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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Round of 16… Game #4

So, we all had this match in our predictions!
Can Europe continue their good day and tie it up!!
Join us

UWs

374 Comments:

Blogger United We Stand said...

LINE-UPS

Costa Rica v Greece (21:00 BST)

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


Greece: Karnezis, Torosidis, Manolas, Papastathopoulos, Holebas, Karagounis, Salpingidis, Maniatis, Christodoulopoulos, Samaris, Samaras. Subs: Glykos, Tzavelas, Moras, Tziolis, Kone, Mitroglou, Vyntra, Gekas, Fetfatzidis, Katsouranis, Tachtsidis, Kapino.
Referee: Benjamin Williams (Australia)

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

This is another one in which England should have been featured. Can you imagine? England v. Greece. Would have been easy passage to the quarters.

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

Bob Ley has just shown a picture of fans in Costa Rica, which he calls "an island nation." What?! No it isn't!

3:44 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Stat Attack
Costa Rica had less possession than their opponents in each of their group games. Their 44.4% against Uruguay was their highest to date



Another in the Possession Means Nothing File!!!!

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

So Costa Rica return to the line-up that faced Uruguay and Italy. Joel Campbell leads the line, with Bryan Ruiz floating behind and Christian Bolanos looking to provide attacking thrust from the left. Yeltsin Tejeda and Celso Borges provide the central protection for the back three.

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

Greece have stuck with the team that brought success against the Ivory Coast, with the only change Andreas Samaris coming in to make his first start of the tournament in midfield, (though he came on after 12 minutes against the Ivorians anyway). That means Georgios Samaras will carry the burden in the lone striker's role. He'll be reliant on Lazaros Christodoupoulos and Dimitros Salpingidis offering support from the wings.

3:46 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hello Bob and UWS. Since when is Costa Rica an island nation?

3:50 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

England and Italy should be embarrassed that the Ticos finished ahead of them in the standings. The Ticos like to absorb pressure then hit teams on the break. I am not surprised that they have had little possession. Greece plays the same way.

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

I agree with you about possession, UWS. However, that's how the Dutch killed Mexico earlier. I was surprised at how knackered Mexico were at the end.

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

You heard that too, didn't you, MUR. What a numpty! I thought it was Bob Ley but it was actually the African American host. Not sure of his name.

3:56 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Both teams in this match play that style. The only goal Costa Rica has conceded was a penalty against Uruguay. The Greeks have only scored two goals. Both against the Ivory Coast. I would expect the Ticos to win this match.

3:57 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I did . I was appalled by the basic geography gaffe.

3:58 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's an Aussie officiating crew.

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

It's an all Aussie officiating crew this afternoon.

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

I thought Samaris' name was "Georgios."

3:59 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

They're off from Recife.

4:01 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

No PPP points available from this encounter.

4:01 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Go on, the Greeks! Europe is back, Europe is back - hello! Hello!

4:01 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Samaras wins an early free kick

4:01 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I am going for the Ticos.

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

Nope - and no one has gotten a full 9 points so far. So - it will only be six points at most from the first four matches.

4:02 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The free kick is headed away then Christodopolous shoots high and wide.

4:02 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Yes. I got six yesterday, but still trail by a fair amount.

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

You're all in for the CONCACAF boys today, eh MUR?

4:03 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Geogios is Samaras. This striking partner is Samaris. A matter of semantics.

4:04 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

They have done well this World Cup, surpassing all expectations.

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

Ah...that's it. Cheers, MUR!

4:05 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Greek's first ever knockout match in the World Cup. Only the second time ever for the Ticos. The winner will be in the quarters for the first time ever.

4:05 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Any time mate.

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

Joel Campbell had a chance to lay off to Ruiz but he overcooked the ball.

4:06 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A great opportunity for the Ticos , but the ball from Campbell to Bryan Ruiz was too far wide.

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

The Ticos fans breaking into the "Ole" chants now - a bit early for that, don't you think?

4:07 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Greeks have only won two world Cup matches and only scored in two world Cup matches. Both were against African teams. The Greeks will have to make history in more ways than one to advance.

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

Why wouldn't Arsene Wenger want to bring Joel Campbell in for pre-season training?

4:08 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Bryan Ruiz did well to put through Bolanos who shot ever when he should have at least worked the keeper.

4:08 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

That is a good question. At least give him a chance.

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

Yeah - the host was giving Lexi Lalas some stick for that. All four Greek scorers are playing today.

4:09 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I agree that it's a bit too early for the Oles unless it's the fans's way of trying to motivate their team.

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

The Greeks record in the Euros is certainly quite a bit better than at the World Cup. That's for sure.

4:10 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

did things go swimmingly between the last match and this match?

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

UWS has just said that Kasey Keller is "Captain Obvious" on the microphone this afternoon.

4:11 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Samaras is offside off a long ball from Torosidis . He looked onside, IMHO.

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

They did indeed. We had a lovely dip and UWS just said that he's feeling cool and refreshed for this one. Kathy is asleep on the couch and son Thomas is heading in that direction unless someone scores.

4:12 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I haven't been too pleased with Kasey Keller as an announcer. I have been really disappointed.

4:12 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Nocitos have a pool in their backyard? It must be warm in Albany today.

4:13 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

What you are trying to say is that Thomas is about to fall asleep.

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

I prefer Salpangidis running through the middle. He's lost on the wing.

4:14 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I definitely expect this to be a cagey affair.

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

Yep - he's looking a bit droopy as I type. He had a late night out with his pals.

4:14 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Salpangidis wins a Greek corner.

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

Greece might be able to take advantage of these set piece opportunity.

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

Oh - Papa's Got a Brand New Bag-opolis nearly got a decent header on that corner.

4:16 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Papastohalous heads wide off the corner from the Pit Bull.

4:16 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Boom Boom ! Nice one.

4:16 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

We know how those late nights go. Is the pool in the backyard?

4:17 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Campbell did well to find a player down the left but the return pass to him was atrocious.

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

Cheers, mate. Yep. Above ground oval shaped pool. They're in the process of building a deck from the back door out to the pool.

4:20 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Where's the quality?

4:20 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Gamboa wins a corner off of Maniatis.

4:21 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The corner is taken short then Campbell is fouled just outside the box by thew pit bull.

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

Half way through the first half - not a classic.

4:22 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Great free kick from Bolanos and Borjas just fails to connect.

4:23 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Not at all. where's the quality. Like watching a Greek tragedy.

4:24 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I wish them the best with the deck and the pool. I know requires a lot of work. Massive maintenance involved.

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

The Ticos fans are losing their minds now. Goodness knows why. Is there a silly wave going on?

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

Yeah - no kidding. UWS was out there mixing all the chemicals yesterday.

4:25 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Gonzalez heads out for a corner as a long ball was intended for Samaras.

4:25 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The corner is easily headed away but a Ticos counter comes to nothing.

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

The Ticos break from the Greek corner but waste the chance.

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

John Ashdown on the Guardian blog:

"24 min: Loose control. Tackle. Loose control. Tackle. Loose control. Tackle …"

That's about the size of it.

4:27 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Claudio Ranieri is supposed to take over from Fernando Santos on July 1st. How does that work if Greece wins today? Santos's contract expires tomorrow.

4:27 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Yes. Spot on by John Ashdown.

4:27 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Nice shot-opolis there. Well handled by the keeper.

4:29 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Kaylor Navas comfortably gathers a long range effort from the Pit Bull.

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

Oh - how did Georgy miss that header.

4:30 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Well stated, Bob.

4:30 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

So do you think Fernando Santos will be in charge of Greece if they win today? His contract expires tomorrow and Ranieri is supposed to take over July 1st. Your thoughts.

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

Nice catch-opolis.

4:31 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Smaras blocked a shot from his teammate Samaris then ofsidesopolis.

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

Interesting conundrum for them. Not sure.

4:32 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The match is being played in a metropolis.

4:33 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It definitely was unexpected , even for the Greeks.

4:33 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Clearly neither the manager nor the bloke who's getting married on the 5th thought that they'd be around this long in the tournament.

4:33 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

This match has been a bore-opolis.

4:34 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Sparky has been napping all afternoon. How about Shadow?

4:34 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Boom Boomopolous!

4:34 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Even the face paint CR fan is bored.

4:35 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Santos is my favorite coach to watch. He's got a permanent sadness in his eyes like Alan Arkin, and he always looks disheveled.

4:35 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Santos is my favorite coach to watch. He's got a permanent sadness in his eyes like Alan Arkin, and he always looks disheveled.

4:35 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

who's getting married on the 5th? I wasn't even invited.

4:35 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Two squads praised for their disciplined defensive stances. Who'd be expecting a good game here?

4:36 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good evening Red Devil. I hadn't thought about it. Get a good look because it will possibly be Alan Arkin's last match in charge of Greece.

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

Crunch! Samaris slides in on Campbell.

4:36 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Samaris booked for naughty challenge on Campbell.

4:37 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I predicted a 1-0 win for the Ticos prior to the match

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

Oh - great cross finally and Salpangidis was in at the back post. Brilliant save by the keeper's leg.

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

Great save. Looks like my arrival has brought some verve into the game.

4:38 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Superb block from Navas off Salpingidis off a good cross from Holebas.

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

MUR - I predicted the reverse. Never bet against the Greeks.

4:38 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A wasted corner as Samaris is called for a foul off the corner from the Pit Bull.

4:38 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

We will see. It will be interesting to observe the outcome. You should sleep soundly after watching this match.

4:39 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Salpangidis is the danger man. He finds himself free again but he's just offside.

4:40 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Salpangidis offside off a pass from Samaris.

4:40 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Who was 2nd place in the group that Greece won (or did they win a playoff)? Maybe they were behind Bosnia? If so, who did they beat in the playoffs?

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

Salpangidis is the danger man. He finds himself free again but he's just offside.

4:41 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

As Billy Idol would say, it will be the midnight hour when this match ends, unless it goes to ET. Is that correct, Red Devil.

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

After I watch this match, I need to watch the Dutch versus Mexico, since I missed that one (I do know the result).

4:41 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Greece finished second in their group to Bosnia on goal difference then beat Romania 4-2 on aggregate in the playoffs.

4:42 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Yes. You will enjoy that one. It was much more entertaining.

4:43 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Oscar Duarte booked for a foul on Christadopolis just outside the box.

4:43 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

The reason why I think the Greeks have the better chance, is that they at least have the capacity for a rapid strike. Costa Rica builds up very slowly, and with two teams that are this cagey on defense, I think it will take something quick-strike.

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

Welcome, Red Devil. I do think your presence has improved this match. We were all just about comatose.

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

The earlier match is well worth a watch.

4:44 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

An unusually poor free kick from the Pit Bull is easily gathered by Kaylor Navas.

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

Ah. Romania. Not great, but still better than Panama in my eyes.

4:44 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I was on a very hot South Texas summer afternoon. We call it siesta weather.

4:45 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I agree, Red Devil.

4:45 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

In to stoppage time.Two minutes of that. Far too much, IMHO.

4:46 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I hope this is settled in 90 minutes. I don't know if I can take two hours of this.

4:46 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

SPOILER ALERT ***** I saw about 15 minutes of the first game, and I was able to see SPOILER ALERT ****** the first two goals.

This game on the other hand is the odds on favorite to end 0-0.

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

UWS is wondering why so many of the Ticos players are wearing bits of tape on their necks. Any ideas what that's about?

4:47 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

In any case, the Dutch must be wondering who they'll face in the semis.

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

And that's quite enough of that. We're going to whip out the smelling salts during the interval and will be back refreshed for the second half in a bit.

0-0.

4:48 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's 0-0 at the half of this borefest. Boos from the Brazilians as both teams are cancelling each other in this battle of attrition.

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

I reckon that the Dutch would rather face the Greeks - much more reliable and familiar an opponent.

4:49 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

The commentators were saying that Samaras had not scored for 2 years before his PK against Ivory Coast. In most countries that would be it for a forward. I think that says a lot about the Greek's soccer philosophy these days.

4:55 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It sure does. I think Samaras is used to do a lot of pressing and off the ball running. I think scoring is not his primary responsiblity. I agree Bob that the Dutch would prefer to face the Greeks. They will know how to dispatch them.

5:04 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That's a fair point, Red Devil. The 2004 success under Otto Rehhagel has had an unfortunate consequence for the Greeks. They keep thinking that they'll be able to get through tournaments without actually scoring.

5:04 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The second half is underway from Recife.

5:05 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I hope it does not go to a shootout after two hours of scoreless football.

5:06 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

To be honest the Greeks have looked more like scoring.

5:06 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I know what you mean. I need to get back on the road back to Fred-opolis after this match.

5:07 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

You're exactly right, MUR, and that just shows the philosophy. A forward is not there primarily to score, but to cause problems for the opponents.

Speak of the devil.

5:07 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Samaras heads straight to Navas off a free kick from Holebas.

5:07 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Agreed, MUR - they've had some chances. Especially Salpangidis. He was the danger man in Polkraine two summers ago and is again today.

5:07 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Boris Yeltsin Tejeda booked for a foul on the Pit Bull.

5:08 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

I love the Latin American penchant of naming their kids after statesmen. Yeltsin is a first or me.

5:09 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Fredopolis is asleep on the love seat. Speak of the Blue Devil and Red Devil.

5:09 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Honduras have a forward named Boniek Garcia who plays for the Houston Dynamo.

5:10 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Yet, a lot of US statesmen like Jefferson or Washington pop up as first names in Latin America. In the 60s, lots had Soviet heroes like Yuri (Gagarin).

5:10 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Was Blatter just shooting us all a bird?

5:10 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It is interesting to see how Greece plays when Ranieri takes over from Fernando Santos. Ranieri usually plays attacking football.

5:11 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I wouldn't be surprised. Sepp is a wag.

5:12 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

GOOOOOALLLLLL!

5:12 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

that goal was as slow as the game has been

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

GOAL! Bryan Ruiz passes the ball into the back of the net.

5:12 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL 1-0 TICOS .GREAT FINISH FROM BRYAN RUIZ.

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

Now do the Greeks have a Plan B?

5:13 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Looks like the goalie was playing a game of "statue" (I have a 4 year-old daughter, so this is on my mind often).

5:13 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - CR going for the kill; Torosidis with a vital interception.

5:14 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - CR come again and Bolanos has a shot blocked. The Greeks are rocking.

5:14 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Indeed, Blue Devil. I'm not sure how this changes the complexion of the game. I'm not sure why Costa Rica seems to be attacking even more.

5:15 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

If the Greeks can weather this storm, they may still have a chance to get back into this one.

5:15 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Correct basically passed into the back of the net as the Greek keeper was caught napping. Ruiz won the balkl in midfield , passed to Campbell, who passed to Bolanos down the left and he found Ruiz for what might be the match winning goal.

5:15 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

On the replay, Torosidis clearly handled the ball in the area. Should have been a penalty.

5:15 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Man. Should have been a penalty kick with that hand ball.

5:15 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Bolanos has been the most impressive player for the Ticos in this tournament IMHO.

5:16 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

That could have been a penalty to the Ticos as Torosidis handled in the box and now one of the Ticos subs has been booked for protesting that. Oscar Granados , the reserve keeper, booked for talking himself into the book.

5:16 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Greeks need to regroup. The sub waiting to come on looks like a Babylonian king.

5:17 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Greek keeper definitely was playing statue and that may cause his team to exit the tournament.

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

Samaris off after not impressing and Fulham's Mitroglou comes on.

5:17 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

when Costa Rica mopped the floor with the US during qualifiers, Bolanos was essentially unstoppable for our players, who allowed him to dribble like a second Maradona.

5:18 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Costas Mitroglu , who has been injury ravaged since joining Fulham, is on for Samaras. One forward on for another

5:19 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It is hard to see the Greeks coming back.

5:19 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

With his body language, the Greek coach also reminds me of comedian Richard Lewis.

5:21 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Samaris, not Samaras.

5:21 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I am not sure why torosidis is down. He was merely tapped.

5:22 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I had not thought about that. It will be the last time we will see Fernando Santos in charge of the Greeks.

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

Agreed MUR. The Greeks are not good at facing an opponent who bunkers in against them.

5:23 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Now the camera is focused on Santos, to the delight of Red Devil.

5:23 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

The more I see it replayed, the more I like the goal for its intelligence (both the assist and the shot direction selection).

5:25 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Jose Cubero on for Boris Yeltsin.

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

With Yeltsin off, I was expecting Putin to come on. The commentators were talking about how his parents set him up for a tough life.

5:26 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Oscar Duarte sent off for a second yellow. The Ticos will have to survive with ten men and Duarte will not be elligible to face the Dutch if the Ticos progress.

5:27 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Samaras heads well wide from the free kick

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

The Greeks need to up the pace now. CR will really bunker in now, so the Greeks need to run them ragged, attacking in waves, not just sporadically.

5:27 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

BOOM BOOM BASIL! Nice one, Red Devil.

5:28 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Here comes Gekas. Not sure if I agree with that. He is a fast, counter-attack type of guy.

5:28 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I wonder if the Greeks are really set up to attack like that. Their best chances are from set pieces.

5:29 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Gekas, the veteran , on for Slapangidis. I'm not sure about that either,

5:29 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Believe it or not, Gekas was practically the leading scorer in the Bundesliga one year.

5:30 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Bryan Ruiz booked for kicking the ball away.

5:30 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Alright. Now we have some action!

5:31 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

was that recently or a while ago that Gekas led the Bundesliga.? He doesn't seem too proficient.

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

Wow. Greeks losing their cool. Who would have predicted that.

5:32 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Manolas deservedly booked for a crude foul as two Ticos were down prior to the foul.

5:32 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The last thing the Greeks want to do is lose their composure. That will be a challenge.

5:33 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Wide by Gekas as he was well marked, off a pass from Holebas.

5:34 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

He scored 20 goals in 2006 for perennial yo-yo club, Bochum (well, they're probably permanently second league, now). He was the leading European scorer in the qualifiers for S Africa.

5:35 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Johnny Acosta on for Cristian Gamboa.

5:36 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

fully 1/3 of the Ticos fieldplayers were rolling on the ground when Cambell was felled.

5:36 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

He is definitely close to retirement and this may be his last match, but seemed like quite a player in his prime.

5:38 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Katsouranis on for Maniatos, who is none too pleased about being subbed.

5:38 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cubero fouls the Pit Bull about thirty yards from goal.

5:39 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Pit Bull shoots the free kick well over.

5:40 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It wouldn't surprise me. I saw two players down before Campbell was fouled.

5:40 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Kasey Keller mentioned the possibility of extra time.. I sure hope not.

5:41 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

The Pit Bull is 37 years old. While I have seen older players, never one with more energy.

5:41 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Another foul by Cubero and another set piece opportunity for Greece.

5:41 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Manolas heads over from the free kick.

5:42 PM  

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