posted on Jul, 1 2006 @ 04:04 PM
Before the game started today, i had a feeling England were going to sneak it. With Scolari having such a good record against Sven and his amazing
role in which his managed teams have been unbeated in about 14 games i thought it was going to come to and end.
Game started and there was not much between the two teams, a few chances to either side but when the Rooney incident happened things changed. I
thought Rooney meant it, he does have a temper and can be very aggressive. I never seen the bit with Ronaldo, but the Portuguese did their usual style
of conning free kicks and doing bits behind the refs back. Rooney did not have a great tournament, thought he was better in the game against Equador
in making runs.
Not sure why Portugal decided to play Ronaldo up-front, he had no effect up their and is far better attacking the defenders from the wing. Thought he
did pretty well at it too!
England sat defensive and Portugal could not break them down, i thought Portugal looked like scoring when England had 11 men, not the 10. Hargreaves
was awesome! i know he gets slagged alot but i think today we seen a side of him which does not always happen. He was running non stop and even in the
last minute of the game he was making runs, and won possesion none stop.
Lennon came on, and he looked great! was fast and was far more effective than Beckham. Lampard was awful!
But with Brazil, Ronaldhino was pretty poor. I think these guys are so used to a certain system, they just could not adapt which is pretty poor.
Crouch did alright, he won possesion a few times but his touch at times is awful! hes not a world class striker. Walcott, what a joke that turned out
to be. There was all this hype about him, and he did no get a chance. I wanted to see Walcott get a chance aswell, Lennon came on and did well, ran at
players and beat them, got the ball in. Walcott could have done the same.
The game was in extra time, the Portuguese full backs were knackered. I think if both Lennon and Walcott were own, a victory could have been sneaked.
The pace these guys have would have created chances, if not chances i think they could get up and boot it off players for corners. And it was set
pieces which was Englands best chance of scoring, Crouch as the solo striker wasnt enough.
But nope...... Sven takes Lennon off for Carragher, as Carragher is supposed to be good at penalites and misses his.
I think at the Penalties, the English team bottled it.
But with that being said, if England had won and went through.... that would be them without Rooney and Owen. I think the pyscholigcal blow would have
been to much
But on the bright side......no more Sven!