World Cup 2018 Part 4: Semi Finals

France 1 – 0 Belgium

Umtiti’s header in the 51st minute.

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“was is an own goal?” no, it just touched onto Fellaini’s lovely hair.

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England 1 – 2 Coatia

Everyone loves Gareth Southgate and matchday was named ‘Waistcoat Wednesday’ (by no one except the newspapers).

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It all started so well! Trippier scored from a free kick in the first 4 minutes! Everyone in the pub sang ‘football’s coming home!’ and spilt beer.

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Croatia equalised, and then scored again in extra time and England’s dream of winning the World Cup were dashed.

Of course, everyone in the pub was disappointed, but the DJ put on ‘You Got The Love’ and we all danced and celebrated and cheered the England Team.

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World Cup 2018 Part 3: Quarter Finals

Uruguay 0 – 2 France

Lloris has made some amazing saves this World Cup.
I suspect that he may be putting magnets in the ball.

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Brazil 1 – 2 Belgium

Fernandinho’s own goal

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93rd minute stretchy last minute save from Courtois

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Sweden 0 – 2 England

Watching at my local pub.

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Russia 2 – 2 Croatia

Croatia won on penalties  Р(Croatia 4 РRussia 3)

Kramaric’s goal for Croatia.

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World Cup 2018 Part 2: Round of 16

Drawings from the round of 16. Winner stays, loser leaves.

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France 4 – 3 Argentina

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The 10s.

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Uruguay 2 – 1 Portugal

Ronaldo and his weird shorts action.

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Cavani scores 2 goals.

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Spain 1 +3 – 1 Russia +4

Penalties

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Croatia 1- 1 Denmark

It was exciting for the first 4 minutes, when both teams scored, but then it got a bit dull. It went to extra time and then penalties.

Most interesting moment was realising that everyone on the pitch except the goalies are in red/white/black.

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hmmm… bored….. LOOK! I’M ON TV!

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darn…. lost on the sweepstake…

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Brazil 2 – 0 Mexico

This World Cup has been quite bland for outrageous hair-dos. The Mexican team had fun with a bottle of bleach, strangely on the day that my colleague Adam came in to work with freshly bleached hair. This led to us speculating that he was moonlighting as a Mexican footballer. Sad to see Mexico knocked out.
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Belgium 3 – 2 Japan

Chadli scores Belgium’s 3rd goal 20 seconds before the final whistle and saves us all from extra time.

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Colombia 1- 1 England 3

England win the penalties. For. The. First. Time. Ever.

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World Cup 2018 Part 1: Group Games

Some of my favourite moments of games I watched.

 

GROUP A

Russia 5 – 0 Saudi

The opening game! Russia score their 5th goal from a free kick in the 92nd minute.

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Egypt 0 – 1 Uruguay

This was a dull game. The most interesting thing about this game was Rodriguez coming on and noticing that the ‘7’ on his shirt was quite a nice font.

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Russia 3 – 1 Egypt

Dzyuba scores Russia’s 3rd goal.

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Uruguay 3 – 0 Russia

36 mins in Russia are two goals down and Igor Smolnikov gets a red card.

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GROUP B

Morocco 0 – 1 Iran

No boots, no problem.

Bouhaddouz scores an own goal in 95th minute and Iran wins the game.

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Portugal 3 – 3 Spain

“Sweet as a nut.” Nacho scores Spain’s 3rd goal.

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Portugal 1 – 0 Morocco

Ronaldo falls over a lot.

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Iran 0 – 1 Spain

Waiting to hear the VAR results to find out if Iran’s goal is offside.

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Bundle!

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Spain 2 – 2 Morocco

Boutaib scores!

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GROUP C

France 2 – 1 Australia

The aussies broke the ball!

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VAR provides the first penalty goal of the World Cup.

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Peru 0 – 1 Denmark

Schmeichel looking after my sweepstake.

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Gav came over and cooked me food and pretended that he knew what was going on.

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Denmark 1 – 1 Australia

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France 1 – 0 Peru

Mbappe goal celebration shrug.

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“it wasn’t me!”

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GROUP D

Argentina 1 – 1 Iceland

Messi’s miss.

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Croatia 2 – 0 Nigeria

fans!

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Argentina 0 – 3 Croatia

Rebic scores Croatia’s first goal of the match.

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Ref Ravshan Irmaton hands out 7 yellow cards

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Maradona

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Ivan Rakitic scores Croatia’s 3rd goal in the 91st min.

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Nigeria 2 – 0 Iceland

Iceland fans thunderclap, with a solitary Nigerian.

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Iceland 1 – 2 Croatia

Watching two games at the same time.

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Nigeria 1 – 2 Argentina

Messi scores the 100th goal of the World Cup.

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Moses’ acrobatic goal celebration.

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GROUP E

Costa Rica 0 – 1 Serbia

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Brazil 1 – 1 Switzerland

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Brazil 2 – 0 Costa Rica

Navas kept it goal free for 90 mins.

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Serbia 1 – 2 Switzerland

Swiss defenders hold on to Aleksandar Mitrovic.

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Shaqiri scores in the 90th minute, strips off in celebration and gets a yellow card.

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Switzerland 2 – 2 Costa Rica

A penalty in the 94th minute hits the crossbar and then into the Swiss goalie, giving Costa Rica and equalising goal.

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GROUP F

Germany 0 – 1 Mexico

The longest 3 minutes ever!

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South Korea 1 – 2 Mexico

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Germany 2 – 1 Sweden

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The Swedish goal worked so hard, but a last second goal lost them the game.

 

South Korea 2 Р0 Germany 

The last 10 minutes of this game!
“The biggest VAR goal EVER!”

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GROUP G

England 2 – 1 Tunisia

A pitch full of midges & Harry Kane’s 91st minute winner.

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Belgium 5 – 2 Tunisia

A game of goals!

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England 6 – 1 Panama

Watching England win at my local pub The Sov.

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England 0 – 1 Belgium

Acrobatics instead of goal saving.

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Panama 1 – 2 Tunisia

Wahbi Khazri scores Tunisia’s 3rd goal of the match, and does that hands-into-a-heart thing that gymnasts do.

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GROUP H

Colombia 1 – 2 Japan

Carlos Sanchez gets the first red card of the tournament within minutes of kick off and Colombia play as 10.

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Poland 1 – 2 Senegal

Watching at work. Carole shouting at the telly.

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Japan 2 – 2 Senegal

Watching with Lorna C. Drinking beers and eating monster munch and skips.

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Poland 0 – 3 Columbia

2nd goal.

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Senegal 0 – 1 Columbia

fans!

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Senegal had the same points/goals as Japan, but more yellow cards, so they had to go home.

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Ela Orleans, The Pastels

Cafe Oto, April 15th 2018

This was my dream gig. I hadn’t seen the Pastels play before, and I have loved their music for more than 30 years. For them to be playing with Ela Orleans promised to be the best thing ever. I was not disappointed. Ela Orleans did a ‘greatest hits’ set which was amazing, and then The Pastels took the stage and I thought I might cry because it was so beautiful.

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Gwenno

Hoxton Hall 12 April 2018

I hadn’t been to Hoxton Hall since the mid 90s, I played there and it was falling to bits. I remember that a lot of the building was boarded up because it was unsafe, but now it’s been done up with lottery grants and is a fab place. Gwenno was perfect to play there. We saw her a while back at Moth Club and she was great, but this gig was outstanding. She tried to get everyone singing along in Cornish to her cheese song, but our London ears are unused to Cornish words so we mumbled along awkwardly.

In the day time I went to the North Korean graphic design exhibition at House of Illustration, and thought it’d be fun to attempt to draw Gwenno in the style of the North Korean poster art.

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Women’s International Football

Eng 2 – 1 Wales

I was shouting at the telly cos this was so exciting! I was supporting England, but it really looked as though Wales scored, so it could (should?) have been 2-2. The Welsh goalie Laura O’Sullivan absolutely ruled the match. But, England won the game, so they now lead their group. Roll on France 2019!

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