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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Group A Comes to its End

The Confederations Cup has reached the culmination of the group stages this weekend. We start with Group A today. As with the World Cup, both matches are played at the same time. So we've got Mexico facing hosts Mexico on the regular Fox network and Portugal v. New Zealand on FS1. I'll be watching the latter, partly to check out the form of Leeds striker Chris Wood, but mainly to avoid the inane commentary stylings of El Presidente. Join me if you're watching this morning.

158 Comments:

Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good morning, Bob. I'm off to shower.I think I will watch to see if Woodie can score another Confeds Cup goal or if Skippy will get a hat-trick while watching the Senors vs the Comrades on Gooner's link.

10:23 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Morning, MUR - thanks for joining me. I'll see you at kickoff time.

10:49 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Back from a refreshing shower and some time with a really needy cockrel.

10:49 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cheers, mate. Glad to enjoy the pleasure of your company.

10:49 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The Kiwis have already been eliminated, so the only role that they can play at this point is as a spoiler, preventing Portugal from progressing to the semi final stage.

10:51 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's Portugal vs New Zealand from St. Petersburg on on FS 1 . The two teams have never met before. Mexico vs Russia is from Kazan and being televised on FOX. The teams have met twice in friendlies with Russia winning 2-0 at home in August 1992 and the Russians winning 1-4 in Mexico in February 1994.

10:55 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

As The Kiwis being coached by Anthony Hudson, son of Ray Hudson. Despite losing , credit to them for not being beaten by a cricket score, especially as they are without Winnie Reid.

10:56 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Teams are out on the pitch now:

New Zealand: Marinovic; Boxall, Ingham, Doyle, Smith, Durante, McGlinchey, Rojas, Thomas, Lewis, Wood.

Subs: Subs: Moss, Williams, Brotherton, Wynne, Tzimpulos, Tuiloma, Barbarouses, Smeltz, Patterson, Colvey, Rufer, Roux

Portugal: Patrício, Semedo, Pepe, Bruno Alves, Eliseu, Danilo, Moutinho, Bernardo, Quaresma, André Silva, Ronaldo

Subs: Jose Sa, Beto, Neto, Raphael, Fonte, William, Andre Gomes, Pizzi, Nani, Gelson, Cedric, Adrien

Referee: M Geiger (USA)

10:57 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'm also watching the Mexico v. Portugal match on the PIP screen.

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

Kick-off time!

10:59 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I am watching The Portugese Men of War vs the Kiwis on he telly and the Senors vs the Comrades on the computer.

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

And we're off from Kazan and St. Petersburg.

11:00 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

They're off from St. Petersbug

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

Good choice, mate. I can't stand to hear another commentary performance from El Presidente.

11:00 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Fs 2 go is 45 seconds behind. Poor by them

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

UWS is clearly having too much fun on his summer vacation to join us this morning.

11:01 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cheers. mate. Woody did you proud vs El Tri.

11:02 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed. That will be me next Saturday.

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

Looks like the Russians are off to a chippy start.

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

Have you got your summer projects lined up?

11:03 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's all red vs all white in both matches.

11:03 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

After the crazy year, I had, it will be more about R&R. The main thing is to do some house repairs after receiving the summer school money at the end of July and buying things for Melanie's dorm room./.

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

Chris Wood in amongst it now - I'd love to see him do well against the Portugeezers today. But no knocks, please, Chris.

11:05 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

How about you and Kate?

11:05 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Horiving Lozano has a shot comfortably saved by Akinfweev and Woodie shoots straight at Ri Patricio.

11:06 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Jerk Off with a disgraceful attempt at an attempt to win a penalty with a horrible dive. He should have been booked. Hector Moreno with a word of warning in his ear.

11:07 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Not sure why Jerk Off thinks it's hilarious to cheat.

11:08 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Jerk Off now with a poor challenge on Carlos Vela and after consulting with the lineman books , the idiotic Russian player.

11:10 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The free kick from Guardado is headed away as El Tri is dictating the early pace. It would be good riddance if the Russians are eliminated.

11:11 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Johnny 2 Saints with a foul on Jerk Off, letting him know that they remember his horrible foul and earlier dive.

11:12 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Better from Jerk Off as he goes on run and shoots just wide.

11:13 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Sounds like you've got a good plan for the summer. We'll be heading down to Virginia to visit family later in July.

11:14 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Surprisingly quite between Portugal and the Kiwis.

11:14 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Decent start here from the Kiwis. They're a hard battling side but low on quality.

11:14 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Sounds like a great vacation. Will it be to celebrate the Fourth.

11:15 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Guardado booked for a foul and suspended for the next competitive match , which may be the semi.

11:16 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Kiwis looking like playing the Fifth placed South American side in a playoff. I expect them to lose , but by a respectable score line.

11:17 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Smolov was through on goal and goes down under what looks like a hard , but fair challenge.

11:18 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Lewis picks up the first yellow card of the afternoon.

11:18 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Mark Geiger books Clayton Lewis for obstruction on Eliseu and now that challenge is being reviewed by video evidence.

11:19 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

At first glance, it looks a dive and would be a farce if a penalty is awarded. The Saudi ref says to play on. Probably the right call.

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

Now it's Nelson Semedo into the book. One for each team. Geiger is losing patience.

11:21 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Semedeu booked for a foul on Doyle.

11:21 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Eliseu wins a Portugal corner.

11:22 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - first big chance for Skippy. Header straight at the keeper.

11:23 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The corner from Bernie Silva is out for another. The next one take short and Skippy heads straight to Marinovic.

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

Tommy Smith with a looping effort well over the bar.

11:25 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Russia have scored in Kazan, which will throw the cat amongst the pigeons in this match.

11:25 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!!! Off the post from Smolov then the rebound is saved by Ochoa then

GOAL !!!!! SAMEDOV SCORES WITH A SHOT IN THE CORNER A FEW PLAYS LATER.

11:25 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - and Skippy hits the bar!!!

11:26 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

After the rebound was saved, the ball broke out to the left and was played into the box , there was a miss kick and it broke to Samedov, who scored with a great finish. Russia now top of the group.

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

As it stands, Russia top the group, with Mexico in second merely on goals scored. Portugal would be heading home if the scores stay put. Portugal are ratcheting up the pressure. If they were to score, Mexico would be in trouble.

11:28 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

By the sound from the crowd, there are lots of Russian fans enjoying this match. Perhaps they couldn't get to Kazan today?

11:30 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Mexico now win a free kick

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

Ball swung in toward Skippy who claimed to be impeded.

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

GOAL! Mexico have equalized!!!

Deathly quiet in this stadium now.

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

Oh - now it's Danilo with a header just wide of the mark.

11:31 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Great save by Akinfeev from the free kick

then

GOAL !!! MEXICO TIE IT UP.

11:31 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Portugal have a penalty!!!

Danilo was hauled down at that corner. Doyle the offender.

11:32 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

PENALTY PORTUGAL AS A PLAYER AS DANILO WAS RUGBY TACKLED OFF THE PORTUGAL CORNER.

11:33 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Skippy to take, of course....

And he scores!!

Portugal 1-0 up!

11:33 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

It's all change in Group A then.

Portugal now lead the group on 7 points, followed by Mexico on five and Russia on four points are back in trouble.

11:34 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!! SKIPPY GIVES PORTUGAL THE LEAD WITH A GREAT PENALTY IN THE UPPER 90, SENDING MARINOVIC THE WRONG WAY.

11:34 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A Russian player was through on goal and had a shot land in Row H with just Ochoa to beat

11:35 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It was a great loping header by Arujo. The announcer said Akinfeev could do nothing about it, but I thought he was well out of position.

11:36 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

An unusually early change by Kiwis manager, Anthony Hudson as Michael McGlinchey is replaced by Bill Tuiloma.

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

GOAL! Portugal two up now through Bernardo, who nobbled himself in scoring.

11:37 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!! THE QUALITY OF PORTUGAL IS TOO MUCH FOR THE KIWIS TO HANDLE AS QUARESMA PLAYED AN AUDACIOUS CHIP OVER THE KIWIS RIGHT BACK AND FOUND ELISEU AND PLAYED A PASS IN THE BOX THAT WAS DIVERTED IN BY BERNADO SILVA TO PUT PORTUGAL TWO UP.

11:39 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Luis Reyes on for the injured Diego Reyes.

11:39 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Chicha is fouled near the Russian corner flag.

11:40 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The free kick from Gio 2 Saints is headed away . The Russians are showing theior frustration with some really nasty challenges. The Saudi Ref will need to produce some more cards.,

11:42 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A tame free kick from Layoun is straight to Akinfeev./

11:43 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Andre Silva punches Boxall and for some reason is not sent off.

11:44 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Kudiashkan is down after landing awkwardly off a challenge with Chicha.

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

Bit of argy bargy there between Andre Silva who took a swing at one of the Kiwi defenders. Naughty.

11:45 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Two minutes of stoppage time in St. Pete.

11:45 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Two minutes of stoppage time in Kazan.

11:46 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Portugal is two up vs the Kiwis at the half.

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

First half over then. Portugal are 2-0 up and sailing into the semis.

11:47 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's 1-1- between Mexico and Russia at the half.

11:48 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

As things stand Portugal will win the group and Mexico will go through as runners up. That's what I predicted prior to the tournament.

11:49 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That's right - Russia will need to go all out in this second half to get through. I'd be more than happy to see Putin's boys go home.

11:58 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Second half starting up - Fernandez coming on for Portugal.

12:02 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And we're away again at St. Petersburg and Kazan.

12:03 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

It was the new Citeh player Bernanrdo Silva who came off.

12:04 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The second half is underway from St. Pete as Pizzi is on for Bernardo Silva, who was injured scoring the second for Portugal

12:04 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Javier Aquino is on for Carlos Vela as the second half is underway for Carlos Vela.

12:05 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Smolov toe balls a volley well wide.

12:05 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Samedov thought he had a second goal for Russia , but it was disallowed for offside. He was about five yards off.

12:07 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Some sort of prolonged injury in Kazan. A Russian player down for the count. Saudi referee has a decision to make.

12:07 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Russians have to go for it as it appears that a draw will not be good enough for them to advance.

12:08 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Golovin down with a head injury for the Russians.

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

GOAL! Mexico take the lead!

12:09 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Portugal have a corner as play resumes in Kazan

12:09 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Looks like a bit of a freak goal. Big lob up the pitch and a Mexican bloke beat Akinfeev to the ball with a header.

2-1 El Tri!

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

I believe that Portugal are still top of the group on goal difference right now.

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

Russia need two goals now - I don't really see it.

12:11 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!!! HIRVING LOZANO GIVES MEXICO A 1-2 LEAD IN KAZAN THANKS TO A HORRIBLE MISTAKE BY AKINFEEV. WHAT SEEMED AN INNOCUOUS LONG CLEARANCE FROM THE MEXICAN DEFENSE LED TO A CHALLENGE BETWEEN HIRVING LOZANO AND AKINFEEV. . THE BIG RUSSIAN KEEPER CAME OUT OF HIS BOX TO HEAD CLEAR, BUT THE YOUNG LOZANO NIPPED IN FRONT OF HIM TO HEAD HOME.

12:12 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed, Bob. Russia is too lightweight in attack to get two goals in less than one half.. Portugal has a +3 goal difference and Mexico +2.

12:13 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Other than the match against a weak Kiwi side, Russia have had a really poor tournament. Going out in disgrace in front of their own fans.

12:15 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - close call for the Kiwis there. Rui Patricio did so well to save from Wood.

12:16 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH !!! A great move by the kiwis down the left and Rui Patricio makes a great save from a sliding Chris Wood.

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

Bit more open a game now at St. Petes.

12:17 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Iriakin just wide with a curling long range effort.

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

Oh - Skippy has another one saved by Marinovic.

12:17 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Marinovic does well to save a close range header from Skippy.

12:18 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!! HECTOR MORENO SCORES TO PUT MEXICO 1-3 UP IN KAZAN. THE VIDEO REPLAY ID BEING REVIEWED TO SEE IF MORENO IS OFFSIDE.

iT'S DISALLOWED AS Moreno was judged to be just offside.

12:20 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Russian defending has looked really shaky when facing decent opponents.

12:20 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Pepe was booked earlier and will be suspended for the semi

12:21 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Kudriashov is booked for the Russians and Poloz is in for Book a Roff

12:22 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Great close range reflex save by Masrinovic from Silva

12:22 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Barberouses on for Clayton Lewis.

12:23 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Vasin lucky not to be booked for the Russians , who are clearly frustrated.

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

Your old boy Nani coming on for Skippy now.

12:25 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Nani on for Skippy as Fernie One Saint has the semi in mind.

12:25 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Barberouses, who has made an impact, has a shot deflect off of Pepe and straight to Rui Patricio

12:26 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It goes from bad to worse for the Russians as Jerk Off is sent for a second yellow for a horrible elbow on Layoun. The first player sent off this tournament

12:27 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Oswaldo Alanis on for Gaurdado

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

What a Jerkoff!

12:29 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Marinovic superbly saves a close range effort from Nani that took a wicked deflection off of Boxall.

12:29 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Quaresma has a chance to swing in a free kick. Comes to nothing.

12:29 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Vasin becomes the latest player booked for the Russians. Their fans are watching a thuggish performance far short on quality. They look disillusioned a s a result. I feel for them

12:31 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The veteran , Shane Smeltz, is on for Andrew Durante. A striker for a central defender.

12:31 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed, mate. Jerk Off seemed to be mentally elsewhere from the kickoff with a poor dive in an attempt to win a penalty and then some horrible challenges. It's as if he was begging for a red card. That drives managers bonkers.

12:33 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Does this mean that Jerk Off would be suspended for the opening match of the World Cup as that would be the Russians next competitive match?

12:34 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That would be lovely - I think so.

12:35 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Kannunikov on for the exhausted looking Smolov.

12:36 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

He will be 34 next Summer, so that's if he even makes the team. I wouldn't include him/

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

GOAL! Andre Silva adds a third goal for the Portugeezers. They're cruising it.

12:37 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!!! ANDRE SILVA PUT PORTUGAL THREE UP VS THE KIWIS.

12:38 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Quaresma won a tackle at the halfway line. It broke to Silva, who went on a solo run as the Kiwis backed off and then did well to finish past Marinovic.

12:39 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Danny Ingham booked for a foul from behind on Pizzi.

12:40 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A decent long range effort from Rojas is not too far over for the Kiwis.

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

One Saint makes his last move - Gelson Martins on for tattoo model Quaresma.

12:41 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Gelson Martins on for Quaresma.

12:41 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Marinovic makes a great close range save from Andre Silva, who shoots the rebound wide.

12:42 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's actually a corner that is cleared.

12:42 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ryan Thomas wins the first Kiwi corner of the match

12:43 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Rui Patricio struggles with the corner from Thomas, but the Portugese clear. Patricio is now down injured.

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

Rui Patricio with an awkward landing now. Portugal are out of subs so this could get interesting.

12:44 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The Russian fans in the stands look a bit dejected on the fan cam shots.

12:45 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Patricio seems to be okay after that collision with Bruno ALves.

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

Oh - Boxall comes close. Cleared off the line. The Kiwis probably were good for one goal here. Bit unlucky.

12:46 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Golovin becomes the latest Russian player booked as they will be entering the tournament in disgraceful fashion.

12:47 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed. The Kiwis have done well to keep the matches much closer than expected.

12:47 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Three minutes of stoppage time in St. Pete and

GOAL!!!NANI PUTS PORTUGAL FOUR UP.

12:48 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Great finish after receiving the pass from some great inter play.

Three minutes of stoppage time in Kazan.

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

Game over!

12:49 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

High and wide by Barbarouses.

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

Nice little one-two in the box from the Kiwis. Shame that didn't produce a consolation goal.

12:49 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Oswald Alanis booked for Mexico

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

So what have we learned today? European sides are better than Australasian ones, but not better than Central American ones. I think we knew that already.

12:50 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's over in St. Pete as Portugal thrash the Kiwis 4-0 to win the group.

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

That's it - Portugal and Mexico advance to the semis first and second in Group A. They'll face either Germany or Chile in mid-week.

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

That's it for me today, mate. I'm going to head out and enjoy the gorgeous weather today. We've got a full agenda of planting and weeding in the backyard.

12:52 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good riddance as Mexico defeat Russia 2-1 in Kazan. Trump and Putin will not be pleased, but this is a really poor Russian side.

12:53 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cheers, mate. Enjoy and look forward to chatting with you tomorrow.

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

Hope to catch you tomorrow for the Group B matches.

12:56 PM  

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