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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Portugal v. Mexico Live!

I'm jumping on board the Confederations Cup train this morning. It's European champions Portugal against (ahem) CONCACAF champions Mexico up first. Both sides like to play a quick marauding style, so it should be entertaining. Join me for all the fun here on the LOB!

146 Comments:

Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good morning, Bob. Thanks for getting us started as we face a double header today. This should be the match of the day, especially in this neck of the woods.

10:33 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Mexico vs Portugal is being played in Kazan while Cameroon vs Chile will kick off from the Spartak Moscow Arena.

10:41 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Welcome, MUR! A very happy Father's Day to you. I hope you're enjoying the day. Thanks for joining me.

10:50 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Enjoying the pre-match coverage on Fox. They've added Ian Wright, Wright, Wright to the mix. This could get interesting.

10:51 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The teams now out on the pitch enjoying the anthems:

Portugal
Patricio; Cedric, Pepe, Fonte, Guerreiro; Carvalho, Andre Gomes; Quaresma, Moutinho, Nani; Ronaldo.

Mexico
Ochoa; Salcedo, Reyes, Moreno, Layun; Dos Santos, Herrera; Guardado, Vela, Jimenez; Hernandez.

10:54 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Thanks, Bob. It's been a great start to Father's Day . Glad to have you around for the festivities. Ian Wright should be an improvement over Lexi and Co.

10:55 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Some Mexican fans paid a pretty penny to make the trek to the interior of Russian interior.

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

Oh - I hate this commentator. Really rubbish.

10:58 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It will be an interesting contest between Osorio and Fernie Santos, two master tacticians.

10:58 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Sorry to say Fox has the rights to the next three World Cups, so we are somehow going to have to get used to this.

10:59 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A moment of silence for the victims of a massive fire in Portugal.

10:59 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I remember meeting up with a group of Mexican fans going to Italy v. Mexico in Oita, Japan during the 2002 World Cup, which Gooner and I attended while I was living over there. I think we in this country get used to thinking in terms of rural and working class poor Mexicans who come to this country, but these were extremely wealthy people from Mexico City who could afford to fly around the world supporting El Tri.

10:59 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Cristiano is freshly scorned for this match, without the usual floppy do.

11:00 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The big Argentine referee gets the match underway from Kazan.

11:01 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Mexico in all white and Portugal clad in al maroon.

11:01 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

That's a fairly accurate assessment, mate.

11:02 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The laziest Gooner of all time fouled by the laziest United player of all time time as Nani fouled Carlos Vela just outside the box.

11:06 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Into the wall by Guardado and off Diego Reyes for a goal kick.

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

Free kick chance for Mexico now....

Terrible free kick really hyped up by this terrible commentator. Get the hook!

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

Quiet early stages, like two boxers very tentatively testing each other out with jabs.

11:08 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Nani is down and the replay showed it was an elbow from Herrera. El Tri did the same thing a week ago vs the U.S.

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

Bit dirty from El Tri.

11:12 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I agree with Cobi and the other commentator that Mexico and Portugal must be the favorites to advance from Group A.

11:12 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Mexico wins the first corner of the match.

11:16 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Head tennis off the corner then Moreno is flagged offside.

11:17 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Quaresma not too far off with a long range effort.

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

Quaresma tries a pop from distance. You would think that it had hit the crossbar from the reaction of the commentator but in reality it trickles well wide.

11:18 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Guardado fouls Quaresma from behind about thirty yards from goal

11:20 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Into the wall by Skippy.

11:21 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!!PEPE GIVES PORTUGAL THE LEAD.

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

GOAL!

Or is it? The referee has called back play and is consulting the video evidence.

11:21 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It may not stand as the ref signals for a video replay, which will be utilized this tournament.

11:22 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

No. It's disallowed for offside.

11:22 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

After checking the replay, I had a difficult time seeing where there was offside. After the free kick went into the wall, Skippy had a shot crash off the bar. Joao Moutinho scored with a great shot in the corner. I'm guessing that Pepe was judged to be offside, but he seemed on and not involved with the play.

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

I thought it was a good goal, honestly. Portugal really pouring it on now.

11:27 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Great block by Ochoa for a Portugese corner.

11:27 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A horrible corner is out for a goal kick.

11:28 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

So much for accuracy from the video replay. At least the decision was given quickly.

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

Chicharito has been a ghostly presence on the pitch, hardly in the match. Not a sniff.

11:29 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Chicha clipped from behind by Andy Gomes.

11:30 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Carlos Vela gets it over the wall, but just too much curl and it goes wide.

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

Nice pics of your Father's Day brekkies. Looks hot down there in Harlingen!

11:32 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Thanks. Yes it has been a scorcher for the past week.

11:33 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ochoa does well to acrobatically tip over a deflected cross.

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

GOAL! Now it is 1-0! Really unselfish play by Skippy.

11:35 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!!!QUARESMA GIVES PORTUGAL THE LEAD AFTER SOME MAGIC BY SKIPPY, WHO LAID IT ON A PLATE FOR HIM.

11:35 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Carlos Salcedo misjudged a long diagonal ball from the back and Skippy had acres of space. He dribbled then passed through three defenders in the box for Quaresma to finish easily past Ochoa.

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

Oh - big chance for Chicha there with the header. Tame effort.

11:39 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The first chance of the match for Chicha as Carlos Vela got free down the right . He cut in then put in a cross with his left foot . Chicha headed into the ground and it was easily caught by Rui Patricio.

11:39 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Quaresma nearly adds a second. Just shanks his final shot wide after he'd worked his way into a great position. More poor defending by the Mexicans.

11:40 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!! Just wide by Quarema, who again was set up by Skippy.

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

GOAL! Chichi strikes! Great enterprising header!

11:42 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!! CHICHA TIES IT UP WITH A WELL PLACED HEADER.

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

Kate is hating this commentator as much as we are. She's really fed up with him.

11:43 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Hey guys
I am around...sort of... I am so fed up with these commentators... I HAVE TO MUTE!!

Is there a way we can complain?

Happy Father's Day David

11:44 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It came from a throw off the left . A cross from Jimenez was misjudged by the Portugese defense and as the ball bounced , Carlos Vela lobbed in the ball for Chicha to easily head in the corner.

11:45 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good morning , Dave. Wishing you a very Happy Father's Day as well.

11:46 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Chichi blows a big, big chance well over the bar there after Vela had set him up nicely.

11:46 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Hernandez should have scored his brace there

11:46 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Into a minute of stoppage time.

11:46 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Happy Father's Day, UWS! Great to have you on board. Couldn't agree with you more about the commentary.

11:47 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Half time

11:47 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's 1-1 at the end of a first half dominated by Portugal.

11:47 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

What are we going to do next summer... this can't be what we have to put up with

This gooooooooaaaaal guy is probably just there because it is Mexico but still!!

I want to complain

11:48 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed. The commentating is really obnoxious.

11:48 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

The next game is on FS2...not even on HD

11:50 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Bob and Dave will you be around for the late match? I should be.

12:02 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The second half is underway from Kazan.

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

Ian Wright, Wright, Wright wasn't impressed by that first half. I wasn't either. Two goals but not a lot else. We're off for the second half.

12:04 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A poor start to this tournament with one and a half unimpressive matches.

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

Dangerous cross in from Guardado but no one was on the end of it as usual.

12:07 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Useless free kick from Guardado.

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

Do you lot miss Chicha?

12:09 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Jimenez has a shot deflected for corner.

12:10 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

We could use him now. He had an excellent first season with us then seemed to fade away.

12:11 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...


12:13 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Gio 2 Saints on for Carlos Vela.

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

Johnny Two Saints coming on for a second half cameo.

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

I like how UWS is just posting empty comment boxes now. Are you that bored with this, mate?

12:16 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Fernie One Saints makes a double substitution . Bob will not be pleased to see Gelson Martins on for Nani. Adrien Silva on for Moutinho. Both subs from Sporting Lisbon, the main club that supplies players to the national team.

12:18 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

We are in danger of being lulled into a siesta.

12:19 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Nani is dead to me - he had a chance to come to Leeds and but decided to go to Turkey instead. Pfff....

12:19 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

There has not been one single booking this tournament. Are you surprised?

12:20 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Now he's in Spain playing with Valencia. He must have been feasting on Thanksgiving leftovers.

12:20 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Two two Saints brothers are the fifth pair of brothers to participate in the Confeds Cup. The Laudrups were the first in the 1995 tournament.

12:22 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Elbows Salcedo off and replaced by Nestor Arujo.

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

Salcedo coming off now - the back four being reorganized.

12:25 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Adrienne Silva becomes the first player of the tournament booked, for a lunge on Gio 2 Saints.

12:27 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Layoun, ho plays in Portugal with Porto, curls the free kick over.

12:27 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Guardado clips Skippy just outside the Mexican box.

12:31 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Peralta on for Jimenez now. Attacking move.

12:37 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The final roll of the dice from Osorio as Jimenez is replaced By Oribe Peralta, a striker. El Tri now back to playing with two strikers.

12:37 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Quresma with a powerful half volley straight to Ochoa.

12:38 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The match has finally opened up as Johnny 2 Saints shoots wide from a narrow angle.

12:39 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The final roll of the dice from Fernie 1 Saints as Quaresma , the scorer, is replaced by Andy Silva

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

Lovely save by Ochoa there to save Mexico.

12:43 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Superb save by Ochoa from a header from Andy Silva , that was headed for the corner.,

12:43 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL!!!! PORTUGAL TAKE A LATE 2-1 LEAD.

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

GOAL! Poor defending again allows Cedric to nip in at the back post and bulge the old onion bag.

2-1 Portgueezers.

12:44 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Another video review.,

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

Oh - Chicha whiffs on yet another chance. Not his day.

12:46 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

End to end stuff now - Portugal so close to their third goal.

12:47 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The move started with a long Mexican clearance collected by William Carvalho, who passed to Skippy , who passed to Gelson Martins. His pass was not cleared by Hector Herrera and Cedric of the Saints scored with a deflected effort.

12:47 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Just wide by Martins with just Ochoa to beat,

12:48 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Mexico wins a free kick

12:48 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Into stoppage time.The free kick from Arujo was curled in and deflected for a Mexican corner,.

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

GOAL! DESMOND ARRIVES!

12:50 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!!! DESMOND IN KAZAN AS ORIBE PERALTA HEADS IN A CORNER FROM JOHNNY 2 SAINTS OFF THE INSIDE OF THE POST.

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

Hector Moreno nods home from a corner.

2-2!

I'm driving Kate crazy with my "GOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLL" celebrations.

12:51 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Andy Gomes presumably has talked himself into the booked. It was actually Moreno with the goal.

12:51 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Rather naughty, mate!

12:51 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It finishes Desmond in Kazan . I will be around for the late match

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

Full-time. 2-2 in the end. Not a bad ending to the match.

12:52 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cameroon vs Chile kicks off from the Spartak Moscow Arena

2:01 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!!! Chile attack from the off . Vargas with a shot off the post then off the keeper's hand for a corner.

2:02 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Another great save by Ondoa as a Chile player flicked the ball over a defender's header then Ondoa did well to push away his shot.

2:05 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Great skill by Fuenzalida.

2:06 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Herrera does well to kick save from Bassagog with the rebound cleared for a corner after Gonzalo Jara coughed up the ball.

2:13 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ngadeu of the Montreal Impact heads over from the corner.

2:14 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A correction. He plays for Slavia Prague.

2:14 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Vidal fouls Djoum near the left touchline. Great play by the Hearts player. Ngadeu heads in the free kick , but the whistle was blown before he headed the ball in. The goal will not stand.

2:18 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Tambe wins a corner off of Medel

2:21 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

King Arthur Vidal puts through Vargas , who finds Row H with just the keeper to beat.

2:41 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Aboubakr battles to win a Cameroon corner. The corner from Moukandjo is headed wide by Anguissa

2:43 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!!! CHILE TAKE THE LEAD IN STOPPAGE TIME. IT'S THAT COMBINATION OF VIDAL AND VARGAS AS KING ARTHUR PUT THROUGH VARGAS, WHO SHOT PAST THE ON RUSHING ONDOA.

2:47 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The goal is disallowed due to video review . looking at the replay, Vargas appeared to be level. Chilean players are furious, especially, Vidal, as it's 0-0 at the half.

2:49 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The second half is underway.

3:04 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Anguissa goes on a solo run down the left and Herrera pushes away his whipped in cross for a corner that is sent straight to Herrera.

3:15 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Chilean fans are delighted as Alexis , who was supposed to sit u the match due to injury, is on for Puch , who was basically a spectator this match.

3:16 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Leo Valencia is on for Feunzalida, who nearly scored in the first minute, but was quiet since then.

3:23 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Abubakr goes on a solo run and is then fouled from behind by Jara, who is booked for that

3:25 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A decent free kick from Moukandjo is not too far over.

3:26 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Vargas has a shot deflected for a corner.

3:29 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The final roll of the dice from Juan Antonio Pizzi as Francisco Silva is on for Aranguiz.

3:30 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Isla heads wide from the corner from Leo Valencia.

3:30 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!! VIDAL HEADS CHILE INTO THE LEAD WITH ABOUT TEN MINUTES REMAINING.

3:40 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Bassagog immediately wins a corner for Cameroon.

3:41 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Back to the goal. Beausejour sent Alexis down the left. His cross was headed away . Alexis got the ball back and crossed to Vidal , who headed well past Ondoa.

3:42 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Isla has a cross cleared by Mena for a Chile corner after Alexis made a run down the left and found Vidal, who found Islas.

3:46 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Alexis heads wide from the corner taken by Leo Valencia.

3:47 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Four minutes of stoppage time.

3:49 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Vargas has a goal disallowed for offside the second time this match

3:49 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It was a Chilean counter as Alexis got a long ball from the back , went on a sol run, rounded the keeper then had a shot blocked, but Vargas smashed home the rebound.

3:51 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!!! AFTER VIDEO REVIEW THE GOAL STANDS AS THE OFFSIDE WAS OVERRULED AND IT'S NOW 2-0 CHILE WITH ALEXIS ASSISTING ON BOTH GOALS.

3:52 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It finishes 2-0 to Chile thanks to two late goals.Alexis coming off the bench completely changed the match as he assisted on both goals.

3:53 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

That's it for me.
CHEERS!

3:53 PM  

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