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Poems tagged ‘Peru’

Denmark France Argentina Croatia Through haiku-WC Day 13

Denmark 0-0 France

we’ve been here before
two teams through afraid to risk
yawn yawn yawn yawn yawn

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Australia 0-2 Peru

Los Incas leave proud
joyous fans and skilful play
Socceroos head home

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Nigeria 1-2 Argentina

brave Nigeria
gave so much but once again
Argies still come good

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Iceland 1-2 Croatia

Iceland come so close
how we’ll miss their strength and fans
Croatia advance

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World Cup day 13

First bore draw at Russia 2018
Denmark 0-0 France

Only a matter of time
Some team would refuse the bait
With a bore draw at the Luzhniki
We’re treated to a stalemate

Where would a goal come from?
Neither team needed the win
They passed it back and sideways
Who could blame the fans din

It was eleven behind the ball
Red frustrating the blue
Anything else a bonus
As both nations go through

Socceroos humbled by Los Incas
Australia 0-2 Peru

Peru’s first win in forty years
Starts with a volley from Carrillo
Saved from a sure fire ban
It’s that man Guerrero

His World Cup dream
Saved by Jedinak’s letter
Peru finish on a high
Aussies leave Russia with a whimper

With Peru’s skipper facing a ban
The Group C captains did their bit
And when the chance came
Guerrero made the most of it

Rojo again as Argentina arrive
Nigeria 1-2 Argentina

Cometh the hour, comes the man
Wonder goal from Messi
Mascherano wrestles Balogun
Moses rolls home the penalty

Following on from Port Alegre
Lightning does strike twice
Mascherano leading the charge
With a last throw of the dice

It took the centre half to settle
Begging went chance after chance
A stupendous volley by Rojo
It’s the Argentines who advance

Brave Icemen fall short
Iceland 1-2 Croatia

Badelj puts Croatia in the lead
Dejan Lovren becomes a sinner
Sigurdsson levels from the spot
Perisic with a last minute winner

It’s heartbreak in Rostov
No more thunderclap hands
Iceland and their fans crestfallen
There are tears in the stands

Group D ends up like this
After a breathless nights play
Croatia face Denmark
France meet Argentina on Sunday

26 06 18

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© emdad rahman

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Beards Snails & Stars haiku -WC Day 8

things are hotting up
still the ‘fave-rites’* struggle with
beards snails and stars

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Denmark 1-1 Australia

Jedinak spot on
striking pens like stroking beards
Socceroos hold Danes

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France 1-0 Peru

Bleus advance like snails
with their huge army of fans
bold Peru are gone

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Argentina 0-3 Croatia

Croats light the night
Rakitic their shooting star
Argies lost in space

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World Cup day 8

VAR to the rescue
Denmark 1-1 Australia

Australia are still in it
With Jedinak so trusty
Securing the first point
Against the Danes in Group C

Eriksen with a stunner
Cancelled by the Aussie penalty
Yussuf Poulsen’s handball
Thanks video assistant referee

Aaron Mooy went close
Sisto almost with a goal
France play next
As Age Hareide’s side take pole
 
21 06 18

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© Emdad Rahman

Les Bleus reach last sixteen
France 1-0 Peru

If France have a blazing weapon
It’s Mbappé’s youthful flame
It was left to the young star
To decide an absorbing game

Les Bleus are the third team
To clinch a spot in the last sixteen
Los Incas could’ve shocked
Had Gareca’s strikers been more keen

So France’s youngest World Cup scorer
Is a mere nineteen years old
Tapping in a Paul Pogba pass
To think things stone dead cold

21 06 18

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© Emdad Rahman

Argentina on the brink
Argentina 0-0 Croatia

With Ronnie on four goals
Would Messi start to shine?
Already playing catch up
We’re assured it’ll all be fine

A clanger from Caballero
Ante Rebic with a super volley
Modric hammers in a blinder
You can’t just scapegoat Willy

And as the seconds ticked away
Rakitic applied the handcuff
Now even a win against Nigeria
May not be quite enough

21 06 18

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© Emdad Rahman

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Heartbreak Moments haiku~ WC Day 3

France 2-1 Australia

even with such stars
France rely on VAR
Socceroos so close

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Argentina 1-1 Iceland

with volcanic rock
Iceland freeze the Argies out
Messi fluffs from spot

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Croatia 2-0 Nigeria

would be dark horses
Modric slots Croatia past
poor Nigeria

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Denmark 1-0 Peru

Denmark ride their luck
brave Peru do all but score
for their hordes of fans

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World Cup day 3

Pogba spares the Blues
France 2-1 Australia

This was the game of plenty
France had more and more
With their lethal attacking trio
How many would Les Bleus score?

Twas a penalty that never was
Griezmann dispatched it coolly
What’s most shocking of all
Is VAR acting unruly

Umtiti has a mad moment
Jedinak the Aussie star
Deschamps rings the changes
Bailed out by Pogba

16 06 18

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© emdad rahman

Argies face the bargy
Argentina 1-1 Iceland

Argentina were left to rue
Messi’s sport kick is costly
Mascherano breaks the record
VAR misses a clear penalty

Aguero scores his very first
So lethal on the swivel
Hallgrimsson’s organised side
Simply refused to shrivel

The lead lasts four minutes
Finnbogason with a simple tap
Argentina pressed for the winner
For the vikings it’s a wrap

16 06 18

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Unlucky Peru rue killer touch
Peru 0-1 Denmark

Yussuf Poulsen did enough
To win this opening tie
Peru had 17 shots without scoring
To leave the Danes home and dry

It could have been different
Christian Cueva had the bullseye
VAR awarded a penalty kick
But he chose to aim for the sky

There was no past Schmeichel
Although Peru tethered Eriksen’s flow
Denmark take the three points
They were quite lucky to do so

16 06 18

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Sorry Nigeria are lambs to the slaughter
Croatia 2-0 Nigeria

Etebo’s own goal
And a Modric penalty
Gives Croatia a winning start
Thanks to Nigeria in Group D

It was a dire game in Kaliningrad
With a wrestling bout on the pitch
Ref Sandro Ricci didn’t hesitate
When Troost-Ekong grapples Mandzukic

There was no danger
Of Modric and his penalty
Super Eagles were woeful
With Etebo off to Stoke City

16 06 18

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© emdad rahman

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World Cup Russia 32 Team haiku

on Argentina haiku
big contenders these
Messi leads the white and blue
will it be this time ?

on Australia
Cahill’s waltzing squad
return from the land of Oz
while Matildas dream

on Belgium haiku
bursting with young skill
Eden’s pace and Lukaku
spear these Red Devils

on Brazil haiku
Neymar to Jesus
rhythmic touch to samba beat
will their swagger rule?

on Colombia haiku
dark horses always
Rodriguez the star upfront
could they go the course?

on Costa Rica haiku
with Ruiz’s pace
Los Ticos can cause a stir
when that magic flows

on Croatia haiku
always one to fear
Modric now the playmaker
for Mandzukic’s pace

on Denmark haiku
nice pastries aside
Eriksen the vital spark
to Danes dynamite

on Egypt haiku
will Salah be fit
Pharoahs focus on defence
as a country waits

on England haiku
emphasis on youth
still the Sterlings and Rashfords
need to find their best

on France haiku
over-crammed with stars
will they drop like croissant crumbs
falling to their knees?

on Germany haiku
Ozil at the heart
always first to raise the bar
and to lay their towels

on Iceland haiku
smallest nation here
Sigurdsson the main class act
teamwork heart and beards

on Iran haiku
Queiroz at the helm
Team Melli arrive in hope
Azmoun leads the line

on Japan haiku
here on Russian soil
Kagawa and Honda’s skill
power these guys on

on Korea Republic haiku
southern winds still blow
with their new belief and pace
Cha Bum-kun the star

on Mexico haiku
Los Aztecan strength
Hernandez the constant threat
will they shine or fall?

on Morocco haiku
nothing here to lose
Atlas Lions know no fear
passion at their core

on Nigeria haiku
to their Afro beat
Moses powers Eagles on
Mikel still the spine

on Panama haiku
debut boys this time
Roman Torres fires a squad
happy to be here

on Peru haiku
like their altitude
Los Incan hopes soar and rest
on Farfan upfront

on Poland haiku
Polish Eagles dream
Lewandowski heads the pack
always posing threats

on Portugal haiku
lighting ev’ry match
like some whirlwind fanning flame
’til Ronaldo strikes

on Russia haiku
struck by injuries
Smolov now the only threat
even on home turf

on Saudi Arabia haiku
swarming round like Bees
sailing in uncharted seas
but can they win games?

on Senegal haiku
talent out in force
Koulibsaly and Mane
shine among the pearls

on Serbia haiku
Eagles hopes will pin
on Matic and Mitrovic
in this tricky side

on Spain haiku
there or thereabouts
Iniesta and Costa
make this time-bomb tick

on Sweden haiku
no Ibra this time
short on names but spirited
always in the mix

on Switzerland haiku
just like chocolate
with Shaqiri’s box of tricks
always tempting fate

on Tunisia haiku
capable of shocks
always drumming up a storm
England should beware

on Uruguay haiku
ever dangerous
Suarez and Cavani shine
never rule them out

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