Lakenheath Old Boys

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Liverpool v. United Live!

Afternoon, chaps - I've settling in here at the office to follow the afternoon's Europa Leagues matches, highlighted by Liverpool and United's meeting of the minds at Anfield. I'm not sure that either side really wants to be in the EL but here they are in the latter stages and with a chance to grab some silverware. But first they need to get beyond each other. The first leg starts tonight at 2:45 pm. Join me on Fox and here on the LOB for a natter.

77 Comments:

Blogger The Blue Devil said...

In the earlier kick-offs, Shakhtar have jumped into a 2-0 lead over Anderlecht. All the others are at 0-0 currently, including Dortmund v. Spurs.

1:46 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Dortmund have taken the lead after some horrible defending by Spurs through Peter Aubemeyang. And it's gone half-time there.

1:48 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - quite a let-off for Spurs when it seemed obvious that Dortmund would notch a second. They're riding their luck and if they can keep the scoreline down, they might be able to get some more luck at Shite Fart.

2:10 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Dortmund have taken a 2-0 lead now and it's looking grim for Spurs. The phrase - "that's so Spursy" is running through my head.

2:24 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh dear - Marco Reus has added a third goal for Dortmond. So, it's adieu for Spurs in this one.

2:34 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good afternoon, Bob. I should be able to join you about fifteen minutes after kickoff. I am a little tentative about United's chances.

2:48 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Fenerbache lead Braga 1-0 while Shakhtar lead Anderlecht 3-1

2:49 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Into stoppage time in Dortmund with the hosts still 3-0 up and I'm switching over to the coverage out of Anfield.

2:50 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Cheers, MUR - I'll look forward to the pleasure of your company this afternoon.

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

The teams now gathering in the famous tunnel at Anfield:

Liverpool: Mignolet; Clyne, Lovren, Sakho, Moreno; Can, Henderson; Lallana, Coutinho, Firmino; Sturridge

Subs: Ward, Benteke, Touré, Allen, Origi, Smith, Ojo

United: De Gea; Varela, Smalling, Blind, Rojo; Schneiderlin, Fellaini; Memphis, Mata, Martial; Rashford

Subs: Romero, Darmian, Riley, Carrick, Schweinsteiger, Weir, Herrera

Ref: CV Carballo (Spain)

2:56 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The above scores are now final scores. Also, Dortmund mashed some Spuds 3-0 and it was 0-0 between Basel Brush and the Barbers of Seville.

2:57 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cheers mate. I enjoy your company too and thanks for the great post.

2:57 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'm sure a certain travel agent in DC had a good giggle over that result this afternoon.

2:58 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Amazingly, this is the very first meeting between these two sides in Europe - how is that possible?

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

The atmosphere is bubbling nicely. Anfield is awash with flags and banners, including a gigantic one in the Kop referring to Liverpool’s five European Cups.

3:02 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

That is correct. I had not remembered them meeting in Europe. It's not that often that teams from the same league meet in European competition

3:02 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Klopp's former team beat a Prem team, but here's hoping that his current team does not

3:03 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And we're away!

3:06 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The first of what should be quite a few encounters between Lallana and Fellaini.

And early booking for Henderson.

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

Liverpool were expected to come tearing out of the blocks but United, clearly under orders from Van Gaal, have have stolen their thunder and forced them on to the back foot early doors.

3:12 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

United had a free kick chance but Mata floated one straight into Minnie's arms.

3:14 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

A quick check on the EL predictions:

Blue Devil - Napoli
Chelskilad - Spurs
Gooner - Shalke
MUR - Fiorentina
Red Devil - Dortmund
Red Dragon - Dortmund
The Saint - Dortmund
Someone Said - Sevilla
Swansong - Dortmund
UWS - Dortmund
West Ham - Astra (out)
Simon - Dortmund
Yellows - Liverpool

3:17 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Penalty to Liverpool!!!!

Looked soft to me, but Martial leaned a bit of the man. Got booked for it.

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

Sturridge to take then....

Bit of a stutter step and in

1-0 Pool!

3:25 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - saved by Twilight right on the line. Coutinho should have scored there.

3:29 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Great save by De Gea from Coutinho when it appeared that he had been caught out of position

3:29 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I'm back. My students just finished with their end of Nine Weeks Exams.

3:30 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I was collecting a test when the penalty was awarded. From the replay it seemed really soft and ridiculous that there was even a booking.

3:31 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

How were the students?

3:33 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

That was never a penalty. he was jockeying for position . I'm betting this ref never played football.

3:33 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

They were testing, so it was a pretty quiet day other than the fire drill that was called.

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

I agree - very soft.

3:35 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

For a team whose tactics are based on ball possession, 27% is a puny amount

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

Oh - Twilight saves United again at the feet of Sturridge.

3:36 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Great save by De Gea from Sturridge after pathetic defending from Smalling

3:37 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The home team leads 1-0 in all four EL ties currently in progress. The leaders are Villarreal vs Leverkusen, Bilbao vs Valencia ,and Sparta Prague vs Lazio

3:39 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Loveren is called for holding Hair Bear just outside the United box.

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

Free kick chance now for United. Can they make something of this?

3:40 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The free kick from Memphis is horribly wide.

3:41 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

3.14 takes and it's well wide, sort of a Ronaldo effort but without the accuracy.

3:41 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A bit rash by Moreno on Rashford.

3:42 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Sturridge wins a corner.

3:43 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The corner was taken short and the cross from Lallana was headed out by Hair Bear.

3:44 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Lazio have tied it up at Sparta Prague

3:45 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Lallana forces a close range reflex save from De Gea off a pass from Firmino

3:47 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Loveren has talked himself into the book after being called for a foul

3:48 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Coming down to the end of the half. Twilight has really kept United in this one through three brilliant saves.

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

I've got a student coming in to meet with me in a moment, so I'll see you on the other side of the half.

3:50 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Rash by Rashford on Moreno and booked for that. This ref should open a Hallmark franchise.

3:50 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

No stoppage time and it's 1-0 at the half top Liverpool

3:51 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

LVG with a substitution as Carrick is on for Rashford. A defensive change

4:06 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The second half is underway

4:07 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Moreno has a free kick deflected for a Pool corner. it's taken short

4:10 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Coutinho is booked for diving

4:10 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

De Gea does well to tip over a long range pile driver from Coutinho

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

I'm back for a sec, mate. Looks like 1-0 might not be the worst result for you lot, if you can hang on.

I'm off home to see the end of this one. Cheerio for now.

4:20 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Another ridiculous yellow as Hair is booked for minimal contact on Clyne near his corner flag

4:21 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cheers mate.Hope you can join me for the late action

4:22 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A poor free kick from Coutinho is easily cleared

4:22 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Joe Allen is on for Sturridge, presumably with the aim of Pool hanging on to their slender lead.

4:25 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

De Gea pushes away a long range swerving shot from Clyne

4:28 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Joe Allen did well to pick out Jordan Henderson at the edge of the box. He was unmarked, but sliced the shot horribly wide.

4:31 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Rojo is called for a high challenge on Moreno.

4:32 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The free kick from Coutinho is headed out by Carrick then Rojo tackles Firmino for a Pool corner

4:34 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Smalling heads out the corner from Lallana

4:34 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Bugger !!!! Firmino puts Pool two up with a close range finish

4:35 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Lallana found Henderson down the right and his poor cross was met with a horrible on e yard clearance from Carrick to Lallana, who squared it to Firmino , who finished from Two yards out with Smalling found out of position.

4:37 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Joe Allen wins a Pool corner

4:39 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A waste as a foul is called off the Pool corner

4:40 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Herrera is on for Mata. Like for Like. The Pig Stick is on for Schneiderlin. That's also like for like

4:41 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A standing ovation for Firmino as he's replaced by Origi

4:45 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Carrick tackles Origi for a Pool corner

4:49 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Loveren heads high and wide off a cross from Henderson

4:49 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Two minutes of stoppage time

4:52 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's over as Pool defeat United 2-0 in a dominating performance

4:54 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The final scores in the other matches were:

Villarreal 2 Leverkusen 0
Bilbao 1 Valencia 0
Sparta Prague 1 Lazio 1

4:55 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

That's it for me on a disappointing evening. I look forward ti chatting in a couple of days.

4:56 PM  

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