Thursday, June 15, 2006

More of the same

England 2 - 0 Trinidad & Tobago

Well, the saying goes that it’s better to be lucky than good. England are going with this. For our first 150 minutes in this world cup we’ve been stuttering and struggling and trying and just not clicking. Regimental 4-4-2 left Trinidad with a fairly straightforward job of going toe-to-toe with us. For 45 minutes we knocked at the door and had a few chances but ultimately we were thankful for JT doing an acrobatic clearance off his own line.

BUT Rooney and, perhaps more importantly, Lennon came on with Beckham switching to the centre and we went 3-5-2 and eventually we broke through. Just when were thinking it wasn’t going to happen a high looping Beckham cross and Crouch at the far post.

Just to make sure Gerrard chipped it with a Gerrard special. We’re through.

I had to go to Mass at 7:30 (Holy day of obligation during a world cup, best not to get anyone up there angry methinks) so missed a far bit of the first half of the Sweden game…for most of the game it looked like somehow it would finish 0-0. Sweden had so many attacks (their defender made if anything a better acrobatic goal-line clearance) but eventually they got what they deserved….after all the luck England have enjoyed you can’t really begrudge the Swedes some too.

But anyway the way Germany’s group is working out it’s unclear who the winner of our group could be playing. At present Ecuador are topping Group A so a draw for them will do in their third game.

In summary…England are through, Rooney is back, my flag is hanging out the window and the England world cup song is growing on me. Bring it on. It’s the world cup. It.Is.Now!

You never know.

1 comment:

Sara said...

Congrats on your advancement.

I'm now waiting for England and Argentina to meet so you can buy me that beer.