Saturday, June 16, 2012

Russia crashes out!

Holy Kremlin, but I did not see that coming. Greece upset Russia, 1-0, and combined with the Czech defeat of Poland, that bounces Russia out of the tournament! I'm shocked, as I thought the Russians looked like the third best team in the tournament, after Spain and Germany. The crazy thing is that Greece fully merited the win and could easily have won 2-0 had they been given an obvious penalty in the second half.



Anonymous forestry investment June 16, 2012 6:02 PM  

The Greeks could use the boost to their morale. Good for them.

Anonymous jack June 16, 2012 6:12 PM  

I second Forestry: The Greeks need this! Congrats....

Anonymous TD June 16, 2012 6:22 PM  

The most intriguing outcome from all this is that Greece's quarterfinal opponent will be... Germany.

So long as the Germans lock up their group tomorrow (which is basically inevitable at this point), that will be the match-up.

Political poetic symmetry on the pitch.

Anonymous Rantor June 16, 2012 6:54 PM  

Hopefully this doesn't move Putin to take prompt, corrective action.

Blogger Galt-in-Da-Box June 16, 2012 7:15 PM  


Anonymous Jesse June 16, 2012 9:08 PM  

"(which is basically inevitable at this point)"

Which probably means it won't happen.

Anonymous zen0 June 16, 2012 9:58 PM  

forestry investment June 16, 2012 6:02 PM

The Greeks could use the boost to their morale. Good for them.

If only Dimitris Christoulas, the 77-year-old retired pharmacist who shot himself on Syntagma Square in Athens because he would rather die than scavenge in rubbish bins for his food, had simply waited awhile, he would have something to comfort him during his scavenging. If Greece ever beat Germany, his morale would improve so much that he would eat his scavenged food with an angelic look on his face.

Go, Greece, Go.

Blogger Nate June 16, 2012 10:45 PM  

Wheeler is still flogging molly in joy

Blogger Gilbert Ratchet June 16, 2012 11:56 PM  

Forgive me, but why has Russia crashed out? Both Greece and Russia have one win, one loss, and one draw, giving each team four points. Russia even has a better goal differential. Is it because the tiebreaker in this case is actually the game between the two teams in question?

Anonymous castricv June 17, 2012 12:28 AM  

Yes Gilbert, for some reason it is heads up for two teams tied on points instead of goal difference like every other tourney or year just to confuse the hell out of everyone.

Does make for better 3rd games though since even Germany have a chance to go out of they don't show up and rest players and they have been playing like a boss.

"Bomb the Russians" Sorry I had to.

Anonymous TheStig June 17, 2012 1:52 AM  

The Czech player blocking the shot with his skull vs. Poland is my favorite play of the tournament thus far. Even sweeter, it knocked out the Russians. Beauty, eh.

Anonymous Jesse June 17, 2012 9:31 AM  

Nothing on the Sweden-England game? Shame, because it was pretty good. Not too much technical ability was shown, but it was an entertaining game. There seemed to be no real tactical approach by either side, it was just them hammering each other and seeing who scored more. That goal that Danny Welbeck scored, if he meant to do it, was incredible.

Anonymous raggededge June 17, 2012 3:31 PM  

Ronaldo is completely dominating the Holland-Portugal game. I hate that arrogant little prick, but he can play.

Blogger Jamie-R June 17, 2012 3:52 PM  

Can't say Russians would ever have the luck of God on their side. Because they're all pieces of sh*t.

Anonymous jerry June 17, 2012 4:18 PM  

Orange FAIL!

Anonymous jerry June 17, 2012 4:18 PM  

Total Soccer?

Try Total FAIL.

Anonymous raggededge June 17, 2012 5:08 PM  

Very disappointing tournament for the Orange, no doubt.

Anonymous castricv June 17, 2012 6:44 PM  

raggae-- glad you heard talking points on Ronaldildo that he was so great. He is overhyped because here in the US we only seem to understand the hyped up "superstar". Ronaldo sucks internationally and flops and cries his way to a ton of goals in a league that plays little defense.

If you watched the game (and to be fair it was his best one so far) he shanked like 3 times and hit the woodwork from easy distances. His two goals were essentially tap ins against a Dutch side that gave up last week.

I'm actually leaning toward a penalty shootout loss to the Czechs later in the week.

Anonymous castricv June 17, 2012 6:53 PM  

Jamie I totally agree, however the Russians and the old provinces are the only white countries who aren't 100% jumping on the "let's breed ourselves out of existence" train.

75 years from now, the only country on Earth that will be over 50% whtie is almost certain to be the Ukraine or Belarus. Even Russian which will be the size of Ukraine by that time will have a ton of Asian immigrants.

Blogger Wiccan Pope June 17, 2012 10:58 PM  

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Blogger James Higham June 18, 2012 2:08 AM  

I have many Russian friends from my time there and we didn't see it coming either. And as for England - what are they still doing there?

Anonymous Conrad The Crazed June 18, 2012 7:40 AM  

The Dutch getting bounced out of the tourney with an 0-3 record is the biggest surprise so far. Going into Euro 2012 they looked strong, certainly stronger than Portugal who seemed to back into the tournament with a 0-2-1 record.

Ronaldo is good, but that smurf-looking dude from Argentina (Messi) is just sick.

Anonymous jerry June 18, 2012 10:18 AM  

The Dutch and the Irish can watch the tourney together over herring and Guiness.

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