Lakenheath Old Boys

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Germany v. Australia Live!

A very good Monday morning to all of you in LOB land. I'll be around watching the marquee match on Day 3 of the Confederations Cup this morning, which sees the current World Champions Germany taking on Australia who are here because they've the current winners of the Asia Cup. Join me from 11 am EST onward for all the live action!

40 Comments:

Blogger The Blue Devil said...

This should be a fascinating opportunity to take a look at the next generation of German stars, as Jurgi Loew has taken the opportunity to run out a number of kids, including several who won an Olympic Gold last summer.

10:53 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The teams news out of Russia this afternoon:


Australia

Ryan; Degenek, Sainsbury, Wright; Leckie, Milligan, Mooy, Behich; Luongo, Rogic; Juric
Germany

Leno; Kimmich, Mustafi, Rudiger, Hector; Goretzka, Rudy, Stindl; Draxler, Brandt, S.Wagner

11:00 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

We're all set to go - both sides playing in their traditional kits thankfully. Aussies to get us underway.

11:01 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

A fairly empty Sochi stadium this afternoon. That won't please the organizers.

11:01 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

A bit messy in the opening stages, Aussies really pressing the Germans in midfield.

11:02 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Much the Germans forward work will go through skipper Julian Draxler.

11:05 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Well that was easy enough. 1-0 Germans!

11:05 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Young Brandt steamed by the fullbacks down the right and pulled back an inviting ball for Stindl to side foot home. Easy.

11:06 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Fortunately, since Mexico aren't playing today we don't have to suffer through more of "El Presidente's" absurd goal celebrations.

11:07 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - close call there. Great volleyed cross over and the Hoffenheim striker Wagner should have buried the diving header.

11:17 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Germany looking robotically impressive as always. A bit frightening.

11:17 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Brandt is murdering the Aussie backline down the right time and again. This time he pulls back to Goretska who's touch let him down.

11:20 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Brandt nearly squeezes in one from a tight angle. Matty Ryan bailed them out.

11:29 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Some more suicidal defending nearly lets Germany in again. They really should be filling their boots here.

11:30 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

A rare chance for the Socceroos, with a standard free kick lofted in. The defender Sainsbury got around the German back four but got his header all wrong.

11:38 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

More inventive German attacking now - they really should be 3 or 4 up if they gave a toss about this tournament.

11:41 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! The Socceroos are level now!!!

11:42 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

To their credit, the Aussies kept at their task and got their reward. Rogic got two bites at the cherry. His first shot was heading well wide but cannoned off the back of one of the big German defenders and landed fortunately at Rogic's feet. He made no mistake with his second effort. Goalkeeper Leno will want that one back, as it went under his body.

1-1!

11:43 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Germany turn up the heat again and get a penalty! Luongo upends Goretska in the area.

11:44 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Skipper Draxler steps up to take...

Knocks it home easily.

2-1!

11:45 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Half-time, then. Germany seem in total control here, able to score at will. They really should be four or five up but for some profligate finishing by Wagner.

11:55 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

We're back on for the second half at Sochi.

12:10 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Well that didn't take long. Germany have started where they finished.

12:10 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Simple, and excellent. Kimmich has the ball out on the right, briefly looks stuck but then clips a delicious left-footed pass into the right channel of the area. Goretzka runs onto it, steadies himself and places a firm side-foot half-volley past Ryan.

12:10 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Keep in mind that this is a very makeshift, second string German side that's giving Australia a chasing here today. Frightening to imagine what they're first team would do to them.

12:11 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Goric does well to skip by two and picks up a great free kick chance now. Goretzka gets the yellow.

12:13 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

3-2 really would be a flattering scoreline if this one flew in the top by Leno.

12:14 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Blimey - the Socceroos are back in it! Or are they - it's a VAR check now.

12:16 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

It is 3-2, don't you know! Leno with another blunder and he's unlikely now to have another opportunity to play in goal for his country now. Calling Manuel Neuer!

12:17 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

We've reached the hour mark so some changes are nigh.

12:28 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Werner has hit the post! Nearly 4-2 there.

12:33 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Another German change now - Stindl off and Liverpool favorite Emre Can on.

12:37 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Kruse nearly gets the equalizer. Big chance!

12:37 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Leno did well to come off his line there and do some sweeping work.

12:39 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Goalscorer Goric comes off and old boy Tim Cahill comes on.

12:45 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Great block there by Arsenal man Mustafi as Behich was threatening to lay a cross on for Cahill.

12:47 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

How direct is this Timo Werner kid from Leipzig. Tried to beat the entire Aussie backline and then fired his shot just wide.

12:49 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Aussies really trying to press for the equalizer now. Germans sitting back. Cor!

12:52 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That's it - full time and the Germans have eked out a 3-2 win.

In truth, Germany only played at full tilt for about ten minutes or so. That plus some bungles by goalkeeper Leno allowed the Socceroos to dream.

12:53 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That's over and out for me today, chaps!

12:54 PM  

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