Lakenheath Old Boys

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Day 4: Group D: Spain v. Czech Republic

Morning, chaps - I'm settling in this morning to watch the European Champions, Spain, as they open their France 2016 campaign. We saw a less than inspiring German performance last night. Will Spain turn it on against the Czechs? We'll see next - join me?

53 Comments:

Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The holders normally get plenty of attention, but, with the exception of the allegations against David de Gea, Spain have gone under the radar. Even though they won the last two European Championships, they don’t really feel like champions because of what happened in Brazil two years ago.

8:31 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Robbie Martinez and Craig Burley in the studio this morning.

8:34 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Big questions around David De Gea, but he starts for Spain. Here is the team news this morning:

Spain (4-1-2-3) De Gea; Juanfran, Pique, Ramos, Jordi Alba; Busquets; Fabregas, Iniesta; Silva, Morata, Nolito.

Czech Republic (4-2-3-1) Cech; Kaderabek, Sivok, Hubnik, Limbersky; Darida, Plasil; Gebre Selassie, Rosicky, Krejci, Necid.

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

This is the smallest of the venues in France 2016 here in Toulouse.

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

It's been twelve years since Spain lost a European Championship match - June 2004 - cor!

8:58 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Anthems over and we're set to go in Toulouse.

8:58 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Despite the presence of Petr Cech, the Czechs more goals in the qualifying round than any other qualifier.

8:59 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Rubbish start from Spain - a long ball lofted by Busquets runs out of play harmlessly.

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

It is the deadly Max Bretos on the microphone for this one. Oy.

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

Spain have settled into their typical possession early doors. Czechs dropping deep to defend.

9:02 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

First corner to the Czechs drifts harmlessly to the back post where it's nodded out for another corner.

The second one doesn't beat the first man.

9:04 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And now a nice free kick chance for the Czechs. How much would I love to see this one fly in.

9:04 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Straight into the wall - disappointing.

9:05 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'm already bored by the Spanish - and it's only 15 minutes in.

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

Oh - first chance for Spain. Morata got away from his marker and Nolito fired a cross to him - well saved, Cech.

9:16 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Silva lines up a corner but it comes to nothing. Spain have no threats at all from corners.

9:18 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

A bit more urgency from Spain now.

9:20 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

If this keeps up, this could become one of the lowest scoring tournaments ever, worse than 1990.

9:21 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Sergio Ramos is down after a clash with Hubnik.

9:22 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Nice ball in from Iniesta to Juanfran but well defended.

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

Free kick chance for the Czechs now - they need to take advantage of these. But don't.

9:27 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Morata is found in the area, makes space for a left-footed shot but it's well saved by Cech.

9:28 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Half an hour in and we're deadlocked

9:30 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Fabregas skips into the area and wins a corner.

9:33 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Biscuits with a speculative volley well into the stands.

9:35 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The Czechs keep trying to spring a break, but they can barely put three passes together.

9:36 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Spain have played more than three times as many passes as the Czechs.

And yet, as UWS would no doubt point out, the score is 0-0.

9:37 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Another great save from Cech now.

9:40 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Coming down to the end of the first half. Still no goals.

9:41 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Ramos will a forty yard shot that deflects safely into Cech's arms.

9:44 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That was one of the more tedious first halfs that I've witnessed. I think that Spain may have ruined world football.

9:53 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

A bit livelier at the beginning of this half.

10:06 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Morata as found in the area but couldn't turn without running into three Czechs.

10:11 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Another corner to Spain, their 982nd of the match. Silva hits it out for a throw-in.

10:13 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

What would happen if Spain got knocked out in the group stage again - would Del Bosque finally get the sack? Would they abandon tiki take? Just wondering.....

10:16 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Limbersky is the first Czech into the book - they've done a nice job keeping Spain out without accumulating yellows.

10:17 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Wow - Morata gets the hook at the 61st minute. He had his chance. Now it Aduriz from Bilbao on for the last half hour.

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

Aduriz is a 35-year old, Nolito is 29. Still no room for Diego Costa?

10:19 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The Czechs have a corner chance now - I'd love to see this fly in.

10:20 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - off the line from Fabregas!

Really dangerous moment there - could easily have been an opening goal for the Czechs.

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

Another Spain change now - Fabregas trudges off; Alcantara on.

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

Oh - Jordi Alba somehow ghosted into the area but couldn't convert.

10:26 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Nice acrobatic effort from Alduriz - just wide.

10:32 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

A bit more of an aerial threat for Spain now with Aduriz in. Just missed out.

10:35 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Just about 10 minutes for the Czechs to weather the storm.

10:36 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Pedro comes on for Nolito - you'd have to say that the Spanish front-line failed today.

10:38 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Selassie comes off - Sural to come on for a late cameo.

10:41 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Bloody typical. 87 minutes in and Pique pops up at the back post for a simple header.

Cue the White Stripes - 1-0 Spain.

10:43 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Lovely chipped cross over and Pique beat his man to guide a header inside the near post.

10:43 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Rosicky comes off, looking pretty gutted - he knows that his side was moments away from a good draw.

10:44 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - late chance for the Czechs, beaten away by Twilight who has had precious little to do today.

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

Three minutes of stoppage time to come.

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

There's the final whistle. A really boring match ends with an inevitable 1-0 Spain win.

I'll say it again - I haven't been impressed by any side yet. That is, apart from England. I'm off to do some much-needed errands and will skip the second match today.

10:50 AM  

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