Tuesday, 19 June 2012

England into 1/4's

I know I'm the other side of the border but what was the goal linesman even looking at? The posts paint work? They never seem to make a decision. In my opinion, no more evidence required for goal line technology and introducing video replays to stop all the tit tat over penalties. 
However, congratulations is due to Engerland on reaching the quarter finals against Italy! (who I hope they beat by the way for knocking us out of the qualifiers with a set play that shouldn't have been given - not.bitter.at.all.) Listening to the ITV pundits, Steven Gerrard was the stand out player, Rooney was a bit rusty and sheer determination from Terry to not give up on that clearance.  Roy Hodgson made perhaps predictable substitutions but effective in giving players the chance to recover for the coming game and to allow each to make as much of an impact when on the field. For example, first long ball to Andy Carroll showed his strength in the air, physical presence and holding up of play that he can bring to the team.
Sweden versus France group match seemed to be dominated by the sheer brilliance of Ibrahimovic and that outstanding finish. The French not quite turning up and now facing the European champions in their quarter final encounter : what a match that could be. 
Guess what team I'm supporting!
So with all group matches finished, the quarter finals are set in stone and here are my predictions:
Czechs won't be able to cope with Portuguese forward line especially Ronaldo but with Cech in goal and the team tipped one of tournament underdogs.Portugal 1-0.
Surely Germany 3 Greece 0.
Perhaps the most evenly matched quarter final but Spain know how to win when not on top of their game but the French do have many experienced players too but susceptible to "off" days. Spain 2-1.
The English seem to be growing in confidence but the Italians are full of quality and often luck in their favour. But it seems England have been receiving all lucky charms lately. England 1 Italy 0

What are yours?

Forca Portugal!

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