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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Day 5 - Group F: Portugal v. Iceland

Afternoon, chaps! It's Day 5 of the tournament. Hungary have just pulled off a 2-0 win over Austria that no one by I would have predicted before the tournament. Now, I'm settling in to watch Portugal's opening match against Euro debutantes Iceland. Join me for all the fun on the LOB!

112 Comments:

Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The teams lining up in the tunnel at St. Etienne tonight:

Portugal: Rui Patricio, Vieirinha, Carvalho, Pepe, Guerreiro, Joao Mario, Danilo Pereira, Andre Gomes, Joao Moutinho, Nani, Ronaldo. Subs: Lopes, Bruno Alves, Fonte, Eder, William Carvalho, Renato Sanches, Rafa, Eliseu, Quaresma, Cedric, Adrien Silva, Eduardo.

Iceland: Halldorsson, Saevarsson, Ragnar Sigurdsson, Arnason, Skulason, Gudmundsson, Gunnarsson, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Birkir Bjarnason, Sigthorsson, Bodvarsson. Subs: Kristinsson, Hauksson, Hermannsson, Ingason, Finnbogason, Sigurjonsson, Theodor Elmar Bjarnason, Magnusson, Hallfredsson, Traustason, Gudjohnsen, Jonsson.

Referee: Cuneyt Cakir (Turkey)

2:54 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

"It's the start of football's Ice Age," says Adrian Healey. He's had that line prepared and ready for some time now.

A great Icelander contingent in the stadium tonight, apparently some 10% of the country's population of around 330,000. Cor!

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

Of course the big story surrounding Portugal is always whether the Cristiano Ronaldo who graces La Liga every weekend will show up at a big tournament. This is one of his last chances probably.

2:58 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Iceland about to kick us off here in St. Etienne.

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

First chance for Skippy to stretch his legs - lays off to Nani who overruns it.

3:02 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

Love to see Pepe decapitated tonight. Ronaldo backs up his BS with scintillating football. Pepe is a repulsive pox.

Hiya!

3:03 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

First chance for Iceland - well saved by Rui Patricia.

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

Not sure that the Icelanders will put enough pressure on Pepe.

3:05 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

Double save by the 'geezers keeper. Go on Iceland!

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

Joao Moutinho to float a free kick in. Headed aimlessly toward goal.

3:06 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I would luv it if Iceland beat this lot.

3:06 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

But wouldn't you love it. Him pulling a hammy and crying his nasty beady eyes out?

3:06 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Corner now for the Geezers. Aimlessly into Haldorsson's arms.

3:07 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Lagerbeck has this Iceland team well drilled - they only gave up six goals in qualifying so expect them to drop deep and attack with pace on the break.

3:07 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

A tie, without a Cronnie tally. See him flounce off the field without comment or congratulations.

3:08 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Absolutely - couldn't happen to a nicer bloke.

3:08 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Lagerback has been trying to wind up Skippy and Pepe, calling them "Hollywood actors." Nice one.

3:09 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

This is feisty. Arnason gets involved in a bit of niggly stuff over by the touchline. He stands his ground as Moutinho tries to shunt him off the ball. So far, Iceland don’t look fazed.

3:10 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Skippy lined up a shot but was impeded. He thinks he should have had a free kick - ref not buying any of his wares.

3:12 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Iceland haven’t been particularly accurate in their passing but they’re winning the ball back off Portugal well enough.

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

Joao Mario skips through the Iceland midfield and wins a free kick. Portugal can't really take advantage of these set pieces with their lack of height.

3:15 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Vieirinha steps inside and unleashes a left footed drive and Haldorsson beats away.

3:18 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Haldorsson saves brilliantly from Nani's header. Great cross over from Skippy. They're certainly knocking on the door.

3:21 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

It's surprising to me that the Icelanders can't hold onto the ball for a extended sequence. Sigurdsson up now, but that was worrying.

3:21 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

SAVE!!! Nani should have put the 'geezers up 1-0

3:23 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I never saw them in qualifying but they seem to be set up to absorb pressure and hit on the break.

3:24 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

For those playing Darkie's BINGO, that was Goalkeeper's Union. Cross it off.

3:24 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I enjoyed his prepared line about the "Beginning of Football's Ice Age" earlier.

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

Oh - Skippy was clear on goal but Haldorsson is playing a blinder so far. Kept him out.

3:26 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Joao Mario plays a beautiful cross in but as usual it's over the diminutive Mario's head.

3:30 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Nani with the opening goal for the Geezers.

3:32 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Well, that was coming. Gomes slipped a nice ball over and Nani stroked it home with aplomb.

1-0!

3:32 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Even Jack White is going to be sick of hearing "Seven Nation Army" after this tournament. Crikey!

3:33 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

Too easy. Ah, well.

3:33 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Hey Boys,
Here for a bit after work
Every game in the first round of fixtures in the first round have had a goal... when will the first nil niller happen?

3:34 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Iceland coming out of their shells a bit now. Win a corner.

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

Double T is giving Darke some stick for his prepared jokes now. Ian's trying far too hard. Is his contract up?

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

Unfortunately, it's also one of the most low scoring tournaments ever, rivaling Italia 90.

3:38 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

Banter

3:39 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

Who let Tony Pubis in with the towel?

3:40 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Afternoon, UWS - great to have you on board.

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

I'll bet the Icelanders have studied Pulis' work with interest.

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

Did you hear that the Russians got a heavy fine and a warning from UEFA?

3:42 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The Icelandic crowd seem to be singing "Come on you yellows." I don't get it.

3:44 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I am just reading that Russian fans attacked English and Welsh fans again in Lille today
Russia actually got a suspended disqualification today... maybe UEFA should now un-suspend it today!

3:44 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Nani is down again rolling about and holding his face Hollywood style. Just got a quick clip on the heels - no big deal.

3:46 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Dunga got the sack this morning after Brazil were dumped out of the Copa America


Half time in France
1-0

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

And that's it for the first half - Portugal go in 1-0 up somewhat predictably.

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

Marvelous news - he was a plight on Brazilian footer.

3:48 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Koeman finally named the Toffee's boss... picture take with shirt

Good move? For him? Fore Everton?

3:49 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

I thought it was come on you mackerels, because they love fish.

3:49 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

Kick those Russkies out, out, out! Award England a 3-0 win.

3:50 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Like that last bit

3:50 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I think UEFA can't kick them out unless some violence happens inside the stadium

3:53 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I like that plan, too. Russia out.

3:56 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Good goals from the Hungarians, eh?

3:56 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Not bad... didn't show the red though

3:57 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Robbie Martinez is encouraging Lagerback to abandon the 4-4-2 in the second half. Why? What's with this hatred of the 4-4-2 among managers these days? Do they have to earn a badge in boring modern football tactics?

3:58 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Russia v. Slovakia is up in the morning - would be nice if the Russians got the vodkas in early so that they'll well up for a ruck.

3:59 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

They didn't show Arnautivic getting the complete hump about the red either. Or his crashing around immediately after. Lucky boy to escape a caution. You can take the goblin out of Mordor, but not the Mordor out of the goblin.

4:00 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

We're back on at St. Etienne. The Portugeezers about to get us underway.

4:01 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

David, if you're watching this online, BDB is about 60 seconds ahead.

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

I actually don't mind Arnautotivic, despite the awful man-bun.

4:03 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Still? Bloody hell!

4:04 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

Does Djarvalio count as a Darkie BINGO?

4:04 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'll try to restrain myself from posting on the big incidents for a minute or so.

4:04 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

You love the way the sun glints off his leathery wings, don't you?

4:05 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

THE NOCITO CURSE STRIKES AGAIN

In the loo.... ball in the net

1-1!!!

4:06 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

Mackerels, mackerels! 1-1! Howaboutthat!

4:07 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Wonderful! Iceland have equalized through Bjornasson with a marvelous full volley at the back post.

4:07 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I am watching it on the TV

I read it too late... Did I ruin it for anyone?

4:07 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

not me, but can you please speak up, David's in the bog!

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

I am absolutely delighted with that. Hurry into the bog again, UWS - they may score a winner now.

4:09 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The goalscorer Bjornassson, who looks like he might be Iceland's answer to Jack Johnson, goes into the book.

4:11 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Awww...Skippy looks like he's building up to a good cry.

4:12 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Off into the living room to sit in a comfy chair and watch the match with Tom and Matt

I'll comment here and there

4:12 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Im going to sit in the Dahlgren chair

4:13 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Double T seems to think that Lars Lagerback needs his tactical advice.

4:13 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Have you retired my chair from use, David? It seems only fitting. Feel free to hang an LUFC flag over it, won't you?

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

Oh - Gomes produces a good save out of Holdarsson.

4:16 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

Oh, he's saying Joao Mario. I'll have to scratch that off the completed BINGO card.

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

Iceland now dropping ever deeper to protect this point. Risky move.

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

Haldorsson comes up big again cutting out that cross from Skippy.

4:19 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Decent chance there for Iceland but the final ball wasn't there.

4:21 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Pepe could easily have gone off for that shocking challenge. And should have. Iceland bench furious about it.

4:24 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Renato Sanchez, the new Bayern man, about to come on.

4:25 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Meanwhile the Icelandic crowd are having a load of fun booing the Portugeezers, including Moutinho who's coming off.

4:26 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - I thought that free kick was going straight in off Nani's bonce.

4:27 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Skippy hasn't had a sniff tonight - might as well go back to underwear modeling.

4:27 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Iceland claiming a handball on Rafael but it's deemed unintentional.

4:28 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Gunnarsson with a patented Stoke City long throw there.

4:30 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Quaresma coming on for Mario now.

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

More tactics talk for Lagerback from Double T.

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

Oh - a sweeping move from Portugal ends with a Quaresma shot near post tipped out.

4:33 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Iceland trying to weather the last fifteen minute onslaught.

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

The bloke who's just come on for Iceland is named Finnbogsson, which begs the question - "Who names their son "Finnbog?"

4:37 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Skippy tries a 50 yard free kick and wins a corner.

4:37 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Pepe sneaks in for a near post header - over the bar.

4:37 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Last sub for Portugal. Gomes off and Eder on.

4:40 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Skippy is really starting to look like he's gonna have a strop. Fluffs another header. Haldorsson with another great save.

4:40 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

OH - nearly a winner from Sigurdsson - beaten out by Rui Patricio.

4:42 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Renato Sanchez really putting the frighteners on the Icelandic defense now.

4:42 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Arnason rises to head clear once again - he's been a mountain.

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

Oh - the ball came over toward Skippy again but he only contrived to foul the keeper.

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

Icelandic fans now getting all bouncy bouncy to the White Stripes.

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

Three minutes of stoppage time to come.

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

Quaresma is fouled by Bjarnasson to set up a late free kick chance.

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

Poor free kick there; didn't beat the first man.

4:48 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Now Nani is upended about forty yards from goal. Cue Skippy.

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

Straight into the wall but it was handled. Another free kick about ten yards closer.

4:50 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Into the wall again...typical. Bloody typical. I won't hear any more of this talk of Skippy being "the best of his generation." He's a big time bottler.

4:51 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Marvelous match, then. My favorite of the tournament so far.

Iceland pull off a miraculous draw against all odds. 1-1.

4:51 PM  

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