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!

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Brasil 2014… Quarter Final #3… Argentina vs Belgium

 South America vs Europe
After a day of Europe vs Europe and South America vs South America, now the two major continents go head to head for the third spot in the semis.
I hope today's games are better than yesterday's. I need Messi to get some goals!
News out of Brazil is that Neymar is out of the tournament with a broken vertebra! Sadly, when he went down, it didn't look any different than the 20 other times he went down writhing in agony(but not hurt). These players should be embarrassed with themselves… but what can be done?
I am watching the Ladies Wimbledon Final as I type as they try to win the LOB PPP Shield
Join me for the matches

UWS

197 Comments:

Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good morning UWS. I picked Neymar for GBB. He is what the locals in our area call delicate. He really let me down. My daughters can take more contact than him and they weigh 110 pounds and 85 pounds respectively . He is a real wuss.

11:32 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I looked at everyone's picks and the key picks are Belgium vs Argentina , if the Dutch make the final, whether Brazil or Argentina win the WC, and is GBB,MVP and winning scorer. I looked at all the picks and it seems as if it will come down to you, me, and the Red Devil. If Neymar stuck around it and delivered then it may have been down to me and Red Devil.

11:35 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Bloody Di Michelis is starting for the Argies . Bob must be licking his chops. I think he has a slim chance of winning if the Belgian waffles win.

11:38 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

LINE-UPS

Argentina v Belgium

Argentina starting XI: Romero, Garay, Zabaleta, Biglia, Di Maria, Higuain, Messi (c), Mascherano, Demichelis, Lavezzi, Basanta.


Belgium starting XI: Courtois, Alderweireld, Kompany (c), Vertonghen, Witsel, De Bruyne, Fellaini, Hazard, Mirallas, Van Buyten, Origi.

11:52 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Perfect conditions for footie. It's in the 70s, extremely low humidity, and a pleasant breeze. Bring these conditions to Harlingen.

11:53 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Both teams come off of four one goal victories and both off of overtime victories in the last round.

11:55 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Di Michelis is in for the suspended Rojo and Lucas Biglia is in place of the dropped Garay

11:58 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's an Italian officiating crew. The fourth official is from Austria.

11:58 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's an unchanged Belgian side.

11:59 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Morning MUR
The entire back line of Belgium are on a yellow card

11:59 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Three of the Citeh back four will be playing in this match.

11:59 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I don't care about winning the Lancer Cup… I think I want Belgium to win

12:00 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good morning UWS. Did you see the fireworks.

12:00 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

They're off from the Brazilian capital.

12:00 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Ball has to be replaced even before we start

That reminds me of a Cup Final in the early 80s
The had a feature on a boy that went to the factory to make the Cup Final ball (in the days of one ball)…. the ball lasted 10 minutes….nothing was said!

12:01 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

If you don't want the cup I will be more than Happy to be the custodian. My brother's deceased wife is partially of Argie descent so her mum asked me to go for the Argies.

12:02 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

We went off to Saratoga last night but couldn't find a place to park so Kathy and I just went out to eat

12:02 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Is Bob picking up Steve right now?

12:02 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It reminds me of the '78 WC Final.

12:02 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I am not sure . I will check on FB.

12:02 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Great pass by Messi on the break but a weak cross again

12:03 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Great attack by the Argies and a poor pass from Lavezzi is cleared by Kompany.

12:03 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

What reminds you of the 78 Final?

12:05 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

No contact for the foul

Something has to be done

12:05 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The ball does. Also, there was gamesmanship by the Argies with the plaster on the arm of one of the Dutch twins.

12:06 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I checked FB. I didn't see anything, so I am guessing that he is picking up the Gooner.

12:06 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Alex Sabella played two seasons with the Blades and one for Bob's team.

12:07 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Have you noticed that recently that Paul Scholes has been making comments about things

He used to not say a word… now he is just stirring things up

I don't like it

12:07 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Belgium are undefeated in the 22 games Courtois has started for Belgium. What a record!

12:08 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

GOAL!!

Great goal by Higuan!!

12:08 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Great finish!!

12:08 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!! HIGUAIN GIVES THE ARGIES THE LEAD.

12:08 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Love that goal

12:08 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Now can t hey do what the Brazilians couldn't… build on the lead

12:09 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Result of a poll on the BBC on who would win this quarter-final

50-50

12:10 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

What a finish by Higuain . He hit the volley first time. It all started when Kompany conceded possession in midfield to Masch. he found Messi, who tricked Hair Bear and found Di Maria down the right. He passed to Higuain, who scored with a superb finish.

12:11 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Not surprised by the poll.

12:11 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

This continues the trend of early goals in the quarters. The first goal from open play in the quarters. about time.

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

Come on Messi… score some goals!!!

12:13 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I agree with you about Scholes. If this is his new career I don't like it. It will tarnish a distinguished United career.

12:13 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

well wide by De Bruyne. I wished he did the same in ET in the previous match

12:13 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Totally agree

12:14 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I like the roll Messi played in the first goal. He should continue to play that role.

12:14 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hazard wins Belgium's first corner.

12:15 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I predicted the Argies to win, Messi for GB, DiMaria for first final goal

All my eggs in the blue and white basket

12:15 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The corner looked like something out of Star Trek. Far too high

12:15 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Mine are in the yellow and white. Did you notice that I'm upset at Neymar, JR.

12:16 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Garay heads out a teasing cross from Vertonghen for a corner off a great run.

12:17 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

De Bruyne heads high and wide from the corner. A Citeh skirmish in the box between Kompany and De Michelis.

12:18 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

COME ON YOU TICOS!

12:18 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hair Bear falls down dramatically off a minimal contact from Messi, half his size.

12:19 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hazard appeared to be tripped , but the ref waved play on.

12:20 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

There have been nine come from behind wins at this World Cup. That's tied first all time. Belgium will have to do this if they are to advance. All their goals have come 70 minutes or later.

12:26 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Great save by Romero from a long range effort by De Bruyne then the Argies break but Messi is called for a foul on Kompany, who defended really well.

12:27 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Great pass by Messi to DiMaria

Useless effort… now he is laying down

12:28 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Kompany does well to block from Di Maria on the break as it was a one on one.

12:28 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Superb pass from Messi and great defending by Kompany. Di Maria now down receiving treatment.

12:29 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I don't like the fact that the Argies are sitting back. However , they are a threat on the break. So far, the best quarterfinal match

12:30 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Di Maria gets the magic spray and seems to be okay.

12:30 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I bet you Di M was just embarrassed about his effort

Nope
He's coming off

so much for my first scorer in the final

12:32 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I wonder if Di Maria really is injured. Tat would be huge loss for the Argies as he's been their second best player this tournament. He is.
BLOODY NORAH. That's it for him as Enzo Perez of Benfica is on in his place. A massive loss for the Argies.

12:33 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...


Michael Devlin: Marouane Fellaini has adopted his classic Manchester United posture in this one: awkward, clumsy and confused.

Rastamadeus FC: Time for Eden Hazard to show he's as good as the media and Chelsea fans say he is. Been next to useless at the World Cup so far.

Scott James Cooper: It looks like Argentina have decided to give Belgium the ball and break on the counter. Very interesting.

12:33 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

So much for my GBB and MVP!

12:34 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

i think Di Maria has been hopeless

12:34 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I agree with the three sources. Believe it or not , I was actually thinking about those things.

12:35 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

He's been their only other threat besides Messi. Now Messi really will have to do it alone.

12:35 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Higuain will need to step up and we will need to see how Enzo Perez performs.

12:36 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

BLOODY HELL! Bassanta, the Argie left back plays for Monterrey in the Mexican League, just few hours from where I live. The Argies are harder up for left backs than the U.S. or England.

12:38 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Great control and dribbling by Messi.. he tried to stay up… why are the Belgians complaining

Too close for an up and down?

12:39 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Brilliant by Messi. He made a fool of Hair Bear then won a free kick in the D despite being quintuple teamed.

12:39 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Strange how half the outfield players couldn't dispossess him. great skill by the wizard.

12:40 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

BIGGEST WALL OF ALL TIME

JUST LIKE THE ONE IN CHINA!!


Over the top

12:40 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

That was an open look!

12:40 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH! A little high and wide as Messi took the free kick in the center of the D. It was always going to be difficult from there.

12:41 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Argentina looking better today

12:41 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

BOOM BOOM! Much more intimidating than Hadrian's Wall.

12:41 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The closest Belgium have come to scoring as Mirallis headed just wide off a cross from Vertonghen from a throw by De Bruyne.

12:42 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Now the Argies have a corner. Messi to take and it's easily headed away at the near post.

12:43 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

2 added minutes

12:45 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Two minutes of stoppage time.

12:45 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The skies are darkening in Harlingen. I hope it waits to rain until this match is over.

12:46 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's halftime and the Argies lead thanks to that early goal from Higuain.

12:48 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Half time

Did you see the new United shirts..maybe and the teaser vid

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2679051/Has-Manchester-Uniteds-new-Chevrolet-home-shirt-leaked-online-days-unveiling.html

12:48 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Thanks for the post. I just looked at it.The gold Chevy logo is far too large. But for that, I like the shirt. How do the away shirts look?

12:51 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Not sure if it is the shirt but the collar looks the same just visible under Mata, Giggs and Rooney shirt right at the end of the vid

Not sure about the away

Agree with you about the Chevy emblem

12:55 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Teams are out for the second half

1:02 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The second half is underway

1:03 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Belgium has yet to score a first half goal this tournament , but are dangerous late on.

1:04 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Kompany fouls Higuain.

1:04 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Useless free kick and now my satellite just went out.

1:05 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I got the match on the bedroom telly, but can't watch it on HD. Better than nothing.

1:07 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Higuain had a shot take a weird deflection off Van Buyten and it could have gone anywhere.

1:09 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Nice bit of movement by the Argie's whee is someone inside the six yard box

1:10 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Is Messi one behind J Rodders

1:11 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A Hazardous challenge as Hazard is booked for that by Pasta Rizzoli.

1:11 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

He is two behind.

1:11 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

That's right, Rodders got a goal yesterday

1:12 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Great run by Higuain but he blows it

The commentator didn't see too excited by it

1:13 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

That was great skill by Lavezzi and as you stated nobody was there to connect. Now the sattellite is back on in the living room and in HD>How did Higuain not put the Argies two up? He nutmegged Kompany then shot off the bar with just Courtois to beat

1:13 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Hig had a chance to put in Messi but he hit it too hard

1:15 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Belgium about to bring on Mertens and Lukaku

1:15 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Belgians set to make some substitutions. They've come up trumps so far this tournament. Will they continue that trend?

1:16 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Great tackle by Kompany.

1:16 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Lavezzi down from that hard but fair challenge.

1:17 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Here are the two changes

Mirallas not pleased with coming off

1:17 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Stamps on a water bottle

1:17 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Chunk on for Origi and Mertens for Mirallis. Same changes as vs the U.S. Will that take a chunk out of the Argies?

1:18 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Mirallis a real naughty child.

1:18 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Hair Bear goes very close… should have gotten that on target

He was NEVER that dangerous for the REAL Red Devils

1:19 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hair Bear heads just over from a great cross by Vertonghen. That was a good chance.

1:19 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed. Finally a great cross.

1:19 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Lavezzi heads out a cross for a corner.

1:20 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Eventually they make the right decision… HB was offside

1:20 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Offside called and the corner not given

1:20 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Players need to stop complaining about players going down until they stop doing it themselves

1:21 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Alderweild with a foul on Higuain then throws a tantrum and is lectured by Pasta Rizzoli for that

1:22 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed UWS.

1:22 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Almost an OG there!


Belgium aren't allowed to score for at least the next five minutes!!

1:23 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

De Bruyne has a cross cut out for a corner. Now the Argies counter.

1:23 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Bob wants the Belgians to score.

1:24 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Why

1:25 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Belgians have two Hair Bears in the holding middie roles.

1:25 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

He picked them in the PPP.

1:25 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

A card for Alva… for Belgium.. he would be suspended for the semi
I don' t think it was a card… just a tad too late

1:26 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Alderweiwerld booked for a really nasty challenge. He will be out if Belgium make the semis.

1:27 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It was really clumsy.

1:27 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

The Belgians are now allowed to scored… the 70th mark has been passed

1:28 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Rodrigo Palacio on for Lavezzi. The Belgians continue the trend of not scoring before the 70th minute.

1:28 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

WOW! We are on the same wavelength. Do you remember who scored that 70th minute goal? I do.

1:29 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

HB

1:29 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hair Bear with a clumsy challenge off a long throw from Alderweiwerld. We are used to that at United.

1:30 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Well done.

1:30 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I was in school when that happened

1:31 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

He needs to that and often for the Chevys.

1:31 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

26 shots against the US
1 today

1:31 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I was at Gooner Central.

1:32 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Come on Messi
Put a bulge in the old onion bag

1:32 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I noticed that. What a drastic change.

1:32 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Hazard off.. not a good WC cup for the Chelsea boy

1:33 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Biglia booked for a nasty foul on Veretonhen. Pasta Rizzoli giving the yellow.

1:33 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Still a strange decision

1:33 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Useless free kick… WHAT A WASTE!!

1:33 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Chadli on for Hazard before he had a chance to assault a ball boy.

1:33 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It sure was.

1:34 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Did you like my comment about Hazard?

1:34 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Now Chadli is offside.

1:34 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I agree with Kasey Keller. They are probably one world Cup away from peaking.

1:35 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Is he the one that did that?

1:35 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It looks like five consecutive one goal wins for the Argies.

1:35 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Yes. He did that in the Capital one Cup semi at Swansea.

1:36 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Belgium seem to have run out of ideas.

1:36 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

If it stays like this, only Argentina and Holland would have 100% records

1:37 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Naughty by the other Hair Bear on Higuain.

1:37 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Great run by Messi but refuses to use his right foot
You can't be the best in the world if you can only use one of your feet

Plee could
Ronaldo can

1:37 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Argies will have won 100% of their games by one goal.

1:38 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

The goalscorer are is being replaced

1:38 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good point.

1:38 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Gago on for Higuain. The Argies are going to sit on their one goal lead.

1:39 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Did you notice that Belgium have two Hair Bears? Both are defensive middies.

1:39 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Someone just commented on the BBC
Can't believe CHadli came on and not Januzaj

1:40 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

A cross just too high for Palacio

1:40 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH! Great cross by Zaba for Palacio. Just too high.

1:41 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

That is a curious decision as the Belgians need a goal.

1:41 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

HB doesn't seem to know the offside rule

1:41 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hair Bear offside. As I stated that happens often at United.

1:42 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

De Bruyne has a shot deflected for a corner.

1:42 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Close there by Belgium… I thought that had a chance to go in

Corner

1:42 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Hits the first guy… JUST HOPELESS!!!!

1:43 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The corner from De Bruyne is headed away by the first man then the Chunk is flagged offside.

1:43 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

DeMicheles looks some much different without the ponytail

1:43 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Just too long by Messi

1:44 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

An Argie break but a poor touch by Palacio.

1:44 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Not pleased that Messi has not scored!!!

1:44 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

DO you like my naming of the ref? PASTA RIZZOLI.

1:45 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

He's two behind J Rod.

1:45 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Nice one

1:45 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Higuain, born in Brest, France , was the scorer. He was really abreast of the situation.

1:46 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Corner to Belgium at the 88th mark

TWO GUYS AT THE BACK POST…. SHOULD HAVE DONE BETTER

1:46 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

That's terrible

You should be sent to your room for that one

1:47 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ta. I picked that up from you during the Euro 2012 Final.

1:47 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Last minute of the 90

1:47 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Jacquelyn is in there watching the other telly.

1:47 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

One more like that and you'll have to join her

1:48 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A nasty collision between Zaba and Enzo Perez.

1:48 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

5 added minutes which we have already entered

1:48 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Five minutes of stoppage time. It will probably be more like six.

1:49 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I think she would kick me out.

1:49 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's strange how Maradonna complained about this team's performance at this tournament. As if they did any better with him last tournament.

1:50 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Bloody hell… Messi misses a one on one!!

1:51 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH! Messi could have sealed the match but had his shot saved by Courtois on the counter. Superbl;y led by Biglia and Palacio.

1:52 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

He just can't score against the A M keeper


STRUTH BELGIUM COME CLOSEE TWICE!!

1:52 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Chunk has a cross cut out then the other Hair Bear shoots high and wide.

1:53 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Game over

Argentina are in the semis!!

1:53 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's over and the Argies win 1-0 and play the winners of the next match ion the semis.

1:53 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Will you be around for the next match?

1:54 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Off to do some work around the house

I'll be back for the last Quarter Final

1:54 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Me too . Cheers mate.

1:55 PM  

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