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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Day 12 - Group D Wraps Up

Afternoon, chaps - Group D wraps up today with a great clash between the top teams in the bracket - Spain and Croatia. Spain bored us all in their opener against the Czechs but then thoroughly ripped apart a poor Turkish side. That means that a draw will put them through top whilst a Croatia win will likely bring Spain up against Wales in the R16. In the other match, the Czechs will need a big win against Turkey in order to have any chance of finishing a decent third on 4 points. Goal difference may be a key factor. Join me from 3pm onward here on the LOB for all the action!

58 Comments:

Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The team line-ups for today's clash between Spain and Croatia:

Croatia: Subasic, Srna, Corluka, Jedvaj, Vrsaljko, Rog, Badelj, Perisic, Rakitic, Pjaca, Nikola Kalinic.

Subs: Vargic, Strinic, Kovacic, Kramaric, Modric, Schildenfeld, Brozovic, Mandzukic, Coric, Vida, Cop, Lovre Kalinic.

Spain: De Gea, Juanfran, Pique, Sergio Ramos, Jordi Alba, Fabregas, Busquets, Iniesta, Silva, Morata, Nolito.

Subs: Casillas, Azpilicueta, Bartra, Koke, Lucas, Pedro, Bellerin,
Thiago, San Jose, Bruno, Aduriz, Sergio Rico.

Referee: Bjorn Kuipers (Holland)

2:56 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Looks like a full strength side that Del Bosque has put out, so he's not taking any chances of qualifying second. Are you watching, Woy?

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

Reports are circulating that Croatian fans are planning further disturbances during tonight’s match, including an attack on referee Bjorn Kuipers in the 30th minute.

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

Kuipers doesn't look that fussed about the prospect of being attacked - top man. And we're about set for kickoff now.

3:00 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Spain yet us going in their horrible white away kit.

3:00 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Vedran Corluka is wearing his water polo hat, to protect that head wound he picked up earlier in the tournament and quite a few Croatia fans are wearing similar headwear in solidarity with their centre-half.

3:04 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Nervous moment there for the Spanish backline as Ramos allowed the ball to bounce and Pjaca nearly got in.

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

GOAL! Spain take the lead early doors through Morata who is now level top Golden Boot boy.

3:09 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That was a real poachers goal. Fabregas broke through and tipped toward goal and Morata was there on the line to make sure.

3:09 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That will certainly settle the nerves for Spain early on. I wish England had been able to do the same thing yesterday.

3:10 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - I thought that Rakitic had scored there. A spectacular chip on De Gea and it went down off the bar but didn't cross it.

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

Oh - Iniesta nearly plays in Juanfran. Listening to Max Bretos commentating on a Spanish language team is just irritating.

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

Croatia are looking dangerous here. This has been one of the most open and attacking matches in the last two weeks.

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

Corluka got on the end of that corner from Rakitic but misdirected it away from goal.

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

The time is ticking down toward the 30 minute mark. We shall see what happens with the Croatian ultras. I wonder how ESPN will handle it. They mentioned the issue at the top of the broadcast.

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

Oh - Silva had a great strike saved well by Subasic.

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

Silva is brought down right outside the D. Good chance now for one of the more creative Spanish players.

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

Silva strikes it straight into the wall and Croatia breaks.

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

Half way through this first half and Spain haven't quite been able to choke the life out of this match.

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

Over in Lens, Turkey have taken an improbable lead against the Czechs, which will certainly end their advancement in this tournament. Could Turkey still qualify? Doubtful with their goal difference.

3:29 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Barry Glendenning on the Guardian blog says: "I’ve had a revelation, of sorts. Imagine eating a hotdog that’s absolutely smothered in ketchup and mustard, only for somebody to run into you and knock it all over your pristine white t-shirt, just as you’re raising it to your mouth. That’s what Spain’s shirt resembles tonight."

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

We’re in the 30th minute and there’s no sign of any trouble from the crowd, mercifully. Fingers crossed it stays that way. Goal kick for Croatia, which Subasic leathers down the field.

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

Spain continue to lead, but Croatia are far from out of this contest. Rakitic has been excellent, constantly driving forward with the ball at his feet.They may well still get something out of it - and I would love to see it!

3:38 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - great ball over but Perisic couldn't quite get over it. Where the hell is Mario Mandzukic?!

3:39 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

This is typical of Spain. They score in the seventh minute and then it's Siesta Time.

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

GOAL! YESSSSS!!!!!!!

What a time to score! Brilliant stuff from Perisic who bamboozled Juanfran out wide and then knocked a lovely ball over for Kalinic to get on to.

1-1!

3:46 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The half-time whistle comes and Spain will go in wondering how they through that lead away. I'll tell them how. They went off for a plate or two of tapas and some sangria about the 20 minute mark and Croatia kept working at it.

The Croatian fans may be big time bottlers but their side is doing them proud.

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

Some interesting scenarios with Group D now. Spain are still fine with a draw but another Croatia goal would knock them out of top spot. It could happen.

More interesting is what's going on in Lens, where Turkey are still 1-0 up over Czechs. That result would knock the Czechs out for sure but Turkey will have to rely on other results. They currently have 3 points and a -3 GD. In Group A, Albania have three points and -2 GD. Slovakia have 4 points and 0 GD and look fairly safe for qualifying. Northern Ireland have 3 points and 0 GD. Sweden and Portugal are still to play and currently have 1 and 2 points respectively.

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

And we're away again - Croatia kicking us off.

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

If Turkey, who are one goal up against the Czech Republic, fail to win by four or more goals, Northern Ireland will also go through to the knockout stages.

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

Juanfran latches on to a Silva ball across the face of the Croatia penalty area and shoots first time, but skies the ball high over the cross-bar.

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

Vedran Corluka has left his protective water polo hat in the dressing room, having apparently decided he doesn’t need it any more.

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

Spain have an extended spell of possession with their move culminating with a pull-back from Jordi Alba that Morata is unable to convert from the edge of the six-yard box.

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

Croatia have a corner now....

Oh - massive scramble in the box after that corner. Spain all over the place now.

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

Croatia seem keen to win this one - I'd love to see it. Nearly an hour gone now.

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

Perisic is really turning it on now - shame his final ball was to no one.

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

Nolito comes off to be replaced by Bruno. A defensive move from Del Bosque.

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

Big shout for a free kick there for Croatia - nothing doing from Kuipers.

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

Turkey are 2-0 up now! They still need two more goals to best Northern Ireland. But they're level now with Albania.

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

Goalscorer Morata troops off after a quiet night. Replaced by Aduriz.

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

Oh - free header from Ramos but he heads it wide. Should have scored.

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

Spain have a penalty! That won't endear Kuipers to those Croatian fans. It seemed soft - Silva went down like a sack of spuds.

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

Sergio Ramos to take now...

Oh - great save by Subasic!!!

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

In truth, Ramos hammered it right at him. Terrible penalty. Justice.

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

Rakitic over this free kick now - hits it well over the bar.

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

Before Ramos took that penalty, Sime Vrsaljko was booked for either the “foul” that resulted in the spot-kick or protesting his innocence afterwards. H”is captain, Dario Srna, was also booked for complaining to the referee.

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

Marko Rog comes off to be replaced with Kovacic.

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

Fabregas comes off, too. More defensive posturing from Spain.

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

Still five minutes and change for Croatia to upset the apple cart.

4:42 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

YESSSSSS!!!!!!!!

Perisic has won it for Croatia!!!!!!

Wonderful. Came from a break and Perisic busted a gut to get there. De Gea will look at that one again and wonder how he got beaten at his near post.

2-1 Croatia!

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

Spain have to go for it now or they are in a world of hurt. They could easily get Italy in the next round.

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

Croatia throw a couple of late defenders on to secure this result.

4:49 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

It's all gone wrong now for Spain, who are staring down the barrel of a R16 match against Italy.

4:50 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Spain look fairly shell-shocked here.

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

This must be the last chance for Spain now.

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

Wow - Silva had a chance to square it - but no. It's all over.

4:52 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

My - that was satisfying to watch. Croatia have set themselves up for a tasty Saturday evening fixture against a third place side. That might be Northern Ireland, who are definitely into the R16.

Meanwhile Spain and Italy are set to play on Monday. That is, unless the Italians are tempted to throw it against Sweden tomorrow. Who will want to win that group now?

4:58 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Italy are confirmed as Group winners because they can only be caught by Belgium and they have beat them head to head

So...right half of the draw
Spain, Italy, England, France and Germany!!
Portugal could be there too!

Left half
Switzerland, Poland, Croatia, Wales.....

WELL DONE WOY!!!

5:18 PM  

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