What a freaking match for Nando! Against Italy, we said all he needed was more time & look at what he did, he proved us RIGHT! With his starting position and bulk of the game played, he worked it and scored a brace. The game was made even sweeter with the goals from Silva & Cesc, I’d say we’re definitely over the lack of goal scoring worries, we have options and we’re using them. Ireland may have had it rough going up against the reigning champs & being knocked out of the competition, but kudos to their fans who know the true meaning of supporting your team no matter what, such great sports they were throughout the match.
The ladies were out supporting their fellas, technically Sara was working but I can’t imagine that she doesn’t let a ‘Woot Woot!’ out when Iker makes a fab save or when Spain scores. Fortunately the match was pretty one-sided so I doubt Shakira had to pull another one of these.
Even Jogi made an appearance!
No need to keep anyone waiting, Nando got to work after just four minutes of play. He looked very eager to shut his naysayers up, it was clear in his goal celebration! It was the Iniesta/Silva connection that funded Nando’s goal, I’ve said it before & I’ll say it again, that little duo is brilliant!
Nando continued to press on towards Irelands goal, creating chances, and as the Irish had trouble keeping possession of the ball, our midfield was able to take their time & show off what they do best – control, pass, & feed the ball to the boys up front.
Xabi was looking eager to get on the score sheet, which I would LOVE, he sent a long shot towards the goal & it just went over the crossbar. He’s been unleashing those long shots since the pre-Euro friendlies, I think we could have ourselves a fab Xabi goal by the end of the tournament.
And just like in the first half, it took only four minutes for the boys to get back to work, this time with a Silva goal sent right through a couple pairs of legs!
Nando was close to scoring his 2nd just 1o minutes after Silva’s goal but was caught ever so slightly offside. Patience bebe!
We saw the first change in the 65th minute when Javi Martinez came on for Xabi. Five minutues later…..
…and Nando got his brace! GOOOOOALLLLL!!!!! How could you not be happy for the guy, I can’t think of someone who deserves this success more than him.
Having given his fantastic performance, Fernando was replaced by Cesc minutes later. I’m not going to lie, I was a bit disappointed that Cesc was going to finish off the match after being damn sure that Llorente would finally get some minutes. I’ve been waiting for Llorente to play since the friendlies & it’s starting to get frustrating, I just want to see him play already!
Ahh but I couldn’t be upset with VdB’s decision for too long though, Cesc didn’t take his minutes for granted & put away a 4th goal for La Roja, it was a freaking smasher.
Ugh….and we thought that Iker’s undershirt sitch was horrible before, well it just got worse. Yellow? Matchy matchy yellow? At least the white one was semi-transparent! We take it back Iker! Bring back the white undershirt, at least we can pretend it’s your skin, the yellow makes it much harder. *sigh* And now I’ll leave you with some fab fan pics…