Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Games 23 & 24: Group D deciders

As soon as I saw Rooney singing the anthem (the actual words) I knew we were in for a treat. and on the simulcast of France vs Sweden, Mellberg's beard alone gave me confidence in the Swedes.

And so it began, both games turned on their heads, with England and Frnace both looking second best, in open games. After 24 minutes in the England match, Ukraine had taken seven shots to England's none. The midfield was standing off by five yards, allowing Ukraine space to pass fluidly and cause us quite a few problems; Yarmalenko in particular. Hodgson remained calm, whereas his counterpart Laurent Blanc took to dressing like a snooker player.

In the space of a few second half minutes, the whole group came to life. Rooney nodded home from impossibly close, netting me a fiver and putting England ahead. Almost at the same time Ibrahimovioc scored an absolute pearler - like Balotelli's goal the night before only from twice the distance. and then as England flapped, faltered and stumbled over the line, Seb Larsson bagged a slick second to guarantee england topped the group, avoiding Spain in the process, thus opening up a very real possibility that we will once again get dispatched by Germany in the latter stages of a tournament. Oh football, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

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