Lakenheath Old Boys

We are all former students at Lakenheath High School and other public schools in East Anglia. We were in school in the 70s and 80s and drank deeply from the well of British culture of those decades - the pints, the telly, and of course the footie!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Day 3 - Group C: Germany v. Ukraine

Group C action wraps up this evening in Lille with the marquee match-up of current World Champions Germany against their neighbors to the east Ukraine. I haven't been impressed by any particular side yet (apart from England - seriously!). Let's see if the Germans can fire the imaginations.

37 Comments:

Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'm back after a delicious lunch of sausage rolls and Cornish pasties that I picked up in Buffalo at Parker's on the way out here on Friday.

Settling in to watch the World Champs.

2:44 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The teams coming out here in Lille:

Germany: Neuer, Howedes, Boateng, Mustafi, Hector, Khedira, Kroos, Muller, Ozil, Draxler, Gotze.
Subs: Leno, Hummels, Schweinsteiger, Schurrle, Podolski, Can, Weigl, Tah, Sane, Kimmich, Gomez, Ter Stegen.

Ukraine: Pyatov, Fedetskiy, Khacheridi, Rakitskiy, Shevchuk, Sydorchuk, Stepanenko, Yarmolenko, Kovalenko, Konoplyanka, Zozulya.
Subs: Boyko, Butko, Tymoschuk, Kucher, Seleznyov, Rotan, Budkivskiy, Rybalka, Garmash, Zinchenko, Karavayev, Shevchenko.

Referee: Martin Atkinson (England)

2:55 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And we're away in this evening's marquee match.

3:01 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Ukraine's fans are going all bouncy bouncy in the stands now - a great day out for them.

3:02 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

OH - first chance falls to Ukraine. Sharp shot and great save by Neuer.

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

Germany defend the corner well, with Neuer catching, not punching, a high ball. Why, oh why, don’t more keepers do that?

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

Not impressed by the Germans yet; it's all a bit boring.

3:13 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Mustafi nips in to head Germany into the lead.

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

Great ball in there and a super header straight in. Football is a simple game, innit?

3:20 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Goetze poleaxed Pyatov there.

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

Oh - another superb save by Neuer from the header. Is there any way to beat this guy?

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

Oh - great save Pyatov from Khedira.

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

Good save off the line there from Boateng - excellent defending there.

3:37 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Ukraine have done enough in this first half to confirm my initial prediction that they would finish second in this group.

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

Ukraine are going through a purple period now.

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

Oh - shame that Shevchuk couldn't pick out the right ball there.

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

Great pick out by Neuer.

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

The half ends with Ukraine with their tails up. They've got plenty to hope for in the second half, even though they troop in a goal down to the World Champs.

3:47 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Ukraine get us underway in the second half - they've got plenty to play for here.

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

Draxler pulls the trigger - good save by Pyatov.

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

Kroos with a speculative effort - well over the bar.

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

Oh - great free kick there - well saved Neuer.

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

Oh - Ukraine are certainly knocking on the door.

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

Great save, Pyatov - this is becoming a clinic for goalkeeping.

4:18 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

As this match has descended into tedium, we started a Spinal Tap recitation competition here at UWS Castle.

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

Muller with an effort from outside the box, decently turned around by Pyatov.

4:32 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'm officially goal starved.

4:34 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Schurrle you can't be serious is coming on to replace Draxler.

4:35 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

First touch from Schurrle is a shot just wide right.

4:39 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

This one is following the same pattern as the other two matches today. An early goal by the favored side and then not enough quality from their opponents to strike back.

4:39 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Ozil is played through on goal but he finds Pyatov's stomach.

4:44 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Neuer is forced to snuff out another chance. Ukraine are not done yet.

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

Could easily have been a penalty there conceded by Neuer. Close call for the Germans.

And now we've got the Pigstick coming on.

4:46 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Three minutes of stoppage time to come.

4:47 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Yarmolenko takes a speculative shot and earns a corner. Comes to nothing.

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

GOAL! Germany runs back up the pitch and scores through Pigstick.

2-0!

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

And that was the last kick of the match.

2-0 in the end.

4:50 PM  

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