Lakenheath Old Boys

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

3rd/4th Place Match - Brazil v. Netherlands

Morning, chaps! Let's be honest - no one wanted to be in this match today. And yet they have to play out the string like professionals. Goodness knows what the Brazilian side is going to be thinking today, as they try to exorcise the national tragedy of Tuesday's drubbing at the hands of the Germans. On the up side, these matches tend to be open, high-scoring affairs, so we're unlikely to see a repeat of Wednesday's bore-fest between the Netherlands and Argentina. So, tune in with me to see the goals flying in this afternoon.

235 Comments:

Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good morning Bob. I will be around. The Third Place matches are generally open matches. There have been at least three goals in every one of these since 1978. Perhaps the Dutch will open up.

9:40 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

FIFA have announced their picks for Golden Ball (MVP):

Golden Ball

Thomas Muller, Toni Kroos, Philipp Lahm, Mats Hummels (all Germany), Lionel Messi, Javier Mascherano, Angel Di Maria (all Argentina), Neymar (Brazil), Arjen Robben (Holland), James Rodriguez (Colombia)

That means that all of us are still in the hunt for this category.

9:40 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Morning, MUR - hope you're doing well this weekend.

9:41 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

In the Young Player category:

Memphis Depay (Holland), Paul Pogba, Raphael Varane (both France)

9:41 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And finally for the goalkeepers - it's the Golden Glove category:

Keylor Navas (Costa Rica), Sergio Romero (Argentina), Manuel Neuer (Germany)

Wot - no Timmy Howard?! Don't these FIFA jerks know by now that Timmy Saves the Universe?

9:44 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

A bit of trivia for you lot this morning. No third-place play-off has seen fewer than three goals since Poland 1-0 Brazil in 1974. Another reason to go nowhere this afternoon. This will be the night of Fred's hat-trick.

10:11 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Correct Bob. I had mentioned that in my first comment. I think Timmy wasn't because FIFA historically picks from the quarterfinalists. I do agree with you about Timmy.

10:36 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Not a chance! My Fred would be more likely to score. Their Fred will probably, for his own safety, be "rested."

10:38 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The teams have a Desmond record vs each other. Holland winning 2-0 in 1974 and 2-1 in 2010. Brazil won 3-2 in 1994 in Dallas and in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw in the 1998 semis.

10:39 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

You're probably right, mate. Fred was booed even after he was subbed when the big screen happened to capture him on the bench.

11:19 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

In German news, Toni Kroos has signed for Real Madrid for around £20 million. Cor!

12:26 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The other big news is Di Maria possibly signing for United and Alexis Sanchez to the Gunners. Cor is absolutely right to discuss Kroos's move to Real.

1:43 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Some more big news is that the Brazilian FA said that Big Phil would be kept on as the manager and Big Phil stated that he has no plans on resigning , stating that the job is not done. I guess he wants multiple repeats of the humiliation on Tuesday.

1:45 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

How on earth can Big Phil continue?

2:54 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good question. I don't know the answer.

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

Here's the team news for today"s clash:

Brazil: César, Maicon, Silva, Luiz, Maxwell, Gustavo, Paulinho, Ramires, Oscar, Willian, Jô. Subs: Jefferson, Victor, Dani Alves, Fernandinho, Marcelo, Hulk, Fred, Dante, Henrique, Hernanes, Bernard.

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

Referee: Djamel Haimoudi (Algeria)

3:32 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Very interesting line-up from Big Phil. Out goes Dante and in comes Maxwell. Ramires replaces Bernard, Willian replaces Hulk and Jo replaces the infamous Fred.

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

One change for LVG - Memphis drops out and Clasie takes his place.

RVN in the studio is stressing how much Holland want this one.

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

Cor! Wesley Sneijder has been nobbled in the warm-up! What on earth?

3:42 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It looks like a full strength Dutch team against Brazil's reserves. I would favor the Dutch to win.

3:46 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I was reading on soccernet that Big Phil didn't even pick the best squad available. Lucas and Coutinho should have gone as well as two starters on Athletico who weren't even put on standby.I'm sure there are at least four current squad members who could have been left out.

3:48 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Jonathan De Guzamn the Swan and Dutch-Canadian replaces Schneijder. That is a huge loss for the Dutch

3:49 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I still think the two fellas at CSKA - Dudu and the other one - would have better options than Fred and Jo.

3:54 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Actually, Thiago Silva replaced Dante and Maxwell House replaced Marcello.

3:54 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Looks like Jonathan De Guzman will replace Sneijder. Slightly more defensive, no?

3:55 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It just tells you that Big Phil had better options available than what he chose.

3:56 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

That's what RVN thought.

3:56 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Brazil doubling down on the a capella rendition and displaying Neymar's shirt is the dressing room.

3:57 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Jon Champion said that Hulk and Fred were removed due to public protests. does that make me Nostradavidus?

3:58 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

De Jong replaced. A Classie move by LVG.

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

Dutch fans didn't get tickets to this one, then?

4:00 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

They're off from the Brazilian capital. Will it be a Klose contest?

4:00 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

They're off from the Brazilian capital. Will it be a Klose contest?

4:00 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And we're away - let the goalfest commence!

4:01 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It seems that way or did they choose not to come? Denying fans access is a FIFA violation?

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

Wahay! Robben is brought down and we have an early penalty and real drama!

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

Thiago Silva denies a clear goalscoring oppo but stays on the pitch somehow.

4:02 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

PENALTY! THIAGO SILVA DRAGGED DOWN ROBBEN IN THE BOX. WHY WASN'T HE SENT OFF?

4:02 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!
RVP SCORES FROM THE SPOT AND IT IS ALMOST TOTAL SILENCE!

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

GOAL! RVP scores and the crowd falls silent and there is some booing as the goal goes in. Not at all the start that Brazil wanted. Will we see another tonking?

4:03 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Corrupt refereeing. The rules are the rules host nation or not.

4:04 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Jon Champion just said that Brazil have conceded more goals in this tournament than any other.

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

RVP moves on to four goals. If this produces a goalfest, RVP might get close to James Rodriguez's six goals tally.

4:05 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

That play showed that Brazil would not have done any better if Thiago Silva had started vs Germany.

4:05 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Nice run and cross by Willian, but his Chelsea teammate , Ramires could not get to it.

4:06 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Did anyone pick RVP for GBB?

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

A decent cross over from Oscar but Ramires couldn't reach it and you really didn't want someone like him on the end of it, did you?

4:06 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The through ball from Robben for De Guzman was just too long.

4:07 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The through ball from Robben for De Guzman was just too long.

4:08 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Useless by Ramires and Robben is booked for a minor foul on Paulinho yet Thiago Silava wasn't sent off for the penalty? Has this officiating crew been paid off?

4:09 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Nice pass from Oscar but a horrible cross from Maxwell House.

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

Nope - here are the choices:

Neymar - Blue Devil, Gooner, MUR, Red Dragon, WHR
Mueller - AZ Kicker
Messi - Matt, Red Devil, UWS
Suarez - Someone Said, Yellows
Diego Costa - Swansong
Higuain - Simon

4:11 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Messi or Mueller could overtake JRod.

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

Oscar seems to have something to prove today. He's been pants in this tournament.

4:12 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

That can be said for the majority of the Brazilian squad.

4:15 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I would love to see Brazil get thrashed again.

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

True - I'm surprised that any of the backfour survived today. They let in seven bloody goals!!

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

GOAL! Oh - my goodness! Blind has doubled the Dutch advantage!

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

Tragic defending once again. Really poor header from Sideshow back into the danger area. Great finish by Blind.

2-0!

4:17 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!! DAVID LUIZ LOOKED BLIND ON THAT PLAY . HE HEADED A ROUTINE CROSS STRAIGHT TO BLIND WHO PICKED HIS SPOT, SCORING WITH HIS WEAKER FOOT.

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

Did Big Phil throw this one as well?

4:18 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

His first goal for the Dutch national team.

4:18 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I'm not sure . I guess he needs to pad his 401 K

4:19 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I predict that the Dutch will finish the same place in this World Cup as Man United will in the Prem the 2014-2015 season.

4:20 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Pathetic pass from the Sideshow. He's specializing in Horror Shows.

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

Oscar at least makes Cillessen work there with a low shot.

4:21 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Oscar has a shot comfortably saved by Cillessen as he went past Classie.

4:21 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Brazil have definitely not been Classie.

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

Your missus seems to think that the Brazilians have fixed this one.

4:23 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Nice through ball as Oscar beat the offside trap with just the keeper to beat, but forgot how to trap a ball.

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

Boom boom, MUR!

4:23 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

No not the Missus. It was a story on the Mexican National news.

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

De Vrij ghosted past four defenders there - are they even trying?

4:24 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ta, Bob.

4:24 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Clumsy by Paulinho on Wijnaldum

4:24 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Poor cross by Kuyyt. He's better than that.

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

Elizabeth has just posted on my FB thread that "I think the Brazil coach took a dive and caused his team to lose by putting in bad positions for a big payoff. I believe it was a bribe."

Perhaps she's been influenced by the news coverage south of the border?

4:25 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Brazil are trying when they attack, but not when they have to defend.

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

Jo has been completely absent - is he really on the pitch?

4:26 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Yes. Her mum mentioned the story. She probably has. I'm not buying it.She needs to realize that Brazil are that bad.

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

I didn't see much contact there from Martins Indi.

4:28 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

BLOODY HELL! This ref is having a mare. Oscar dove. Martins never fouled him. Is the ref getting a nice payout?

4:28 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oscar to take the free kick and it's headed over by Sideshow.

4:28 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Sideshow with a shocking header off the free kick from the diver. They couldn't take advantage of the gift from the ref.

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

Robben feeds De Guzman on the top of the box. Completely open. Half chance over the bar.

4:29 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Shot over by an unmarked De Guzman. He'll never be that wide open in South Wales/

4:30 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

BRAZIL ARE THAT BAD!

4:30 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Kuyyt heads back a desperate long ball from Thiago Silva.

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

What was that ball from Sideshow? Straight to the keeper.

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

I think you're right.

4:31 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Then a long ball from Sideshow to who knows. Your guess is as good as mine

4:32 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Robben fouled by former Bayerrn teammate , Luiz Gustavo. The free kick was headed away/

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

Maicon is claiming a pen but the foul by Wijnaldum was clearly outside.

4:33 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

COME ON! That was a bloody dive by Maicon. Never a foul by wijnaldum

4:33 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The free kick from Oscar was headed out for a corner.

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

And now Wijnaldum concedes a corner.

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

Vlaar romped down the pitch but couldn't pick out RVP wide right.

4:34 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Paulinho flicks out the corner from Willian . On the counter it's a poor cross from Vlaar , who was on the left wing./

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

I actually heard Jo's name!!

4:35 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Jo is playing. It was a pathetic cross by him/.

4:35 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

He's worse than the average Jo.

4:36 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

How was De Guzman booked? He barely touched Oscar

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

Now it's De Guzman who goes into the book. The Dutch have to be careful now not to just start fouling the Brazilians.

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

Now it's De Guzman who goes into the book. The Dutch have to be careful now not to just start fouling the Brazilians.

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

De Guzman fouls again. And from the Oscar free kick, the ball trickles agonizing across the six yard line and out.

4:38 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

WTF? How did Oscar win a free kick? What was the linesman thinking? PAulinho failed to make contact as Luiz Gustavo flicked on the free kick from the cheater.

4:38 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Kuyyt injured off contact from Maxwell House. It smelled like the dark roast. Really strong.

4:39 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

LVG will be back in Manchester on Monday and off for the U.S . tour by next Friday

4:39 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Other than diving by Oscar to win free kicks , Brazil have showed absolutely no creativity.

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

RVP tries his hand at another goal. DIdn't quite connect.

4:41 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Sideshow gives the ball away twice in a matter of seconds then Julio Cesar saves comfortably from RVP.

4:41 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I would think that the Side Show will be subbed at the half.

4:42 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ramires fouled by Vlaar just outside the D. That was actually a foul.

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

Brazil have certainly had more than their fair share of free kicks around the box.

4:44 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Sideshow to take.No it's Oscar into the wall then a horrible finish by Maxwell House.

4:45 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

And just about everyone has been really poor.

4:45 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Two minutes of stoppage time to play then.

4:45 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

In to stoppage time.

4:45 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That is true - they should have got at least one back.

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

The Dutch ending with an attacking flourish here and some possession. Brazilian fans beginning to tune up.

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

That's quite enough, then. Brazilian fans airing their views now as the players troop off.

0-2 Netherlands.

4:47 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Halftime as the Dutch are two up. Boos by the Brazilian fans as their team have got what they deserve from this match: ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!

4:48 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Bob Ley said that Brazil last lost consecutive home matches 74 years ago. History in the making?

4:53 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

We're back on for the second half. I want more goals!

5:04 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The second half is underway. According to the graphic, a team has never overcome a two goal deficit at halftime in World Cup History. I don't see that changing today

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

A bit of footwork there from Julio Cesar. The crowd enjoyed that quite a bit.

5:05 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I want more Dutch goals.

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

Fernandinho is on for the second half for the ineffectual Luis Gustavo.

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

Ramires broke free but then overran it horribly.

5:06 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Any halftime changes? Ramires wins a corner off of De Vrij.

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

Oh - Robben was on his bike again but had his shot blocked by Thiago.

5:07 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ramires fouls Robben on the counter and should have been booked. Wijnaldum heads well wide off a deflected shot from Robben.

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

Just that one Brazilian one.

5:08 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Fernandinho wasn't any better vs Germany.

5:08 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Thanks Bob.Brazil have three PSG defenders and three Chelsea midfielders in their lineup.

5:09 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Some back and forth now but the Brazilians look really lumbering.

5:09 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I don't rate either PSG or Chelski's chances highly then.

5:10 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Maicon deservedly booked for a horrible foul on RVP. He was caught out of position.

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

Ferandinho with a clumsy one on RVP there. Yellow.

5:12 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed with both of your comments.

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

Really poor control from Jo as he collected a ball in from Maicon.

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

Hernanes coming on now for Paulinho who was hopeless in this tournament.

5:14 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hernanes on for Paulinho.

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

I'm certainly glad that we caught the action at the Grill from Ipanema early on in the tournament rather than for this match. That place must be a morgue today.

5:15 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I agree with those two statements too.

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

Hernanes has only been on the pitch for a minute and he goes studs up on Robben. Shocking foul.

5:16 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I would think so. It may be half empty.

5:16 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Ron Vlaar is in an attacking mood today. Got a shot off on goal but was pulled back for an infringement.

5:16 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

How was he not booked for that when Wijnaldum was booked for barely tapping Oscar? So much for consistency.

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

One flash of brilliance there, with Ramires dancing into the area. Then shanked his shot wide.

5:17 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH! Just wide by Ramires. Brazil's best possession of the match

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

This Algerian ref has been right rubbish today.

5:18 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

He's been atrocious and really biased. Has been paid?

5:19 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Daley was hit on his blind spot.

5:19 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

How was that a foul? Maicon ran into Kuyyt and if anything it should have been a foul on Maicon.

5:20 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Brazilian free kick chance now. Sideshow over the ball....

5:21 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Straight at the keeper, dipping though.

5:21 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Sideshow with a free straight at Cillessen.

5:21 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

LVG angry at the ref and rightly so.

5:22 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oscar bursts into the box but Vlaar stops him. Has someone kidnapped Vlaar and replaced him with a quality defender over the past month?

5:23 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Foot off the pedal from the Dutch in this half for sure. They could use some freshening up.

5:23 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Atrocious cross by the Sideshow to whom?

5:24 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Pato is another one who I expected to be in this squad.

5:24 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Is Vlaar now in form in the hopes of being signed by a bigger club?

5:25 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I think he's been out of form the past couple of seasons.

5:26 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oscar goes down and gets a yellow card for his trouble. That looked a penalty for me. Blind clearly caught him.

5:26 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Oscar is booked for diving . About bloody time. The first player in this tournament booked for diving.

5:27 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Another shocking decision by this Algerian referee.

5:27 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Shame. A Brazilian penalty at that point would have opened this match back up.

5:27 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Now Blind is being stretchered off. Looking at the replay that should have been a penalty. How did this ref get the third place match?

5:28 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Blind has crocked himself fouling Oscar then and LVG makes his first change. Janmaat on.

5:28 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Janmaart on for Daley Blind.

5:28 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Twenty minutes left for Brazil to rescue this one and some of their failing reputation.

5:29 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

RVP is flagged offside after some audacious skill and a nice pass by Wijnaldum.Are you watching Brazil?

5:29 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Hulk is coming on for Ramires. Not sure why? And the crowd's booing him. And some applause as well. Mixed.

5:30 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Boos as Hulk is on for Ramires. Which one got booed?

5:30 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hernanes heads well wide off a corner won by Hulk.

5:31 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Lucas Mora is another player who failed to make the Brazilian squad.

5:32 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Robben goes down even more easily than Oscar did - why no yellow there? Would have been his second.

5:32 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

They certainly have no scarcity of good players around that a better manager could use. This Brazilian effort reminds me of Argentina under Diego Maradona's leadership. Lots of talent but a catastrophic management effort.

5:33 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

High and wide by The Green Man off a pass from worse than the average Jo.

5:33 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I reckon that the Brazilian players would prefer to disappear right about now.

5:34 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Absolutely, Bob. I couldn't have said it any better myself. I expected better from Phil the Pill as he was in charge when Brazil last won the World Cup.

5:34 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

More rubbish from Hulk there.

5:34 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I agree. They are thinking BLOW UP REF!

5:35 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I seem to remember that player power ruled in that 2002 effort with the three R's - Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and Rivaldo - running the team.

5:35 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Brazil have at least given it a go in the second half.

5:35 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

That would explain it. They lack any leaders on the pitch this time around.

5:36 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Oscar wins a corner off of Vlaar.

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

Oh - that was poor from Oscar. He's been pretty good this afternoon but that effort at a curler was all wrong.

5:37 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Oscar high and horribly wide off the short corner.

5:37 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's like a morgue inside the stadium. will the fans stay to watch the Dutch get their bronze medals?

5:38 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Poor cross from Willian easily caught by Cillessen.

5:38 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Fans now can scarcely bear to watch the efforts of their home team. Ten minutes of this left.

5:39 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I wouldn't mind seeing Robben sent off right about now.

5:40 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Robben wants a penalty. It never was . He ran into Thiago Silva

5:40 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It would liven up this match.

5:41 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Hernanes has a run very similar to an eight year old playing on a schoolground, just trying to bulldoze his way through.

5:41 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

He has been very disappointing . he had a good Confeds Cup, but awful today.

5:42 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Hulk takes another free kick...and hits the first man. Sigh.

5:43 PM  

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