Wales - Northern Ireland (R)

Discussion in 'Euro 2016' started by nirvaanfc, Jun 25, 2016.

  1. nirvaanfc

    nirvaanfc Member

    Juventus
    Italy
    Jan 13, 2004
    Trinidad & Tobago
    Club:
    Juventus FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    https://footballfutbolcalciosoccer.blogspot.com/2016/06/euro-2016-best-xi-group-stage-round-of.html

    The matchup I (and I'm sure a fair few others) never saw coming. I didn't have either of these teams advancing on my bracket. That being said, both have been pleasant surprises for different reasons.

    Wales have played the more enterprising football and have looked a strong unit.

    The Northern Irish have defended as if their lives depended on it and have not played attractive football, nor should be expected too - if its ugly but it works that is fine.

    Wales - https://footballfutbolcalciosoccer.blogspot.com/2016/06/euro-2016-preview-group-b-england.html

    Northern Ireland - https://footballfutbolcalciosoccer.blogspot.com/2016/06/euro-2016-preview-group-c-germany.html
     
  2. HomietheClown

    HomietheClown Member+

    Dusselheim FC 1971
    Sep 4, 2010
    Club:
    --other--
    The battle of teams that don't know how to play with possession.
     
  3. evil_allan

    evil_allan Member+

    May 3, 2004
    Turtle Island
  4. HomietheClown

    HomietheClown Member+

    Dusselheim FC 1971
    Sep 4, 2010
    Club:
    --other--
  5. Takeover73

    Takeover73 Member

    Jun 23, 2016
    Terrible to watch. Jesus, a goal. Dude, that was the wrong box.
     
  6. White/Blue_since1860

    Jan 4, 2007
    Bum zua City
    Club:
    TSV 1860 München
    Nat'l Team:
    Germany
  7. ShortyMac

    ShortyMac Member+

    Apr 10, 2011
    Ohio, USA
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    A crappy way for Northern Ireland to go out.
     
  8. Boloni86

    Boloni86 Member+

    Jun 7, 2000
    Baltimore
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    Gibraltar
    This game was an example why the round of 16 pairing system is flawed. Wales was not good enough in group stage to deserve such an easy first round opponent.

    If you have a tiered ranking from 1 to 16 you would have had France vs. Northern Ireland and at least that maybe means some goals and a better team advancing to quarterfinals. Wales would have had to face a more serious team in Switzerland. Not saying that Wales can't beat Switzerland, but at least that's a more respectable test and worthy of a place in quarterfinals if you win.
     
  9. HomietheClown

    HomietheClown Member+

    Dusselheim FC 1971
    Sep 4, 2010
    Club:
    --other--
    If England were able to hold on to their lead against Russia for a few more minutes no one would be complaining.

    Wales found a way to win the Group and this is what we got.
     
  10. White/Blue_since1860

    Jan 4, 2007
    Bum zua City
    Club:
    TSV 1860 München
    Nat'l Team:
    Germany
    Mehmet Scholl (some might remember him) had a meltdown during half time saying: "How is it possible these two teams could manage to qualify? And: Can there be worse teams then these?" And after the game instead of providing an analysis he just said: "We have survived it!"
     
  11. Davy911

    Davy911 New Member

    May 9, 2016
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Sounds like a prick
     
  12. nirvaanfc

    nirvaanfc Member

    Juventus
    Italy
    Jan 13, 2004
    Trinidad & Tobago
    Club:
    Juventus FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    The blame lies with the favourites in this tournament. Wales, Croatia, Italy and Hungary won their groups when according to the seeding England, Spain, Belgium and Portugal were supposed to. If you have one or maybe two 'surprise' winners then it won't be this lopsided, but four out of six seeds failing to win their groups will do this.

    England-Ukraine (which would have been most people's picks for winner and a best 3rd place) probably wouldn't have been a great attacking game either - most teams in Europe play defense first and then worry about attacking which leads to games with less attacking impetus.
     
  13. belfasteric

    belfasteric Member

    Man utd
    Northern Ireland
    Apr 22, 2014
    Northern Ireland
    Club:
    Glentoran FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Northern Ireland
    bit like England then
     

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