They think its all over – it is now. Another 4-2, the only similarity with 1966 I think we will get this time…

France v Belgium

After the World Cup ended on Wednesday evening, this game is now a distant memory. Apparently France won in a tight affair. Belgium’s stars failed to perform and the Blue Bores won out. Nobody predicted such  tedious game.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Le foot sa rend fou <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FRABEL?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#FRABEL</a> <a href="https://t.co/f2AIfhD1Ij">pic.twitter.com/f2AIfhD1Ij</a></p>— TML (@TheoHrv) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheoHrv/status/1016991355955023872?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 11, 2018</a></blockquote><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Croatia v England

It all started too well – bit like the semi-final in Euro 1996. England looked they were sailing against a Croatia team that looked knacked out.  But then the England midfield disappeared and the wing backs became backs and Croatia got stronger and stronger. In the end, the England fixed game plan came undone and we can all get back to normality. Rob Luckwell and Craig Mclaren weren’t fooled by Football Coming Home and got the 2-1 spot on.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Best thing on net... <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CROENG?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#CROENG</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ENGCRO?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ENGCRO</a> <a href="https://t.co/sSd77bvmg8">pic.twitter.com/sSd77bvmg8</a></p>— Saba (@imsaba19) <a href="https://twitter.com/imsaba19/status/1017233339906961408?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 12, 2018</a></blockquote><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Belgium v England

England continued their descent back to shitness in a game that shouldn’t really be played – the Euros have got it right. Craig Taylor, Dave Sweet, Jon Whitehouse and Gavin Edwards all predicted the wheels falling off the English wagon.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I'm really going to miss watching Belgium play<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BELENG?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BELENG</a> <a href="https://t.co/NtfgLEQnQY">pic.twitter.com/NtfgLEQnQY</a></p>— Adam (@Ajas95) <a href="https://twitter.com/Ajas95/status/1018224615494021120?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 14, 2018</a></blockquote><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

France v Croatia

A refreshing lively final for a change. Although the first two France goals were a joke. The weasel, Griezmann fell over after being breathed on, to get a free kick that spawned its way in. The penalty was also a joke. But never mind, as I couldn’t really care who won. As the tweet below shows, it was really a World Cup win for Africa – no wonder the EU are keen to help unload the boats that come across the Med! Hats off to Byron who predicted a few poor refereeing decisions and plumped for 4-2 – amazing.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Congratulations to Africans countries that won the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WorldCupFinal?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WorldCupFinal</a> <br><br>🇨🇲- Umtiti <br>🇨🇩- Kimpembe <br>🇲🇱- Sidibe <br>🇨🇩- Mandanda <br>🇩🇿- Fekir <br>🇬🇳- Pogba <br>🇹🇬- Tolisso <br>🇨🇮- Mendy <br>🇨🇩- Nzonzi <br>🇲🇦- Rami <br>🇲🇱- Kante <br>🇸🇳&🇲🇱- Dembele <br>🇩🇿&🇨🇲- Mbappe <br><br> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FRACRO?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#FRACRO</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WorldCup?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WorldCup</a></p>— Victor Mochere (@VictorMochere) <a href="https://twitter.com/VictorMochere/status/1018588388000174080?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 15, 2018</a></blockquote><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

In the final analysis, nothing much changed, but here are the results.

Top four:

  1. Duncan Reid – £90
  2. Deb Wooldridge / Lee Malpas – £45
  3. John Hughes – £25
  4. Ossie Fahiya – £20

Knockout winner:

Duncan Reid also picked up the knockout round prize of £20.

Out of interest, Duncan got 33 match results right along with Steve Drew, Deb/Lee and Rob Doody, but they were outgunned by Dave Matthews on 34 and Ossie on 35. Could have been different with another scoring system – shame they didn’t have pool bonus points as in some cases there were very few to even get the result let alone the correct score and didn’t get rewarded for bravery.

Thanks everyone playing – hope you enjoyed it! Next football competition will be Euro 2020, but we will be back soon with the European Champions Cup Rugby.