Lakenheath Old Boys

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Day 13 - Group E Wraps Up!

Well, that end to Group F was a thriller. Let's hope that Group E does as well by us. I'm all set to watch Italy v. the Republic of Ireland. Italy are already through on top and will face Spain next week. The Republic will need a repeat of their heroics at Giant Stadium in USA '94 to secure their place in the R16 against France. Belgium just need things to stay the same everywhere but will probably go out looking for a win against Sweden. Should be enthralling. Join me for the afternoon snack.

55 Comments:

Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Actually, on second thought, I've decided to watch Belgium v. Sweden. I reckon that the Italians will be able to shut down the Irish fairly easily.

2:32 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Italy are so predictable - Antonio Conte has made EIGHT changes from the side that beat Sweden. In come Sirigu, Ogbonna, De Sciglio, Sturaro, Motta, Bernardeschi, Zaza and Immobile and a whole load of players that you've never heard of and don't give a toss about. zzzzzzzz

2:42 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Once upon a time, we were gathering here today to resolve a straightforward issue: who joins Italy, and perhaps Ireland, in qualifying for the last sixteen. Not no more. Now, we’re here to discover who takes the prized second spot in Group E, or, more properly, who gets to contest a bracket that involves not single former champion.

2:45 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The teams gathering in the tunnel now in Nice:

Sweden (two banks of four): Isaksson; Lindelof, Johansson, Granqvist, Olsson; Larsson, Kallstrom, Ekdal, Forsberg; Ibrahimovic, Berg.

Belgium (not two banks of four): Courtois; Meunier, Alderweireld, Vermaelen, Vertonghen; Nainggolan, Witsel; Carrasco, De Bruyne, Hazard; Lukaku.

Man in the mirror: Felix Brych (Germany)

2:46 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Teams out on the pitch and anthems playing now.

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

This may be the last time to see Zlatan in a Sweden shirt.

2:59 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Belgium about to kick us off here in Nice wearing white.

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

Witsel tries one from distance and should have earned a corner but it's ruled a goal kick.

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

Oh - great save by Courtois to keep Sweden out. A bright start to this match.

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

De Bruyne troops to the corner to take an early one...

nodded out by the first man.

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

Oh - The Chunk set up by the Ginger finds a yard and strikes one just to the right of goal. Corner.

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

Oh - Witsel got his head to that corner and nodded it across the six yard box - no one to sweep it in. Chances!

3:07 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Where was this Sweden against Italy and Ireland? Zlatan goes at Meunier down the side of the box and swivels into a cut-back. It’s intercepted, but really - this is already very different.

3:11 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Hazard fizzes a nice ball across the box and Chunk is just inches away.

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

A quarter of an hour gone and it's 0-0 in both matches. Color me "not surprised."

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

If Sweden and Ireland don't win, then Turkey would meet Wales rather than Northern Ireland. And Northern Ireland would meet Hungary - I think.

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

Belgium seem to be missing the guile of Moussa Dembele.

3:21 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Zlatan tries a volley and comes up a bit lame.

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

Hazard tees up De Bruyne and he curls a shot in but Isaksson is behind it.

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

Oh - Zlatan picks up a bobbly shot from under his feet and it's just wide.

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

De Bruyne wins a corner. These have looked dangerous.

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

Not this time....

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

Ginger fires a shot well wide.

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

Still 0-0 between Italy and Ireland - not quite the fireworks from this morning's Group F action.

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

Good free kick chance for Belgium now....

Vertonghen hammers it into the wall. Shame.

3:33 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Belgium continue to blow hot and cold. When they're clicking, they're one of the most exciting teams on the planet. But when things aren't going well, they can really stink up the joint.

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

Oh - De Bruyne fizzed another great ball over and Chunk wasn't on the spot. He needs to be able to get into the right area.

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

Johansson goes into the book.

3:36 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Hey Bob,

I am watching Italy B versus Ireland here, right before we put the kids to bed. Like you say, Italy ain't showin' anything, while Ireland is showing a lot of fight.
It's a rugged game so far.

3:37 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

No games for the next couple of days, but I have plenty of games DVR-ed here, so I will have to do some catching up, beginning with Argentina's hammering of the US.

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

The Swedes have a free kick chance now - meat and drink for Courtois though.

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

Hiya, Alex - great to hear from and thanks for the email.

I suspected that the Italians would rest up a bit for the R16 matches, especially now that they know they'll have the current European champions to face. Wow!

3:42 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

What are your thoughts on this crazy bracketology with almost all the big boys on one side with Croatia on the other side? Portugal should be feeling happy they did not finish second.

3:42 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That Argentina - US massacre was truly "men vs. boys." Ouch!

3:42 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Well, that's what happens when England and Spain don't play to their expectations, right? It should have been France, Germany, and Italy on one side and England, Spain and perhaps Portugal on the other side.

But I'm happy with the England v. Iceland match-up. Bring on the Elves!

3:44 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Italy just dodged a bullet (though, it's not as if it matters).

3:44 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - another sumptuous cross from the Ginger Winger but Meunier couldn't nod it home. Belgium have had their chances but I have a feeling that somewhere in Europe Birger is tearing his hair out.

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

And now Witsel has talked his way into the ref's book. Not going to play for Wilmots' team.

3:46 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Yeah, I think that works well for England. Iceland is not good at possession and they don't have guile, which is usually what does in British defenses.

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

Are there any Italian B-teamers who have stood out?

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

Half-time whistle goes in Nice and lots of boos going up around the stadium, probably from the Red Devils fans.

3:46 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Alright, I am out of here. Have a good night and give our best to Kate from Chiara and I.

3:47 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

There is an African player on defense, who looks quite solid, but he is not doing much offensively, with Ireland pinning them back. Really, they are not playing well with much initiative at all.

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

We're back on for the second half now - as it stands, Belgium will finish second and Sweden and Ireland would be knocked out. But it would only take an Ireland goal to put a monkey wrench in the gears.

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

I think that's Ogbonna, who plays at West Ham.

Cheerio!

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

Early corner for Sweden now...

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

Oh - Zlatan had a chance for couldn't keep his header down.

4:08 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Zlatan played Berg in brilliantly but he couldn't control it.

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

Wilmots needs to change things now - Lukaku hasn't done much of anything. He can either shut up shop or throw on the likes of Mertens and Fellaini to try to win it.

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

Belgium appear to have subbed the orange quarters and squash for moules-frites, waffles and Aventinus. Really ponderous.

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

Finally Carrasco was sprung but his cross was well cut out.

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

Sweden have it in the net through Zlatan but it's ruled out.

Berg is given the hook - Guidetti on.

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

All Swedish pressure now.

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

What a thrilling end to these matches. I had a handy man over so I missed both goals.

First, Nainggolan nodded home a winner for the less than convincing Belgians. That buried Sweden, who will finish fourth. A sad night for Zlatan who will retire after this tournament.

Than, Robbie Brady fired home an improbable winner for Ireland against the lazy Italians. That's good enough to set them up for a R16 match against hosts France, while Wales will meet fellow United Kingdom member Northern Ireland.

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

Phew - that was quite a day, that almost made up for the boring tournament so far. I'm hoping for more thrills in the Round of 16 starting on Saturday.

5:10 PM  

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