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. Second two Quarter Finals.
Germany 1-1 Italy (6-5 pens) was an entertaining game, well I thought so but I had been drinking most of the day. After a catch up with friends in the afternoon and evening before the game started. Then with a few more friends in another pub where we sat right in front of the big screen looking up for three hours. Great evening and a great day. I did however have to watch the highlights again on Sunday in case I had missed something specific whilst out on Saturday night.
Ozil had fired Germany ahead from close range on 65 minutes before Bonucci equalised from the spot to make it 1-1 twelve minutes later. A few chances to both team then in extra time but with no one wanting to over commit they settled for penalties.
Germany have a good record at them and Italy don’t. However on this occasion both teams tried their best to lose with six of the ten opening penalties missed. Some of them quite terribly as well. Sudden death penalties went better with the first six being converted until Manchester United and Italy right back Darmian missed, which allowed Hector to send Germany through.
France 5-2 Iceland sounds an outstanding game, and I suppose it was in a way – however I put it down as more of an entertaining game after some dreadful defending at times from both sides. After I’d been drinking most of Saturday I had a quiet Sunday with the family, firstly going out for Sunday lunch before going down the park for an hour or so. Small bite to eat back home in the evening and got the kids to bed before the football started.
It was soon game over for Iceland who just didn’t seem to have the same work-rate or knowledge to cope with France when they were attacking. Just shows how terrible England were last Monday. France just played basic football whilst Iceland backed off and played far too deep. Ball after ball, chance after chance came with Giroud (2), Griezmann, Payet and Pogba all scoring. France’s defending wasn’t the best either and with two aging full backs may well struggle now against Germany in the semi finals after Iceland got two basic goals against them.
Great effort from Iceland overall, the quarter finals were just a step to far for them. France have momentum still and with home advantage they definitely have a chance against Germany. They do have most of the top goalscorers in the competition at the top of the charts along with Bale (3). Griezmann on 4 and both Giroud and Payet on 3 showing they can score goals.
Roll on Wednesday for Portugal (Ronaldo) v Wales (Bale) and then Thursday for France v Germany.