June 13, 2004

Zidane breaks the hearts of English fans with two goals in injury time: Beckham's missed penalty comes back to haunt England as Zidane saves France's defense of their 2000 title with a goal and a penalty in second half injury time.

posted by jasonbondshow to soccer at 03:57 PM - 24 comments

Fuck. Cunt. Fuck.

posted by dng at 04:05 PM on June 13, 2004


posted by BigCalm at 04:28 PM on June 13, 2004

England got what they deserved for playing like wee timorous beasties. If you just keep passing the ball back to them because you are too scared to have even one player up the field, you shouldn't be too surprised when they take advantage. I pissed myself, I'm glad they got beat, perhaps now they will wake up, but I doubt it.

posted by Fat Buddha at 04:32 PM on June 13, 2004

Why oh why do they sit back like that when a goal up!? I'm seriously pissed off tonight.

posted by salmacis at 04:58 PM on June 13, 2004

It seemed to me that England were playing a version of "prevent defense" and they paid for it. If Beckham had converted the penalty, it might have worked, but only up 1-0, England should have been pressing the French defense for a second goal.

posted by jasonbondshow at 05:31 PM on June 13, 2004

It should have been worse. England's physical conditioning looked horrible. They wilted in the 2d half and France ran all over and around them for the final 47 minutes (save Rooney's magnificent run). Is it just me, or was this identical to what happened against Brazil in the 2002 World Cup? Gotta ask, wtf Steven Gerrard was thinking? Was he paid off or something. That back pass to the keeper looked more like an offensive through ball for France. Thoroughly disgusted am I.

posted by psmealey at 05:46 PM on June 13, 2004

Fuck off and die you jammy french bastards. If I was one more degree more deranged I'd hope our fans are kicking the shit out of their's right now. But I'm not. So that's ok.

posted by squealy at 05:48 PM on June 13, 2004

I blame SGE for putting Heskey on the field. If it wasn't for his first foul, Gerrard's wouldn't have mattered. SGE, time to go! LOL

posted by billsaysthis at 07:41 PM on June 13, 2004

OK, I've calmed down a bit. We have the swiss and croatia to play. If we can't beat them we don't deserve to go through. french bastards though.

posted by squealy at 07:58 PM on June 13, 2004

What is it with France and these injury time comebacks? The last time this happened in the Euro championships is the subject of one of my favorite sports jokes (although probably pilfered from some other crushing defeat scenario), conveyed to me by my French uncle: Q. How do you put the cork back in a bottle of champagne? A. I don't know, ask the Italians. And squealy, I'm sure the English fans are not kicking the shit out of anyone right now, because they are presumably all stoned.

posted by holden at 11:17 PM on June 13, 2004

That was a crazy game. Here the broadcaster played it live at 2PM and then again at 7PM. So I was watching the re-broadcast and knew the outcome, and I couldn't believe how heartbreaking that one musta been. I kept wondering when France was going to score, and the English fans sang the anthem (or something) and everyone was putting it in the book. Wow, stunning events. That was a hell of a free kick by Zidane. And the Beckham miss. Footy always has the best drama.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 11:31 PM on June 13, 2004

i musta been in the most pro-france or anti-english pub in town. now scottish support for england typically runs at a low level and a recent poll suggested that 30% of scottish fans wanted to see England win Euro 2004 and there was some eyebrow raising that support was so high. in any case, the pub was half full and there was a bit of a whoop when lampard scored. a big hurrah when barthez made the penalty save, a huge hurrah when france scored their first and a huge hurrah when france earned the penalty at the end and a huge hurrah when that penalty was scored. that match was something to behold. what a collapse. fortunately they have two games left to play that will decide their fate.

posted by gspm at 01:11 AM on June 14, 2004

I earnestly and sincerely mean this: go fuck yourself fat buddha.

posted by johnnyboy at 03:47 AM on June 14, 2004

You make your own luck - sitting back like that was asking for trouble. I just wish someone would convince the English that they have the talent to beat anyone and as such they should back themselves to do so rather than constantly trying to not lose. Oh, and Sven - taking off the best player on the pitch to replace him with someone who shouldn't even be in your squad? What the fuck were you thinking? Take heart England fans - you beat the best team in the tournament over 90 minutes - bad luck cost you the points. It was a harsh lesson, but hopefully for you one that has been learnt. You will beat the Swiss and the Croats - and if you end up in the final against the French, you can be damn sure that won't happen again. Probably.

posted by JJ at 04:26 AM on June 14, 2004

johnnyboy, old chap. Grow the fuck up. Moron.

posted by Fat Buddha at 04:42 AM on June 14, 2004

FB and johnnyboy sitting in a tree Cyber-Glasgow K-I-S-S-I-N-G. Hehe. It was a terrible night, but at least I woke up still drunk.

posted by squealy at 04:58 AM on June 14, 2004

Looking on the bright side (and that's bloody hard to do right now), I think Ashley Cole, Ledley King and Sol Campbell played damn well. Our much vaunted midfield were outplayed by the French, but that's hardly surprising when you see that they've got ZZ-Top, Pires and Viera. Whilst Owen looked ineffectual, Rooney put in some promising runs and worried the aging French defense. You have to remember that we were beating them for 60 minutes or so - not bad against the favourites to win Euro 2004; before the game I would have taken a graceful 2-1 defeat by the French. It's just so hard to accept when we were 1-0 up until the 91st minute and then mugged by the French in extra time. I'm quite confident about the Croatia and Swiss games now, because they were awful compared to us. It's just whether Sven can restore the morale after the French robbed us right at the end of the game. On preview: squealy, I think I'm still drunk even now. Oooh my head.

posted by BigCalm at 05:01 AM on June 14, 2004

BigCalm old chap, France did not rob us. We invited wave after wave of attacks and got what we deserved. Had we played more positively, and given them something to think about, rather than meekly passing the ball back to them, the outcome may have been different. Our players and some of the media were touting us as tournament winners, well, if our main tactic is to play like a conference team against a prem team: ie; hang on for grim death, we ain't as good as we like to think we are. The hype machine will now go into overdrive again, we will assume we only have to turn up to beat Switzerland and when it all goes tits up, sensitive types like johhnyboy will go around breaking windows.

posted by Fat Buddha at 05:18 AM on June 14, 2004

Grow up old chap eh, Possibly I might try your brand of urbane cynicism with a dash of sarcasm, I might per chance appear to be as mature as you are. "touting us as potential winners", well excuse me what the hell else were they supposed to do. It is because of our inexplicable love of a loser and lack of 'can do' attitude that we so often royally suck at most sports that we turn a hand to. Well keep on laughing, but remember you are part of the problem pal.

posted by johnnyboy at 06:33 AM on June 14, 2004

My God, an argument, of sorts. Well done. Pal.

posted by Fat Buddha at 06:53 AM on June 14, 2004

Just the facts as I see them laddie.

posted by johnnyboy at 07:04 AM on June 14, 2004

Your only ever comments here have been in this thread, shouting at Fat Buddha for the heinous crime of being pissed off at England's negativity, johnnyboy. I don't really see what you're so fucking angry at him for. He is at least making sense.

posted by dng at 07:18 AM on June 14, 2004

This makes me proud to be English.

posted by dng at 07:19 AM on June 14, 2004

bloody hell dng mate you seem to be singing off the same song sheet as mr fat buddha, just how proud do you feel when drunken mobs go on the rampage, what was that, I see, that was sarsasm was it sir. Well done. I too was annoyed at Englands' lack of adventure, this did not translate into satisfaction at seeing them losing to the french.

posted by johnnyboy at 08:07 AM on June 14, 2004

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