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Euro 2016: Final – Portugal v France

God, what a borefest!

After the afternoon thrill of the Lewis/Andy British double, it was such a disappointing, anti-climactic end to a super Sunday of sport.  You know the match was dull when the only excitement was provided by an invading swarm of moths who were the only entities on the pitch interested in attacking.  Every two years there is more and more hype surrounding major international tournaments, yet they always end up delivering less and less.  The fact that the tournament was won by … Read the rest

Euro 2016: SF – Portugal v Wales

Or Wales vs Wimbledon, Part II.

Losing two set leads was the fashion of the day on Centre Court on Mens quarter final day at Wimbledon.  After Marin Cilic had managed to squander two sets and numerous break point chances and match points on Roger Federer’s serve to eventually lose an epic encounter in five sets, Andy Murray decided to get in on the act.  Thanks in part to Andy’s sloppiness and Jo-Wilfred’s mercurial brilliance, Andy too frittered away a two set lead, plus a … Read the rest

Euro 2016: QF – Poland v Portugal

Portugal are such a bunch of jammy doughnuts.  They haven’t actually won a match in normal time at these Euros, and the only match they have actually won came right at the end of extra time in the last 16 against Croatia.  They didn’t win any of their group games and were within a whisker of going out of the tournament in their final group match against Hungary before Ronaldo – who else? – came to their rescue.

Now, Ronaldo has come in for some … Read the rest

Euro 2016: R16 – Croatia v Portugal

Why is it that when it comes to the knockout stages of major tournaments, skillful, swashbuckling, breathtakingly creative players brimming with talent become timorous mice?  What is so scary about trying to win by playing actual football that they would rather subject themselves to the arbitrary lottery of a penalty shootout than choose to take charge of their own destiny?  How to explain two teams with players possessed of the footballing gifts of Ronaldo, Luka Modric, Ricardo Quaresma, Ivan Rakitic and Ivan Perisic didn’t manage … Read the rest