Hello, my name is Ian and I’m going to be bringing you a brief blog each day of my match day goings on of trying to watch every Euro 2016 game. Day 12.
In my opinion we had the game of the tournament last night. I thought Croatia were outstanding, but both teams created plenty of chances which meant the game was end to end.
Roy Hodgson has been criticised for ‘resting’ players and changing the team. However Croatia did a similar thing with Modric (their best player), Mandzukic, Vida all on the bench and not even featuring last night and they beat Spain 2-1. It’s all about belief and being part of a team and squad, those players that came in, played with their heart and for their country as if it mattered.
Perisic did still play mind, he was outstanding and got the winner with minutes to spare. There have been a few final games that have not been that competitive as teams are happy to finish with a point. Last night Croatia could have settled for a draw, but they truly went for it and got their reward to finish top of the group.
I watched both the Croatia game and the Northern Ireland games at home last night with no issues and on time. I also then watched the Czech Republic and Turkey game as quick as I could late last night. Which left me watching the very dull game of Ukraine v Poland first thing this morning. Poland deserved it but the Ukraine and their neighbours Russia have both been very poor and have rightfully gone home early. Ukraine didn’t even manage to score a single goal.
Germany were impressive but only manage to score the one goal against the Irish and their outstanding goalkeeper Michael McGovern – who made some crucial and impressive saves. McGovern doesn’t even have a club team after being released by Hamilton at the end of the season. I’m sure once the tournament is over though, he’ll now have a number of offers coming through to him.
Northern Ireland didn’t qualify straight away after their defeat, but with Turkey winning later on it confirmed their qualification for the Round of 16. Turkey are now waiting along with Albania still, so they’ll both be watching tonight’s games with great interest and hope.
Okay, I’m done for today. Looking forward to the Republic of Ireland game later now. First though, off to pick my youngest up shortly and then it’ll be an afternoon spent with him before getting the eldest from school and heading back to watch tonight’s games at home. I do fancy another day down the pub watching some football, might have to be next week now.