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Saturday, July 02, 2016

Quarterfinal 3 - Germany v. Italy

Now this is a proper quarterfinal. Germany v. Italy. It's the tie of the round, for sure. Don't even think about going anywhere for the next three hours or so. Just settle in with some beverages and snacks and enjoy one of world football's great rivalries with me.

291 Comments:

Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Germany, the world champions, are yet to concede a goal, while Antonio Conte’s side played with thrilling desire and organization to beat Belgium and Spain. Germany have never beaten Italy at a major tournament, though they did tonk them 4-1 in a friendly in March.

1:58 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The teams news for tonight's big clash:

Daniele De Rossi is not fit to start, which is a big blow for Italy as Thiago Motta is also suspended. Stefano Sturaro comes into the midfield. Germany have had an interesting reshuffle, with Benedikt Howedes replacing Julian Draxler.

Germany (possible 4-2-3-1) Neuer; Howedes, Boateng, Hummels, Hector; Khedira, Kroos; Kimmich, Muller, Ozil; Gomez.

Italy (3-1-4-2) Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Parolo; Florenzi, Sturaro, Giaccherini, De Sciglio; Pelle, Eder.

2:03 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'm really surprised to see that my new crush Julian Draxler is out of this one. Italy's midfield looks to be depleted as well. This one could either way.

2:04 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

All of these players will miss the semi-final if they are booked

Germany Hummels, Khedira, Ozil, Boateng, Kimmich.

Italy Buffon, De Sciglio, Chiellini, Pelle, Barzagli, Eder, Bonucci, Sirigu, Zaza, De Rossi, Insigne.

2:38 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good afternoon, mate. I'm here to join you while eating lunch. Great pre-match analysis. I'm predicting that Italy will prevail.

2:41 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

In the Golden Boot stakes, Grazione Pelle is on two goals from the opening four matches. He's one behind the front-runners Bale and Griezmann.

2:41 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The commentary team is Jon Champion and Stuart Robson. Now that's a decent commentary team.

2:42 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Afternoon, MUR - great to hear from you today. What's for lunch?

2:42 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'm alright with them; for some reason Gooner doesn't care for his ex-Gunner from the North.

2:42 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

f someone that we didn't predict is GBB then someone like Yours Truly may be in the running for the Shield.

2:43 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I'm having a ham sandwich how about yourself?

2:44 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I know the Gooner sets very high standards for a commentary team and rightly so, but like you I'm okay with them .

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

Here's a technical question for you - what if all eleven Italian players were booked tonight. With De Rossi injured, that would leave them with only 12 eligible players. If any of their other squad members, they might have trouble fielding a full XI for the semi final. What do you think?

2:46 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Italy is playing a modified 4-4-2 while Germany goes with a surprisingly more defensive formation.

2:46 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

We picked up some Arby's when we did an errand run earlier. A Gyro for me and a Beef and Cheddar for the missus.

2:46 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

That's quite a conundrum .I guess they could treat it like injuries and have players that were cut from the pre Euro squad come on as alternates.

2:48 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Would UEFA allow that at this point?

2:48 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

That's definitely a marquee lunch for a marquee match. Mine is more appropriate for the Faroe Islands vs Gibraltar.

2:51 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

They do for injuries because I don't think they want teams not having enough eligible players for the semis. That would be an embarrassment. They're the ones with the ridiculous rules that yellows carry all the way from game one to the semis. when it should be wiped out once the group stages finish. They need to fix the ridiculous rule they created.

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

I agree - I liked it when they wiped them out after the group matches.

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

Teams coming out now here in Bordeaux.

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

Jon Champion has apparently been working on wine-related puns for this match.

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

It's a battle between two magnificent anthems now. But neither beats La Marseillaise in my book.

2:57 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed. Land of my Fathers is a good national anthem too.

2:58 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Jon is a champion of sticking with appropriate themes.

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

I'm hoping that Red Devil, our resident Mannschaft fan on the LOB might make an appearance today, but he's in Germany attending the 80th birthday party of a favorite family member this weekend.

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

Oh - catch you, mate! Quick on the puns yourself tonight.

3:00 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

That sounds like a great occasion in it's own right. I'm sure they're all watching the match

3:00 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Let's hope these two teams don't bottle it in the face of the pressure tonight in Bordeaux.

Boom boom!

3:00 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Both captains are goalkeepers sticking with the theme of preventing goals.

3:01 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cheers mate and BOOM BOOM, Basil!

3:01 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Is there any chance that this will be an entertaining match if it's being played in Bored eaux

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

Before we start, there’s a minute’s applause for those who died in Dhaka last night, including a number of Italians.

There's been too much of that recently.

3:02 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I presume the moment's applause is for the events that occurred in Istanbul.

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

So, the formalities are over and Germany are about to get us underway.

3:03 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

They're off from Boredeaux

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

We are off

I'm on my phone

3:03 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

That makes sense.

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

Whatsapping and blogging but I have to watch the telly

3:04 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good afternoon, UWS. Great to have you on board. How have you been?

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

Some concerted German pressure from the off.

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

Welcome, UWS - great to have you on the blog today. Are you an Azzurri fan like me today?

3:04 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Loving my first week off

3:05 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I am

3:05 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I expect a cagey affair after that really entertaining match yesterday

3:05 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Hope it's a good game

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

I'm not sure that Italy have had a touch yet!

3:06 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I am too. Yesterday was my first day of summer vacation since I was teaching Summer School.

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

Corner to Italy

3:06 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Italians win a corner

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

First corner goes to the Italians. It'll be aimed at Pelle for sure.

3:07 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Sturaro shoots well wide after a routine from the training ground didn't quite come off.

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

Giaccharini has been so good in this tournament. He wins a corner off Boateng.

3:08 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Jackanory, the ex Black Cat wins another Italian corner.

3:08 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Absolutely an atrocious corner!!!
Almost got lucky
I don't get how these footballers can mis-kick so many times from a standing ball
Another corner...short...and then offside

3:08 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Taken short , LVG style and the Hatchet Man is well offside.

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

It has to be the new balls, right?

3:09 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The cameraman is having an absolute mare. I can't tell which player is making a play half the time.

3:10 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's definitely ballocks.

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

They should be used to the ball by now

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

Cagey so far - no real chances. I hope it improves.

3:11 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I'm not sure why Jopn Champion is surprised that so many players have cards. The Italian players like cards better than those who watch the weepy movies.

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

Don't they change them for every tournament? Could be confusing.

3:12 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A poor corner by Toni Kroos.

3:12 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

They've probably been practicing with them since May

3:13 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Tackles flying in fast and furious, but not really malicious.

3:13 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Khedeira is down from a challenge from the Hatchet Man that looked like a hard, but fair challenge based on the replay

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

Khedira is feeling his groin - outside his shorts - and is also having treatment on his leg after a collision with Chiellini. He’s going to carry on for now.

Nope - he's coming on. Pigstick to replace him.

3:17 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

An early blow for Germany as Kehdeira is motioning to be substituted.

3:17 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

First shot on goal there - a tame effort from Florenzi straight at Neuer.

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

Thinking about the card situation
It used to wipe out after group stages and then lots would be banned for the final with two cards in knock out
Now they don't wipe out until after the quarters so players can't miss the Final with a second yellow
I think they should wipe out after the quarters but players should be out if they get two yellows in group stages but it goes up to three total if they make the knockout

3:18 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Just as Bob stated, the Pig Stick is on for Khedeira.

3:18 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

We were discussing that. Something needs to be done. For example, Ben Davies and Aaron Ramsey are out for the semis because each picked up their second yellow for a ticky tacky challenge because the referee decided to be picky. Your plan sounds as good as any I've heard.

3:20 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I think they should wipe them out after the group stages.

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

Italy haven’t really got into the game as an attacking force. At the moment it’s on the cagey side of respectful, certainly from Italy.

3:22 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Great ball there from Hummels but Gomez couldn't control it.

3:22 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Super Mario just fails to connect on a superb long ball that would have tested Buffon.

3:22 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Jon Champions thinks it's been a "fascinating" opening to the match - I disagree.

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

That's fine Bob but then players are being banned from Final for two yellows in three games and miss the final for two stupid nothing cards
At least now, some will miss Semi none will miss final

3:23 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I think Italy has planned it this way. Their sides are built on absorbing pressure and hitting teams on the counter. I'm sure they're not bothered by the lack of possession.

3:24 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Referees need to stop being so picky. whether it's their fault or due to directives given to them/

3:25 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I'm not sure what is exciting Jon. I guess it's the fact that it's a close contest. He must be chess fan.

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

Eder's got a bloody schnoz now; he's coming off.

3:26 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Eder is for treatment due to a bloody nose from a stray elbow from Boateng.

3:26 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Now an Italian player gets mullered.

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

Sturaro is getting close to a booking now. He's not on the list.

3:28 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Sturaro hacks down Kroos just like De Rossi would.

3:28 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

He's envious of his mates , who get souvenirs from the Hallmark Store.

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

PIgstick has the ball in the net but it's ruled off or a push on Di Sciglio.

3:30 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Pig Stick has a goal disallowed off a cross from Hummels. He was called for a push.It looked the right decision/.

3:30 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Germans are dominating possession, but the Italians have slightly more attempts. Going as expected.

3:31 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The linesman accuses Super Mario of chopping down the Hatchet Man

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

This one is putting me to sleep, gents. Might need a visit to the magical couch at the break.

3:33 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Italy wide open on left
Atrocious cross again

3:34 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

sounds like a great plan. It's perfect whether here for an afternoon siesta.

3:34 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Who was the last team to score against the Germans at a Euro?

3:36 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Is there a 3rd/4th playoff

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

No 3rd/4th game, as I understand it - just semis on Wednesday and Thursday and the final at the weekend.

3:39 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

No. There is not.

3:39 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Another cross deflected
Is the defending better?
I just don't get it

3:39 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Low showing the kind of ball control that Harry Kane did against Iceland.

3:39 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Any guesses to my quiz question?

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

No - it's just lack of ambition.

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

Spain, right?

3:42 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

De Sciglio with a really bizarre clearance that was more a cross giving the Germans a chance to score, but he got away with it/.

3:42 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

No. It was a different team.

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

The Dutch?

3:43 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

No. Not them.

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

Decent ball in from Kimmich but Gomez was well off the mark.

3:44 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Super Mario with not such a super header as he heads high and wide off a cross from Kimmick.

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

It can't have been England - that was way back in 2000.

3:45 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

What is wrong with Muller these days - he would have buried that chance blindfolded in a World Cup match.

3:45 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ping pong action in the Italian box as a shot from Pig Stick came off a teammate and caught Mueller by surprise as he had a tame effort fall easily to Buffon.

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

The game has come to life in the past five minutes. Giaccharini just beats the offside trap and pulls back an inviting ball. Sturaro has an effort deflected wide.

3:46 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!!! Just wide by Sturaro as Jack in the Box beat the offside trap and his cross went back out to Sturaro . It's a corner that's easily headed away

3:47 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

How did Italy not score

3:47 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The answer to the question. The last team to score against the Germans at a euro was none other than the Italians in the semis of the last Euro. Any chance of history repeating itself?

3:48 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A minute of stoppage time/

3:48 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Again another corner fails to beat first man
I don't get it!!

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

Half time
Bloody useless

3:49 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That's half-time - 0-0.

Time to whip out the smelling salts.

3:49 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's 0-0 at the end of a cagey first half where most of the action occurred in the final five minutes of the half.

3:49 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The second half is underway

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

Alright, chaps - buckle in. This one is liable to go the distance. Italy get us underway.

4:05 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

This fixture is being played in the appropriately named BOREDeaux

4:06 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Naughty by Sturaro on Ozil.

4:06 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A bottle of Chateaux Vinoir would hit the spot right about now.

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

Italy have a chance to cross...shocker...fails to find teammate

4:08 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Useless Kroos cross.

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

If Germany were to get knocked out tonight, a lot of our France 2016 Predictions Game friends would be in tough shape going forward. There are several players who have already had three of their four semi final teams knocked out.

4:10 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Howedes trips Pelle, who has not been able to play like Pele this match

4:10 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Some of us picked Germany and some of us picked Italy, so this may be one of the most important matches of the tournament from a PPP point of view.

4:11 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Jon Champion is reduced to recapping some of the bright moments of the first half now.

4:11 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The crossing has been woeful today.

4:12 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Barzagli heads out a cross from Ozil for a corner.

4:12 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Neither team has played like a champion today.

4:13 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Crossing has been woeful all tourney and season

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

Muller flops again - he's been one of the biggest disappointments of this tournaments.

And he nearly scores there! Of course1

4:13 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Saved off the line
Followed by pathetic corner

4:14 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Agreed, MUR - Wales were better. How crazy is that?

4:14 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!! Just wide by Mueller . Nearly identical to the effort from Sturaro from almost the same spot. Also results in a corner that is headed out and Boateng shoots high and wide with a long range effort.

4:14 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Sturaro finally into the book for a catalog of fouls and then dissent. He could have been booked six times over now.

4:16 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed. Really crazy.Since Aaron Ramsey and Ben Davies are suspended , I expect the that semi to be just like this one. All thanks to picky refereeing.

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

Free kick from about forty five yards out - just put back into play (sigh)....

4:16 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I think he was saving up his allowance money to buy his mum a nice card.

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

The cards are coming thick and fast now - Di Sciglio becomes the first player suspended for the semi.

4:17 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Now De Sciglio is booked for a cynical foul and he will be out for the semis.

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

Free kick from 35 yards out - put back into play (sigh)....

4:18 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A short free kick to Boateang and his cross is headed away

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

Parolo now into the book. Italy now starting to look a ragged.

4:19 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Pirolo is booked for a high boot on Super Mario, who disgracefully, makes a meal out of it.

4:19 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Now Sturaro is booked. I think Conte may want to make a change , so he doesn't end up with nine or ten men on the field.

4:20 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

As things stand , De Sciglio is suspended for the semis . De Rossi will be back and I guess Sturaro will fill in for De Sciglio.

4:21 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I was looking forward to this game and we get this
What game should we get excited about?
I don't get it

4:23 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Every team plays exactly the same way

Goal for Germany
About time

4:24 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!!! OZIL GIVES GERMANY THE LEAD.

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

GOAL! Mesut Ozil breaks the deadlock in the quarterfinal!

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

A touch of good fortune with that goal; with a deflected cross just eluding Chellini.

1-0 Germany!

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

So that Italians have about 35 minutes to get back into this one.

4:26 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

This one was route one as a long clearance from Neuer was back headed by an Italian in midfield and landed to Mueller , who found Super Mario down the left. He went on a run and found Jonas Hector , who found Ozil wide open for an easy tap in.

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

Oh - Gomez somehow stayed onside but had to manufacture an awkward back flick effort.

4:28 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!!! A through ball from Ozil found Super MArio , who beat the offside trap and from three yards out had a shot tipped over by Buffon. The corner is headed out by Sturaro.

4:28 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Somehow, I have a feeling that this may be the only goal of the match.It is fitting that the best move of the match led to the goal and that the one time a team played route one they scored. A sign that this may be the way to go?

4:30 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Can you Adam and Eve it? Wales are the top scoring team in the tournament? Who would have predicted that?

4:31 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Draxler on for Super Mario.

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

Julian Draxler replaces SuperMario. I would have had him on from the start. Muller will revert to his more typical role as center forward. Why not play both of them as strikers!

4:32 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!! Pelle shoots wide off a great pass from De Sciglio.

4:34 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I guess Low will feel the result justifies the selection , but it would have made this a much less dreadful match

4:34 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Boateng runs the ball out for an Italian corner.

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

Penalty for Italy - would you Adam and Eve it!

4:36 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A poor corner is easily headed away at the near post then

PENALTY

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

Ridiculous that those handballs are called. No intention at all from Boateng.

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

Bonucci to take...that's odd....

Stutter step (hate it!) and scores!

1-1!

4:37 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!!! BONUCCI SCORES WITH A WELL PLACED PENALTY TO TIE IT UP AND THE ITALIAN BENCH GOES BONKERS

4:38 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The first goal conceded by Germany this tournament and in the most bizarre fashion as a poor corner was crossed in by Florenzi and what I thought was a harsh hand ball called against Boateng, but like Stuart Robson stated, why were his arms hanging out like that?

4:41 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Italians counter and Pelle has a shot deflected for a corner that is headed away and goes all the way back to Buffon. That drives me nuts.

4:42 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I guess the Italians will continue to be a bogey team for the Germans.

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

This one will definitely run to extra time now.

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

I'm not so sure - I always fancy the Germans in extra time and definitely in a penalty shoot-out. Have they ever lost one?

4:44 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Darmian to come on - so Conte is playing for extra time. Not going for it.

4:45 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Yes. They did in the 1976 Euro Final.

4:46 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Darmian going on for Florenzi. He could be used as almost a winger to surprise the Germans. You never know.

4:47 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Here's the definition of handball from the FIFA website: "A handball occurs if any player, other than the team’s goalkeeper within his own penalty area, deliberately handles the ball when in play. A ball can be handled with any part of the arm, from the tips of a player’s fingers right up to the shoulder."

Nothing about "unnatural" vs. "natural" positions.

4:48 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!!! Just wide by De Sciglio as he almost beat Neuer at his near post.

4:49 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hummels is booked for a foul on Florenzi and will be out for the semis if Germany advances.

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

Hummel now out of the semis for a yellow card offense.

4:50 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Three minutes of stoppage time/.

4:50 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Based on the rules, that seemed a harsh penalty decision.

4:50 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Germans are pushing for a late winner , but cannot get a shot off.

4:52 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Thank you, MUR - we're both fully paid up member's of the defender's union, eh?

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

Maybe time for one more chance. Nope - ref blows for time. Into extra time, second quarterfinal to do so out of three (sigh)...

4:53 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's 1-1 as we're headed towards a half hour of ET.

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

Well that second half was livelier - let's hope that they keep it up.

4:59 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

ET is underway in BORED euax

4:59 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Absolutely, mate. I'm paid in full for a lifetime membership.

5:00 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Apparently that was the first penalty Bonucci had ever taken in a competitive match - wow!

5:01 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Another player suspended for a really picky booking as Pelle fouls Boateng and is out for the semis if Italy prevails.

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

Based on the way this match has been played, I wouldn't mind seeing a few of these players suspended.

5:01 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Both are fully paid members of the Plonkers Union

5:02 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Muller and Chellini with some handbags - ref calms them down.

5:02 PM  

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