Wednesday, 15 June 2016

A very good last 24 hours

Portugal vs Iceland last night was an absolute treat. I was convinced it was going to be the first outright whooping of the tournament; but the combination of Ronaldo's ego and Iceland's spirit put paid to that. Portugal absolutely bossed the game, but CR7s repeated refusal to pass to better placed (and talented) teammates, meant that the majority of possession and forward moves resulted in speculative efforts as opposed to guilt-edged chances.

I really liked how Iceland, and Sigurdsson in particular put the boot in, big time. Poor Pepe was desperate to lash out.

And the good game last night tee'd up 2 more today. The games today have served to open up groups A and B really nicely. England now have an insurance policy against a Wales defeat - thanks to Slovakia turning over Russia. By my reckoning we could lose to Wales (rendering them group winners) and then would need to beat Slovakia by a bigger margin than Russia beating Wales in the final game. Not a terrible scenario to be in, were we to be in it. Slovakia looked decent and scored two good goals.

Then this afternoon a 1-1 between the Swiss and Romania, meaning both teams are still in with a shout going into the final game, which is good.

I'm now watching France struggle to overcome Albania (at HT). The tournament is warming up, no nil-nil's to date, and if tonight was the first then it would be a dramatic one.

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