France 1 - 0 Lithuania (FINAL)
It looks as if my High School stadium is bigger than the Lithuanian one.
I suppose with a country of only 3 million inhabitants we can make an exception.
Anelka, Malouda, Gouvou
Abidal, Makalele, Sagnol, Thuram, Gallas
1min: We have kick off...France left to right, Lithuania...well you guessed it! France are wearing the famous blue strip with white shorts and red socks. Lithuania are wearing a very stylish and bright kit of yellow shirt, kelly green shorts and yellow socks. The English referee, Howard Webb (of the Arsenal/Chelsea bust up) is holding the whistle tonight. Let's hope he consulted his optimologist before the match.
10 min: The Lithuanian striker just flubbed a half volley he set up. Sorry I do not know their names. Anelka would have put that baby away. Check that, Heskey would have put that baby away....anyway, onward we go.
14 min: France rolls the ball across the goalmouth only for Govou to watch it go by out of reach. With a bit of anticipation, that would have been his. Both team are still feeling each other out. Back and forth action with little excitement. Yet! I'm hoping Domenech puts that kid Nasri in the match today. I want to see him in action.
23 min: Weak shot directly at the goalkeeper from Malouda on the left side of box.
24 min: OOOOOOOhhhhhh! Anelka popped his big toe through the defenders leg and almost put one past the Lithuanian goalkeeper. If he got some more power on that, it would have been in the back of the net. The cross came in from Sagnol. Nice one.
29 min: Klimasvicius in the yellow shirt gets the yellow card for a hard foul on Malouda. Off of the resulting free kick Anelka seemed to just beat the last defender into the box but the assistant referee says, "No, no you are offsides boy!"
34 min: Anelka takes on three Lithuanians and gets a left foot shot off from the right side at the top of the box. Directly at the goalkeeper.
35 min: OOOOOOOhhhhh! Abidal puts a scud missle in from the left side touch line only for the goalkeeper to pounce on it midair. That was heading for Anelka's head if he missed it. Along with a headache.
39 min: France caught offguard at the back from a free kick. The Lithuanian striker, who was completely free and open on the right side of the pitch, obviously was trying to hit his ex-wife in the crowd though. He really should have done better with that.
43 min: Anelka fouled at the top of the Lithouanian box. Sagnol to take the kick. Directly at the wall. That had to hurt.
45 min: OOOOOOOhhhhhh! Lithuania gets a cross into the center of the French box. Sagnol got back after his mistake and closes the door though. Sagnol tried to clear into the center at the back. I suppose it's ok to do that in the Bundesliga, but not a Euro Qualifier. Thuram should smack him for that!
45+ min: Peep, peep, peep! Howard Webb blows that whistle for halftime. Considering France is playing Lithuania; I would expect more. Hopefully we'll have some goals in the second half.
45 min: Second half kick off. Here we go. All the lads are warming up on the sideline at the moment. Cisse looks very intent on getting into this match. Nasri and Diaby are warming up too.
52 min: France are on the attack like crazy. They must have gotten an earful from Domenech at the half.
53 min: Lithuania have a chance on the counter and send a daisycutter across Coupet's goalmouth. That was a nice shot.
54 min: Malouda puts one in on the Lithuanian goal. End to end action here now! Goalkeeper catches and distributes.
56 min: Cross into the French box too far for the Lithuanian striker to get to it. Good thought though. France REALLY need a solid playmaker. There is nobody in the middle of the French team.
61 min: OOOOOOOOhhhhh! Anelka launches one over from 2 meters out! Ugh!
62 min: Govou out Cisse and his blonde moustache in.
63 min: Malouda takes a shot from the top of the box on the left side. Right at the keeper. Malouda has a work rate second to none. He just doesn't have anybody to work with these days.
66 min: The Lithuanian central midfield must have been watching Xabi Alonso highlights this week as he takes a shot from his side of the half. Goal kick.
68 min: OOOOOOOOhhhhhh! Some nice one touch from the French stirkers starting with Cisse and Anelka touches it off to Diarra who tries to place it in the upper corner. Just wide. Nice ball movement. Something that hasn't been seen as of yet.
72 min: More probing from the French. All the way from one side to the other ending with Toulalan trying another placement shot from the top of the box. Nice movement, terrible shot.
74 min: GOOOOOOOAAAAALLLLL! Golaso, Golaso; Golaso!!! Nicolas Anelka did three Lithuanians inside their right midfield and cracked one from the top of the box along the tips of the grass just inside the near post. Well done son! Well done!
77 min: OOOOOOOhhhhhhh! Lithuania has a corner and the striker cracks a point blank shot only for Coupet to pull a reaction save out of his...ahem! The Lithuanian get's upset and then throws the ball into the net after the ref blows the whistle for pushing or something. France escaped there. Nice save Coupet!
82 min: Lithuanian substitution.
85 mins: OOOOOOOhhhhhh! Djibril Cisse's turn to miss from 2 meters out!
86 min: Lithuanian substitution.
89 min: Molouda out Diaby in
90 min: Plus three additional minutes
90+ min: Peep, peep, peep! Finis! Not very sexy but, a win nonetheless. Les Bleus will take it. Austria is this Wednesday. Check back here for Live coverage if you are at work or at home or at your girl's or wherever.
Saturday, March 24, 2007
France 1 - 0 Lithuania (FINAL)
Posted by Glendon at 5:52 PM