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Friday, July 01, 2016

Quarterfinal 2 - Belgium v. Wales

Afternoon, chaps! Day 2 of the quarterfinals in France 2016 brings us the match-up between Belgium and Wales. The Red Devils have the Premiership pedigree and will be heavily fancied against the lowly Welse who are overly reliant on the silky skills of one Gareth "Monkey Boy" Bale. But we see what that all meant on Monday for England against Iceland. I'm hoping against hope for a thrill-fest with loads of good goals. Come on!

140 Comments:

Blogger manunitedrules said...

Unlike Iceland, Wales actually have some talented Premier League footballers, so it will be tougher for Belgium than it would be if they were playing Iceland.

2:40 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's basically a home match for Belgium as it's being played in Lille , which is just across the border from Belgium. It's raining cats and dogs, conditions in which both sets of players should be familiar.

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

Welcome, MUR - it's great to have you on board for this afternoon's match.

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

The teams now entering the arena:

Wales: Hennessey, Chester, Ashley Williams, Davies, Taylor, Allen, Ledley, Ramsey, Gunter, Robson-Kanu, Bale.

Subs: Fon Williams, King, George Williams, Edwards, Richards, Cotterill, Vokes, Collins, Jonathan Williams, Vaughan, Church, Ward.

Belgium: Courtois, Meunier, Alderweireld, Denayer, Jordan Lukaku, Nainggolan, Witsel, Carrasco, De Bruyne, Hazard, Romelu Lukaku.

Subs: Mignolet, Fellaini, Mertens, Origi, Kabasele, Dembele, Benteke, Batshuayi, Ciman, Gillet.


Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)

2:57 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Anthems now....

2:57 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Wales and Belgium were in the same qualifying group and Wales kept a clean sheet in both matches. If they can do the same then they could be in for an unlikely semifinal match vs Portugal.

2:57 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cheers, Bob. I'm glad to finally be on vacation and be able to do what I should be, which is blogging on the Euros.

2:58 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Wales need to keep their shape tonight if their 3-5-2 formation is to prevail against Belgium, who lost 2-0 against Italy, the only other team in the competition to use wing backs.

Neil Taylor and Chris Gunter are the Welsh wide men tasked with the dual responsibility of helping out a back three of Ben Davies, Ashley Williams and James Chester, while providing support in attack for when Wales are in possession.

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

In truth, if you had to miss out on a major tournament through summer work, this is the one to miss. It's been a stinker.

3:00 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Other than the two Reading players , all the Welsh starters play in the Prem or for Real. A significant difference from the number of Icelanders playing in the top flight of a major European league.,

3:00 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I have watched on watch espn, but for the most part it has been a stinker even though there has been some improvement in the knockout matches.

3:01 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

They're off from Lille.

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

And we're away with Wales wearing their traditional red and white and the Belgians wearing their eccentric quail egg blue away kit.

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

First cross aimed at Lukaku - just over his head.

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

First chance for Ginger Winger to stretch his legs - the Belgians look up for it already.

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

There are so many Premiership stars in the Belgian side, they almost seem English. More than 600 Premiership starts for the starting XI.

3:04 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I think the jersey is in tribute to the cycling team. It is an odd strip though

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

Carrasco has impressed off the bench for Belgium - he could have a lot of joy on either side.

3:05 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed. If you add in the Welsh players than well over 100 combined starts between both teams.

3:05 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Chunk's younger brother is making his tournament debut at left back. The Welsh should test him early doors.

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

Davies picks up an early yellow that rules him out of a semi and he has to watch himself for the rest of the match.

3:07 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

An early booking for Ben Davies for what seemed a minor foul on the ginger winger. He's suspended if Wales make the semis.

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

Desperate defending from Wales now and some great work by Hennessy. How are the Belgians not 1-0 up.

3:09 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!!! How did Belgium not score? Greta close range from Hennesssey form Hazard off a run and pass from the Chunk then off the line by Chester from the Ginger winger.The Chunk shoots wide from the corner.

3:09 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Will Belgium do to Wales what they did to the Magyars?

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

Robson-Kanu could have done better with that header. They won't get many chances.

3:10 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hal Robson-Kanu with a rare chance for the Welsh as he heads wide form a cross with a free header.

3:10 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!!! Monkey with a speedy run on the break and shoots into the side netting with just Courtois to beat

3:11 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Wales counter again through Bale who shoots from an acute angle into the side netting. Belgians will have to track him better. He's capable of a moment against the run of play as we saw against England.

3:11 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - what a strike! Nainggolan with one out of the top drawer.

1-0!

3:14 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!!! PORCUPINE BOY GIVES BELGIUM THE LEAD WITH A LONG RANGE ROCKET IN THE UPPER 90. IT ALL STARTED WITH THE WELSH CHEAPLY CONCEDING POSSESSION AND SEVERAL PASSES LATER A GOAL.

3:15 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It looks like a long night for the Welsh.

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

Nainggolan, the Roma man, now has two goals.

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

Another yellow card coming now - for Chester for a chippy tug back on The Chunk. Welsh are finding Belgians too hot to handle.

3:17 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

James Chester is booked for a foul on the Chunk. This ref is booking players for every foul committed. Two fouls and two bookings.

3:18 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I think we're looking at Brexit the Trilogy

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

Looks like it.

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

And another yellow card for Chris Gunter - it's hard to see Wales finishing with 11 men now.

3:25 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Chris Gunter is in the book for a foul from behind on the Ginger Winger

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

I'm tired to seeing these players appealing for cards. Welsh trying to get Hazard booked now.

3:26 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A tad naughty by Joe Allen on Hazard, who overreacts

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

Oh - Courtois saves brilliantly from Taylor there when it seemed like they were bound to score.

3:27 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!!! The first chance of the match for the Welsh and a great save by Courtois from Neil Taylor off a great pass from Ramsey

3:29 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I don't like how Belgium are dropping off now - go for more goals!

3:29 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed. FIFA needs to make the players appealing for cards a priority issue to address.

3:29 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

AT l;east it will give Wales a chance to get back into the match

3:30 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hal Robson -Kanu wins a corner as he gets past the Younger Chunk

3:31 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Monkey Boy wins another corner off the short corner from Ramsey

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

GOAL! Ashley Williams equalizes from a corner!

1-1!

3:32 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

WAY HAY!!!! ASHLEY WILLIAMS TIES IT UP AS HE HEADS IN A CORNER

3:32 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Free header there for Williams.

3:32 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Now suddenly Belgium have decided to play again - they had gone to sleep for about fifteen minute there.

3:33 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Call me Nostradavidus. I said that Wales should advantage of the Chunk's younger bruv. Robson_kanu got past him and won the corner. Also, when you said Belgium were dropping off , I said that it would give Wales a chance to get back into this match. I was correct on both counts.

3:34 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hennessey tips away a cross from Carrasco

3:35 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Wales counter off the Belgian as Monkey Boy gets past Jason Daneyer and his shot is easily saved by Courtois.

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

Jordan Lukaku has been getting a roasting down that left side.

3:36 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hal Robson-Kanu asks the ref why there's no booking for four Belgian fouls and two for three Welsh fouls. He has a point as the refs need to be consistent.

3:37 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed. He's been roasted more this half than Dean Martin was his entire career.

3:37 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Nanngolan heads out a cross from Neil Taylor for a Welsh corner.

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

The Chunk's little brother is all at sea.

3:40 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

James Chester heads wide from the corner as he got behind the Chunk's younger bruv.

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

Boom boom, mate!

3:41 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Ginger Winger wins a corner off a Welsh give away. The corner is headed away then a first time ball from the Ginger Winger is headed straight to Hennessey by Toby

3:42 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cheers, mate. Sounds like tuna. They roast tuna?

3:42 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Ramsey has a go and it's deflected off Lukaku's back.

3:43 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ramsey has a long range effort deflected for a corner off of Denayer.

3:44 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And another free header for Ashley Williams - didn't they learn from the first one?

3:44 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!!! Another free header off a Welsh corner and Ashley Williams heads well over.

3:44 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Ginger Winger hoiks a long field effort out of the park.

3:45 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Ginger Winger with a long range effort that makes it halfway back to the Etihad.

3:45 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

For being a team of super stars, the Belgians can look like real amateurs at times.

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

Ramsey picks out Robson-Kanu for a last minute header on goal. They've finished stronger as the half-time whistle goes.

3:47 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!!! A header from Hal Robson-Kanu is straight to Courtois and it's 1-1 at the half as the welsh have made it tougher than the Belgians expected.

3:47 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH Boy! The Belgians must be desperate if they're looking to Hair Boy for Inspiration.

4:02 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The second half is underway

4:02 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I know how frustrating it can be to have Bear in the Red Devils side at club level. It could be equally frustrating to watch him for the Red Devils at the international level.

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

That is desperate.

4:03 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Naughty by Joe Allen on Hazard, but not a card this time

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

Oh - how did The Chunk miss that one? Free header only yards out - open goal.

4:04 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!!! Hair Bear plays Munier down the right and his cross is headed wide by the Chunk, who had a free header.

4:05 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Ginger Winger cuts in and a long range effort is not too far over.

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

Joe Allen is begging for one.

4:06 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hazard cuts in and his shot goes well wide.

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

Oh - Hazard whistles one just by the post. The Belgians seem up for it again - maybe they had some waffles at half time?

4:07 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I think Hair Bear came on for Axel Witsel, who played more like Axel Rose.

4:08 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ashley Williams heads out for a Belgian corner.

4:09 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

BOOM BOOM ! They sure were waffling around in the first half. Perhaps they interpreted the rainy weather as a reason to put in a wishy washy performance.

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

GOAL! Great turn and shot by Robson-Kanu!!!

Wales are 2-1 up!

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

What a story developing here now...how will Belgium respond.

4:13 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Great match now!

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

Robson-Kanu on two goals now, alongside Bale with 3.

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

Hair Bear and Nainggolan make a Monkey Boy sandwich and Hair Bear gets the yellow.

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

Ramsey to take another corner now....

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

Oh - Courtois flapped at that one and Ashley Williams nearly poked home.

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

Belgium's superstars look short of ideas now.

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

Vincent Kompany doesn't look too happy about proceedings.

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

Free kick for Belgium now - Williams hacking Nainggolan

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

Ginger Winger lining up the free kick....

A tame effort deflected off the wall and into the keeper.

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

Bale picks up another corner for Wales off Hair Bear.

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

Another decent chance for Wales - Williams volleys over.

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

Woeful there from the Ginger Winger.

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

Oh - Ginger Winger gets behind but his cross is cut out by Chester.

4:27 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Stalwart defending by Wales here. A real Championship effort.

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

Down to about twenty minutes for Belgium to dig this one out.

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

It would only take one moment of inspiration and brilliance. Belgium have that in spades. But they look devoid of ideas.

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

Oh - how did Hair Bear miss that header!

4:30 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hello mate!!! Sorry for my absence. Someone from school called. I saw the goal from Hal Robson-Kanu and Hair Bear head just wide. Is another upset in the making?

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

Ramsey would be out of the semi now after that yellow card.

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

Martens comes on for the fullback Lukaku - so Wilmots is going for it now.

4:32 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I seemed harsh and Ramsey is out for the semis if Wales advance.

4:32 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Ben Davies just cuts out Hazard's cross. Corner.

4:33 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Jordan Lukau had a nightmare that seemed like something from the Outer Limits or Tales From the Crypt

4:33 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A poor corner from the Ginger Winger us cleared and a headed pass from Hair Bear just eludes Mertens

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

Joe Ledley is off now; Andy King from Leicester on now.

4:34 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Joe Ledley , who ran himself ragged, is replaced by Andy King.

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

The Chunk turns near the box and is brought down but nothing is called.

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

Should have been second yellow card for Davies there.

4:36 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Marc Wilmots will surely walk the plank if the Welsh hold on. The winning goal against the so called superstars will have been scored by someone considered not good enough to play for Reading. Now that's a real Embarrassment.

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

Goalscorer Robson-Kanu comes off - Sam Vokes on.

4:37 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Bob will be pleased as Robson-Kanu , who gets a deserved ovation, is replaced by former Leeds player, Sam Vokes,.

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

One more roll of the dice from Wilmots now. Batshuayi, who scored late on against Hungary to come on.

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

Sam was never with us long enough for me to care.

4:39 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

At least the Belgians will have a short ride home of they do their version of Brexit where Wilmots will sure emulate David Cameron and Woy.

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

Naingollan is brought down in the box now - nothing doing from the ref.

4:40 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The final roll of the dice for Wilmots as Batshuyai, the new Chelsea signing , is on for the Chunk, a former Chelsea player

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

Wales are really riding their luck now - could have given up a couple of penalties.

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

Ref is waving on everything now.

4:41 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Welsh easily clear the corner from the Ginger Winger, whose deliveries have been worse than those from the USPS.

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

GOAL! Sam Vokes kills off the Belgian dreams!!!

1-3 Wales!

4:42 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Problems with the telecast. The Sattellite went out , so time to watch on espn3.

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

Great goal there - lovely chip in from Gunter and Sam Vokes couldn't have met that header more sweetly. He showed Lukaku and Fellaini how to finish off a headed chance.

4:43 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

These matches are killing our points in the France 2016 Predictions game. No one picked either Portugal or Wales - and one of them will be in the Final!

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

Nearly into stoppage time now.

4:47 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

WOW! Wales lead 3-1. Surely that's the end for Marc Wilmots, whose side will exit the tournament in disgrace

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

Well, I somewhat predicted this result with my thread intro. The Belgians have the Premiership stars but they caved in here.

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

Taxi for Wilmots!

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

Wales v. Iceland final?

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

It's been a pleasure chatting with you, mate - I'm off to help Kate with some chores.

4:52 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I have not been able to watch the last ten minutes on the telly or online. Now it's back on and now about to bugger off then on then off.

4:52 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cheers mate. it was a great chatting on yet another upset this tournament.

4:52 PM  

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