Sunday 27 June 2021

  The Round of 16 continues…

  Netherlands v Czechia at 17:00 BST on ITV

  Belgium v Portugal at 20:00 BST on ITV

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  Danny O’Neill

  1 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  16:19:10

  Rooting for the Netherlands. Always like to see the Dutch do well and looking forward to watching our next right back again (wishful thinking!!).

  Also looking forward to Belgium v Portugal later. I don’t know which way to call that one. A team full of great players versus a team with a great player.

  Pleased to see the Azzurri through last night.

  Barry Hesketh

  2 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  16:21:20

  Do the pundits and presenters get a financial reward each time they mention ‘Liverpool’? FFS

  Jamie Crowley

  3 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  16:54:46

  I’ve got the Dutch winning it all in my family group/bracket pool.

  Not so much because I think they’re good, but I know the entirety of my family would pick Germany, England, or Belgium. So the Dutch were a cheeky pick to separate myself from horde, er, my family.

  I didn’t even realize the jackass Frank deBoer was managing them! They’ll never win under him, he’s an idiot.

  But we cling to hope and reach for the $35 grand prize the family pool pays out, ergo, Cmon Oranje!

  Jeff Armstrong

  4 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  16:57:23

  Whatever happened to Holland?

  Jamie Crowley

  5 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  17:09:16

  Why would that player put that ball across the box and not head it down in the net? What the actual fuck?

  He was offside anyway, but what was he thinking?

  Rendon Crowley

  6 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  17:11:24

  Test test 1,2 Crowley jr reporting in.

  Jamie Crowley

  7 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  17:12:05

  Oh dear Lord, the boy has joined TW.

  Pray for me.

  Andrew Ellams

  8 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  17:14:56

  If we seal the deal for Dumfries I might give them a bit less stick over Benitez

  David Pearl

  9 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  17:15:49

  Jamie, Dave and Tony beat you to it.

  Some run that from Dumfries. Would he get away with that for Everton? Leaving his position like that.

  Bill Griffiths

  10 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  17:17:43

  Welcome to TW tendon.

  Brent Stephens

  11 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  17:20:46

  Rendon! Welcome. UR pater is a good old TW contributor so good to see one of his offspring on here. Hells have to watch his language now!

  David Pearl

  12 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  17:22:17

  Likes to lose the ball that Memphis Depay

  Jeff Armstrong

  13 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  17:22:27

  Bill10, is Jamie bringing a bit of muscle to proceedings?

  Brent Stephens

  14 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  17:23:19

  Jamie, if the rest of your extensive lineage start posting, the rest of us will never get a word in!

  Jamie Crowley

  15 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  17:23:41

  Jeff – I have to. I like Chardonnay! Muscle required!

  Jamie Crowley

  16 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  17:25:26

  The Dutch look great. But they need a goal. That Czech counter looks scary.

  LOVE Budapest! Full crowds. It’s so great to see again.

  Darren Hind

  17 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  17:26:32

  Rendon.

  Good to hear from you son. If you are half a crazy as the old man you’ll be a great Addition to the mad house

  Jeff Armstrong

  18 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  17:26:34

  Jamie,

  Rendon Crowley

  19 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  17:33:16

  Thank you all for the welcomes my dads been talking about TW for years, wanted to check it out for myself..

  7 Czech defenders in the box from the last play warding off the Dutch sheesh

  Brian Williams

  20 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  17:35:31

  Jamie, without wanting to appear rude might I ask how old your son and heir is?

  Or to Rendon himself?

  Jamie Crowley

  21 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  17:36:58

  Brian –

  Rendon, also known as #3 of 5, is 20 years old. Currently a student enrolled at University of Alabama.

  Good boy. They all are, thankfully.

  Jeff Armstrong

  22 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  17:38:12

  Czechs defending well and a threat going forward too, good game developing.

  Brian Williams

  23 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  17:39:24

  Ah Jamie, good stuff.

  So he’ll already know the story of you, the two hookers, and the priest then?

  Jamie Crowley

  24 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  17:40:22

  Brian –

  That was meant for your ears only mate! SHHHHHH!

  Jeff Armstrong

  25 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  17:41:02

  So it might be safe to summise he?s tried the original and best Czech Bud then Jamie!

  Brian Williams

  26 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  17:41:21

  Lol. You DID warn him about TW I hope.

  David Pearl

  27 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  17:43:03

  5 Jamie? Not firing blanks then!

  Dumfries looks better each game. He’d be a great addition.

  Rendon Crowley

  28 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  17:43:05

  Brian, I expect no less

  Jamie Crowley

  29 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  17:43:07

  Extensively.

  Brian Williams

  30 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  17:46:55

  Good man Rendon. Welcome to the family. Steel yourself for a lifetime of pain, a pain like no other, but one you’d never ever want to be rid of.

  Rendon Crowley

  31 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  17:49:57

  Oh I know Brian I?m here for it.

  Me and pops were just saying Dutch need a goal.. have to say though the Czechs have been solid good game thus far

  Brian Williams

  32 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  17:52:10

  Agree with that mate. Dutch the more skilled but if they don’t press home their advantage the Czechs could punish them. Finely balanced game like.

  Danny O’Neill

  33 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  17:53:03

  Welcome to the blue madhouse Rendon.

  Czechs growing into this game. I can see them sneaking this one.

  Rendon Crowley

  34 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  18:10:26

  You gotta be kidding me..

  Jeff Armstrong

  35 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  18:10:33

  Should be red for De Ligt that.

  Jamie Crowley

  36 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  18:10:42

  How do you miss that?

  Rendon Crowley

  37 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  18:11:17

  Just shoot man..

  Barry Rathbone

  38 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  18:11:28

  Dutch 18 finishing one on ones like dcl

  Jeff Armstrong

  39 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  18:12:42

  Told ya

  Barry Rathbone

  40 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  18:13:07

  Good decision I love var

  Jamie Crowley

  41 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  18:13:12

  Never a red. You can’t say he intentionally batted the ball.

  Jamie Crowley

  42 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  18:14:00

  I dunno about that. Dutch in a world of shit now.

  Jeff Armstrong

  43 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  18:14:30

  He intentionally batted the ball away.

  Jamie Crowley

  44 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  18:15:50

  Why isn’t that a red? I mean, if we’re dolling out reds for a guy falling down and hitting the ball with his arm, surely tackling a guy from behind, knee/calf high, intentionally, is a red?

  Suspect all this.

  Jamie Crowley

  45 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  18:16:16

  Czechs playing “hack a Dutch”.

  Barry Rathbone

  46 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  18:22:34

  Some stop that

  Jamie Crowley

  47 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  18:23:08

  What a defensive stop that was! Wow.

  Jeff Armstrong

  48 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  18:26:03

  Was coming

  Brent Stephens

  49 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  18:26:48

  Good night Dutch.

  Jamie Crowley

  50 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  18:27:06

  Jesus. Dutch just focusing too much anger at ref and not playing.

  Barry Rathbone

  51 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  18:27:24

  Big physical outfit the czechs none of them can trap a ball but they’re 1 nil up!!

  Dennis Stevens

  52 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  18:27:25

  That was coming

  Rendon Crowley

  53 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  18:27:30

  100% deserved

  Jamie Crowley

  54 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  18:28:29

  It’s deserved. Even in the first half they played fantastically. Sitting back and countering with real intent.

  Czechs have played really well. Deserved lead.

  Jamie Crowley

  55 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  18:29:38

  God it’s just hack, hack, hack. Working well! The Dutch don’t like it up ’em!

  Jeff Armstrong

  56 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  18:29:48

  Dutch need to concentrate on scoring rather than trying even the numbers up.

  Barry Rathbone

  57 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  18:30:11

  Dutch starting to cheat now – tarts

  Barry Rathbone

  58 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  18:31:16

  Christ, size of him

  Jamie Crowley

  59 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  18:32:06

  Meanwhile, Goliath comes on as a sub for Netherlands.

  Jamie Crowley

  60 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  18:32:57

  And the Czechs start the faking injury and time wasting.

  Get up ya ninny!

  Rendon Crowley

  61 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  18:34:57

  6?6 183 lbs, yeah start crossing the ball Dutch

  Jeff Armstrong

  62 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  18:37:58

  Schick shoots Schick scores

  Michael Kenrick

  63 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  18:38:15

  He’s as sharp as a razor!

  Jamie Crowley

  64 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  18:38:56

  Wow.

  That’s my bracket busted.

  Now rooting for Belgium and Bobby Brown Shoes.

  Jamie Crowley

  65 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  18:39:57

  Can the Dutch pull the goalie?

  Dale Self

  66 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  18:40:23

  Hopefully that?s the last we see of DeBoner on the sidelines. How he landed there via Atlanta is not well understood

  Mike Jones

  67 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  18:40:25

  Anything that sees Wijnaldum lose is fine by me.

  Barry Rathbone

  68 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  18:41:09

  Shocking touch before the pass the technical ability has been pretty poor in this tournament except for some of the Danes

  Tony McNulty

  69 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  18:41:21

  After that comment Michael I can only ask quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

  Mike Gaynes

  70 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  18:41:43

  I’m seeing a financial crisis.

  Lots of bouncing Czechs.

  Ray Robinson

  71 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  18:42:33

  Depay, de Ligt, de Roon, de Vrij, de Jong, de Boer – defeat.

  Mike Gaynes

  72 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  18:42:41

  And the Belgians, Barry.

  Tony McNulty

  73 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  18:45:26

  The outbreak of puns on here might necessitate the wearing of a mask to avoid catching the disease

  Barry Rathbone

  74 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  18:45:40

  Mike

  I have to be honest as much as I want Bobby to do well I haven’t been that impressed by the Belgians but we’ll see

  Barry Rathbone

  75 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  18:47:15

  My god how can a pro footballer not control that?

  Jeff Armstrong

  76 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  18:51:07

  Turning point was Malen,s one on one where Vaclik saved.

  Barry Rathbone

  77 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  18:52:02

  All the czech lads look like ex russian special forces

  Jamie Crowley

  78 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  18:52:13

  de Boner fired by 8 pm BST tonight.

  Won’t make it down the tunnel before relieved of his duties.

  Rendon Crowley

  79 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  18:53:15

  Agreed Jeff, right after Malen blew that chance the red card happened, everything fell apart, Czechs deserve the win better team today

  Barry Rathbone

  80 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  18:54:58

  I was suspicious about the Dutch when DePay was advertised as their star man – utter wastrel

  Dennis Stevens

  81 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  18:55:29

  Mind you, any team whose ‘keeper wears trackies should be deducted a goal from the outset

  Neil Copeland

  82 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  18:56:02

  Now that is sorted Marcel, go and get Denzel signed up.

  Jamie Crowley

  83 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  18:56:56

  Just saw the replay of the hand ball.

  I was wrong. 100% hand ball. Total red.

  Dennis Stevens

  84 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  18:58:26

  I suppose de boer might be available in a few minutes

  David Pearl

  85 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  19:00:38

  Depay, cant see him lasting the year at Barca. Or his mate Koeman

  Robert Tressell

  86 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  19:01:15

  The knock out games so much better than the group stages. Brilliant by the Czechs. Also more excellent refereeing – cynical cheating by DeLigt and got caught out by VAR.

  Rendon Crowley

  87 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  19:06:05

  Portugal v Belgium will be awesome. Although on Tuesday I cannot wait for England v Germany, classic game. Hope the English kill them krauts

  Mike Gaynes

  88 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  19:06:35

  David, I was not a fan of Memphis for a long time, but he really grew up the past two years at Lyon. I think he’ll do just fine at Barca. But you’re absolutely right about Koeman.

  Mike Gaynes

  89 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  19:12:05

  Rendon, let me add my welcome to TW. We will try not to hold your loud relation against you, but no promises. May we assume at least that you’re not a chardonnay sipper?

  Dave Abrahams

  90 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  19:12:35

  Tendon (87), Welcome to ToffeeWeb Rendon, you sound like the brains of the family, nice initials, R,C. I bet your dad chose them especially.

  David Pearl

  91 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  19:13:08

  Mike, l thought he’d improved also but he had no end product and kept giving the ball away. Not so sure Barca fans will put up with it.

  Rendon, really looking forward to De Bruyne and Rom vs Ronaldo. Euros are hotting up. And its intrresting that Bruno Fernandes has been left out again

  Dave Abrahams

  92 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  19:15:09

  Rendon (87), Tendon? Started off on the wrong foot there!! Sorry mate, completely unintended, honest.

  Mike Gaynes

  93 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  19:17:57

  Still picking Belgium to win it all.

  Rendon Crowley

  94 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  19:20:56

  Mike n Dave thanks for the welcome! And Mike I?m more of a whiskey guy love me some jack daniels. Also Dave don?t worry I get it a lot Tendon, Brendon, Brandon etc etc. I go by ren at home haha.

  David, really interesting line up Portugal have put out..

  Jeff Armstrong

  95 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  19:21:45

  Mike, if Belgium put in a good performance tonight and advance then it?s hard to see beyond them, France maybe.

  Mike Gaynes

  96 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  19:24:06

  Rendon, at least most folks here won’t tease you about being named after a third baseman. Brits don’t get baseball.

  Jeff, to me Italy looks like the only team capable of beating Belgium at the moment. France aren’t playing very well. And of course without Digne they don’t have a prayer.

  Will Mabon

  97 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  19:27:21

  …and the shocks begin.

  De Ligt letting the ball bounce that way! I thought we all knew about that by six years old. The whole team looked very ordinary though, perhaps not so much of a shock.

  Tony Abrahams

  98 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  19:31:44

  I?m not sure Jamie, would call his child after a Texan, Mike, but you?re correct mate because I don?t know much about baseball, and welcome aboard Rendon, mate!

  David Pearl

  99 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  19:32:06

  Mike, l was lucky enough to be in Canada for the Blue Jays in the early 90s but since then l have lost interest.

  I think France have less weaknesses than others and maybe slowly warming up. We know Belgium weakness, and strenghts. Italy disappointed last time out. Maybe England do havr a chance, especially if Kane gets going.

  Neil Copeland

  100 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  19:35:09

  Rendon #87, good man, pleased to see the old man has brought you up properly. Oh and, welcome to TW!

  Neil Copeland

  101 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  19:38:29

  England and Germany must fancy their chances of at least making the final. Although, I still fancy Denmark as dark horses.

  Jeff Armstrong

  102 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  19:43:14

  I think the last few posts show we have an open, interesting tournament.

  David Pearl

  103 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  19:48:43

  I still can’t believe Greece won it when they did.

  I’m thinking France/Belgium vs England/Germany final. But strange things happen in football. Like Beneathus being manager of… l can’t complete that sentence!!

  Jeff Armstrong

  104 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  19:55:17

  Surprised Bruno Fernandes is not starting.

  Cannot believe it , Cristiano can?t sing … shocked tbh

  Will Mabon

  105 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  19:55:47

  David, the Greece one stood out for sure. A victory for incredibly industrial football, yet a weird inevitability about it at the time, just ground everyone down.

  Jeff Armstrong

  106 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  20:06:11

  Jota scores that for the RS

  Jamie Crowley

  107 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  20:06:52

  How many times were we linked to Joa Mouhtino? (sp?). 1000+?

  Mike Gaynes

  108 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  20:07:21

  As your commentators would put it, they’re going to rue that missed chance.

  Jeff Armstrong

  109 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  20:08:33

  Jamie, if Nuno had come we would finally have got him!

  Michael Boardman

  110 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  20:09:08

  Portugal have a team full of winners: Ronaldo. Bernardo Silva and Jota…what exactly has he won, apart from a dubious penalty or two?

  Jamie Crowley

  111 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  20:10:33

  Dude, Belgium are just fucking loaded. This lineup is insane.

  Rob Halligan

  112 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  20:10:41

  Blimey, saw a post that said “Welcome Rendon” and thought for a minute Benitez had already made his first signing, Rondon from Newcastle. Relieved to see it’s only Jamie’s son!! Missed the second half of the Dutch game, so was it a shock, or did the Czechs deserve to win? The Czechs looked the better team in the first half.

  Oh, and welcome Rendon. Yer arl fella don’t half talk some shite, but we put up with him!!

  Joke Jamie, joke!!

  Mike Gaynes

  113 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  20:14:19

  Rob, when Benitez snuck out of China, he left Rondon behind. (I picture him standing in front of his hotel in Dalian with his bags, waiting for Rafa to give him a ride to the airport.) Anyway, Rondon is now at CSKA.

  David Pearl

  114 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  20:14:28

  Will, Greece seemed to win in slow motion.

  I wonder if Martinez returned would he would play such a high line with Godfrey, Mina & Holgate/keane. I’m not sure our opposition would sit off us like Portugal are

  Jeff Armstrong

  115 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  20:14:52

  Rob, Czechs deserved the victory hands down, Dutch where poor second half.

  Jamie Crowley

  116 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  20:14:58

  Can we please sign Witsel? Kid looks fantastic.

  Jamie Crowley

  117 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  20:16:03

  Rob –

  I didn’t ever consider it wasn’t a joke! Love it.

  Barry Rathbone

  118 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  20:17:39

  You can see why euro style tika taka chess footy doesn’t catch on here it’s like watching paint dry. The “off” button beckons

  Jeff Armstrong

  119 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  20:20:00

  Wow Barry it?s only been on 18 minutes!

  Mike Gaynes

  120 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  20:22:11

  Jamie, the “kid” is 32 and coming off a torn Achilles.

  We were rumored in for him five or six years ago when he was playing in Russia, but he went to China instead for some insane money.

  Jamie Crowley

  121 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  20:22:53

  Ronaldo completely getting bullshit on him.

  Did you hear him yell? Embarrassing.

  Jamie Crowley

  122 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  20:23:48

  Mike –

  He looks like he’s 23!!! Shocking!

  Hard pass then. TY.

  Brent Stephens

  123 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  20:25:38

  Ronaldo close. What a shot the guy has got.

  Mike Gaynes

  124 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  20:25:52

  Now that’s how ya hit a free kick. Laces through the ball and try to kill the keeper.

  Jeff Armstrong

  125 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  20:27:23

  How Bruno F cannot get in this team is amazing.

  Michael Kenrick

  126 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  20:30:58

  Strange after the high energy of the earlier game… this is a real stinker.

  Michael Boardman

  127 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  20:31:07

  Ronaldo is on the Branson, Musk list of Anti Christ candidates – the man is amazing

  David Pearl

  128 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  20:31:40

  Jeff, l can only think its because they want to play a counter attacking game.

  Slowww game this but we know some magic is coming

  Jeff Armstrong

  129 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  20:33:53

  David I get that to a point but they?re playing with 3 DM,s, Fernandes would support Ronaldo who looks isolated.

  Mike Gaynes

  130 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  20:36:26

  Can’t wait for the chess to be over and the football to start.

  My eyelids are heavier than Vermalen’s torso.

  Jamie Crowley

  131 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  20:37:32

  I’m sure this game will be far from boring 2nd half.

  By the way, Lu got completely pulled back and no foul. What is the ref looking at?

  Mike Gaynes

  132 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  20:38:22

  Another example of the tournament-wide plague of absolute shit refereeing. Clear and obvious yellow.

  Mike Gaynes

  133 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  20:39:03

  And this guy is the top ref in Europe, gets all the games.

  David Pearl

  135 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  20:41:31

  100% we see him in the second half. As Mike says pretty boring, even for chess.

  We were in for both Witzel and Moutihno a few years ago.

  First corner of the game… played short. Such a frustrating game with so much talent on show

  Jeff Armstrong

  136 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  20:41:54

  Mike, it?s one of those refereeing inconsistencies, does he blow once the move breaks down, or does he let play go on and not let Lukaku have both bites of the cherry? Most refs blow up once the move breaks down, free kick and yellow, but Belgium gain 2 goes at it, conundrum for me.

  Michael Kenrick

  137 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  20:42:17

  Ooooo! That’s more like it!

  David Pearl

  138 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  20:42:23

  And theres the magic

  Rendon Crowley

  139 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  20:42:33

  WOAH

  Jamie Crowley

  140 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  20:42:35

  Oh wow!!! The OTHER brother. WOW! Great strike!

  Mike Gaynes

  141 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  20:42:36

  Absofuckinglutely brilliant.

  Jeff Armstrong

  142 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  20:42:42

  Hazardddddd. Thorghen

  Mike Gaynes

  144 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  20:43:49

  That’s the guy I’ve pointed to as their secret weapon. Watch him all the time at Dortmund and he’s just awesome.

  Brent Stephens

  147 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  20:45:57

  Hazard lights the game up. Cracker.

  Jeff Armstrong

  148 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  20:45:58

  Paulhina is a liability

  Mike Gaynes

  152 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  20:51:11

  Still predicting 2-0 for a final here.

  The bummer is that if Belgium wins, they play Italy next. The two best teams meeting in the quarters. Tough break.

  Bill Gienapp

  153 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  20:52:07

  I’m enjoying the dual-Crowley act. Rendon, I hope you stick around.

  Mike (120) – I remember that. We were heavily linked to Witsel during Koeman’s first summer. He was also linked to AC Milan and Juventus and it seemed pretty obvious (to me anyway) that he preferred moving to Italy and was just trying to leverage our interest. Then he ended up taking the big Chinese payday instead.

  Rob Halligan

  154 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  20:52:10

  Davjd, # 150, what’s George Michael got to do with it?

  Will Mabon

  155 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  20:54:56

  David, 114,

  funnily enough, I thought Portugal played a lot like Everton did for much of last season.

  They’re going to have to change big time for the second half.

  Jeff Armstrong

  156 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  20:57:37

  Will, I think Fernandes would make a difference.

  Will Mabon

  157 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  20:58:10

  Mike, 152,

  sadly it takes fixtures like that to add to any small chance that old Blighty has…

  Will Mabon

  158 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  20:58:59

  Jeff, he’ll be on at some stage.

  David Pearl

  159 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  20:59:37

  Rob 154, our club has gone to the mens toilets. Its certainly not club tropicana!

  Agreed Will

  Hopefully a very different second half

  Conor McCourt

  160 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  21:01:39

  Exactly Will this coach doesn’t know what to do with talent like Goncalves, Fernandez and Felix. He is just so negative.

  Delighted for Hazard as he’s had a poor season after a bad injury and has struggled to get back consistently in the Dortmund side this season. What a goal.

  Jay Wood

  [BRZ]

  161 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  21:03:41

  Curious half.

  Portugal controlling the game without dominating it. Belgium off the pace as they were in the 1st half v Denmark until Hazard the Younger thumped one home.

  Jota should have done a lot, LOT better with his early chance set up by Renato Sanches. What a player transformed he is looking.

  Still in the balance, but Portugal definitely need the next goal and avoid getting caught on the break as they search for the equaliser.

  The two halves of the draw certainly give England a decent path to progress if they can take it.

  Mike Gaynes

  162 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  21:05:31

  Will #157, always enjoy learning new words. Blighty.

  Jamie Crowley

  163 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  21:07:33

  DeBruyne nasty looking ankle twist there.

  Big miss for Belgium!

  Mike Gaynes

  164 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  21:07:57

  That foul knocked de Bruyne out. And changes the tournament.

  Ian Burns

  165 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  21:07:59

  Met George Michael in Australia many years ago when he was part of Wham – good company.

  Welcome Rendon – a bit behind everybody else but that?s me – just like EFC?s defence.

  David Pearl

  166 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  21:08:22

  Shame, l hope he isn’t out too long. Sanchez looks good doesnt he.

  Tony McNulty

  167 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  21:10:00

  Some feisty looking challenges going in here

  Jamie Crowley

  168 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  21:10:24

  Game getting tasty.

  Ian Burns

  169 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  21:11:55

  E. Hazard is still a joy to watch

  Jeff Armstrong

  170 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  21:13:38

  Time for Felix and Fernandes

  Jamie Crowley

  171 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  21:14:41

  Might be me, but Belgium look pretty good at the back.

  Not very BBS like? Perhaps he’s learned?

  David Pearl

  172 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  21:16:07

  Hmm okay, now lets see what happens.

  One thing about the dutch going out is Dumfries is now free to sign for the blues!!

  Gary Smith

  173 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  21:17:49

  Lukaku constantly having a go at his teammates for not passing the ball to him reminds me of why so many of our fans just weren?t so fond of him. Fine line between desire and greedy knob.

  Jeff Armstrong

  174 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  21:17:54

  Portugal got some talent out there now.

  Mike Gaynes

  175 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  21:20:02

  Amen, Ian.

  Slowed by that ankle, probably doomed to an early exit like Marco Van Basten, but still pure class.

  Jeff Armstrong

  176 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  21:22:48

  Eden Hazard much better tonight, needed game time and it?s working.

  David Pearl

  177 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  21:24:18

  They do Jeff, lots of young players too. Future looks good for Portugal.

  Although England have too.

  I tell ya what, l was spoiled growing up watching Brazil, 82 playing tournament football, compared to this.

  Jamie Crowley

  178 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  21:25:48

  Mike Gaynes –

  Does Witsel remind you of McKennie?

  Ian Burns

  179 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  21:26:09

  Really impressed with Sanches – hard to imagine he was a failure at Swansea

  Jeff Armstrong

  180 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  21:26:11

  Yes David,Renato Sanches really getting his mojo back after being in the doldrums at Swansea.

  Rendon Crowley

  181 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  21:27:32

  Rom bodying Pepe, always good to see (:

  Jamie Crowley

  182 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  21:29:32

  I hate Bruno Fernandes. Snarky little shit of a player.

  If he was an Everton player I’d love him, but he’s not. He’s secretively dirty and nasty.

  Mike Gaynes

  183 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  21:31:55

  Jamie #178, more properly put the other way around since Witsel is the senior member, but yes, they are similar players, both in physical stature and characteristics. McKennie may be slightly more attack-minded given his ability in the air.

  Tony McNulty

  184 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  21:33:29

  Imagine Ronaldo’s face if he were to be the subject of a tactical substitution.

  Jamie Crowley

  185 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  21:34:30

  Mike I agree. He reminds me of Weston completely.

  Weston, and yes I know Juve signed him, is so underrated in my opinion.

  He’s going to be an amazing player.

  Witsel really reminds me of him a lot. A ton of amazing “little things” he does superbly.

  Ian Burns

  186 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  21:34:41

  The chances of that happening Tony?

  David Pearl

  187 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  21:35:31

  Wasnt Sanchez played wide at Swansea?

  Kicking off now

  Jamie Crowley

  188 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  21:35:54

  Pepe with yet another red surely!!!!

  Mike Gaynes

  189 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  21:36:05

  Ian #179, if I was 20 years old and a bit immature and I’d just been banished from Bayern to Swansea, I’d probably have been sulky too.

  Tony McNulty

  190 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  21:36:29

  As likely as me buying and displaying red bunting the day Rafa becomes our manager, Ian

  Rendon Crowley

  191 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  21:36:38

  Pepe you momentous ass.. what a dirty player

  Mike Gaynes

  192 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  21:36:41

  Yellow!!?

  Jamie Crowley

  193 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  21:38:34

  Portugal diving all over the place. Pepe an after the whistle body check.

  Really want Belgium to win now.

  Ian Burns

  194 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  21:39:32

  Take your point Mike – he certainly looks the part now

  Neil Copeland

  195 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  21:39:52

  Red all day long

  Tony McNulty

  196 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  21:40:25

  This has all the makings of Belgium running away and scoring a second. And you all know my success record as a forecaster.

  Ian Burns

  197 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  21:42:51

  This is more like a BBS defence set up!

  Mike Gaynes

  198 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  21:43:20

  Unmarked header. Unmarked shot. Belgium extremely careless at the back.

  Jamie Crowley

  199 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  21:43:50

  Lukaku with the worst free kick of the tournament.

  Jamie Crowley

  200 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  21:45:19

  Never hear the end of this if Belgium blow this lead.

  C’mon Bobby! Hold on.

  Mike Gaynes

  201 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  21:46:50

  Carrasco a VERY overdue sub. Roberto still doesn’t know how to manage the end of a game. This looks way too much like the West Ham game for me.

  Brent Stephens

  202 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  21:48:58

  Brilliant from Lukaku

  Jeff Armstrong

  203 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  21:51:46

  Mike, It?s a wonder he didn?t bring Benteke on in the Niasse role!

  Tony McNulty

  204 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  21:52:00

  Belgian fans experiencing what it’s like to see out a game under Roberto.

  Phil (Kelsall) Roberts

  205 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  21:52:20

  BBC Text

  86 mins

  Post update

  Belgium 1-0 Portugal

  Up the other end and Romelu Lukaku’s touch lets him down

  Mike Gaynes

  206 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  21:53:52

  Phil, we must be watching different Lukakus. He’s been superb.

  David Pearl

  207 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  21:54:23

  Belgium should of had 2 but last pass missing again and again

  Jeff Armstrong

  208 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  21:54:35

  Martinez makes a sub in injury time giving Portugal another minute

  Ian Burns

  209 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  21:54:40

  Too right Tony! Great second half though

  Jamie Crowley

  210 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  21:55:20

  Belgium and Roberto defend a 1 goal lead and win.

  Well I never!

  Mike Gaynes

  211 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  21:55:43

  Yes! Belgium, baby. On to Italy.

  David Pearl

  212 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  21:57:40

  Phew, another Euro day bites the dust

  Goodnight all

  Fran Mitchell

  213 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  21:57:49

  Belgium 100% record. Knock out the champions. Clean sheet against a barrage of attacking from about 400 million worth of attacking talent.

  And Martinez still gets slaughtered on here.

  Rob Halligan

  214 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  21:57:55

  Locals won’t be very happy in Madeira tomorrow!!

  Joe McMahon

  215 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  21:58:05

  Roberto is very lucky there, and Lukaku worked his socks off without any support. Belgium very disappointing, but yes won.

  Phil (Kelsall) Roberts

  216 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  21:59:26

  Big night Tuesday.

  and we are the late game. last one in we hope.

  Ian Burns

  217 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  21:59:36

  Come on Fran lighten up – just good fun

  Mike Gaynes

  218 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  22:00:12

  Belgium without Hazard and de Bruyne can’t beat a fully healthy Italy. They need at least one of those guys in the lineup.

  Jeff Armstrong

  219 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  22:00:12

  Rob, your not that bad, all things considered.

  Conor McCourt

  220 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  22:00:14

  Great post Fran…but Dendoncker is world class don’t you know

  Jay Wood

  [BRZ]

  221 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  22:01:11

  Best team on the night lost, but credit due to Belgium and BBS’s presumed weakness – defence. They were severely tested tonight and came through it. Their fat lazy lump at number 9 looks half decent too.

  Not getting any easier for Belgium. Italy up next.

  Phil (Kelsall) Roberts

  222 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  22:01:37

  Mike – at our second home in France. End of the line for internet and no TV. Will get home and not watched one game.

  Have to follow on the BBC text.

  Rob Halligan

  223 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  22:01:52

  Jeff, took me a few seconds to work that one out!!

  Tony Abrahams

  224 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  22:02:42

  I?m glad Belgium won that, simply because Portugal with all that talent, didn?t need to start the game being so cautious.

  Peter Mills

  225 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  22:03:37

  Really enjoyed the game.

  Colin Glassar

  226 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  22:03:59

  Terrible, poor quality, boring game.

  Will Mabon

  227 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  22:04:06

  Well, turned out very eventful – great entertainment for a 1-0, later on. Bit tasty here and there but nothing wrong with some traditional stuff. The right score maybe, just about. And Belgium can defend, at least with five.

  Jeff Armstrong

  228 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  22:04:39

  Rob, have a go of the toboggans after getting off the cable car.If your in Funchal that is.

  Barry Rathbone

  229 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  22:04:59

  Oh no!!

  Did Bobby’s Belgium knock out the much fancied Portugal and Ronaldo?

  Cue the bizarre hatred.

  Mike Gaynes

  230 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  22:08:57

  Rob #214, buy ’em a round and commiserate.

  Fran #213, I’m cheering for Belgium and Bobby. I wouldn’t say he got “slaughtered.” But tell me honestly you don’t think Roberto shouldn’t have made those changes earlier, that his guys didn’t ride their luck in the last 15 minutes. They gave up chance after chance.

  Phil #222, I wasn’t ragging you… when I said “we” were seeing different Roms, I meant me and the BBC, not me and you. (Hey, I would never dispute a guy with a second home in France!!)

  Pete #225 and Colin #226, your diametrically opposite yet simultaneous posts (22 seconds apart) made me laugh out loud!

  Joe McMahon

  231 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  22:09:03

  Jeff and Rob, yes in the wicker baskets. It was a long time ago I was there though. I also seem to remember Merera brandy on the island also.

  Conor McCourt

  232 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  22:15:06

  Three chances Mike all game. No De Bruyne and had to carry Witsel and Hazard in that second half. If Bobby managed Portugal they would have won at a canter.

  Rob Halligan

  233 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  22:28:48

  Jeff and Joe. Have been told about the wicker basket toboggans. Can be quite scary so I’ve been told, so right up my street!!

  Mike Gaynes

  234 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  22:31:37

  Conor #232, you just inadvertently made my point for me. They didn’t have to “carry Witsel and Hazard in that second half”.

  Roberto had lots of quality subs available and could have taken them both off 20 minutes earlier… and with both of them coming off injuries and not being fully fit, he should have done exactly that. Instead he left Hazard on the pitch too long (with disastrous consequences) and kept Carrasco and Dedoncker on the bench until the last few minutes.

  And he left two subs completely unused. I expected to see Praet for the tiring Tielemans or Meunier at some point. Didn’t happen.

  Sorry, I think Roberto mishandled the second half of the second half with the same hesitancy to substitute that he demonstrated so often on our touchline.

  Michael Lynch

  235 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  22:31:44

  Last 20 mins was fun, but the preceding 70 mins was dull as feck in my opinion. Portugal should have won that, but its their own fault they didn’t. I’d like to see Italy beat them, but this trophy does seem to have Belgium’s name on it. Depends how bad the injuries are to De Bruyne and E. Hazard I guess.

  Rob Halligan

  236 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  22:32:02

  Phil # 216. Hope you haven’t got other plans for Tuesday @ 5pm, as England v Germany is the first game, not the second one on Tuesday

  Conor McCourt

  237 Posted

  27/06/2021 at

  22:45:35

  You keep talking about subs. Praet can’t get a game at Leicester. A lot of poor players on that bench. He defended with seven. Personally I agree I would have taken Hazard off but if Portugal score you have no De Bruyne or Hazard so you are going out if they equalise. 1-1 and you still have a threat to win it in the ninety.

  Danny O’Neill

  238 Posted

  28/06/2021 at

  06:47:42

  I missed the Belguim v Portugal match but sounds like it was a classic let down when you consider the talent on display. Nice goal to finish it mind, looking at the highlights this morning.

  I was impressed with the Czech Republic. Defensively solid and organised. And in Schick, they have a goal scorer who has gone under the radar (relatively speaking) as he made his way through Serie A and the Bundesliga.

  Still only 25, I can see a few chasing his signature this summer. I would.

  At least Dumfries is out of the window now. Go sign him Mr Brands.

  Bill Gall

  239 Posted

  28/06/2021 at

  21:55:58

  What a comeback by Switzerland seems the cockerels are coming home to roost after being plucked

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