Walking about Glasgow and seeing London 2012 signs everywhere has been a bit strange but it’s all came together in the past few days with the football games taking place at Hampden. There is another game on Saturday and then the womens quarter final next week but most eyes were on Hampden today because Spain, alongside Honduras, Morocco and Japan were in town.
Now of course, there was a bit of controversy on Wednesday night when the North Korean players were rightly miffed at their images being shown alongside the South Korean flag. Quite a few Glaswegians would take umbrage if their image was attached to the St Georges flag as opposed to the saltire and let’s be honest, relations are a bit more strained between the Koreans. Still the game went ahead eventually and the Thursday games were controversy free.
The two games today were decent and there were plenty of talking points. Honduras were 1-0 down at half-time but bounced back to go 2-1 up and with Morocco down to ten men, you expected that lead to be maintained but Morocco conjured up a wonderful equaliser.
In the Spain versus Japan game, Spain had the better of it in the early stages without having much penetration up front and you could see Japan growing in confidence. The Japan side started to play on the counter-attack getting in behind Spain on a number of occasions. One break away led to a corner, which was swept behind David De Gea to make it 1-0. Before half-time, Spain were reduced to 10 when another breakaway was halted with a foul that prevented a goal-scoring opportunity just outside the Spanish box.
In the second half, Japan carved Spain open time and time again but their finishing wasn’t up to the standard of the rest of their play. The Japanese number 11 game was having a great game outside of the box but he just couldn’t find a finish in it.
Two great games and hopefully a great day out for everyone who went along and hopefully not too much disruption for everyone else.
Hope you enjoy our pics from today.