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Group D – Dismal, Dreadful, Disatrous

Dismal, Dreadful, Disatrous

This is not some Group D aliteration to describe how the lions failed to roar during England’s bungle in the jungle but an attempt to put into words the last minute during the Rich Coast of Campbell Class.

Into injury time, the trickery of Costa Rica’s Joel Campbell had proved far too much for Uruguay. The frustrated Maxi Pereira was rightly sent off just before the final whistle for a callous chop on the youngster.

Uruguay may have Luis Suarez back for the next game but will now be without their central defender against England in Sao Paulo, on Thursday. After losing their opening games, both teams will need to win; but only one can. It’s like the knockout stage has started early.

As if earning a reward for winning their games, Italy and Costa Rica have an extra day of rest; to play on Friday, in Recife.

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June 15, 2014 Posted by | Brazil 2014, Costa Rica, England, Italy, Match Reports, Uruguay | , | Leave a comment

2014 World Cup Preview – Group D

So if we don’t talk up England’s chances, the whispers are that they do have a hope and could even reach the final. England to win the World Cup in Brazil, now that is something to dream about; before the reality is sweated out in the tropics.

In danger of floating up the Amazon without a paddle, Roy Hogson will need to come away from Manaus with more than a point.

England really need to beat Italy; as they’ll surely get bogged down and struggle to grind out draws against Uruguay and Costa Rica.

If Luis Suarez has recovered from his minor knee surgery, the least we can expect is that he’ll continue to do what he’s been doing in the English Premier League all season; score a goal or two. Only this time, captain Steven Gerrard won’t be hugging him; unless the goals are enough to put Italy out of contention in Natal when a Costa Rican stalemate looks on the cards in Belo Horizonte’s other Group D match.

Costa Rica will be happy with their ‘underdog status’ and might just cause an embarrassment for one of the Europeans.

Many a team have come away from tournament football without losing a game while never really doing enough to look like winning a match. England’s only hope is that Roy Hodgson can convince himself and his team to play football to win, rather than set out the stall not to lose.

June 12, 2014 Posted by | Brazil 2014, Costa Rica, England, Italy, Uruguay | , , , | Leave a comment

Spain in a Class of Their Own

Spain vs Italy
Olympiyskiy Stadium, Kiev.

David Silva

David Silva of Spain (Photo: Wikipedia)

Could Spain make it a third major trophy in a row or would Italy be crowned new kings of Europe; by beating the world champions in Kiev?

Who would have thought it would have been so one-sided.

Spain began the Euro 2012 final with some quick interchanging of passes and even a couple of early shots on goal.

The World United Through Football Spain 1 – Italy 0 (14mins)
A goal was on the cards as Italy struggled to cope with Spain’s passing and movement; Cesc Fábregas ran into the right side of the penalty box then flicked the ball up for David Silva to power into the goal with his forehead.

With Pirlo neutralised, Italy were finding it hard to get back into the game.

The World United Through Football Spain 2 – Italy 0
Spain’s lead was doubled just before the break thanks to Jordi Alba’s quick running on the left and Xavi’s perfectly weighted ball into the left-back’s path.

Half-time: Spain 2 – Italy 0

Italy never really came into the game in the second-half.

The World United Through Football Spain 3 – Italy 0 (84mins)
Just when it seemed the fans had gone to sleep, Fernando Torres made it three for Spain; three goals and three winners medals on the trot.

The World United Through Football Spain 4 – Italy 0 (88mins)
Juan Mata came on with four minutes to play and soon scored the fourth for Spain; quite possibly the best world footballing team since the Brazil of 1970.

Final Score: Spain 4 – Italy 0

Teams

Travel to Spain
1-Iker Casillas; 3-Gerard Piqué, 15-Sergio Ramos, 17-Álvaro Arbeloa, 18-Jordi Alba; 8-Xavi, 14-Xabi Alonso, 16-Sergio Busquets; 6-Andrés Iniesta, 10-Cesc Fábregas, 21-David Silva.

Travel to Italy
1-Gianluigi Buffon; 3-Giorgio Chiellini, 7-Ignazio Abate, 15-Andrea Barzagli, 19-Leonardo Bonucci; 8-Claudio Marchisio, 16-Daniele De Rossi, 18-Riccardo Montolivo, 21-Andrea Pirlo; 9-Mario Balotelli, 10-Antonio Cassano.

July 1, 2012 Posted by | Euro 2012, Italy, Match Reports, Spain | , , , , | Leave a comment

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