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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Group B Comes to an End

Who will join Portugal and Mexico in the semi finals of the 2017 Confederations Cup? It's Germany v. Cameroon on the regular Fox channel and Chile v. Australia on FS1. I'll be in and out doing some errands but join me if you're watching.

131 Comments:

Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The teams now out on the pitch at Sochi enjoying the anthems:

Germany: Ter Stegen, Ginter, Plattenhardt, Draxler, Demirbay, Werner, Can, Rudiger, Sule, Kimmich, Rudy.

Cameroon: Ondoa, Mabouka, Anguissa, Teikeu, Ngadeu, Moukandjo, Aboubakar, Bassogog, Siani, Djoum, Fai C.

10:56 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good morning, Bob. Great to chat with you this morning

10:58 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Hi there, David - how is your weekend going?

10:58 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Cameroon and the Aussies would need big wins in their respective matches in order to go through to the semis. Odds are on Germany and Chile to progress.

11:00 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Timmy Cahill becomes a cap centurian for the Aussies while Sochi becomes only the second venue to host a major summer tournament match and be a former Winter Olympic venue

11:00 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

They're off from Sochi and Moscow

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

And we're underway from Sochi, Cameroon getting us going.

11:01 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Great. Thanks for asking. How is your weekend? Helping Melanie pack for her trip to San Marcos for Freshman Orientation and Jacquelyn so she can babysit her grandfather while Elizabeth and Melanie are in San Marcos.

11:02 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The announcer mentioned that the only competitive meeting between Germany and Cameroon was in 2002 when there was a baker's dozen yellow cards and a pair of reds. I don;t see that today as the referees are clamping down on the nonsense and the Germans have evolved since then.

11:04 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Nice one, mate. I hope Melanie enjoys the trip. Exciting times for her.

11:04 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I noticed that when I picked an image. There were lots of pictures of a big ruck involving Michael Ballack and the Arsenal old boy Lauren.

11:05 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Aranguiz feels the force of challenge from MAssiomo LUongo of QPR, who regularly makes those challenges in the Championship.

11:05 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Thanks, mate.She, Elizabeth, and Elizabeth's nephew will be back Thursday evening.

11:06 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I remember that well. Neither payer ever saw a confrontation worth avoiding.

11:07 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Superb save by new Seagulls keeper, Matty Ryan, off a superb volley from Vidal. He saved the rebound as well.

11:08 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Djoum had a go and the deflected effort could have gone anywhere.

11:10 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Timmy Cahill with a late challenge on Vidal. Mutual respect between both players , who see the funny side of it.

11:10 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Kate says "hi" to you and your family. She's being very kind by allowing me to watch on a busy Sunday.

11:10 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Onoa , in the Cameroon goal, punches away a cross that he should have caught.

11:11 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Great kick save by Matty Ryan from Vargas, who was just offside off a superb through ball from Alexis.

11:12 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hello to Kate and wishing her the best. I thank her for letting me chat with you today.

11:13 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Chris Hughton will have a decision to make as he will have to decide whether the number 1 jersey goes to Matty Ryan or David Stockdale , who has kept goal ad done a great job the past few seasons.

11:15 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Juric got away with a head butt on Fuenzalida. The Aussies are lucky not to be a man down.

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

Cameroon are pressing rather well. The Germans very casual in this outing.

11:17 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cahill fouls Vargas about 35 yards from goal.

11:19 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Chile have a free kick but it's rifled into the Aussie wall.

11:19 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Vidal more like Gore Vidal with that free kick into the wall.

11:20 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I' watching the match from Moscow on the telly and the one from the former Winter Olympic/ current seaside resort city, on the computer.

11:21 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I really don't like this Russian bint who's been doing the sideline commentary, focusing on player's childhoods. Ugh!

11:21 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Luongo booked for a challenge on Vidal. Those may be legal in the Championship, but not in international footie.

11:22 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Germans Can NOT find the back of the net as a long range effort is wide.

11:23 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed. She's really irksome. We're watching that from Russia NOT with love.

11:23 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Can bangs one just wide of the right post. Not far away.

11:24 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Diaz cuts out a pass from Robbie Kruse for the Aussie's first corner.

11:24 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Kimmich should have buried that diving header. Just wide.

11:24 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Kimmich heads a great cross from Plattenhardt wide.

11:25 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Chile and Germany will go through if the current scores hold up. Chile would win the group on goal difference.

11:26 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Sebastian Rudy tries a pop from distance. Well over the mark.

11:27 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Video evidence is being used to determine if Alexis should have been awarded a penalty after trapping down a long ball. It seemed fair, IMHO. It looked a super tackle.

11:27 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The advantage for the side who tops the group is an extra rest day and playing Mexico rather than Portugal.

11:27 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I agree - Alexis went down too easily, IMHO.

11:28 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The ref/ VAR agrees with me, but not Aliie Wagner, who seems to think every challenge is a foul.

11:28 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Chile vs mexico would be interesting as several Chile Players play in the Mexican League and showed their thirst by going seven up vs Mexico last Summer In Copa America Centanario.

11:30 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

James Troisi is booked for a rugby tackle on Vidal.

11:31 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Timmy Cahill becomes the latest Aussie booked as it was a rash challenge on Aranguiz. Not sure he's arguing.VAR is being used to see if it should be changed to a red card.Dr. Joe says it should be red.

11:34 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'm liking the look of this Timo Werner bloke - he's very direct.

11:35 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It stays yellow . A sending off would have been horrible for Cahill on his 100th Aussie appearance.

11:35 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Christian Bassagog did well to weave his way into the box but the Germans did well to track him.

11:36 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Bravo! Well done as it was a great close range block from Cahill off a superb chipped pass from Troisi.

11:36 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Chile win another free kick.

11:37 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A poor free kick from Aranguiz is headed away

11:37 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Bai picks up a good free kick chance off Can.

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

Oh - dangerous free kick delivery in but well shepherded out for a corner by Rudiger. Corner comes to nowt.

11:39 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Fai Collins goes down too easily and the ref falls for it as Cameroon are awarded a free kick

11:39 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Makndjou takes and it's headed out by Rudiger for a Cameroon corner.

11:40 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!! TROISI GIVES THE AUSSIES AN UNLIKELY LEAD VS CHILE!

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

Wow! That will set the cat amongst the pigeons in this group!

11:43 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Really poor by a talented Chile side. A long clearance by Bravo was not properly trapped and was picked out by Robbie Kruse, who went on run , played a one two with Trent Sainsbury then found Troisi , with a superb through ball that was put away past Bravo.

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

Germany top the group now on 5 points. Chile and Oz are tied on points with Chile hanging on to a slim goal difference margin.

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

Oh - Anguissa had a big chance at the back post. Ter Stegen kept it out with an acrobatic effort.

11:45 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Onoa with a superb close range block fropm Werner off a gross from Plattenhardt , but the offside flag was raised.

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

Into stoppage time now.

11:46 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ter Steegen with a superb tip over.

11:46 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Sainsbury clears off the line to prevent an equalizer by Chile.

11:47 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Half time arrives in Sochi - 0-0 here while the Aussies are pegging Chile back. Interesting.

11:47 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Then Sainsbury should have put the Aussies two up as he volleyed wide with just Bravo to beat.

11:48 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Aussies have a shock 1-0 lead vs Chile at the half while it's 0-0 between Germany and Cameroon at the half.

11:48 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

If results hold, Germany would win the group with five points.while Chile and the Aussies have four points , but Chile has a +1 gd while the Aussies are even. A second Aussie goal would see them overtake Chile.

11:50 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Juan Antonio Pizzi makes a substitution for Chile as Martin Rodriguez is on for Fuenzalida.

12:04 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The second half is underway

12:05 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Actually, a double substitution from Pizzi as Pablo Hernandez is on for Aranguiz.

12:05 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Is there an upset brewing in what has otherwise been a really predictable tournament up to this point?

12:06 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!!!!! DERAMBAI GIVES GERMANY THE LEAD!

12:07 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Derembai went on a solo run then passed to Drexler, who returned the pass with a cheeky back heel, then Dermebai scored from just outside the box with a cracker in the upper 90.

12:08 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Germans in the driver's seat now. Great goal from Demirbay!

12:09 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Dermebai shoots over from close range off a pass from Plattenhardt as Cameroon were all over the place.

12:09 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Werner wins a corner off a long pass.

12:10 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

As things stand Germany is running away with the group or we should say cruising. Looks like a date with Mexico on Thursday.

12:11 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!! Chile were caught out by a short Aussie free kick, but were saved by the offside flag as Juric had a close range shot blocked by Bravo

12:12 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Aussies win a corner as Werner sliced wide with just Onoa to beat

12:12 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Bravo fist away the corner then Martin Rodriguez fouls Juric.

12:13 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Great double save by Onoa from Werner and Brandt. Cahill with a free header off the free kick straight to Bravo.

12:14 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cameroon has a defender done as play has stopped in Sochi.

12:15 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Milligan , who scored the penalty vs Cameroon , is on for Cahill and takes the captain's arm band as well.

12:16 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Vidal booked for a foul on Luongo.

12:16 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

An attacking change for Cameroon as Ngameleu , a striker, is on for Djoum, a midfield player.

12:17 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ryan saves from Alexis after ping pong in the Aussie box while Kimmich clumsily concedes a free kick to Cameroon. Into the wall by Makandjou.

12:19 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Aboubakr shoots wide off some nice passing.

12:19 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Well wide by Djoum as Cameroon's play has imp[roved since that substitution.

12:20 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Siani booked for Cameroon. The Aussies with a second change as MacLaren is on for Juric.

12:21 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

That challenge is being reviewed to see if the yellow should be changed to red.

12:22 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Pure chaos now as Siani was initially shown a yellow then after video evidence review a red. And now it appears it was Mabouka instead. Mistaken identity. Wow!

12:24 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Werner finally gets his goal after a lot of hard work.

12:25 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Chaos amidst the review and
WOW! it's being changed to red. No now it's being reviewed again. A really lengthy stoppage. It's a red.The issue was that the correct player be sent off and Mabouka is sent off as he was the one that committed the foul. Siani must have talked himself into the book.

12:25 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Great cross over and a super effort with the diving header from Timo Werner. Germany cruising it.

12:25 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Chile have leveled it now and that should wrap up their passage through to the semis.

12:26 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!! GERMANY TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE EXTRA MAN AND IT'S WERNER WITH HIS FIRST GOAL FOR THE GERMAN NATIONAL TEAM. HE SCORED WITH A STOOPING HEADER OFF A CROSS FROM KIMMICH. IT'S 2-0.

12:26 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!!CHILE TIE IT UP AND ARE SURELY IN THE SEMIS.

12:27 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Werner is definitely one for the future. He seems to need a lot of chances to score but he could be a useful squad player.

12:29 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

For the first time in a while , Chile got their one touch passing right . A cross from Mena was headed down and Martin Rodriguez, a sub, scored his first goal for Chile.

12:29 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Nearly a second for Chile as Alexis got behind the Aussie back four, but his pass into the box was hooked off the line for a corner.

12:30 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Jerome Guhotta is on for the disappointing Makandjou.

12:30 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Bailey Wright, of Bristol City, is on for Trent Sainsbury.

12:31 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!!! A superb through ball from Troisi is volleyed wide by MacLaren with just Bravo to beat.

12:32 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Benjamin Heinrichs is on for Sebastian Rudy,

12:33 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Pablo Hernandez has been booked for Chile.

12:34 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Silva clears for an Aussie corner.

12:35 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Germans win a corner

12:36 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Demirbay is replaced by Brandt.

12:37 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!!!! ABOUBAKR PULLS ONE BACK FOR TEN MAN CAMEROON

12:38 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Bit of a howler from Ter Stegen there. He didn't attack that cross and Aboubakr was able to nip in with a nifty header that went through the German goalie's hands.

2-1!!

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

Oh - Brandt tries one and it's well saved.

12:39 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A great cross from the right and nightmare moment from Ter Steegen has aAbouBakr beat him to a cross that he should have gathered . The replay showed he nipped in at the near post and a tame header went in off of Ter Steegen's palms.

12:40 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ondoa saves from Brandt

12:40 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Werner restores the German's two-goal lead just as Chile had a chance to return to the top of the group.

3-1!

12:40 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !! WERNER WITH HIS SECOND AS GERMANY NOW LEAD 3-1. BRANDT AND HEINRICHS PLAYED A ONE TWO DOWN THE RIGHT THEN PASSED FOR WERNER TO FINSIH FIRST TIME FROM CLOSE RANGE EASY PEASY.

12:41 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The final roll of the dice from both coaches as Ekambi is on for Bassagog and Younes of Ajax, is on for Drexler of PSG.

12:43 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Meanwhile Ryan McGowan is wearing a head bandage as he sheds blood for the cause.

12:43 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Werner was in for his hat-trick. Just saved.

12:44 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

As things stand it will be Chile vs Portugal on Wednesday and Germany vs Mexico on Thursday

12:44 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Great through ball from Can and superbly blocked by Ondoa from Werner.,

12:45 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Werner was a bit too enthusiastic as he was offside from a through ball.

12:46 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Superb save by Ondoa from Younes off a nice pass from Brandt

12:48 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!! Nice one two between Younes and Plattenhardt. It results in a corner.

12:49 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Four minutes of stoppage time in both matches.

12:50 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

This one seems to be heading for a predictable end.

12:51 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That's it from Sochi. Over to Moscow.

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

These results will mean that Chile will meet Portugal on Wednesday and Germany will meet Mexico on Thursday.

12:54 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'm off to do my Sunday errands. Cheerio, mate!

12:54 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It finishes 1-1 between Chile and the Aussies and Germany defeat Cameroon 3-1 . Germany win the group with Chile as runners up.

12:54 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cheers, mate. Great chatting with you.

1:30 PM  

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