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Danny O’Neill
1 Posted 27/06/2021 at 16:19:10
Rooting for the Netherlands. Always like to see the Dutch do well and looking forward to watching our next right back again (wishful thinking!!).

Also looking forward to Belgium v Portugal later. I don't know which way to call that one. A team full of great players versus a team with a great player.

Pleased to see the Azzurri through last night.

Barry Hesketh
2 Posted 27/06/2021 at 16:21:20
Do the pundits and presenters get a financial reward each time they mention 'Liverpool'? FFS
Jamie Crowley
3 Posted 27/06/2021 at 16:54:46
I've got the Dutch winning it all in my family group/bracket pool.

Not so much because I think they're good, but I know the entirety of my family would pick Germany, England, or Belgium. So the Dutch were a cheeky pick to separate myself from horde, er, my family.

I didn't even realize the jackass Frank deBoer was managing them! They'll never win under him, he's an idiot.

But we cling to hope and reach for the $35 grand prize the family pool pays out, ergo, Cmon Oranje!

Jeff Armstrong
4 Posted 27/06/2021 at 16:57:23
Whatever happened to Holland?
Jamie Crowley
5 Posted 27/06/2021 at 17:09:16
Why would that player put that ball across the box and not head it down in the net? What the actual fuck?

He was offside anyway, but what was he thinking?

Rendon Crowley
6 Posted 27/06/2021 at 17:11:24
Test test 1,2 Crowley jr reporting in.
Jamie Crowley
7 Posted 27/06/2021 at 17:12:05
Oh dear Lord, the boy has joined TW.

Pray for me.

Andrew Ellams
8 Posted 27/06/2021 at 17:14:56
If we seal the deal for Dumfries I might give them a bit less stick over Benitez
David Pearl
9 Posted 27/06/2021 at 17:15:49
Jamie, Dave and Tony beat you to it.

Some run that from Dumfries. Would he get away with that for Everton? Leaving his position like that.

Bill Griffiths
10 Posted 27/06/2021 at 17:17:43
Welcome to TW tendon.
Brent Stephens
11 Posted 27/06/2021 at 17:20:46
Rendon! Welcome. UR pater is a good old TW contributor so good to see one of his offspring on here. Hells have to watch his language now!
David Pearl
12 Posted 27/06/2021 at 17:22:17
Likes to lose the ball that Memphis Depay
Jeff Armstrong
13 Posted 27/06/2021 at 17:22:27
Bill10, is Jamie bringing a bit of muscle to proceedings?
Brent Stephens
14 Posted 27/06/2021 at 17:23:19
Jamie, if the rest of your extensive lineage start posting, the rest of us will never get a word in!
Jamie Crowley
15 Posted 27/06/2021 at 17:23:41
Jeff - I have to. I like Chardonnay! Muscle required!
Jamie Crowley
16 Posted 27/06/2021 at 17:25:26
The Dutch look great. But they need a goal. That Czech counter looks scary.

LOVE Budapest! Full crowds. It's so great to see again.

Darren Hind
17 Posted 27/06/2021 at 17:26:32
Rendon.

Good to hear from you son. If you are half a crazy as the old man you'll be a great Addition to the mad house

Jeff Armstrong
18 Posted 27/06/2021 at 17:26:34
Jamie, 🍹💪😂
Rendon Crowley
19 Posted 27/06/2021 at 17:33:16
Thank you all for the welcomes my dads been talking about TW for years, wanted to check it out for myself..

7 Czech defenders in the box from the last play warding off the Dutch sheesh

Brian Williams
20 Posted 27/06/2021 at 17:35:31
Jamie, without wanting to appear rude might I ask how old your son and heir is?

Or to Rendon himself? 😁

Jamie Crowley
21 Posted 27/06/2021 at 17:36:58
Brian -

Rendon, also known as #3 of 5, is 20 years old. Currently a student enrolled at University of Alabama.

Good boy. They all are, thankfully.

Jeff Armstrong
22 Posted 27/06/2021 at 17:38:12
Czechs defending well and a threat going forward too, good game developing.
Brian Williams
23 Posted 27/06/2021 at 17:39:24
Ah Jamie, good stuff.
So he'll already know the story of you, the two hookers, and the priest then? 😳
Jamie Crowley
24 Posted 27/06/2021 at 17:40:22
Brian -

That was meant for your ears only mate! SHHHHHH!

Jeff Armstrong
25 Posted 27/06/2021 at 17:41:02
So it might be safe to summise he's tried the original and best Czech Bud then Jamie!
Brian Williams
26 Posted 27/06/2021 at 17:41:21
Lol. You DID warn him about TW I hope.
David Pearl
27 Posted 27/06/2021 at 17:43:03
5 Jamie? Not firing blanks then!

Dumfries looks better each game. He'd be a great addition.

Rendon Crowley
28 Posted 27/06/2021 at 17:43:05
Brian, I expect no less
Jamie Crowley
29 Posted 27/06/2021 at 17:43:07
Extensively.
Brian Williams
30 Posted 27/06/2021 at 17:46:55
Good man Rendon. Welcome to the family. Steel yourself for a lifetime of pain, a pain like no other, but one you'd never ever want to be rid of. 🤣🤣🤣
Rendon Crowley
31 Posted 27/06/2021 at 17:49:57
Oh I know Brian I'm here for it.

Me and pops were just saying Dutch need a goal.. have to say though the Czechs have been solid good game thus far

Brian Williams
32 Posted 27/06/2021 at 17:52:10
Agree with that mate. Dutch the more skilled but if they don't press home their advantage the Czechs could punish them. Finely balanced game like.
Danny O’Neill
33 Posted 27/06/2021 at 17:53:03
Welcome to the blue madhouse Rendon.

Czechs growing into this game. I can see them sneaking this one.

Rendon Crowley
34 Posted 27/06/2021 at 18:10:26
You gotta be kidding me..
Jeff Armstrong
35 Posted 27/06/2021 at 18:10:33
Should be red for De Ligt that.
Jamie Crowley
36 Posted 27/06/2021 at 18:10:42
How do you miss that???
Rendon Crowley
37 Posted 27/06/2021 at 18:11:17
Just shoot man..
Barry Rathbone
38 Posted 27/06/2021 at 18:11:28
Dutch 18 finishing one on ones like dcl
Jeff Armstrong
39 Posted 27/06/2021 at 18:12:42
Told ya
Barry Rathbone
40 Posted 27/06/2021 at 18:13:07
Good decision I love var
Jamie Crowley
41 Posted 27/06/2021 at 18:13:12
Never a red. You can't say he intentionally batted the ball.
Jamie Crowley
42 Posted 27/06/2021 at 18:14:00
I dunno about that. Dutch in a world of shit now.
Jeff Armstrong
43 Posted 27/06/2021 at 18:14:30
He intentionally batted the ball away.
Jamie Crowley
44 Posted 27/06/2021 at 18:15:50
Why isn't that a red? I mean, if we're dolling out reds for a guy falling down and hitting the ball with his arm, surely tackling a guy from behind, knee/calf high, intentionally, is a red?

Suspect all this.

Jamie Crowley
45 Posted 27/06/2021 at 18:16:16
Czechs playing "hack a Dutch".
Barry Rathbone
46 Posted 27/06/2021 at 18:22:34
Some stop that
Jamie Crowley
47 Posted 27/06/2021 at 18:23:08
What a defensive stop that was! Wow.
Jeff Armstrong
48 Posted 27/06/2021 at 18:26:03
Was coming
Brent Stephens
49 Posted 27/06/2021 at 18:26:48
Good night Dutch.
Jamie Crowley
50 Posted 27/06/2021 at 18:27:06
Jesus. Dutch just focusing too much anger at ref and not playing.

Barry Rathbone
51 Posted 27/06/2021 at 18:27:24
Big physical outfit the czechs none of them can trap a ball but they're 1 nil up!!
Dennis Stevens
52 Posted 27/06/2021 at 18:27:25
That was coming
Rendon Crowley
53 Posted 27/06/2021 at 18:27:30
100% deserved
Jamie Crowley
54 Posted 27/06/2021 at 18:28:29
It's deserved. Even in the first half they played fantastically. Sitting back and countering with real intent.

Czechs have played really well. Deserved lead.

Jamie Crowley
55 Posted 27/06/2021 at 18:29:38
God it's just hack, hack, hack. Working well! The Dutch don't like it up 'em!
Jeff Armstrong
56 Posted 27/06/2021 at 18:29:48
Dutch need to concentrate on scoring rather than trying even the numbers up.
Barry Rathbone
57 Posted 27/06/2021 at 18:30:11
Dutch starting to cheat now - tarts
Barry Rathbone
58 Posted 27/06/2021 at 18:31:16
Christ, size of him
Jamie Crowley
59 Posted 27/06/2021 at 18:32:06
Meanwhile, Goliath comes on as a sub for Netherlands.
Jamie Crowley
60 Posted 27/06/2021 at 18:32:57
And the Czechs start the faking injury and time wasting.

Get up ya ninny!

Rendon Crowley
61 Posted 27/06/2021 at 18:34:57
6'6 183 lbs, yeah start crossing the ball Dutch
Jeff Armstrong
62 Posted 27/06/2021 at 18:37:58
Schick shoots Schick scores
Michael Kenrick
63 Posted 27/06/2021 at 18:38:15
He's as sharp as a razor!
Jamie Crowley
64 Posted 27/06/2021 at 18:38:56
Wow.

That's my bracket busted.

Now rooting for Belgium and Bobby Brown Shoes.

Jamie Crowley
65 Posted 27/06/2021 at 18:39:57
Can the Dutch pull the goalie? 😂
Dale Self
66 Posted 27/06/2021 at 18:40:23
Hopefully that's the last we see of DeBoner on the sidelines. How he landed there via Atlanta is not well understood
Mike Jones
67 Posted 27/06/2021 at 18:40:25
Anything that sees Wijnaldum lose is fine by me.
Barry Rathbone
68 Posted 27/06/2021 at 18:41:09
Shocking touch before the pass the technical ability has been pretty poor in this tournament except for some of the Danes
Tony McNulty
69 Posted 27/06/2021 at 18:41:21
After that comment Michael I can only ask quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
Mike Gaynes
70 Posted 27/06/2021 at 18:41:43
I'm seeing a financial crisis.

Lots of bouncing Czechs.

Ray Robinson
71 Posted 27/06/2021 at 18:42:33
Depay, de Ligt, de Roon, de Vrij, de Jong, de Boer - defeat.
Mike Gaynes
72 Posted 27/06/2021 at 18:42:41
And the Belgians, Barry.
Tony McNulty
73 Posted 27/06/2021 at 18:45:26
The outbreak of puns on here might necessitate the wearing of a mask to avoid catching the disease
Barry Rathbone
74 Posted 27/06/2021 at 18:45:40
Mike

I have to be honest as much as I want Bobby to do well I haven't been that impressed by the Belgians but we'll see

Barry Rathbone
75 Posted 27/06/2021 at 18:47:15
My god how can a pro footballer not control that?
Jeff Armstrong
76 Posted 27/06/2021 at 18:51:07
Turning point was Malen,s one on one where Vaclik saved.
Barry Rathbone
77 Posted 27/06/2021 at 18:52:02
All the czech lads look like ex russian special forces
Jamie Crowley
78 Posted 27/06/2021 at 18:52:13
de Boner fired by 8 pm BST tonight.

Won't make it down the tunnel before relieved of his duties.

Rendon Crowley
79 Posted 27/06/2021 at 18:53:15
Agreed Jeff, right after Malen blew that chance the red card happened, everything fell apart, Czechs deserve the win better team today
Barry Rathbone
80 Posted 27/06/2021 at 18:54:58
I was suspicious about the Dutch when DePay was advertised as their star man - utter wastrel
Dennis Stevens
81 Posted 27/06/2021 at 18:55:29
Mind you, any team whose 'keeper wears trackies should be deducted a goal from the outset
Neil Copeland
82 Posted 27/06/2021 at 18:56:02
Now that is sorted Marcel, go and get Denzel signed up.
Jamie Crowley
83 Posted 27/06/2021 at 18:56:56
Just saw the replay of the hand ball.

I was wrong. 100% hand ball. Total red.

Dennis Stevens
84 Posted 27/06/2021 at 18:58:26
I suppose de boer might be available in a few minutes
David Pearl
85 Posted 27/06/2021 at 19:00:38
Depay, cant see him lasting the year at Barca. Or his mate Koeman
Robert Tressell
86 Posted 27/06/2021 at 19:01:15
The knock out games so much better than the group stages. Brilliant by the Czechs. Also more excellent refereeing - cynical cheating by DeLigt and got caught out by VAR.
Rendon Crowley
87 Posted 27/06/2021 at 19:06:05
Portugal v Belgium will be awesome. Although on Tuesday I cannot wait for England v Germany, classic game. Hope the English kill them krauts
Mike Gaynes
88 Posted 27/06/2021 at 19:06:35
David, I was not a fan of Memphis for a long time, but he really grew up the past two years at Lyon. I think he'll do just fine at Barca. But you're absolutely right about Koeman.
Mike Gaynes
89 Posted 27/06/2021 at 19:12:05
Rendon, let me add my welcome to TW. We will try not to hold your loud relation against you, but no promises. May we assume at least that you're not a chardonnay sipper?
Dave Abrahams
90 Posted 27/06/2021 at 19:12:35
Tendon (87), Welcome to ToffeeWeb Rendon, you sound like the brains of the family, nice initials, R,C. I bet your dad chose them especially.
David Pearl
91 Posted 27/06/2021 at 19:13:08
Mike, l thought he'd improved also but he had no end product and kept giving the ball away. Not so sure Barca fans will put up with it.

Rendon, really looking forward to De Bruyne and Rom vs Ronaldo. Euros are hotting up. And its intrresting that Bruno Fernandes has been left out again

Dave Abrahams
92 Posted 27/06/2021 at 19:15:09
Rendon (87), Tendon? Started off on the wrong foot there!! Sorry mate, completely unintended, honest.
Mike Gaynes
93 Posted 27/06/2021 at 19:17:57
Still picking Belgium to win it all.
Rendon Crowley
94 Posted 27/06/2021 at 19:20:56
Mike n Dave thanks for the welcome! And Mike I'm more of a whiskey guy love me some jack daniels. Also Dave don't worry I get it a lot Tendon, Brendon, Brandon etc etc. I go by ren at home haha.

David, really interesting line up Portugal have put out..

Jeff Armstrong
95 Posted 27/06/2021 at 19:21:45
Mike, if Belgium put in a good performance tonight and advance then it's hard to see beyond them, France maybe.
Mike Gaynes
96 Posted 27/06/2021 at 19:24:06
Rendon, at least most folks here won't tease you about being named after a third baseman. Brits don't get baseball.

Jeff, to me Italy looks like the only team capable of beating Belgium at the moment. France aren't playing very well. And of course without Digne they don't have a prayer.

Will Mabon
97 Posted 27/06/2021 at 19:27:21
...and the shocks begin.

De Ligt letting the ball bounce that way! I thought we all knew about that by six years old. The whole team looked very ordinary though, perhaps not so much of a shock.

Tony Abrahams
98 Posted 27/06/2021 at 19:31:44
I'm not sure Jamie, would call his child after a Texan, Mike, but you're correct mate because I don't know much about baseball, and welcome aboard Rendon, mate!
David Pearl
99 Posted 27/06/2021 at 19:32:06
Mike, l was lucky enough to be in Canada for the Blue Jays in the early 90s but since then l have lost interest.

I think France have less weaknesses than others and maybe slowly warming up. We know Belgium weakness, and strenghts. Italy disappointed last time out. Maybe England do havr a chance, especially if Kane gets going.

Neil Copeland
100 Posted 27/06/2021 at 19:35:09
Rendon #87, good man, pleased to see the old man has brought you up properly. Oh and, welcome to TW!
Neil Copeland
101 Posted 27/06/2021 at 19:38:29
England and Germany must fancy their chances of at least making the final. Although, I still fancy Denmark as dark horses.
Jeff Armstrong
102 Posted 27/06/2021 at 19:43:14
I think the last few posts show we have an open, interesting tournament.
David Pearl
103 Posted 27/06/2021 at 19:48:43
I still can't believe Greece won it when they did.

I'm thinking France/Belgium vs England/Germany final. But strange things happen in football. Like Beneathus being manager of... l can't complete that sentence!!

Jeff Armstrong
104 Posted 27/06/2021 at 19:55:17
Surprised Bruno Fernandes is not starting.

Cannot believe it , Cristiano can't sing … shocked tbh

Will Mabon
105 Posted 27/06/2021 at 19:55:47
David, the Greece one stood out for sure. A victory for incredibly industrial football, yet a weird inevitability about it at the time, just ground everyone down.
Jeff Armstrong
106 Posted 27/06/2021 at 20:06:11
Jota scores that for the RS
Jamie Crowley
107 Posted 27/06/2021 at 20:06:52
How many times were we linked to Joa Mouhtino? (sp?). 1000+?
Mike Gaynes
108 Posted 27/06/2021 at 20:07:21
As your commentators would put it, they're going to rue that missed chance.
Jeff Armstrong
109 Posted 27/06/2021 at 20:08:33
Jamie, if Nuno had come we would finally have got him!
Michael Boardman
110 Posted 27/06/2021 at 20:09:08
Portugal have a team full of winners: Ronaldo. Bernardo Silva and Jota...what exactly has he won, apart from a dubious penalty or two???
Jamie Crowley
111 Posted 27/06/2021 at 20:10:33
Dude, Belgium are just fucking loaded. This lineup is insane.
Rob Halligan
112 Posted 27/06/2021 at 20:10:41
Blimey, saw a post that said "Welcome Rendon" and thought for a minute Benitez had already made his first signing, Rondon from Newcastle. Relieved to see it's only Jamie's son!! Missed the second half of the Dutch game, so was it a shock, or did the Czechs deserve to win? The Czechs looked the better team in the first half.

Oh, and welcome Rendon. Yer arl fella don't half talk some shite, but we put up with him!! 😁😁😁

Joke Jamie, joke!! 😁😁😁

Mike Gaynes
113 Posted 27/06/2021 at 20:14:19
Rob, when Benitez snuck out of China, he left Rondon behind. (I picture him standing in front of his hotel in Dalian with his bags, waiting for Rafa to give him a ride to the airport.) Anyway, Rondon is now at CSKA.
David Pearl
114 Posted 27/06/2021 at 20:14:28
Will, Greece seemed to win in slow motion.

I wonder if Martinez returned would he would play such a high line with Godfrey, Mina & Holgate/keane. I'm not sure our opposition would sit off us like Portugal are

Jeff Armstrong
115 Posted 27/06/2021 at 20:14:52
Rob, Czechs deserved the victory hands down, Dutch where poor second half.
Jamie Crowley
116 Posted 27/06/2021 at 20:14:58
Can we please sign Witsel? Kid looks fantastic.
Jamie Crowley
117 Posted 27/06/2021 at 20:16:03
Rob -

I didn't ever consider it wasn't a joke! Love it.

Barry Rathbone
118 Posted 27/06/2021 at 20:17:39
You can see why euro style tika taka chess footy doesn't catch on here it's like watching paint dry. The "off" button beckons
Jeff Armstrong
119 Posted 27/06/2021 at 20:20:00
Wow Barry it's only been on 18 minutes!
Mike Gaynes
120 Posted 27/06/2021 at 20:22:11
Jamie, the "kid" is 32 and coming off a torn Achilles.

We were rumored in for him five or six years ago when he was playing in Russia, but he went to China instead for some insane money.

Jamie Crowley
121 Posted 27/06/2021 at 20:22:53
Ronaldo completely getting bullshit on him.

Did you hear him yell? Embarrassing.

Jamie Crowley
122 Posted 27/06/2021 at 20:23:48
Mike -

He looks like he's 23!!! Shocking!

Hard pass then. TY.

Brent Stephens
123 Posted 27/06/2021 at 20:25:38
Ronaldo close. What a shot the guy has got.
Mike Gaynes
124 Posted 27/06/2021 at 20:25:52
Now that's how ya hit a free kick. Laces through the ball and try to kill the keeper.
Jeff Armstrong
125 Posted 27/06/2021 at 20:27:23
How Bruno F cannot get in this team is amazing.
Michael Kenrick
126 Posted 27/06/2021 at 20:30:58
Strange after the high energy of the earlier game... this is a real stinker.
Michael Boardman
127 Posted 27/06/2021 at 20:31:07
Ronaldo is on the Branson, Musk list of Anti Christ candidates - the man is amazing
David Pearl
128 Posted 27/06/2021 at 20:31:40
Jeff, l can only think its because they want to play a counter attacking game.

Slowww game this but we know some magic is coming

Jeff Armstrong
129 Posted 27/06/2021 at 20:33:53
David I get that to a point but they're playing with 3 DM,s, Fernandes would support Ronaldo who looks isolated.
Mike Gaynes
130 Posted 27/06/2021 at 20:36:26
Can't wait for the chess to be over and the football to start.

My eyelids are heavier than Vermalen's torso.

Jamie Crowley
131 Posted 27/06/2021 at 20:37:32
I'm sure this game will be far from boring 2nd half.

By the way, Lu got completely pulled back and no foul. What is the ref looking at?

Mike Gaynes
132 Posted 27/06/2021 at 20:38:22
Another example of the tournament-wide plague of absolute shit refereeing. Clear and obvious yellow.
Mike Gaynes
133 Posted 27/06/2021 at 20:39:03
And this guy is the top ref in Europe, gets all the games.
David Pearl
135 Posted 27/06/2021 at 20:41:31
100% we see him in the second half. As Mike says pretty boring, even for chess.

We were in for both Witzel and Moutihno a few years ago.

First corner of the game... played short. Such a frustrating game with so much talent on show

Jeff Armstrong
136 Posted 27/06/2021 at 20:41:54
Mike, it's one of those refereeing inconsistencies, does he blow once the move breaks down, or does he let play go on and not let Lukaku have both bites of the cherry? Most refs blow up once the move breaks down, free kick and yellow, but Belgium gain 2 goes at it, conundrum for me.
Michael Kenrick
137 Posted 27/06/2021 at 20:42:17
Ooooo! That's more like it!
David Pearl
138 Posted 27/06/2021 at 20:42:23
And theres the magic
Rendon Crowley
139 Posted 27/06/2021 at 20:42:33
WOAH
Jamie Crowley
140 Posted 27/06/2021 at 20:42:35
Oh wow!!! The OTHER brother. WOW! Great strike!
Mike Gaynes
141 Posted 27/06/2021 at 20:42:36
Absofuckinglutely brilliant.
Jeff Armstrong
142 Posted 27/06/2021 at 20:42:42
Hazardddddd. Thorghen
Mike Gaynes
144 Posted 27/06/2021 at 20:43:49
That's the guy I've pointed to as their secret weapon. Watch him all the time at Dortmund and he's just awesome.
Brent Stephens
147 Posted 27/06/2021 at 20:45:57
Hazard lights the game up. Cracker.
Jeff Armstrong
148 Posted 27/06/2021 at 20:45:58
Paulhina is a liability
Mike Gaynes
152 Posted 27/06/2021 at 20:51:11
Still predicting 2-0 for a final here.

The bummer is that if Belgium wins, they play Italy next. The two best teams meeting in the quarters. Tough break.

Bill Gienapp
153 Posted 27/06/2021 at 20:52:07
I'm enjoying the dual-Crowley act. Rendon, I hope you stick around.

Mike (120) - I remember that. We were heavily linked to Witsel during Koeman's first summer. He was also linked to AC Milan and Juventus and it seemed pretty obvious (to me anyway) that he preferred moving to Italy and was just trying to leverage our interest. Then he ended up taking the big Chinese payday instead.

Rob Halligan
154 Posted 27/06/2021 at 20:52:10
Davjd, # 150, what's George Michael got to do with it? 😁😁😁
Will Mabon
155 Posted 27/06/2021 at 20:54:56
David, 114,

funnily enough, I thought Portugal played a lot like Everton did for much of last season.

They're going to have to change big time for the second half.

Jeff Armstrong
156 Posted 27/06/2021 at 20:57:37
Will, I think Fernandes would make a difference.
Will Mabon
157 Posted 27/06/2021 at 20:58:10
Mike, 152,

sadly it takes fixtures like that to add to any small chance that old Blighty has...

Will Mabon
158 Posted 27/06/2021 at 20:58:59
Jeff, he'll be on at some stage.
David Pearl
159 Posted 27/06/2021 at 20:59:37
Rob 154, our club has gone to the mens toilets. Its certainly not club tropicana!

Agreed Will
Hopefully a very different second half

Conor McCourt
160 Posted 27/06/2021 at 21:01:39
Exactly Will this coach doesn't know what to do with talent like Goncalves, Fernandez and Felix. He is just so negative.

Delighted for Hazard as he's had a poor season after a bad injury and has struggled to get back consistently in the Dortmund side this season. What a goal.

Jay Wood
[BRZ]

161 Posted 27/06/2021 at 21:03:41
Curious half.

Portugal controlling the game without dominating it. Belgium off the pace as they were in the 1st half v Denmark until Hazard the Younger thumped one home.

Jota should have done a lot, LOT better with his early chance set up by Renato Sanches. What a player transformed he is looking.

Still in the balance, but Portugal definitely need the next goal and avoid getting caught on the break as they search for the equaliser.

The two halves of the draw certainly give England a decent path to progress if they can take it.

Mike Gaynes
162 Posted 27/06/2021 at 21:05:31
Will #157, always enjoy learning new words. Blighty.
Jamie Crowley
163 Posted 27/06/2021 at 21:07:33
DeBruyne nasty looking ankle twist there.

Big miss for Belgium!

Mike Gaynes
164 Posted 27/06/2021 at 21:07:57
That foul knocked de Bruyne out. And changes the tournament.
Ian Burns
165 Posted 27/06/2021 at 21:07:59
Met George Michael in Australia many years ago when he was part of Wham - good company.

Welcome Rendon - a bit behind everybody else but that's me - just like EFC's defence.

David Pearl
166 Posted 27/06/2021 at 21:08:22
Shame, l hope he isn't out too long. Sanchez looks good doesnt he.
Tony McNulty
167 Posted 27/06/2021 at 21:10:00
Some feisty looking challenges going in here
Jamie Crowley
168 Posted 27/06/2021 at 21:10:24
Game getting tasty.
Ian Burns
169 Posted 27/06/2021 at 21:11:55
E. Hazard is still a joy to watch
Jeff Armstrong
170 Posted 27/06/2021 at 21:13:38
Time for Felix and Fernandes
Jamie Crowley
171 Posted 27/06/2021 at 21:14:41
Might be me, but Belgium look pretty good at the back.

Not very BBS like? Perhaps he's learned?

David Pearl
172 Posted 27/06/2021 at 21:16:07
Hmm okay, now lets see what happens.

One thing about the dutch going out is Dumfries is now free to sign for the blues!!

Gary Smith
173 Posted 27/06/2021 at 21:17:49
Lukaku constantly having a go at his teammates for not passing the ball to him reminds me of why so many of our fans just weren't so fond of him. Fine line between desire and greedy knob.
Jeff Armstrong
174 Posted 27/06/2021 at 21:17:54
Portugal got some talent out there now.
Mike Gaynes
175 Posted 27/06/2021 at 21:20:02
Amen, Ian.

Slowed by that ankle, probably doomed to an early exit like Marco Van Basten, but still pure class.

Jeff Armstrong
176 Posted 27/06/2021 at 21:22:48
Eden Hazard much better tonight, needed game time and it's working.
David Pearl
177 Posted 27/06/2021 at 21:24:18
They do Jeff, lots of young players too. Future looks good for Portugal.

Although England have too.

I tell ya what, l was spoiled growing up watching Brazil, 82 playing tournament football, compared to this.

Jamie Crowley
178 Posted 27/06/2021 at 21:25:48
Mike Gaynes -

Does Witsel remind you of McKennie?

Ian Burns
179 Posted 27/06/2021 at 21:26:09
Really impressed with Sanches - hard to imagine he was a failure at Swansea
Jeff Armstrong
180 Posted 27/06/2021 at 21:26:11
Yes David,Renato Sanches really getting his mojo back after being in the doldrums at Swansea.
Rendon Crowley
181 Posted 27/06/2021 at 21:27:32
Rom bodying Pepe, always good to see (:
Jamie Crowley
182 Posted 27/06/2021 at 21:29:32
I hate Bruno Fernandes. Snarky little shit of a player.

If he was an Everton player I'd love him, but he's not. He's secretively dirty and nasty.

Mike Gaynes
183 Posted 27/06/2021 at 21:31:55
Jamie #178, more properly put the other way around since Witsel is the senior member, but yes, they are similar players, both in physical stature and characteristics. McKennie may be slightly more attack-minded given his ability in the air.
Tony McNulty
184 Posted 27/06/2021 at 21:33:29
Imagine Ronaldo's face if he were to be the subject of a tactical substitution.
Jamie Crowley
185 Posted 27/06/2021 at 21:34:30
Mike I agree. He reminds me of Weston completely.

Weston, and yes I know Juve signed him, is so underrated in my opinion.
He's going to be an amazing player.

Witsel really reminds me of him a lot. A ton of amazing "little things" he does superbly.

Ian Burns
186 Posted 27/06/2021 at 21:34:41
The chances of that happening Tony?
David Pearl
187 Posted 27/06/2021 at 21:35:31
Wasnt Sanchez played wide at Swansea?

Kicking off now

Jamie Crowley
188 Posted 27/06/2021 at 21:35:54
Pepe with yet another red surely!!!!
Mike Gaynes
189 Posted 27/06/2021 at 21:36:05
Ian #179, if I was 20 years old and a bit immature and I'd just been banished from Bayern to Swansea, I'd probably have been sulky too.
Tony McNulty
190 Posted 27/06/2021 at 21:36:29
As likely as me buying and displaying red bunting the day Rafa becomes our manager, Ian
Rendon Crowley
191 Posted 27/06/2021 at 21:36:38
Pepe you momentous ass.. what a dirty player
Mike Gaynes
192 Posted 27/06/2021 at 21:36:41
Yellow!!???
Jamie Crowley
193 Posted 27/06/2021 at 21:38:34
Portugal diving all over the place. Pepe an after the whistle body check.

Really want Belgium to win now.

Ian Burns
194 Posted 27/06/2021 at 21:39:32
Take your point Mike - he certainly looks the part now
Neil Copeland
195 Posted 27/06/2021 at 21:39:52
Red all day long
Tony McNulty
196 Posted 27/06/2021 at 21:40:25
This has all the makings of Belgium running away and scoring a second. And you all know my success record as a forecaster.
Ian Burns
197 Posted 27/06/2021 at 21:42:51
This is more like a BBS defence set up!
Mike Gaynes
198 Posted 27/06/2021 at 21:43:20
Unmarked header. Unmarked shot. Belgium extremely careless at the back.
Jamie Crowley
199 Posted 27/06/2021 at 21:43:50
Lukaku with the worst free kick of the tournament.
Jamie Crowley
200 Posted 27/06/2021 at 21:45:19
Never hear the end of this if Belgium blow this lead.

C'mon Bobby! Hold on.

Mike Gaynes
201 Posted 27/06/2021 at 21:46:50
Carrasco a VERY overdue sub. Roberto still doesn't know how to manage the end of a game. This looks way too much like the West Ham game for me.
Brent Stephens
202 Posted 27/06/2021 at 21:48:58
Brilliant from Lukaku
Jeff Armstrong
203 Posted 27/06/2021 at 21:51:46
Mike, It's a wonder he didn't bring Benteke on in the Niasse role!
Tony McNulty
204 Posted 27/06/2021 at 21:52:00
Belgian fans experiencing what it's like to see out a game under Roberto.
Phil (Kelsall) Roberts
205 Posted 27/06/2021 at 21:52:20
BBC Text

86 mins
Post update
Belgium 1-0 Portugal

Up the other end and Romelu Lukaku's touch lets him down

Mike Gaynes
206 Posted 27/06/2021 at 21:53:52
Phil, we must be watching different Lukakus. He's been superb.
David Pearl
207 Posted 27/06/2021 at 21:54:23
Belgium should of had 2 but last pass missing again and again
Jeff Armstrong
208 Posted 27/06/2021 at 21:54:35
Martinez makes a sub in injury time giving Portugal another minute
Ian Burns
209 Posted 27/06/2021 at 21:54:40
Too right Tony! Great second half though
Jamie Crowley
210 Posted 27/06/2021 at 21:55:20
Belgium and Roberto defend a 1 goal lead and win.

Well I never!

Mike Gaynes
211 Posted 27/06/2021 at 21:55:43
Yes! Belgium, baby. On to Italy.
David Pearl
212 Posted 27/06/2021 at 21:57:40
Phew, another Euro day bites the dust
Goodnight all
Fran Mitchell
213 Posted 27/06/2021 at 21:57:49
Belgium 100% record. Knock out the champions. Clean sheet against a barrage of attacking from about 400 million worth of attacking talent.

And Martinez still gets slaughtered on here.

Rob Halligan
214 Posted 27/06/2021 at 21:57:55
Locals won't be very happy in Madeira tomorrow!! 😄😄
Joe McMahon
215 Posted 27/06/2021 at 21:58:05
Roberto is very lucky there, and Lukaku worked his socks off without any support. Belgium very disappointing, but yes won.
Phil (Kelsall) Roberts
216 Posted 27/06/2021 at 21:59:26
Big night Tuesday.

and we are the late game. last one in we hope.

Ian Burns
217 Posted 27/06/2021 at 21:59:36
Come on Fran lighten up - just good fun
Mike Gaynes
218 Posted 27/06/2021 at 22:00:12
Belgium without Hazard and de Bruyne can't beat a fully healthy Italy. They need at least one of those guys in the lineup.
Jeff Armstrong
219 Posted 27/06/2021 at 22:00:12
Rob, your not that bad, all things considered.😎
Conor McCourt
220 Posted 27/06/2021 at 22:00:14
Great post Fran...but Dendoncker is world class don't you know
Jay Wood
[BRZ]

221 Posted 27/06/2021 at 22:01:11
Best team on the night lost, but credit due to Belgium and BBS's presumed weakness - defence. They were severely tested tonight and came through it. Their fat lazy lump at number 9 looks half decent too.

Not getting any easier for Belgium. Italy up next.

Phil (Kelsall) Roberts
222 Posted 27/06/2021 at 22:01:37
Mike - at our second home in France. End of the line for internet and no TV. Will get home and not watched one game.

Have to follow on the BBC text.

Rob Halligan
223 Posted 27/06/2021 at 22:01:52
Jeff, took me a few seconds to work that one out!!
Tony Abrahams
224 Posted 27/06/2021 at 22:02:42
I'm glad Belgium won that, simply because Portugal with all that talent, didn't need to start the game being so cautious.


Peter Mills
225 Posted 27/06/2021 at 22:03:37
Really enjoyed the game.
Colin Glassar
226 Posted 27/06/2021 at 22:03:59
Terrible, poor quality, boring game.
Will Mabon
227 Posted 27/06/2021 at 22:04:06
Well, turned out very eventful - great entertainment for a 1-0, later on. Bit tasty here and there but nothing wrong with some traditional stuff. The right score maybe, just about. And Belgium can defend, at least with five.
Jeff Armstrong
228 Posted 27/06/2021 at 22:04:39
Rob, have a go of the toboggans after getting off the cable car.If your in Funchal that is.
Barry Rathbone
229 Posted 27/06/2021 at 22:04:59
Oh no!!

Did Bobby's Belgium knock out the much fancied Portugal and Ronaldo?

Cue the bizarre hatred.

Mike Gaynes
230 Posted 27/06/2021 at 22:08:57
Rob #214, buy 'em a round and commiserate.

Fran #213, I'm cheering for Belgium and Bobby. I wouldn't say he got "slaughtered." But tell me honestly you don't think Roberto shouldn't have made those changes earlier, that his guys didn't ride their luck in the last 15 minutes. They gave up chance after chance.

Phil #222, I wasn't ragging you... when I said "we" were seeing different Roms, I meant me and the BBC, not me and you. (Hey, I would never dispute a guy with a second home in France!!)

Pete #225 and Colin #226, your diametrically opposite yet simultaneous posts (22 seconds apart) made me laugh out loud!

Joe McMahon
231 Posted 27/06/2021 at 22:09:03
Jeff and Rob, yes in the wicker baskets. It was a long time ago I was there though. I also seem to remember Merera brandy on the island also.
Conor McCourt
232 Posted 27/06/2021 at 22:15:06
Three chances Mike all game. No De Bruyne and had to carry Witsel and Hazard in that second half. If Bobby managed Portugal they would have won at a canter.
Rob Halligan
233 Posted 27/06/2021 at 22:28:48
Jeff and Joe. Have been told about the wicker basket toboggans. Can be quite scary so I've been told, so right up my street!!
Mike Gaynes
234 Posted 27/06/2021 at 22:31:37
Conor #232, you just inadvertently made my point for me. They didn't have to "carry Witsel and Hazard in that second half".

Roberto had lots of quality subs available and could have taken them both off 20 minutes earlier... and with both of them coming off injuries and not being fully fit, he should have done exactly that. Instead he left Hazard on the pitch too long (with disastrous consequences) and kept Carrasco and Dedoncker on the bench until the last few minutes.

And he left two subs completely unused. I expected to see Praet for the tiring Tielemans or Meunier at some point. Didn't happen.

Sorry, I think Roberto mishandled the second half of the second half with the same hesitancy to substitute that he demonstrated so often on our touchline.

Michael Lynch
235 Posted 27/06/2021 at 22:31:44
Last 20 mins was fun, but the preceding 70 mins was dull as feck in my opinion. Portugal should have won that, but its their own fault they didn't. I'd like to see Italy beat them, but this trophy does seem to have Belgium's name on it. Depends how bad the injuries are to De Bruyne and E. Hazard I guess.

Rob Halligan
236 Posted 27/06/2021 at 22:32:02
Phil # 216. Hope you haven't got other plans for Tuesday @ 5pm, as England v Germany is the first game, not the second one on Tuesday
Conor McCourt
237 Posted 27/06/2021 at 22:45:35
You keep talking about subs. Praet can't get a game at Leicester. A lot of poor players on that bench. He defended with seven. Personally I agree I would have taken Hazard off but if Portugal score you have no De Bruyne or Hazard so you are going out if they equalise. 1-1 and you still have a threat to win it in the ninety.
Danny O’Neill
238 Posted 28/06/2021 at 06:47:42
I missed the Belguim v Portugal match but sounds like it was a classic let down when you consider the talent on display. Nice goal to finish it mind, looking at the highlights this morning.

I was impressed with the Czech Republic. Defensively solid and organised. And in Schick, they have a goal scorer who has gone under the radar (relatively speaking) as he made his way through Serie A and the Bundesliga.

Still only 25, I can see a few chasing his signature this summer. I would.

At least Dumfries is out of the window now. Go sign him Mr Brands.

Bill Gall
239 Posted 28/06/2021 at 21:55:58
What a comeback by Switzerland seems the cockerels are coming home to roost after being plucked

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