Lakenheath Old Boys

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Chile v. Portugal Live!

The Confederations Cup enters the semi-final stage today with a real cracker. It's Chile, the Copa America holders, against Portugal, the European Championship holders - Ronaldo v. Alexis. I'm hoping for real pre-July 4th fireworks in this one and will be mightily disappointed if it's a cagey international affair. Will you be watching at 2pm EST?

116 Comments:

Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Afternoon, chaps! The preamble to this match has been somewhat overshadowed by the news out of Blighty that Man Citeh have made some serious overtures toward signing Chilean superstar Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal. Cor!

1:31 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The teams now preparing to come out at Kazan:

Portugal 4-4-2: Rui Patricio; Cedric, Bruno Alves, Fonte, Eliseu; Bernardo Silva, William Carvalho, Adrien Silva, Andre Gomes; Ronaldo, Andre Silva.
Subs: Jose Sa, Beto, Luis Neto, Joao Moutinho, Nelson Semedo, Danilo Pereira, Pizzi, Nani, Gelson Martins, Quaresma.

Chile 4-3-1-2: Bravo; Isla, Medel, Jara, Beausejour; Aranguiz, Diaz, Hernandez; Vidal; Sanchez, Vargas
Subs: Toselli, Herrera, Mena, Roco, Silva, Fuenzalida, Sagal, Paulo Diaz, Gutierrez, Rodriguez, Valencia, Puch.

1:48 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Pepe is, of course, suspended so West Ham’s José Fonte comes into the centre of defence. Eliseu also comes in at left back, with Dortmund’s Raphael Guerreiro suffering an foot injury, although there is confusion as to whether it is a fracture or just heavy bruising.

1:49 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Peeeeeeep! And we’re off!

2:01 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Early free kick chance for Portugal. It eventually comes back to Skippy for a headed chance. Couldn't really get over it.

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

Oh - two big saves by the two respective keepers in the space of two minutes!

2:07 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Really good attacking start to this one. Could already be 1-1.

2:07 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Skippy is at it again, getting free on the left and putting a delicious cross over. Andre Silva has been ripping it up for the Portugeezers of late and he should have had a couple already in this match.

2:12 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Bit of handbags between elder statesman Bruno Alves and Vidal.

2:13 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Cedric swings in a cross, and Vidal comes through Ronaldo like a train, winning the ball cleanly but leaving the Real Madrid man on the deck.

2:17 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Beausejour lets fly from distance. Low percentage effort, really.

2:17 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Andre Silva went down hard after going after that headed chance. Down for treatment now. Jara has picked up a yellow.

2:23 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Half an hour gone and we're still goalless here. Chile haven't really done much of anything since that opening chance for Jara.

2:27 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - great chance there for Vargas there. Alexis put a super cross over, Vidal went for the dramatic overhead and somehow contrived to knock it on to Vargas. Sliced it badly.

2:30 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

William goes into the book for a clumsy challenge on Vidal.

2:31 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Hey Bob

bloody Fox can't get their sound right!! The guys are ahead of the pictures!!!
Amateur Hour

2:33 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Hiya, Dave! How are you, mate? Totally agree with you on Fox. I can't believe these chumps have the World Cup rights next year.

2:36 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

And more after that!!


Tomorrow's game... Mexico... Gooooooooaaaaalllll crap

2:37 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Thought you and Kate were going to come east and got the Saratoga racing some time?

2:39 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Absolutely! When I turned on the pre-match stuff, Kate started to complain about El Presidente straight away. I promised her that he wouldn't be on the commentary today.

2:40 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

We're still trying to negotiate with Kate's mom, who's a racing enthusiast.

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

Andre Silva misses another glorious chance.

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

This one started out promisingly but it's fizzled in the past twenty minutes. Shame. Modern football.

2:44 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

This game started off quite well but now it is back to modern day possession crap

2:45 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Wow, great minds think alike!!
Didn't see your comment before mine

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

Sad text, mate. I posted on FB that the Guardian needn't have had to write a long headline about the U21 penalty loss. All they needed to say is, "The sun came up today."

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

Ian Wright, Wright, Wright is surrounded by idiots.

2:58 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Teams out for the second half

The Panel didn't apologize about the sound

Are they just pretending it isn't happening

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

Thank you - the commentator calls out numpty Rob Stone for tempting fate by talking about penalties already.

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

Maybe they have sorted it out
Sounded better for that cross..... of course it was blocked

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

They're just pretending.

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

Atrocious effort by Gomes.... so bad

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

Andre Gomes has a chance - well wide.

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

Pablo Hernandez into the book for a hack on William.

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

Sound off a little still


Should have scored there

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

Have you got the pool open yet, mate?

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

Oh - great effort by Vargas saved well by Rui Patricio.

And then Skippy has a shot saved by Bravo. This game has sprung to life again.

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

Rui Patricio might have hit his head on the post, if the replay is accurate.

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

I was watching the U21s yesterday... England started off so well then just tried to hold on.... and lose on penalties

Matt was napping during the game
I woke him up and had him guess what happened.. his reply... England lost on pens?

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

Who do you want to win here?
Usually I root for the European teams but I think I am in the Chile corner today

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

Decent effort from Vidal...just over

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

Good block by Fonte - who the commentator is calling "Fon-tay" for some reason.

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

LOL! Matt is a genius!

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

I don't like either of these sides, really. I'm not sure that I like many international sides at this point.

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

Skippy hits one well over. His "technique" didn't really come off.

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

Skippy has another free kick chance - plays it short and it comes to nothing. What a nonsense.

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

Any family coming to visit this summer, mate?

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

Don't think so
I have tried to get some to come over but they are getting on me to go over there!

My cousin's hubby spends time in NYC with his work and is coming up this weekend

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

Really don't like this Latin bint who does the color commentary from pitch-side. All she talks about his the players' childhoods - I couldn't give a toss.

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

Well - it has been a while!

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

Nice counter by the Portuguese. Skippy with a deflected shot just wide. Corner.

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

If it works for you, I could see about coming out for the first weekend of the Premiership season. What is that - August 13?

3:30 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Andre Silva is done. He had some big chances early on. My mate Nani on for a late cameo.

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

I really don't want extra time!!

3:34 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Chile have taken the sting out of the game, knocking the ball around the back. It’s really boring.

3:37 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

No thoughts from you about my possibly coming out for the opening Premiership weekend?

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

Of course you're always welcome out here as well.

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

Oh, that slipped by
I think that would work
I think the Starks from North C come the following weekend
Would it just be you?

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

Kath and I should take a trip out there some time

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

You have to laugh at this Bernardo Silva bloke who Citeh have just picked up. He looks rubbish.

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

I'll check with Kate. It's going to depend on the timing of our Virginia trip and then the beginning of the semester stuff the next week.

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

Sadly, this one does look like it's headed for extra time. Shame - I'm with you. I'd like one in off the bum right about now.

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

Come on, Nani - knock one in for us!

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

Someone please score

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

Three stoppage time minutes to come now...sigh....

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

I wonder if football was this bad before but we never saw full matches all the time

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

Chilean fans are excited about something.

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

Maybe so - all we saw were the Cup Finals and the home internationals.

3:50 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Bugger
Full time

3:50 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Each side will get an extra sub for extra time.

3:53 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

We're underway again in the first period of extra time.

3:56 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Gomes plays for Barca... he gets no where near the target ever!!

3:57 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Useless by Bravo... dropped an easy cross there

3:58 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Yet another wasted Andre Gomes shot from range.

3:59 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Alexis had a huge chance. How did he miss the target with that header!?

4:00 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Fin-Tay picks up a yellow for an elbow on Alexis.

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

Modern goalkeepers are ridiculous. Bravo was so flappy on that cross.

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

same ol same ol

4:05 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Bravo hates to use his hands!!
It is moronic

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

Joao Moutinho coming on for Adrien Silva now.

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

Chile are playing with 10 men behind the ball and just Alexis as an outlet now. Terrible.

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

And into stoppage time again (sigh)....

4:10 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

A fourth sub can be used for extra time

I wonder if you can only use your fourth change in OT
Wonder if you can use your 3rd and 4th in extra time

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

These players seem knackered now - don't know why.

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

Ian Wright talks some sense about Claudio Bravo and El Presidente and Lalas give him trouble for it.

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

I don't know how Wrighty puts up with these idiots in the studio

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

Off again.

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

He's getting paid?

4:14 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Good point
Can't imagine what he is going to say about these numpties on 606

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

Someone's getting carded now - it's Bruno Alves, big surprise.

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

I'll look forward to that conversation.

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

There was a good discussion of how rubbish these matches have been on the Guardian Football Weekly podcast with James Richardson.

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

Decent chance there for Chile. Fonte caught the bloke running on to the ball, Silva, but referee pointed for a goal kick. On the replay it looked as if Fonte had caught him but he did go down easily.

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

Kate's running a vacuum now so I can't hear the commentary. It's an improvement.

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

Why not just try and score instead of going down

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

Chile hits the woodwork TWICE!!

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

Oh - off the bar from Vidal! And then off the bar against from Rodriguez. How did that not go in?!

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

Isla trudging off and Fuenzalida on for penalties. One minute of stoppage time to come.

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

Penalties...(sigh)...

If this goes on any longer, MUR will get home from work!

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

Vidal to take first for Chile....

Scores! 1-0 Chile.

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

Quaresma up for Portugal.....

Saved by Bravo - rubbish penalty.

4:35 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Advantage Chile

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

Aranguez up next....

Scores! 2-0!

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

Joao Moutinho needs to score this one....

Saved Bravo! About the same spot too.

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

I guess Wright was WRONG

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

Alexis pops in the third one for Chile!

3-0!

4:38 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Matt thinks he's going to chip it

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

My boy, Nani to save things for Portugal....

Bravo saves again! Chile are on to the Final!

4:38 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Unbelievable..... Portugal failed to score any penalty!!!

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

Bravo is the hero of the hour and no doubt Big Red will be rubbing it in Wrighty's face.

The first two were easy saves but the last one was really good.

4:39 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Boy they are going to give it to Wrighty

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

Chile are getting into the habit of winning on penalties now.

4:40 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Sunday's final in St Pete

Is the next year's final in St Pete or is it in Moscow

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

That's it for me, mate. Nice chatting with you.

4:40 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Three atrocious penalties!!!!!

4:41 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Take Care Bob

4:41 PM  

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