why couldn't Aguero finish like that for Citeh!

Messi needs to hit one on target

7:12 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

From the Beeb
Argentina 1-0 Bosnia-Hercegovina
Posted at 53 mins
The most damming indictment I can make of Argentina is that they are playing like England at the last few World Cups.
They all look unfit, slow and out of ideas.

7:13 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

My buddy Alex (Red Devil) is married to an Italian colleague of ours and so he vacations in Tuscany during the summer. So it's a wee bit past 1am his time.

7:14 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

He's in bloody Tuscany!!!!

7:15 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I agree. England were far more exciting than this. Glad I didn't pick this lot to go far.

7:15 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Almost another OG!!

7:15 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Captain Mainwaring is saying to the Bosnians, "Don't Pjanic!"

They shouldn't as the Argies don't look up for it.

7:16 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Again… I picked them as winners

7:16 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

BD, you never answered my question from 6:37

7:17 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

WHY DOESN'T MESSI SHOOT!!

7:18 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Begovic saves from Aguero after a nice run and pass from Mess I.

7:19 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Sorry, mate. I'm still planning to drive out on Friday, the 27th and stay through Sunday evening. How does that sound?

Hoping that England can pull their fingers out and give us a nice Round of 16 match to look forward to.

7:19 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Citeh fans wince as Aguero is hacked.

7:21 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I agree UWS. Argentina have been too slow and predictable.

7:21 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Messi is lining this one up with intent.

High, wide and 'orrible.

7:21 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Atrocious free kick from Mess I.

7:22 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The Maracana faithful are having a good time whistling Messi now.

GOAL! Messi comes good!

2-0!

7:22 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

MESSI SHOOTS!!!

MESSI SCORES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

7:23 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Sounds brilliant.. of course… you stay for all of the matches thru Tuesday

7:24 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Wonderful stuff from the little man but it was largely due to the lithe one-two with Higuain. They were clearly missing the target man.

7:24 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Tim Cahill beware

7:24 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL! That's more like it as Mess I makes it 2-0 with a great finish off the post off a one two with Higuain.

7:25 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

This Tourney is matching '58 with goals… will some one overtake Just Fontaine's 13 in one tourney

7:26 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Fernandez tackles Jerko for a corner.

7:27 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Bosnia are looking increasingly desperate now, Hajlovic lashing one well over the bar.

7:27 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Can't do that but I can do the weekend.

7:28 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Boys asking lots of questions in the room today
What makes Jarzinho a record breaker

7:28 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I think 13 is just too much for one player in the modern game.

7:28 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I'lll take what I can get

7:28 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

He scored in every match of a World Cup tournament.

7:28 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

He scored in every match in a tournament?

7:29 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Well done… you beat everyone with the answer

7:29 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Go on, ref - give a rojo for Rojo!

7:29 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That trivia question was easy, peasy, lemon squeezy, mate. Give us a hard one.

7:31 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Any more trivia?

7:32 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Who's scored the most goals all time in the WC

Just Fontaine did score 13

7:33 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Who scored the most goals in one game

7:34 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

A flash of brilliance from Aguero. Deserved a goal.

7:34 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Wide by Aguero off a nice solo run.

7:34 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Fatty Ronaldo is still the record holder but Klose may have something to say about that tomorrow.

7:35 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Most in a game. Oleg Salenko for Russia vs Cameroon.

7:36 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Correct MUR

Give me some

7:37 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Youngest player in the World Cup?

7:38 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Do you think Crouch was the tallest player to score a WC goal

Shortest?

7:39 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

This one is done and dusted

7:40 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Michael Owen?

7:40 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Youngest is Norman Whiteside.

7:41 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Largest goal differentials in a World Cup game?

7:41 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Correct MUR

7:41 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Bosnia are back in it!

7:42 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Yugoslavia beat Zaire 9-0… in Scotland's group in 74

Didn't Hungary beat El Salvador 10-1




BOSNIA SCORES!

7:42 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Keeper nutmeged!

7:42 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Time for Bosnia to launch everything at the Argies now. Come on!

7:43 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL. The Bosnians pull one back.

7:43 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

35 goals - wow!

7:43 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

And Hungary beat South Korea 9-0 in1954.

7:44 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Pathetic -Sabella throws on a center back for Aguero to hang on for the win.

7:45 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Not done and dusted.

7:45 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

He learned that behavior at ER.

7:46 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I remember the Yugo's beating Zaire's and knocked Scotland out because they only scored two

7:46 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

That was a nasty tackle on Messi

7:46 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Three minutes of stoppage time.

7:48 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Again, only Cameroon, Greece and Honduras have failed to scored!!

7:49 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

This has to be a record with no draws yet… maybe

7:49 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

MESSI… HOW DID YOU NOT SCORE!

7:50 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

We think Crouchie was the tallest scorer unless it was Jan Killer.

7:50 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Argentina hold on to win

My would be champs on the road to glory

7:51 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Full time - Argentina 2 Bosnia 1.

Not impressive at all. An own goal and one moment of brilliance. Not enough.

7:52 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I think it was Crouch too

7:52 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Argues hold on to win 2-1. Far from impressive.

7:52 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Don't see it, UWS - you're losing points on that one.

7:52 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Enjoy your evening
Wish I was there

TTFN

7:52 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's good night from me and good night from him.

8:06 PM  

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