Wednesday, 22 June 2016
The final round of group games always provides that unique opportunity to deploy the multi-screen set up. No action is more sure to get a shake of the head from the wife. And so it was, Spain vs Croatia & Turkey vs Czech Republic running in parallel in scenes of perfect football-consumption efficiency.
Inspired by concept of multiple-inputs, I thought I'd try the same approach with the drinks I was having too. I ran with a crisp Australian Chardonnay accompanied by a Becks Blue [Alcohol-free]. The net result - less visits to the fridge, and no need for paracetemol today.
The Czech Republic were a real disappointment, failing to capitalise on the opportunity presented to them by Croatia's late collapse a few days earlier. Any team failing to beat Turkey deserves to go no further in this tournament. Croatia themselves looked sublime. Peresic and Rakitic ran the show in the second half and earned a deserved group win. Spain looked pretty formidable and with Moratta up front, look way more balanced than they have for some time, which is a scary thought, given their 75% major tounrament win record over the past 8 years.
Earlier in the day Northern Ireland proved that this 3rd place malarky is a bit of a farce. If they're going to expand the tournament, I'd rather they went the whole hog, had 32 teams and so could at least do a round of 16 made up of teams who have done well, rather than some stragglers and hangers on. This is an opinion I have held ever since England ensured they didn't finish 3rd!