World Cup day 15, round of 16 ⚽️
– France 🇫🇷 3, Poland 🇵🇱 1: Polish looked good at times, & got a very late consolation goal, but were no match for Les Bleus
– England 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 3, Senegal 🇸🇳 0: the English win without breaking a sweat; are the upsets behind us now?

one of my favorite songs of all time, by one of my favorite bands of all time: Little Miami, by Wussy:

with all the birds that make a circle
are you not more than of these

🎵

Saturday’s beer: Martin House Brewing’s Put That Cookie Down
⭐️⭐️__
an “Imperial Sugar Cookie Ale with Lactose and Vanilla” – I like a sweet beer, but, wow, maybe not quite this sweet 🍺

World Cup day 15, round of 16 ⚽️
– Netherlands 🇳🇱 3, USA 🇺🇸 1: sometimes there are surprising upsets; sometimes not. looking forward to seeing this US team in 3.5 years
– Argentina 🇦🇷 2, Australia 🇦🇺 1: two more English-speaking nations out as Argentina score three (1 o.g.)

World Cup day 14, Group G finale ⚽️
– Serbia 🇷🇸 2, Switzerland 🇨🇭 3: Shaqiri & his Swiss get the upper hand on the Serbians, and make it out of the group
– Cameroon 🇨🇲 1, Brazil 🇧🇷 0: Cameroon with a symbolic win & 2nd-yellow goal celebration, but Brazil advance

The Guardian: Referee Stéphanie Frappart disrupts narrative to make World Cup history ⚽️

In taking charge for Germany’s showdown with Costa Rica in final round of Group E games, Frappart became the first woman to officiate in a men’s World Cup and it felt decidedly normal

World Cup day 14, Group H finale ⚽️
– South Korea 🇰🇷 2, Portugal 🇵🇹 1: South Koreans upset Ronaldo’s already-advancing side & they’re through!
– Ghana 🇬🇭 0, Uruguay 🇺🇾 2: a nail-biter, after South Korea took the lead. Uruguay’s lack of goals before today sent them home

World Cup day 13, Group E finale ⚽️
– Japan 🇯🇵 2, Spain 🇪🇸 1: I wonder if La Roja took it easy, so they’d face Morocco next (instead of Croatia)
– Costa Rica 🇨🇷 2, Germany 🇩🇪 4: they eventually did all they could, but the Germans get seats on the WTF Happened Express home

World Cup day 13, Group F finale ⚽️
– Croatia 🇭🇷 0, Belgium 🇧🇪 0: a must-win for Belgium for much of the game… but they didn’t. shock exit
– Canada 🇨🇦 1, Morocco 🇲🇦 2: the Canadians tried to play spoiler but end with zero points; the Atlas Lions finish atop (!) Group F

World Cup day 12, Group C finale ⚽️
– Saudi Arabia 🇸🇦 1, Mexico 🇲🇽 2: poor Mexico, so close, losing the 6th tiebreaker with Poland… until KSA got one late
– Poland 🇵🇱 0, Argentina 🇦🇷 2: Szczęsny’s save of Messi’s PK was a highlight, but kind of meh for a marquee matchup

World Cup day 12, Group D finale ⚽️
– Australia 🇦🇺 1, Denmark 🇩🇰 0: Aussies send poor Eriksen & his Danes home
– Tunisia 🇹🇳 1, France 🇫🇷 0: not that France was trying too hard, but I loved the scenes of Tunisia fans celebrating the win even though they’re eliminated

World Cup day 11, Group B finale ⚽️
– Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 0, England 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 3: sad to see the Welsh end so flat, as England comfortably win Group B
– Iran 🇮🇷 0, USA 🇺🇸 1: Pulisic scores & then gets subbed out hurt as the US squeak through to face the Dutch on Sat.

World Cup day 11, Group A finale ⚽️
– Netherlands 🇳🇱 2, Qatar 🇶🇦 0: hosts flame out with a grand total of 1 goal and 0 points; Dutch finish top of Group A
– Ecuador 🇪🇨 1, Senegal 🇸🇳 2: Ecuador just needed a draw, & had it for a minute… but the Lions of Teranga advance

World Cup day 9, 2/2 ⚽️
– Brazil 🇧🇷 1, Switzerland 🇨🇭 0: Brazil look dominant though they only get one; they’ll advance
– Portugal 🇵🇹 2, Uruguay 🇺🇾 0: Portugal will also advance; La Celeste still goalless in this tournament (plus CR7 hilariously steals credit for 1st goal)

World Cup day 9, 1/2 ⚽️
– Cameroon 🇨🇲 3, Serbia 🇷🇸 3: sometimes the lowest-profile, least-famous teams put on the best show; a good game with a fitting result
– South Korea 🇰🇷 2, Ghana 🇬🇭 3: another exciting goalfest from non-marquee teams sees the Black Stars stay alive

World Cup day 8, 2/2 ⚽️
– Canada 🇨🇦 1, Croatia 🇭🇷 4: Canadians start strong, but once the Picnic Tablecloths start clicking, forget it. a shame Canada’s out
– Spain 🇪🇸 1, Germany 🇩🇪 1: an exciting, high-tension draw. Spaniards were menacing but Germany scrounged a point

World Cup day 8, 1/2 ⚽️
– Japan 🇯🇵 0, Costa Rica 🇨🇷 1: I loved this: after a 7-0 loss in first game, Los Ticos withstand the Japanese onslaught & steal one late
– Belgium 🇧🇪 0, Morocco 🇲🇦 2: another upset sees the Belgians looking flat (again); paying for it this time

Emmylou, by First Aid Kit, played live for its namesake 🎵

Saturday’s beer: Goose Island Beer Co.’s Bourbon County Coffee Stout (2022)
⭐️⭐️⭐️
picked up along with two other variants on release day yesterday. a little sharp but tasty af 🍺

World Cup day 7, 2/2 ⚽️
– France 🇫🇷 2, Denmark 🇩🇰 1: Eriksen’s Danes give the French a scare but Mbappe takes care of le business
– Argentina 🇦🇷 2, Mexico 🇲🇽 0: Messi helps his team to an essential win over El Tri (& caps a day with no 0-0 draws! hey, no draws at all!)

World Cup day 7, 1/2 ⚽️
– Tunisia 🇹🇳 0, Australia 🇦🇺 1: Socceroos get one early & withstand the onslaught to keep their WC hopes alive
– Poland 🇵🇱 2, Saudi Arabia 🇸🇦 0: Lewandowski & Szczęsny keep the lid on the underdogs from a country that should never host

World Cup day 6, 2/2 ⚽️
– Netherlands 🇳🇱 1, Ecuador 🇪🇨 1: another unimpressive Dutch game; Ecuador looking scary. best part: this result knocked out Qatar
– England 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 0, USA 🇺🇸 0: Yanks held their own against a tough team, if not looking their best today, either

World Cup day 6, 1/2 ⚽️
– Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 0, Iran 🇮🇷 2: Welsh overmatched even before their keeper got a straight red; Iranians score 2 after 98’
– Qatar 🇶🇦 1, Senegal 🇸🇳 3: Qatar get their first-ever (last ever?) WC goal but the home “fans” still all left early again

World Cup day 5, 2/2 ⚽️
– Portugal 🇵🇹 3, Ghana 🇬🇭 2: it was looking like another scoreless draw until Ronaldo’s PK opened the floodgates
– Brazil 🇧🇷 2, Serbia 🇷🇸 0: Serbians held firm until Richarlison gets a Thanksgiving brace, the second as sweet as pecan pie

World Cup day 5, 1/2 ⚽️
– Switzerland 🇨🇭 1, Cameroon 🇨🇲 0: subdued game, Africans always taking a touch too many, then Shaqiri’s team break the deadlock early in the 2nd half
– Uruguay 🇺🇾 0, South Korea 🇰🇷 0: the South Americans looked threatening… but weren’t, in the end

World Cup day 4, cont. ⚽️
– Spain 🇪🇸 7, Costa Rica 🇨🇷 0: as with France, this is how sharks should dispatch minnows
– Belgium 🇧🇪 1, Canada 🇨🇦 0: result doesn’t match which team played exciting, attacking ball & which looked flat (plus Canada should’ve had another PK)

World Cup day 4 ⚽️
– Morocco 🇲🇦 0, Croatia 🇭🇷 0: watching Morocco deadlock with Modrić‘s team not as worth getting up early for as the ARG upset
– Germany 🇩🇪 1, Japan 🇯🇵 2: speaking of upsets! Germans fail to score from open play, & the Japanese punish them for it

World Cup day 3, cont. ⚽️
– Mexico 🇲🇽 0, Poland 🇵🇱 0: another goalless draw, with a soft PK saved by Ochoa (ball don’t lie)
– France 🇫🇷 4, Australia 🇦🇺 1: this is how a dominant team dominates

World Cup day 3 ⚽️
– Argentina 🇦🇷 1, Saudi Arabia 🇸🇦 2 (!): 500 offside calls saved the Saudis, then a couple stolen goals made them giant-slayers
– Denmark 🇩🇰 0, Tunisia 🇹🇳 0: a red & white grudge match

World Cup day 2 ⚽️
– England 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 6, Iran 🇮🇷 2: underdog Iranians steal 2 but English dominate
– Senegal 🇸🇳 0, Netherlands 🇳🇱 2: Senegalese hold Dutch at bay until late
– USA 🇺🇸 1, Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 1: Yanks get a narrow lead but not enough to get past Bale

World Cup day 1 ⚽️
– Qatar 🇶🇦 0, Ecuador 🇪🇨 2: the hosts wilted under the pressure of the opener, and reportedly many of their “fans” gave up & left at halftime. I hope they wash out, goalless

Saturday’s beer: Jester King Brewery’s Pattinson Porter
⭐️ __ __

should’ve known better than to think a Jester King wouldn’t be funky 🫤 🍺

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