Lakenheath Old Boys

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Germany v. Chile

After a couple of fairly dull encounters featuring minnows (e.g., New Zealand), we're got a real cracker between two of the big players in international football in store this afternoon. It's Europe v. South America. Germany, the current World Champions v. Chile, the current Copa America holders. Join me from around 2pm onward for all of the fireworks here on the LOB!

34 Comments:

Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I've pedaled home at lightening speed in a thunder storm in order to settle in to watch this marquee match up. It'll be Germany's kids against Chile's stars. Which one can hold out?

1:45 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Here are the teams getting set in Kazan:

Germany - Ter Stegen, Mustafi, Hector, Ginter, Draxler, Goretzka, Stindl, Can, Sule, Kimmich, Rudy.

Chile - Herrera, Isla, Sanchez, Vidal, Hernandez, Vargas, Beausejour, Medel, Jara, Aranguiz, Diaz.

1:51 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The earlier draw between the Aussies and Cameroon mean that those sides are unlikely to progress. A win for either side this afternoon win qualify them for the semi final stage.

1:54 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

All set to go, now.

1:59 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

England are also facing Poland in the U21 Championship on a busy afternoon of summer footie.

2:00 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Germany hanging on to possession in the early going.

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

GOAL! Alexis knocks in the Chilean opener off the post.

What - not sure this one will count. It's video evidence time.

2:05 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

It will count. Suicidal defender from Mustafi who gave away the ball in a critical area. Odd finish from Alexis who toe poked with his left foot past a thoroughly confused Ter Stegen.

1-0 Chile!

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

That goal is excellent for this match, as it will draw out the Germans who probably would have been happy to play out a draw.

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

Oh - Draxler had a chance at the top of the box but blasted his effort well over.

2:08 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Chile win a corner now. Aranguiz in and Hernandez nods safely into Ter Stegen's arms.

2:10 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Really open attractive match between two good sides now.

2:11 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Kimmich had a chance in the box to nod back to one of his strikers, but he nodded to the keeper.

2:16 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - off the bar from Chile!

2:19 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Stindl picks up the match's first yellow card.

2:20 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Chile have really taken the foot off the gas since scoring. Disappointing.

2:34 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! The Germans are back in this one and right before the interval.

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

Rudy made that one, with a lovely searching pass to Hector on the left who swung in a terrific cross and Stindl was able to slide in with the finish.

1-1!

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

And that's half time.

2:47 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

We're back on for the second half now. This has definitely been the best match in this tournament so far.

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

England's U21s lead through a 6th minute strike by Leicester City's Demari Gray.

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

Chile have a free kick chance early doors. Alexis over it...

Oh - just over the bar. Clever free kick.

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

Vidal tried to find Vargas with a lovely ball but Hector did really well to get back to track back.

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

The pitch-side color commentary from the South American bint is really tedious.

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

Both sides seem satisfied with a score draw at this point.

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

A bit of a delay for an injury to Gary Medel. He may be trudging off here.

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

Vargas off and Rodriguez on now.

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

Coming down to the last minutes here at Kazan. Neither side really pressing for a winner.

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

Julian Brandt, who was excellent the other day against the Aussies, is preparing to come on for a late cameo.

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

Nearly a good one-two between Isla and Alexis.

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

1-0 England at half time in the U21s.

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

Storage time nearly up now.

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

And that's that. This draw means that there is something still at stake in the last two matches in this group over the weekend.

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

Cheerio from me!

3:51 PM  

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