Lakenheath Old Boys

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Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Semi-final 1 - Wales v. Portugal

We've reached the semi-final stage at France 2016. As irony would have it, the one side that England actually beat in this tournament are now in a semi-final against Portugal, who have drawn four matches on their way to these finals. That's how woeful these last few weeks have been. But the Red Dragons are representing the UK today - and I'll be backing them. Join me for an afternoon snack, won't you?

173 Comments:

Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good afternoon, Bob. I will join you before I leave for a trip to Florida. I will be rooting for the Red Dragons.

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

The disappointment of England might have tempted us to forget that Wales play for a place in the final of the European Championship. No British side has ever reached the final of a major tournament overseas. Cor!

2:45 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Afternoon, mate - when do you leave for your trip?

2:45 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I will leave as soon as this match ends. If there is ET then I will have to miss that.

2:50 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It is extremely ironic that Wales could be the first U.K. team to win a major tournament overseas..

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

The teams now lining up in the tunnel:

Portugal (4-1-3-2) Rui Patricio; Cedric, Bruno Alves, Fonte, Guerreiro; Danilo; Joao Mario, Renato Sanches, Adrien Silva; Nani, Ronaldo.

Wales (3-5-1-1) Hennessey; Chester, Williams, Collins; Gunter, Allen, Ledley, King; Taylor; Bale; Robson-Kanu.

Referee Jonas Eriksson (Sweden)

2:53 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Both teams in their change kits as it's Portugal in all lime green and Wales in all black.

2:54 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I hope you have a relaxing journey - how long will you be in the Sunshine State?

2:54 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Plenty of Welsh support as evidenced when " Land of Our Fathers " was sung.

2:56 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cheers, mate.I arrive around 10 PM this evening and leave Monday morning in a Penske truck. It will be part relaxation and part taking care of matters at our parents house before we rent it out.

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

On a night like this, it’s hard not to think about Gary Speed. He did so much for this team in his time as manager.

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

Good for you, mate!

2:59 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I t looks like a defensive Welsh lineup as Andy King replaces the suspended Aaron Ramsey and James Collins to replace the suspended Ben Davies. Chris Coleman responds with an Italian style lineup. I guess the plan is to crowd the midfield and deny Portugal space.

2:59 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed, mate.He deserves a great deal of credit for laying the foundation.

3:00 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

They're off from Lyon.

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

Wales get us started wearing black; Portugal in a light green number. Not sure why one or the other couldn't wear their first strip.

3:00 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cheers, mate.

3:01 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Three lions will not be in Lyon.

3:01 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A tad naughty By Joe Allen on Raphael

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

The playacting starts early as Joe Allen fouls a little Portugeezer who reacts as if he's been shot.

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

Skippy goes over looking for something and the ref waves on - lovely.

3:03 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A superb tackle by Ashley Williams on Skippy, who went down , looking for a cheap free kick after a poor pass that eluded Joe Allen.

3:04 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's Portugal with all the early play acting. They don't think they can defeat the Welsh on their own merit?

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

I don't think so - this could be either a really exciting match with loads of goals or it could be a stinker. Can't tell yet.

3:06 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Joe Allen is caught in possession and is booked for a foul on the idiotic Nani, who makes the most of it.

3:08 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It looks to be a tactical battle based on early observations. I hope I'm wrong.

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

Joe Allen as begging for that card and now he'll have to watch himself for 80 minutes.

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

Skippy's really irritated now, as Collins drapes himself all of the boy from a cross. Wales are riding their luck now.

3:10 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Great defending by the Welsh as first, Skippy went down , looking for a penalty on a challenge by James Collins then completely missed the ball , attempting a bicycle off a of great marking by James Collins.

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

Stewart Robson is a plonker, calling for penalties here, there and everywhere.

3:12 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Great news . Melanie just informed me that she passed two AP tests, scoring a 3 on the U.S. History test and 4 on the Music Theory test.

3:13 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

He sure is. The referees have been picky during this tournament. They need to let the players play and let the best team make the final.

3:13 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Renato Sanches, who could be one to watch in the future, has been bright and breezy in possession so far. Nothing much is happening, in truth, but the occasion is such that even the dull stuff is crackling with tension.

3:14 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That's outstanding. Give Melanie my hearty congratulations!

3:15 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Skippy is having a poor start to this match. Will that continue?

3:15 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Good evening gents. We just returned from our Germany visit yesterday. The PKs from Germany-Italy took 5 years off my life. So, now I'm as old as the rest of you ;)

3:15 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I sure will. Thank you.

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

Joao Mario worked a nice one-two with Skippy and then hit a cross-shot wide of the mark.

3:16 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Well, in Ronaldo's defense, he probably deserved a penalty when he got horse-collared.

3:16 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Jao Mario drags an effort wide . The first decent chance of the match

3:16 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

I have been largely internet-less for the last 6 days, and am thus out of the loop. Where is Ramsey?

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

Evening, Red Devil - great to have you back. How was the party?

3:17 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good afternoon, Red Devil . Great have you on board. I think He would have been awarded the penalty if he wasn't so theatrical. Otherwise, he's done practically nothing.

3:17 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Monkey Boy wins a corner with a run down the left

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

Ramsey was yellow carded in the match against Belgium and is suspended tonight.

3:18 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ramsey and Ben Davies are suspended due to yellow card accumulation.

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

Oh - nicely worked corner routine and the ball fell to Monkey Boy in the box. Blazed over. Good chance for him.

3:19 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Monkey Boy shoots wide off a corner from Joe Ledley that looked like something off the training ground.

3:19 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Jon Champion just mentioned that Wales could be in the Confeds Cup next year.

3:21 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

The Ramsey loss appears huge at the moment. there is no creativity whatsoever in the Welsh game. Still, with the exit of Iceland, Ledley has the best beard in the tournament.

3:21 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A cross from Bale is gathered by Rui Patricio.

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

Oh - Monkey Boy did really well there to get to the by-line and get his cross over. King was inches away.

3:22 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed. He is a classic beardy.

3:22 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Bale goes on a solo run on a counter, but his shot is straight to Rui Patricio.

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

Monkey Boy is starting to come to life here. Races forward and hits a shot straight at Rui Patricio.

3:23 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Collins heads out a cross from Cedric for a Portugese corner.

3:23 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The corner from Joao Mario eludes everyone and goes harmlessly out of play.

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

Jon Champion with a nice shout out to Gary Speed.

3:24 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Wow. Bruno Alves has gotten really slow. The loss of Pepe is pretty major.

3:25 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!! Robson - Knamu goes on a run down the right and his cross is headed over by Monkey Boy. I guess it's a corner . It's headed away.

3:25 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Renato sanches leads a counter , but is stopped by a superb tackle by Neil Taylor.

3:26 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed, Red Devil . Old man Bruno is not quite the same as Pepe. He was sent off in a friendly at Wembley just before the tournament started.

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

When Ricardo Carvalho plays, Portugal's center back pairing has a combined age of 185.

3:27 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Boy would I hate to play with Ronaldo. He is constantly calling for the ball to be played his way. How distracting.

Though of course, if I were playing with Ronaldo, that would mean I was on Madrid and earning a bunch.

3:29 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A long range effort from Raphael nearly clears the stadium.

3:29 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good point, Red Devil. I agree.

3:30 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed, Bob. There's experience then there's Dad's Army.

3:31 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

I think only Germany, Spain, and Russia/USSR have made it to the euro semis more than Portugal.

3:31 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Adrien Silva drags a long range effort harmlessly wide.

3:32 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

They did mention Germany. I agree with Spain, but not sure about Russia/USSR. France have made some semis as well.

3:34 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

I've mentioned previously how much I love to watch the Portuguese manager, Santos. I can just imagine that he sounds like Alan Arkin.

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

I would imagine the Ronaldo has the youngsters like Renato Sanches clean his boots. He's a prima donna.

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

Which era of Arkin's career?

3:36 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Good lord, the last ten minutes have been ponderous.

3:37 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Naughty by Bruno Alves on Robson-Kanu. He's begging for a card.

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

I suspect Wales will be really pleased with how it has gone so far, possibly Portugal too.

3:40 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

That would be pretty horrible as Sanches has had a much better tournament than Skippy. Bob may remember that I picked him as their young player to watch. How was my prediction.

3:41 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Probably so. I wonder if this will be decided in ninety minutes.

3:41 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Skippy has a shot come off of James Collins for a corner.

3:42 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The corner is headed straight up into the air and easily gathered by Hennessey.

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

I hope so - we've got yard work to do this afternoon. It's supposed to rain from tomorrow through the weekend.

3:43 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The stats show that it's been a fairly even match.

3:43 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

a great cross by Adrian Silva is headed over by Skippy.

3:44 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Sorry, the game had me in a daze. Arkin as an old man.

3:45 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's 0-0 at the end of a cagey first half.

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

Boos ring out around the ground in Lyon as the players troop off. 0-0.

Another rubbish first half for Portugal.

3:46 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

If Portugal makes it past this game, I think France or Germany will have the ability to break them down.

3:56 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The second half is underway from Lyon.

4:01 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Second half starting up again...the Geezers kicking us off.

4:01 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I agree. I think the winners of the other semi will win the tournament.

4:02 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Boy, a Croatia-Belgium semi would have been a lot more fun.

But, let's be positive and hope that at least one of the squads raises their game today.

So far, Bale has been the most impactful player of the game, but he is quite isolated.

4:02 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I should hope so - they've been terrible in this tournament and yet have made it to the penultimate stage .

4:04 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

RONALDO!

4:05 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed. We expect better from the semis.I thought Joao Mario had a great first half.

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

GOAL! Skippy breaks the deadlock (sigh)....

4:06 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!!! SKIPPY HEADS IN A CORNER FROM RAPHAEL.

4:06 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Don't know why Wales did not have a stronger headball player marking Ronaldo on that corner.

4:07 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It all started with a free kick conceded by Joe Allen that was headed out by James Collins and Skippy rose above James Chester to head home.

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

Poor marking from the corner but it was a stonking header from the Real Madrid man.

Ties the record for goalscoring in the Euros with Michel Platini. Of course, Platini scored all nine in 1984.

4:07 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Now Wales win a free kick

4:08 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Rui Patricio easily punches away the free kick from Monkey Boy.

4:08 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Nani tips home a Skippy scuffed cross shot. What bad luck for Wales.

2-0 Port!

4:09 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!!! NANI DIVERTS IN A WAYWARD SHOT FROM SKIPPY AFTER A CROSS FROM RAPHAEL WAS HEADED OUT .

4:10 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

There was an element of luck to the goal as Nani seemed to know little about that shot.

4:11 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A scuffed free kick from Monkey Boy is easily gathered by Rui Patricio.

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

Hard to see Wales clawing it back now - they haven't been able to invent much without Ramsey in the side.

4:12 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Two former United players look to have put Portugal into the final on Sunday to be sacrificial lambs.

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

They'll need to throw caution to the wind now and take off one of the water carriers (e.g., Joe Allen) and stick on a forward.

4:13 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A tad naughty by Neil Taylor on Renato Sanches.

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

Chris Coleman has heard me - Ledley off and Sam Vokes on. Good move.

4:14 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Sam Vokes, the former LUFC player, is on for Joe the Beardy Ledley. That sounds like what the doc ordered.

4:14 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I think Nani has three goals this tournament and Skippy is on two. Is that correct?

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

First action for Vokes - he might trouble the static Alves if Wales get some attacks going.

4:17 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Great tackle by Bruno Alves on Sam Vokes off a long ball from Monkey Boy after Skippy conceded a free kick then James Chester is booked for a foul on Skippy.

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

Yellow card now Chester and now a free kick chance for Skippy.

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

Skippy is now on three goals in this tournament, one behind Griezmann. Strangely, considering his scoring record at this tournament, no one picked him.

4:19 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!!! The free kick from Skippy is inches over, but he continues his streak of never scoring from a free kick in a Euro

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

A sad day for Robson-Kanu comes to an end. Simon Church on for him.

4:19 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Ronaldo scored twice on Hungary, so they each have 3

4:20 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Simon Church of the Fake Dons, is on for Hal Robson-Kanu, who does not have a club.

4:20 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Thanks for the updates.

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

Really poor free kick by Monkey Boy there - sailed right into Rui Patricio's arms.

4:20 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The free kick from Bale is straight to Rui Patricio.

4:21 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!!! Hennessey spills a long range effort from Nani and thankfully, Joao Mario shot the rebound wide.

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

I believe that Griezmann now has four and leads the Golden Boot competition. And he still has a match tomorrow.

4:22 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The final roll of the dice for Chris Coleman as Johnny Williams is on for James Collins.

4:22 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Sam Vokes heads over a cross from Monkey Boy.

4:23 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A tad naughty by Chris Gunter on Renato Sanches.

4:24 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Nani has a cross deflected for a corner that Hennessey just failed to keep in.

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

Oh - Fonte was on the end of that corner. Grabbed out of the air by Hennssey. And Alves picks up a yellow for holding up play.

4:27 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Jose Fonte heads a corner from Joao Mario straight to Hennessey and Bruno Alves is booked for preventing a Welsh break.

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

Skippy goes into the book for kicking the ball away after fouling Johnny Williams.

4:28 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Skippy shows his stupidity by kicking the ball away after fouling Johnny Williams. James Chester heads the free kick from Monkey Boy well over.

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

Monkey Boy with a decent free kick in but Chester could only head over.

4:28 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Renato Sanches shoots well over after a solo run off a long clearance.

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

Renato Sanches runs up the pitch, leans back and blazes well over. And he gets the hook for it. Gomes on for him.

4:29 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Sanches has been quite a tool this entire tournament. I don't know how he continues to figure for this squad.

4:30 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Andre Gomes is on for Renato Sanches, who put in a decent shift.

4:30 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I can't actually see Renato Sanches making much of an impact at Chelski.

4:30 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Not enough Welsh bodies committed in the box. When Gunter put the cross over, there were only three Welsh forwards in the box.

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

Monkey Boy tries a pop but it curved comfortably into Rui Patricio's arms.

4:32 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Monkey Boy has a powerful long range effort go straight to Rui Patricio off a pass from Johnny Williams.

4:33 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Skippy has a shot come off of Neil Taylor's tummy for a corner. The corner is headed away then Hennessey nearly fumbles a shot from Danilo over the line , but gathers just to prevent that

4:34 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The experienced Joaao Moutinho is on for Adrien Silva.

4:35 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I think Renato Snaches signed for Bayern, not Chelski.

4:35 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Joao Moutinho on for Adrien Silva now.

4:36 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!!! Rui Patricio had to stretch full length to save a swerving long range effort from Monkey Boy

4:36 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hard to believe that this will be the first match Portugal will win in ninety minutes.

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

Ashley Williams tries one from outside the box and Vokes gets in the way of it.

4:37 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

What a shame that a great shot by Ashley Williams was blocked by Sam Vokes.

4:37 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Danilo trips Monkey Boy about thirty yards from goal.

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

Monkey Boy earns a free kick off Joao Mario some forty yards out. He's got the ability to hit this one.

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

The shot goes straight into the wall and then he tries to win another free kick. Nothing doing.

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

Portugal dropping very deep now to protect this lead.

4:39 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

What ever happens, this has been a great run by Wales and a tournament these players will never forget.

4:41 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!!!A superb run down the left by Andre Gomes and a superb long ball to Skippy, who rounds Hennessey, but shoots into the side netting from a narrow angle.

4:42 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Like for like as Quaresma is on for Nani.

4:42 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Monkey Boy is booked for a high boot on Cedric.

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

Monkey Boy gets a yellow card for a high boot on Cedric.

4:44 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Quaresma wins a corner off of Neil Taylor.

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

Quaresma, the substitute, earns a valuable corner for Portugal now that will take seconds off the clock.

4:45 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Skippy heads straight to Hennessey off the corner from Quaresma.

4:46 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Three minutes of stoppage time.

4:46 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

a rash foul by Joe Allen, who could be off for a second yellow, but the ref is lenient.

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

Of course, when I finally wanted Wales to win...

4:48 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Straight into the wall by Skippy. Still yet to score from a free kick in a Euro.

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

It's Route 1 time for Wales.

4:49 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed. A shame .

4:49 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's over and Portugal are in the final, defeating Wales 2-0.

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

That's it - Portugal are through to their second Euro final. They'll be meeting up with either Germany or France.

4:49 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It was great chatting with you. I'm off to the airport. I will try to see if I can chat with you tomorrow and Sunday.

CHEERS!

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

A valiant effort from the Red Dragons tonight but they really didn't have the quality to defeat Portugal.

I was thinking all match that England probably would have been beaten in similar fashion, perhaps 2-1 or 3-2 or on pens, but I can't see England having beaten this side.

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

I'm off to work in the backyard now, guys. Nice chatting with you!

4:51 PM  

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