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    English hopes dashed yet again! :-(

  • #2
    Re: Portugal - England

    Originally posted by tafnut
    English hopes dashed yet again! :-(
    Yes, 1990, 1996, 1998, 2004, all relived again.

    England is absoluely horrilble at penalty kicks.

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    • #3
      Re: Portugal - England

      Originally posted by Conor Dary
      Originally posted by tafnut
      English hopes dashed yet again! :-(
      Yes, 1990, 1996, 1998, 2004, all relived again.

      England is absoluely horrilble at penalty kicks.
      All true but a great display of goal keeping skills by the Portugese goalie.

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      • #4
        Re: Portugal - England

        Originally posted by Conor Dary
        Originally posted by tafnut
        English hopes dashed yet again! :-(
        Yes, 1990, 1996, 1998, 2004, all relived again.

        England is absoluely horrilble at penalty kicks.
        What a difference it is that keepers can now move on their line. It's a 50-50 shot now, as opposed to the 90-10 it used to be. The keepers were superb today.

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        • #5
          To add an insult to injury, the only England's player to score a penalty goal was a North American.
          "A beautiful theory killed by an ugly fact."
          by Thomas Henry Huxley

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Pego
            To add an insult to injury, the only England's player to score a penalty goal was a North American.
            Alos, let's not forget that two Portugese players completely missed the target and England still lost.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Daisy
              Originally posted by Pego
              To add an insult to injury, the only England's player to score a penalty goal was a North American.
              Alos, let's not forget that two Portugese players completely missed the target and England still lost.
              They way things were going it was just as well that the 4th Portugese madie his goal. England probably would have missed a fourth as well.

              Didn't help that England were without Beckham, Rooney and Owen in the penalties.

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              • #8
                England simply do not have enough world class players. Too many specialists like Beckham and Lampard. Did Crouch ever look akward to-day. Rooney is now 21. When will he shed the yob image and get with it? Lennon gave me some hope though. But did Walcott play at all. Good bye to "Svennis", not a minute too soon!

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                • #9
                  Please don:t send him back "home".

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                  • #10
                    and the winner of the best blog commentary goes to mr. holdyrterrorclose:

                    http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/worldcup06/ ... t_mat.html

                    i thought it was so hysterical...

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                    • #11
                      Amen to the last two posters about Sven. A talented bunch of players were less than the sum of their parts because the coach played the wrong system and the wrong men. Yes, Owen Hargreaves probably was the man of the match for England but that was due to their playing a 4-5-1. Good for Own but bad for the team because Rooney needed another forward to play off. And Sven, as usual took Joe Cole off. Cole won more than his share of fouls, and is the best Englishman on the ball, but Sven took him off. Then they play a man down for 57 minutes and don't bother with their third substitution until there was only one minute left on OT. I watched the game with a bunch of Brits and it was painfull for them. Incredibly they've now got a "friendly" to play against Greece in mid-August just before their regular season starts. I guess its another payday for the FA (Football Assoication). The players would have done better coaching themselves, and keeping the FA out! Maybe they need a union to fight inept management.

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                      • #12
                        Im happy for the portugese. Any time a small country can get his far it is inspiring...As much as I am an anglophile I can adapt to the new reality..Im rooting for portugal from here on.
                        ... nothing really ever changes my friend, new lines for old, new lines for old.

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                        • #13
                          Today:s Aftonbladet, online:


                          Foto: Aftonbladet

                          Many believe that Ronaldo can not return to England, where a furious Wayne Rooney awaits. It has been stated - reported - that Rooney is to have said, "I am going to tear him into two pieces."

                          Alan Shearer is to have said: "I think Wayne Rooney should go back to the Manchester United training ground and stick one on Ronaldo."


                          The English newspapers are not giving Ronaldo a break:


                          Foto: Aftonbladet


                          Foto: Aftonbladet

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                          • #14
                            Even during the game the England fans were booing every time he touched the ball. If he does return to Man United he get hell from the fans every time he touches the ball. The big question is will Man united let him go.

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                            • #15
                              Here is an interesting perspective from an Australian paper on the incident and on the Portugese play in general throughout this world cup.
                              • Quotes from the article:
                                There is already festering a sense of grievous injustice about the manner of his dismissal, a send off engineered by a cynical Portuguese team that dived and fell and rolled around in the same manner that made a farce of the match against the Netherlands.

                                Rooney, [....] appeared to stamp on him as they wrestled for the ball on the ground. It is a trademark of Rooney's ferocious style that he pressures and chases down defenders in a wholehearted fashion matched by few forwards.

                              Below is a picture of the foul. It's still hard to tell if it was intentional. It will be interesting to hear FIFA's report on the incident. According to the Argentinian ref, he did award a straight red for the stamping incident and it was not due to the subsequent shove on Ronaldo.



                              Here is Rooney's take from the Sun Newspaper:
                              • Rooney said:
                                "I want to say absolutely categorically that I did not intentionally put my foot down on Ricardo Carvalho.

                                "He slid in from behind me and unfortunately ended up in a positioning where my foot was inevitably going to end up as I kept my balance. That’s all there was to it.

                                "When the referee produced the red card I was amazed - gobsmacked."

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