...randomness surrounding Guided by Voices, Robert Pollard, and other great indie rock bands; a quasi objective look at "my" sporting teams; the random horror film; plus other crap as we see fit...all with a Pittsburgh based feel.

Saturday, June 09, 2012

Match Day 1 - Group A fckya!

Greece 1 - Polska 1

Sort of a cracker from a game that looked like a dud to open the festivities.  Polska dominated the 1st half, and some Greek dude whose last name can't fit on the back of his jersey (seriously) got screwed with a couple of soff yellows.

Greece regrouped at half.  Down a goal and 1 man, the half time sub Salpingidis pounced on a loose ball in front of Polska GK Szczęsny who looked stupid on the play.

20 minutes later, Greece coulda pulled out the stunning comeback when Szczęsny was handed a straight red after tripping up Salpingidis in the box.  Poland pulled some dude named Tyton outta the stands to play G in place of Szczęsny.  Greek captain Karagounis had a case of tight bum, and took a poor PK.  Tyton snuffed it.  Poland went berserker.  Greece effed themselves a chance at 3 points.

Russia 4 - Czechs 1

Russia probably coulda scored 6 or 7 if Kerzhagov had any ability to finish.  Other than that, Russia showed they're the class of Group A.  Arshavin looked great (or better than he ever has at Arsenal), Alan Dzagoev was a stud, and Roman Pavlyuchenko scored the goal of the day.

The cheeky Czechs made it 2-1 at one point when Kovalchuk failed to get back on the play defensively, and some Czech dude capitalized with a brief moment of brilliance. Other than that, Peter Cech was basically under siege all day and even his helmet couldn't save him.

Cracking day of footie from what is clearly the worst of the 4 groups.  Russia looks capable of big things.  As far as long term plans for the rest of these teams, tho...meh.


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