Lakenheath Old Boys

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

France 2016 Final - France v. Portugal Live!

Afternoon, chaps! The big day of the France 2016 has arrived. Typically, I would feel a bit sad on this day, knowing that we would have a barren period between the end of this tournament and the beginning of the new season. However, this France 2016 has been so wretched that I can't wait to see the back of it. After today, I'll need a total break from football for about a month before the new season starts.

Until then, though - let's hope the final is a true tournament capper with loads of goals - and no penalties. Join me on ESPN and here on the LOB!

271 Comments:

Blogger United We Stand said...

Afternoon Bob
I agree with your sentiment

2:33 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Not sure what Portugal will do

Looks like Portugal will be in red
I hope France will be in blue

2:35 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good afternoon Bob and Dave.I agree too. Correct France is wearing blue.

2:42 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I will be blogging from my phone at my brother's pad.

2:43 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Moths an issue!!
The French left the lights all night now there are swarms of them

2:43 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I'm on my phone as well
Afternoon David

2:44 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Welcome, boys - great to have you on board for the final.

2:44 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

No surprises with either XI. France are unchanged; Portugal bring in Pepe and William Carvalho, who missed the semi-final through injury and suspension, for Bruno Alves and Danilo.

France (4-2-3-1) Lloris; Sagna, Koscielny, Umtiti, Evra; Pogba, Matuidi; Sissoko, Griezmann, Payet; Giroud.
Substitutes: Jallet, Rami, Kante, Cabaye, Gignac, Martial, Schneiderlin, Mangal, Mandanda, Digne, Coman, Costil.

Portugal (4-1-3-2) Rui Patricio; Cedric, Pepe, Fonte, Guerreiro; William Carvalho; Renato Sanches, Adrien Silva, Joao Mario; Nani, Ronaldo.
Substitutes: Bruno Alves, Carvalho, Moutinho, Eder, Vierinha, Anthony Lopes, Danilo, Andre Gomes, Rafa Silva, Eliseu, Ricardo Quaresma, Eduardo.

Referee Mark Clattenburg (England)

2:46 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

The officiating at this tourney has been very good

2:52 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Teams in the tunnel now - stop winking at me, Skippy!

2:55 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Apart from the two dodgy penalties conceded by the Germans.

2:55 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Both teams wearing their traditional colors as the teams come out

2:55 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Tape recorder inserted in nose

2:56 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Portugal’s plan is simple: resist the inevitable fast start, keep the game tight and wait for the home crowd to get nervous. In other words, exactly what Greece did to them in the final of 2004.

2:56 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Both were good decisions!!!

2:59 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

False number nine for Portugal, of course. (Sigh)....

2:59 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Disagree - they violate the FIFA rule that handballs must be deliberate.

2:59 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

And we are off

3:01 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Wrong

3:01 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

They're off from the Stade de France

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

We're set to go here - Portugal kick us off wearing their traditional plummy red. France in their blue, as it should be.

3:01 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Bloody Twellman

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

Ball to hand, not hand to ball, mate.

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

Portugeezers giving the ball away cheaply early on.

3:02 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The last two tournaments won by a host nation have been won by France.

3:03 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Of course, in the Friendlies before the tourney, England beat Germany, Portugal and France and Wales in the tourney. All the semi finalist
We are the real Euro Champs

3:04 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

They do love to win at home, don't they?

3:04 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Portugal with a nervous start as I expected.

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

Ian Darke and Double T praising Pepe - what a load of wankers. I'd love to see him lose a leg.

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

Nani was sprung there - but he blasted over the bar. He'll need to take those chances.

3:05 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The first chance of the match for Portugal as they go route one and Nani blasts over with just Lloris to beat.

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

Do you lot want Pogba at United? Do you think he'll come?

3:06 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I don't think he will come
No CL

3:07 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

France cause problems with the high press and a cross is headed on by Griezmann and blasted halfway to Geordie Land by Cissokho

3:07 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - good pressure there from France. And Griezmann had a half chance but sliced his shot badly.

3:08 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

But you lot got Mou and Zlatan. Pretty big time names.

Skippy is down early.

3:08 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

More of the high press and Sissokho puts through Griezmann who slices wide.

3:09 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Boos as Skippy is down. He's faking.

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

Great header by Griezmann but tipped over well by Rui Patricio.

3:10 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Great header and save!!
Good start

3:10 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Payet swings a corner in that Giroud meets but with no power. Rui Patricio collects.

3:11 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Rui Patricio tips over a header from Griezmann and Ollie heads straight to Rui Patricio from the corner by Payet.

3:11 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

And a wretched start by Portugal who seen overawed.

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

Beautiful day here in WNY - how about for you lot?

3:12 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Nothing Portugal tries seems to work.

3:15 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Turning nice
Was rainy and cold yesterday and this morning

3:15 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Very hot in Florida.

3:16 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Skippy has gone down again - it looks bad for him.

3:17 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Ronaldo to come off !!!

3:18 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Crying

3:18 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Rotten start for Portugal. They can hardly put two passes together and now their star player is going to have to come off. He's in tears now.

3:18 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Yikes! Skippy goes down. If they lose him then how do Portugal expect to win other than a penalty shootout?

3:19 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

They are going to wrap it up

3:19 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Quaresma coming off the bench to warm up - they're going to try to get him back on but it doesn't look good.

3:19 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

France crock Ronaldos in finals!!!

3:20 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Quaresma would be the likely replacement, but it would be quite a drop in quality.

3:20 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

He's back on

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

They've strapped him up again and Skippy is coming back on.

3:21 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Skippy back on.Will he last the course of the match.

3:21 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ian Darke says Portugal have to be fair to Real! It's a bloody final. Portugal doesn't give a toss.

3:23 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Decent run there from Sissokho there but then he blasted over the top.

3:23 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

The toon man takes space in front of him
I like it
Positive

3:23 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Good take by Rui Patricio from the corner.

3:23 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Skippy doesn't look right.

3:23 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Ronny can't run

3:23 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Sissokho goes on a solo run and his shot is tipped over. Rui Patricio catches the corner.

3:24 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Adrien Silva with a horrible shot.

3:24 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That's it for Skippy now. He's torn off the captain's armband and thrown it away. He'll be stretchered off.

3:24 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

It's over for him
Just walk off tho
He's spent more time on the floor

3:24 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

About ten minutes of this half has been taken up with the Skippy drama - get him off!

3:25 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Skippy to be substituted. That could be curtains for Portugal. Mark Clattenburg signals for the stretcher.

3:25 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Sporting gesture from the French fans - I wouldn't be that sporting.

3:25 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

This better not get Real busy in the market

3:26 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Quaresma on.

3:26 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

In truth, Skippy hadn't done anything in the 15 minutes that he'd been fit - Portugal might be better off without him to soak up all the opportunities.

3:27 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Cedric manages to get a cross over but Joao Mario has a wretched headed effort - just kind of bounces off his head.

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

The Guardian blog has reported that this match is not being shown live in Germany. Sour grapes?

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

Portugal are now playing a 4-1-4-1 with Nani up front alone, sort of. Really boring. Do they not have any strikers in Portugal?

3:29 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Now Portugal are trying to possession the death out of this game

3:29 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

No attacking the ball in the six

3:30 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Sissokho wins a corner off a solo run.

3:31 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Another great run from the Toon man

3:31 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Worthless from Pogba. A million stopovers and then loses the ball.

3:31 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Germans are normally sore losers and Portugal haven't had a natural striker for a while.

3:32 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

If France score then I don't see a way back for Portugal.

3:33 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Great save by Rui Patricio from Sissy.

3:34 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Sissokjo is the star man of this final so far

3:35 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Cedric is the first player to go into the book.

3:35 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Sissoko seems to be the only player who has shown up to play a game of football today.

3:35 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cedric of the Saints booked for a high boot on Payet.

3:35 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Could Sissokho be the tournament MVP.Who would have thought?

3:36 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Adrien Silva takes to long to shoot then Raphael has a shot deflected for a corner.

3:39 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Fonte heads well over from the corner by Joao Mario.

3:40 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

This first half has been as poor as the rest of the tournament.

3:42 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Sagna tackles Joao Mario for a corner. The corner is headed away then out of play by French born Raphael.

3:43 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Poor first half, but there's been worse this tournament.

3:43 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

If anything, Portugal have been better since Skippy went off!

3:44 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Rui Patricio could win the golden glove. Nobody expected that.

3:44 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed. However he's scored or assisted on all but one goal this tournament. Can they score without him?

3:45 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Two minutes of stoppage time.

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

The camera cuts to Luis Figo and catches him in the middle of an extended yawn.

3:46 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A nasty clash of heads between Evra and Quaresma.

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

Is Payet on the pitch? Inquiring minds want to know...

3:47 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Can you blame him?

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

Joao Mario plays a ball in but there is absolutely no one in the six yard box so it sails out of play harmlessly.

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

Half-time - yawn.....

3:49 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Scoreless
Useless

3:49 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's 0-0 at the end of a half most noteworthy for Skippy the skipper skipping off injured.

3:50 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The second half is underway.

4:04 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

We are off for the second half
France need to improve

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

France get us underway again - it can only get better.

4:04 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Nani is down, but seems to be OK

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

I would like to see Coman come on - I like him a lot. He would be welcome at Elland Road.

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

Sissoko is going into the book now - no , Clattenberg has decided that kicking Pepe is not a yellow card offense. I concur.

4:06 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

A foul on Pepe dives
He had stopped doing for much of this tourney

4:06 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Naughty by Sissokho on Pepe, who rolls around trying to get the Toon man booked. Clattenburg did not fall for it.

4:07 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Great comment Bob

4:08 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Coman starts for Bayern. He's more likely to go to OT where he would be welcome.

4:08 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Great tackle by Pepe to stop a solo run by Payet.

4:09 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Late by Nani on Sissokho.

4:10 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Rob Smyth has commented that Payet has had an outstanding game. Really? Is he watching the same match that I am?

The only meaningful contribution that Payet has made has been in knobbling Skippy.

4:11 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

No red cards in a Euro Final. Wrong, Ian. France had a player sent off in the 1984 final.

4:11 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I haven't been impressed, but it didn't seem a malicious challenge on Skippy.

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

Portugal will be delighted by this. I reckon they'd go straight to penalties right about now.

4:14 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I think Clattenburg has been MOTM.

4:14 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Umtiti heads out a cross from Joao Mario for a corner that's headed away by the first man.

4:15 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Kingsley Coman on for Payet, who gets a mixed reception.

4:17 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Payet off
How does that affect the pool
Does it hel Red Dragon

4:17 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Coman puts through Griezmann who shoots straight at Rui Patricio from a narrow angle.

4:18 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It helps Red Dragon, hurts WHR,and helps Yours Truly if Lloris wins the golden glove.

4:19 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

If Deschamp bring on the Mexican I'm going to scream

4:19 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'm not sure it's relevant given the pattern of play, but these LOBers can still earn 2 points if any of these geezers scores the winner:

Chelskilad - Griezmann

Gooner and Simon - Giroud

UWS and West - Payet

MUR and Red Dragon - Pogba

4:19 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

You know he will, UWS....

4:19 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Looks like a storm's a brewing here.

4:20 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Neuer has allowed the least amount of goals
Only one wasn't a pen

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

Joao Mario into the book now - sigh.....

4:21 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

JOAO Mario booked for a foul from behind on Ollie.

4:21 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Evra wins a corner.

4:22 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

JOAO Mario heads out the corner from Griezmann then Coman has a shot blocked.

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

I'd probably pick Neuer but, if France win, it's likely to be Lloris for Golden Glove.

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

Ian Darke has already started to list the production credits. Is he packing up to go home?

4:23 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The attack minded Joao Moutinho is warming up.Is Fernando Santos going for it?

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

Oh - Griezmann must score there! WTF!

4:25 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Oh! The best chance of the match. A free header for the GBB. He heads well wide from a great cross by Coman.

4:25 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Joao Moutinho on for Adrien Silva.

4:25 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Coman wide from long range.

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

Renato Sanches has done nowt today.

4:27 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Fonte called for climbing on Ollie.

4:28 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The free kick from Griezmann is headed away then cleared.

4:29 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Coman has livened things up a bit. But why take off Payet and leave the water carrier Matiudi on? I don't get it.

4:31 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ollie puts through Comman, but his cross is cleared for a corner that's cleared.

4:31 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

The sub almost him
Then Evra misses a chance from corner

4:32 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good point. I agree.

4:32 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ollie with a wayward header off a cross from Evra.

4:33 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Coman put through Giroud but Rui Patricio stood up well to the Arsenal man.

4:34 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Great save by Rui Patricio from Ollie off a pass from Coman.

4:34 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

This modern day game has to be fixed

4:34 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The Portuguese don't deserve anything for this display.

Here comes the Mexican, just to make UWS' day.

4:36 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Here comes the Mexican
What about Martial????

4:36 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Good news for Tom

4:37 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Will France win it late through substitutions like they did earlier this tournament?

4:37 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And Renato Sanches off as well - Ian Darke thinks he's been a "bright young thing" of this tournament? Really - one scuffed shot that was deflected in and that's enough?

4:37 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Sanchez coming off for Eder
Wish it was the 82 Brazilian

4:37 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Ooh
Two great saves by Lloris

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

Oh - Lloris saved well twice there. Nani's no hope cross had to be dealt with.

4:38 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Gignac of Tigres on for Ollie. Eder,who flopped at Swansea, is on.Probably the only number nine Portugal has.

4:39 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Umtiti picks up another yellow. Darke was also singing his praises, though why I do not know.

4:39 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Lloris pushes away a miss hit cross from Nani then catches the rebound from Quaresma.

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

Do we really have to sit through half an hour more of this tosh?

4:40 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Umtiti booked for a foul on the Swansea flop.

4:40 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Unless France win it late like they did earlier this tournament.

4:41 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Too much for Fernando Santos to take.

4:41 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Superb long range save by Rui Patricio from Sissy.

4:42 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - great raking drive from Sissoko! Good save!

4:43 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Great effort!!!
Why couldn't that have been the winner

4:43 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

But for Rui Patricio, France would be several goals up.

4:43 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Useless by the Mexican

4:44 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

The Toon Man has been MOTM

4:46 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Coming down to the final moments and I'm struggling to stay awake here.

4:46 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A cross from Sagna takes a weird bounce and is caught by Rui Patricio. Three minutes of stoppage time.

4:49 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Did Darke just say that this would be the first 0-0 draw in a Euro final?

4:50 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I think Rui Patricio has been MOTM.

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

Bloody hell - Signac nearly put us all out of our misery!!!

4:50 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

The Mexican hit the post

4:50 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH! Off The post by Gignac. Could have won the match.

4:51 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's 0-0. Headed to ET.

4:52 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

ET is underway.

4:57 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Still watching
Sigh

4:57 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Portugal with a win and six draws after ninety minutes this tournament. First team to play three ET matches in a Euro. And they could be European champions. Sigh.

4:59 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Rui Patricio could win golden glove and best tournament. A possibility?

5:01 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Darke and Twellman keep on blaming this on Skippy's absence. But he was rubbish when he was on.

Oh - close call for Portugal.

5:02 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I thought Pepe scored
Offside anyway

5:02 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Pepe heads inches wide from a free kick from Quaresma, but he was flagged offside. Now Raphael is booked.

5:02 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I agree, Bob.

5:03 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Matuidi booked for a foul on the Swansea flop.

5:04 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And now Matiudi with his requisite yellow card. If Deschamps had really wanted to win this one, he'd have been off an hour ago.

5:04 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

William Carvalho into the book now....the cards are flying

5:05 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

William Carvalho booked for a foul on Coman to halt a solo run.

5:06 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Gignac wins a corner off of Fonte from a long pass from Evra. The corner is headed away.

5:07 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Pogba wins a corner.

5:08 PM  

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