WC2006: England vs Trinidad & Tobago

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Cerro Otto: The view over Bariloche and Lago Nahuel Huapi. Jools has climbed another mountain!
ANDREI - What joy a later kick-off brings to those of us out West!  1pm over here in Argentina, so Gordon, Cari, Kerry and I decided to do a spot of sight-seeing before retiring to the hostel with a few beers.  We paid a visit to the Teleferico (cable car) at Cerro Otto to check out the view over the town and the lake.  Unfortunately, there was a bit of cloud over many of the peaks so visibility was limited in the distance, but the tree-lined avenues of Bariloche against the lake and the snow-clad slope around the Teleferico provided a picturesque enough vista.

Back to the hostel in time for our two ladies to make a fab soup for lunch while Gordon and I feasted on some bottles of Quilmes beer - a far cheaper plan than going to many of the bars here where a pint costs you 10 pesos (2 quid) while a 1 litre bottle of Quilmes from the supermarket will set you back 55 pence!.
Cerro Otto: Anyone for skiing?

There were 11 Brits (including Gordon) gathered in the TV room, where we recreated the scenes of frustration then unmitigated joy that were surely replicated back at home and in outher English enclaves around the world?  How bloody annoying it is to support the England football team - paid like kings and called professionals yet they continue to act like spoilt brats off the pitch and incapable of doing their jobs on it when it matters.

Today´s match was the kind of performance that many Englishman are used to enduring and what we can´t help but expect.  Many a goalscoring chance went begging and we were only helped thanks to the law of averages in the very end - Peter Crouch finally hit the target with his head (and tall frame) thanks to a fantastic David Beckham cross, and Steven Gerrard finally got a shot on target with the final minutes slipping away.  I can only hope that Frank Lampard will put away all of his remaining chances since he must have used all of his bad shots today!  Amusingly, the Argentinian commentators are calling him "Frankie".

So, we´re through to the next round with 1 game to play.  If we come top of the group, we are likely to face Ecuador - an easier game than the alternative of Germany, the hosts.

Anyone got any photos of the reactions during the match back home in Blighty?
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Cerro Otto: The view over Bariloch…
Cerro Otto: The view over Bariloc…
Cerro Otto: Anyone for skiing?
Cerro Otto: Anyone for skiing?
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