Lakenheath Old Boys

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Day 13 - Group F Wraps Up!

Morning, lads! As Group F wraps up today, we'll find England's destiny for the Round of 16. As it stands right now, Hungary sit atop Group F on 4 points. They'll face Portugal, who have had a poor run at Euro 2016 with two dreary draws, and sit in third on 2 points level with Iceland in second on superior goal difference. Iceland meet Austria, who have shown little apart from their ability to frustrate Cristiano Ronaldo. Join me for all the LOB shenanigans this afternoon.

57 Comments:

Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The ESPN coverage has started with all eyes on Skippy. Anything could happen. Well almost anything. All four of the teams in Group F could yet qualify for the last 16. Group leaders Hungary have defied predictions, betting odds, and glum expressions from those that picked them out in the office sweepstake to book their place in the knockout round, but could still finish in third. Today’s opponents, Portugal could finish anywhere from first to last.

11:32 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The team news out of Lyon this afternoon:

Hungary 4-2-3-1: Kiraly; Lang, Juhasz, Guzmics, Korhut; Pinter, Elek; Lovrencsics, Gera, Dzsudzsak; Szalai.

Portugal 4-4-1-1: Rui Patricio; Vieirinha, Pepe, R. Carvalho, Eliseu; Joao Mario, W. Carvalho, Moutinho, Andre Gomes; Ronaldo; Nani

Referee: Martin Atkinson (England)

11:39 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The teams are out on the pitch now enjoying the atmosphere and anthems. I hope this is an enthralling occasion.

11:56 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

A bit of social media chatter about the presence of Martin Atkinson tonight due to England's interest in this group's outcome.

11:59 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Speaking of England, I reckon that we England fans should hope for draws or wins for both Hungary and Iceland. That would pair England against either side and not Portugal.

12:00 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Portugal get us underway wearing an odd green away kit.

12:00 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Early corner for Portugal and test for the sweat bottomed Kiraly in the Hungarian goal.

12:02 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

My boy Nani had a chance there but his first touch was poor and it ran easily through to Kiraly.

12:02 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Skippy is upended by Juhasz and he gets a bollocking from Atkinson.

12:04 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Moutinho to swing this one in....

Knocked out of trouble and Mario hoofs it well over.

12:05 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

This is looking a bit ominous right now for Hungary. It's been a rear-guard effort.

12:06 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That's a bit better - Hungary get down the pitch in a hurry and Dudek swings a cross over. Corner earned.

12:07 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

End to end stuff now - Nani breaks free and runs the length of the pitch to earn a corner.

12:07 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - free header for Nani - but gets the timing all wrong.

12:11 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Hungary have a good free kick opportunity now - they've looked dangerous from set pieces.

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

Poor delivery from Dzsudzsak and it's cleared away.

Guzmics picks up a yellow for a lunge in on Nani.

12:13 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Hungary have weathered the first quarter of an hour of Portugal pressure. It's also 0-0 between Iceland and Austria in St. Denis. That won't help the goal/game ratio here at France 2016 but it suits England and me.

12:15 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Skippy tried to lean in for a header but Juhasz beat him to it. Corner. And another.

12:16 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Nani has not had the best start to his 99th cap, but he is right in the thick of things.

12:17 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Decent break there for Hungary but Pepe was there to knock out the cross for a corner.

12:18 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Oh - what a strike! The ball was poorly cleared out by Skippy and Zoltan Gera hammered it back laser like into the right corner.

Hungary 1-0 up!!!!

12:19 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Well, well, well - that goal puts well on top of the group on 7 points.

Iceland are also in the lead 1-0 now. They would be on 5 points. And Portugal, as it stands, would be out!

12:21 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Nani is knocked over setting up a Skippy special from wide left.

12:22 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The shot is deflected off the bottom of the wall and trickles through to Kiraly. Wonderful.

12:22 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Half an hour gone and, despite their pressure, Portugal have been well and truly frustrated.

12:33 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Zoltan Gera goes into the book now - another free kick chance for Skippy - woeful.

12:35 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The first half is winding down; this match has gone exactly to plan. Wahay!

12:41 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! And just like that, Portugal are back in business.

Dani breaks through and slides a shot under Kiraly at the near post.

1-1!

12:42 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

So, now, it's

Hungary - 5 points
Iceland - 5 points
Portugal - 3 points
Austria - 1 point

12:44 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Portugal would meet Croatia on Saturday if these results held up.

12:44 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

We're back on for the second half now and Hungary have an early free kick.

And it's straight in!!!!!!

Hungary are 2-1 up!! Wonderful!

1:04 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Skippy responds almost immediately with a delicious back flick.

2-2!

1:06 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

What a finish from Ronaldo there - got to give it up to the man. He delivered there.

1:07 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Skippy has broken a record there for being the first player to score in four different European Championships.

1:07 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Nani was inches from a third goal. This game is crackling!

1:08 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Incredible - Hungary are back in the lead!!!!

It's the man Dzsudzsak with a thunderous drive that was deflected again past Rui Patricia.

1:11 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Lovely to see Skippy having a tantrum after that goal.

1:12 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And believe it or not we still have 35 minutes of this one left. Phew!

1:13 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Joao Mario junked inside and move room for a shot. Shanked his shot wide.

1:14 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Skippy tries one from distance - sad effort.

1:14 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Schopf has equalized for Austria. Doesn't change things in the group.

1:18 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Skippy has done it again! Nods home from the corner.

He's trying to rescue this team on his own. Marvelous header!

3-3!

1:19 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - off the angle of the goal there from Elek! Nearly 4-3 there.

1:21 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - almost another goal for Hungary. This is hands-down the best match of the tournament so far. Great stuff!

1:21 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Quaresma has really changed things since coming on.

1:22 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Bloody hell - now that Portugal have racked up a load of goals, they're on a collision course with us again. We need another Iceland goal but quick.

1:27 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Or another Portugal goal would have them topping the group. That would be preferable. Anything but a match with England, please.

1:29 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Still 15 minutes for things to change here.

1:30 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Apparently, it's the Fair Play rule that would pit Portugal against England. Portugal have only two bookings to Iceland's six, so they're second at present.

1:33 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Quaresma pulls the trigger and fizzes a shot wide of the mark.

1:34 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Danilo on for Nani now.

1:37 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The Hungarians look knackered right now.

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

Three minutes of stoppage time now - come on - someone bloody score!!!

1:47 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

No one is bothered about this match at this point - just sinking it about. They're pleased with the 3-3.

1:49 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

We need a goal - come on!

1:50 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And that's it! 3-3 draw.

We need a goal for Iceland, please.

1:50 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Phew! That was quite something. By my calculations, then, that means that Hungary top the group and will face the second place team in Group E on Sunday evening.

Iceland wth that last gasp goal will finish second and will face England on Monday evening.

And Portugal survive based on that draw and will face Croatia on Saturday evening.

2:14 PM  

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