Lakenheath Old Boys

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Friday, June 17, 2016

Day 8 - Group E: Italy v. Sweden

I'm checking in quickly to get this thread going for the Group C clash between Italy and Sweden. Italy got off to a flyer, punking heavily favored Belgium 2-0 in the opener, while Sweden had to be satisfied with a 1-1 draw with the Republic of Ireland. They'll both be in the mood this morning. I'll be around for the first half before leaving for an anniversary trip in Rochester.

20 Comments:

Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The teams warming up in Toulouse this morning:

Italy (3-5-2) Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Florenzi, Parolo, De Rossi, Giaccherini, Candreva; Pelle, Eder.

Sweden (4-4-2) Isaksson; E Johansson, Lindelof, Granqvist, M Olsson; S Larsson, Ekdal, Kallstrom, Forsberg; Guidetti, Ibrahimovic.

Referee Viktor Kassal (Hungary)

8:47 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

As usual, I've stepped in and out of a refreshing shower during the opening of this match and I've missed absolutely nothing at all during the first 15 minutes.

9:17 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Honestly, apart from England's games, this tournament has been the football equivalent of Sominex.

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

A clever dummy from Zlatan allows the ball to run through to Guidetti. After five seconds of huffing and puffing and scrambling, Guidetti is penalised for fouling Barzagli a fraction before Barzagli fouls Ibrahimovic in the box. It was a clumsy, zestful challenge from Guidetti, though I’m not certain it was a foul.

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

20 minutes gone now and the only action has been the grass growing in Toulouse.

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

Useless game so far. No intensity, no risk taking. No wonder this tournament has a goal ration of 1.89 per game.

9:24 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

This tournament has been so poor that it may force footie authorities to come up with new cockamamy ways of injecting excitement into the sport.

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

Forsberg tries to run Candreva, who defends excellently and draws the foul. Forsberg looked terrific in the pre-tournament friendly against Wales, but has done the square root of bugger all so far.

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

De Rossi is late on Ibrahimovic, the type of sliding foul that used to warrant a yellow card in the bad old days before this tournament. Kallstrom’s inswinging free-kick from a narrow position is headed over by the leaping Ibrahimovic, who was offside anyway. (snooze)

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

I do believe that the Swedish fans are singing "Already boring" to the tune "E donna mobile" - nice one, lads!

9:29 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Bloody hell, every time I think that this match can't get any more ponderous, it does.

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

A few minutes of possession for Sweden, albeit to no effect whatsoever. This first half has been one for the tacticians.

9:43 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'm still waiting for Derek Rae to say the obvious - this match has been beyond tedious.

9:43 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Rob Smyth on the Guardian blog is lamenting the lack of good strikers in Europe. That's not the problem. It's that they've been neutered by the tacticians in the game who would rather hang on to possession rather than take any risks.

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

We're back on at Toulouse.

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

Others on the Guardian blog are blaming the tournament format but that's a distraction as well. We've been seeing this same phenomenon in the domestic leagues and in the Champions League too.

10:05 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Delle with a shot in anger!

Well over the bar.

10:05 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Nearly an hour gone now - still 0-0.

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

Pelle's day is over - Simone Zaza is on for him.

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

Kallstrom on for Sweden as well.

10:18 AM  

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