Euro 2016 – A second ridicule from Spain to finish a magical cycle: The notes of the match

The meetings between Spain and Italy are always a war. Known as one of the great black beasts of ours, the last envites had been resolved with favorable results for the Reds. Thus, the penalty shootout in the 2008 quarters was a real turning point in the history of the Spanish national team. This situation was repeated in the semi-finals of the 2013 Confederations Cup (also by penalties) and the final of the last Euro 2016, where those of Vicente del Bosque gave each other a real feast at the expense of the azzurra (4-0) that ended with Iker Casillas requesting the referees to finish the match to shorten the Italian agony.

Today the party presented itself as a real re-dal after what happened against the already eliminated Croatia days ago. To add an epic touch to the battle, the rainy Paris seemed to mourn the bad play that Didier Deschamps’s are deploying since the start of the championship and welcomed the two sets with a copious storm. The abundance of water caused mistakes to occur, so Italy was betting on taking the ball long to start its moves. The Italians surprised at the start with high pressure reminiscent of what happened against Sweden days ago. Spain was surprised and encountered endless problems resisting the transalpine onslaughts that left clear occasions such as Pellé’s header in the 8th minute that repelled David de Gea. However, at fifteen minutes there were two key factors. On the one hand, Vicente del Bosque provided more balance to the team by betting on a 4-2-3-1 that nurtured the center of the field. On the other hand, the light appeared in Paris. The worst moment had passed and Spain football shirt was beginning to own the ball. Minutes were advancing and it was confirmed that the match had returned to what everyone expected when Cuneyt Cakir beeped the start. But friends! The rival was Italy.

When it was the Spaniards who started to get the match a foul on the front ended up translating in the first goal of the match. It was Eder who threw from the front to the goalkeeper’s stick. David de Gea was unable to tackle the ball and left it at the feet of a Giorgio Chiellini who put his own ahead in ’33. After a nefarious performance against Croatia that cut off the wings to the possibility of being part of the nicest part of the draw, Manchester United’s goalkeeper erred again at a key moment. He played, in this way, rowing against what had been the best defender of the Euro. Very well located, team to its full extent, the Italian national team was purely superior to those of Vicente del Bosque and were extremely comfortable with the defeats that had been adopted by the match. The first part’s summary came in the 44th minute with Daniele de Rossi making a pipe for Andres Iniesta: the birds shooting at the shotguns.

The second part continued on the path that had been developed in the first half. The Spanish national team was unable to overcome the well-placed Italian defence and when it did it clashed with an immeasurable Gianluigi Buffon. With Busquets absolutely lost, the missing sides and a Cesc Fábregas that seems still in London, despite the attempts of the to-date European champion Italy was distinctly superior. There is no doubt that there is a period of reflection for Spain. The role played by ours both in the world past in Brazil and in the present Eurocup requires changes in the national team and that some of the regulars do not go anymore and leave the gap to players who (even if they had to play a secondary role) do not would raise their voices for the good of the team. Eder’s 2-0 in the final stretch doesn’t do anything unless we delve into the deep disappointment that a selection that started as a favorite and comes back with the ridiculous word tattooed on the forehead.

The Man of the Party – Giorgio Chiellini

In addition to an outstanding match at defensive level, juventus in Turin paved the way for his own by taking advantage of an ill-cleared David de Gea who alternated top-notch performances with some to forget, like the aforementioned one.

Although the azzurra shines through its block and the tremendous personality that has been equipped with its technician Antonio Conte, the center is a reference in that impregnable defensive amalgama. On the Italian horizon is now a Germany that will face next Saturday, July 2 in Bordeaux.

Euro 2016 – Iceland consumes surprise and disfigures England: Match notes

Iceland was undoubtedly the great surprise of the Euros and so it presented itself to England, with the same victim skin as before its three previous rivals of the group stage. But when the match began with a penalty on Raheem Sterling (minute 4) that wayne Rooney later transformed, many certainly thought the Nordics’ dream had gotten there. The pross paddled in favour from the start after a gleaming exit.

Nothing further from reality. Not two minutes had elapsed when, on a corner, Arnason extended his head so that the other center, Sigurdsson, would remac with pleasure on the second stick. A new game, as if nothing had happened. But it happened, and it was that that goal did a lot of damage to England, damage whose range was yet to be seen. He both reinforced the Icelandic approach, a team that somewhat remembers Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid. Or better yet, to Leicester City by Claudio Ranieri, which has more crime because this means that after the last season in England they still seem to have not known that any team, however small it may seem, can beat you if it does things better than you.

Based on excellent defensive behavior, maintaining at all times the order and constant work of all its pieces, Iceland normally has less quality than its rivals, something that disguises by minimizing everything its mistakes can. Errors that in the first half condemned those of Roy Hodgson, who conceded a goal (Sigthorsson, min. 18), the result of several errors of his defence and goalkeeper. England would have more stars, more individual quality, but this is a team sport and the only one we saw in Nice was Iceland. This squad had the clearest ideas, they always knew what they were playing.

Attitude, physical work and winning have not been beaten yet, and today they showed that they have not come this far by chance. Opposite, an England with no criteria, no ideas, no ability to create a game, based all on a Wayne Rooney that had to be multiplied to create play, defend and generate danger with his arrivals in the area. And of course, if your opponent has the clear things and always beats you all the split balls, all the fights and even the air balls… it’s hard to hurt them.

Iceland is growing in the face of English disability

If the British did not do enough in the first half with this football lesson, they had more in the second act. The changes didn’t work for Hodgson (Vardy, Wilshere and Rashford) and not only that, but gave his selection a terrible image, because they barely disturbed Halldorsson’s goal as expected to have made a theoretically superior selection when it looks below on the scoreboard.

The second act was a succession of hanging balls, senseless deep passes, a collection of bad controls of England’s attacking men. And all before an Iceland that, as a defender of a castle that sees its enemies shrinking against its walls, grew to such an extent that Joe Hart had to prevent on a couple of occasions what would have been 1-3.

Unrecognizable England tonight to an Iceland that not only encourages us to this Eurocup but also supports the theory that football is such an unpredictable sport that little ones can take down the giants if they propose it. Now France awaits you in the quarter-finals, but that will be flour from another side.

The Man of the Party – Aron Gunnarson

If you haven’t met him these days or didn’t know him from his team, Cardiff City, they’re sure to have him identified now. It is that midfielder with a population but a well-kept beard, who makes some band kicks that look like corners, and who we see occupying every area of the field as if the survival of his country depended on it. That’s Aron Gunnarson.

The brave Icelandic Viking has been the best player of today’s match, giving a real lesson in football in solidarity, defensively and offensively speaking. Perhaps it shines brighter in destruction and when it comes to overturning the opponent’s game, because of the type of game of his national combination. But today we saw him take the ball out with great judgment and give assists to his teammates, as well as provoke very dangerous cons that he ended up saving Joe Hart. We wouldn’t be surprised to see him sign for a higher-level squad this summer because at 27 he still has a lot to say.

Spanish national team: Who will be the successor of Vicente del Bosque?

“My continuity is an issue that I have to deal with the president. I will have a conversation with the president and we will decide the most appropriate for the Spanish national team.” Yesterday, at the post-shock press conference that led to the farewell of the Spanish national Team (2-0 defeat to Italy), Vicente del Bosque left his continuity at the helm of the national team.

By all indications, the Salmantino will leave the Red and give way to a certain period of uncertainty that must be concluded well before, back in September, the qualifying phase for the 2018 World Cup in Russia begins. In principle, the Utrerano Joaquín Caparrós is the top favourite to inherit his position, but if Angel María Villar leaves the position of president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation to aspire to the throne of UEFA and there is a change of representative, the cast of candidates could grow considerably.

In fact, according to the newspaper As, in case Villar does not follow, the list of candidates on the bench of Spain would increase with such disparate technicians as Juan Carlos Garrido, Pepe Mel, Roberto Martínez, Julen Lopetegui and even the Frenchman Luis Fernández.

But there is one more alternative. If the RFEF elections are postponed until November and Villar is scheduled for re-election, the current ruler might choose to ask Del Bosque to hold office until that date, at which point he would already give way to the new coach. In this way, the formernico of the Real Madr

“My continuity is an issue that I have to deal with the president. I will have a conversation with the president and we will decide the most appropriate for the Spanish national team.” Yesterday, at the post-shock press conference that led to the farewell of the Spanish national Team (2-0 defeat to Italy), Vicente del Bosque left his continuity at the helm of the national team.

By all indications, the Salmantino will leave the Red and give way to a certain period of uncertainty that must be concluded well before, back in September, the qualifying phase for the 2018 World Cup in Russia begins. In principle, the Utrerano Joaquín Caparrós is the top favourite to inherit his position, but if Angel María Villar leaves the position of president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation to aspire to the throne of UEFA and there is a change of representative, the cast of candidates could grow considerably.

In fact, according to the newspaper As, in case Villar does not follow, the list of candidates on the bench of Spain would increase with such disparate technicians as Juan Carlos Garrido, Pepe Mel, Roberto Martínez, Julen Lopetegui and even the Frenchman Luis Fernández.

But there is one more alternative. If the RFEF elections are postponed until November and Villar is scheduled for re-election, the current ruler might choose to ask Del Bosque to hold office until that date, at which point he would already give way to the new coach. In this way, the former Real Madrid team would have to lead the team in the first four clashes of the aforementioned qualifying phase.

id tendría que dirigir al equipo en los cuatro primeros choques de la citada fase de clasificación.

Euro 2016: Type team of the eighth round

The eighth round of the Euro are already history. In this way, the time comes to know what has been the judgement of our writing, the ideal team of this phase. Thus, the designated goalkeeper has been none other than the Italian international Gianluigi Buffon, protagonist of a sensational match against Spain in which he saved with quality the occasions of the combination of Vicente del Bosque.

Together with the captain and referee of the azzura, the defense would be completed by The German Kimmich, the Italian Giorgio Chiellini and the Icelanders Sigurdsson and Skulason while the midfield would consist of two midfielders of remarkable level such as the Belgian Nainggolan and Sigurdsson (Iceland).

The most offensive positions are for a number of players who have shined as key to the ranking of theirs. These are the Eden Hazard (Belgium) and Julian Draxler (Germany) extremes, as well as The Frenchman Antoine Griezmann and the Italian Pello, who certified their victory over Spain.

Euro 2016 – Penalties smile at a Portugal already in the semi-finals: Match notes

Carlo Ancelotti rubs his hands thinking about next season. The Italian coach, who will relieve Pep Guardiola to the helm of Bayern Munich, will have at his command a squad of tremendous level with which he will be in a position to fight for everything. Just a simple look at the match that the Portugal and Poland national team has played today to attest to this, where two of their future players have been the best. Protagonists of very modest matches in the eighth round, Poles and Portuguese faced the match aware of the possibility of reaching a semi-final for the simplest part of the draw that would face the winner of Belgium-Wales. The lusos with the favorites poster to take the crash due to the roster of level footballers that he has in his ranks, starting with the current Silver Ball and several of the stars of the transfer market, as are the cases of William Carvalho , Joao Mario, Nani or Renato Sanches.

However, it was Poland the first to hit. He did it even before he deserved it at the mercy of a dry finisher from Robert Lewandowski. Practically missing during the previous four matches, Bayern Munich striker appeared at the key moment to make the second all the fastest in Euro history after a minute and fourth seconds, and put fear in the body of Portuguese fans. This both caused some zozobra in the Portuguese squadron, which took time to react. He did so at the mercy of a sensational Renato Sanches. Signed on a paddlock by Bayern Munich just a few weeks ago, the young midfielder of just 18 years of age did not hesitate to throw the team’s weight behind his back. In constant motion, brave to face and with a remarkable physical display, the new signing of the German squad also put the boards on the scoreboard with a shot from outside the area that sneaked into Fabianski’s goal in the 32rd minute after playing the ball in a rival. With the 1-1 on the scoreboard, the two squads left for a locker room tunnel from which they left fifteen minutes later with even more fear on the body.

Second half to forget

After reaching the overtime in the eighth round against Switzerland and Croatia (in the first case we had to even go to the penalties) neither team finished stepping forward as the minutes were going off more and more slowly. We found ourselves in a second plump time and with a much slower pace than the first. Renato was darkening as he moved away from the area where the game was deployed and Portugal shut down while Poland had some occasions (Milik in the 68th minute) but without seeing a door. Thus, despite the few flashes of a Quaresma that had entered the pitch in the 80th minute, and an incredible failure of Cristiano Ronaldo that kicked in the air when alone in front of Fabianski in the 85th minute, we prepared to live an extension that both sets seemed to have signed when they arrived at half-time.

The extra time began almost the same as the end of the ninety minutes: with a glitch by Cristiano Ronaldo that added his third clear occasion without seeing a door. Becoming the footballer who has made the most pitches in the Euro, the Real Madrid footballer seems a shadow of the deadly goalscorer who has astonished his own and strangers in recent years. After this, the rest of the extension continued in the same path of boredom that had been left to us by the second half of the enviation and had as a more relevant fact the leap of a spontaneous that had to be taken out by the security members. And as everyone expected we got to a few pitches from the penalty point. On this occasion, however, the cross was for a Polish national team that chose to pull second and saw Jakub Blaszczykowski’s failure to leave him out of the title match.

The Man of the Party – Renato Sanches

Many are the ones who took their hands to the head when Bayern Munich disbursed the cooler of 40 million euros (more incentives) for their signing. He was only a young talent who had made his debut years earlier in the elite and had barely added a handful of matches in the first tier of Portuguese football. However, midfielder Renato Sanches is in charge of demonstrating the tremendous level he has on his foot.

Brave, with ease to face his rivals and able to throw the weight of the team on his back despite being only 18 years old, the promising signing of the Bavarian squad has shown a more than remarkable level in the match against the Poles , especially in the first half. Author of the goal of the tie, the Portuguese can leave satisfied at home after a remarkable match.