Round of 16: Netherlands face tricky Czech test; Belgium, Portugal meet in titanic clash
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Orange! Gini is still on LFC’s books for 4 days.
It’s not his fault that FSG (correctly) doesn’t offer three year contracts to 30 year olds.
While elsewhere in Europe Massive pile-up in the Tour de France Basically some numb-nut decided to hold up a huge sign. saying “Go Grandma” and accidentally had part of the sign move into oncoming riders. Video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fi7rJfSrW58
The Czechs were flat and dull against us, so though the Dutch have some issues I can’t see the Czechs exposing them. It’ll be tight, but The Oranjieboomers should outscore the Bergerbois.
But PSG do, and what a player they’re getting for their money. He’s been a machine at the heart of the Red midfield for so long we’re really, really going to miss him now he’s gone.
How did you not score that you thin-‘tashed gonk!?!?
The Czechs look a little like the Austrians yesterday: more aggressive than they were in the opening round games, causing their opponent to work harder, but without being any more dangerous in terms of scoring themselves. Their best hope seems to tire the Dutch.
Also unlike the opening round (cough, cough Scotland), it’s unlikely the Dutch goalie will be caught wandering about in the heather.
Sorry, Dutchies, but that was the right decision. De Ligt deliberately handled that ball to prevent the Czech player having a straight run on goal. That’s a red.
Going to be damned hard for the Dutch now.
Yup. And now it’s even harder.
1 – 0 for the Czechs. The Orange have no choice now. 10 men or not they’ve got to attack.
Tire the Dutch… or wait for some undisciplined dumbassery.
Definitely a good call on the red card.
This Dutch team seems a bit mentally fragile.
Well that’s that. Great pinch, great run, great cut-back, great finish.
Czechs surely through now.
Gini got beat to the ball by half a step there on the turnover.
I laughed and am ashamed.
My question is, Why does Budapest host so many games, when Hungary is under investigation by UEFA? OK, the main answer is money, but is it only now that UEFA started to realize that Hungary is an ethno-nationalist state?
It was a great bit of foresight by the Czech player, but to be honest they’ve been a step or two ahead of Gini’s boys for most of the game.
“The Czechs will be bouncing in Prague tonight!”
@Tony Jay: Boo!
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@Percysowner: Cops are now looking to arrest that idiot.
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@Tony Jay: Last time I was in Prague was during a World Cup, and the city was overrun with Dutch fans (fanatics, to me.)
@Gin & Tonic: One rider broke both elbows or had both elbows broken, depending on something something. La Belle France however is her lovely self. And Van der Poel’s glory at the end–that was touching.
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@TomatoQueen: Marc Soler of Movistar. Fractured both elbows, got back on and finished the stage. These guys are hard as nails.
But he was forced to abandon.
New soccer thread for the 3pm match is up.
Czechia! It’s okay to call it Czechia now. It’s official and everything.
Don’t crapjoke-shame me! I know my rights!
@Gin & Tonic:
Sadly, I’ve never been to Prague, though it’s always been on my bucket list. Don’t know if I ever will now, what with the twin whammies of Brexshit and Plague Island making it damned hard to enjoy any of that free movement 17.5 million arseholes spaffed away.
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@Tony Jay: Nothing personal, you understand, but fewer Brits can only improve Prague.
remarkable how much better the Czechs were in the air than the Dutch. So many corners in the first half for the Dutch and they couldn’t do anything even remotely threatening with them.
Totally earned red card; full props to the Czechs for taking advantage and then putting the game away.