Lakenheath Old Boys

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Friday, June 10, 2016

Euro 2016 Begins!

I'm well ensconced at Castle UWS in Scotia and looking forward to the opening match of France 2016 - laissez les bon temps roulez!

52 Comments:

Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Afternoon, chaps - I couldn't be more excited to begin this journey. I hope all of you are relaxed in front of the telly watching the ESPN coverage of the opening ceremonies.

2:49 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The team news out of Paris today:

France: Lloris; Sagna, Rami, Koscileny, Evra; Matuidi, Pogba, Kanté; Payet, Giroud, Greizmann

Romania: Tătăruşanu; Săpunaru, Grigore, Chiricheş, Raţ; Hoban, Pintilii; Stanciu, Popa, Stancu; Andone

Referee: Viktor Kassai (Hun)

2:51 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

France have named their team (below) and there are no surprises. Giroud starts at centre-forward with Payet and Greizmann either side of him. Martial and Coman will be introduced from the bench if France need a goal or feel like showing off. The inclusion of Kanté in the place vacated by the injured Diarra, is the wisest move: not only will he protect a defence that needs it and try to shut down Romania’s tricky schemer Nicolae Stanciu, but he’ll also give Pogba more freedom to go forward.

2:53 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And we're away!

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

Oh - how did that not go in! Great save by Lloris!

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

And again! A free header there for the Romanians.

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

Rami with another of a catalog of early fouls. He's pants.

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

Oh - off the post from Griezmann!

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

Kanté is putting on quite a show: every time a Romanian gets the ball, Kanté is on the scene immediately, like a cop who’s been tipped off to a bank heist. He’s incredible.

3:21 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Payet tries to send Griezmann through with a slick low ball from deep. Chiriches stretches out a leg and just manages to intercept. That’s the second time Payet has come close to releasing Griezmann, and you sense he’ll spring him successfully soon.

3:25 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

We'll have Kante, thank-you! Bon soir mes amis.

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

Oh - Griezmann goes so close there.

3:38 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Kante would be a nice addition to the Gunners!

Everyone says hi!

3:40 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

Oh, what a flick by Ollie! Greizmann a bit thick not to make more of that.

3:40 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

How can you stand the scent of elderberries in Scotia with all of them there?

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

Oh - what a terrible free kick from Payet. Really frustrating from Les Bleus.

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

Razvan Rat with a nice chop on Giroud - yellow card.

3:46 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

Rubbish, and then pretty feeble follow thru by Pogba

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

Bloody hell - Giroud with a free header from a corner by Payet and he put it well over the bar. What a miss!

3:48 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

You're at least 60 seconds ahead. I'll come back at the half.

3:48 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That's half-time then. Romania have kept France out for 45 minutes and could well have scored early on but for a wonder save by Lloris.

3:50 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Ouch - sorry about that. We're complaining about how the Ali funeral coverage has bumped the coverage onto the Deuce.

3:51 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

Aha, I can't see Romania keeping the French at bay for much longer. The defense for France with one yikes moment but after that it was strictly trying to break down a tedious if resolute bunch of Romanians. Wish Ollie had connected with a couple of his chances.

3:59 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Paul Doyle on the Guardian says: "His team have had some lovely flourishes but Deschamps will be frustrated at half-time because they have failed to take some decent chances - Griezmann and Giroud both guilty - and they are distinctly brittle in defence. Romania have been stretched close to breaking point a couple of times but they, too, may be frustrated not to be in front, Stancu having had the best chance of the game only to be thwarted by a brilliant reflex save by Lloris. Martial should be introduced soon."

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

Back on at the Stade de France. Romania about to get us underway again in the second half.

4:05 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Andone giving the French back four some fits there early on.

4:06 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

There must have bene something in the half-time Bovril in the Romanian camp - they've come out storming!

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

Some more poor defending by the hosts. They're looking rattled.

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

Oh - nice move from France there from Kante through to Payet who found Giroud. Straight at the keeper.

4:12 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

Starting to wonder if more of a wild card like Martial would be better now than continuing with Ollie. Or for Griezmann. But someone to rattle the Romanians because they're not doing much for me.

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

Oh - great chance there for Pogba!

He hit that volley really sweetly. Saved by the keeper's feet.

4:16 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I agree. Giroud has been more lively by half. I'd have Griezmann off and Martial on.

4:17 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Giroud comes good!!!!!

1-0 France!

4:18 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

POINTS FOR GOONER-STEVIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ollie gets a goal!

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

Great ball in from Payet and the keeper got nowhere near it. Good back header from Giroud.

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

Well in, mate - 3 points for you, Chelskilad, Someone Said, Simon and Yellows.

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

Penalty to Romania!!!!

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

Stone cold there. Really clumsy from Evra.

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

Stancu strides up and scores!

1-1!

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

Coman coming on for a disappointing Antoine Griezmann.

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

Giroud is losing his mind now. He thought he'd got a penalty a moment ago; now he's got a yellow card.

4:28 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

Needs to calm down.

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

Nice one - Pogba off and Kung Fu Panda coming on.

4:36 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Romania seem happy with a draw here. Torje on Popa to batten down the hatches.

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

GOAL! Payet pulls one out of the top drawer!!!!!

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

One touch and then a left foot rocket into the upper 90.

4:49 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

Scorcher! Whew.

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

And now Payet has earned a standing ovation as he walks off. Sissoko on for him.

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

Nice breakaway by Sissoko but he shot well wide.

4:53 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

France wrap up a 2-1 win in the opener. A bit unfair on Romania, who looked better than I had expected. But it was won by a wonder goal by Dimitri Payet.

4:55 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'm off to enjoy the evening with the Nocitos. Enjoy the Copa matches if you're watching.

4:56 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

Cheers to all.

4:58 PM  

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