Euro 2012 VIII : The Fields

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 Spain 4 – 0 Ireland

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 Well that was a salutary lesson
In how the game should be played
The red tide wasn’t for turning
No matter how hard that we prayed

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 They said we’d be ‘hard to beat’
Well that certainly wasn’t true
‘La Roja’ looked they could score
Every time they cut through

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 And there can be no end of admiration
For their tiki-taki style
When they cut you to ribbons like that
All you can do is smile

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 Or, as the travelling fans proved
You can beat them in the stands –
“The Fields of Athenry”
Never, ever, bettered by the bands



A stunning performance by the Spanish.
Ireland couldn’t get the ball and when they did have it, gave it away too cheaply.

Spain / Barcelona don’t get enough recognition of the tremendous work rate that is aligned with their sublime skills.

Apparently they have a ‘six second’ rule: lose the ball, and they have six seconds to get it back.

It always astounds me how they continuously have two or three short passes available every time – that doesn’t happen by accident!

Torres started the rout in the 4th minute and got a second later on.
Pete – you should be careful what you wish for!

For the second game running, Ireland conceded in the first 5 minutes of both halves.
Lack of concentration, or just out of our depth? Bit of both.

Ireland the first team to be eliminated at Euro 2012.

But the match will forever be remembered for the closing 8 minutes.
Four nil down but 30,000 belligerent Irish fans gave the best and longest rendition of our anthem, ever.


Apparently Roy Keane dissed the fans on ITV. Class act, ya?

Source: https://footballpoets.org/poems/euro-2012-viii-the-fields/