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Saturday, June 11, 2016

Day 2 - Group A: Switzerland v. Albania

Welcome to Day 2 of the Euros, lads! I hope you got a good night's sleep, because the live football is just going to keep coming today, starting sharpish with the Group A clash between Switzerland and Albania at 9am on ESPN. So, grab a strong cuppa and join me here on the LOB for all the action.

132 Comments:

Blogger The Blue Devil said...

A fascinating dynamic today. In total nine members of Albania’s squad had the right to play for Switzerland, and half a dozen in the Swiss team could have opted for Albania. Xherdan Shaqiri, Stoke’s barrel-like dynamo, is among the latter, but despite Switzerland benefitting from waves of immigration in the 90s they have also trained a number of today’s opposition – seven of Albania’s squad played underage for Switzerland.

8:35 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

This is a must-win for Switzerland against the minnow team Albania, the poorest nation in Europe and a first-time qualifier at the Euros. They'll know that they have the favorites France and a very competitive Romania to come.

8:37 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The team news out of Lens this afternoon:

Albania: Berisha; Hysaj, Mavraj, Cana, Agolli; Xhaka, Kukeli, Abrashi; Roshi, Lenjani; Sadiku.

Switzerland: Sommer; Lichsteiner, Schar, Djourou, Rodriguez; Behrami, Dzemaili, G Xhaka, Shaqiri, Seferovic, Mehmedi.

Referee: C Velasco Carballo (Sp).

8:39 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good morning, mate. This is a very confusing clash. Albanians playing for the Swiss and Swiss playing for the Albanians. What gives?

8:53 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Teams in the tunnel now.

8:54 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Good morning from Castle UWS. We're preparing for a full day of the Beautiful Game.

8:54 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Also, I recorded the match played yesterday, but couldn't watch it because I was sucker punched by a tribute to Muhammed Ali. Now I know his opponents felt.

8:55 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Fake Scot says that the Xakha brothers are in opposition. where is Xakha Khan? He does illustrate my point in the comment typed at 8:53

8:56 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

They key player for the Swiss will be Shaquiri , playing against the country of his ancestry.

8:57 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Red card watch - you and I have both picked Albania's Lorik Cana to get sent off first.

West Ham has picked Hysaj.

We'll see what happens. Anthems over and we're just about to get set.

8:59 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

They key player for the Swiss will be Shaquiri , playing against the country of his ancestry.

9:00 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

This is my Euro 2016 debut. Glad to join you for the action.

9:00 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Boom boom, MUR - you got a good chuckle through the house for that one.

9:01 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Were you able to watch the DVR of France v. Romania? Decent match in the end.

9:01 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

They're off as we're seeing the match from Lens.

9:01 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And the Swiss get us underway wearing white.

9:02 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I did , but they showed a tribute to Ali, so I had to re DVR for a reairing that was showed at 4 AM this morning

9:03 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Glad to hear that a pun finally worked. Sounds like a pro Albanian crowd.

9:04 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hopefully, the Spanish ref won't be card happy and call every little bit of contact a foul. These two physical teams need to be allowed to play

9:05 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A shot is blocked and takes a weird bounce for a corner.,

9:06 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Schar opens the scoring for the Swiss from a corner!

9:06 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!!! SEHAR HEADS IN THE CORNER FROM RICKY RODRIGUEZ FOR A SWISS LEAD AS HE NIPPED IN AHEAD OF THE KEEPER.

9:06 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The keeper Berisha was nowhere near that cross; easy header there.

1-0!

9:07 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A nightmare of a start for the Albanians in their tournament debut.

9:07 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed. A horrible goal to concede, especially with an Italian manager, who has been probably drilling them on set pieces.

9:08 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Mehmedi fouls Lorik Cana , so Albania will have a free kick about thirty yards out

9:09 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Free kick chance now for Albania.

Rubbish.

9:09 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A free kick from a training ground routine goes horribly wrong.

9:09 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Since the match is being played in Lens, you would think that the Albanians would have seen that corner coming. They sure didn't act like it.

9:10 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Their lens is clearly a bit murky. Boom boom!

9:11 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Johnno must be pleased about the way events panned out yesterday

9:12 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Albanian fans look to be outweighing their Swiss counterparts significantly. Or is it that the French fans are temporary Albanian supporters?

9:12 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cheers mate.Would I be permitted to make those comments in ENY?

9:12 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I heard the high-pitched screams from Georgetown when Payet scored from here!

9:13 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Most definitely.

9:13 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I think the Albanians will have plenty of support . There are plenty of Albanians spread throughout Europe that are more than eager to support the team.

9:14 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Schar has a card to go with his goal. I'm puzzled as that looked a fair tackle. Idiot Spanish waiter

9:15 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Yellow card for goalscorer Schar - seemed a bit soft. Free kick for the Albanian now.

9:15 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Stepanovic was straight in there and shot at Berisha.

9:16 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Another rubbish free kick that is easily gathered by Jan Sommer . Then the Swiss go up the other end and Haris Sefarovic has a shot easily saved off a pass by fellow striker, Dzemali.

9:17 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Dzemali wins a Swiss corner.

9:17 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Taken short and Lichsteiner has a shot easily blocked then Rodriguez loses the ball.

9:18 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Albanian skipper, Lorik Cana, will be playing in his hometown of Marseille on Wednesday. That tells you everything.

9:21 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Albanians get a corner from a short free kick. It's easily headed away

9:23 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Albania are giving the Swiss a match here. Either they're better than I'd imagined or the Swiss are rubbish.

9:23 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh yes - Cana picks up a yellow card for a rash one. We're halfway there to the points, mate!

9:24 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Lorik Cana is booked for an overly aggressive tackle. We're halfway there, mate

9:24 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Snap!

9:24 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I think Albania is a decent side and the Swiss are an average side. I was expecting a close match

9:25 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Schar just felt the sheer force of that challenge.

9:26 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Nice chance there for Xhaka Khan.

9:27 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Wide by Granite Zakha Khan in Albania's best attack of the match.

9:28 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

BOOM BOOM!

9:28 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Jan Sommer just fails to prevent a corner during a Summer tournament. He'd rather be feasting on Sommer sausage.

9:29 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Schar clears out for another Albanian corner.

9:29 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - one on one with the keeper!

9:32 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!! Sadiku was through , but shot against Sommer sausage's feet. Then he was offside for the return pass.

9:33 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A late challenge by Rodriguez on Hisaj. A tad naughty.

9:34 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Interesting that France somehow ends up in a group with three average. Coincidence?

9:35 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

WAY HAY !!!!WE GOT THE POINTS!! An early PPP lead.

9:38 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Intentional handball in the D off an innocuous long ball. Not clever by an experienced player

9:38 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!! The free kick from Dzemali crashes off the post.

9:39 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Congratulations, mate! Two points for us! Cana in for an early bath. We're enjoying a lovely brekkies right now.

9:39 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Albanians tournament debut turns into a nightmare as they are a man down and it's their leader , of all people, that is sent off.

9:40 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I will be having brekkies at the half.

9:41 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Lorik Cana will be devastated as he will be suspended for the match on Wednesday in his hometown of Marseille.

9:41 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

oH!!! Just wide by Dzemali as the Swiss make a great move down the right as they take advantage of the extra space.

9:43 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Great save by the keeper from Sefarovic

9:44 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Granite Xakha just became a Gunner according to the Fake Scot. What sayeth the Gooner?

9:45 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Lichsteiner concedes a corner to the ten men.

9:46 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Jan Sommer easily catches the corner.

9:46 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A minute of stoppage time.

9:46 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Swiss are a goal up and a man up at the half while Bob and I are a few points up in the PPP.

9:48 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

As it stands, the lads who picked Giroud to score first are top of the pops, we're in the second tier, those who picked France and Swiss to top Group A are in the middle and Chelskilad and Someone Said are on the bottom, having picked Romania.

9:59 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

We're seeing the second half as it's underway from Contact Lens.

10:03 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Romania is an odd pick.

10:03 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

We're back on at Lens, Swiss getting set to kick us off for the second half.

10:03 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

They weren't as rubbish as I'd expected. Still in with a shout for second place.

10:04 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The early exchanges are tepid. Can the Swiss kill the game off with an early second goal? Or are Albania capable of frustrating to the extent they can keep within one goal and threaten from a set piece? That appears their only likely route back into the game.

10:07 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

A bit dodgy from ex-Arse Johan Djourou.

10:08 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Gooner will be amused.

10:09 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's a weak group and it seems that second place will be between the Swiss and Romania, who finished behind the Ulstermen in qualifying.

10:10 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Great close range block by the Alabanian keeper from the new Gunner, Granite Xakha Khan

10:11 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Well wide by the new Gunner.

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

Lorik Cana has already showered and is watching the match in the stands now.

10:12 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

He looks like a natural for the part. AN acting career after football?

10:15 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

This is becoming desperately sloppy and error-strewn. There is no shortage of misplaced passes and numerous slips and poor control … but Albania are still in with a shout. They will make a substitute soon, too.

10:18 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Xhaka Khan's day is over.

Mehmed off as well. Breel Embolo, my youngster to watch for Switzerland is on.

10:19 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

We're minus of the Xakha bruvs as Kace is on for the Albanian one. Mehmedi is off for the Swiss and replaced by Emolo, a promising Swiss teenager. The ALbanian Xakha throws a water bottle to the ground as he goes to the bench

10:21 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Xhaka Khan not a happy chappy coming off there - threw the toys (and the water bottle) out of the pram there.

10:21 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Kace is booked for a foul on Behrami, the Watford player, a minute after coming on for tantrum boy.

10:22 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Shaqiri takes the free-kick that follows but it’s a little too far out and Berisha makes an easy save.

10:22 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed. This has been a horrible second half. I'm delighted that I had my morning cuppa.

10:22 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

How rubbish are Switzerland? They're just playing it about.

10:23 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Embolo played a lovely ball through to Stepanovic but Berisha came up big again.

10:24 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A horrible foul by Behrami as the ref plays advantage to the Albanians then young Embolo puts through Sefarovic , whose close range effort is blocked on a one on one with the Albanian keeper.

10:24 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I don't think the Swiss Cheeses have a plan B. They can melt like Swiss Chocolate, being more about timing , like the Swiss watches.

10:25 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Apart from the floppiness on the goal, Berisha has been brill.

10:25 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Schar clears for an Albanian corner.

10:27 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The corner is headed away

10:27 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed about the Albanian keeper. He's done well to recover from the early error.

10:28 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Berisha is the backup keeper for Lazio, so he must be a decent keeper.

10:29 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Three strikers on for Albania now - why not? They've got nothing to lose.

10:31 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

LAbania go with two up front as Cikalleshi is on for Roshi

10:31 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - good team move ending with a chance for Embolo - over the top.

10:32 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

YIKES!! Nobody on ALbania has scored more than five time for the national team. I guess they're based on strong defending

10:33 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Sebastian's bruvver - Fabian - on now.

10:33 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Fabian Frei is on for Dzemali.

10:33 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - side netting for the Albanians. Close call.

10:33 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!! Sadiku has a shot land in the side netting, but it was a difficult angle to score from.

10:34 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Linjani goes down easily , looking for a penalty. Even the Spanish Waiter wasn't fooled by that one.

10:37 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Should be a yellow card there for the Swiss.

10:39 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!! Sefarovic was put through and fell down as he was one on one with Berisha, asking for a penalty. The ref was having none of it.

10:39 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Gashi, of the Colorado Rapids, is on for sadikhu

10:39 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Shaquiri is through with just the keeper to beat, but the offside flag is raised.

10:40 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Fabian Frei has a shot deflected for a corner.

10:41 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A horrible corner from Shaquiri goes harmlessly out of play

10:42 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Shaqiri with possibly the worst corner kick off all time there. What on earth!

10:42 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Kace was in one-on-one there with Sommer who stood up tall.

10:45 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!!! How did Gashi miss that for the Albanians? Just Sommer to beat and he should have scored. A horrible miss by the Colorado Rapids striker.

10:45 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Gelson Fernandes, the ex Citeh player, on for Shaquiri.

10:46 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Brilliant commentary from Rodriguez:

"That was their one opportunity, and they've had three of them." LOL!

10:46 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Kukeli booked for shoving down Embolo.

10:46 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Definitely a classic.

10:47 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Three minutes of stoppage time.

10:48 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Three minutes of stoppage now.

10:48 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Mvaraj is booked for afoul on Embolo.

10:49 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

This result is looking good for our predictions, mate. Two points for each side and two extra points for us.

10:50 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's over and it's an unconvincing 1-0 win for the Swiss, who were a man up most of the match

10:51 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That's that, then. Switzerland eke out a very unimpressive 1-0 win over a ten-man Albania.

I'll be back in a bit with a new thread for the Wales v. Slovakia match.

10:51 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed. We're off to a decent start.

10:51 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cheers. I will join you for that

10:52 AM  

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