After 90 minutes the draw was probably the fair result. Naturally England weren’t the better of the two sides but they held their own and put in a battling performance with some well disciplined/last gasp defending.
The French always looked like this could slip into a higher gear but in the end they seemed to be happy with the draw. England looked tired, after a performance that was similar to the way that Chelsea faired against Barcelona in the Champions League semi’s when the Spanish giants passed and passed, over and over again. Much like the Spaniards, the French couldn’t break England down. Gerrard and Parker both put in excellent shifts, and looked shattered by the end of it.
On to Monsieur Cabaye. Our man in the middle put in a great performance for France and was subbed off after 80 minutes to be replaced by Hatem Ben Arfa. Tyneside for Tyneside. How long has it been since we’ve heard that!? Yohan did well to avoid a booking but really he didn’t do much wrong and it was hardly his fault that the ref was poor was it?!
Ben Arfa didn’t have much time to impress but did have some good touches to showcase and seemed to be deployed up front with Karim Benzema as Laurent Blanc set his team up to try and grab a winning goal.
As much as I love seeing NUFC represented on the biggest stage, it does make me worried about two things. No prizes for guessing injury is one of them and the other is the potential for great form so leading to bids from other clubs.
Now I cant remember bids for one of our lot after a good showing in the European Championship or World Cup but I do remember all too well that night in Germany when our £17m hitman did his knee, and we all know where that ended up.
I wish HBA, Cabaye and Timmy all the best with the rest of their possible participation in the Euros…. Stay fit and play well…. just not that well!
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