Lakenheath Old Boys

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Round of 16 - France v. Republic of Ireland

I'm back where I belong in the cockpit at The Cottage hoping that today's slate of R16 matches will be a damn sight better than yesterday's bore-fest. The opening match certainly holds promise of drama. France and Ireland have previous, of course, and Martin O'Neill's team will almost certainly be seeking revenge for that TH14 handball that kept them out of South Africa 2010. The French have been good after the 85th minute of matches, but can they put together a consistent performance over 90 minutes? Can the Irish do to France what they did to Italy in the last group match? Join me for a Sunday morning cuppa to find out.

291 Comments:

Blogger The Blue Devil said...

So Martin O’Neill names an unchanged team. France make four changes from the draw with Switzerland – N’Golo Kante, Blaise Matuidi, Dimitri Payet and Olivier Giroud are back in in for Yohan Cabaye, Moussa Sissoko, Kingsley Coman and Andre-Pierre Gignac.

8:43 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good morning, mate. I'm up and ready to join you, trying to keep a positive attitude about the se matches.

8:45 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The teams out on the pitch warming up:

France (4-3-3): Lloris; Sagna, Rami, Koscielny, Evra; Pogba, Kanté, Matuidi; Griezmann, Giroud, Payet. Subs: Mandanda, Cosil, Jallet, Cabaye, Gignac, Martial, Schneiderlin, Mangala, Digne, Sissoko, Coman, Umtiti.

Republic of Ireland (4-4-2): Randolph; Coleman, Keogh, Duffy, Ward; Brady, McCarthy, Hendrick, McClean; Long, Murphy. Subs: Westwood, Given, Clark, O’Shea, Whelan, McGeady, Keane, Walters, Christie, Meyler, Hoolahan, Quinn.

Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Italy)

8:49 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I think this should be a much better match. France mad e some great changes and I think we will see if they are the real deal. I picked them to win it all. They started the 1998 WC just like they have this tournament and gradually got better. I expect the same this tournament.

8:50 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Morning, MUR - great to have you on board for today's matches. How has your summer tutoring been going?

8:50 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Deschamps certainly has gone back to Plan A with Griezmann and Giroud up front, Payet as the playmaker, Kante and Matuidi in the holding role and Pogba roaming. I did enjoy Kingsley Coman in the last two matches - he drops to the bench but may see some action in the second half.

8:52 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Players in the tunnel now at the Stade des Lumiere

8:54 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Thanks mate. Glad to enjoy the pleasure of your company. I have been teaching Summer School. I have enjoyed it, but it's kind of a grueling marathon, so I am pleased that Thursday is the last day of school. I will be around for three quarters of the quarters. How have you and Kate been enjoying your summer.

8:55 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Morning boys,
I am here as the teams come out of the tunnel. I will try and be positive but I am so down with the entire professional game right now... something has to change. Every team plays the same way and speak of defense first and set up their side with ONE player up tough... if we are lucky

Sorry... I'll be positive!

COME ON IRELAND!!

8:56 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

It's been really busy and productive. We're hoping that we get a bit more R and R in July, though, to get us freshened up for the fall.

8:56 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I have moved the computer into the living room but am very lonely. Gone are the days of Bob, Tom, Matt and friends here
Matt stayed at friend's house and Tom is getting ready for work

VERY LONELY

8:57 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Is Ian Darke correct that the low scoring is due to too many teams at the tournament. Only half this number of European will be at the WC .

8:58 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Morning, UWS - I'm with you - it's been a wretched tournament thus far and may call for some UEFA action at the end. But I'll try to stay positive as well and will just hope for some thrills and spills today in our three matches.

8:58 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Strange that the schedulers put France on first and not primetime

8:58 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good morning, UWS. That will be me in a few years. Hope the blogging will help keep you company.

8:59 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I think they ha d a similar schedule in the 1998 WC if I remember correctly.

8:59 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

What action could UEFA take?
I read MUR's email saying that FIFA changed stuff after 1990. What did FIFA do?

9:00 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

My solution is to lower it back to a 16 team tournament, so that the weaker teams are not forced to play these tactics.

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

I've heard that in several places - but I disagree. It would be one thing if the defensiveness of the minnows had been dragging the tournament down, but that hasn't been the case. It's been the defensiveness of the big boys (France, Germany, Spain, Italy) that has been the undoing of this tournament.

9:00 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

They're off .

9:01 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

False start... now we are off

9:01 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The Irish to get us underway in their white and green away kit.

9:01 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Penalty to Ireland in less than a minute!!!!!!!

9:02 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

And... here goes the passing around the back
41 seconds it took to go over the half way line...holy crap

PENALTY IRELAND

9:02 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

PENALTY . MATUIDI FOULS DARYL MURPHY OF THE TRACTOR BOYS A MINUTE . A SHOCKER IN STORE.

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

Pogba bundled Long over clumsily and now it's Robbie Brady with a great chance for the Irish. Come on!

Scores!!!!

9:03 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Please score....YES!!!

ALMOST MISSED

9:03 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Now that's the way to start a match - Ireland 0-1 up!

9:03 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!! THE LUCK OF THE IRISH AS THE HERO FROM WEDNESDAY AS ROBBIE BRADY SENDS LLORIS THE WRONG WAY AND HIS PENALTY COMES OFF THE POST AND IN. THE EARLIUEST PENALTY IN THE HISTORY OF THE EUROS./

9:04 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Now then - that will have to pull the French out of their shell. They've got an early corner.

9:04 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Evra wins a corner off of Shane Long.

9:04 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

How would you lot feel about an England v. Ireland quarter final?

9:04 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Lots of head tennis of the corner from Payet then Darren Randolph finally catches the ball.

9:05 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I would love that or would we.? Ireland defeated England at the 1988 Euros and held them to a draw at the 1990 WC. I have to think about that

9:06 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

What shell? Are you talking escargots?

9:07 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

French corner... fails to beat first man!!

As I was saying before the penalty... it took 40 seconds for the ball to go over the half way line. They just passed it back and sideways to keep possession... now people say they want he passing game and not the hoof forward BUT how did the ball finally go over the halfway line.... a long kadoomph by the keeper!! All the passing and then the long boot... United did it all the time last season... pass pass pass pass De Gea boot

9:07 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I think I might prefer a match against the hosts. That would at least give us some room for excuses. In any case, this match will produce England's prospective QF opponents.

9:07 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Payet has a chance from a free kick out wide left.

9:08 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Payed free kick chance....easy save

9:08 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Payet drills one into the hands of Randolph.

9:08 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The French have a free k,ick outside the box. Darren Randolph will be familiar with teammmate, Payet , who curls the free kick into the hands of his fellow Hammers

9:08 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

France never touched the ball before they were behind

9:09 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

All French pressure now - the problem for the Irish is that they scored too early and will have to defend that lead for 89 minutes now.

9:09 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Griezmann heads well over from the cross by Evra.

9:09 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Another French corner - Payet will have to do better.

9:10 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ireland will have to weather a French storm. Can they emulate what their neighbors to the North did in 1982 against the hosts? Well their manager was the captain of that team , so you never know.

9:11 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Giroud and McCarthy exchanging pleasantries now.

9:12 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

For the penalty, it was a typical modern day footballer....feels contact and lifts both feet of the ground and falls. It was probably a foul but...


Another piss poor corner by a modern day footballer... doesn't beat the first man. I don't understand why EVERY team does the same thing. It could be dangerous if it actually hits one of your teammates but it doesn't 98% of the time
All your big boys come up and never touch the ball

9:12 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Do you all know that Darren Randolph was eligible to play for the U.S. ? He sure had a better season than Guzan or Timmy. Any opinions?

9:12 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

There's a stat for you - all of Ireland's goals scored by Norwich City players. Wow!

9:12 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Still see the French winning this by a couple

At least the ball is going into the box

9:13 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Giruoud wins a corner off of Shane Duffy of Blackburn. The corner from Payet is headed wide.

9:13 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I don't have any problem with Brad Guzan. Timmy is done, though, and there is a serious drop off in quality after Big Brad.

9:13 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Bob, your email said about England's play was attacking
I don't agree. They did create lots of 'chances' but most are not great. The problem is there usually only one or two players in the box IF a cross finally comes in

9:14 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Payet is getting frustrated already.

9:14 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The one against the Italians was assisted by a fellow Canary teammate while the penalty was won by a Tractor Boy. An East Anglian theme to the goals. I love it

9:14 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Sorry for the negative comments... i'll stop. I'm just very frustrated with the game I love

9:15 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I agree with UWS. The Three Lions are far too conservative and this is their chance to win this tournament due to the parity, but they won't win it playing this way

9:16 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

BBC website at the 13 minute mark had a Touch Map of Robbie Brady... two spots. Kick off and penalty!

9:16 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Lloris is forced to come out and punch the ball away after the ball took a weird bounce from a long throw.

9:17 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Those are the two touches you would want him to have.

9:17 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

As I have said, every team plays the same way... SO..... TRY PLAYING DIFFERENTLY!!! Teams won't be expecting it and won't be able to handle it

Last 20 minutes of Germany match for example!!!

9:17 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Will Robbie Brady be the Gerry Armstrong of 1982? The one common theme is Martin, who captained the 1982 side and was playing for Norwich at the time.

9:18 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Stupid foul by Long... plonker

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

I agree, UWS. But I would argue that England are the only ones in the tournament who are not playing entirely to the modern football playbook. There are still loads of problems with Woy's approach - one striker alone up front, two defensive middies. But there is something of the Premiership style in their attacking play. I still think that England should have beaten Russia 3-1, Wales by 4 or 5-0 and Slovakia 2 or 3-0. We were all over those guys - it was just the finishing that was missing.

9:18 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Brady could leave Norwich and become a star in France... just like Armstrong

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

Payet swings another free kick in and Griezmann flicks a header into Randolph's arms.

9:19 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The free kick from Payet skims off of Griezmann's head and straight to Darren Randolph. That was a free header.

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

The Irish looking very assured now - not overawed by the occasion at all. They know they have nothing to lose today.

9:21 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Actually, I think Iceland is the only team that doesn't play the modern game. They remind of Ireland when Jackie C managed them. Difficult to beat, but playing an English style game.

9:21 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

What is England doing differently? They just pass it around all the time going nowhere!

Against the Slovaks, they were playing against 10 men because of a bloke off injured and Skrtyl was off for treatment so it was 11 v 9 for an attacking England throw in... what did England do? Passed it around back to Hart!!!! That's what I have a problem with


Ireland have a good effort on goal!!

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

Oh - a dangerous moment there for the Irish. Long throw in and Murphy had a volley on the turn that Lloris just about dealt with.

9:21 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Great save by Lloris from Darryl Murphy then Hendrick shoots the rebound straight to Lloris from a narrow angle.

9:22 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I agree with UWS. That is what I have observed from watching England as well. If they play differently then they could win this tournament.

9:23 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Not true, mate. Have a look at any of the England matches on your DVR. They created loads of chances and were the only team to effectively use their full backs to create width.

9:23 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hendrick fouls Pogba from behind

9:23 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Another French free kick - surely too long for Payet to try one.

9:23 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

People say Iceland will be tough fore England because they will just sit back and England aren't smart enough to break them down. They wanted England to play a team that attacked so we could break... a sad state of affairs when a team has to be described as attacking....they all should

9:23 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Pogba strikes it but it doesn't really trouble Randolph. France have had a couple of shots on target but none has really been that dangerous.

9:24 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Decent effort by Pogba.. saved quite easily though

Did you guys watch any of the USA game last night


US did a lot better last night than they did in the first Colombian match

9:24 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The free kick from Payet is easily gathered by Darren Randolph. who sees those in training every day He could have been doing that for the U.S.

9:25 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

So, England in the wrong half of the draw but wins by Ireland, Italy and Slovakia would be nice

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

I disagree - England will create a lot of chances. I just hope that Harry Kane has his shooting boots on tomorrow - he's been a big disappointment so far. But England have lots of weapons.

9:25 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I have been watching Copa America . It's been a much better tournament . Why are there more attacking teams in that tournament than this one?

9:26 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

They will need to have more that one or two people in the box!!!

9:26 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That is true, UWS - we could still see some surprises. I have not been impressed by any of the big matches.

9:27 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

England should be able to defeat Iceland, but I don't see them defeating the Italians. I hope I'm wrong. Woy needs to change the tactics.

9:27 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Kante chops down a player and picks up a yellow that will mean that he misses out on the quarters.

9:28 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Kane booked for foul on McCArthy and will be suspended if France make the quarers

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

I don't think so either but we wouldn't see the Italians until the semis. That would be seen as relative success in Britain, right? Similar to the heroics in Italia 90.

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

Shane Long is down needing treatment now. It looks very hot and sunny there.

9:29 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Coleman was booked for a foul from behind on Payet. Did Pasta Rizzoli book him because he refers Dijon or because he likes the Hammers better than the Toffees ? Does anyone have an answer to that mystery?

9:30 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I think that would be considered a decent tournament. I think Jon Champion says it's 75 degrees. Not hot by my standards, but perhaps theirs.

9:31 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ireland waste a chance as a foul throw is called because they stole too many yards Evra did not make the same mistake.

9:32 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Wasn't Robbie Brady part of the MUFC Academy? The Academy sure has produced a good number of players in this tournament

9:34 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

How has the weather been your way, MUR? My friend in Phoenix has been complaining of 122F temps - wow!

9:34 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A wasted free kick for the French as they are called for a push or a grab.

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

Giroud is penalized for tugging on an Irish shirt. And now another Irish is down for treatment. Is this time wasting already?

9:35 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Yikes! I shouldn't complain. Highs have been in the mid to upper 90s most days.

9:36 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I hope Ireland don't just waste time every chance they get
It doesn't work

9:36 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hendrick has been down a couple of times. He may need to be replaced. The Derby County player has been one of the surprises of the tournament.

9:36 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I agree. It would ruin what has been a decent match

9:37 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Our weather will be in the mid 90s today...lovely swimming weather. Pool temperature is lovely right now

9:39 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Ireland win a corner now - shame that cross was too long for Brady.

9:39 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Shane Long wins a corner off of Evra after chasing down an overcooked cross.

9:39 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That cross was meat and drink for Hugo.

9:39 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Lloris catches the corner.

9:39 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Ireland with the corner...beats the first man!!! Straight into keepers arms though!

9:40 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Sounds like our weather.

9:40 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Magyars vs the Waffles may not be a good match because both teams will be playing not Toulouse.

9:41 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Crossing in the modern day is so PATHETIC!!
Is it the ball?
Are players trying to do something special with the ball?
Just put it into the danger area

9:41 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Really poor cross from Sagna. You see the difference there with England who have been using Kyle Walker and Danny Rose in those positions to really attack the full back and put in more incisive balls. The French have been toothless here.

9:41 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Kante is out of the quarters... lovely

9:41 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hendrick picks up a stupid booking for kicking the ball away. He will be suspended if the Irish advance.

9:41 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Struth... I thought that was going to be two!!

9:42 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Shane Duffy heads wide from a free kick by Robbie Brady

9:42 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - that free kick could have easily been nodded in - if anything, the Irish have created the better chances and could be 2-0 up.

9:42 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Ireland are attacking.. pleased to see

This match is better than all of the ones yesterday
The first one was not bad but i missed the second half because of my walk

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

Will the French get booed off at half time - I wouldn't be surprised.

9:43 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Shaqiri's goal was number 1 in ESPN Top Ten

9:43 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed. They look more likely to score despite defending the vast majority of the half.

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

Now Rami is out for the quarters - that works for England!

9:44 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Rami booked for a foul from behind on Shane Long and he will be suspended if France make the quarters

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

I hope that Woy is watching this - the Irish are showing us how to get after the French.

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

The French players are arguing with each other now - not a good sign for them.

9:46 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Shaquiri's goal is worthy of winning an award

9:46 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

4 added minutes...hurry up... I have to go to the loo

9:46 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Four minutes of stoppage time.

9:46 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

How did the French not score there... the Irish were no where

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

Oh - a mad scramble in the Irish box - but somehow they blocked both Payet and Griezmann's efforts.

9:46 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Somehow , the Irish survive an onslaught on their goal as they fail to clear and have to block several close range efforts.

9:47 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Not a good effort by Payet
Ireland not getting enough people forward.
One against 6

9:48 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

stuart Robson must have been listening to Bob because he stated that the French need more width

9:48 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

THE MODERN GAME NEEDS MORE WIDTH!!!

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

That should about do it for the first half, then.

9:49 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

That's it
Half time
Ireland could beat Italy, France and England back to back to back

9:50 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's halftime amidst a chorus of boos as the Irish are shockingly one up at the half sue to the earliest ever penalty scored at a Euro./

9:50 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I Expect Deschamps to make a couple of substitutions at the half.

9:51 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

This was from a text on the BBC
Goals by Clubs

Norwich City 3
Barcelona 2
A Madrid 1
Bayern 0
United 0

9:58 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Real have had at least five goals thru Bale 3 Ron 2

9:59 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

LOL! That's brilliant.

9:59 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That was one of the most entertaining halves of football we’ve had at the tournament so far. O’Neill’s team have been nothing short of magnificent. Still - the French have been really poor.

10:02 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Kingsley Coman is on for Kante. Bob will approve of that change

10:04 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Kingsley Coman is coming on for Kante now - an attacking move. I like it.

10:04 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Second half underway

10:05 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The second half is underway from Lyon , where Llloris previously played .

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

Horrific cross there from Sagna - he's been so bad.

10:06 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Great stat about scoring by club . really eye catching

10:06 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Also because he has a card

Useless cross by Sagna

10:06 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Will the Irish win in Lyon so that they can face the Three Lions?

10:06 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Shane Long was nearly off to the races there.

10:07 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

That too. Great point.

10:07 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Payet is upended by Coleman who will need to watch himself in this second half.

10:07 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - that could easily have snuck in the back post.

10:08 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I thought that was a foul on Long... he could have gotten that ball.
Now the French have a free kick chance

Payet to take...headed wide at the back post by Kos

10:08 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Payet is pushed down by Coleman. He takes and Kos heads wide.

10:08 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

The irish touch saved a goal there

10:08 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Coman runs into trouble and then runs the ball out o play. Not an auspicious start for him.

10:09 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Is this like Northern Ireland vs Spain in 1982 where Martin was the skipper?

10:10 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Coman overran the ball like a former United player did to earn that nickname.

10:11 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Great break from Ireland... gets it wide... novel idea... get a great cross in... novel idea... very dangerous

10:12 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!!! A vital push away by Lloris off the cross from MCClean or the Irish could have been two up.

10:12 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Our pal WHR and his son are en route to Nice at the moment ahead of that England v. Iceland match tomorrow. I'm jealous!

10:12 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

France go straight up the pitch and Pyaet drags an effort wide.

10:12 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Ireland have been more of a threat than France.

10:12 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Not very Nice, mate.

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

Payet in full stride jinks inside but his shot is blocked by the steadfast Irish defense.

10:13 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Ireland are going to hold on till late but still lose

10:13 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

France seem to leave it late. Is it the substitutions or is it a testament to their fitness? I think their late goals have been scored in the evening when it is cooler.

10:14 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

The schedule is whacko... teams getting a whole week's rest while opponents getting three

10:14 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Darren Randolph does well to push a shot from Matuidi around the post.

10:15 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I don't understand that either.

10:15 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Are they really!! I AM SO JEALOUS OF THE MENDITTOS!!!

well, of course they could be bored to tears... while paying mega bucks

10:15 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The short corner comes to nothing.

10:15 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Feels so good... 2 and half months off... nothing to do!!

10:16 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I would love to be on that vacation just for the experience. My brother got to watch two matches in the 1994 WC in Orlando.

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

I don't know how Johnno got tickets - but he does have friends in high places.

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

GOAL! Griezmann equalizes!!!

10:17 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

1-1!!

Decent header from a good cross... who'da thunk it

10:17 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!! GRIEZMANN HEADS IN THE EQUALIZER FROM A CROSS BY SAGNA.

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

First decent cross over from Sagna and Griezmann did well to guide his header past Randolph.

1-1!

10:18 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - a good chance for Ireland there!

10:19 AM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

can't imagine that England was stressed much after that first half, watching France unable to impose itself on Ireland.

I am not sure if this second half represents a better France, or an Ireland that was content to grind out a win. Oh well, that didn't work.

10:19 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I know Bob saw a lot of 94 matches. I saw the Nigeria Italy match at Foxboro

Bob saw matches in Japan WC and Euro 96... he's the lucky one

10:19 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Stephen Ward has a long range effort go wide off a poor French clearance. Should have been given as a corner.

10:19 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I would be stunned if Ireland come back into this one

10:20 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hello Red Devil . Great to have you on board.

10:20 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Much better entertainment than yesterday
You picked the right day to go on a road trip!

Why on earth did you have to go to another state to get an inspection

10:20 AM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

shambolic defending on that 2nd goal

10:21 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Griezmann scores again!!!!!

2-1!

10:21 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

HE's scored again!!!

2-1!!

10:21 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

France are rampant now!

10:21 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!!! GRIEZMANN AT THE DOUBLE AS HE GIVES FRANCE THE LEA.D. tWO GOALS IN THREE AND A HALF MINUTES

10:21 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Great header from the Gunner... will the french fans give him credit

10:21 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Wonderful knock back by Giroud to Griezmann and he finished with aplomb with his left peg.

10:22 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

How was Griezmann that wide open? Giroud headed down a long ball and Griezmann shot past a stranded Darren Randolph.

10:23 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Tom and Matt are now tied for Golden Boot

10:23 AM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

I don't know why teams are content to sit on leads and give up the initiative. It is so much more tiring to run after the other guy than to run where you want to go. The Irish look very tired, now.

10:24 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

great run by Mclean... put in the wrong cross... BLOODY HELL

10:24 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Griezmann is now on three goals for the tournament and is a decent shout for Golden Boot.

Oh - McClean nearly got around Rami.

10:24 AM  

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