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Pathetic.  How much did the FA pay to the VAR to keep that ridiculous penalty decision? Denmark was robbed. And so was I.

Ganzohnesushi

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3 minutes ago, Ganzohnesushi said:

How much did the FA pay to the VAR to keep that ridiculous penalty decision?

Most of us are bitter about that decision, but you know very well that the VAR didn't have the right to intervene by the rules.

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Just now, Jakusotsu said:

Most of us are bitter about that decision, but you know very well that the VAR didn't have the right to intervene by the rules.

You're wrong. They did check. Lousy.

 

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Refioji Nekonishiki
Semifinal matches - Day 2

Neither match goes to penalties. The extra time decides.

Nantonoyama vs chishafuwaku

Nantonoyama goes to the Bowl Final!
chishafuwaku flies home.

 

Fujiko vs Ganzohnesushi

Fujiko goes for the Bench Cup!
Ganzohnesushi goes for the 3rd place!

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Color coding:

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16 minutes ago, Atenzan said:

Asked Shounokuni, whom I've been texting during matches this tournament, if losing the Saucer final would be an acceptable price to pay to see England play in the final. "Yes", came the instant reply.

"That's only because you're English", I said. "At least I've seen my national team win something before."

 

Shounokuni hasn't replied yet.

Are you sure you didn't have your own Olde-Crystal-Ball (TM) when you asked him that question? ;-)

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5 minutes ago, Ganzohnesushi said:

You're wrong. They did check. Lousy.

Oh, c'mon! Do I really need to explain the rules to *you*? They checked if there was contact. There was, and so there's no way to overrule the referee's decision.

Of course if would have been much wiser by the referee not to blow the whistle and let the VAR decide, but that's spilled milk.

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@Jejima and @Chijanofuji, yep, I didn't realise the halves were counted independently. Fortunately, it hasn't mattered at all this round given every half has been drawn! Which also means one of my little matrix-y flowcharts works out! Huzzah for happy accidents. Anyway... to the important stuff...

 

Bench Euros 2020 Saucer Finals

The first half ends in a draw -- that's slots 6 & 8 for Shounokuni and slot 7 for Chijanofuji...

The second half ends in a draw - GOOOOAALLLLLLL in slot one for Chijanofuji!!! 

It all comes down to this. Shounokuni needs the (real) match to go to penalties in order to salvage a draw. A result in extra time means Chijanofuji takes the prize.

Why am I building suspense? We all know how this ended.

CHIJANOFUJI WINS 1-0!!!!

Yes ladies and gentlemen, Shounokuni sees his chain break in slot 3 given Denmark's extra time loss. Chijanofuji stayed alive until slot 9, however Shounokuni's resolute defence didn't allow him to take advantage.

    Final Result    
Score Result Shounokuni (Ukraine) vs Chijanofuji (Slovakia) Result Score
0 D England (S1) 2nd   Spain (C) 1st D 1
0 D Italy 1st   Italy (S2) 1st D 0
0 L Denmark (C) ET   Italy 2nd D 0
  D Italy 2nd   Spain 2nd D 0
  W England ET   Italy ET D 0
  D England 1st   Spain ET D 0
  D Italy ET   Denmark 1st D 0
  D Denmark 1st   Denmark 2nd D 0
  D Denmark 2nd   Denmark ET L 0
0 Total Score 1

A spectacular effort from both players, who left it all on the pitch. I salute you.

Thank you for joining me, and should this be the last of my refioji-ing duties through this tournament, I have only this to say... phew!

 

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2 minutes ago, Jakusotsu said:

Oh, c'mon! Do I really need to explain the rules to *you*? They checked if there was contact. There was, and so there's no way to overrule the referee's decision.

Of course if would have been much wiser by the referee not to blow the whistle and let the VAR decide, but that's spilled milk.

I would certainly not have given that penalty and do not support the referee (my countryman Danny Makelie) in his decision ...

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Contact, contact.... Rubbish. In a football match you normally have 100+ times contact with your opponent. It wasn't a foul. Period.

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1 minute ago, Ganzohnesushi said:

It wasn't a foul. Period.

Agreed. But it's not the VAR to blame.

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10 minutes ago, Chijanofuji said:

Are you sure you didn't have your own Olde-Crystal-Ball (TM) when you asked him that question? ;-)

My crystal ball, in this sport at least, is quite murky- I rarely watch it. I often listen to it these days though; I've been living within earshot of Panathinaikos' stadium for the past three years.

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23 minutes ago, Godango said:

CHIJANOFUJI WINS 1-0!!!!

Yes ladies and gentlemen, Shounokuni sees his chain break in slot 3 given Denmark's extra time loss. Chijanofuji stayed alive until slot 9, however Shounokuni's resolute defence didn't allow him to take advantage.

A spectacular effort from both players, who left it all on the pitch. I salute you.

 

Thanks to Shounokuni for the great match! (Applauding...)

I'm happy to have won the Euro 2020 Bench Sumo Saucer!

My only regret is having only 3 years instead of 4 to enjoy being the reigning champion of the first round losers!  ;-)

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Let's award the first piece of silverware - the much coveted Bench Saucer won by Chijanofuji (Slovakia). (Signofapproval...)

How did he do it? Like this....

Djodjoyoshi (Poland) 2-0 Chijanofuji (Slovakia)
Ojisan (Sweden) 1-0 Chijanofuji (Slovakia)
Chijanofuji (Slovakia) 0-0 Achiyama (Spain)

Furanohana (Switzerland) 0-0, 1-1 (AET), 3-4 (PK) Chijanofuji (Slovakia)
Kaba (Finland) 0-2 Chijanofuji (Slovakia)

Shounokuni (Ukraine) 0-1 Chijanofuji (Slovakia)

So two losses, then two draws, then two wins. Chijanofuji peaked at the right time!

 

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Plate Seminfinals, final Standings

Joaoiyama - Atenzan 0-2

Kumo-Koma - Athenayama 0-1

 

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Joao's droning line-up did it's best, but against the one winner and the drawing C-Team of Atenzan there was nothing to do

 

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Line-ups seem to be overrated...

Well, in this Match with 11 draws out of 12 Matches (all N-Teams)  they didn't matter at all

One winner on Athena's side decided the Match

 

Joaoiyama and Kumo-Komo go home (Flyingaplane...) (we will see which class :-))

Atenzan and Athenayama progress to the Plate Finals !!!

 

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11 hours ago, Jakusotsu said:

Bowl Semifinals Match 2:


Jejima               0:1     Pitinosato
(England)                    (Netherlands)
                             
England ® (2nd)   D  x:0  D  England (2nd)
England (1st)     D  x:1  W  England (ET)
Spain (ET)        D  x:0  D  England (1st)
Spain (2nd)       D  x:0  D  Italy (S1) (1st)
Italy (1st)       D  x:0  D  Italy (S1) (2nd)
Spain (1st)       D  x:0  D  Italy (S1) (ET)
Italy (ET)        D  x:0  D  Spain (ET)
Italy (2nd)       D  x:0  D  Spain (2nd)
England (ET)      W  x:0  D  Spain (1st)

Jejima's chain was broken right from the start due to his R-status, and Pitinosato utilized that advantage by scoring in slot 2, advancing to the Bowl finals with a 1:0 victory in regular time. But Jejima shouldn't fret all too much. I have it on good account that Pitinosato would have won the penalty shoot-out anyway if England didn't get lucky in extra time.

 

11 hours ago, Jakusotsu said:

Comment: Normally I would play it safe and put England ET first as my R team

If Jejima would have played normally...

... he would have won :-D

 

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5 minutes ago, Pitinosato said:

 

If Jejima would have played normally...

... he would have won :-D

 

I know!

I was so sure that this match would be decided in 90 minutes - and that would mean that we would end up having the lottery of a penalty shoot-out. I decided to play my supposed advantage - and it backfired. Well, that's football - and Bench football - for you!

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Bench Euros 2020 Saucer Finals

Match 1:
Refioji: Godango

Shounokuni (Ukraine) 0-1 Chijanofuji (Slovakia)

Bench Euros 2020 Bowl Semifinals
Winners progress to the Bowl Finals. Losers go home.

Match 1:
Refioji: Nekonishiki

Nantonoyama (Italy) 1-0 chishafuwaku (Portugal)

Match 2:
Refioji: Jakusotsu

Jejima (England) 0-1 Pitinosato (Netherlands)

Bench Euros 2020 Plate Semifinals
Winners progress to the Plate Finals. Losers go home.

Match 1:
Refioji: Pitinosato
Joaoiyama (North Macedonia) 0-2 Atenzan (Czechia)

Match 2:
Refioji: Pitinosato
Kuma-Koma (Croatia) 0-1 Athenayama (Belgium)


Bench Euros 2020 Cup Semifinals
Winners progress to the Cup Finals. Losers progress to the 3rd place play-off.

Match 1:
Refioji: Nekonishiki

Fujiko (Denmark) 1-0 Ganzohnesushi (Austria)

Match 2:
Refioji: Jakusotsu
Godango (Hungary) 2-0 Djodjoyoshi (Poland)

 

On the plane home (economy class):
Nekonishiki (Russia) (Flyingaplane...)
Finngall (Germany) (Flyingaplane...)
Jakusotsu (Scotland) (Flyingaplane...)
Furanohana (Switzerland) (Flyingaplane...)
.............................
Baku (Turkey) (Flyingaplane...)
Kaba (Finland) (Flyingaplane...)

On the plane home (economy class with extra leg room):
Terarno (France) (Flyingaplane...)(Flyingaplane...)
Achiyama (Spain) (Flyingaplane...)(Flyingaplane...)
Ojisan (Sweden) (Flyingaplane...)(Flyingaplane...)
Andrasoyama (Wales) (Flyingaplane...)(Flyingaplane...)

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Bench Euros 2020 Saucer Champion
Chijanofuji (Slovakia) - with complimentary ticket to the Bench Finals of his choice.... (Eating...)

Bench Euros 2020 Bowl Finals
Refioji: Jakusotsu
Nantonoyama (Italy) vs Pitinosato (Netherlands)

Bench Euros 2020 Plate Finals
Refioji: Pitinosato
Atenzan (Czechia) vs 
Athenayama (Belgium)


Bench Euros 2020 Cup 3rd place play-off
Refioji: Nekonishiki
Ganzohnesushi (Austria) vs Djodjoyoshi (Poland)

Bench Euros 2020 Cup Finals
Refioji: Athenayama
Fujiko (Denmark) vs Godango (Hungary)

Fujiko lost the Bench Euros 2016 Cup Finals on penalties - so she has form in this competition. :-)

On the plane home (economy class):
Nekonishiki (Russia) (Flyingaplane...)
Finngall (Germany) (Flyingaplane...)
Jakusotsu (Scotland) (Flyingaplane...)
Furanohana (Switzerland) (Flyingaplane...)
.............................
Baku (Turkey) (Flyingaplane...)
Kaba (Finland) (Flyingaplane...)
.............................
Shounokuni (Ukraine) (Flyingaplane...)

On the plane home (economy class with extra leg room):
Terarno (France) (Flyingaplane...)(Flyingaplane...)
Achiyama (Spain) (Flyingaplane...)(Flyingaplane...)
Ojisan (Sweden) (Flyingaplane...)(Flyingaplane...)
Andrasoyama (Wales) (Flyingaplane...)(Flyingaplane...)
.............................
chishafuwaku (Portugal) (Flyingaplane...)(Flyingaplane...)
Jejima (England) (Flyingaplane...)(Flyingaplane...)

On the plane home (business class):
Joaoiyama (North Macedonia) (Flyingaplane...)(Flyingaplane...)(Flyingaplane...)
Kuma-Koma (Croatia) (Flyingaplane...)(Flyingaplane...)(Flyingaplane...)

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1 minute ago, Jejima said:

Refioji: Jakusotsu
Nantonoyama (Italy) vs Pitinosato (Netherlands)

Since it's the first time for @Nantonoyama to be in my charge: please send your line-up either per PM or to the obvious gmail.com address.

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Euro Finals Rules

The final match is divided into 5 unequal time segments.

Times will be the official times given in minutes.
The time slots are as follows:-

1. 0-25 mins
2. 26-45 mins (including any stoppage time)
3. 46 - 70 mins
4. 71 - 90 mins (including any stoppage time)
5. Extra Time: 91 - 120 mins (including any stoppage time)

Players need to label which part of the match they are predicting. Remember that you predict for all parts of the match for the teams still on your roster. So if you have both teams, you will have 10 slots in total. Label as follows:- (1) = 0-25 mins, (2) = 26-45+ mins, (3) = 46-70 mins, (4) = 71-90+ mins, (5) = Extra Time

Players need to highlight their (S1) and (S2) teams (if still in the competition) - by putting it by the first mention of that team in the line-up.

The © and ® teams - if any player is lucky enough to still have them - have the same rules as for the semi-finals. Namely, players choose which part of the match (so 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 - remember if no extra time occurs, then any ® or © team in that slot is counted as a 'normal' draw. If extra time does occur, then ® and © teams in that slot get the 'special' powers.) to use the special ® or © powers. This power can only be used once - so choose carefully. For the other four time periods, they count as 'normal' teams. Players need to remember to indicate (just the once) which slot they intend to use the special powers.

 

Normal time and Extra time rules
The same as for the semi-finals

Penalty shoot-out
As previously mentioned (prior to the semifinal matches).

'Drone' rules
All teams already knocked out of the Euro are removed from the drone's line-up.

The order of a drone's squad will be the current order of his remaining teams based on the first mention in the semi-final line-up, from 1st time slot - 5th time slot. E.g. Drone: 1. first team (1), 2. first team (2), 3. first team (3), 4. first team (4th), 5. first team (5), 6. second team (1) etc, where 'first team' means the first team in their previous line-up (for the semi-finals) still in the Euros.

'Semi-drone' rules....
If any player omits to give the 'time' for the match, E.g. 1. England, 2. Germany etc, it will be assumed to be 1. England (1), 2. England (2), 3. England (3), 4. England (4), 5. England (5), 6. Germany (1) etc

A drone/semi-drone receives full benefit of ® and © teams (in the first slot where they appear).

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1 hour ago, Jejima said:

Let's award the first piece of silverware - the much coveted Bench Saucer won by Chijanofuji (Slovakia). (Signofapproval...)

How did he do it? Like this....

Djodjoyoshi (Poland) 2-0 Chijanofuji (Slovakia)
Ojisan (Sweden) 1-0 Chijanofuji (Slovakia)
Chijanofuji (Slovakia) 0-0 Achiyama (Spain)

Furanohana (Switzerland) 0-0, 1-1 (AET), 3-4 (PK) Chijanofuji (Slovakia)
Kaba (Finland) 0-2 Chijanofuji (Slovakia)

Shounokuni (Ukraine) 0-1 Chijanofuji (Slovakia)

So two losses, then two draws, then two wins. Chijanofuji peaked at the right time!
 

Well, I think I won in the classic way - first lull your opponents into a true sense of security (round 1 exit in the cup), and then when all appears to be lost, wake up to find you've been handed a lifeline by your opponents and walk away with the consolation prize ;-)

At one point it looked like I was never going to score a single goal (first 4 matches)

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Real Final match:

Sunday 11th July 8pm (London time)
Italy vs England

Presumably the entry deadlines will be 30 minutes before kick-off, unless the refioji says otherwise.

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Godango now has the top slot all to himself! Pitinosato remains just one win behind, with Atenzan and Nantonoyama still in contention. The finals are usually low-scoring affairs, so I doubt that anyone else has a chance (now watch my wife prove me wrong....) 

Golden Boot Standings (after sixth match)

1. (=) Godango 13 (+9)
2. (-1) Pitinosato 12 (+8)
=3. (+1) Atenzan 11 (+7)
=3. (=) Nantonoyama 11 (+7)
5. (=) Fujiko 10 (+5)
6. (+2) Athenayama 8 (+4)
7. (-1) Jejima 8 (+2)
8. (-1) Ganzohnesushi 8 (+1)
9. (=) Djodjoyoshi 6 (+1)
10. (=) Kuma-Koma 6 (-1)
11. (=) Kaba 6 (-2)
=12. (-1) Joaoiyama 6 (-4)
=12. (+1) Shounokuni 6 (-4)
14. (=) Chishafuwaku 5 (0)
15. (=) Baku 5 (-4)
16. (=) Nekonishiki 5 (-5)

17. (+2) Chijanofuji 4 (0)
18. (-1) Andrasoyama 4 (-1)
19. (-1) Furanohana 4 (-4)
20. (-1) Ojisan 3 (-1)
=21. (=) Achiyama 3 (-3)
=21. (=) Terarno 3 (-3)
23. (=) Finngall 3 (-5)
24. (=) Jakusotsu 3 (-7)

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The list of the remaining players and their teams

Atenzan

Italy ©

England (S1)

Athenayama

Italy

England (S2)

Djodjoyoshi

Italy

England (S1)

Fujiko

England

Italy

Ganzohnesushi

Italy (S1)

 

Godango

England ©

Italy

Nantonoyama

Italy ®

England (S1)

Pitinosato

England

Italy (S1)

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