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WC2014 : Qual round 1

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 Moldova 0 – 5 England

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 Perfunctory. Predictable. Pedestrian.
Picky pundits postulate.
But to be fair
T’was job done by half-time
In the Moldovan lair

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 Kazakhstan 1 – 2 Ireland

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 A win is a win is a win.
And any victorious comeback
Especially with no goals and three minutes to play
Should be considered gallant.

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 But when expectations are higher
And the opposition ranking considerably lower
And despite the astro underfoot:
Ireland demands more of its talent

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Notes

Contrasting responses to two wins on the first steps to Brazil 2014.

Ireland came back from 0-1 down, with a penalty followed by late winner, both in the dying minutes.
But the paucity of their play had the pundits in a lather.

England : game over by half-time, 3 nil up.

Scotland drew 0-0 with Serbia.

Wales lost 2-0 to Belgium.

Northern Ireland lost 2-0 away to Russia.

Source: https://footballpoets.org/poems/wc2014-qual-round-1/