Monday, 18 June 2012

Holland out

A disjointed Dutch showing was completed last night as they surrounded a Van der Vart lead to two Ronaldo goals and were fortunate not to concede more. It always seems to be all or nothing with the Dutch and quite clearly we it was the latter this time around. Portugal haven't really been fancied in this tournament but they were a force relatively recently and with Ronaldo and Nani up front they carry a goal-threat.

The German's maintained top billing with a 2-1 victory over neighbours Denmark. The Danes can be genuinely satisfied with their competition, even if they are heading home.

This evening Group C concludes and Italy will surely see off the final Irish challenge. If they score early, another trouncing could be on the cards but I'll go for them closing out a 2-0 win. The Italians will probably be getting a running update on the scoreline from the Spain v Croatia as they will, presumably, be looking for a big Spanish win to help them overcome the Croatian's goal difference.

There were large queues at the Club Shop on Saturday signalling the arrival of the first jumble of Nike gear. I understand it's the usual case of half the planned merchandise in half the sizes. Multiple visits and all that for the early birds. I will have a serious look in late July when there's a chance it may have stopped raining and I might be able to get what I want in the sizes I need.

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