Archive for June 16th, 2014

WC2014 Argentina 2 – 1 Bosnia Herzegovina


Messi finally wakes up and scores his first World Cup goal since 2006

Messi finally wakes up and scores his first World Cup goal since 2006

A Strangely Subdued Experience

Whodathunkit? Everyone expected this to be an absolute cracker. Certainly all the matches we’d seen so far had put pressure on this one to deliver. And yet. And yet. And yet this really failed to get going for so long. If you wanted to produce a highlights package, you could comfortably have cut from minute 3 to the middle of the second half it was that nondescript. At the end it felt like things had just gotten started. And by then it was over.

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Archive for June 16th, 2014

WC2014 France 3 – 0 Honduras


Crunch Time! The Hondurans demonstrate their 'robust' tackling style on Pauvre Petit Pogba

Crunch Time! The Hondurans demonstrate their ‘robust’ tackling style on Pauvre Petit Pogba

Oooof! That Was Painful

Well it’s not as if we hadn’t had some kind of an early warning about this. Engerland’s ‘friendly’ with the Hondurans gave ample insight into their sadly not unique playground brutality, not least when the Ox was taken out of the tournament after a particularly petulant encounter.  And while some may pine for the era of Chopper Harris and the legitimate ‘welcome’ from behind, this kind of behaviour has no place in the world of dilettante multi-millionaire playboy soccerstars.

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