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!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Match 3 - Spain v. The Netherlands

We're on to Match #3 and it couldn't be bigger. Spain v. The Netherlands - a repeat of the 2010 Final. There is no love lost between these sides after that grudge match, so it could get tasty out there. Join us here on the LOB if you're around for this one.

172 Comments:

Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The team news now out of Salvador:

Spain: Casillas; Azpilicueta, Ramos, Pique, Alba; Alonso, Busquets, Xavi; Iniesta, Costa, Silva. Subs: Albiol, Martinez, Juanfran, Villa, Torres, Fabregas, Pedro, De Gea, Mata, Koke, Cazorla, Reina.

Holland: Cillessen; Janmaat, Vlaar, De Vrij, Martins Indi, Blind; De Jong, De Guzman, Sneijder; Robben, Van Persie. Subs: Verhaegh, Veltman, Kongolo, Kuyt, Clasie, Lens, Fer, Huntelaar, Wijnaldum, Depay, Vorm, Krul.

2:51 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Teams in the tunnel now, all a-tingly. Let's hope this one is the cracker that it promises to be.

2:53 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Marvelous atmosphere in the stadium now. Mostly oranje, perhaps?

2:55 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And we're away in one of the most highly anticipated match-ups in the group stage.

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

For some reason, both teams are wearing their away kit. Holland are in dark blue. Spain are all in white. Not sure what that's about.

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

A real B team for this match on the commentary front. Adrian Healey chewing on his vowels alongside Tony Kay.

3:05 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Very leisurely pace to this one so far.

3:07 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Sneijder had a chance to score on his 100th cap and drilled it right at Casillas. The first big chance of the match.

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

Decent pop by Iniesta as Jordi Alba pulled the defenders out wide. Always rising, though.

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

First chance for Diego Costa but De Vrij did well. Not sure he feels comfy on his left side.

3:14 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hello Bob. I was on the other thread.

3:15 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Alba can definitely be an outlet for the Spanish.

3:15 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Welcome, mate!

3:15 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Schneider should have given the Dutch the lead.

3:16 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Nasty from De Jong - surely a yellow. No - more lenience from the refs. He should get a card just for his neck tattoo.

No it's Sneijder straight through the player. No card.

3:16 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cheers Bob.

3:16 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The "Dutch Skunk" goes donw under a Ramos challenge and gets up surprised to see the free kick go the other way.

3:17 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Pasta Rizzoli is the ref.

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

The Dutch seem to have a potent counter attacking threat, with the Spanish playing a fairly high line.

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

I'll have a bowl of that, MUR.

3:19 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Both sides seem to be happy with a draw in this one. Robben has been down for an extended period.

3:19 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Some naughtiness between De Jong and Biscuits as expected.

3:20 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Silva was in there but was blocked out. Fairly accomplished defending from the Dutch so far.

3:21 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Jon Champion vamping a bit there to try to inject a bit of excitement into this one.

3:22 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Boos for Diego Costa seen as a traitor in Brazil.

3:23 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Free header there for Ramos and he couldn't misstimed his jump. Remarkable miss.

3:23 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Not surprised to hear those, MUR.

3:24 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The corner from Xavi was uncharacteristically missed by Ramos.

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

The pace is so bloody labored in this one. It's like watching Serie A.

De Guzman is the first one into the book.

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

Penalty to Spain. De Costa uprooted by MUR favorite Ron Vlaar.

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

On the replay, I'm not sure that there was any contact.

3:27 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Xavi Alonso steps up and scores!

1-0 Spain!

3:27 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Another angle shows that Costa had his eyes on the ref as he decided to go down. More evidence of diving to mar this World Cup.

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

Spain definitely benefiting from having an orthodox target man.

3:30 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That should open the match up. The Dutch didn't really look that fussed about it.

3:30 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Blind with a great cross over but old man RVP didn't get on the end of it.

3:33 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Nice cross from Blind that was missed by Ramos and should have been tucked away by RVP.

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

De Jong tries a rare shot on goal.

3:35 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

De Jong straight at Casillaa.

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

De Guzman in again. And he's on a yellow. Ref being very lenient.

3:38 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

De Guzman already booked with a naughty challenge. The first red card of the tournament?

3:39 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Robben just offside from a through ball by RVP.

3:40 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

De Vrij dives in and picks up the second yellow.

3:41 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Stefan De Vrij booked for a nasty body check on Silva.

3:42 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A Hallmark performance by the Dutch?

3:43 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Silva ran onto a ball that sliced through the Dutch defense. Cilessen did well with the chipped effort.

3:43 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Out of nowhere, RVP buries a lovely header!

1-1!

3:45 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Nearly a two goal lead as Silva tried to chip the keepery.

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

I've been banging on all game about the dangerously high line that Spain were playing. Robben was flagged offside several times but that was bound to happen. Great ball from Blind and a terrific finish. Quality.

3:46 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL 1-1 as RVP headed superbly from a superb long diagonal pass from Blind.

3:47 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Its 1-1 at the half.

3:47 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Hey Guys
Didn't know if you guys were going to be on LOB today

3:52 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Hey Guys
Didn't know if you guys were going to be on LOB today

3:52 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

A bit of argybargy between Lexi Lalas and RVN over the penalty at half time. I agree with the Dutchman, of course - a clear dive by Costa.

4:03 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Hiya, Dave - welcome!

4:03 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Out for the second half
COME ON HOLLAND

4:04 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

What did you make of the first half? Penalty or diving?

4:04 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

WHy did FIFA insist the change of colors for both

4:04 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Torrential downpour now in Salvador.

4:04 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I don't think it was either
I think he stepped on the leg and went down

4:05 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Lexi is an ass

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

We were wondering the same thing, mate. Surely one of the teams could have worn their first kit. Red and blue or orange and white?

4:06 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Lexi is an ass

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

Worse than yesterday's dive?

4:06 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Well, the commentator just said FIFA made them

I like the commentators so far except for the Mexican game… he's an idiot

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

Decent pop by Iniesta there.

4:07 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

NEVER

4:08 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Love to see Holland win the group
Spain take on Brazil
England beat Holland!!!

4:09 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

GOAL!!

ROBBEN PUTS THE DUTCH IN THE LEAD!!

I THOUGHT HE TOOK TOO LONG!

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

GOAL! Robben sticks the knife into Spanish hearts!

2-1!

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

Not sure why Piquet didn't know that he'd cut that back onto his left peg - he always does.

4:11 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Now then...can Spain respond?

4:11 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Stuns me… just let him go right!

Dutch player down in the box

4:12 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

He did headbutt him but he should have gone down like that

Can he be banned after the fact

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

Costa headbutted Martins Indi off the ball but I'm not sure that the Italian ref. No card.

4:13 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL 2-1 Boland as Robben scored a trademark goal turning Pique off a pass from Blind.

4:13 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I assume that FIFA can review the tape and retrospectively ban him, right?

4:13 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I have been getting some links for BBC and ITV coverage… love that I can do that for studio stuff

4:14 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I have the BBC link for this match…it is ahead of the TV… come on ESPN

4:15 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

How was DiegobCosta not sent off for that terrible headbutt. Surely FIFA will suspend him.

4:15 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Check out the BEin coverage in the evening. They've got Rodney Marsh and Ruud Gullit in the studio from Rio. Much better than the ESPN crew. And they're not even showing any games!

4:16 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Totally agree… of course… the guy didn't have to go down like he'd been shot

4:16 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good afternoon UWS. Great to have you on board.

4:16 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Don't have BEIN

4:17 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

RVP OFF THE BAR!!!!

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

OH - RVP rockets one off the bar!!!!

4:18 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Oh. Off the bar from RVP. Great run by Robben.

4:19 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Who does this keeper play for?

4:19 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The Dutch keeper plays for Ajax. We're all surprised that Worm isn't the #1.

4:19 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Pedro and Torres about to come on for Spain
Yellow card man De Guzman off for the Dutch

4:19 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Is Krul in the squad?

4:20 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And now Diego Costa is pulled off. FIFA may have something to say about the rest of his tournament.

4:20 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

The Dutch need to put another one in with these counter attacks

4:20 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Yeah - Krul as well.

4:20 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Boos for Costa. As he is replaced by Torres. Wijnaldum on for De Guzman.

4:21 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

YES!!!!!!!!!!


Bungled in at the back post!

BRILLIANT

4:22 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

That touch with RVP was just as much as yesterday

4:22 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Casillas makes a total hash of the cross and De Vrij came around the back and knocked it in.

3-1!

4:23 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I was just saying that, mate. Pretty close to the one ruled out for Croatia.

4:23 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

RVP picks up a yellow card.

4:24 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Commentator just talked about yesterday's non goal

Don't be stupid RVP!

4:24 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

3 goals in 20 minutes of play

KEEP IT UP HOLLAND

4:24 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Goal 3-1 Dutch as Casillaa missed the free kick. From Robben and De veij headed in at the far post.

4:24 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Phew… no goal

Weak clearance
Shot blocked

Offside!

4:25 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Silva bundles one in but he's ruled offside. For once the officials got it right.

4:25 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Love to see the other match get a winner so Spain are last!!!

4:26 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Silva flagged offside as he had the ball in the back of the net as the keeper saved a header from Pedro.

4:26 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Casillas ran up the pitch to complain and got a yellow card for his trouble.

4:27 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Kick save by Casillas

4:27 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

This diving and bad decisions are just feeding the anti soccer american press

Mike and Mike were pathetic this morning
Some people were writing in and saying that it is part of the game … WHAT people should have written is that all the fans HATE IT TOO!!!

4:27 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Was Casillas booked after the so called foul or the offside decision?

4:28 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...


Tony Pulis
Crystal Palace manager on BBC Radio 5 live
Spain 1-3 Netherlands
Posted at
"Robin van Persie has fouled the goalkeeper. The referee will take some criticism for this and Spain have been very hard done by. If Louis van Gaal gets luck like this at Manchester United the fans will be delighted. How will Spain react?"

4:28 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

RVP booked for after with Ramos.

4:29 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Sounds like you're pro-Dutch today. We're mostly pro-Dutch as well, only my dad is rooting for Spain. Don't know why.

4:29 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

YES!!!!!

Casiillas with a huge blunder

RVP!!!

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

WOW! 1-4!!!!!!

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

RVP now tied with Neymar with a brace.

4:30 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Very much Dutch
I am fed up with Spain… hate the tickytak crap

I picked Holland to win the group

4:31 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL 4-1 asRVP tackled Casillaa and easily scored a brace. Laughable.

4:31 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

RVP ties up Neymar for the golden boot

4:31 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

SPAIN WERE WINNING!!!

4:32 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Foul called
Torres missed anyway… of course

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

Iker Casillas had a nightmare in the Champions League final and he's had a nightmare here! A harmless backpass was rolled back to him. He had loads of time. Or that's what he thought. He took an abysmal first touch, the ball spinning a few yards away from him, and Van Persie was on him in a flash, nicking it away and then poking into the empty net before the covering defender could get back in time! Spain have fallen to pieces! Even Holland can't believe what's happened!

4:33 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I like the spray for the wall and ball… they can't move!

4:33 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Why does your centerback take the free kick!

4:34 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ramos curls a free kick wide.

4:34 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Ref doesn't point to the spot as Torres goes down

4:35 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

He didn't really dive

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

Cesc comes on to boos from the Gooner.

4:36 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

On comes Fab
Stunned he went to Chelsea
Why didn't Arsenal get him back.. they had first refusal
Why didn't United get him

4:36 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

RVP comes off

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

Not much contact from Vlaar.

4:36 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Weltman on for De Vrij.vCesc on for Silva. Boia from Goober. Jereman Lens on for RVP.

4:36 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Keep it up Lous…. same at OT too

4:37 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

YES!!!

FIVE!!!!!!!!

4:37 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!

1-5!!!!

4:37 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

RVP ROBBEN AND NEYMAR ALL ON TWO

4:38 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

What a finish! He ran the full length, sold Casillas a dummy and then picked his spot in the top corner. Wowsers!

4:38 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

The Spanish defenders are all over the place!!

WHy would Robben come to OT and play for Louis and RVP

4:39 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

secret…. he still went left!!

4:39 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I picked holland to win the group
I picked holland to win the group
I picked holland to win the group

4:40 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

What was Robben do there
Torres wins the ball but of course was too slow

4:40 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

WOW 5-1.Achneijder put Robben through on the counter.he did the rest beating three defenders then Cassillas. Ramos beaten for pace

4:40 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Course he did - his right peg is just for standing on.

4:41 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I am loving Spain being tortured

4:41 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Connor: It's all about the underdogs come on England!

4:41 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The Spanish fans are looking more than a bit silly now.

4:42 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

The goal difference is hurting them!

4:42 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Should have been six… twice!!!

4:44 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - nearly six but for two wonder saves by the humiliated Casillas.

4:44 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

what a strike by Robben

Full volley!

Holland hit the bar too… could have been SEVEN

4:44 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Add to that that FIFA may suspend Diego Costa for up to three matches and this is a nightmare for the Spanish.

4:46 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

If there were still ten minutes to go they could get TEN!!!

They look like they could score EVERY TIME

4:46 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Great. Doubl Double save. From. Casilllaa

4:46 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Robben is my pick for tournament MVP - looking good so far.

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

The Dutch simply ripping Spain apart!

4:48 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

El Nino should have got another consolation goal. Too clever. So Spain's only goal was a dodgy pen.

4:48 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

How did they not score again
and then Torres… OH MY!!!!

4:49 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Looks a good call Bob

4:49 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

You going out for the next match or are you on LOB

4:50 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Four minutes of stoppage time. Schneider slipped off a great run and pass from Lens then Torres missed a sitter

4:50 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Can Spain recover like they did four years ago

Hope not

4:50 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

THAT'S IT

WELL DONE HOLLAND!!!

Great entertainment

4:51 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

We're on the LOB tonight and for the first match tomorrow. Going over to Johnno's in the afternoon.

4:52 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Ruud must be dancing a jig

4:52 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I'll be there


Rio, TH14 and Shearer with Linekar in the BBC studio

4:53 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A memorable 5-1 win. I sure did not see this coming.

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

Bring Robben to OT LVG

4:54 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

These are the type of games we want!

4:54 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Loving the BBC coverage too!

4:56 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I'll be back for the later game

4:56 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Will De Gea being between the posts for the next match

5:00 PM  

Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home