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Danny O’Neill
1 Posted 21/06/2021 at 17:47:29
Taking the opposition into account, but Dumfries is impressing again.
Jeff Armstrong
2 Posted 21/06/2021 at 19:57:04
Great ploy from Bobby BS there wearing his mask for the Belgium anthem!
Danny O’Neill
3 Posted 21/06/2021 at 20:24:32
Never seen a point in Belgium, but that's a separate discussion.

Goalkeeper's head stops an own goal off Kevin De Bruyne's cross there.

David Pearl
4 Posted 21/06/2021 at 20:28:16
I wonder if Lukaku is going bald. And does his mummy love him? Mine would of had those dreads squashed in a photo album.
David Pearl
5 Posted 21/06/2021 at 20:29:51
Bit samey samey this. Finland look pretty solid so far.
Danny O’Neill
6 Posted 21/06/2021 at 20:37:28
I think he's following his manager's style David.

Commentator man of the match so far. He's clearly been practising his Finnish name pronunciation. Top drawer.

Si Cooper
7 Posted 21/06/2021 at 20:39:53
Have you ever posted something and then thought “I might have over-shared there.”?
Kieran Kinsella
8 Posted 21/06/2021 at 20:47:09
If this score (Denmark) stands then Swtiz, Eng, Czech, France and Sweden officially qualify for round two.
Jeff Armstrong
9 Posted 21/06/2021 at 20:48:54
It's sad to see the demise of a once great player like Eden Hazard, 2 broken ankles in Madrid seem to have taken there toll and really slowed him down, he looks a shadow of his Chelsea days at the moment, hope it's temporary.
Si Cooper
10 Posted 21/06/2021 at 20:50:54
What's your assessment of the Denmark goal Kieran? Absolute ‘worldy' or do you think the Russian goalkeeper was either badly positioned or very flat-footed?
Danny O’Neill
11 Posted 21/06/2021 at 20:57:32
I'm trying not to do the maths Kieran as it gives me a headache. I think if Belgium score, the "as it stands" table would see Finland, Denmark & Russia all on 3 points?

Denmark & Finland equal on points and goal difference?

Would Denmark be 2nd on goals scored?

Or Finland on the basis they beat Denmark?

Confuses the heck out of me.

David Pearl
12 Posted 21/06/2021 at 21:07:41
Its rock, paper, scissors, spock
Kieran Kinsella
13 Posted 21/06/2021 at 21:08:09
Si

I thought the keeper was flat footed but I'll give the scorer the benefit of the doubt.

Danny

I think it would go on goal difference as Den would have beat Rus who beat Fin who beat Den. So I assume the head to head negates itself and it goes to goal difference.

Si Cooper
14 Posted 21/06/2021 at 21:10:23
David (12), what's happened to the lizard?
Frank Wade
15 Posted 21/06/2021 at 21:16:51
Ha Ha, a lot to be said for being slow to get back after an attack, lol.
Kieran Kinsella
16 Posted 21/06/2021 at 21:17:11
Russian defense definately at fault that time
Jamie Crowley
17 Posted 21/06/2021 at 21:18:10
I've never been more happy for a team and country I literally have nothing to do with. Let's go Denmark!
Danny O’Neill
18 Posted 21/06/2021 at 21:18:47
Blind back pass. Ouch
Jamie Crowley
19 Posted 21/06/2021 at 21:20:20
LF is up? cool. Just gave it the ol' "hello?" as no one is on there! 😂
Kieran Kinsella
20 Posted 21/06/2021 at 21:20:49
Denmark look like they want more
Danny O’Neill
21 Posted 21/06/2021 at 21:21:31
So a Belgium goal and Denmark are 2nd as I see it.
Michael Kenrick
22 Posted 21/06/2021 at 21:22:31
Lukakuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!
David Pearl
23 Posted 21/06/2021 at 21:22:31
Sorry Si, missed it out.

Jeff, l get you with Hazard. Seems weird to me that not long ago l was watching a 16 year old Rooney. And now he's retired.

I wonder if Kane goes to City will he ever be worth that money or will he be a Torres

Jeff Armstrong
24 Posted 21/06/2021 at 21:22:33
Lukaku scores , err no he doesn't
Neil Copeland
25 Posted 21/06/2021 at 21:24:44
Oh no he doesn't! Wow, very tight though. VAR. has been good in the Euros so far but not convinced by that one.
Michael Kenrick
26 Posted 21/06/2021 at 21:26:17
Or not.
David Pearl
27 Posted 21/06/2021 at 21:27:42
F. Bullshit. I had de bruyne to assist lukaku. I did that dance for nothing
Danny O’Neill
28 Posted 21/06/2021 at 21:30:38
The ridiculous offside rule strikes again.

That aside. Lovely simple pass from De Bruyne, but what I really liked was Lukaku's body shape and how he opened up to receive the pass and make the space for the finish.

Shame.

Jeff Armstrong
29 Posted 21/06/2021 at 21:30:59
David it's the rapid change in Hazard that's so surprising, 20 months ago he was bossing the Prem, now he looks so slow, and jaded, hope he just needs game time and will show more as the comp progresses.
You want to see world class players shine in the big tournaments.
Neil Copeland
30 Posted 21/06/2021 at 21:31:36
Goalllllll
Jeff Armstrong
31 Posted 21/06/2021 at 21:31:44
Oggy
Rob Halligan
32 Posted 21/06/2021 at 21:31:48
Neil, I thought Lukaku was onside, but it looked like his foot( don't know which one?) was furthest forward, so offside. That one stands though. Oggy by the keeper. 😨😨😨
Neil Copeland
33 Posted 21/06/2021 at 21:34:03
Rob, yes it was his left foot. Stupid rule though, surely it has to be more clear cut than that?

Looks like it might not matter now, which is probably about the right outcome.

Frank Wade
34 Posted 21/06/2021 at 21:35:36
Goallll Denmark
Jamie Crowley
35 Posted 21/06/2021 at 21:36:11
HOLY SHIT OOOOHHHHHHHHH
Jamie Crowley
36 Posted 21/06/2021 at 21:36:31
And there's no God Michael???? HAHAHAHAHA
Frank Wade
37 Posted 21/06/2021 at 21:37:52
Denmark again !!!
Anthony A Hughes
38 Posted 21/06/2021 at 21:38:29
Finns are finished
Rob Halligan
39 Posted 21/06/2021 at 21:38:42
Lukaku again, a great finish. He's on fire.
David Pearl
40 Posted 21/06/2021 at 21:38:48
Jeff, completely agree!

Lukaku, shit him... lazy b'stard

Jamie Crowley
41 Posted 21/06/2021 at 21:39:07
I will never, ever forget this game. Wow!
Neil Copeland
42 Posted 21/06/2021 at 21:39:29
Denmark vs Wales as it stands, could be a very good game that. After what happened to Eriksen it would be great to see them finish 2nd.

Oh, looks like they will now.

David Pearl
43 Posted 21/06/2021 at 21:40:21
Ouch, that game is in Russia
Anthony A Hughes
44 Posted 21/06/2021 at 21:40:34
Yeah shit first touch,couldn't trap a bag of cement,get rid of him
Jamie Crowley
45 Posted 21/06/2021 at 21:42:18
Even better David! I hope they wallow in misery to be honest.

Started time wasting at 2 minutes. Dove for a pen. Vladimir is an asshole.

Screw 'em.

Frank Wade
46 Posted 21/06/2021 at 21:42:42
Yes Anthony, don't forget lazy and that Man U thought the same. He attributes his success in Italy to new training regime and diet that Conte imposed on him.
Jeff Armstrong
47 Posted 21/06/2021 at 21:45:44
Lukaku could be shit and lazy every single game as long as he kept up his goals ratio, Bob Latchford anyone?

You do not score that many goals being lazy, he is permanently switched on ,that's not being lazy!

Rob Halligan
48 Posted 21/06/2021 at 21:46:50
David, # 43. What game is in Russia? Do you mean Russia v Denmark? If so, it's actually in Copenhagen. Belgium v Finland is in Russia, St. Petersburg
Anthony A Hughes
49 Posted 21/06/2021 at 21:47:48
Complete centre foward
Kieran Kinsella
50 Posted 21/06/2021 at 21:48:05
I knew Denmark wouldn't give up but just emotionally I thought it might be a bridge too far for them to raise their spirits again for the last chance saloon. But what a wonderful performance and what great character.
Frank Wade
51 Posted 21/06/2021 at 21:49:25
Sorry Jeff, disagree, for me, any player in an Everton shirt has to give 100% minimum in every game, just as we would in an astroturf 5 a side. Last season we had quite a few short of 100%.
Jeff Armstrong
52 Posted 21/06/2021 at 21:49:48
Denmark v Wales good tie that
Jamie Crowley
53 Posted 21/06/2021 at 21:50:17
That game was a microcosm of why I watch sport.

Just beautiful. Well done Denmark. Couldn't write a better script.

David Pearl
54 Posted 21/06/2021 at 21:51:14
Jamie, bad losers Russia.

I don't know if you remember the fight between them and Canada 1987 in the ice hockey? All out brawl involving every player https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=2vjcr0_NKEA

Reminds me of a few nights at the Blue Angel in Liverpool

Jeff Armstrong
55 Posted 21/06/2021 at 21:53:09
Frank, what I'm saying is he is not lazy, he is 100% concentrated for the full game, totally switched on waiting for THE chance, and invariably he takes it, he is in no way lazy, he is a natural goal scorer and I wish we still had him or someone like him.
Frank Wade
56 Posted 21/06/2021 at 21:53:18
David, their state sponsored doping in Olympic sports over many years is worse.
Neil Copeland
57 Posted 21/06/2021 at 21:53:39
David #54, the Blue Angel, now you are talking, what a classy place!
Kieran Kinsella
58 Posted 21/06/2021 at 21:53:53
Jeff

I fancy them to beat Wales. The taffs have two superstars and a lot of average. Denmark have no (healthy superstars) but are good across the whole 11. Plus Schmeichel can be a match winner on his day.

Jamie Crowley
59 Posted 21/06/2021 at 21:55:13
Or this, David.

Link

Still well up every single time I see it. I was 12. I went apeshit crazy, as did my Dad.

Russia losing just brings a smile to my face.

Kieran Kinsella
60 Posted 21/06/2021 at 21:55:16
Ukraine will be happy too. Finland have a worse record than them so one more 3rd place team needs to be worse and Ukraine will make it
David Pearl
61 Posted 21/06/2021 at 21:55:37
I know Frank, what they tried to get away with...
Jeff, he used to be a little lazy! On occasion.

Anyway, very pleased for Denmark. Nice to see

Neil Copeland
62 Posted 21/06/2021 at 21:56:54
Kieran #58, I quite fancied them as dark horses at the start. They will match Wales for effort, it will be a tight one but I think the Danes may come out on top also.
Barry Rathbone
63 Posted 21/06/2021 at 21:58:26
Reasonable win for Belgium and good to see Rom back to his best but can't see them troubling any of France, Italy, Holland or Germany with Hazard a passenger
Jeff Armstrong
64 Posted 21/06/2021 at 21:59:13
Tough one to call for me Kieran, Wales have a bit more than Bale and Ramsey, Dan James is rapid and Ward in goal has played well, pens maybe? Fancy Schmeichel if it does, he psyched our lot out in that league cup tie a couple of years ago!
Colin Glassar
65 Posted 21/06/2021 at 22:00:08
I'm glad I watched the Denmark-Russia game. The Belgium game sounds pretty dull.
Kieran Kinsella
66 Posted 21/06/2021 at 22:02:52
Germany and Portugal would both have to lose by 4 goals for a team from that group to be worse than Finland. Or by 3 to be worse than Ukraine. So pretty much the worst place third is between Scotland/Cro and the Spain group
Frank Wade
67 Posted 21/06/2021 at 22:03:49
Colin, I'm sure 'The' Backpass reminded you of a team we know !
David Pearl
68 Posted 21/06/2021 at 22:04:13
It was Colin.

Jamie, l love hockey. I accidently moved to Winnipeg for 5 years and it kept me sane till they moved to Phoenix. Brilliant game to watch live. I played a game once, even though l could hardly skate and ended up with pins in my shoulder.

Jamie Crowley
69 Posted 21/06/2021 at 22:04:25
Now if Hungary can pull a miracle in front of 65,000 partisan, non-covid-fearing fans? 😜
Kieran Kinsella
70 Posted 21/06/2021 at 22:05:44
Neil

I fancied them too. They beat England pretty comfortably last year. I didn't realize they'd cope so well post Eriksen's situation though. Also, they've got more long range shooters than I realized.

Anthony A Hughes
71 Posted 21/06/2021 at 22:05:59
Finland patked the bus. Belgium will be better against teams that want to have a game of football
Jamie Crowley
72 Posted 21/06/2021 at 22:06:11
Haha David. I skate better than I walk. Hockey is fantastic.

I honestly believe any footy fan plunged into hockey would absolutely love the sport.

David Pearl
73 Posted 21/06/2021 at 22:08:52
Jamie, l was lost without being able to go to Goodison but got given a ticket and fell in love with it. The fast pace, the checks into the boards, the fights. Wpg got Tie Domi, so it was a lot of fun!!
Kieran Kinsella
74 Posted 21/06/2021 at 22:09:37
Jamie

The game will be in Munich in front of about 12,000 somewhat covid fearing socially distant Germans

Jamie Crowley
75 Posted 21/06/2021 at 22:10:30
Oh no! I thought it was in Budapest!

ugh.

Jamie Crowley
76 Posted 21/06/2021 at 22:11:46
Tie Domi was a snarky little fuck of a player, David.

He reminds me of my own snarky little fuck: Brad Marchand.

Love them both. The little shits that slash, poke, crack ya when the ref's head is turned, and have skill you can only dream about.

Up the rats!

Frank Wade
77 Posted 21/06/2021 at 22:16:08
David, I'm bemused, how does one accidentally move to Winnipeg for 5 years, a one way ticket on the wrong bus ? Brilliant
Jamie, your description of those hockey players reminds me of our noisy neighbours.
Neil Copeland
78 Posted 21/06/2021 at 22:16:38
They used to show the hockey on Saturday sport over here about 40 years ago. Cracking game to watch particularly when it's a close one or a grudge match. Not sure why they stopped showing it as it was popular from what I can remember.

Some of the challenges are brutual, almost a war on ice!

Danny O’Neill
79 Posted 21/06/2021 at 22:21:18
Made up for Denmark, not just because of the obvious tragic situation they've had to deal with, but I had them as my total outside dark horses before the tournament kicked off. They've got some really good players coming through.

Lukaku. I never understood why supporters got frustrated with the first striker we'd had in years who could consistently score 20 goals a season because he was perceived to be lazy. He scores goals. Good scenes at the end where Henry is still educating and schooling him after the match. And he was listening and learning.

Jeff Armstrong
80 Posted 21/06/2021 at 22:27:53
20 plus goals a season and some still not happy, at Everton ffs! Only at Everton!
We are an ungrateful, nitpicking, strange support, we really are.

Lukaku could be “a little bit lazy “ every single game for me as long as he kept scoring, which he did, has continued to do, and will carry on doing...

Danny O’Neill
81 Posted 21/06/2021 at 22:31:04
Because he didn't chase corner flags and work hard like Marcus Bent Jeff.

I being pedantic. Seriously, I just want my strikers to score goals. That's what they're there for. Lukaku does that.

Frank Wade
82 Posted 21/06/2021 at 22:34:00
Jeff #80, United didn't fancy him either, nor did Chelsea, didn't start putting in a shift, til he shifted a load of weight in Italy. No question of his ability. Can't play a pressing game with him.
David Pearl
83 Posted 21/06/2021 at 22:35:37
Jamie, and licking hah brutal at times and makes you wonder how they get away with it. Especially the fact that they still have players on the team whose only job is to drop the gloves and fight.

Frank, sorry for the late reply my intetnet went down. Its always a girl! I arrived on 5rh January... it was -55 with the wind chill but l thought l would be okay because l had 2 jumpers on.

David Pearl
84 Posted 21/06/2021 at 22:37:06
And if anyone on here hasn't watched the NHL... its curently the playoffs. Watch it. Its an amazing game.
Frank Wade
85 Posted 21/06/2021 at 22:38:08
Ah ok David, perfectly good reason, well done ! There's always a perfectly reasonable answer, lovely story
Jeff Armstrong
86 Posted 21/06/2021 at 22:39:05
But Frank, were not United or Chelsea are we?

we haven't won a pot for 26 years, but some fans were not happy with a 25 goals a season striker! Unfuckingbelievable.

David Pearl
87 Posted 21/06/2021 at 22:44:57
Frank, nightmare ending. Don't go to Winmipeg!
Frank Wade
88 Posted 21/06/2021 at 22:45:13
Ok Jeff, we can disagree but we couldn't win anything with him either and won't playing with 10 men plus a guy who is good, nay great I would say, at taking scoring chances but not a team player. A waste of his talent. Every interview he gave after a game, he mentioned continuing to work hard, strange that !
Frank Wade
89 Posted 21/06/2021 at 22:46:00
David, I certainly won't be going by accident or without me jumper !
Dale Self
90 Posted 21/06/2021 at 22:46:54
Go Canadiens! The only underdog left. suck it Vegas.
Jeff Armstrong
91 Posted 21/06/2021 at 22:50:46
ok Frank we'll agree to disagree, but I really think he has gone on to prove the problem was with our other 10 players, not the 1 knocking them in every week.

Which is kind of what you are saying too, I think.🤔

Paul Birmingham
92 Posted 21/06/2021 at 22:51:19
Great result for Denmark and well deserved for their fans, and that should be a good game v Wales.

Belgium looking very handy too.

So for tomorrow and let's see if England can put in a decent performance for a change.

At least the Euros, are providing some decent games and entertainment and is a welcome distraction to the Everton managerial saga.

David Pearl
93 Posted 21/06/2021 at 22:53:53
I found it strange in Canada. I later moved to Toronto. I have one friend that follows the Habs in hockey, The Patriots in nfl, the Blue Jays in baseball, and Spurs is 'soccer'
At least fans don't have an off season.

Frank and Dale, where are you living?

Barry Hesketh
94 Posted 21/06/2021 at 22:54:12
Perhaps some Evertonians could see that Lukaku could have been much much more than just a goalscorer whilst he was wearing the Everton shirt, I know I did. His touch was poor on lots of occasions whilst he was at Goodison and that continued at Old Trafford. It's only the past couple of years where he has become the player many thought he would be, but he was ambitious for himself, and regardless of what we as fans thought about him as a player, he wanted to go to a more competitive club, and that's why he went to United and then on to Milan.

Did I celebrate when he was sold, of course not, every man and his dog knew we'd miss his goals, we all knew he was a natural finisher. Tonight he scored one and had one disallowed, in a somewhat disjointed performance from Belgium, that's what top goalscorers do, but even at the end of tonight's game, Thiery Henry was offering Lukaku more advice.

I find it so tiresome that quite a few posters on here, want to blame the fans for most of Everton's ills. We don't choose who to buy or sell, we don't choose the manager, we merely proffer our opinion on individuals and the team, some do it quite loudly some with humour, some with sheer emotion.

That's what fans do, up and down the country, in every country at any club on the planet, Evertonians aren't different to any other fans, because they all have fans who nitpick, want better, want success and are ungrateful. There isn't a totally satisfied group of supporters anywhere, including at Man City, despite their dominance in recent years.


Jeff Armstrong
95 Posted 21/06/2021 at 22:54:53
Agree Paul, not a great tournament so far but good enough to keep us entertained and debating.
Frank Wade
96 Posted 21/06/2021 at 22:58:15
David, I'm in Dublin, not the Ohio one !!!
Danny O’Neill
97 Posted 21/06/2021 at 23:00:27
I'm actually enjoying it Jeff, although maybe that's because it's a welcome distraction! I do think the matches are getting better though.

I picked that up just a few posts back Barry. Intriguing to see Henry giving Lukaku a debrief after the match. And Lukaku listening and nodding. Why wouldn't you though?!!

David Pearl
98 Posted 21/06/2021 at 23:03:20
Barry, well put.
Its a shame, sometimes as a blue you see us sell Lukaku and we don't buy a direct replacement. Those obvious things that drives us all crazy.

And is it my imagination or did City have greater support when they were in divisions 1 and 2?

Frank Wade
99 Posted 21/06/2021 at 23:04:51
Danny, I think it's easier when we're not as emotionally involved as we would with Everton, it's more relaxing. Still too much sideways and back passing in the games for my liking.
Jeff Armstrong
100 Posted 21/06/2021 at 23:07:14
Yeh Danny I'm enjoying it too, bit bloated at the mo with only a few teams going out in the early part, but some decent games going on and these last group games are providing interest and drama even if it's only for sorting out the knockout fixtures.
I'd much rather have a summer with a tournament going on than one without.
David Pearl
101 Posted 21/06/2021 at 23:08:50
Frank, its good to be close to the source of Guiness. I always loved going to lreland, the people are always friendly and welcoming.
Jeff Armstrong
102 Posted 21/06/2021 at 23:12:28
Frank, unfortunately, I think the sideways and backward passing and playing it out from the goalie is here to stay, it's called the modern game apparently !
Barry Hesketh
103 Posted 21/06/2021 at 23:15:39
What I've enjoyed about the tournament so far, is the referees have allowed tackling to be part of football and not stopping the game every minute, due to someone falling over, not in every game but in most matches the game has been allowed to flow.

Plus the speed of the VAR decisions has been much faster than we've witnessed in the Premier League. Not every decision has been correct, but at least they've been made efficiently - which proves that it isn't the system that undermines VAR in England it's the way it's used.

Frank Wade
104 Posted 21/06/2021 at 23:16:08
Good man David, kind words, I worked there as an intern during one college Summer. The lifers got a couple of free bottles with their lunch, not the students !!!
Danny O’Neill
105 Posted 21/06/2021 at 23:25:27
Frank & Jeff,

Yes, there's always that sort of cautious stand off in the early group games, but now we're getting to the stage where teams are needing results, its getting more interesting. And then we hit the knock outs so teams have to go for the win.

Barry, the VAR difference has been notable. They are mostly using it much more effectively. It makes you wonder how much the Premier League has been using it to play to the cameras and add to the drama or give the pundits something to rant about. Conspiracy theorist in me at play there, so I apologise. But it just seems to be being used to better effect, in a slicker manner and without the fuss we got accustomed to last season.

David Pearl
106 Posted 21/06/2021 at 23:26:31
Isn't it weird, Frank, that the further away you get from Dublin, the more watery it gets. It's not even close to being a myth.
Frank Wade
107 Posted 21/06/2021 at 23:34:07
Danny, Problem with VAR in the Premier League is with the guys looking at the footage plus the tampering with the rules. For instance, level used to be onside, even if a big toe was offside, the torsos were level so onside. Lukaku's goal tonight caused by his size 11s rather than size 10's.

David, a heresy I know, but always preferred the lighter beers myself, shame on me, so not an expert on the quality or soundness of the faraway pint of Guinness, although have heard the complaints from the aficionados.

Danny O’Neill
108 Posted 21/06/2021 at 23:37:31
I liked it when they had that "daylight" rule for offside Frank. I'm not sure what happened to it.

I know there would still be marginal decisions but it gave the advantage to the attacker, which is what we want to promote in the game right?

Frank Wade
109 Posted 21/06/2021 at 23:43:21
Exactly Danny, that was always the way. Daylight seems an easier rule to implement. I'd hate to be a lines-person, having to watch a ball being struck and also the exact position of defender and attacker.

There was an incident in an earlier Belgium match, v Russia I think, where Lukaku was two yards offside when ball was played to him, but the defender mishit a clearance back to him and the goal stood. I confess I don't know the rule anymore. For me, the whistle should have gone for first offside.


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