15.49 – England are through to the quarter finals after a 3-0 win over Denmark. A good win for Sven’s men, but all 3 of the goals came about from Danish errors rather than anything particularly creative from an England player. I thought Ashley Cole was superb today, so two fingers up to ‘Big Fat Ron’ who was crowing this week that Wayne Bridge would be the better option.
Had a good laugh watching Ian Wright jumping around the BBC studio at half-time, while Peter Schmeichel glowered furiously on. You could see he wasn’t enjoying WWW’s antics at all. Then Schmeichel was saying that Denmark had no chance in the second half, and was told by Wright to “…fink positive” before he burst out laughing. Funny stuff, unless you’re Danish I suppose. To my regular Danish readers, bad luck.
Some other interesting bits and pieces around today. Inamoto-gate continues with the player saying he’s not heard anything from AW and still considers himself an Arsenal player, whilePFA chief Gordon Taylor says he’s on a list saying he has been released.
Portugal’s love affair with match officials in major tournaments continues. After Abel Xavier being banned for 9 months after Euro 2000, Joao Pinto faces a year long ban after being reported for ‘assaulting’ the referee in their game against South Korea. Quite how Couto got away with not being charged after holding the refs head in his hands is beyond me also.
Ormondroyd is back, here’s his take on the first stage of the World Cup.
Ireland take on Spain tomorrow. I’ll be back after that to mull over a (win – lucky win – really lucky win – win on penalty shoot out – golden goal) for (Ireland – Spain).