EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP

Donbass Arena, Ukraine

Attendance: 51504

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England

  • Wayne Rooney 48'

1 - 0

FT

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Tomorrow is a day off. Join us again Thursday!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Thanks for joining us, all!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I quit.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I know.

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    [Comment from Jan]
    Leander, you're off your game today.

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    [Comment from Alex]
    #STATSIE

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    [Comment from Tanto]
    Thanks Statsie and friends. See you Thursday

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Haha. Wrong again. Yes, follow @ESPNStatsInfo!!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Oh, my. I screwed that up. The third quarterfinal is England-Italy, of course. Not Italy-Spain.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: From the Statsie collective, have a good day everyone!

    @ESPNStatsInfo

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Before you leave us, do follow us on Twitter.

    @JeffreyCarlisle

    @LeanderAlphabet

    @r_ubha

    @ESPNStats

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    [Comment from Doug]
    One match per day now, correct?

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    Jeff Carlisle: Ibrahimovic and Larsson with the goals. Some pride salvaged for Sweden, while France can now celebrate Mexes' suspension for the Spain game.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Yes, we'll be there with you, as always.

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    [Comment from Zeus]
    Next game/chat is Thursday correct?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: The quarterfinals are set: Portugal-Czech Republic, Germany-Greece, England-Spain and France-Spain.

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    Jeff Carlisle: It's all over. Sweden 2-0 winners over France.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Wilhelmsson clean through on goal, but Lloris stuffs him.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Not really. Let's be honest, they were offsides on the play already.

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    [Comment from Mike]
    And the hosts get screwed...

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    [Comment from Eric]
    England to win the group...who predicted that one?

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    Jeff Carlisle: Sweden were already out. And yes, margin doesn't matter for France. They are going through it looks like.

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    [Comment from Herc]
    So....Sweden through? Or does the margin not matter?

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    [Comment from pete]
    shame the swedes couldn't hold a lead. they played solid football

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Final whistle.

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    [Comment from CJ]
    France Spain, that'll be fun

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Just seconds left in England-Ukraine.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: That's fortuitous.

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    [Comment from Zeus]
    Glad my power decided to wait to go out as soon as the games are about to end.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Larsson cleans up the garbage after Holmen shot Wilhelmsson's cross off the bar.

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    Jeff Carlisle: GOAL SWEDEN!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Again, if these scores hold, England avoids Spain.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Iarmolenko attempts a curler, but it goes over.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Free kick for Sweden, which Lloris claims easily. Four minutes of stoppage time here.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: England hasn't won a EURO group since 1996. Stoppage time away from nullifying that fact.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Three minutes of added time.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Cole shields the ball very well.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: 90th minute.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: The Ox gets on a run though but he's stranded by the Ukrainian box.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Nope. If things stay as they are, France (and England) are in.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: England now just pummeling ball away.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Parker takes yet another one to the face, which seems to conceal a magnet below the skin.

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    [Comment from DJ CEE]
    so France does not NEED to win this?

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    Jeff Carlisle: Left wing cross finds Benzema, takes it down, but shot is blocked out for a corner.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Also, Portugal-Czech Republic and Greece-Germany.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: We're looking at France-Spain and Italy-England in the quarterfinals. I can't wait!

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    Jeff Carlisle: Kallstrom with a try from distance, but he doesn't get all of it and it goes wide.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: 88th minute.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Rooney is off for Oxlade-Chamberlain.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Sheva gets a yellow for an almighty hack at Young, who looked for a second like he was going to get some payback, until Shevchenko immediately put his hands up in apology.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Clichy with a dangerous cross but not enough guys crashing the box for France.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Ukraine very much on the offensive this last while.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Oh, jeez. Parker seemed knocked out cold for a few seconds taking a Nazarenko cross to the face earlier.

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    Jeff Carlisle: About six minutes plus stoppage time to go in Kiev.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Rooney lost Sheva there.

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    [Comment from GFOP Mike]
    M'Vila underwhelming? Giroud missing shots? Both sound perfect for Arsenal!

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    [Comment from Zeus]
    Yep, take notice with that miss Arsenal fans

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Shevchenko dives to the near post but can't quite make contact.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Benzema has been dropping very deep, but he has been involved.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: 85th minute.

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    [Comment from GreatGooglyMoogly]
    Jeff, I have not heard Benzema's name today, is he playing?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Ukraine with a second corner.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Giroud nearly scores with his first touch! Ball to the near post and Giroud just misses with a header.

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    [Comment from Jawatoss]
    France going for it.

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    [Comment from Jan]
    Finally Giroud comes on.

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    [Comment from Will GFOP]
    Arsenal fans take notice...

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    [Comment from John]
    M'Vila was underwhelming today.

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    Jeff Carlisle: SUB FOR FRANCE: Giroud on for M'Vila.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the first player to score 2 goals at 3 separate EURO tournaments.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Chance for France! Malouda feeds Menez, but he scuffs his shot a bit and Isaksson saves.

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    [Comment from sandy]
    There's the big lug.

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    [Comment from GreatGooglyMoogly]
    Garmash, is he the one who was trying to capture the smurfs?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: 83rd minute now.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Andy Carroll on for Welbeck.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Tymoschuk manhandles Gerrard to the ground. No booking. He's already on one.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Yellow to Holmen for foul on M'Vila. That didn't take long for Holmen.

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    [Comment from sandy]
    Who is, Leander? There is only one Garmash.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Nazarenko blasts over. He is no Garmash.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: 80 minutes gone in Ukraine-England.

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    [Comment from Jan]
    No ref would ever dare call a PK against Mellberg and his beard.

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    Jeff Carlisle: SUBS FOR SWEDEN: Wernbloom on for Toivenen. Holmen on for Anders Svensson.

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    [Comment from Jeremy]
    Which Garmash? It's illegal to sub out 7 guys, Leander!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: We all love it.

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    [Comment from John]
    I love how the cameramen pick out the best looking women and the goofiest looking men in the crowd.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Yellow for Cole, BTW.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Nasri with a low cross for Mexes of all people and his shot looked like it deflected off Mellberg's arm but no call. That would have been harsh pk had it been given.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Garmash is off! Nazarenko on. My name anchor has left me. Now in trouble.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Butko is coming on for Milevskiy.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Konoplyanka hoofsw one over.

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    Jeff Carlisle: The half-time introduction of Wilhelmsson really turned the match around for Sweden.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: He does look a little chunk le funk for his week off.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Wilhelmsson released into space down the left wing, his cross looks inviting, but it's just a bit too far in front of Ibra.

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    [Comment from Calvin GFOP]
    Is it just me or does Rooney look like he has been on the Fat Frank diet

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    [Comment from Jason]
    Rooney could have had a hat trick by now..

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    [Comment from dean]
    hair was in his eyes

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    [Comment from Joe]
    Huge missed opportunity by england there.

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    [Comment from Kreed]
    Wow that was a huge chance for Rooney, so open

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    Jeff Carlisle: Malouda with another shot. This one had more power, less accuracy. It goes well over the bar.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: England in the box, but Welbeck and Rooney can't quite connect. Corner.

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    [Comment from Jason]
    RIGGED Jeff.

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    [Comment from Ray]
    That was the worst corner play I've ever seen @ France

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Now Rakitskiy with a yellow.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Malouda with tame effort that is easily caught by Isaksson.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Konoplyanka with a rocket. A very wobbly one. But Hart gets hands on it and Lescott clears.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Hart with the save!

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    [Comment from Zeus]
    Statsie supporting my comment just made my day!

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    Jeff Carlisle: France corner is taken short. Now France retreat to their own half. What the..?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Stevie G gets a yellow for some elbowage.

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    Jeff Carlisle: France go close again! M'Vila with a fierce drive, but Isaksson punches it away with two hands.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: SWE: 4 blocked shots today; 5 in 1st 2 games combined.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Of the England game, watch the second half.

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    [Comment from Will GFOP]
    Honest answer, is this game worth me coming home tonight and watching the DVR?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Nice Ukraine play in the box. Earn a corner.

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    [Comment from Zeus]
    Swedes are doing a great job blocking attempts today

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Since they've not been a country for that long. Duh, Leander.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Benzema with a shot on the run, but Jonas Olsson takes the sting out of the shot, and the deflected effort goes straight to Isaksson.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: All time, Statsie? I suppose it would be, wouldn't it?

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Andriy Shevchenko has scored four of Ukraine's seven goals at major international tournaments.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Well spotted Zeus.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Shevchenko is coming on too. For Devic.

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    [Comment from Zeus]
    Monty Python reference jeff?

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    [Comment from Brian]
    Mexes missing the next match? Spain is devastated!!!

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    [Comment from Spain]
    Stupid Mexes...

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    Jeff Carlisle: And there was much cheering by French fans.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Silver lining, Jeff?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Yes, Walcott is on for Milner.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Yellow to Mexes. He will miss the next match.

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    [Comment from Kreed]
    THEO

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Young's corner punched away.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Piatov slapped the ball away on a Milner free kick ahead of Rooney's head and saved Cole's volley.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Cole goes close!

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    Jeff Carlisle: Gorgeous first touch by Benzema on that previous play.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Benzema does well to hold off a defender, feeds Ribery, but his shot is blocked.

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    [Comment from The Human Element]
    I'm here now. Have you missed me?

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    [Comment from Andriy]
    They're useless in the Champion's League as well. Nothing new there. It's a failed experiment, that's all.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Scoring chances created: ENG 4, UKR 10

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    [Comment from The Jonny]
    English Fan: We definitely scored in 1966. WE WERE ROBBED IN 2010. No it all evens out in this game today.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Correct me if I'm wrong here, but these extra officials on the back line have been useless. They've missed penalties and the one time there's a close goal-line call, it gets blown.

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    Jeff Carlisle: France winning a series of set pieces. Here. Played short and Nasri goes close with a heavy shot.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Quite, Rich. Quite.

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    [Comment from Rich]
    GOAL LINE TECHNOLOGY

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    [Comment from Sputnik]
    This is an officiating disaster!

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    [Comment from John]
    Platini is somewhere going "lalalalala"

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    [Comment from On Merseyside]
    He was offside - it all evens out.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Milevskiy had gotten in well, shot at Hart, who blocked it only partly and Terry dove and kicked it off the line.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: France with a 113-58 touches in the attacking third advantage. Sweden, however, with a 10-9 touches in the attacking penalty area advantage.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: In the run-up to that should-have-been-goal, though, a Ukrainian was offsides.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Rooney's free kick is into the side netting.

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    [Comment from Klay]
    Why have the goal line ref if they can't make the right call? Goal Technology!

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    [Comment from Jwalk]
    Thats a goal Leander!!!

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    [Comment from Josh]
    Should have been a ukraine goal

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    [Comment from JA]
    That was a goal.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Scandal!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Oh dear! Replay shows that shot by MIlevskiy was over the line! And they had an extra ref standing right there on the back line!!!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Yellow for Tymoschuk.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: At the other end Parker is brought down at the end of the box!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Ukrainian ball saved off the line!

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    [Comment from Peter]
    Lloris is one of the world's best ... he commanded a large transfer as of 5 years ago

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Milevskiy with a header! Inches over. But he was offside. Nice cross from Iarmolenko.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: 61st minute between England and Ukraine. 60th in Sweden-France.

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    Jeff Carlisle: SUB FOR FRANCE: Malouda on for Ben Arfa.

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    Ravi Ubha: Can the Swedes hang on to a lead?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Sarcasm, CJ...

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    [Comment from CJ]
    Leander no. It needs to stay 16...

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    [Comment from CJ]
    Lloris getting a big transfer? Looking amazing

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Another dangerous English cross, but headed away.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Prior to Sweden's goal, France had trailed for 9 minutes at this year's tournament (9 vs ENG, 0 vs UKR).

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    Jeff Carlisle: Wilhelmsson goes close! Gets behind France defense only for his shot to be saved by Lloris. Now Mellberg! Lloris touches his shot over the bar. France reeling right now.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: High time we did away with all this entertainment and parity and expanded this tourmanet to 24 teams...

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: As Sir Ian just pointed out, first time ever there hasn't been a single 0-0 draw in the group stage.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: ENG wins group, FRA still advances if results hold.

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    [Comment from Winlar]
    France still through due to beating UKR

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    [Comment from David]
    France still qualify (head-to-head). Ukraine must win.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Statsie? I'm lost.

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    [Comment from dean]
    so if UKR levels, what does that mean for france?

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    Ravi Ubha: Wilhelmsson made a big difference since coming on for Bajrami.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Now Milner is down.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Young curls a ball into the box but iit's way too high for Rooney.

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    Jeff Carlisle: That volley came from about 16 yards.Well placed to, as Lloris had a decent dive at it.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Larsson had just had a shot well-saved by Lloris. Ball goes wide, cross comes in and Ibrahimavic with a gorgeous volley to put the Swedes ahead.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Magical volley from Ibrahimovic.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Ibra!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Terry buldozes Milevskiy.

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    Jeff Carlisle: GOAL SWEDEN!

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    ESPN Stats and Info: 3rd headed goal for England at EURO 12, tied for first with Denmark.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Rooney broke out on subsequent run but Iarmolenko caught up with him and forced him to lay it off to Milner, whose shot was poor.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Diarra has a dig, but it's right at Isaksson.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Finds nobody.

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    [Comment from Jorge]
    So updated scenario is England tops the group and plays Italy, France - Spain and Mexes tap-tap-tapped into bolivian?

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    Jeff Carlisle: Played short, Spain-like, and it amounts to nothing.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Konoplyanka's cross put behind by Cole.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Ribery wins a corner after a nice pass from Nasri.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Konoplyanka takes it. Welbeck clears.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Headed behind again.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: England puts a ball behind and concedes a corner.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Ooooh. Benzema's curling shot goes just wide. He took a through ball, cut inside onto his right foot and barely missed.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: 1.6 yards on Rooney's goal.

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    Jeff Carlisle: No worries guys, I know it's confusing.

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    [Comment from Carlito]
    Roon's not only a client, he's the PRESIDENT

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    Jeff Carlisle: Not talking about England/Ukraine, was taking about Swe/Fra.

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    [Comment from pete]
    no offsides. just bad luck for the keeper on the deflection

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    [Comment from Tanto]
    Like Jesus Navas was, Jeff?

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    [Comment from Travis]
    That goal was brought to you by Hair Club for Men

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    [Comment from CB]
    Rooney's hair DID NOT EVEN MOVE

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    Jeff Carlisle: Offside. Way off.

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    [Comment from Sputnik]
    Is that officially a howler?

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    [Comment from CB]
    I think Mexes was playing three defensive positions for Ukraine there.

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    [Comment from dean]
    gerrard with hit 2000th assist this tourney

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    [Comment from Andrew D.]
    Rooney heads it in, but Gerrard and terrible goalkeeping caused that goal.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Make that free kick...

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    [Comment from DW]
    bad luck for the keeper, the ball gets touched right in front of him

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    [Comment from Karl]
    goooooooaaaaalllll for hhhhaaaaaiiiirrrrpppplllluuugggss

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    Jeff Carlisle: Corner to Sweden....

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    Jeff Carlisle: That was one of the great two-foot putts.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Corner was cleared, Johnson picked it up, back to Gerrard who run by his may, it skipped off Welbeck, the goalie couldn't grab it and Rooney headed into the wide-open net.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: ROONEY ON HIS ROO-TURN!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: ENGLAND SCORES!!!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: GOAL!!!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Tymoschuk heads away.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Gerrard to take it, naturally.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: England with the corner.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: As established, we are all Garmash, but not as much as we are all Statsie.

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    [Comment from Ash]
    This is freaking me out... What/Who is Garmash? Please help!!!

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    Jeff Carlisle: And we're off! Wilhelmsson comes on for Bajrami and is immediately offsdie.

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    [Comment from Jawatoss]
    Leander you only have to worry about Statsie if you hear, "We are Statsie, Resistance is Futile"

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    [Comment from Jorge]
    Hooray... zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: No subs.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: And we're off again!

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    [Comment from Carlito]
    France has GD edge

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    [Comment from Thomas]
    If Mexes blows his knee in the second half, you have to like France's chance in this tournament.

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    Jeff Carlisle: If it stays as is, France and England go through. I believe France takes the group on goal difference.

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    [Comment from Jwalk]
    Scenarios??

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    [Comment from Jan]
    Theo Theo Theo! We want Theo!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Total Statsie.

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    [Comment from Travis]
    Statsie is Legion!

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    [Comment from Jeremy]
    Admit it, Statsie, your real twitter name is @Garmash

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    [Comment from Rob (Chicago)]
    Like Samneric, Statsie is only about the collective.

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    [Comment from Nate]
    England are underdogs/not the Czechs or the Greeks/ If they go through

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: As said, they are many, they are one. If there was more than one account, it would overwhelm Twitter and the internet would come crashing down.

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    [Comment from CB]
    The Statsie collective only gets one Twitter account?

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    ESPN Stats and Info: @ESPNStatsInfo

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    [Comment from Guest]
    Should have made it anyway Jeff, not 'that' hard

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Ravi is @r_ubha

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Jeff is @JeffreyCarlisle

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Not a ton yet. Found a pickup game. Going to first one tomorrow night. But if anybody knows where to watch/play/coach soccer in Fishkill, NY, do shout! I'm @LeanderAlphabet.

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    Jeff Carlisle: ..to push him even wider. No angle at the end.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Just looking at the replays again, after Mexes' mistake, (or 'defending") Toivenen's first touch really hurt him by taking wide. Made it easier for Lloris.

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    [Comment from Jorge]
    Leander - what did you learn about soccer scene in your new hood? That's got to be more interesting than this.

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    [Comment from Ben]
    These half time haikus / are far more entertaining / than Rooney's coiffure

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    [Comment from Travis]
    Why are Haikus so / wonderful to dicker with / only leander knows.

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    [Comment from Guest]
    These games suck/ I'm Dutch/ Sadness all over me

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Being like England makes nobody feel better though, now does it?

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    [Comment from Baker]
    Seriously Roy / Where is Theo or The Ox / Please Entertain Me

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    [Comment from CB]
    England - negative in approach / If it costs them, Leander's / Oranje won't look so bad

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    [Comment from John]
    France can play for tie/England can't afford the same/Good luck in half two

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    [Comment from Andriy]
    Please bring Walcott on / Milner cannot do the job / Why, oh why, Mr. Roy?

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    [Comment from Austin]
    Snore snore snore snore snore/ snore snore snore snore snore snore snore/ snore snore snore snore

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    [Comment from Kimberly]
    These are both snoozers / Two-thirty feeling striking / About to doze off

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    [Comment from Bogey]
    Andriy Shevchenko / Ukranian talisman / second half marker?

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    [Comment from Rugger]
    Wayne Rooney returns/ England lackadaisical/ Release the Carroll

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    [Comment from Aaron]
    It's Leander/ Schaerlaeckens is hard to say / it's harder to spell

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    [Comment from Christian]
    Euro match live chat / holds the entire fan base / of Community

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    [Comment from Alex]
    These games better not / Put me to sleep while at work / Or i'll be fired

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    [Comment from d]
    draw for victory / strategy for group leaders / England, France are pants

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    [Comment from John]
    Rooneys small fortune/Got him a full head of hair/Didn't help him score

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    [Comment from Jeremy]
    Garmash's secret/He is many, you are one/He's really Statsie

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    [Comment from Jan]
    No nil-nil games please / We've gone so long without one / Somebody please score

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    [Comment from erik]
    England is boring/the real embarrassment though/is rooney's fake hair

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Wayne Rooney finishes first half with 24 touches, 1 shot (0 on target)

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    [Comment from John]
    Rooney is rusty/England tries to avoid Spain/Not gonna happen

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    [Comment from Guest]
    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz/huh, what?/zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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    [Comment from Christian]
    Nil-nil at halftime / not one but both games dullish / draws to the quarters

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: /sad

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    [Comment from CB]
    Third round of group D / No drama in picking teams / To lose to Group C

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: /unintentionally

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Ok. It's decided. I'm Pierce, whoever that is.

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    [Comment from Ben]
    Scoreless games bore me / but Leander Schaerlaeckens / keeps us all amused

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    [Comment from GBK]
    Leander says he gets a lot of pity, so he has to be Pierce.

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    [Comment from Nate]
    Britta for sure

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    [Comment from Skyler]
    Why not Chang?

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    [Comment from John]
    be nice to Leander or he'll cry like Troy

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    [Comment from Brandon]
    Definitely Pierce

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    [Comment from erik]
    he's pierce

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    [Comment from Baker]
    Or is he Annie?

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    [Comment from Baker]
    Who is Jeff Carlisle? Britta?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Ah, mine was only two snores. Really good to hear.

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    [Comment from Jim]
    Swe/Fra sounds like some Hollywood couple name

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    Jeff Carlisle: And there's the whistle for half-time. I rate that half three snores.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I'd know what you were talking about, if only I had seen Community even once.

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    [Comment from Skyler]
    You guys must watch Community, Statsie is Abed and Leander is Jeff

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    [Comment from CJ]
    Best player for England? Has to be Gerrard right? And Ukraine, ummm, I can't spell....

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    Jeff Carlisle: Toivenen goes down under a heavy challenge, but the flag is up for offside.

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    [Comment from Bryan]
    Two scoreless games. Good thing I stayed home from work for this.

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    Jeff Carlisle: One minute of stoppage time for Swe/Fra.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Time to mute one screen and turn up the other.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Nasri's corner is eventually cleared.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Ribery in space after a nice pass from Benzema, but the shot is deflected wide. Corner to France...

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: And on that note, half-time between England and Ukraine.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: France with a 81-33 advantage in attacking 3rd touches.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Long ball from Garmash to Garmash, but it's too far for Garmash.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I get a lot of pity in my everyday life.

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    [Comment from Jim]
    How nice of Statsie to pity Leander... :-)

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: This meta soccer society of ours is the way of the future.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Not sad at all! Beautiful!

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    [Comment from Brain]
    It's pretty sad that I'd rather look at the chat than the live match.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Minus the actual skill on the ball.

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    [Comment from John Tucker]
    The Ukranian ball movement is beautiful almost Spain-esque

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: It was Parker, literally brought to his knees.

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    [Comment from Jan]
    Iarmolenko just made a fool out of Gerrard I think.

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    [Comment from HAL]
    I'm afraid. I'm afraid, Statsie. Statsie, my mind is going. I can feel it.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Comes to nothing.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Or Iarmolenko. Trouble is these Ukrainian names are often transliterated differently.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Benzema drops deep to collect the ball, turns, fires, and watches it go wide.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Yarmolenko dribbles through the box until Lescott can tap it into corner.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: [Insert inappropriate joke here.]

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    Ravi Ubha: Not quite happening for Ben Arfa so far. A lot of huffing without any end product.

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    [Comment from dean]
    good from afar, but far from good

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Rooney and Welbeck break away. Rooney's cross is poor. Parker attempts something from far, but it's far off.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: See, again, my entry looks silly.

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    Ravi Ubha: After a promising start, this game is fizzling.

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    [Comment from Alex]
    Just what he needs... French media asking about his knee. Maybe he will tell them to play football and see what it feels like?

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    ESPN Stats and Info: That is so not true Leander.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Nasri is back up and looks to be okay.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Nasri feeling a lot of pain in his right knee.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I'm going to stop typing. Because whatever I type will just look silly next to Statsie's entries.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Nasri down after a heavy challenge from Kallstrom.

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    [Comment from PeterG]
    You can't do that Leander. The illusion has been broken. I'm no longer an innocent child.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: 6 scoreless first halves thus far...no scoreless games.

    No day has seen both games go to halftime scoreless yet at the tournament.

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    [Comment from Jeremy]
    HAL didn't fail. The crew failed HAL.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Yeah, and every other machine ever. But whatever.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Except for the HAL 9000.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Half Stats. Half Machine.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Machines never fail.

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    [Comment from Ben]
    Statsie's in good form today.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Garmash (the original one) with the shot but it's wide.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: There have been 16 headed goals this tournament, including 2 by England.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Young makes the back line but Rakitskiy clears.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Ukraine lifts a ball over the top but it bounces innocuously to Hart.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Oooh. Ben Arfa with a shot from about 30 yards goes just over the bar.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Larsson with a slick backheel to Bajrami, but his cross is defended by Mexes.

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    [Comment from Colleen]
    I find myself surprising rooting for Ukraine, much more entertaining

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    [Comment from Alex]
    What header practice?

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    [Comment from Austin]
    Did the entire English team miss header practice yesterday?

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    [Comment from Adam]
    Little more understandable for Terry, he's never been one to use his head out there.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Lloris with what looked like a point-blank save on Toivenen, but offside flag was up.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Devic well into the English box, but his cross is headed away.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Scoring chances created (passes that lead directly to shots): UKR 7, ENG 2

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Gerrard deposits it pin-point perfectly on Terry's head, but like Rooney he mistimes it and it sails over.

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    Jeff Carlisle: That's better approach work by France, but Clichy's cross is just a bit too tall. Debuchy puts in another cross, easily caught by Isaksson.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Young cuts inside from out wide and gets a shot off. Deflected for a corner.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: 31st minute in both games.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: That's a few good chances for Ukraine now, to one for England.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Milevskiy with a shot! His finish was rather poor and it's simple for Hart. Nice setup from Devic.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Ribery wins yet another free kick, about 35 yards out. Nasri (!) to take it. It's easily headed clear.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Torrooney?

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    [Comment from Jason]
    Roontorres?

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    [Comment from trick city]
    Rooney pulled a Ronaldo.

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    [Comment from Calvin GFOP]
    Needed Carroll there

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: That's a few sloppy touches from him now. Starting to show that he hasn't played all that much of late.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Terry with a long ball to Young, sharp cross to Rooney at the far post, who heads his cross well wide when he should have scored.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Rooney with the chance!

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    [Comment from Aaron]
    "England might need Andy Carroll in this match." - Nobody

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    Jeff Carlisle: Benzema with a twisting run, but Jonas Olsson is there to block his shot.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: England had 7 shots in the first half of its first two matches. 0 shots today.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: England appears to be getting a grip on this game as they cease pretending to be all tiki-taka-like and start playing it forward.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Rami puts it into orbit.

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    [Comment from Steven in North Carolina]
    It is sad that the most entertaining thing about this match is waiting for Leander to mess up the Ukrainian names.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Another sharp delivery but it's cleared.

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    Ravi Ubha: Kallstrom having tough time in midfield.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Ribery wins a free kick about 40 yards out.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Another free kick to England.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I thought so. But then again: I'm stupid.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: From shot to goal, Leander.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Gives it away. Garmashdammit.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: On the ball.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Garmash!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: KonoplyankaKonoplyankaKonoplyanka on the ball.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Low and Terry's diving header doesn't connect.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Gerrard on corner duty now.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Dangerous, that!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Gerrard with a dangerous free kick, but Rooney can't quite get to it and Garmash-Goalie taps it away.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: From shot to goal or once it leaves field of play, Statsie?

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Avg shot distance for Ukraine tonight: 28.4 yards

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Scarlet.

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    [Comment from Adam]
    What if we translated your name literally, Leander?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: No corner called.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Seemed like Hart got a wee piece of it.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Well played, Alex.

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    [Comment from Alex]
    Jeff, the media would prefer it that way, no?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Gusev with a rocket from outside the box, having gone on an unchallenged run, but it was inches over!

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    Jeff Carlisle: Nasri has been invisible so far. Can't remember his name being called once.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: If we translated Sweden's names literally, it would read "Son of Lars misses the target with a shot after a knockdown from Jonas the Son of Ols." I think we should do that.

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    Ravi Ubha: Diarra and Ibra having a running battle. Ibra so smooth and composed on the ball.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Another ball into the England box, hoofed away.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Larsson misses the target with a shot after a knockdown from Jonas Olsson.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: He's made a half dozen important clearances already.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Gusev with a cross on another handsome Ukrainian attack. But Terry heads it away.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: KonoplyankaKonoplyankaKonoplyankaKonoplyankaKonoplyanka.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: 20th minute, and England is getting a bit domianted.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Copy-pastes.

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    [Comment from Alex]
    Konoplyanka!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Did not!

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    [Comment from Grant]
    Don't lie, you copy and pasted both names

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    [Comment from Dan, NJ]
    Blocked by the Brave, don't let Rio on the team for football reasons, Terry.

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    [Comment from Josh]
    Last shot looked to have Hart beat if Terry hadn't blocked it

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    ESPN Stats and Info: France with a 32-9 advantage in the attacking third touches.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Ribery does well to get away from Granqvist, but Benzema make a hash of his cross.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Spelling on that shout? Anyone?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Ukraine certainly has the better of this game so far.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Blocked in the box.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Kapanoplanka with a shot!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Mean no offense. There: it was a play from Tymoschuk to Devic. I know how to spell both of those!

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    [Comment from Ben]
    As a Ukrainian-American, I'm getting slightly offended over here, if not a bit amused...

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I am humbled and may well retire at my peak. Right now.

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    [Comment from Ash]
    Leander, I like your shouts. Fun and interesting! I don't miss watching it live...

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Three Lions is derived from the Coat of Arms of England. There was a song called "Three Lions" written for Euro '96 and it was the only single to ever go to top the British charts twice with different lyrics. ('96, '98).

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Garmash to Garmash! Terry got just enough of a touch to interfere.

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    [Comment from Steven in North Carolina]
    Richard I was a Frenchman, which is a bit ironic.

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    [Comment from tommy]
    Robert dropping knowledge!!

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    [Comment from Robert]
    The Three Lions refers to the Royal coat of arms (going back to Richard I, when he ruled England, Normandy and Aquitaine)

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I know, but two was weird. Hence: three. See? All adds up.

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    [Comment from Howard]
    Leander, two is a prime number...

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    [Comment from kalud]
    England looks awful...

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Ukraine breaks out but plays a poor ball and loses it to the sideline.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Outside of Mexes, France looking pretty comfortable on the ball. Outside backs getting forward easily.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Corner punched and cleared.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Yes. True.

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    [Comment from Guest]
    If we're being technical, Leander, shouldn't that read Garmash-Goalkeeper?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Johnson lofts a ball into the box. It's deflected behind.

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    [Comment from Billy Zabka]
    "Mexes with a huge mistake" can be replaced with "Mexes on defense" We'll understand what happened.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: When dealing with lions, always opt for prime numbers.

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    [Comment from Skyler]
    Koscielny!!!!!!!!!!!! Jeez, can't believe they play Mexes over him

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    Jeff Carlisle: Three lions on the crest I believe. Why that is I have no idea.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Because calling yourself the Two Lions would just sound weird.

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    [Comment from Joshua L]
    jeff why does england refer ot themselves as three lions?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Devic with a shot! Blocked in the box.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Debuchy with good work down the right, crosses for M'Vila, but he mis-hits his volley and it goes wide.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Almost-fluid England attack ends when Ashley Cole slides a meek shot towards goal from the side, easily picked up by Garmash-Goalie.

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    [Comment from Chicagooner]
    Mexes is such a liability...

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    Ravi Ubha: Mexes back to his old ways.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Toivenen with a glorious chance! Mexes with a huge mistake, falls down, and Toivenen is in alone. He rounds Lloris but hits the post from extreme angle.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: England, for all intents and purposes, looks like its ambition for this game is a 0-0 draw.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Ben Arfa has a go from distance, it lands in Poznan.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: How creative, England wins the ball and lumps it forward. Welbeck brings it down but Rooney can't control simple roller.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Poor clearance by Sweden, Ribery pounced on the loose ball, and his tight-angled shot forced a save from Isaksson.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Ukraine with an awful lot of room to play.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Oooh! Ribery tests Isaksson!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Yarmolenko with a shot! Stopped.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Surprised Zlatan "I don't give a s*** who wins, I'm going on holiday" Ibrahimovic has even showed up!

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    Jeff Carlisle: Rami fouls Ibra on the left wing...Larsson to take the free kick...headed clear by France.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Huzzah! Would it be bad to call all the Ukrainians Garmash?

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    [Comment from Doug]
    Even Leander can spell Garmash...

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Garmash with a shot from distance, zips well over.

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    Ravi Ubha: Great, open start in Sweden-France.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Benzema puts Ben Arfa into space, but shot is well off target.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Scouser-love.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I think Steve McManaman rates Wayne Rooney.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: For those asking, it's to sit deep in two tidy banks of four and absorb pressure even though your team has plenty of attacking weapons.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Ukraine on the ball, while England Hodgson's.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Sweden looking motivated. Sebastian Larsson with a header right at Lloris.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Toivenen with a header that goes jus wide. French defenders caught watching.

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    Ravi Ubha: The French are rolling but they'd like Benzema to get on the score sheet. Need him for the games ahead.

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    [Comment from Dan, NJ]
    Oh the irony Leander "my last name is too long for twiiter"

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    [Comment from Tanto]
    .... coming from a Schaerlaeckens

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Confident Joe Hart with a daring manoever in front of a charging striker. No danger though.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Right. That one.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Ribery is sent flying by Svensson. Welcome to the game Franck.

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    [Comment from Bart]
    Konopalanka is shooting for stars

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: If I don't identify a Ukrainian shooter, it's only because I can't pronounce or spell it.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: A first shot for Ukraine sails well wide.

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    Ravi Ubha: A moment of silence before the game in memory of French broadcasting legend Thierry Roland. Died Saturday aged 74.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: If your mind boggles from all this bloggy goodness, go look at some highway traffic. It promises to be less frenetic than this.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: ESPN Soccer Power Index Projections
    Pct
    England win 44.8
    Tie 27.2
    Ukraine win 28.0


    Pct
    Sweden win 36.9
    Tie 27.4
    France win 35.8

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    Jeff Carlisle: And we're off!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: And we're off between England and Ukraine, which I'll keep you abreast of. Jeff will cover you on France-Sweden!

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    [Comment from Michael]
    England 1-1 Ukraine, France 3-0 Sweden

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    [Comment from Doug]
    England 2-1 Ukraine, France 1-2 Sweden.

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    [Comment from Rob Roy]
    2-1 England, 1-0 France.

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    [Comment from Thomas]
    France 3-1 Sweden

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    Jeff Carlisle: Ah, 2-1 England; 2-0 France.

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    Jeff Carlisle: In caution trouble for France...Bebuchy and Mexes among the starters. Menez on the bench.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Lizzel?

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    Ravi Ubha: England 3-0 Ukraine. France 2-1 Sweden.

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    Jeff Carlisle: In caution trouble for Sweden...ah never mind.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: One.

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    [Comment from Michael]
    How many points do England need to guarantee advance?

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Scenarios
    Sweden-France
    - France advance with win/draw.
    - France advance with a loss AND Ukraine win ONLY IF England fail to make up the difference in overall goal difference and goals scored.

    England-Ukraine
    - England advance with win/draw.
    - England advance with a loss AND Sweden win ONLY IF it matches France on group goal difference and goals scored.
    - Ukraine advance with win.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: England 3-2 Ukraine. France 4-1 Sweden.

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    Ravi Ubha: You start!

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    [Comment from Sandy]
    I thought Statsie's were robots. That ruins it for me.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: We have not.

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    [Comment from dean]
    all hail the glory of statsie

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    Ravi Ubha: Have we done predictions yet?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: They're kept in cages and only fed every few days to keep them focused. But if they were to be unloosed, ESPN's TV feed would just be a bunch of numbers on a white background.

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    Jeff Carlisle: We would be assimilated.

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    [Comment from CB]
    What would happen if the entire Statsie collective was let loose on ESPN all at once?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: It really has.

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    [Comment from Sandy]
    This group stage has gone ridiculously fast.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Google a picture of him from a year ago. The hair was, erm, less prevalent.

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    [Comment from Ben]
    No, Jason, you are Statsie! You don't have a real name. Don't ruin the illusion!

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    [Comment from Colleen]
    Rooney's hair doesn't look too terrible, but it is the first time I'm seeing it so...

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Full house + A STATSIE!!! You should all know how lucky you are.

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    Ravi Ubha: I think Svensson and his 35-year-old legs will be up against tonight vs. M'Vila and Diarra.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Did Wayne Rooney not look like he was just mouthing "mashed potatoes, mashed potatoes" like in the old pre-talkie movies>

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Hello everyone, Jason York from ESPN Stats and Info here.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: In fairness, seven of 16 teams are already out.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Gotta win at something, no?

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    [Comment from Aaron]
    Why do the teams already eliminated have the best fans?

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    Ravi Ubha: The Swedish fans deserve something. Already singing to my left.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Like that one?

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    [Comment from Robert]
    You guys always publish the worst, most redundant comments.

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    [Comment from Travis]
    Point taken, but I am not sold on Italy as better. Once in the semis anything can happen, best team doesn't always win - see Chelsea, 2012 CL

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Defensive responsibilities and all that.

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    [Comment from cobs]
    Can someone pls explain me why Milner is starting?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Yeah, as a sub. I think that's when he's at his best. When his defender is winded and he can provide a burst of energy.

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    Ravi Ubha: There was a slight concern about Walcott's fitness.

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    [Comment from Lord Byron]
    "Time for Young to step up." or flop for a penalty

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    Jeff Carlisle: Tough on Walcott though. Immense against Sweden.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I think Walcott and Ox will be dynamite off the bench, and are rightly being saved for that.

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    Ravi Ubha: As Leander said.

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    Ravi Ubha: Young keeping his spot based on past performances. He looked good in pre-tourney friendlies when Rooney was out.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I think Young's been pretty good for England at recent times.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Travis: I don't see it. England faces either Italy or Spain. And, should they survive that, probably Portugal or Germany. All of those teams are better.

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    Ravi Ubha: Clichy keeps his spot ahead of Evra, who started vs. England. Good to see.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Indeed. Time for Young to step up.

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    [Comment from Pat]
    Kinda a shock to see young in ahead of walcott or the Ox. No?

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    Ravi Ubha: And M'Vila replaces Cabaye, who had a slight thigh problem.

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    [Comment from Travis]
    Leander - I'm not a English homer, but I think they have a chance to make waves if they top the group. They can beat Italy... then they get ze Germans in the semis. We shall see...

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    Jeff Carlisle: Changes for Sweden, Bajrami in for Elm, Toivonen in for Elmander.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Ben Arfa is on for Menez.

  •  

    [Comment from Eric]
    Who is Ben Arfa replacing?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: And thus it was confirmed by Jeff.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Never mind! Rugger has helped us out!

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    Jeff Carlisle: Sweden, allow me:

    Isaksson, Granqvist, Mellberg, J. Olsson, M. Olsson, Svensson, Kallstrom, Larsson, Ibrahimovic, Bajrami, Toivonen

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    [Comment from Rugger]
    Sweden Lineup G 1 Andreas Isaksson D 13 Jonas Olsson D 3 Olof Mellberg D 5 Martin Olsson D 4 Andreas Granqvist M 9 Kim Kallstrom M 8 Anders Svensson M 19 Emir Bajrami M 7 Sebastian Larsson F 20 Ola Toivonen F 10 Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Ravi, Jeff, do you have the Sweden lineup?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Let's bring you lineups:

    France v. Sweden:

    France:
    Lloris; Debuchy, Rami, Mexes, Clichy; M'Vila, Diarra; Nasri, Ribery, Ben Arfa; Benzema

    Sweden: Can't find it!

    England-Ukraine:

    England: Hart; Johnson, Terry, Lescott, Cole; Milner, Gerrard, Parker, Young; Welbeck, Rooney

    Ukraine:
    Pyatov; Gusev, Rakitskiy, Khatcheridi, Selin; Yarmolenko, Tymoschuk, Garmash, Konoplyanka; Milevskiy, Devic

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Assembling them all as we speak!

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    Jeff Carlisle: Are we ready for lineups Leander?

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    Ravi Ubha: I thought for sure Sweden-France was going to be the more meaningful game.

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    Ravi Ubha: I have a TV beside me showing Eng-Ukraine. Very tempted to ...

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Welbeck and Rooney.

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    Jeff Carlisle: I believe Roy of the Rovers went with Welbeck.

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    [Comment from DW]
    who is England's starting striker today, Carroll or Welbeck?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Assuming, of course, they advance today.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: No. They face Italy or Spain next. And whatever the team they don't face in the quarters, they get in the semis. I don't see England beating either.

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    [Comment from Eric]
    With Rooney back in the lineup is England a threat to go far into the knockout stage?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: And tennis gives him a reprieve from exposure to nincompoops such as myself.

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    Ravi Ubha: I love covering Roo-fael Nadal and Roo-ger Federer.

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    Ravi Ubha: My left hand does tennis and my right soccer.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: One sport couldn't contain him.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Sheer awesomeness.

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    [Comment from Seth]
    Ravi, how do you cover soccer and tennis for ESPN at the same time??

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Happy Roo-turn, Ravi!

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    Ravi Ubha: Hey, Leander, and hello, everyone.

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    [Comment from Nick]
    That would be a 7 for me.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: *Fails again.*

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: My name is like Rooney's hair. Robust and fancy, but ultimately incomprehensible.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Pretty good!

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    [Comment from Aaron]
    Leander, how do you pronounce your last name? I'm currently saying it "Share-LACK-ins"

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Not as unlike as... *tries to think of good joke* a... *buys time*... hair-trick. *Realizes he's failed. Hits publish button anyway.*

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    [Comment from Rooneys Hairline]
    What are the chances of a Rooney hat-trick?

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    [Comment from Ben]
    Really pulling for Ukraine. It would be nice to see one host nation advance.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Harsh.

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    [Comment from Sam]
    How about Holland, Leander? How are they doing? Hm?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Merely a 3 or so. Ukraine is a decent team, even if they are Andrey Shevshenko-less today. And they're at home.

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    [Comment from Eric]
    On a scale of 1-10, where would an England choke against Ukraine rate on the England "fail scale"?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: The deep end isn't so grim, I've found.

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    [Comment from Bobby T.]
    You've gone off the deep end after that Dutch game haven't you, Leander?

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: As are we, Seth. As are we.

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    [Comment from Seth]
    You guys ready?? I sure am!!

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    [Comment from Tanto]
    Prediction: I will not win my bracket pool

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Let's see what's in the mail.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Roo-rah!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Happy Roo-turn, Jeff!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Given that their head-to-head score was 1-1, it would come down to goal difference.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Greeting everyone from the Warsaw Hilton!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: In that case, France and England are tied for second on four points.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: The only complicating scenario is if Ukraine and Sweden win.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Sweden is already out.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Ukraine wins and it's trough.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: England wins or ties and it's through.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: France wins or ties and it's through.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: The scenario in Group D is straightforward.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: As Chris Jones would say: we live in the future.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: At. The. Same. Time.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: I'll be joined by Jeff Carlisle, Roger Bennett and Ravi Ubha as we bring you the final group stage day from Euro 2012. Jeff and Ravi will cover France-Sweden while Rog and I cover England-Ukraine.

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: And a happy Roo-turn to you all!

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    Leander Schaerlaeckens: Good afternoon, Everybody!

 
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Goal Shot Video
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  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • England

  • 9(5)

  • 20

  • 13

  • 42%

    58%

  • Ukraine

  • 16(5)

  • 15

  • 12

Match Stats

  • England
  • Ukraine
9(5) Shots (on goal) 16(5)
13 Fouls 12
6 Corner kicks 10
0 Offsides 0
42% Time of Possession 58%
2 Yellow Cards 3
0 Red Cards 0
2 Saves 2