Lakenheath Old Boys

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Day 6 - Group B: Russia v. Slovakia

Morning, chaps. Welcome to the second round of group matches at France 2016. We start with the undercard in Group B - Russia v. Slovakia. I was actually hoping that Russia might be sent home for their hooligan fans' behavior by this point; however, we're still going on with this match. For England's sake, I'm hoping for a draw, which would put Russia on 2 points and Slovakia on 1. Pour yourself a cuppa and join me this morning here on the LOB.

58 Comments:

Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The teams out on the pitch in Lille now:

Russia (4-2-3-1) Akinfeev; Smolnikov, V Berezutski, Ignashevich, Schennikov; Golovin, Neustadter; Kolkorin, Shatov, Smolov; Dzyuba.

Slovakia (4-3-3) Kozaczik; Pekarik, Skrtel, Durica, Hubocan; Kucka, Pecovsky, Hamsik; Mak, Duda, Weiss.

8:55 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Russia in red get us underway in Lille.

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

One of the Russian players has had his hand trod on early doors and is receiving treatment.

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

Mak is fouled down the right wing, and will take the free-kick for Slovakia. It’s swerved in and nutted behind by Kokorin. Nothing comes of the corner.

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

Not a great start to the game in terms of quality or intensity. Whatever happened to the fast start that both sides promised?

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

This has been one of the poorest displays so far. Every set piece has gone straight to the opponent. It suits me, though. I'll take a 0-0 draw followed by an England win tomorrow morning. Blow up, ref!

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

Shatov with a hilarious slice well wide.

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

As well as England played on Saturday, and they were good, there was always the nagging sense that Russia might actually be crap. The first 17 minutes have done nothing to compromise that perception.

9:19 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Dzyuba with a nice run but he ruined it with a silly flop in the area. The ref was having none of it.

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

A half-chance for Russia. Smolnikov’s chipped cross is looped gently towards goal by the head of the backpedalling Dzuyba, eight yards from goal, but the ball travels so slowly that Kozacik has time to run across his line and pat it down.

9:25 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Smolnov with a decent chance there, whistling a shot just wide left of the goal.

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

Half an hour gone here and I'm already goal starved.

9:31 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Weiss jinks inside his man and fires home Slovakia's first goal at these championships.

1-0!

9:32 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

A good goal but not good news for England. A Slovakia win would keep all four sides active in the group into the third match on Monday.

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

Hamsik played a huge role in that one, spraying a 45 yard ball to Weiss to start the move.

9:34 AM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

YESSSSSS! Just tuned in to see the Russkies get pegged back. I thought that Weiss had blown it with his seemingly pointless drag-back.

9:34 AM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

I suppose a 1-1 draw is what I should be hoping for, but the Russkies are a shower, their mouthy players, their odious quasi-state sports committee, and their decision to open the gulags and pour their criminal element into Europe. The sooner they are out the better.

9:36 AM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

You digging that Amons track?

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

GOAL! Hamsik has done it again!

9:45 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Morning, mate - I woke up too late to download the track yet, as I was busy setting up the thread. But I'll do that at half-time. Thanks for sending it along. Having my brekkies now.

9:46 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And that's half-time. 2-0 Slovakia at present. Not ideal for England but it means that England would top the group with even a 1-0 win, as Wales and Slovakia would be on 3 points and Russia on 1.

9:47 AM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

YESSSSS! They're going home, their going home, those Russian gangsters are going home. We'll just have to beat the Welsh and then the Slovaks. It's in our hands.

9:47 AM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

Nearly 10am, mate. Get a move-on.

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

I know - I'm off to the office after this one for a couple of meetings. But home for the French - no heavy lifting today.

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

We're back on at Lille for the second half now. Slutsky has made two changes to his starting line up.

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

Wales’ result looked good on Saturday; it looks even better now because Slovakia look a capable side. If England lose tomorrow, it’ll be squeaky-bum time before the final game.

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

An hour in now and Russia haven't managed a single chance in this second period. It's looking dire for them now.

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

Duda comes off and Adam Nemic, the NYC FC player, comes on for Slovakia.

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

Goalscorer Weiss departs, replaced by Dusan Svento, a defensive player.

10:28 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Slovakia are taking some heat out of the game with a long spell of passing.

10:30 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Smolnov with a nice run down the left flank earns a free kick. They'll need to take advantage of this one if they're to get back into this one.

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

Kokorin comes off to be replaced by Shirokov.

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

Hamsik heads clear from a poor free kick.

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

Russia’s good spell lasted about four minutes, and now Slovakia looked comfortable once again.

10:34 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Mak comes off to be replaced by Duris. Last sub for Slovakia.

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

GOAL! YESSS!!!! Shatov scores for Russia to put Slovakia on the back foot again.

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

Russia on it again - they've got the momentum back now. Russia seem to only start playing after the 80th minute.

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

Sorry, that was Glushakov with the Russian goal; Shatov laid it on for him. We still haven't had a player who has scored two.

10:39 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Slovakia are suddenly all over the place, and now Russia have a corner.

10:39 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The corner is punched away nervously by Kozacik. Goals may be overrated but they certainly change games.

10:39 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Russia have a problem: Shatov is holding his groin, and they’ve used all three substitutes.

10:40 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Smolnov with another amazing, mazy run but he ran into trouble.

10:40 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Slovakia are just barely hanging on now; come on, you Russians!

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

Skrtel gives up another corner - come on!

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

Still five minutes and stoppage.

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

Shatov is carrying on, and seems to be okay. Slovakia are camped in their own third.

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

Oh - Glushakov had a chance to score his brace - hit it wide!

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

Slovakia break free through Hamsik but is shut down.

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

Slutsky looks to be having a coronary. Adrian Healey told a ribald tale a moment ago about how his playing career was ended by a bizarre spinal injury that he incurred while trying to rescue a neighbor's cat up a tree.

10:45 AM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

Slovakia looking pretty shaky right now. Slutsky encouraging this period of siege by the Russians.

10:45 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Dzyuba had a chance there but his shot was blocked out.

10:45 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Apparently a flare was just fired off by one of the Russian fans. What have you got, UEFA?

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

Three minutes of stoppage time to come - come on, you Reds!

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

Oh - useless ball in there.

10:47 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Last chance saloon for Russia - decent free kick chance now.

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

The shot is deflected out for a corner - this will be the last action of the match.

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

Full-time - Slovakia hang on for a very good win, which means that they'll qualify with a win or draw against England.

It's not the ideal result for England but it certainly clarifies things. England will need a win tomorrow against the Welsh.

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

I'm off for a shower and then to work for a few hours. I'll be pedaling home in time for the French v. Albanians.

10:50 AM  

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