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Saturday, June 11, 2016

Day 2 - Group B: Wales v. Slovakia

Wales enter the Euro 2016 arena after decades in the international wilderness. Their first opponents - Slovakia. All eyes on Gareth Bale this afternoon. England fans will want a Wales win but a Monkeyboy injury. Join me for a lunch time gathering, eh?

139 Comments:

Blogger manunitedrules said...

I'm here for the match. I have predicted a runners up spot for the Slovaks and third place for Wales. Let's see what transpires.

11:48 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Wayne Hennessey is out injured and will be replaced by the inexperienced Danny Ward in goal. The Slovaks won a friendly 1-3 in Germany about ten days ago and will not be pushovers.

11:49 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Welcome back, mate. I hope you had a good fortifying lunch and are ready for more action. The teams are in the tunnel:

Wales: Ward; Gunter, Chester, A Williams, Davies, Taylor; Allen, Edwards, Ramsey; J Williams, Bale

Subs: King, Robson-Kanu, Fon Williams, G Williams, Richards, Ledley Cotterill, Vokes, Collins, Vaughan, Church, Hennessey

Slovakia:
Kozacik; Pekarik, Skrtel, Durica, Svento; Kucka, Hrosovsky, Hamsik; Mak, Duris, Weiss

Subs: Mucha, Gyomber, Gregus, Duda, Sestak, Stoch, Nemec, Novota, Skriniar, Hubocan, Salata, Pecevosky

Referee: S Odvar Moen (Norway)

11:54 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cheers mate. I have not had lunch yet. I ate brekkies at halftime of the first match and will probably eat lunch when this match ends.

11:55 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Martin Skrtel giving us all a bit of a wave. Nice chap, that.

11:56 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Key players for Slovakia will be Hamsik, Weiss and Skrtel while for Wales it will be Monkey Boy, Aaron Ramsey, Wee Joe and how well the inexperienced Danny Ward plays in goal.

11:56 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Aaron Ramsey is now a peroxide blonde. Not too stylish.

11:57 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Here comes Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau, with lusty accompaniment from 25,000 Welsh folks who’ve not had a chance to sing it at a major football tournament before. Magnificent!

11:58 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Slovakia apparently have the oldest squad in the tournament.

12:00 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A great national anthem > Last sung at the 1958 WC. I expect a more open match than the earlier one.

12:01 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And we're away!

12:01 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

They're off from Bordeaux.

12:01 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Let's hope we're not bored watching the match from Bordeaux.

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

Bit of a knock there for Bale - a good start. I'd love to see some agricultural challenges on Monkey boy this afternoon.

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

Boom boom, mate - you're in good form today.

12:03 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - great save off the line by Glen Davies from Hamsik's shot. Great run.

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

And now Slovakia have a free kick chance. And another.

12:05 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!!! Marik Hamsek nearly gives the Slovaks the lead off a great solo run and then Ben Davies out of nowhere, heroically clears off the line.

12:05 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Kuchka with an agricultural challenge.

12:05 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Bob got his naughty wish with that agricultural challenge. I'm sure Monkey Boy will be facing his fair share of those.

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

Now it's a foul from Joe Allen - some sturdy tackles in this opening period, mostly overlooked by the ref.

12:06 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cheers mate. Does that mean Simon Church will be praying for a Welsh victory from the subs bench?

12:07 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The opening stages remind me of some of the Home International matches I used to watch.

12:08 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ping Pong in the box off the free kick from Ramsey as the keeper dleelivers an unconvincing punch then Wee Joe stabs it wide.

12:09 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Free kick chance for Wales through Allen comes to nothing.

12:09 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Johnny Williams wins a free kick in Bale territory

12:10 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Now it's a tasty free kick chance for Monkey Boy. I wonder if he's had his bananas today.

12:10 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Straight in!

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

It must have moved in the air because the keeper was nowhere.

12:11 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!!! MONKEY BOY SCORES WITH A TRADEMARK FREE KICK AS THE WELSH PLAYERS AND FANS GO BONKERS

12:11 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The ball did take a weird swerve that deceived the keeper. The bananas seemed to have helped.

12:12 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Welsh fans are in full voice as it sounds like the match is being played in Cardiff.

12:14 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

There’s a definite shakiness to the Slovakian defence, and Wales are trying to profit from that by pressing them busily when they have it at the back.

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

A bit of confusion between Williams and Ward there - dicey moment.

12:18 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Slovaks, for some reason, seem to be nervous.

12:18 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ramsey with a long range effort tamely to the keeper.

12:21 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Weiss not very Wise as his long range effort would have been more appropriate in a rugby match

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

Joe Allen should already be on a yellow - a catalog of chippy fouls from him.

12:23 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I don't know why - they've got nothing to lose in this one.

12:24 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Kuco with a long range free kick well over.

12:24 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It could be the routine set by the manager. He should be telling them what you just stated.

12:25 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Rubbish cross from Miley Cyrus there.

12:25 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Wee Joe has been more involved than supposed danger man, Marik Hamsek. That explains why the Welsh are leading.

12:26 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Nice one , mate. The Gooner will not be amused.

12:27 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Crunch - there was a leg breaker from Taylor on Hamsik.

12:27 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

An agricultural, but hat looked a fair challenge by Neil Taylor on Hamsek. I guess he doesn't receive too many of those challenges in Serie A.

12:28 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

That was similar to most of my challenges while playing for LHS.

12:29 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

First yellow card then for Hrosovsky.

12:32 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

What was that from Skrtel?!

12:33 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The first booking of the match as Hrivsosky is booked for an agricultural challenge on Johnny Williams

12:33 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

That looked a foul in the box by Skrtel on Johnny Williams. He could heave been off for an early bath for that.

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

I agree - nasty elbow charge from the Liverpool man.

12:34 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I would think that Hrivsosky would start the match on a yellow just based on the name alone.

12:36 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'm not sure that we need the comments of Abby Wambach on this match.

12:38 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I think they're trying to give women footie players a chance.

12:39 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

If anything, the Slovaks have been the better side in this half. Wales have done very little apart from Bale's free kick.

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

Loads of pressure from Slovakia at the end of this half; Wales just want to get into the dressing room and have some cock a leeky soup.

12:43 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The only problem is that the Slovaks can't find a way past the stubborn Welsh defense. I can't recall the inexperienced Danny Ward having to make a save.

12:43 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Nice one, mate. Your'e ever the Welsh guru.

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

The pressure rom Slovakia is building, and Weiss is looking especially dangerous. he makes Welsh defenders jittery. But they keep getting just enough of a touch to thwart him.

12:45 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

A mere one minute stoppage time period to come.

12:46 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Dave Edwards blocks. for a Slovak corner. Bale heads out the corner from Weiss then Skrtel uncharacteristically misses a header that should have been burioed past his Liverpool teammate. A minute of stoppage time.

12:46 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Ben Davies spoons off to Bale who tries a left footed shot first time. Straight at the keeper.

And that's the half-time whistle. Wales will go in relatively happy.

12:47 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Bale side foots straight to the keeper off a nice solo run by Ben Davies on the counter as the Welsh lead 1-0 thanks to a trademark free kick from Monkey Boy.

12:48 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The second half is underway form Boredeaux where, hopefully, we are not bored.

1:03 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And we're away in the second half from Bordeaux. I could use a lovely glass of wine right about now.

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

I agree, mate - plenty of football left today.

1:05 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Sounds like a plan. Plenty to whine about about for the Slovaks.

1:05 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Boom boom - a good score on the pun-ometer.

1:06 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Unfortunately, the Russian fans have been guilty of hooliganism since Thursday according to the halftime reports.

1:06 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cheers mate. I have one for the next match ready to go.

1:07 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Slovaks concede an unnecessary corner off their own throw.

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

Yes - some nasty reports coming out of Marseille.

1:08 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The corner is a complete waste as it curves out for a goal kick.

1:08 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Should they ban the Russian fans from the tournament ?

1:09 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Definitely - totally agree. Not sure the England fans are completely innocent either.

1:10 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Kuco with a naughty foul on Johnny Williams.

1:10 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I believe that is correct. Hopefully gendarmes get matters under control.

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

A half chance there.

1:12 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Johnny Williams can't get a game for Palace, yet is intimidating the Slovaks. How does that work?

1:12 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Mak should have scored as he shot over with just Danny Ward to beat. A Mac Truck is far more intimidating.

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

Oh - Bale with a chance there. Off the line!

1:15 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH nearly a second for the Welsh as the keeper makes a great save from a header from Monkey Boy off a great cross from Wee Joe.

1:15 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Credit to the Welsh for leading, but they've been helped by plenty of Monkey business from the Slovaks.

1:16 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I agree; the Slovaks have been competitive.

1:17 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hamsik wanted a foul called on Wolves midfield player, Dave Edwards, but nothing doing.

1:17 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Dudak on for Hrivsovsky.

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

GOAL! A goal from the superb Duda!

1:18 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!! DUDA TIES IT UP FOR THE SLOVAKS SECONDS AFTER COMING ON AS A SUB

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

Not great for us in Group A - a slim Welsh win would've been preferable.

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

Group B, that is.

1:19 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It was like a mac truck as Mak beat Ramsey down the right off a long run down the right then his pass was put away by Duda , who beat Danny Ward at his near post.

1:20 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Hamsik is capable. Dangerous free kick here.

1:20 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Dave Edwards fouls Hamsik about 30 yards out

1:20 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

No - it's Weiss - and well over the top.

1:21 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Not a Wise free kick as Weiss is well over with that free kick

1:21 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I picked the Slovaks second and the Welsh third , so I'm okay with the score.

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

Decent strike from distance there. Saved by Ward and nodded out.

1:23 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Danny Ward fumbles a long range effort from Kuchka then the rebound is cleared for a corner that is caught by Ward

1:23 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

UWS should have expected that assist from Mak as he prefers a Mac over Windows.

1:24 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

UWS says "thank God that he's not on the blog right now." LOL!

1:25 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Joe Ledley coming on now. Robson-Kanu as well.

1:26 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I might have tossed on our old boy Sam Vokes at this point.

1:27 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Joe Ledley is on for Dave Edwards and Hal Robson-Kanu is on for Aaron Ramsey or is he?

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

Was that a penalty - Skrtel leaning in on Bale?

1:28 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Actually , it's an attacking move as Robson-Kanu is on for the industrious Johnny Williams.

1:28 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - free header for Miley after a nice cross from Robson-Kanu.

1:31 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!!! A great run and cross by Hal-Robson -Kanu and Ramsey heads over with a free header in the six yard box.

1:31 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I blame the hair. It put him off.

1:32 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

According to Jon Champion, Robson-Kanu's contract expired at the Reading Railroad and he's without a club. Would you take him at ER?

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

Lovely version of "Flags of our Fathers" now from the Welsh chorus.

1:34 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Welsh fans with a great rendition of the national anthem with the hope of lifting the players

1:35 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Yellow card for Mak - he needs a reboot.

1:35 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Skrtel down off a tackle won Robson-Kanu

1:35 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Wee Joe up after that challenge.
BOOM BOOM

1:36 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Just over ten minutes left now - Wales with a free kick chance. Long one here.

Bale hits it and it skips into the keeper's arms.

1:37 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Along range free kick from Bale takes a weird hop and bounces into the keeper's arms.

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

Weiss into the book now - the accumulation of yellow cards is good for England.

1:38 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Not A Wise challenge as Weiss is booked for afoul on Miley Cyrus. Billy Ray will not be pleased.

1:38 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Supersub Mark 2 - Robson Kanu scores!!!

1:38 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!!HAL ROBSON-KANU GIVES WALES A 2-1 LEAD FIVE MINUTES AFTER COMING OFF THE BENCH . NICE PASS FROM RAMSEY

1:39 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Lovely - another yellow card now - four of them for the Slovaks.

1:40 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Duda, the goal scorer, is booked for a foul on Bale.. Weiss looks none too pleased as he's replaced by Stoch.

1:41 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Another sub, Joe Ledley, deserves credit as he played a nice long pass to Ramsey, who set up Robson -Kanu. Skrtel looked none too Weiss with some poor deefending

1:42 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

hALLMARK SHOULD SET UP A KIOSK AT THE HOTEL WHERE THE sLOVAKS ARE BASED.

1:43 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - off the Sunday Roast! Close call.

1:43 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!!NEMEC HAS A HEADER COME OFF THE POST. NEARLY DESMOND

1:44 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Bale dished off to Miley - but he didn't pull the trigger first time.

1:45 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A poor corner is cleared as the Welsh failed to take advantage on the break.

1:45 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Jazz Richards is on for Miley Cyrus as Cookie Coleman had enough of the country music. This is more hos genre.

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

Wahay - my "Funniest Name in the Squad" pick Jazz Richards gets on for a late cameo.

1:47 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Bale has a shot blocked by the keeper on the break then commits a foul.

1:48 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Mak more like a mac truck as his he blazes a close range effort well over. Four minutes of stoppage time.

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

UWS says he's refusing to laugh at your puns now.

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

Skrtel becomes #5 into the book - should be his second yellow really.

1:50 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Welsh fans calling for the ref to blow up. Still a couple of minutes to play. Now Neil Taylor and Skrtel get into it and the Liverpool defender is booked.

1:50 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed about the cards, not UWS's comment. Rather naughty

1:50 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's over as Wales record an historic 2-1 win. The winner scored by the player without a club.

1:53 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Blow up, ref. It is all over now.

Wales prevail 2-1 - it's all going to plan so far. Now for a big, big win for the England boys.

1:53 PM  

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