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Gah, it's on ITV, and David Sodding Pleat. Who do England want to win? I would rather get Holland, I like their away kit
i would rather play Holland. Portugal look a damn good side
I think we owe them a beating.
but I don't think Holland are too strong defensively and England should know their frontline inside out
Portugal for England.
1-0 Portugal. Looks like there'll be a reunion.
I hope the sending off doesn't make it cagey.
I feel sorry for Ronaldo. I don't feel sorry for Costinha, out of all the daft handballs in this World Cup that's the stupidest yet.
Both teams' movement and passing is strikingly better than England's. We're going to struggle.
it'll be nerve racking. when is the next game?
Figo booked for a headbutt, Boulahrouz sent off for nothing
I want 'us' to play Holland
to the italy chile game of 62
I was just trying to remember funny on match fights betweens teams when i turned round towards the tv and saw what can only be described as a kerfuffle. Was there a fight ?
i'd say that you might as well be watching monkeys having a scrap, but that would be an insult to the simian world. Stop fouling and diving and do what you're paid to do you twunts.
its a very silly dirty game in parts though
compulsory to book goalkeepers before they take a goal kick?
Deco gets sent off for being pushed to the ground!
This is actually farcical
Get 'em all off, that's what I say
i hope it goes to extra time, just because of this
at least Deco will be suspended
well I am verygoodfriends with a certain time traveller I think
i think portugal will win annoyingly but seeing half their players are now banned
and now another kick off?
at least they're pretty good at darts
portugal v england
That was an absolute WAR! I really enjoyed that. Both sides were despicable cheatng bastards, but the Dutch were the nastiest on the night and deserved to lose.
Against another performance like that we should have no problem.
but it was more fun than the england game though I do feel next saturday's game will be quite memorable
game was SO dull.
he's a silly man these days
Portugal win thanks to 90 minutes in which the only thing they did well was cheat. I hope Figo gets the suspension he so thoroughly deserves. Whilst Holland woz robbed, it's difficult to have much sympathy when they were nearly as bad.
And I feel kinda sorry for the referee given the inevitable flack he'll have to take. How do you referee that?
was inexcusably shit. yellows for fucking nothging, inconsistent twat. i hope he gets lambasted in the press and never referees again. ruined what could have been a truly great game but refereed it into chaos.
of those yellows were wrong though. Except the ones that should have been straight reds.
at least half of the yellows were wrong, especially three of the ones that got people sent off
Costinha - obviously deliberate handball, definitely a yellow
Deco - deliberately stopping play from continuing, again a clear yellow
Van Bronckhorst - awful, dangerous late challenge
Admittedly the second yellow for Boulahrouz was a travesty, but still.
looked like a tangle of legs, Tiago goes flying.
Just use some common sense with the Deco one, just tell him you'll add a few seconds on, he didn't say a word to Cocu for hurling Deco to the floor
Both Costinha's were yellows
It was definitely a bookable offence and given the Fifa guidelines urging zero tolerance for those sorts of incidents I don't blame the referee for booking him. Although I agree that Cocu should have been punished for exercising his quite nifty wrestling moves on him by way of retribution.
I'd just like to see a referee try and keep some reason (and players on the pitch). That said Deco could have got a straight red for the first challenge
But in a game like that maintaining a sense of reason is very hard. If the referee had made all the right decisions, odds are there would have been more sendings off and bookings, not less...
but at least deco wont play, hopefully ronaldo wont and figo should be suspended. fucking shit ref.
my word, what a spectacle that was! ref looked utterly exhausted and fed up by the end.
cant see portugal being particuaryly specioal without him and deco.
fifa has this double jeopardy thing. you can't get punished again for something already booked for, basically.
if Figo was booked for the headbutt though. If the referee had seen that he surely should have sent him off. I thought he may have been booked for something else (dissent or something like that).
How do you referee that kind of game? Players diving into challenges, diving to the ground at the slightest touch, pushing each other etc.
The ref obviously lost control but the players did him no favours at all.
Although a Portugal without Deco, Costinha, Ronaldo and if we're VERY lucky Figo will be a much easier team to play than a full strength one. Especially with everyone on yellows.
I can't wait for friday.
can't be punished retrospectively 'cos he got booked...eve nthough the referee didn't see actually what happened.
hung, drawn and quatered i say. he absolutley ruined it, and the second half was looking so good with holland pressing for a goal.
Maybe the ref took advice from his linesman and booked Figo for his headbutt. But then he should have shown Figo a red card, I suppose.
but I can hope. Maybe they'll change the rules cos we're England and had an empire and stuff.
that headbutt was the worst thing out of everything that happened. The referee was horribly inconsistent, yellows for that and Sneijder's push and nothing for Cocu dragging Deco over, and yet some absurd second yellows and innocuous bookings all over the place. The ref looked like someone in a nightmare they couldn't wake up from.
I'd hesitate to say it was great but it was certainly an extraordinary match.
I was wishing for extra time.
the only thing that would have rounded it off was a Dutch equaliser in the sixth minute of injury time
it was a night for penalties really wasn't it.
who did the Kung Fu/drop kick on Robben? I didn't catch who it was
*sorry - don't mean that really*
like being back in the 1970s: Leeds versus Chelsea
when Deco and Van Brokhurst were sitting on the steps and talking to each other just like "pah, bloody referee!"
All the people saying Portugal cheated their way to the win shut up, they got just as screwed by the ref and in any case they function better as a team than the netherlands.
that'll probably be the enduring image of that game.
Deco's quality, it's very unfortunate for him but very fortunate for England that he got sent off.
Deco's sending off is the best thing to have come from the game from our point of view. Before all the sendings off he was running the midfield. He was excellent against us two years ago too.