Monday, 11 June 2012

Ireland hobbling

More drama in the European Championships yesterday. I only caught the second-half of the Spain v Italy match but the quality of the passing was impressive. It was no surprise when Cesc Fabregas stole in to level and Spain should have won it had Fernando Torres converted either of the gilt-edged chances he got into good positions for after cpoming on as a second-half sub.

The second game pitted the Irish against the Croatians and Ireland were blown away in the end. They lacked the firepower to match their attacking opponents and with games now against Spain and Italy to come, qualification for the knockout stages looks beyond them. The Irish fans did their team proud and there was a stirring rendition of the Fields of Athenry at the finish. Addick watchers couldn't have failed to have noticed the industrious Keith Andrews who is a signing rumour. I thought he held his own against a better Croatian midfield which includes Luca Modic - no mean feat. What did Slaven Bilic look like - unshaven, tie hanging around his neck and a beanie hat with his suit?

The country needs a big lift and the England team could do it this evening if they can overcome the French in their opener later this afternoon. I plan to be home for kick-off - C'mon England!

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