Lakenheath Old Boys

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Day 7 - Group C: Germany v. Poland

What a day! I've barely recovered from England's late, late winner and now I'm home from the office to watch the World Champions take on their neighbors to the East, Poland. While I was doing some work, Northern Ireland scored their first ever win at the European Championships, knocking off Ukraine 2-0. What shocks and surprises will be see this afternoon? Join me here on the LOB for a late afternoon snack to find out, eh?

38 Comments:

Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Hello and welcome. Get ready for the world champions’ sternest test since they became world champions and one that could give us a fair indication as to how likely they, or indeed Poland, are to become European champions. Poland have the quality to spring some surprises here. Can't wait!

2:39 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The teams warming up in St. Denis now:

Germany: Neuer; Hector, Hummels, Boateng, Höwedes; Kroos, Khedira; Müller, Ozil, Draxler; Götze

Poland: Fabianksi; Piscczek, Glik, Pazdan, Jedrzejczyk; Blaszczykowski, Krychowiak, Maczynski, Grosicki; Milik, Lewandowski

Referee: B Kuipers (Ned)

2:50 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

We're just about set to go now, then. Cracking atmosphere in the stadium tonight.

3:00 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And we're away in St. Denis.

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

Cagey beginning to this match with lots of midfield possession.

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

Sami Khedira goes into the book early doors - not a good sign for the Germans.

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

Oh - Goetze had a free header there from Draxler's cross. Should have hit the target but couldn't get above it.

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

The Polish fans are trying to put the German players off their passing by whistling loudly. Has that ever worked?

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

Poland and the ball are barely on speaking terms at the moment. The Poles are too standoffish. And the Germans too dang good. Early days, though.

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

Better from the Poles now - they win a corner. I reckon that they could do some damage from set pieces.

3:28 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Khedira's down on the ground, acting like he was poleaxed. He didn't seem to be touched.

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

Isn't this interesting. We're thirty minutes in and Germany haven't had a shot on target. Yet, the commentary team aren't piling on about how woeful they are. Why?

3:36 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Half-time - Well, there's forty-five minutes I'll never get back. Let's be absolutely honest here for a change. Germany have looked absolutely hopeless. No shots, no chances. Nothing.

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

Well, I've whipped out the smelling salts after that turgid first half to revive myself for the second half.

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

Bloody hell - how did Milik not score that one? He merely needed some contact on that cross. Poland out of the blocks quickly in this half.

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

If I thought any Northern Ireland fans were following this, rather than gallivanting around whatever town they happen to be in, I’d ask them how much more confident they feel about beating Germany after today’s action so far. Let me put words in their mouths while they’re offering up toasts and say: “much”. OK, so that was just one word.

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

Word is Löw has made some adjustments during the break. He hasn’t made any personnel or tactical changes, however.

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

If Jurgi Low changed anything, it's not working. If anything, Poland have gotten more confident in this half.

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

Grosicki goes into the book.

4:12 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Lewandowski has a chance from a free kick now to break German hearts.

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

Overly fussy free kick routine ends with Milik shooting wide.

4:15 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Milik curls a 20-yard freekick around the wall ... and a yard past the post! Decent effort.

4:20 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Low about to make a change. It looks like Julian Draxler is getting the hook. I'm surprised - he's been one of the only enterprising German players today. His cross for Goetze was the only chance of the match.

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

Ozil passes off to Kroos, who fires well over.

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

Goethe comes off and Don't Call Me Schurrle comes on.

4:22 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Boateng into the book. I don't think anyone has been suspended for the last match yet.

4:23 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

First shot on target for the Germans - Ozil shot is tipped over by Flappy.

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

Perhaps someone has reminded the teams of the permutations for the next round? Because proceedings are slowing down again after a momentary outbreak of fun.

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

Super Mario Gomez on now for Draxler.

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

Lewandowski breaks surges forward from midfield and plays the ball wide to Grosicki. The winger sends a lovely low ball towards the penalty spot. Milik has a wonderful chance to sweep it into the net .... but he completely misses the ball! That’s his third appalling miss of the match! He’s making Götze look deadly. Poland really should be in front by now.

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

Ten minutes left for the Germans to get something out of this match.

4:38 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Boateng handles there and gives Poland a tasty free kick opportunity here.

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

Wasted there - shame.

4:41 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Pesko on for a late cameo for Poland.

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

Poland have another free kick now - another wasted effort.

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

Into three minutes of stoppage time now - blow up, ref!

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

What a difference between the exciting team of South Africa 2010 and this one today. This German side looks a shadow of the team that won the World Cup four years ago.

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

That's it - 90 minutes of Anschluss football in St. Denis produces the first goalless draw of the tournament.

Rubbish. I'm done with football for the day.

4:51 PM  

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