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June 11, 2006

Paraguay 0 England 1

Well, that is a relief! England took a big step towards advancing out of the group with a 1-0 win over Paraguay.

As for the football - I think England will have to raise their game if they move onto the final stages, but they did what they needed to. I wonder if any team has ever advanced from the group stages without scoring?

These are my observations:
* Peter Crouch was better than I expected. That is coming off low expectations, however, so do not read too much into it.
* England got the short end of the stick from the referees. It was a physical game on both sides, but usually the free kicks were going the other way.
* Sven Goran Ericsson looks like he is about 70 years old now. Never mind that he looks like that old bloke on the Simpsons...how on earth did he ever score with that FA secretary?
* And someone tell me what the substitutions were all about? Downing and Hargreaves? Maybe he is 70 years old.

It doesn't matter, England won.

As for the experience...I could have done without it. I tried Hobgoblin Roppongi, but it was already full 90 minutes before kick off so I went to Legends, which was not much better. If I never watch another football match there I will be happy. This is where the "I do not usually watch football, but I watch the world cup" fans went. And the American stockbrokers. Match that with crap TVs and shoddy service and you get the idea.

My big dilemma now is where to watch the football Monday night...any suggestions are welcome.

Posted by Kirk on June 11, 2006 12:13 AM


What a SNOOZE of a game that was!! I hope you stayed up for the action in the Sweden/T &T game...

Posted by: Laura at June 12, 2006 12:21 AM